11 Space-Savvy Alternatives to Wine Cellars

I have had some clients recently explain the value of wine in their homes. Some are involved with wine groups; others just have a weekend ritual of tasting and journaling about new wines. Do you love wine tasting and want to exhibit several favorite bottles in your house? Or do you just need some sensible, low-budget storage tips for your little assortment of pinot noir?

You will find some fairly magnificent wine cellars around. There’s not any doubt that these spaces are beautiful and well designed. But, there are many straightforward ideas you can incorporate into your house without excavating a basement or adding square footage. Pour yourself a glass and then raise a toast to these.

Montgomery Roth Architecture & Interior Design

Add shelves into an area next to a counter or peninsula rather than hanging art or other wall treatments. X-shelves are fantastic for holding wine bottles.

SK Designers – Shimrit Kaufman

Contain some wine cubbies in an island. The storage area in an island can at times be shallow due to clearance for plumbing or gas lines. This is the best opportunity to incorporate a location for wine in the cabinet design.

Charmean Neithart Interiors

Stylize a wall. This excess wall has been wallpapered with burlap with hung with replicating store-bought wine racks. A walnut ledge delivers a location for glasses during tastings. The labels are above illuminated by Lighting.


Look under the stairs. Many staircases have untapped storage area underneath. This is the perfect place.

Rossington Architecture

Use a island corner for small-scale refrigeration. This undercounter wine fridge is only 18 inches wide. It has one temperature zone for those special bottles that need to be chilled.

RTA Studio Residential Architects

Design shelves for a corner banquette. All these X-shelves take up minimal space. The dining table can hold wine-tasting glasses when it’s not used for dining table.

Ken Gutmaker Architectural Photography

Think about your kitchen storage in a way. Rather than having doors on all your upper cupboards, turn one cabinet into handy wine storage.

House of Bohn

Or take advantage of an excess bottom cabinet. Many cabinetmakers have a lot of styles of wine racks that they could integrate into your built-ins.

Wine Country Craftsman

Select wine-inspired furniture. This grapevine dining table creates a lovely tasting spot. Small enough to fit in small areas, it can double as a breakfast table or work surface. Display bottles on top with glasses and openers.

J. Hirsch Interior Design, LLC

Use a wine jar in a gorgeous holder as an accessory. Display in full opinion bottles that don’t need to be chilled. The labels can be beautiful and add a personal touch. Also observe the wine cone repurposed as a stool.

Karen Schaefer Louw

Get creative with your storage. All these terra-cotta pipes are cut to match wine bottles. I love the earthy color and feel of this display. As a bonus, the terra-cotta helps keeps the wine in a cool temperature.

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Decorate With Intention: 10 Strategies to Maximize a Little Space

I love living and decorating in tiny spaces. When all of the design components are working in harmony, it’s like living in an efficient little vessel, with every square inch set to work with. Little means different things to different people, but if you live in a 1,200-square-foot cabin or a 350-square-foot studio, then you will find a plethora of techniques you can employ to make the most of what you’ve got. Today we will look at 10 simple ways to enhance any small space.

M.A.D. Megan Arquette Design

1. Use focal walls and vignettes to make”destinations” within your home. The impulse in a small area is frequently to keep things sleek and simple, which can be amazing, but I urge you to consider moving bold instead. Rich paint color and graphic wallpaper that may feel overwhelming at a large room actually looks magnificent in a more compact space. Bonus: It won’t take a lot of the fancy background you’ve had your eye to fill a postage stamp–size room.

Where to put this focal wall? Think about your space concerning zones of use. For instance, you might have an entrance zone close to your front door in which you open the email, and a dining table tucked in the corner by a window. With the addition of an eye-catching element to each zone (a painted or wallpapered wall, interesting artwork, a exceptional chair shape) you can create the feeling of another room. Every mini-destination is just another place for the eye to break, creating a feeling of space.

Gaile Guevara

2. Go for multipurpose furniture. When you live in a pocket-size apartment, you have to create every bit of furniture earn its keep. Poufs or tiny stools may be utilized as tables, footrests or extra seating and are easily tucked away when not in use.

Other adaptive furnishings to contemplate:
• A dining table with leaf extensions
• An ottoman or a seat with built-in storage
• A petite sleeper couch or a daybed for overnight guests
• A pub cart that can hold keys and mail between parties

Michelle Hinckley

3. Unify the room with a single color palette. If you’re able to see from 1 end of your flat to the other without getting up, a general color palette will help pull everything together and make the room feel more expansive. Pairing one main color with a accent hue and filling in with neutrals is an easy way to start. To add interest, consider using the accent color as the main color in a more compact area. As an instance, use navy as the main color with sunny yellow accents at the living room, but choose a bold yellow background in the bathroom.

Tara Seawright Interior Design

4. Use mirrors to make depth. This is probably the oldest trick in the decorator’s book, and with great reason. Mirrors reflect light and views, standing in as extra windows and amplifying the distance. Consider placing a mirror at the entryway, above the mantel or anyplace it will reflect a beautiful view or artwork.

CWB Architects

Want even more out of your own mirrors? Fill a whole wall with mirrors and add mirrored furniture to provide the illusion of another room just beyond view. Placing candles and lovely flowers where they’ll be reflected in the mirror doubles their attractiveness.

greige/Fluegge Interior Design, Inc..

Do not want the trouble of hanging a giant mirror? Create the same effect by hanging a cluster of smaller mirrors rather. No need to match them exactly, but do try to find a theme such as all around mirrors or all bothered wood frames.

LiLu Interiors

5. Open up your floor plan. If you reside in a Victorian flat or a similar area made up of several small, compartmentalized rooms, consider ways of opening the space up. If you have your home and are considering renovations, then removing some dividing walls is generally an alternative. For a faster repair, replace a few solid interior doors with glass doors to connect the rooms. If you are a renter, you still might be able to temporarily eliminate a few doors to boost light and flow.

Jeanne Finnerty Interior Design

6. Keep it clean and clutter free. In a small area, even a few things left out may make the whole place feel like a mess.

Pare down to just your favorite and most crucial possessions, and make a habit of clearing and cleaning clutter at the beginning of each season.

Keeping attractive bowls, baskets, hooks and bins at the prepared will guarantee that picking up is a breeze.

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MANDARINA STUDIO interior layout

7. Assess the scale of your furniture. Often we try to cram the furniture that functioned in a previous home into the current area, even if the scale is no more a fantastic match for the room. In a small room, you will generally want to prevent the overstuffed and oversize in favor of small pieces. Nonetheless, it’s likely to go a lot, filling the room with too many itty-bitty items. Strive for balance.

Megan Blake Design

8. Lighten up with Lucite, glass and crystal. Clear objects take up hardly any visual distance, which is a fantastic benefit to those people living in tight quarters. Try out a small crystal chandelier, Lucite seats or a glass-top dining table. Want bonus points? Add a mirror to the mixture.

Garret Cord Werner Architects & Interior Designers

9. Save space with swing-arm sconces. Sconces are great space savers, freeing up room on tabletops as well as making it feasible to perform without a table completely. Often seen bedside, swing-arm sconces may also work wonders in a tight corner in the living room or above a desk. Renters take notethe majority of lighting stores offer swing-arm sconces with cord covers, which means that you can just plug them in the wall.

Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

10. Complete every room with a green plant. A fantastic tip no matter the size of your area, but particularly relevant for small space dwellers. Besides cleaning the atmosphere and including a little attention, plants create a feeling of depth, softening the edges of a room and helping us to imagine there’s more distance beyond their borders.

A small home is a opportunity to get creative. Often the very best design alternatives are born of necessity. If you are feeling stuck, consider making a list of items you appreciate about your home or create a design record of inspirational images. Just sitting with a cup of tea and letting yourself daydream can be a wonderful way to produce ideas too.

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Painted Fireplace Mantels Add Pizzazz

Twist your fireplace mantel to the showstopper it had been intended to be through paint. And consider colors other than typical white. A fresh paint color can dramatize your mantel, turn the heat up on the surround or require off the attention worn brick, stone or tile. The best method to paint your mantel depends on what it’s made of and the present end on it (and just how many layers of paint it’s). Consult your regional paint shop for hints and what things to use. Listed below are 10 beautiful, colorful mantels to inspire your own projects.

Tina Barclay

A reddish mantel looks spectacular surrounded by warm woods. Black iron and oil-rubbed bronze finishes are great-looking beams for it.

Julie Williams Design

Create a relaxing and tranquil contrast using a deep blue-gray fireplace mantel which has a bit of green. Try Benjamin Moore’s Templeton Gray for a coastal, transitional or traditional appearance.

Kathleen Ramsey

A color like Sherwin-Williams’ Otter adds warmth in a large room. Little tiles used in the fireplace create the surround pop, and rooms with vaulted ceilings feel cozier.

Add color and vibrancy into a fireplace by choosing a new earthy-green finish. Use on a chunky mantel and the eye will concentrate not on the surround but on the fun shade around it.

Green Apple Design

Black is striking and dressy. It may turn a modern fireplace to ultramodern. And it can also seem great when used with rustic components like this ledge rock. It pulls the deep undertones in the stone beautifully.

The Yellow Cape Cod

Use a good-quality high-gloss paint. Use different size paintbrushes to get into small, detailed areas in addition to larger mantel places. A narrow mantel in white can appear skimpy, but you can pump up the volume by painting it the exact same color as your own tiles.

Lawrence Architecture, Inc..

Soften a sharp fireplace mantel in Benjamin Moore’s Abingdon Putty. Here it provides nice added contrast to the remainder of the molding in the room.

Synthesis Design Inc..

In case you have a modern mantel, try out a gray or taupe color like Sherwin-Williams’ Truly Taupe. This will keep the mantel place mild and contemporary.

Warmington & North

Create a large focal point. In case your mantel takes up space, it will appear confident and robust painted a dark espresso like Benjamin Moore’s Branchport Brown.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

I really like this thought. Paint the mantel exactly the exact same color as the wall to make a very dramatic appearance.

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The Family Home: Creative Multi-Use Workspaces

Families everywhere are leaving the traditional house office behind and opting instead for a more family-friendly imaginative area. The modern-day craft area is a place where adults and kids can congregate together, where you could pay your bills while maintaining your eye on the children along with their art jobs. In this week’s installment of The Family Home, we’ll take a peek at eight inspirational rooms, each having a tip of its own.


Select a room with great natural light. If you’ve got the option, choose the sunniest room possible for the creative workspace. Rooms with abundant natural lighting are more inviting and best suited for activities that may strain your eyes.


Embrace open shelving. It’s important to get lots of supplies available for your children’s use. Make it easy for them to access art equipment, toys and games having an cheap open shelving like this piece from IKEA. If you are not keen on seeing everything stored on the shelves, then try setting things in baskets for a tidier look.


Create activity-specific zones. If you intend to use your space for multiple activities, delegate certain places for them. By way of instance, if you like to sew, create a sewing corner. If you’ve got a child who loves to draw, then look at incorporating a drafting table along with all the necessary supplies. This will keep your space organized and also make every member of your family feel at home.

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Don’t be afraid of color. A creative area is the perfect area in your house to express your daring side. Not willing to devote to aqua walls? Try painting a storage cupboard for a nice pop of color.

Use what you’ve got. There’s no need to buy a bunch of new furniture for your creative area. Look around your house and consider pulling bits from other areas. An old necklace makes a perfect printer stand, also it can house stacks of paper, fabric and other miscellaneous art supplies.

Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc

Be sure there are lots of work surfaces. The purpose of the room is to get the family creating together. Ensuring that everyone has a place and is comfortable should be a high priority.

Phillips Collection

Be imaginative with all the décor. Going daring with the décor in your workspace is an opportunity to show your artistic side. Think about a family art project? It’s possible to create a look similar to this installment by having family members paint bits of white cardstock with watercolors. When you tire of the appearance, just remove it and brainstorm the next project together.


Make it comfortable. The goal is to lure every family member to want to spend time there, even when creating something isn’t the objective. Cozy seating, plush cushions and a few favorite books will lure loved ones in.

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Backyard Living: The Scoop on Chicken Coops

Forget designer duds and furnishings… the hottest must-have is of the avian character. Whether you are residing in the nation or shacking up from town, it might be possible for you to get a chick or two (or six) in a chicken coop of your own. It’s crucial to check zoning laws before buying chickens, but it is surprisingly feasible to raise hens (though generally not early-crowing roosters) in a small yard. Having a more compact space, there is a need to be fastidiously clean in caring for your birds, but the benefits are worth it.

New eggs, soothing clucks, free fertilizer and recycling machines are a few of the advantages you can expect with cows. The most important matter of business before buying your own buds, however, is to build a coop.

Amy Renea

Coops are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, from luxury accommodations to the bare minimum. You are able to purchase a prebuilt coop for a few hundred bucks or make your own with scrap wood and chicken wire. There are coops built specifically for smaller spaces and poultry”tractors” you are able to wheel around the lawn to fertilize a variety of sections. Our coop was built onto the side of an present shed.

Amy Renea

There’s nothing quite like the chirping of baby girls waking you up in the daytime. Chicks will need to stay warm, so educate yourself on the maintenance of girls prior to taking charge of these little lives. In the early days they’re placed indoors (a cardboard box operates at this stage ) with a heating lamp. Just a little food, water and paper, and your girls will spend joyful days lugging around and sleeping in their cage.

You can buy chicks in the local feed store or attempt an internet site like this Hatchery for rare breeds sent to your home when they are one day old.

Amy Renea

Before you know it, those sweet little chicks quickly become full-feathered cows complete with dust and chicken poop. You will not want these creatures inside your house after this stage, so a home is a must.

Amy Renea

Whether your zoning is custom made, catalog ordered or homemade, there are a couple of mandatory components. First is safety. Chicken cable is a must, and it should protect every surface of the coop. Chicken wire also needs to cover the ground of the coop if it rests on property. Raccoons would think nothing of digging a tunnel under the coop and gobbling up your cows.

You’ll be able to see another edition of this basic design at Natalme from Natalie Wright. For more photographs, coop plans and information on raising chickens in urban areas, check out urbanchickens.org.

Amy Renea

Hens will start laying eggs around six months old, so getting laying boxes up early is good practice. When the cows begin layingthey prefer to lay in precisely the exact same region, so you would like to train them to lay their eggs where it is convenient for you to collect them.

Amy Renea

These placing boxes are situated directly across in the full size (chicken-wire covered) door for simple access. The bottom of the coop is lined with hay and grass.

Amy Renea

Chickens have a tendency to go to the maximum place to roost, so provide ladders and enclosed space for them to maneuver. This space is lined with wood shavings, but hay, hay and dry grass also work well.

Amy Renea

If your chickens aren’t allowed to roam during the day, they will need dirt bathrooms. A dirt bathtub is simply a box of dirt with a little sand mixed in. The birds roll in the dirt to wash themselves; without it, pests can be an irritant.

Karen puts a dirt bath in a bathtub for her chickies. Check out her incredible designer chicken coop in The Art of Doing Materials .

Amy Renea

Whether you choose to attack the building of a coop yourself or buy a premade model, make sure that your hens are secure, with room to roost and place, bedding plus a dirt bath. It requires a bit of work, however the benefits of cows conducting their two-legged wobble across the lawn and placing fresh eggs each morning is well worth the effort.

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A New Community Flourishes at Rhode Island

As you read this, a 250-KW wind mill is being constructed to provide 85% of the power use of the affordable housing project. Designed by Union Studio Architecture & Community Design in Tiverton, Rhode Island, the 170-acre community has been designed with agriculture and artists in mind.

The rural character and customs of farming in Tiverton — a big part of the community — has been honored in its design. Along with setting aside much of the land within an agricultural preserve, the neighborhood has its own designated place for gardening.

50 cheap rental units and 24 single-family market-rate houses compose the Sandywoods Farm community. It also includes an agricultural preserve that will stay a working farm, with a resident farmer. Half of the renters chosen are working half and artists were chosen via the conventional need-based selection process.

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

“The neighborhood has been far more active than expected from the get-go,” says principle architect Douglas Kallfelz. “They really found the right mix of individuals and resulting energy to make this a vibrant and active location.”

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

Open area surrounds the community, because of agricultural and open-space preserves and land trusts.

This type of project is often hard to get through city boards due to setback and zoning requirements, but”we had a good deal of leeway with this endeavor because of their Affordable Housing conduit, and as the website was somewhat isolated from acquaintances,” states Kallfelz.

The former presented a opportunity to cluster housing in an ecologically-sensitive manner, although the latter presented the challenge of creating a community that would intersect well with greater Tiverton.

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

“The community garden has taken on a life of its own and is conducted by the residents,” Kellfelz states. Instead of the typical subdivided plots one sees in neighborhood gardens, this one is collective with large beds for different vegetables, and a separate children’s garden. Everyone participate in tending it. The residents recently won a nationwide contest for a free fruit orchard in Your Fruit Tree Planning Foundation.

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

Aspects of New Urbanism, such as walkability and front-porch civilization, are a part of the project. And additionally like New Urbanism, it had been motivated by Old Urbanism, otherwise referred to as the New England village. “The project is very derivative of traditional neighborhood plans in New England,” states Kellfelz.

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

“Another aspect we borrowed from the traditional New England village is the homes have a strong street edge,” he states.

Front porches have constantly added a sense of community and strengthened interaction between neighbors.

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

“The design is a brand new spin on Tiverton’s classic farm typology,” explains Kellfelz. The buildings provide a nod to nearby precedents but have upgraded details and overall aesthetic, which incorporates many sustainable elements.

This includes fantastic energy efficiency. Along with the wind turbines as a source of 85% of their houses’ power, the houses incorporate high-efficiency heat pumps, cellulose insulation, double-hung low-e windows, Energy Star lighting fixtures and fixtures, and passive solar power and porches.

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

Sustainable materials used in construction include Tecton fiberglass pre-finished siding, and this is partially recycled, as well as quickly renewable bamboo flooring.

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

The growth’s plans protect open space and natural systems while improving life for its inhabitants, supplying beautiful spaces for residents to walk, picnic and play.

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

The developer helped foster a sense of community by choosing an Americorps volunteer to arrange and shepherd arts and agriculture applications, run meetings and strategy events. These include art exhibitions, performances and a produce market (with plants from the neighborhood garden) in the neighborhood”Grange Hall.”

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

“The developer wanted a true community building to provide an intersection between this community and the rest of Tiverton,” states Kallfelz. “They did not want it to be segregated, and that Grange Hall-inspired building provides a location for events, the arts, a produce market and a meeting area ”

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

All kinds of events happen in the Grange Hall, such as art displays, a market for the community’s create and also a recent ballet performance of The Nutcracker.

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

“The Grange Hall initially had weathervanes on both cupolas, before a farmer told me us that no self-respecting farmer would ever have two weathervanes,” states Kallfelz.

Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

The new community hasn’t only attracted individuals from the rest of Tiverton to become a part of it, it has also drawn developments around it. The city recently fixed up what were derelict ballfields adjacent to the website, which are currently connected to the community via walking paths. Additionally, the new city library has been assembled in the entrance to the area (it is also being built by Union Studio Architects).

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Get Organized: Rethink the Silverware Drawer

If you’re anything like me, a silverware drawer divider does not seem to help me keep my utensils any more organized than when I’d chucked them carelessly in the drawer. Somehow, no drawer divider is ever big enough; spoons slip into the knife spot; or the corn-on-the-cob holders start infiltrating every single slot. Rather than having to kind and re-organize things every time you empty the dishwasher, try one of those tricks to keep your silverware stay neat and tidy.

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One idea we’ve noticed on is your choice to keep a little set of silverware on the counter in a vertical planner or adorable ceramic cups. If you’re like most people, you likely use the same few pieces daily. This keeps them right at hand, instead of muddled in your drawer, and motivates you to keep them organized.

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A fantastic custom made solution for those updating their kitchen would be a habit two-tiered drawer organizer. The top tier can be used for your own silverware and utensils that you use regularly, whereas nicer and lesser-used bits can be saved below. This keeps your silverware neat, and conserves on drawer space too.


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There also are lots of two-tiered silverware organizers in numerous sizes to fit your drawers best. This plastic model is a less expensive version of the customized option from the last photograph.

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Old School Green Design: Add Texture With Grass

Grasses can work as a hedge, focal plants, textural components in a walkway or amazing contrasts to existing structures. There are a plethora of grasses to choose from, some perennial and some annual, from purple to pink to white.

When designing plants, colour and form would be the extreme considerations, after climate and growing conditions. Get inspired for a patch of planting grasses to your own lawn from the range of textures and colour in these gardens.

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Ornamental grasses are a somewhat acquired taste, and not everyone is a fan. However, they are a beautiful supply of texture in the garden and offer a wide range of choices. Even if you don’t like ornamental grasses, how could you not run your fingers along the borders of this Japanese silver grass as you walk this route?

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This seat appears to be perfectly situated in a field of waving grass. Afloat in a field of wispiness, the strong lines of this seat contrast nicely.

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Situating more powerful plantings in the middle of a field of grass provides the illusion of floating trees. When the wind blows, the blossoms dance around the tree trunks, tickling their feet.

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Here, blossoms are planted in rings of colour with a lighter Mexican feather grass on the interior along with a deeper green on the outside. Situated in the bottom of a long stairway, the blossoms look like a pool of water rippling in the breeze.

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In this instance, the extended plumes bending under their own weight evoke the expression of a horse’s mane and just beg to be touched! The curved line of the grasses is an superb contrast to the right, bold lines of this building behind.

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This building’s layout also contrasts with the surrounding plantings of blossoms. The sharp lines are lightened from the waving grasses along with also the curved canopy of the trees.

Christopher Yates Landscape Architecture

Forgoing a yard for a planting of short decorative grasses is an fantastic way to keep up a horizontal plane of green with no weekly maintenance. Some decorative grasses are strong enough to walk on, so research before you buy based on your activity requirements.

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Situating a clump of decorative grass and also a pathway is a wonderful way to experience the texture of their stalks along with the plume. Allowing the grasses to lean into a walkway provides the walker a much more visceral experience. Just be careful which grasses you choose. Some can have quite sharp blades and wouldn’t be fine to walk near!

Shirley Bovshow

Some of my favorite ornamental grasses would be the pink pampas and switchgrasses. The bright, wispy plumes of pink shout girlishness with no high maintenance of roses and delphiniums.

Before you purchase grass plants or seed, make sure to check your state’s invasive plant listings. Some decorative grasses are considered noxious weeds in certain areas of the nation.

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Grasses can work as a hedge, focal plants, textural components in a walkway or amazing contrasts to existing structures. There are a plethora of grasses to choose from, some perennial and some annual, from purple to pink to white. When making your choices, be sure to think about climate, maintenance and developing conditions and avoid species which can be invasive in your area.

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Great Print: Decorating with Damask

Conventional damask textiles were woven to create a weathered design characterized by a backdrop of sheen fabric with raised designs. Today damask designs come in a range of daring, high-contrast colors on everything from rugs and tiles to floral background, painted stencils and fashion runways. Read on for ways to go soft or bold using this frilly pattern today.

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The daring damask wallpaper employed in this bedroom finishes a rock-chic vibe when paired with fashion-forward colors like fuchsia and olive green. Pairing it with mirrored furniture finishes this electrical look.

RLH Studio

Just take this tendency anywhere, from your dining room to your bathroom. It’s difficult to go wrong wallpapering a bathroom, since you’ve got minimal furniture and accessories to match.

Dillard Pierce Design Associates

If you presently have a room with a great deal of shades and patterns, then elect for a pale damask with two similar tones like beige and white. This barely-there white and cream print functions nicely with a checkered floor without looking too busy.

Carol Vaughan-Davis

Silver and white background with plain dining chairs and furniture produces a clean canvas for any time annually. Insert a few festive pops of red and a green centerpiece will transform this room for Christmas.

Stencils supply a similar style for less price. Not only are the stencils reusable, but are also a terrific way to create a custom look in home with unlimited color combinations.

Try a daring damask in vibrant colors to create a statement, or a more neutral palette for a more elegant look.

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A hot-pink accent wall functions well when paired with a matching pink couch. A couple of silver toss cushions and matching candle holders as accessories will complete a festive look for the holidays.

You’ll be able to get this amazing damask stencil at Cutting Edge Stencils, a firm that specifically focuses in decorative painting and stenciling.


Stenciling damask takes some practice and can be time consuming. Finishing one wall as an accent wall in stunning colors like this black and gold could be plenty for a single room. Check it out with a single wall and find out how you like it.

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Just a little damask can go a very long way; too much can appear overwhelming.

Wallpapering half a wall above a chair rail or wainscoting could be only the amount you need.


To give a timeless print a contemporary twist, opt for using a damask pattern in electrical colors, like this eye-popping blue and green. Keep the rest of your house neutral to avoid competition between furniture and walls.

This color makes a fantastic selection for spaces with minimal furniture, such as hallway or bathroom that needs something spectacular to bring it into life.

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Lofty Living in the Heart of the Randstad

On a few of the most renowned shopping streets in town of The Hague stays this top-floor flat in three-story building dating back to the early 1800s. Its inside is a cozy blend of traditional and East Asian styles, with loads of diverse charm. With a subtle colour scheme and well-placed furniture, this loft-style apartment is a balanced composition of both new and old.

Owner Peter Blom is located in Switzerland and visits his home in The Hague a few times a year. While it was heavily under construction, the property was bought by him from 2004. His prior home was a large property in rural Utrecht, and he was looking to buy something less isolated. He was instantly attracted to The Hague for its upscale yet quiet way of life. The building also houses a store on the ground floor and an apartment on the second floor.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Peter Blom
Location: The Hague, South Holland
Size: 130 sq.-meter, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, living/dining room, kitchen, office, rooftop terrace.

Holly Marder

The exposed wood beams are an original feature of the house and give the room a critical wow factor. Not only can they radically increase the size of their room, they also allow ample light to enter through the large placed windows looking out on the rooftop terrace. Painted at a coat of black, the beams tie in beautifully with the neutral palette of this room, working especially well with bits Blom bought from Asia.

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The apartment looks out on the Denneweg, one of the oldest streets at The Hague. The first building in the road dates back to 1390, once the street sported wooden houses that ran all the way to the North Sea.

Today, the Denneweg is in the heart of The Hague’s shopping scene, even while being one of the last truly upscale areas from the”Randstad” (the region encompassing the major Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague), and boasts beautiful houses and boutiques.

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Blom had the furnishings for years; things were picked up by him in China on a business trip. The mix of traditional furnishings and Asian accents, as well as several parts of quirky art, make this home an eclectic treat for the senses.

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Nothing about this apartment’s interior has been designed in any particular way with any particular purpose; the things are both old and fresh yet harmonize perfectly with one another. “What is significant is that it fits together, but naturally, that’s an issue of taste,” Peter says.

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The flat has been dotted with interesting art pieces, from quirky to more traditional fashion oil paintings, to bronze decorations and vintage world maps. The art comes from all over the area, but one artist, Ronald Habraken, is featured several times through the house. Habraken has been commissioned by the owner to paint some 30 paintings through the years, many of which are now in the operator’s home in Switzerland. Though the works aren’t all in the exact same manner, the artist’s distinctive flair is clearly identifiable. When asked about his preference for this particular artist’s creations,” Peter said,”I like paintings in the design of Corneille and Herman Brood.” That is evident when looking at the modern, imaginative functions that enhance the flat’s diverse feel. “It is more important to me that I am touched by [the art] than when it is by a renowned artist.”

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The vintage map prints featured in the dining room area are of places that the proprietor has lived, such as Switzerland, South America and Utrecht. “Maps always have to have a meaning for me. I really don’t just buy maps,” Blom says.

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In the lounge area, two sizeable beige linen arm chairs placed side by side are paired together with the caramel-hued leather sofa. The coffee table, using its Asian-style legs, injects a Far-Eastern feel into an otherwise traditional distance.

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Blom bought the little assortment of eyeglasses beside the IKEA bookcase roughly 40 years ago. The large oil painting of Amsterdam, was bought some 20 years ago. These cherished things add historical appeal to the home.

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Perhaps Blom’s favorite piece of art is that the large bronze hen by Peter Peterson. The artist draws his inspiration from the surrounding character, often using typical Dutch creatures as models. This chicken was fashioned for the homeowner.

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The ladder at the center of the living room leads up to a tiny attic study nook overlooking the flat’s living area and the Denneweg below. During the construction, Blom asked the builders to put a window at the slanted ceiling to permit light to input and views of The Hague to be seen. While the analysis is at the primary area of the house, it’s surprisingly private.

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The small kitchen features marble counters atop white matte doorways, although small, has ample storage area — not to mention amazing views on the fashionable Denneweg below.

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The building right opposite the flat dates back to 1898. It is a 3-story exclusive fashion boutique, and undoubtedly one of the most attractive buildings on the road.

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The hallway seems to zigzag its way from the entrance all the way to the bedroomdown the front end of the flat. The hallway is adorned with more art by Ronald Habraken.

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This freestanding cabinet in Blom’s bedroom is just another item he discovered in Asia. “I started at Hong Kong and finished up in Beijing, and somewhere along the way I bought some bits to return to the Netherlands,” he says. This bit sets the scene at the master bedroom.

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The black fold-out chairs with cane seats increase the Asian feel and tie in nicely with the rest of the area’s décor, as does the cane chest at the base of their mattress.

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In the hallway, a varnished wooden staircase winds up to the rooftop terrace. The terrace, formerly the roof itself, has been divided to create a quiet outdoor distance away from the hustle and bustle of the city below. The door to the left leads into a huge storage area, and the big windows to the right look directly into the living area below.

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Though the terrace is practically unused because of the cool weather and the operator’s absence for most of the season, it has enormous potential to become a great spot for hosting late-night soirees at the summer months and also get-togethers year round. Plonk a brazier down, decorate seats with comfy cushions and spend a romantic night gazing up at the stars…

Though Blom is away out of his inner city flat for the majority of the season, he really enjoys returning to it. “I really like the high ceilings, the simple fact that it is rather spacious, the roof terrace, the storage and I love that it is at the center of the nicest aspect of The Hague.”

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