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Flea Market Decor Done Right in Finland

Classic shopping is an art — usually you either have a gift for it or you do not. I fall into the latter category. Ordinarily, I feel lucky if I end up with a funky postcard once I depart a flea market. However, when Jutta Rikola goes vintage shopping, she discovers old army trunks, gold midcentury pendants and immaculate kitchen cabinetry. Almost all of the furniture in her Oulu, Finland, home was salvaged, found at a flea market or given down.

The 1956 house’s design imitates the furniture’s cheerful tribute to the past. Over the previous five decades, Rikola and her husband have discovered the first floors and preserved the walls and floor plan whilst slowly remodeling. “Respecting the history of the home is one of the most important items to keep in mind for us when renovating,” she says.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Jutta Rikola, husband Panu, 1-year-old son and two dogs
Location: Oulu, Finland
Size: 1,100 square feet; two bedrooms, 1 complete bath, 2 half baths, home office

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The couple did most of the job on the kitchen, with the help of a carpenter and close buddy. Rikola chose her favorite color, blue, to contrast with bright whites for a fresh feel.

“Eat” hint: Oh Dier, Etsy; counter: beech, Bauhaus; cabinetry paint: Tikkurila M350

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BEFORE: Small of this preceding kitchen stays. Rikola retained the overall layout but tore out all the outdated cabinetry, countertops and flooring.

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AFTER: Salvaged kitchen chimney saved money — these cabinets price about $200. A little plywood and several coats of paint were all that was required to correct them up.

Tile: Emery et Cie; faucet: Domsjö, Ikea; array hood: Savo

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BEFORE: Although Rikola wanted to brighten up the house, she preserved as many of the previous layers of background as possible under the new remedies.

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AFTER: A vintage pendant, table and seats feel like a natural tribute to the house’s 1950s roots.

Refrigerator: Gorenje

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This kitchen china cupboard was made by Panu’s great-granduncle.

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BEFORE: Structurally the home was in great condition. Despite the 1980s remodel, first details — doors, cut and wood-paneled walls — shone through.

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AFTER: The family’s German shepherd, Muru, sits in the new entryway.

Rikola utilized a traditional pasting way of wheat flour and water to put in the new background. She made the origami-style pendant herself, using cardboard and instructions from Finnish blog Kolmas Kerros.

Background: Grove Garden, Osborne & Little; floor paint: Tikkurila 0405

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BEFORE: The couple lucked out once they found original wood flooring under linoleum and vinyl. The wood just had a little painting and sanding.

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AFTER: Peppy lime-green walls serving the living room with a jolt of modern color. A coordinating room screen made from from cloth and pipes pipes sits on casters, prepared to separate the distance as needed.

Yellow chair: Hee seat, Hay; cloth for partition: Ananas, Marimekko; wall paint: Tikkurila H388

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Initial lighting hangs in several parts of the living space. The daybed is an old hospital mattress in the 1950s, outfitted with a new mattress and a vintage-inspired bedspread.

Bedspread: Ebba, Ellos

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The red hue of a vintage armoire-turned-TV-console stands out from the green walls.

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Mansikki, the family’s other dog, is determined by comfy woven rugs from the living area. The coffee table is a vintage army trunk on casters.

Red facet table: Stone, Kartell; couch-armchair: vintage

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BEFORE: This little butler’s pantry turned into a changing room for the couple’s son.

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AFTER: A colorful wallpaper backsplash has completely altered the space. Beech countertops and a tiny ceramic sink create infant bath time easier.

Background: Paradiset, Josef Frank

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The cabinetry in the changing room was recycled from the kitchen. The framed pants hanging on the wall belonged to Panu when he was little.

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Contrary to the remainder of the house’s bold colors, the master bedroom’s pastel color palette creates a calming feel.

Pendant: vintage; drapes: Eurokangas

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Rikola, a graphic designer, does the majority of her work in the house office. Her favorite turquoise hue covers the walls.

Wall paint: Tikkurila V370

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“I’m by no way a form-follows-function or less-is-more sort of gal,” says Rikola. “I put beauty over practicality. You need practicality also, but not at the expense of beauty”

Green Paint: Loft Zig-Zag Floor Lamp, Jielde

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9 Dreamy Bedrooms Total of Softness

First things first: The idea of masculine and feminine in decorating has less to do with sex roles than with form, placement, colour and other pieces of their visual package. Feminine rooms tend to convey a feeling of softness and nuance; they are more mysterious and less direct than manly spaces. They highlight curves over stiff lines, randomness over symmetry, little scale over big and airy hues over rich jewel tones or dark neutrals. And the bedroom, such an intensely personal space to begin with, is an perfect spot for allowing this strategy blossom.

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From the whispers of shell pink as well as the flashes of lilac into the layers of sheen and glow (even on the canopy), this bedroom showcases feminine flair in a superbly controlled manner. Everything about it seems subtle and sensual.

Having a neutral palette and rich forests, this room easily might have gone manly. What keeps it at the opposite camp? Detailing such as the billowy draperies and cutout-style bedskirt edging, along with romantic notes such as the cherub art and antiqued mirror.

Elizabeth Brosnan Hourihan Interiors

Again, details make the distinction here. Yellow is one of those unisex colors that can go either masculine or feminine, however scalloped bedding, pinch-pleat drapery tops, tasseled cushions and graceful patterns plant it firmly in the latter camp.

Jane Lockhart Interior Design

Airy but no-nonsense, this boudoir breathes life to the well-worn pairing of pink and gray. The headboard and unfussy accents prevent short of overall sweetness, nevertheless the space gives off an unmistakably feminine vibe.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

This is how you do grace and poise with a side of sass. Stylized florals, conventional shell prints and softly curving furniture profiles get an edge from the vivid turquoise and coral tones, which change the disposition from serene to zingy. Sudden notes such as the light blue seat legs add to the light feel.

The Lettered Cottage

While men can rock a purple shirt or lavender tie, this space is nothing but girly, thanks to small furniture, curvy types, a swooping canopy, a ruffly seat skirt and tiers of toile. Streams of natural light improve the delicate effect.

Clarkson Potter

This is a woman’s bedroom, but an adult will be pleased to maintain it as her haven. The bare canopy bed retains its childhood-fantasy feel but shows off its bones in a sophisticated way, while the watermelon-pink toile wraps the space in delicate layout. Layers of cushions add to the feminine air.

Caitlin Moran Interiors

Nothing says glam like a statement chandelier, and this one tops off the room just like a giant pearl choker. The towering ceiling opens up the room enough to handle a luxuriously overscale bed with a headboard that is sculpted, and an upholstered bench right for strapping on a pair of heels. The light scheme also helps to soften the room’s angles.

Feminine style gets an exotic twist in this comfy bedroom, with a medallion-print fabric that feels both modern and dainty. The asymmetrical chaise at the foot of this bed is simply luxuriant.

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8 Keys to Exude True Warmth at Home

In Denmark they’ve hygge, in Germany it is gemütlichkeit and in Sweden you might get mysig. Loosely interpreted, all these words imply “cozy,” but it is really much greater than that. Hygge is all about relaxing, slowing down and enjoying time together with friends and nearest and dearest. It is all about bringing warmth and light to a dark night, sipping hot drinks around the fire and making a cheerful, peaceful, welcoming mood in the home. And the gorgeous thing about a hygge house is the fact that it depends much more about the care you require than the cash you put in to it.

Here are eight strategies to take coziness to the next level.

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1. Welcome visitors. The instant you step to a hygge house, you are aware of it. Imagine walking through the door and being greeted by a warm hug, the odor of something yummy baking in the kitchen and a comfortable location where you could sit and take your boots off.

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2. Make places to collect. It may be nice to have a place for sitting and having tea and a conversation beyond the usual living room sofa or dining table. A low dining table with chairs feels more intimate — perfect for catching up with a close friend or flipping through decorating photos.

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3. Boost. Just because you’ve got the day to yourself does not mean you can’t also enjoy getting mysig. Put on music you love, drape your favourite seat with a fluffy sheepskin or extra cushion, and be sure you like a cup of something hot to drink as you go about your day.

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4. Give a welcoming touch to each room. So often it is the tiny things which make the biggest difference. Don’t you agree? More than having the “right” sofa or a perfectly coordinated rug and toss pillows, coziness comes in the sense that someone is caring for you. Think a little vase of fresh flowers, a well-cared-for green plant from the window, candles lit and coffee brewing.

Jeanette Lunde

5. Minimize media on your living area. One thing that does not mesh nicely with gemütlichkeit, hygge or even mysig is a blaring cell phone or TV. Preserve a little time and area in your house for unplugged pursuits — if a friend drops, choose not to answer texts until he or she’s gone, giving the visitor the luxury of your undivided attention.

Julie Smith

6. Bring light to midwinter days. A strand of white twinkle lights, extra candles and soft lamplight have a massive impact in winter. So if it is a gray day, why don’t you light a couple candles and plug from the twinkle lights as you relax in your home? It is so much lovelier that way.

Julie Smith

7. Create hideaways. Retreating to bed whenever you’ve got a cold or are simply tired is a superb way to recharge. Make your favorite resting place even more attractive by making sure that it has a good lamp, soft palate plus a little, special touch. Drape a piece of fabric overhead for a canopy or craft a mobile from home made decorations and pretty decoration.

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8. Always be prepared for fika with friends. The Swedish tradition of fika involves taking a little break with friends for coffee and cake or cinnamon rolls; it appears to be a superb custom to adopt at this time of year. With packed schedules, it may not be possible to see everyone we want to view, but that does not have time to get a tiny fika?

Inform us What is your preferred way to find cozy in winter?

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Raise the Woof: Doghouses Delight at Barkitecture 2012

From Airstream moved to a pontoon boat, the doghouse layouts in this year’s Barkitecture fundraiser in Austin, Texas, combined lovers of architecture and animals for fun and a good cause. Twenty Austin architects, designers and builders showcased their four-legged-scale designs in the downtown 2nd Street District on Nov. 10, 2012.

The annual fundraiser, hosted by Animal Lovers of Austin Inc., benefits local animal rescue groups. Austinites have the chance to bid on the houses, together with the silent auction starting at $250 and increasing at $50 increments. Let’s have a peek at a few of this year’s creativity.

Kara Mosher

The Greenest Design award went into the Rex Box, created using a metal roof, solar panels, recycled materials and sliding doors. Developed by Francois Levy and built by Newcastle Homes, this green residence is comparable to many “individuals” homes made in East Austin. One neat feature is the chimney, which will help to keep the inside cool.

Kara Mosher

Among the most exciting layouts in the event was the Sea Woof — a pet lounge area designed just like a pontoon boat, complete with dog-size life preservers. Created by STG Design, this doghouse won the Most Unusual Design award.

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The designers in Renewal Design Lab won the award for Greatest Backyard Bungalow. Aptly named Big Dog Little Dog, this house has two entrances to accommodate two puppy dimensions.

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Like many of the additional doghouses, it was also generated from salvaged materials.

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Clark/Richardson Architects earned the Greatest Urban Dwelling award using this creative Murphy bed doghouse. Murphy’s Paw folds into the wall, making more free space in the house and helping the bed stay clean. The modern and clean design was motivated by the actual home where it will be set.

Kara Mosher

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The Barkelow created by EIX & Blackwell offers a whole lot of home for small dogs. As winner of the Largest Fundraiser award, this elegant doghouse isn’t just comfy, but also luxurious with billowy canopy drapes and a very small chandelier to boot. This pomeranian appears to concur.

Kara Mosher

This year’s Best in Show was a combined effort between engineering from Block Research Group and design from Escobedo Construction. Made of a fabricated limestone which is held together by sheer compression, the Doggone Vault‘s design is both secure and watertight.

It also sections the space into a “bedroom” and “dining room” space. The kitchen is positioned in the center, where a little water bowl was created by a dip in the design. The water comes from rain.

Kara Mosher

Created by Austin Community College students of the Architectural and Engineering CAD Department, the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Tailiesin SXSW won Largest Student Fundraiser. All materials for this piece repurposed or were contributed.

Kara Mosher

If I had been a little puppy, my first choice is this traveling puppy’s dream made by AJM Construction. The Woof-Stream is created of local recycled materials such as sheet metal and wood and replicates the design of a traditional Airstream.

Kara Mosher

Gensler made this Dog Cube Condo, a sustainable home created to withstand the Texas heat. This simple design is made of stainless steel, perforated metal mesh and ipe wood.

Kara Mosher

A gorgeous and one of a kind signature to the Cube Condo is a low-water rooftop planting suited to your Texas climate.

Kara Mosher

This quaint puppy farmhouse from Henley Homes is outfitted with a front porch, swing, dormer window and white picket fence.

Kara Mosher

This design attracted the attention of many dogs. Created by RRS Construction, it features one of Austin’s coolest exterior features, the color sail.

Kara Mosher

Exercise Design Group is in charge of this Puppy Playscape, created to be a space for the two dogs and their human counterparts to enjoy. The design offers minimal cleanup, a flexible roof and an enjoyable place for dogs to play.

Kara Mosher

Among my visually favorite layouts and what appeared to be among the most functional houses was this open house house by Hatch+Ulland Owenmade with ipe hardwood floors and polygal ceiling.

Does your pet have a great house, too? Post a photo below!

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Shadow Boxes Get a Sophisticated Spin

I fondly recall my youth shadow box. It had been stuffed with small trinkets and tchotchkes I had collected from family beach trips or received as presents, and I valued every one. However, while I still adore the shadow box thought, I am searching for a more tasteful, cohesive approach nowadays. Here are 12 fresh shadow box remedies perfect for an adult area.

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A simple heart cut from the pages of this book produces a striking display that is even more poignant because of its simplicity.

Even something as modest as bottle caps can look artful and chic when massed together in a shadow box.

What a terrific way to preserve ticket stubs and other paper postcards — much better than my current method of pushing them into a box and hoping I’ll get around to organizing them one day.

Allen Patterson Residential

Exotic shadow boxes, each painted a bright color, give children a lot of room to display their favourite items and help to preserve floor space.

Mustard Seed Interiors

Here, an shadow box approach produces a beautiful screen for a garment. The lack of glass produces a rustic feel.

Maria Barros Design de Interiores

Framing a set of bracelets in twin-frame shadow boxes elevates them to art standing.

Robin Muto

Tiny cubes in an orderly grid give this shadow box graphic appeal. It is a new take on stacking them into a glass lamp base or tumbling them into a bowl.

Pour Toujours

Frame champagne and wine corks from special occasions in their own shadow boxes instead of piling them into a bowl.

It’s The Small Things…

Limiting a set could keep it from looking kitschy. This old crate–turnedshadow box stipulates a series of freshwater cubes.

My Sweet Savannah

Transcribing a classic recipe on the rear wall and organizing a couple of artful groupings of dishware and cosmetic finds have changed this shelf into an oversized shadow box.

Lola Nova

How smart is this? A bag lid makes for a display.

Liz Williams Interiors

Chunky box-style frames, minus their glass, become adorable, cottage-style screen spaces.

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The Way to Give Your Home

Summers are lovely, but aside from actual vacation time, they are not that different from the rest of the year. We still have to work and pay bills and change our oil.

Still, there is something in the air (it’s called sunshine) which makes everything a little more relaxed. Mealtimes get longer, clothes and evenings linger takes it down a few notches. Life just does not feel really frenetic in summer. Or it shouldn’t.

There’s not any reason you can not capture this atmosphere in your home. Lighten things up, relax a little, make room for kicking back. You might not have more actual hours to chill through the summer months, but your house can make you feel as though you do.

Hang a hammock. When it’s too hot and buggy outside, then hang it indoors. A novel and a glass of lemonade are equally as great in an indoor hammock as they are in an outdoor one.

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Have an outdoor pavilion for shade, breezes and all the conveniences of an outdoor living area.

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An outdoor pavilion is not in your cards? Produce a makeshift lounge. Consider it. A couple layered rugs, a few floor pillows and a low table will do the trick.

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Adding an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit will help to create a focus for a second outdoor living room. And it keeps things going after the sun has gone down.

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Hang a mosquito net. There are few things as intimate as a absolute mosquito net over the bed.

Tracery Interiors

No location for a mosquito net? Hang gauzy curtains. They let in the light and flutter in the breeze.

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Sleep outside. Transferring a summer bed out into the yard or on the porch is a fantastic way to feel like you are on vacation even once you have to get up in the morning.

Dreamy Whites

Move casual. Canning jars become tea glasses, yard clippings are centerpieces and nothing actually must match. It’s summer. You should be eating on your swimsuit!

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Go bright and white. White slipcovers are bright and summery, and they may be washed.

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White, white and more white.

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Move the dining area out. You do not need a lovely rose arbor and a raised gravel bed to temporarily go outdoors for your meals.

A Beach Cottage

Bring outdoor furniture indoors. This vintage beach chair just screams “summer lake home” to me.

Barbara Cannizzaro

All you will need is just one small area where you can get comfortable. Even should a balcony is the only outdoor area, you may produce a summer chill-out place.

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Rooms Spring to Life With Unusual Patterns

It is tempting to write something about these daring floral designs “not being your grandmother’s chintz.” But it some cases they are your grandmother’s chintz. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

The blossom print has come a long way since Louis XIV, also there are lots of daring, contemporary floral designs on all manner of things, from carpeting to walls. But there’s no reason to take sides. Bold blossom designs are stunning whether traditional or contemporary, all around the place or sprinkled reasonably. They could fit in everywhere. As always, it is dependent on how you utilize them.

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This glowing yellow flowered wallpaper is cheerfulness on a roster.

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I am a giant fan of mixing up things, and this room certainly does that. It’ll be just a moment before a daffy old Englishwoman brings you some tea.

Only a hint of chintz. The throw pillows on the seat add a feminine, welcoming touch to what looks like quite a comfy room.

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An accent wall done in a superbold poppy wallpaper adds color, texture and also a lot of character to this room. It is nice to see an ocean-view room that is not all blue and beige.

Rachel Reider Interiors

The pattern with this Flower Quince wallpaper from Clarence House is so subjective and daring, it almost looks like splatter artwork.

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Completely buttoned up and totally wild at the same time. This giant, blown-up chinoiserie pattern is so stunning.

Ninainvorm

Even with this yummy wildflower paper, this room is contemporary eclectic all of the way. (It likely has something to do with the bombshell within the mattress.)

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Now this is devotion. Flowers, flowers everywhere and curtains that fit the walls. It is Grandma’s room on steroids.

Dufner Heighes Inc

Why don’t you add a wall of flowers to your midcentury modern living room? It can help to soften all of the angles.

The Lettered Cottage

There’s no need to go all out. Keep it easy, with just a little splash of flowers (covering the chair has much more effect than a few throw pillows).

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A Chilly Massachusetts Bathroom Understands the Hotel-Spa Remedy

She loves to soak and he enjoys to steam and one of these was getting what they really wanted out of the master bathroom with its drafty window, dated fixtures, whirlpool shower and bathtub too large to be functional. This husband and wife wanted a personal and private space that felt like a modern resort spa, but using traditional touches. The outcome is a luxe and comfortable room that functions both of these as a fantasy escape at the end of a long day.

Bathroom at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple with two young daughters
Location: Beverly, Massachusetts
Size: Around 142 square feet

Megan Meyers Interiors

The 1990s structure was cold in temperature and style. Designer Megan Meyers took the room all the way down. “Unfortunately, in the 1990s a lot of building was not as concerned with tight envelopes such as we are today, so it was quite inefficient,” she says. Additionally, until she could get started on the fun things, the room had improved insulation, as it is situated above the garage.

The cold tile floors used to produce the homeowners dread going into the bathroom barefoot. Now the floors have radiant heat and also a new baseboard heating system. Meyers also substituted the drafty window using a new efficient one from Anderson Windows.

The floors look like marble but are ceramic tile. She chose quartz in Arabescato Verde to your shower brink to avoid tough-to-clean grout lines and because the green in the veining picks on the greens in the stained glass tiles.

Megan Meyers Interiors

A sizable vanity offers plenty of storage and also his-and-her sinks. The mirrors open to medicine cabinets and are mirrored on both sides. Crystal knobs add a little bling.

Vanity: Bertch; dressing table complete: Shale (the color is much lighter than it looks in this photograph); stained glass tiles: Vihara, Sonoma Tilemakers

Megan Meyers Interiors

Another large item on the spouse’s wish list was background, which is not a sensible idea in a room which has a steam shower (the newspaper starts to peel off from your stitches when exposed to too much steam). Meyers commissioned handsome artist Kasia Mirowska of Miro Art and Design to complete a unique stencil treatment which has a metallic background, glazing and a final coat of varnish. The owners may wipe condensation right from the beautifully stenciled walls.

Megan Meyers Interiors

Meyers additional picture-frame molding beneath the stenciled walls due to the 12-foot ceilings. “The molding attracts the room down to an individual level and is fitting with the toilet’s modernized traditional style,” she says.

Among the spouse’s leading wish list things was a chandelier with some bling. The James Moder Florale Chandelier adds traditional crystal in a whimsical floral style.

Megan Meyers Interiors

“The homeowners like to sail and also are attracted to decadent colors; I sourced this stained glass tile, and they fell in love with it,” Meyers says. She used 1- from 3-inch tiles on the backsplash and floor, then chose the 1/2- by-1-inch size in the exact same tile to the shower.

The counter is Italian Okite quartz, which looks like marble.

Faucets: Sigma; mirrors: Robern

Megan Meyers Interiors

BEFORE: The husband dreamed of a steam shower with lots of room instead of this standard shower.

Megan Meyers Interiors

BEFORE: The old tub was over 7 ft long and jetted. The couple used it in the 2 decades since they moved in. Well, that is not exactly true; they did fill it with balls to produce a ball pit to get both daughters — the bathtub was that large.

Megan Meyers Interiors

AFTER: Meyers borrowed space from the oversize tub surround to expand the shower stall, making it a 5- by 5-foot space.

Megan Meyers Interiors

Rather than a full wall between the bathtub and shower as seen in the earlier pictures, there are two large panes of glass. The center piece provides room for the plumbing and fittings. “Creating these two large ‘windows’ opened the shower to the light along with the views,” Meyers says.

The husband got the steam shower he’d needed so much.

Fixtures: Sigma

Megan Meyers Interiors

Meanwhile, the spouse’s fantasy of a large soaking tub, no jets required, came true on the other side. While initially she had pictured a cast iron claw-foot bathtub, Meyers steered her from Victoria and Albert’s Volcanic Limestone Collection because it holds heat better.

There’s also a European heated towel bar between the bathtub and the shower (not pictured). Window treatments in a quatrefoil pattern up the comfy factor and supply privacy.

Padding barefoot round the heated floors for a luxurious soak or a steam is a fantasy come true to the couple.

Baseboard heater (beneath window): Runtal; curtain fabric: Corralillo in Seaspray, Fabricut; side table: Worlds Away

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What's in a Frame?

Deciding on the proper artwork for your house can be difficult, but for many of us, framing it’s the true puzzler. What color? What dimensions? Mat or no mat? And if you are anything like me, those choices can be so overpowering that beautiful paintings and photographs languish for months or even years in a cupboard, unframed and hidden. But here’s the good news: Once you break it down, the process really isn’t that hard. Follow these tips to choose the guesswork out of framing your art to its best advantage.

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Consider the style of this art. The framework you choose should complement the piece inside. An impressionist-style painting may appear ill at ease in a contemporary stainless steel framework, even though a spare, modern work will not jibe with a detailed gilt one. Select materials and a profile that sense appropriate to what you are framing.

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Consider the style of this space. The framing you select does not need to coordinate with your decor just, but it must at least feel as though the piece hangs in the right property. The conventional frames utilized for this set of paintings complement the area’s classic, understated style.

Pelletier + Schaar

Match the dimensions of this framework to the dimensions of this image. A thick, chunky framework can overpower a diminutive piece of art, and a skimpy one can fade away next to a solid, overscale painting or photograph. Pick one that will balance the job it surrounds.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Decide whether to use mats. Not all pieces require them, and it is largely a matter of personal taste. Hold mats and frame moldings against the job in question to ascertain the way you’d like it best. Art with a clean background, such as the shell prints in this bedroom, works especially well without a mat.

Allison Cosmos

Select a mat which contrasts with the color of this art. Generally, you can’t go wrong with classic white or cream (cool colors are a huge no-no, unless you do not mind swapping them out several years). But black and white photographs, line drawings and pen sketches are able to appear striking with a surround of black. Just be sure there’s a powerful contrast between the art and the mat a murky piece will disappear in a field of darkness.

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Select the kind of glass you want. If your piece is especially fine or sentimental, you might opt to put money into museum glass, treated to block UV rays that can fade colors over time. It’s costly, but it can pay off in the long term. Normal glass is a lower-cost choice, but it can be too heavy for quite a large part. In these instances, lightweight acrylic is often the best bet.

Kati Curtis Design

Make sure mats are broad enough. A mat that’s too skinny will not set off the piece it surrounds. Here’s a handy rule of thumb: To the best effect, create the mat two times as wide as the framework. You are able to go wider, but you should be sure the art doesn’t get lost.

Lauren Gries

Don’t be concerned about matching eyeglasses. Take your cue from art galleries and fit frames to the art, not to every other. Grouped on a wall, correctly framed pieces will complement each other beautifully.

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Guest Picks: 20 Ways With Agate

Adding agate in your home’s decor allows you to bring a wide variety of colour, and may have healing properties as well. Many customs imbue this gorgeous stone with magic protective attributes, including the capability to cure the stings of scorpions and the bites of snakes, soothe the brain, stop contagion, still thunder and lightning, promote eloquence and secure the favor of the powerful. I mostly love the organic beauty these slices of stone bring to the home. — Jami from Imagine Design Blog

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Eclipse Agate Chandelier

This chandelier combines a sleek, modern look with a raw, earthy vibe. I love the delicate lines of the piece. It would look great in many different dining settings.

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Quinn

Oh, hello lover! This is one good looking table. It’s unique, the perfect size to get just a small side table and that colour is stunning!

STUDIO BIJOUX

Agate Rug, Amethyst

Can you like this flooring jewel? It’s really a stunning carpet from Studio Bijoux. This is bold and beautiful rather than for the person who is afraid of colour.

Vivre

Agate Napkin Rings – $65

I really like these agate napkin rings add a touch of natural elegance into the tabletop. I enjoy the blue agate paired with the freezing glass ring. You can design a chic tablescape using these as inspiration.

Vivre

Agate Coasters – $60

Supposedly, these agate coasters possess supernatural powers that protect and bring pleasant dreams. Sign me up! I will try them, not just for protection, but to bring some stunning sparks of colour throughout my home.

Anthropologie

Agate Slice Knob – $14

How pretty is that this agate piece knob? This would be the perfect addition to any dainty dresser or nightstand. It also comes in a cream colour, but I really like this bright blue.

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Agate Cheese Plates – $60

These aren’t the most colorful agates, but they are entirely sophisticated. They’d work well for serving a tasty cheese plate. I totally love the raw, earthiness of those.

UncommonGoods

Agate Cheese Spreaders – $60

Here is a few more agate that will help you serve your cheese up. Not only are they naturally amazing, they’re virtually indestructible!

Paper Mojo

Agate Marbled Paper, Pink And Black

This agate decorative paper is handmade in Bangladesh and will be perfect to add to an acrylic tray onto your coffee table or as a pad in a frame. Pink + gray + black = perfection.

West Elm

Agate Silk Pillow Cover – $34

Who says all agates are rock hard? This silk pillow cover is something I would really like to see in my guest bedroom. It’s modern and I really like the complementary colour scheme.

Eduardo Garza

Fuschia Lucite Box – $595

Whoa! If color is what you enjoy, then colour is exactly what you get here within this ideabook. Consider this brilliant fuchsia. Store your treasures inside this oil box or only keep it on display by itself. This really is that accessory that will make your guests say, “Ooooh!”

Craig Van Den Brulle

Willy Daro Bronze And Agate Lamp

This is one stunning lamp. This would really look just right in my living room along with all the chocolates, creams and caramels happening. I would really like to see it lit with a warm, soft glow.

A+R

Agate Candle Holders – $110

This set of candleholders is one polished agate split in half. Each set from this shop is exceptional, because they’re made from stones found in character.

A+R

Tigela Agate Bowl – $60

These beauties are carved from character and oozing with colour. They are perfect for serving snacks or putting in your dresser to maintain earrings or rings.

Concetto

Concetto Semi Precious Blue Agate Stone Surfaces

This really is a blue agate slab from Caesarstone. They advocate it for conference or meeting rooms where people gather to emphasise as seemingly it “can lead to intensely original thinking” I’m loving this! Natural cut stone to improve creativity — I need a desk made from the stuff.

tuell + reynolds

Santiago Sconce

This set of agate sconces is the perfect addition to light up any space. I imagine them at an entryway (to ward off bad spirits) or maybe in an office or library setting (to stir the creative juices). I’m sure these have a gorgeous soft glow when lit.

Etsy

Lee Jofa Groundworks Kelly Wearstler Agate, Grey With Blue By houseofpemberley – $109

This really is a 20-inch throw pillow out of Etsy. It’s made from Kelly Wearstler’s Agate fabric. They also have a few different colors to choose from. I really like this as it is a picture interpretation of an agate — a bit more bold and modern.

Taylor Llorente

Unusual Hand Sculptured Bronze And Agate Cocktail Tables – $42,832.13

Examine this set! These small stunners are hand-sculpted and very pricey. They are one of a kind, although they’ve a high price tag. The sculptural base is bronze.

Vivre

Agate Clocks – $85

Sprinkle some color around your home with a potpourri of brightly colored agate clocks. Be sure to place one in your nightstand to keep those good dreams coming!

High Street Market

Agate Bookends – $49.50

These silver foliage agate bookends would dress up any shelf. I really like this colour combination; silver and peacock blue perform nicely together and make any space instantly glamorous.

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