We wallpapered the powder room as part of our renovation a few years ago and the wallpaper quickly became dirty right above the sink. Now would be the perfect time to pick out tile for a bathroom tile backsplash and have it done, since Merlin, our wizard of a handyman, is coming next week to paint our bedrooms and bathrooms. (Did I mention HGTV is coming in two weeks to photograph the apartment for the magazine? Nothing like a photo shoot to make you scramble.)
The backsplash tile wouldn’t go all the way across the wall. Rather, it’d be just above the pedestal sink, just enough to add some protection against all the water. We’re talking sixteen-by-eight-inches. I’ve found 16 bathrooms that feature smaller swathes of tile or marble, or just a tiny square of tiles, above the sink.
The backsplash would be installed over my Tres Tintas Barcelona wallpaper. The next question is, what kind of tile to use for this teeny tiny bathroom tile backsplash? Fireclay Tile sent me a press release today with some interesting new tiles. But that’s a whole other post.
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.
Like most things in my house, I tend towards simple with clean lines. While it’s true that in my living room in Boston, I have a bold Angela Adams rug and smattering of patterned pillows by Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler, Hable Construction, and Judy Ross Textiles, the sofa and upholstered cushions on the vintage Scandinavian chairs from eBay are slightly textured solids
In the bedroom, I always keep colors and textures more subdued. When we lived in a bungalow in Chevy Chase, we had the loveliest bedroom, with pale lilac walls, a creamy wrought iron bed, and a beautiful quilt that my mother-in-law made for us as a wedding gift. The windows looked out on a magnolia tree in the backyard.
Our Boston bedroom, by contrast, is a dungeon. To lighten things up, we have a tall tailored headboard from Pottery Barn, upholstered in white cotton duck. The sheets and duvet are pure white. Not exciting, but the best we can do as everything else seems to have taken priority for the last dozen years. Happily the all white bedroom on the Cape is bliss.
The condo in Delray Beach is currently being painted white. White, white, and more white. The cork floor should go in later this month(!!!). If you’ve been following, you’ll know it’s decorated with white and pale wood furniture from Ikea (sofa, chairs), CB2 (nightstands, dining table), West Elm (bed), etc. and punctuated with pops of color.
The boys’ beds, of which i did a staged makeover, are back to its original style. While the bold graphic bedding looked better, it wasn’t the aesthetic I was going for. So they once again have the Ikea duvet covers in teal and grass green with organic patterns. While the fabric is slightly rough, I love the quality of the duvet inserts, pillows, mattress pads, and other bedding basics.
BeddingStyle.com was in touch recently about doing some sort of makeover using my choice of bedding from its site. There are a few great modern bedding brands, including Marimekko, so I’ve been contemplating whether to try one out in the Florida master bedroom. I had planned on using a sea glass colored Matouk coverlet I bought at the Matouk Factory Store in Fall River, Mass.
In trying to determine whether to go with a subtly colored solid duvet or comforter, or one with a pattern, I thought it best to pull together some examples. (The sheets will remain white; always white.) Here are 25 bedrooms with patterned duvets, comforters, or quilts.
Chrome was the new brass, oil rubbed bronze the new chrome, brass the new bronze, and now, copper is the new brass. Seriously. I almost wonder if one man isn’t responsible for this predilection for copper: British product designer Tom Dixon. Tom Dixon’s copper shade pendant is everywhere. Everywhere. And, these copper pendant lamps look amazing, whether solo, in pairs, in triplicate, or hanging in a cluster. Most often, one finds the copper pendant over the dining table, but it adds dreamy lustre to a bedroom, and a bit of spark to a living room. And a copper pendant added to a white kitchen just makes the whole look. The copper looks equally as great with pastels as with earthy tones, blues, black, and minimalist whites. Here are 24 rooms with Tom Dixon’s copper pendants. Judge for yourself.
For outdoor inspiration, in case you are contemplating making a purchase after seeing yesterday’s post, Get the Look: 18 Modern Patio Chairs, here are 20 outdoor spaces with a range of patio furniture. Most of the patios and decks have a modern sensibility, but some are charmingly rustic.