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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.

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

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

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

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

photo by Thibault

Cafe Falco, Montreal
Photo by Thibault

ERNST KAFFEERÖSTER | Köln, Germany

Ernst Kafferoaster, Ernst, Germany
Photo by trishates

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La Esquina, Copenhagen
Traveling Mama

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

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Tapped and Packed, London
via Mocha Latte

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Feast of Merit, Melbourne
Design by Rustique

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No Fire No Glory, Berlin
Photo by Ilenia Martini

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Beacon Coffee & Pantry, San Francisco
Photo by Spotted SF

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All That Is Solid, Glasgow
via Remodelista

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Bars & Racoons, Paris
Photo by Mamie Boude

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

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

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

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

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Le Bon, Berlin
What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today

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Four Barrel Coffee
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Front Coffee, San Francisco

Front Coffee, San Francisco
Spotted SF

JB Kaffee Munchen (roastery)

JB Kaffee, Munich
Cosy Coffee Shops

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

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Outerlands, San Francisco
Photo by Sonia Yu

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Panther Coffee, Miami
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Revolution Coffee, Singapore
Gninethree

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Revolver Coffee, Vancouver
Van Foodies

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Scandic General Hotel Coffee Bar
Photo by Patrik Lindell  •  Dwell

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Tandem Coffee Roasters, Portland
Photo by Patryce Bak

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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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Montage: 24 Bedrooms With Bedside Light Pendants

When did the bedside reading sconce morph into a pendant? Sconces are much preferred over a table lamp, which I tend to find clunky both visually and functionally, but why the sudden fascination with pendant lights in the bedroom? Low hanging pendant lights, no less. Pendant lights that dangle much closer to the ground have been a growing trend, both in the bedroom and other rooms.

Would you do it? I’ve actually been thinking about swapping out the articulating sconces in our master bedroom. Then, last week, a 12-year-old with a strong throwing arm smashed the glass shade with a football. But I’m not sure I’m sold on the pendant light by the bed thing. Maybe I’m wrong. Thoughts?

Today, I’ve pulled 24 bedrooms that boast low-hanging light pendants, bedside.

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Jean-Louis Deniot  •  Photo by Simon Upton   •  Elle Decor

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Mikel Irastorza

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Photo by Marcia Prentice

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UK House & Garden

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INT2 Architecture

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Home of stylist Elisabeth Heier

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Country Road Bedding  •  Est Magazine

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Home of creative director Tom Adair
Stylist Stephanie Stamatis  •  Photo by Toby Scott  •  Est Magazine

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Studio Moore

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Home of Hansen Family furniture designer Gesa Hansen
Photo by Nathalie Mohadjer  •  Remodelista

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Stylists Gabby Deeming and Olivia Gregory  •  UK House & Garden

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via Designville

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Stylist Julia Stadler  •  Photo by Warren Heath  •  House and Leisure

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San Giorgio Mykonos Hotel

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Stylist Julia Green  •  Photo by Armelle Habib   •  Inside Out

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Mikel Irastorza

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Photo by Jason Busch  •  via Timber Awards

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Manoir de Verzy/Veuve Clicquot  •  Lonny

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Moroccan Pom Pom Blanket at Mui Ma

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Photo by Masfotogenica  •  The Style Files

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Stylist Claire Delmar •  Photo by Prue Ruscoe  •  HomeLife/Inside Out

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Moai Furniture via Behance

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Alvhem Makleri & Interior

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Montage: 20 Room Changing Windows

Windows are always good. My first apartment in New York was a grim little one bedroom on a charming, brownstone-lined block, with windows that looked onto an air shaft. Being on the first floor, I had to stick my head out and look way up, in hopes of ascertaining the weather. I remember hanging out an investment banker friend’s apartment to watch the marathon, a sleek highrise with windows all around, and realizing that windows make all the difference.

I’ve since lived in much better places, all with much-improved window situations, though I still suffer from window envy. We have a great bow window with an architecturally appealing city street view in our living room but tour bedrooms are underground. The window situation is kinda dismal down there.

In three of the places that I’ve (c0)-owned, we put in new windows during renovations. I always start out thinking that it’s a boring use of a lot of money, but I guess I’ve since learned a lot about windows. Good windows certainly muffle noise and keep out chill (we had FROST on our windowsill INSIDE when we first moved to Boston).  We recently upgraded the living room and family room windows; being able to open the windows, especially in the city, is huge. (Thanks honey for your insistence.)

I’d love to be able to open some of the windows we have high up in the stairwells in the house on the Cape. They are functional double hung windows, though way out of reach. I never really thought about it, but apparently you can get automatic window openers for hard to reach places, from companies like Rocburn Ltd. Perhaps worth pursuing.

Before getting caught up in the boring mechanical details, let’s turn to aesthetics. I’ve posted a bit about windows before, including Tubs With a View and Houses With Colorful Window Trim. Following up on Rooms With Spectacular Windows, here are 20 more spaces with windows that are space-changers. Living with soaring, expansive windows, and all that light would be heavenly.

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Architect  William O’Brien Jr.

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Strata Arkitektur

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Givone Home  •  Red Field Photography

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Nanna Lagerman  •  Philip Karlberg Photography  •  Elle Interiör

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Conrad Gargett Riddel Architecture

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Studio Four

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Wingardh Arkitektkontor

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Michaela Scherrer

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Carrier and Company •   Specht Harpman Architects  •  Architectural Digest

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Mount Fuji Architects Studio

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David Jameson Architects

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David Jameson Architect

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Michael Habachy

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Ouriço Architecture

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Olga Freyman  •  Afflante

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AOME Architects

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Photo by Jean Pierre Verger  •  Cote Maison

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Marie Claire Maison

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Montage: 16 Modern Bathrooms With Floating Vanities

I know I’ve been posting an abundance of bathroom images lately (contrasting tile bathroom floors, tiled bathroom vanities, swatches of bathroom floor tiles), the thinking being a solution for the pink laminate bathroom counter and pink tile floor in the Florida condo bathroom will suddenly present itself.

It seems as though tiling over the counter would be most cost-effective, but I wonder what it would cost to demo the whole darn blocky vanity and put in a simple slab, which would really open up the space, or find a modestly priced floating bathroom vanity, like one of the glossy white sink cabinets from IKEA, or maybe even this Caro vanity that resembles plywood (I had obsessed over a plywood floor for the condo before settling on the cork floor). A floating vanity rather than a simple slab, would be a better for storage, obviously.

It’s true that the bathroom is fairly traditional, certainly basic, with (now) white tile and white grout, and basic white porcelain tub with glass shower doors, but I don’t think it’s a matter of choosing traditional versus contemporary bathroom style, but rather mixing the elements for a simple, clean, with maybe even a hint of Scandinavian style.

Here are 16 modern bathrooms with floating vanities.

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Doherty Design Studio  •  Photo by I. Foord  •  HomeLife

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Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors  •  Photo by Armelle Habib • HomeLife

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Hearth Studio  •  Photo by Lauren Bamford

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Mikayla Rose Design  •  Photo by Eve Wilson   •  The Design Files

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Home of designer Suzanne Gorman  •  Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files

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Bolig Magasinet

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Smitten Studio

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 Stine Langvad  •  Photo by Joachim Wichmann  •  The Style Files

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Laplace & Co.

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 Taverne Agency

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New York Times

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Elle Espana

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Katty Schiebeck

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2B Group

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Montage: 15 Bathrooms With Porcelain Wood Effect Tiles

As I continue my search for bathroom tiles (not to mention a tasteful light fixture for over the mirror to replace the one that looks like it should be in a starlet’s dressing room),  I realize I’ve been seeing so many  wood effect tiles, that it deserved its own post.

I first noticed porcelain tiles that look like wood when the condo board of our building in Boston finally decided to redo our lobby. (It had what looked to be tiles you might find in a hospital, complete with tile baseboard.) Our upstairs neighbor brought a few samples as suggestions. We decided to use them, so the lobby now has tiles that give it a New England-y feel, with medium wood effect porcelain tiles, golden walls, and wood baseboards in creamy white. A huge improvement. (Now I need to get rid of the awful, elaborately framed mirror.)

While I likely won’t be using wood grained tiles in our Florida condo bathroom, as it isn’t a good match with the cork flooring in the rest of the place (though would be an improvement over the existing flesh-toned pink tiles), I think there are some great options. I particularly like the pale gray wood effect tiles, and the idea of doing an faux wood tile accent wall in the shower. Have a look at these 15 bathrooms with wood effect tiles.

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Projekt Home

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Creative Homebody

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Jeff King and Co.

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Stone Source

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Planete Deco

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DKOR Interiors

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Home Adore

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Vt Wonen

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Stephani Buchman Photography

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Better Homes & Gardens

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Eliot Tuckerman Southeastern Custom Homes

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Tanju Ozelgin

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Beyond Homes

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Montage: 20 Bathrooms With Contrasting Tile Floors

Hopefully you’re not too overloaded with floor and rug posts. I want to forge ahead with all the Florida stuff while I’m focused on it. Last year we had the pink-tiled master bath (photo at the bottom of this bathroom tile post) reglazed in bright white. Very cost effective at $600 if you don’t mind the all white grout and tile look, which I don’t. They did the bathtub too. (Maybe I can have them in again so I don’t have to clean the rust stains.) But I still need new bathroom floor tile.

Unfortunately, they recommend against glazing the bathroom floor tile because it becomes glossy and thus too slippery. So, while we have pristine white walls and a white (if not slightly dirty) tub, we still have pale pink bathroom floor tiles and a pink sink in a pink Formica topped vanity. (More on that solution later this summer.) I’ve been browsing for inexpensive slip resistant tiles at Tiles4All, Overstock.com, Home Depot, and Wayfair. Other sourcing suggestions welcome.

On one hand, I’m tempted to do identical (but slightly textured) white square tiles with white grout on the floor, for the simplest look. On the other hand, I love a contrasting floor, and a color or pattern could be fun, especially if everything else is a consistent bright white. The other thought is to do big pieces of a natural stone, like slate, for a durable outdoorsy neutral effect. I’m taking ideas!

Here are 20 bathrooms with contrasting bathroom floor tiles.

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Klopper + Davis Architects  •  Stylist Jo Carmichael  •  Photo by Jody D’arcy  • Inside Out

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Gwen Hefner •   The Makerista  •  Home Depot’s The Apron Blog

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Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör

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Hulburd Design

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 House Beautiful

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 Better Homes & Gardens

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 Better Homes & Gardens

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Ferm Living

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Paola Navone  •  Photo by Wichmann + Bendtsen  •  Dwell

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Murphy & Co Design

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Cayono By Kaldewei

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 Better Homes & Gardens

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Elizabeth Roberts of Ensemble Architecture   •  Photo by Sean Slattery  •  Remodelista

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DAP Stockholm   •  Photo by Ake E:son Lindman

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Stylist Linda Bergroth/Viewmasters

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A21 Studio

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Capree Kimball  •  Curbly

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Form Interior Design

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De Meza + Architecture

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Montage: 24 Rooms with Cork Floors (Plus My Own)

The cork floors have been installed in our Florida condo! And the walls are all a bright, sparkly white. So happy. The cork floor is amazing. It feels good under my feet (it’s not squishy though, more like a pressboard with a coating, like you’d find as the backing of a picture frame, as unappealing as that sounds), cleans well, and looks cool.

I was worried that the 1’x3′ tiles would read too traditional, but the look is practically seamless. There are a number of manufacturers of cork tile out there, in different shapes, colors, and finishes, though I chose the plainest one possible. (I wouldn’t have minded a lighter color, but this is probably more practical.)

The cork floor has the funky, almost unfinished loft look of the plywood floor I had been contemplating, but is much better in terms of feel and durability. The price was very reasonable. They even installed new sharp-edged baseboards. I’m thrilled. Thanks to Steve Gee/Tiffany’s Flooring for doing an impeccable job.

Cork Floors In South Florida Condo

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot
New cork floor in Florida condo.

M O R E   C  O R K  F L O O R S

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Wicanders

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DISC Interiors

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Good Housekeeping

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Real Cork Floors

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This Old House  •  Photo by Susan Teare

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Christina Simon  •  Apartment Therapy

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Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers

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Taalman Koch Architecture  •  Dwell  •  Photo by Lisa Romerein

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Photo by Leela Cyd Ross

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Taalman Koch Architecture  •  Dwell  •  Photo by Lisa Romerein

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Taalman Koch Architecture  •  Dwell  •  Photo by Lisa Romerein

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Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers

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Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers

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Butler Armsden Architects

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Tom Scheerer  •  Elle Decor •  Photo by William Waldron

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Sunset Magazine

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Real Cork Floors

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Design Sponge

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Design Sponge  •  Photo by Emily Gilbert

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House & Home

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Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers

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Better Homes & Gardens

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Real Cork Floors

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Real Cork Floors

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Montage: 12 Homes With Colorful Window Trim, Inside & Out

Oftentimes windows are overlooked when it comes to adding flavor to a design. It’s almost always white windows on the exterior, and usually the window trim is painted white inside too. Sure, sometimes they’re stained, and black window trim can be incredibly striking, but one doesn’t usually see an eye-popping orange.

Cedar shingle homes in wooded areas, like the Vineyard, might sometimes have forest green windows, meant to add interest, but blend with the surroundings. When we designed the house on the Cape, we specified Benjamin Moore “Baby Boy Blue” as our exterior window color. I knew I wanted turquoise, although I picked that specific shade in kind of a rush. It’s probably a tad too light and Caribbean-esque, but I love it anyway. (There’s a photo at the end of this post.)

When the construction crew put them in, the guys on the job, including the plumber, had something to say. Skeptics! Ok, the windows don’t necessarily blend, but I love them. Even though windows seem like an unsatisfying expenditure, I’ve learned that deciding between various window types can really make an impact on not just the design, but the whole feel.

I’m a proponent of true divided light windows — that means there are individual panes of glass between the mullions. There’s nothing worse than cheap plastic mullions shoddily attached to the glass. Awful. There’s a compromise you can get away with, called full divided light, if need be.

Inside, our window trim is painted white. (Actually, everything’s painted white, except for the ceilings in the boys rooms and guest rooms.) It’s possible to get an amazing look with a contrasting trim, though I haven’t figured out how to do it myself. (I tried in my very first apartment in New York, and let’s just say it was an epic fail.)

Below are gorgeous examples of brightly colored exterior window trims, along with some very zingy interior window trims.

E X T E R I O R S

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Intrinsik Architecture   •  John Clark Photo  •  Dwell 

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Faroe Islands

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Intrinsik Architecture   •  John Clark Photo  •  Dwell 

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Lucas Buitoni Architecture  •  Evelyn Müller Photography

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I N T E R I O R S

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The Kitchn

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Maureen “Mo” Ecke  •  Lucas Allen Photo  •   Country Living

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House to Home

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Photographs by Tami Christiansen  •   Casa Vogue Barasil

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Elle Decoration Sweden

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Photographs by Tami Christiansen  •   Casa Vogue Brasil

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C A P E   H O U S E

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Pella windows in Benjamin Moore “Baby Boy Blue

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Montage: Red, White & Blue Tablescapes

Every Fourth of July since I’ve been with my husband, we’ve celebrated with a beach picnic on the Cape., almost always at Corn Hill. He’s been doing it with his family and their friends and families for pretty much his whole life. We’ve brought a few of our friends in on it, who’ve brought their friends. It’s a really nice evening, and has a very small town, Americana kind of feel, which is of course fitting seeing how it’s July 4th and all.

It’s one of my kids’ favorite times of year, and not just because that’s the one day other than their birthdays that we let them have a soda. They love running around the beach as the sun goes down, and hiding behind the dunes with summer friends. I always bring tons of S’mores makings and dole them out once the kids have roasted marshmallows on giant sticks. And then there’s the fireworks.

Over the years I’ve collected some festive Fourth of July accoutrements, including a bandana beach blanket that I got my sister to make. We always seem to have an abundance of little American flags on wooden dowels too (maybe my father-in-law buys them at the hardware store… not sure). The newest addition to the Fourth of July decorations is a red and white striped tablecloth by LinenMe.

LinenMe is a third generation family business that makes towels, bed sheets, towels, scarves, and throws from high quality Lithuanian linen, which is natural and hypoallergenic. The company’s publicist sent me a linen tablecloth to try tout. It’s strong but soft, and has a really nice feel. I will be bringing it to Corn Hill with me on Friday for our Fourth of July celebration.

I played around with the LinenMe tablecloth last week before I came back to Boston for a few days. It would look great draped over a wood table too. Here are a few photos of the linen tablecloth with some nautical-themed letterpress coasters I picked up at the Kennebunkport Festival last month, plus one of these American flags, some dishware, and wine. (You may have already seen them on my Instagram feed.)

In addition to my mini tablescapes, I’ve pulled together a dozen other red, white, and blue tabletop schemes for Fourth of July entertaining inspiration.

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Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot

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Styled by Emily Rudda   •  Tou Jours

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Tori Spelling/EdiTORIal  •  David Tsay Photography  •  Redbook

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Jenny Steffens Hobick for Taste: Williams-Sonoma blog

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Hi Sugarplum!

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Charles Schiller Photography  •  Martha Stewart

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Johnny Miller Photography  •  Martha Stewart

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Beverly Farrington  •  Laurey W. Genn Photography  •  Southern Living

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 Taylor Made Weddings  •  Photo Love Stories  •  The Frosted Petticoat

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Chelsea Fuss for Project Wedding

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A Thoughtful Place

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Montage: Walk in Showers with Frameless Glass Partitions

Door or no door? There’s no question that a walk in shower is the way to go (nobody wants to climb over a tub), but do you do just a simple, frameless glass partition, or do you add a door?

I was just having this conversation with someone (though I don’t remember who), and she pointed out that it’s a lot less expensive if you skip the door, not just in terms of the glass, but the hardware and installation. There’s also the whole hassle of shower door seals.

A shower without a door is good for a smaller space. We used one when we renovated our master bath down in DC, and also in the guest bedroom on the Cape. You also need to consider the shape. We did a door in the master because it’s square. And of course, if you don’t like a breeze on your naked body.

The other option is to do a tile wall or half wall. Not sure how the pricing works out. I guess it’s a decent option for more modest folks, but it definitely closes in the space, whereas glass keeps everything light and open.

Here are 15 walk in showers with frameless glass partitions sans doors.

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MiCasa

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Silvio Rech + Lesley Carstens Architecture

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Lori Pepe-Lunché  •  Design Sponge

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Eric Roth Photography

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Fabio Galeazzo Design

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Minarc Design

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John Granen Photography

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Home of artist  Rory Dobner  •  Elle Decoration

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Canadian House & Home

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London loft of Hosh Ibrahim 

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Architects Felipe Hess & Renata Pedrosa  •  Fran Parente Photography

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Heath Tiles

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