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Montage: 29 Rooms With Faux Animal Heads

A couple of weeks ago I featured Boston area designer Kristina Crestin’s own powder room, replete with faux animal heads as the “Room to Love” in the Boston Globe Address section. She had purchased a safari’s worth of these papier-mache animal sculptures from West Elm for a client, but when they didn’t work out she decided to use them herself. The effect is whimsical and rustic, and led to no shortage of potential headlines, none of which we could use. (“Turds With Friends,” “Ass Menagerie,” and so on.)

Antlers and actual taxidermy (real animal heads) are still a thing among a certain set, and always will be, but fashion forward interior designers  and design-y blogger types are much more into faux animal heads of late. Papier mache zebra heads, resin deer heads in neon hues with sparkly antlers, rattan steer heads, and plush tiger, elephant, and puppy dog heads are kind of everywhere, especially in well turned out nurseries. (Triple point score of the walls are black too.)

Here are 29 rooms that showcase faux animal heads in bedrooms, nurseries, living rooms, kitchens, libraries, and of course, Krestin’s powder room. Be on the lookout tomorrow for a killer (sorry) faux animal head buying guide.


Photo by Marcel Page


Roundhouse Kitchen Design


Interior design by Tineke Triggs of Artistic Designs for Living


Interior design by Platform Home Staging


Photo by Sonja Speck


Interior design by Dawna Jones Design




Photo by Brita Sönnichsen


@eliseraquel on Instagram


Interior design by Jamie Drake  •  Architectural Digest




Thom Filicia  •  American Beauty


Interior design by Nimu




Kristina Crestin


Home of Cristina Olsen & Bjorn Bunch  •  The Guardian


Rad Design


Interior design by Mat Sanders of Consort Design
Photo by  Daniel Collopy  •  Domaine


Jonathan Adler’s office  •  Kelly Go Lightly


Interior design by Alex Fulton


Photo by Chris Snook


The Everygirl


House & Garden UK


New York Times


Interior design by Luci Dibley-Westwood


What Architecture


Interior design by Sinclair & Moore Events
Photo by Matthew Land Studios  •  Style Me Pretty


Interior design by illustrator Chloe Fleury of

Interior design by Kelly Slot of Kelly Christine Studio

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Montage: 24 Bathrooms With Trough Sinks

For one of last summer’s Boston Globe Magazine home issues, I wrote about a family friendly house in Scraggy Neck on the Cape with all sorts of fun, beachy features, including a bunk room and a kids bathroom with an oversize trough sink. In addition to its extra large size (I think there are five kids, plus plenty of cousins) and cobalt color, the mom loved that the trough sink hasn’t any counters to muss up.

Trough sinks have an industrial feel often associated with schools or art studios. They’re heavy duty, normally mounted to the wall, though some have legs. I think they’re historically made of cast iron, but I’m sure modern models are also fabricated in other materials. Trough sinks are deep and can be extra-long, accommodating two or even three faucet sets, which make them especially good for kids bathrooms. Of course trough sinks make great utility sinks in a laundry room or mud room too.

Here are 24 bathrooms with trough sinks in all a variety of colors (a red trough sink, a chartreuse trough sink, trough sinks in various shades of blue) as well as  an abundance of black trough sinks. Some are indeed in kids’ bathrooms, others are in bathrooms with old time-y, industrial chic, Brooklyn-y vibe.


Godrich Interiors

trough-sink- Elizabeth Roberts-brooklyn-remodelista

Interior designer Elizabeth Roberts own Brooklyn brownstone  •  Remodelista


Hannotte Interiors


Aaron Hojman  •  Casa Zinc


Better Homes & Gardens


Boston Globe Magazine


HGTV Magazine


Kimberly Renner






House Beautiful

trough-sink-ouse in Floreat by Craig Sheiles Homes and Mick Rule

Floreat by Craig Sheiles Homes and Mick Rule OR Esplanade Residence by Emilie Bédard and Maria Rosa Di Ioia

trough-sink-Melbourne home of Simone Haag, via Photos by Sean Fennessy.

Melbourne home of  interior stylist Simone Haag
The Design Files  •  Photo by Sean Fennessy


Carla Lane Interiors




Scavullo Design


Upscale Construction








Country Living


Terracotta Design Build


Hecker Guthrie



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Montage: 24 Kitchens with Built-In + Hidden Microwaves

Lately I’ve been receiving a rash of press releases from appliance companies, like GE and Miele, as well as stores that deal in appliances, such as Home Depot and Tesco. Although I’m a fan of a great appliance (I love my Bosch dishwashers, for example),  I haven’t ever really covered that segment of the home market here. I probably won’t be doing thorough cross-comparisons of stainless steel refrigerators or ultra-quiet dishwashers any time soon, I can certainly showcase well-designed kitchens that display such appliances to perfection.

So let’s start with microwaves. The design of these 24 kitchens thoughtfully incorporate its microwave ovens. The microwaves are built-in beautifully, whether tucked into an island or stacked with a traditional oven, flush with the cabinetry. Other microwaves are hidden behind doors in dedicated appliance pantries, perhaps combined with a coffee station. I’m not sure I’d want to have to open a cabinet door every time I used my microwave.


J.A.S. Design-Build

I expected to spot the microwave behind the frosted glass barn door, but the microwave in this kitchen is in the island, just under the black countertop. That desk behind the barn door is nifty though.



This sleek IKEA kitchen lines the appliances on a  wall of walnut cabinetry that is oddly perpendicular to the island. Maybe it’s just for show.


Kitchen Architecture

This glossy white Bulthaup kitchen features an appliance garage and two wall ovens; I think one’s a microwave.


Sliding Door Company

Another kitchen in which the appliance wall is perpendicular to the  island. Check out the fridge? drawer at the bottom of the island too.


Better Homes & Gardens

Jade green kitchen cabinets with a microwave in a cabinet with a slide in door, as though it’s an armoire hiding a television. It’s the exact size of the microwave. What happens if it needs to be replaced and that model’s been discontinued?


Photo by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Smitten Studio

I love the brass pulls and expanse of marble, and the larger size of this built-in microwave oven.


Brayer Design    Photo by Nick Smith

Mini microwave in a tall black wood pantry cabinet, along with a toaster, and coffee maker.


Minosa Design    Photo by Simon Kenny

A thoroughly contemporary kitchen that hides everything, microwave included.


Project M+  •  Photo by Mimi Giboin

A compact plan, but the handle on the door of the microwave seems like it would impede usability at the counter.


Divine Design + Build

I like the look of all the compartments in this contemporary wood kitchen, but hide-and-seek comes with a price. Doesn’t it take that much more time to remember where the appliances are, and open and shut the cabinets?



The microwave in this kitchen, which is at once classic and a touch glam, is in a tall cabinet off to the side. I like how the appliances all sport a monochromatic brushed chrome finish.


Modern House Architects

A hard-working appliance wall. Seems efficient to me.


Alison Davin of Jute  •  Photo by Drew Kelly

Another microwave in a cabinet. The mixer display is lovely, but one can’t possibly create a batch of muffins in there.



The microwave in this classic white kitchen is on the front side of the island. Seems inconvenient.


via Zillow Digs

I love this pantry. But I think you’d have to get down on your knees to access that built-in microwave.


Jenna Sue Design

I like how this built-in microwave is completely flush with the island.


Design Dump

Apparently this built-in microwave is not a custom feature, but a DIY solution.


The Sky is the Limit Design

I love how large this cabinet is, and that the microwave has room to breathe.


Photo by Julian Wass for This Old House

Pretty blue cabinets and a convenient service area off to the side of the fridge.


Better Homes & Gardens

Microwave slotted into a tall cabinet. Doesn’t it get hot in there?


Wendy Johnson of Designs for Living    New England Home

Ah, this coffee station pulls out for ease of use.


Yvonne Eijkenduijn  

The microwave in this charming Nordic style kitchen is behind a clear glass door.


SHED Architecture & Design

The microwave is hidden, but it looks hard to use. That gray brick is cool though.


Photo by David Fenton for This Old House

Doesn’t the microwave get more use than the oven. Nobody pulls a door over that.

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Get the Look: Industrial Luxe Workspaces in Grey & Purple

Continuing my partnership with home furnishings site World Market, this month I pulled together pieces in a grey and purple palette to create a workspace with an rustic/luxe industrial feel.

The eight workspaces below the collage are decorated in grey and dusty purple tones, many furnished  with rustic wood desks and file drawers mixed with sleek white desk chairs. Purple accents, including rugs, mood boards, graphic wall treatments, and a velvet lounge chair, add a posh richness to the otherwise industrial and rustic feel of the metal and wood.

Here are ten pieces from World Market that will help you put together a similar home office look. Plus, there are some great sales going on right now through August 24th on home office furniture, living room furniture, and wall art and decor.


Industiral And Rustic Wood Home Office Furniture From World Market


1  Gray Round Bone Mirror

2  Jute Rope Light Kit

3  “Deer Departed” by Vivian Canbelle

4  Gray Velvet Office Chair

5  Wooden Campaign Desk

6  Round Wood & Metal Wall Storage Shelf

7  Metal 5-Drawer Rolling File Cabinet

8  Purple Velvet Wingback Chair

9  Purple & Ivory Nesting Side Tables

10  Purple Waffle Throw

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Girls Purple Bedroom Gray Study Designed By Erin Gates

Erin Gates 
Photo by Sarah Winchester for Boston Globe Magazine


Ann Pyne of McMillen Interior Design & Decoration
Photo by Johnny Valiant •  House Beautiful


Photog by Tia Borgsmidt


Studio of illustrator Sara N Bergman
Photo by Kristofer Johnsson for Residence

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Montage: 16 Modern Patios with Fire Pits

It used to be that everybody wanted an indoor porch. Now it’s a fire pit. Preferably, for me, a modern patio with fire pit. Gathering outdoors around fire has a kumbaya feeling that’s a little earthier and less suburban than grilling in one’s obscenely outfitted outdoor kitchen. Plus, fire pits are great for making s’mores.

We bought a very inexpensive portable fire pit last year for the Cape. And yes indeed made s’mores. The wood burning fire was smokier than we would have preferred, but the kids loved it, and it was the first time we used our patio at night. So that’s something.

These modern patios with fire pits are a bit more upscale than my quaint setup. Many of these are actually large, sleek fire tables. They remind me of a place we go for cocktails in Florida, the Seagate Hotel. Nothing like a fire in Florida.


Christopher Grubb   •  Arch-Interiors Design Group
Basic woven outdoor furniture sits on a structure with a roof and curtains. Off to the side on a terracotta walkway is a circular concrete fire pit. I love leafy vines cascade down the back wall.

fire-pit-Hufft Projects

Hufft Projects
Japanese influences are apparent in this modern patio project, with its sunken fire pit and seating and wood slat screens. I think it may actually be on the beach. Looks like sand beneath the deck.


Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture
Oversize square pavers create a chessboard effect, leading to a modern fire pit and built-in seating, surrounded by wispy plantings.


Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture
A sleek modern patio on a lake in New England. The square fire pit looks to be built of stone and the Adirondack chairs are a nod to the region.


Outer Space Landscape Architecture  •  Sunset Magazine
A multi-level terrace in a small enclosed back yard has a modern outdoor dining table and small circular fire pit


Mayer Sattler-Smith  •  Photo by Kamil Bialous  •  Dwell
This modern courtyard patio belongs to a charred cedar cabin in Alaska with quite the view. The sunken fire pit is set off in a corner, next to cinder block walls.


Michael Lee Architects  •  Photo by Dave Lauridsen    Dwell
The low square fire pit seems to be an extension of the oversize concrete pavers of this modern patio. A steel + ipe bench is suspended from the low concrete retaining wall behind which there’s stalks of bamboo.


Studio G
A concrete block retaining wall is a good solution for building a modern deck into a hillside. I love the Corten steel fire pit, and how they painted just one slat of the deck blue.

fire-pit-Doyle Herman Design Associates Landscape Desig

Doyle Herman Design Associates
This simple set up features a long and narrow fire pit set against a concrete wall. It’s just the right sparseness to complement the lush grass punctuated with horizontal pavers.

fire-pit-architect mcleod|bovell-botanica

Botanica Design
A multi-level modern patio setup with a pool and long, narrow fire table. The wood, concrete, grasses, and water create a spa-like feel.


Erin Martin Design    C Magazine
Portable fire pit and DIY Adirondack chairs in the gravel courtyard of a corrugated metal-clad home.


Ras-a Inc.  •  Photo by Spencer Lowell    Dwell
An ipe bench is built into the low concrete wall on this gravel patio. The custom fire pit is made from boards.


Luxe Interiors + Design
A camp-like setting featuring a circular patio in the woods, most likely in New England, complete with fire pit and red Adirondack chairs.


Roth Sheppard Architects  •  Designs by Sundown
Photo by Dave Winger    Colorado Homes & Lifestyles
A Zen-like retreat with fire table was created in a forgotten strip of backyard.


A wood slat bench is built into a low concrete wall on this modern patio with fire pit and horizontal pavers separated with gravel. Great little succulents planted too.


Real Homes
The homeowner worked with a builder to refurbish this derelict property  and had a landscape architect help create the entertaining area, complete with no nonsense fire pit in the backyard.

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