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Montage: 21 Interiors With Statement Seascapes

I normally don’t go for seascapes. Especially a seascape with a sailboat, or worse, a lighthouse. That’s not to say I’m not ever attracted to seascapes. I even own a few, though they’re older purchases. One of our statement seascapes in particular holds major real estate in my living room—an Anne Packard oil painting. Packard is a prominent Provincetown artist, and while the work is hardly avant garde, it’s sedate, skilled, and looks great over the fireplace. Very grown up.

Lately I’ve been drawn to interiors that showcase statement seascapes that are photographs. Huge ocean vistas hung over a sofa, bed, or dining table that serve as the centerpiece of the room. Perhaps because the weather has been especially dismal in Boston this winter. I certainly like to keep my swimming pool photos in plain sight of my desk. But also, I’ve noticed that I’ve been appreciating the ocean more and more as I get older.

Or maybe it’s just that waves and beach art are a tad bit trendy. While a seascape (even a statement seascape at times) seems somewhat mundane in terms of subject matter, huge splashes of brilliant cerulean blue and tone-on-tone turquoise is rather appealing. It certainly meshes with my decor. I wonder if I could photograph the ocean in such a way that it could qualify as art. I think I’ll walk across the street and try it.

Until I post my own, here are 21 interiors with statement seascapes.


Home of Jeanne Chan of Shop Sweet Things  •  via Houzz


Tori Golub  •  NYC&G  •  Photo by Rick Lew




Thom Filicia


Ace Hotel London Shoreditch


William Hefner


Halyards Restaurant, St. Simons Island, GA
Photo by Sarah Winchester Studios


Timothy Whealan Interiors


Interior designer Steven Gambrel‘s Sag Harbor home
Seascape by Marine Hugonnier
Photo by Simon Upton  •  Elle Decor


The Fat Radish  •  Nicole Franzen

ocean art sfgirly by bay

Clements Design


Smitten Studio


Beach Art by Judith Gigliotti in the home of interior designer Jana Bek
Photo by Erik Melvin  •  Glitter Guide


Mega Bulb pendant by Sofie Refer for &tradition


Home of jewelry designer Meg Shackleton  •  Apartment Therapy


Steven Gambrel  •  Seascape by Marine Hugonnier


Zanotta Lama Chair by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba

ocean-art-over-bench-photo-Kara Rosenlund

Photo by Kara Rosenlund


Photo by Manolo Yllera



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Montage: 20 Modern Barn Homes

Although in one sense, a barn is the quintessential, traditional all American dwelling, conjuring images of Old MacDonald and all that. On the other, it’s thoroughly modern, with its wide open interior space, large expanses of façade and clean overall silhouette, primed for loft-like living.

Whether re-inventing original farm out buildings or building from scratch in the early American barn vernacular, modern barn architecture is very appealing. Modern barn homes work in crisp white, natural grays, traditional red, or with the more current black exterior.

Modern barn architecture works in a variety of environments too. Left in unruly meadows or set amidst groomed suburban landscaping, or even as in an example below, in the desert, it’s a shape that’s simultaneous fresh and comforting. Here are 20 examples of residential modern barn architecture in varying degrees of shiny-ness.


Turnbull Griffin Haesloop


Paul Shurtleff Architecture  •  landscape architect Douglas Reed
Photo by Scott Frances  •  Architectural Digest




Major Architekci


Major Architekci


Northworks Architects


Pascal Francois Architects


Rick Joy Architects


Kwint Architecten


Roger Ferris + Partners


Architect Sergey Makhno


Donald Lococo Architects


D’Apostrophe Design  • Photo by William Waldron  •  Architectural Digest


Faro Architecten


Mell Lawrence Architects


Jackson Clements Burrows




McGarry-Moon Architects


dRMM Architects  •  Wallpaper


Carl Turner Architects  •  Dwell

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Montage: 28 Rooms With Roller Shades

Yesterday I was having lunch with a friend who also happens to be an interior designer about to embark on gutting her family’s new home. “I hate roller shades,” she said, to which I gleefully replied, “I love our roller shades! They disappear at the top of the window; you can’t see them at all.”

She reasoned we must have had a good installer, rather than the cheapie versions meant for homeowners to pop in themselves. Nope. My husband put them up, and did a damn fine job. It’s pretty easy to get a great look out of a roller shade on your own, assuming you can measure (and re-measure) accurately and are semi-handy with a drill. Neither are strong points of mine, but luckily my husband is good at this sort of thing.

For the nurseries back in our bungalow in D.C., and then for the boy’s bedrooms in Boston I ordered white duck Roman shades from Smith & Noble. They worked out well; I particularly like the wooden piece on the pull cord (what’s that called anyway?).

Then I discovered The Shade Store. I ordered a zillion roller shade samples in every kind of white, from blackout to solar to papery linens, and made my picks. I used bright white blackout roller shades in the bedrooms (we face East… the sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean and is blinding). If you look at the first photo below, carefully, you can make out the shade rolled up neatly at the top of the window. Basically invisible, right? (I realize the shade on the door is hardly ideal, but I couldn’t come up with another solution.)

Ready to measure: Have a look at my post “Workbook: How to Measure Windows for Blinds


Master bedroom in our house on the Cape


White roller shades over wood framed doors  •  Champion Blinds


Laura Garner  •  GKW Working Design


Vermont Integrated Architecture


White roller shades in Portland, Maine bedroom
Whitten Architects  •  Photo by Rob Karosis


Solar shades on sun porch windows by The Shade Store


Black solar shades in contemporary Charleston, SC living room
All About Windows Inc.


Bismut + Bismut Architects  •  Photo by Francis Amiand


Black roller shade in the kitchen of Rita Hazan’s home
Photo by Brittany Ambridge for Domino


Gradient blind DIY project  •  Bambula


Mountain shade DIY project  •  Bambula


Cortinas roller shades by Hunter Douglas/Luxaflex


White roller shades and a sheepskin rug  •  Design Sponge


Solar shades in contemporary dining room in Chelsea,NYC
Brett Beyer Photography  •  Drew McGukin Interiors


Ikea Urban blind with added red trim  •  Bambula


Nursery with white shades in Amsterdam  •  Apartment Therapy


White roller shade in pastel living room in Rotterdam  •  VT Wonen


 Rattan chairs, oak flooring and white roller shades
Photo by Mia Linnman • Solid Frog


Tree roller blind in blue by Bodie and Fou


Victorian home in London  •  Air Space Locations


Eichler home  •  Apartment Therapy


 Black roller shades at American Blinds




Roller shades built into wood framed windows in Brooklyn brownstone
Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture


Large white roller shade in Grand Rapids, Michigan kitchen
Green Apple Design  •  Solomon Building Group


Roller shades in contemporary kitchen with Wishbone chairs in Toronto.
Croma Design   •  Michael Graydon Photography


Stenciled roller shade  •  Photo by Tjitske Lions  •  VT Wonen


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Montage: 18 Rooms with Bare Branch Arrangements

Two years ago, after a trip to Copenhagen, I posted 22 Rooms with Scandinavian Holiday Decor. Although this post is not about the winter holidays, it is about decorating with branches and twigs in their bare, natural state in wintertime. While it can be nice to splurge on pretty, colorful flowers to brighten a room, especially during the depths of winter, bare tree branches are an easy (free) alternative. Tree branch arrangements add drama and interesting shapes and texture to a room. Stick them in a pot or clear glass vase with water. If you want a bit more embellishment, try branches with berries, pussy willows, flowering branches, or branches with a few leaves still intact. Here are 18 Scandinavian style interiors with tree branch arrangements.


“Snow in Japan” print by Phil Noller – bare trees in a snowy landscape.
The bare tree branch in clear glass cylinder jar echoes the scene.
The sheepskin rug and fur throw add coziness.
Sydney, Australia home of Alice Flynn of Penny Farthing Design House
Photo by Tim Pascoe  •  via SF Girl by Bay


A handful of bare skinny twigs plucked from a city tree.
Gray linens by Bedouin Societé


Pussy willows in brass jug vase.
Vintage elm wood table from Danish home brand Bloomingville.


Sweeping branch and photos of food in the kitchen of Fjeldborg blogger.
Note the sky blue tile counter.


Tree branch arrangement in funky black vase.
Copenhagen apartment of Majbritt Meng & Jesper Johansson
Photo by Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer or Gaelle Le Boulicaut  •  Bo Bedre
Shell Chair by Hans J. Wegner (1963)


Makeover of a home that’s a 1930s church.
The tree branch arrangment in the big black pot adds height.
Styled by Judith Dekker   •  Photo by James Stokes  •  Vt Wonen


Reclaimed wood table, wire chair, sheepskin, bare tree branch arrangement.
Anna Malin  •  a Skona Hem blog


Bare branches in glass vase in Scandinavian style apartment in Amsterdam.
via Homedit

branches-Stacked Shelving system by JDS Architects for Muuto

These branches still have some green leaves attached.
Stacked shelving system by JDS Architects for Muuto.


Marimekko pillow, Muuto table, books on a ledge, bare branches.
Styled by Rikke Graff Juel / Ellen’s Album


Wood style tile flooring by Topps Tiles.


Twiggy arrangements in metal vessels in the home Annalena’s Hem blogger.

branch-photo-helen bogan

Alseda stools from Ikea, Eames chair with sheepskin throw,
and tall branches in home of Norwegian blogger Tonje Boganes
via Dream Home Decorating


Extra tall bare branches on wood dining table in front of a wooded view.
Sydney, Australia home of Alice Flynn of Penny Farthing Design House
Photo by Tim Pascoe  •  via SF Girl by Bay


Flowering branches in white pitcher.
Sydney, Australia home of Alice Flynn of Penny Farthing Design House
Photo by Tim Pascoe  •  via SF Girl by Bay


Bare branch arrangement on walnut dining table with black Eames chairs.
Styled by Louise Kamman Riising  •  Photo by Pernille Kaalund 


Tree branch arrangement sporting pink flowers.
Boucherouite rug from Beldi Rugs
Home of  SF Girl By Bay blogger Victoria Smith


Gnarled bare branches in clear glass vase.
Neon heart available at Penny Farthing Design House.

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Montage: 32 Coffee Shop Interiors

Trendy coffee shops. So common now. A must in everyday life. But I remember when coffee first became a thing. I visited friends in Seattle in the early 1990s, and coffee was everywhere. There’d be neon signs touting “Coffee!” blinking everywhere you looked. It was as though we were in another universe, in which coffee was a magic elixir. Of course, coffee is indeed human fuel and fancy, frothy coffee drinks are now as ubiquitous across the country as Coca-Cola. Another early coffee memory comes from the same era, from my first trip to Italy. Those Italian espresso bars, with those shots of espresso in those dollhouse sized espresso cups.

It didn’t take long for coffee culture to infiltrate the East Coast. Trendy coffee shops popped up all over Manhattan, and with them, coffee shops where one could luxuriate over caffeine. I distinctly recall when Big Cup opened in Chelsea. It was 1994, and coffee houses with oversize sofas were still a novelty. It had a beloved ten-year run, before falling victim to rising rents. By then, sofa-strewn cafés were a firmly entrenched part of urban living.

In the quest for a perfect cup of coffee, state-of-the-art espresso makers, in all their shining glory, were fixtures in sleek, preferably loft-like kitchens, where citified folk could craft post-dinner coffee for their sophisticated, art-loving friends. Cappuccinos and lattes too. And with that all the accoutrements, like milk frothers and coffee bean grinders and stainless steel jugs, from upscale coffee gadget companies like Breville, Bodum, Nespresso, Krups, etc.

More recently, the personal one-cup coffee maker has become the must-have coffee gadget. We’ve had a Keurig and a competitive brand (can’t remember which) of single serve coffee maker. Apparently, according a recent press release I got, brewing coffee at home can save $830 a year.

Coffee culture is still going strong (evidenced by the abundance of coffee art images on Pinterest if nothing else), despite the backlash of pricey concoctions from big businesses. If you’re lucky enough to live in a thriving metropolis, or funky college town, or are able to travel, you  know that independent trendy coffee shops (excuse me, coffee bars) have become a thing.

Trendy coffee shops have their own design formula too. Painted brick or subway tile. Check. Black accent wall or reclaimed wood accent wall and counter. Check. Perfectly designed bare bulbs or banged up metal pendants hanging down from the ceiling. Check. Industrial style seating. Check. And, the bearded hipster baristas. Check, check, and check. The most au courant design details all come together in today’s coffee bars, be it in Berlin, Melbourne, or Portland.

Here are 32 interiors of trendy coffee shops from around the world. All similar in their coffee culture aesthetic.


Barry Cafe, Melbourne
Designed by Studio Techne  •  Photo by Ben Hosking


Cielito Cafe, Mexico City
Design by  Graphic Ambient  •  Photo by Jaime Navarro


Market Lane, Melbourne
Styling by Claire Larritt-Evans • Photo by Armelle Habib • The Design Files

See-See Motorcycles & Coffee

See-See Motorcycles & Coffee, Portland, Oregon
Living for the City

photo by Thibault

Cafe Falco, Montreal
Photo by Thibault


Ernst Kafferoaster, Ernst, Germany
Photo by trishates


La Esquina, Copenhagen
Traveling Mama


Coffee Concepts, Amsterdam
Photo by Melody Lieftink  •  We-Heart


Tapped and Packed, London
via Mocha Latte


Feast of Merit, Melbourne
Design by Rustique


No Fire No Glory, Berlin
Photo by Ilenia Martini


Beacon Coffee & Pantry, San Francisco
Photo by Spotted SF


All That Is Solid, Glasgow
via Remodelista


Bars & Racoons, Paris
Photo by Mamie Boude


Buchbar, Antwerp
Design by Dries Otten  •  Photo by Frederik Vercruysse/Initials LA


Black Eye Coffee Shop, Denver
Photo by Kathryn Bacalis  •  Apartment Therapy


Counter Culture Coffee Training Center, NYC
Jane Kim Design   •   Photo by Alan Tansey


Creative Coffee
Design/CGI photography by Diego Querol/3dqart

Eat Berlin - Le Bon by Marta Greber

Le Bon, Berlin
What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today


Four Barrel Coffee
source unknown

Front Coffee, San Francisco

Front Coffee, San Francisco
Spotted SF

JB Kaffee Munchen (roastery)

JB Kaffee, Munich
Cosy Coffee Shops


Nourish Kitchen + Table, West Village, NYC
Photo by Rebecca Dale  •  Design Darling


Outerlands, San Francisco
Photo by Sonia Yu


Panther Coffee, Miami
source unknown


Revolution Coffee, Singapore


Revolver Coffee, Vancouver
Van Foodies


Scandic General Hotel Coffee Bar
Photo by Patrik Lindell  •  Dwell


Tandem Coffee Roasters, Portland
Photo by Patryce Bak

timberland x bonanza coffee roasters pop-up shop in berlin :

Timberland x Bonanza Coffee Roasters pop up, Berlin
Photo by Stephanie Duval  •  70 Percent Pure

Yeite | Buenos Aires

Yeite, Buenos Aires
Nina’s Clicks

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