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Trend Alert: Warming Drawers for the Kitchen

The most difficult thing about entertaining is getting all the food ready and hot at the same time.  Warming drawers enable you to serve food a just the right
There are a variety ways to incorporate a warming drawer into your kitchen design.  Stacking it along with the microwave is a good option. 
Perhaps tucking one into the side of a peninsula would be a good option?
Or the end of an island?
An intergrated warming drawer under the cooktop blends in nicely with the cabinetry. 
Placing it under the wall oven makes it possible to tuck away until ready for serving. 
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Mid-Century Design: The Iconic Eames Lounge Chair

The Eames Lounge Chair is the most widely recognized  mid-century design furniture.  It was introduced on NBC's Today Show in 1957. 

They occupy  thousands of living rooms, offices, studies, and one is in the permanent collection of the New York City's Museum of Modern Art.  




Who wouldn't want to sit in in this, read and enjoy the view? 

It's styling enables it to blend with a wide range of decors.
It is stunning in white!




And is very soft and luxurious  in cream.  


Charles and Ray Eames designed this chair for Herman Miller.  Together, this husband and wife team combined art and science to create some of the most iconic furniture of the 20th century. Their designs remain stylish and functional today.  


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Fall Fabric Preview: F. Schumacher and Company

Fall is one my favorite times of the year.   I grew up in Richmond, Virginia and it seemed like that just after Labor Day the heat switch was turned off, and there was a bit less humidity and slight crispness in the air. It was a time to put away the white shoes and shop for a new fall and winter wardrobe.  Rich woolens in heather colors  were the "in" thing back then. We wore outfits with wool skirts, sweaters, and yes, knee socks to match!  

Although  I live in Atlanta now, I  still look forward to fall.  I now look forward to the  new fall home fabric collections.  One of my favorite fabric companies is F. Schumacher & Company.  For years it has been one of my go to resources for designer fabrics. 

I think it is the sense of history and longevity of this company that appeals to the inner Virginia girl in me. Here is a little background from their website.  

"Since 1889, F. Schumacher & Co. has brought its commitment to superb quality and superior design to interiors where only the finest products will suffice, including the White House, the Chambers of the United States Supreme Court and countless distinguished residences. A fifth generation, family-owned company, F. Schumacher & Co. is proud to be the only supplier of decorative textiles from the 19th century still privately owned and managed by direct descendants of the founder."


Take a peek at their latest offering: The Lux Lodge Collection. 



This collection features an earthy palettes which includes mohair, Italian cashmeres,  herringbones, nature inspired prints, paisleys,and strong wool plaids. 







Beautiful don't you think?  

 For more information you may go to F. Schumacher & Co

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Universal Design Bath: Curbless Showers

 What do you notice about these two bathrooms? 





Answer:  Neither of them have a curb or threshold leading into the shower. It is one continous space.  These are called Curbless or Zero Threshold showers.   

These showers were designed using what we call "Universal Design" principles.  

For those of you not familiar with this term, "universal design" was coined by the architect Ronald L. Mace to describe the concept of designing all products and the built environment to be aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life.

As life expectancy rises and modern medicine increases the survival rate of those with significant injuries or illnesses there is a growing need for homes to be design in such a fashion.  The focus on universal design is to make the home both accessible and aesthetically pleasing.   

Most of us would like to stay in our homes as long as possible as we age (age in place); however, frequently we are forced into institutional living situations much sooner than we would like because the design of many of our homes can not accomodate us. One of the first issues  is the inability to use our bathrooms and kitchens.  Many showers are neither large enough for a wheel chair to roll into or they have a curb which makes it unfriendly to folks with walkers, wheelchairs or just mobility issues.  So, if you are considering remodeling a master bath, or building a new home consider applying universal design principles (such as adding a curbless shower) to your design.



Antique Brass Big at Coastal Living Showhouse 2012

Last week I was on vacation in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and had the opportunity to visit the 2012 Coastal Living Showhouse in Rosemary Beach.  I could so spend a bunch of time in this backyard.

via Hooked on Houses 

One thing that caught my eye was the choice of antique brass in many of the lighting and fixture finishes.  I must confess I like brass, even though it has been considered out of vogue for the past few years.  So you can imagine how excited I was to see lots of antique brass used in this very contemporary, classic showhouse.    You will see from these photos how the soft glow of this finish really warms up a room.  

The brass fixture by Kohler complements the fabulous marble countertop and the woven wood shades. 



I am loving the antique brass on this whimsical entry hall chandelier.  All the lighting was from Circa Lighting, one of my favorite go to resources for lighting. 



The small chandelier by Circa Lighting in antique brass is enchanting and elegant. 


This pendant chandelier can work with a variety of styles.


  Even the laundry Room fixtures and hardware were antique brass as well as

 the shower fixtures!

via The Painted House


Would you consider antique brass in your next design project?  

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