Kitchen of the Week: Contemporary Meets Rustic in Southern California

The brick-like tile, vintage lighting fixtures and reclaimed wood in this kitchen may indicate an earlier era, but the clean cabinetry and contemporary fixtures stage to its latest design. The owners, newlyweds in Southern California, needed a kitchen which would replace the obsolete old space without appearing blatantly brand-new. After reworking the design and shutting up doors that are unnecessary, designer Lisa Gutow professionally mixed both contemporary and rustic components to create a warm, welcoming and eclectic kitchen.

Kitchen at a Glance

Who lives here: A recently married couple
Location: San Clemente, California
Size: 130 square feet

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The white planked cabinetry gives the kitchen a low-key feel that is in accord with its coastal location. Gutow set up a reclaimed rough-sawn wood beam over the hood as a rustic accent.

The kitchen size and design didn’t allow for as much storage as the couple would’ve liked, so Gutow place glass shelves in front of one window to maximize space and allow for natural lighting. Since the little window just includes an opinion of a guesthouse next door, the client prioritized storage within the view.

Hardware: Restoration Hardware; range: Electrolux with concealed hood

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The rustic brick-style backsplash is really made from cement field tile. Gutow and the clients chose the tile with brick in your mind, so it’d seem similar to that kitchen has always been here. “We wanted it to seem like the drywall had been chiseled away and brick was discovered,” says Gutow.

Hand-painted Italian tile over the stove adds a more contemporary element and stays in accord with the remainder of the house’s Mediterranean undertones.

Backsplash tile: Hacienda San Felipe, Ann Sacks; tile over stove: Haveli, Ann Sacks

Before Photo

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The prior kitchen had been neglected for ages. Here is a view of the first distance, looking away in the smaller window at the rear of the kitchen. The big window over the sink was kept in the new design.

The kitchen outdated cabinetry had entire drawers and cabinets overlooking. The white and black pattern on the ground had worn in several areas, so Gutow sanded it down and used Annie Sloan chalk paint to create a low-contrast stripe.

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AFTER: Though Gutow kept the original appliance layout to avoid shifting plumbing and gas components, she reworked the traffic patterns.

Before Photo

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When looking into the kitchen, in which the little window exists now, there were two additional doors; one led to the courtyard, another to a laundry area. The empty wall is where the stove sits at the kitchen. Gutow closed both doors up, created another entrance to the laundry area and flipped the courtyard door right into a more compact kitchen window. Now foot traffic travels through the living room, rather than the kitchen.

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AFTER: Fixing the courtyard door using the smaller window on the left created room for cabinets, such as those below the window and the device which sits on the countertop, holding the coffeemaker and microwave.

The lively blue pendants include some essential colour; the client found these classic pieces on her, and Gutow had them rewired to your kitchen. The butcher block is. The excess surface area close to the refrigerator is the best location for putting together a cheese plate or a appetizer before carrying it in the adjoining dining area.

Blue bracelets: classic; sink: Rohl; faucet: Country Kitchen, Rohl; countertops: honed marble, Botticcino Classico

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Fall Is Calling: What to Do On Your October Garden

I like having options — from which taste of tea to drink after lunch to that course I’ll take to walk home. Gardening this month is just the same. Whether you’re after garden chores or perhaps some seasonal puttering, it is all about choosing your own route.

You can prep soil for spring planting, divide blossoms and transplant perennials, even tuck in more cool-season edibles. Alternatively, you can simply love fall’s grandeur and put off some of this year’s more tedious tasks. Let fallen leaves deliver hearty mulch for your own lawns and eliminate, for the time being, on cutting spent summer and fall crops. Instead, take some time and watch the leaves change. It is your backyard, so appreciate it. Here’s what you can do in your backyard this October.

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California. Garden editor Bill Marken suggests potting shrubs and trees to get a permanent and festive seasonal touch.

“Pomegranates symbolize fall in Mediterannean climates,” Marken writes. “Like ancient Christmas ornaments, the fat, round reddish fruits hang heavy on spindly branches together with little leaves turning an autumn yellow. To get a container, look for a dwarf variety such as ‘Nana’, showing fall foliage and tiny reddish fruits if you’re lucky.”

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Southwest. Water management remains important this season. “Continue to monitor and reset the timers on any controllers you might have, especially in the low and middle zones. As temperatures fall, decrease the water required,” writes New Mexico landscape designer David Cristiani.

“In case you are planning a landscape to get a barren area or for a place outside plant roots, create water harvesting chances to gain plantings and a few visual interest by installing subtle basins, swales and berms away from constructions, where lush plantings are needed,” he says.

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Texas. It is not too late for fall edibles. “Cool-season veggies are so plentiful and nutritious, so try to tuck in a few new ones this season,” writes landscape designer Jenny Peterson. “Broccoli, turnips, lettuce, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, lettuce, cabbage, collards and other greens can be planted today. If you are anticipating a hard freeze, consider adding some row cover to protect your veggies but otherwise these crops will take the crisper weather stride and give you months of create.”

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Jocelyn H. Chilvers

Rocky Mountains. “Planning to put in a new vegetable or flower garden next spring? Now’s a fantastic time to prepare the dirt,” writes Colorado landscape designer Jocelyn Chilvers. “Use organic adjustments to boost water- and – nutrient-holding capacity and to improve aeration and water stream. Adding alterations now allows you to work in the backyard while the soil is relatively dry, thus preventing the possibility of soil compaction that can occur if you try to perform it during the rainy months of spring. Come springtime the dirt will be prepared to plant.”

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Northwest. “Refresh your container gardens with a selection of winter-hardy evergreen shrubs, perennials and seasonal colour stains,” says landscape designer Karen Chapman.

For a festive fall arrangement, she says that “little conifers, bright spurge (Euphorbia spp) and evergreen sedums are simple candidates for containers — especially when dressed up with a couple cheerful pansies.”

It is also time to plant spring-blooming bulbs — in containers. “Dwarf daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses are simply a couple of the options,” Chapman says.

Revealed: ‘Princess Irene’ tulips are stunning with ‘Peach Flambe’ coral bells (Heuchera).

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Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens

Central Plains. Wondering what to do with that dropped foliage? “Do not rake leaves; mulch them with a mower,” writes Nebraska garden consultant Benjamin Vogt. “Those finely ground leaves are free fertilizer for lawns. If you’d rather rake, toss the leaves to garden beds over winter and early spring, then they’ll break down completely and add rich topsoil. Perhaps you’ll even want to ‘steal’ unwanted bags of these from the neighbors’ driveways.”

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Barbara Pintozzi

Great Lakes. “While the fall colour often continues into November, the big show comes from October, as revealed with this sumac (Rhus copallina),” writes Illinois garden coach Barbara Pintozzi. “Foliage’s dramatic color change is the result of cool nights and bright days.”

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Northeast. Transplant and divide plants on mild, cloudy days. “Rejuvenate ornamental grasses through branch,” writes Vermont landscape consultant Charlotte Albers. “It is a big job — especially if they’re big clumps of grass (Miscanthus spp) — so be sure that you own a pruning saw for cutting through the dense root fibers. Discard the middle of plant and cut the outer parts into segments for replanting.”

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Amy Renea

Mid-Atlantic. “Herbs are plentiful all fall, but they’ll disappear sooner than you can say ‘Jack’ when frost comes,” says garden author Amy Renea. “Harvest mint, lemon balm, rosemary and other people to keep them for winter. Dry the blossoms, chop and freeze them or use them in soaps for new herbs.”

Renea suggests “making your own tea mixes for winter. I combine stevia (revealed) with various herbs for exceptional and cheap teas. So long as I have new herbs, however, I’ll brew up a batch every single evening before my luck runs out.”

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Southeast. When prepping the garden for winter, “Do not be so quick to clean up,” says North Carolina backyard author Helen Yoest. “The remains of this summer and fall garden give shelter, cover and food for wildlife, while also adding winter interest to garden beds.”

Revealed here “is a praying mantis egg case I discovered one year while cutting my backyard,” she continues. “It was at this point I learned to slow down my fall pruning before the spring, when the leaves were cleared away and overwintering wildlife was easier to view.”

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What's That Smell? Things to Do About Stinky Furniture

I moved and was dismayed to discover that the smell that plagued me in my previous home had followed me to the new one. The culprit? My sofa.

Upholstery odors are insidious and incredibly difficult to eliminate. “Upholstery isn’t a consumer-friendly, cleanable item,” says Alec Houle, a 51-year veteran in the upholstery cleaning industry, who services the greater Boston area at Alec’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning in Abington, Massachusetts.

Despite this, there are steps you can take to assess the problem and decide whether professional intervention is required.

Diagnosing pet odors. If you have pets, an ammonia-based smell indicates the presence of urine, as do telltale yellowish stains. If you have a dog, start looking for staining round the furniture’s skirt. Cat urine is particularly tough to treat, both because it is smellier and because cats prefer to pee in the cracks of their furniture, where their injuries are not immediately detectable.

Should you smell the pee but can not locate the stain, try shining a dark light onto the piece in a darkened area. (Black lights are available from tool rental companies.)

Other odors from living sources. Another culprit might be dog drool, which contains bacteria that can cause odors or that might react with soil on the furniture to give off odors. (Millie and Gabrielle, shown here, are innocent of any wrongdoing, as are the other pets in those photos)

And do not rule out your two-legged friends and yourself: The origin may be human perspiration, which is most commonly found on the arms of the sofa and where the neck comes in contact with the fabric.

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Stain treatment. As soon as you detect a stain, do not delay. “The faster you reach it, the better,” states Mike Hiatt, general director of D.A. Burns & Sons in Seattle. An over-the-counter enzyme-based cleaner such as Nature’s Miracle can neutralize urine stains, and it doesn’t need to be rinsed out, unlike the typical treatments for odor-causing stains.

If the stain is restricted to the top layer of the furniture, you can try daubing it gently with a white cotton cloth dipped in warm to hot water and wrung out. You might also use a solution of 10% white vinegar and 90 percent water, or blend a teaspoon of mild liquid detergent with two cups of water.

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Cleaning caveats. Be aware that even plain water can render a ring, based on the fabric. Consult the cleaning directions that came with your furniture before proceeding with any home treatment — even water.

Only water-based cleaning solutions are powerful on pet pee, because urine is water based. If the urine has soaked into the cushion, you might need to clean the upholstery and then replace the interior cushion.

Tip: If you are shopping for furniture and own pets, think about buying pieces with washable slipcovers.

Smells from different resources. Mustiness is common with secondhand furniture and pieces kept in a cellar or storage facility. The humidity in those spaces can cause bacteria or mould to embed itself deep in the frame or stuffing.

“If it is a musty odor, typically you are not going to eliminate this,” says Houle. Cigarette odors are equally pernicious. Before calling a professional, make the furniture onto a porch onto a dry day to find out whether this helps.

Houle takes a dim view of the fabric deodorizers that are very popular in recent decades, claiming they just mask odors and do not reach the root of the problem. More effective are antimicrobials, such as those from Microban, but even people are most useful after a cleaning.

Calling the pros. There are two major kinds of professional upholstery cleaning: wet cleaning and dry cleaning. Houle estimates that 98 percent of upholstery cleaners use the wet process, as it’s normally more effective and less toxic, although it can cause fabric shrinkage, swelling or bleeding or even properly executed. “If all the proper steps are required, the outcomes can be superior,” he states.

Dry cleaning uses a solvent, so colors and fabrics are guarded. But the surroundings aren’t: respirators and venting are required, and steps need to be taken to minimize the chance of explosions.

For both kinds of therapy, the upholstery cleaner will come to a home. The average cost ranges from approximately $75 to $100 to get a sofa, $60 to $75 for a love seat and $40 to $50 to get a seat.

No warranties. Hiatt says professional cleaning will usually improve the circumstance. But there are no guarantees that it will solve that, so you’re always taking a risk that you could shell out the cash and the smell might still be there. Or your partner might not smell it but you will.

“The tricky thing about odor,” notes Hiatt, “is that it is in the nose of the beholder.”

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Parents' Places: Suggestions for Integrating an In-Law Suite

Lots of people leave the family nest, but sometimes parents fly in their children’s nests. With retirement facilities costing an arm and a leg, an increasing number of households are adding in-law units to their houses to cut down on costs and enjoy an integrated family life.

Sybil Jane Barrido, ASID, CID – SJVD DESIGN

A flat over. Sybil Jane Barrido remodeled this family beach home for a client who wanted to give Mom her house above the home’s present two-car garage.

Sybil Jane Barrido, ASID, CID – SJVD DESIGN

“Two significant basics to think about,” says Barrido, “are privacy and integration of spaces, both inside an present structure in addition to within the household.”

Sybil Jane Barrido, ASID, CID – SJVD DESIGN

Barrido made a garden space to ease a private entrance for the upstairs unit. This terrace space doubles as a gathering place for the family.

Sybil Jane Barrido, ASID, CID – SJVD DESIGN

Barrido suggests intending on about 1,000 square feet for a complete kitchen, bedroom, bath and living area, but a great deal of relaxation can be packaged into less square footage than that. For this limited space over the garage, she made an efficient kitchenette-office setup.

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Transform a cellar. Armstead Construction created this 850-square-foot living area in a customer’s unfinished basement. The one-bedroom unit includes plenty of open area and natural light.

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Armstead additional a Heat & Glo gas-powered fireplace add which takes up no floor space. According to the builder, these brand new fireplaces are perfect for this sort of space since they can be installed at any height. As a bonus, consumers can select their preferred flame shade.

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The kitchenette in the cellar unit spans 11 feet and comes complete with an undercounter pullout microwave and an integrated mini fridge. The entire kitchen upstairs is available to Mother anytime she needs it.

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A package with a garage. This in-law package, constructed by Metzler Home Builders, comprises 550 square feet of private living space and a brand new garage which matches the present home’s details. The device connects to the remainder of the home by means of 225 square feet of shared space, which comprises an entrance and a foyer. The suite has one bedroom, one bath and a combined kitchen, living and dining area.

Nominal measures, large doorways and handrails create this distance easily accessible for numerous generations.

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Questions to ask about your in-law space. There is no one-size-fits-all alternative in regards to designing in-law spaces. Here are some questions Tim Zehr of Metzler Home Builders advises folks to ask before they proceed on an extra living unit:
Who is the choice maker in the process? This needs to be established early to avoid butting heads. “An experienced builder can aptly fill the role of a seasoned mediator should become necessary,” Zehr says. Which areas of the home will be shared spaces? “Some areas that can go either way would be the kitchen, laundry and entrances. This can be challenging for the various generations, particularly because most parents do not want to be an intrusion in their children’s lives,” he notes. Make sure everybody has a voice in the matter. Is a kitchen needed — or not permitted? “Make sure to research your local municipality’s requirements and zoning legislation for in-law suites or multifamily dwellings,” he says. “Early communicating with your municipality is always better.” More:
More Living Space: Making Room for Family
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Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Fragrant Lavender

If any plant can be said to possess it all, or at least a fantastic portion of it all, it’s lavender. This Mediterranean native is easy to grow even beyond its preferred growing conditions, is mostly pest- and disease-free, is fragrant and attracts bees, butterflies and birds.

It’s equally at home as an accent plant, trained into a hedge or grown in a boundary, blending into a garden or suppress strip planting bed, dangling over a stone wall or climbing into a container. If you’ve got a bright window, you may even grow lavender for a houseplant.

Lavender can be amazingly easy to crop and use. Use fresh flowers in to taste ice cream, teas and lemonades, cakes and cookies, salads and sugars. Dry the flowers to use in wreaths, swags and arrangements or to put among clothes or in closets to add some fragrance and also help deter moths. Oils from the plants can be added to soaps and perfumes.

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Numerous types of lavender are available, but those grown most frequently are English lavender (Lavendula angustifolia or L. officinalis), lavandin (L. X intermedia) and Spanish lavender (L. stoechas).

English lavender, given its common name because of its prevalence in English gardens and not its region of origin, is the hardiest and the best choice for edible flowers. Lavandin is the famously fragrant lavender found in Provence, France, used for soaps and perfumes. Spanish lavender looks rougher, with its larger flowers, but really is a little less hardy than lavender.

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Lavender flourishes in drought and poor soil; humidity and wet toes are its nemeses. If you reside in a humid climate or possess poor-draining soil, consider growing Spanish lavender or French lavender (L. dentata). It is also possible to plant it in a raised bed or on a slope, expand it in containers or treat it as an annual.

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It’s best to buy called nursery plants to make sure to get exactly what you would like. Seeds have a long time to germinate and may not develop true to variety.

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Light requirement: Full sun

Water requirement: Routine to establish, then minimum

Prime growing period: Spring to summer

When to plant: Spring through autumn, except during the hottest summer days

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L. angustifolia:Alba, Hidcote, Lady Lavender, Munstead, Nana Alba, Sharon Roberts
L. xintermedia: Grosso, Provence, White Spikes
L. stoechas:Dark Eyes, Hazel, Ruffles show

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Planting and care: select a place in full sun with very good drainage; add sand or compost prior to planting to improve drainage. Lavender does best in poor soil.

Place plants 1 to 4 feet apart, depending on their eventual height and spread. If you reside in a humid climate, be sure to permit for plenty of air flow between them. You can even put in a mulch of sand or pea gravel.

If you are growing it into a container, choose one that’s only an inch or two larger than the root ball, eventually reverted right into a 12- to 16-inch container. Provide adequate drainage water and fertilize somewhat more often than for a plant in the floor.

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Water regularly during the first year to establish the plants; in subsequent years allow the plants dry out before watering again. Insert a light fertilizer in spring when growth begins.

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Shear back the plant by roughly twenty five to fifty after the blossom; you may get another harvest. In spring, after growth has begun, prune lightly to remove dead and broken growth and to shape the plant.

If the plant has woody in the middle, cut those branches out and permit new growth to fill in. Lavender isn’t long lived; you will probably have to replace it every 10 years or so.

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Lavender will be fine during most winters. If you reside in an area subject to ground freezes and thaws, mulch with gravel or sand to protect the roots. From the coldest climates, pay for the plants to protect them.

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Pests and disease are rare. There could be an occasional spider mite infestation, and fungal infections may be a problem in humid climates or where the soil is always wet.

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Harvest. Start choosing flowers before they open for the best odor. Harvest randomly throughout the plant to help keep it appearing full (every third branch is a fantastic way to go).

Hang the flowers in a cool, dark place with good air flow to dry.

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Complexity Hides Within a Concrete Box

The design of this house in Quebec is pushed by the structure and demands of the family — namely, some solitude for the teenaged children and some family gathering spaces. Architect Paul duBellet Kariouk’s result may seem harsh at first glance, however, the monolithic exterior hides an interior that is open, light and more complicated than it may seem from the outside.

This ideabook requires a tour around and inside the house, showing the careful layout that allows each family member to be alone — but also come together in an inspirational space.

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Kariouk calls the masonry box that the “base of the family.” The house sits over a river valley, and it’s clear from the exterior the top flooring captures the views through its large windows; the reduced floor is mostly solid.

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The other side of the shoebox-shape house is made up of windows, hinting at where the sun monitors its route. The large windows soak up the sun, yet this side tries to contain as much warmth as possible — important anywhere in Canada.

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While the concrete-block exterior looks monolithic at first glance, Kariouk composed the blocks into a pinwheel pattern that gives the building a dramatic texture.

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The entry is located on one of the short sides, called out with a glass strip, a walkway and a vertical bollard light place from the ground. The glass over the door hints at some of the sophistication.

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1 step into the house and the reason behind the glass over the doorway is apparent: A double-height space extends from the entrance all the way to the opposite end of the house. Hence the 2 floors of the house are linked spatially; the zone for the kids is downstairs and for the parents and gathering is upstairs.

Downstairs the finishes are easy (luminous concrete flooring, painted drywall), but as we will see they are more refined upstairs.

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Before we examine the rest of the house, it’s good to see the floor plans to comprehend how the rooms work and how the flooring relate. The dashed lines along the hallway at the bottom of the plan are flooring over the hallway that extend into the outside wall. Each one the rooms are off the hallway: 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, mechanical, storage and a TV space that can be open or shut off.

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Upstairs is basically an open-plan living room with the master bedroom at the end. Among the flooring extensions (the dashed areas in the past plan) will be a connection to a roof garden that has yet to be built — the roof will probably lift the homeowners over the trees, giving them a fantastic spot for outdoor dining and relaxing. The other floor expansion is a bathtub for the master bedroom, an intriguing condition (the architect calls it that the house’s “one significant cushy indulgence”) that will be explained afterwards.

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The staircase in the middle of the plan bring us up into the open living room. Behind us is a small window on the altitude seen earlier (there’s a logic into the windows that is evident from the floor plans). Opposite is the doorway that will eventually offer access to the roof garden.

The concrete flooring of downstairs provide way to wood flooring and glass, located from the railings and in a frosted-glass door visible on the wall at left (more on that later).

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The stairway serves double duty, both bringing people upstairs and setting smaller spaces in the open plan — the dining room area is located in the foreground and the living room outside. The kitchen overlooks the living room, and each the spaces look out onto the trees through the large windows.

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This vantage point from the kitchen accentuates the openness of the plan, as well as what’s obtained by opening part of the flooring between both levels. Not only are the 2 floors connected through space and sound, but they have a stronger connection to the outside through the large windows.

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Like the total house, the master bedroom is compact. Sliding doors function the closet in front of the mattress in addition to closing off the space from the living room outside, providing some privacy in the toilet (note the ceiling trail running the width of the space). Also note that the flooring extends into the far wall. It isn’t open to under, since the plan indicates, but something interesting is going on in the restroom.

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As stated earlier, the “cushy” addition to the house is a sunken tub that projects over the double-height area. One can look from the tub through the house and outside the expansive windows. The frosted-glass panel found earlier allows some solitude, something that happens both upstairs and downstairs.

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How Can I Regain Lost Home Equity?

In challenging real estate markets, home equity losses may happen. Homeowners and investors alike enjoy real estate appreciation, but intense market downturns may cause a lack of confidence in the housing markets. If your property has depreciated in value, you could be able to regain some of your own equity. Time and patience may be needed until your home equity has been restored.

Use Zillow to discover the current market value of your house (see link under Resources).

Review your mortgage balance. The gap between the value of your home and the amount you owe is your existing home equity.

Make extra payments. For each $84 monthly payment which you employ to your standard mortgage repayment, you will reduce the amount owed on your home and potentially increase your equity by $1,000 per year. The precise equity increase in your situation will fluctuate with market requirements.

Pay your mortgage biweekly to attain an extra payment each year. Each year has 26 biweekly periods, meaning that you will effectively make 13 mortgage payments. Your equity will raise quicker.

Boost your home. Making improvements such as updating kitchens, remodeling bathrooms, making home developments, adding decks and finishing bathrooms can raise the value of your home. If your property increases in value faster than the average for similar homes in your marketplace, you will regain some of the equity that your home has lost.

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The Way to Decide on a Lampshade

So you have picked out a gorgeous new table lamp for your home. But how much thought did you contribute into the colour? The right lampshade can transform a humdrum base into something exquisite, although the wrong colour can make the most stunning lamp look seriously proportioned or unsuitable to the space, or create it awkward to use.

These tips will allow you to opt for the colour that is ideal for your lamp and your own setting.


for a guideline, select a shade that is two-thirds the elevation of the base. That ratio guarantees that the lamp will not look high or bottom heavy.

You also want to make sure the color doesn’t expose some of the hardware beneath, like the harp (the cable frame around the lightbulb).

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If the base is around, it is going to look best with a round color.

A square or angular base usually looks best with a square colour.

The exclusion: If you are putting a square-base lamp onto a round dining table, you may like to echo the tabletop by employing a round color.

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In general, however, it is best to select a color that reflects the form of the base and the form of this table it is sitting on.

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A candlestick lamp looks great with just about any form of colour.

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The broadest part of the colour must be at least a half inch wider on each side than the broadest line of this base.

Lindy Donnelly

Consider the location of this lamp. You do not need to crash into the colour every time you get in or out of bed, for instance. Make sure the color doesn’t extend past the tabletop.

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The same holds true for a lamp onto a hallway table: Do not let it stick out so far that you bang into it once you walk by.

(And yes, this lamp has a round base and a squarish colour. But the exclusion makes sense here, because the color can sit flush against the wall, minimizing collisions at a high-traffic area.)

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If you want the lamp to read by or to shed ambient light, proceed with a translucent shade.


If you are using the lamp just as an accent light and do not want it to light up the space or to shed light on a job, an opaque color may be good choice.

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Pleated lampshades tend to look more conventional; they’re appropriate in rooms furnished with antiques or which have a great deal of pattern and detail.

If the space is modern, proceed with a nonpleated colour. If you’ve got a modern room and really wish to utilize a pleated lampshade, try out a box pleat — its geometric layout will look fresher and more modern than that of its traditional counterpart.

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Can't-Beat Design: Candlestick Clusters

Styling may change an ordinary space into something really special, and it does not have to cost much. With the addition of props, or decorative things, to particular areas you can create interest, beauty and a feeling of place.

One quite straightforward styling strategy: clusters of candles. Mixing tall and short, traditional and contemporary candles in clusters creates visual weight and significance. They are also elegant and romantic and communicate a message of warmth as well as a passion for entertaining.

Here is how to create your home shine in more ways than you.

Studio Schicketanz

Silver candlesticks casually positioned in this contemporary dining area in a Carmel, California, home look fresh and inviting, and the magnificent yet easy bouquet of calla lillies echoes the sleek candlestick shapes, bringing our attention up to gaze upon the gorgeous retractable skylight roof, a design detail I’d take any day.

Tip: Add metallic glow in the form of decorative accessories — if silver, brass or copper — to give your distance that little something extra. Reflective surfaces behave like stones, elegantly embellishing the distance.

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Rustic wooden candlesticks are cheap and ideal for this Mediterranean home in Phoenix. The blonde wood works well with the extreme sea-blue wall and balances the round wall mirror. What a difference these candlesticks make. Imagine if this table were vacant.

Tip: When incorporating decorative pieces to fill a vacant dining room table, try to discover a balance between too much and too small. Add five candlesticks to the table, either clustered in the center or set in a line. Step back and have a look. Now remove two of those candlesticks, step back and take another look. Which version completes the room?

Involve family members in the game to help train their attention for design. They may think you are a bit mad at first, but then again you may stumble upon some future designers in your midst!

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If your taste leans toward vintage flea market, as in this Phoenix home, here’s a fantastic way to display your entire candles simultaneously. This screen, intentionally or not, is an intriguing visual play on the history of this lightbulb, together with the grouped bare lightbulb fixture hanging just over the candlesticks, causing the eye to dance between the two.

Don’t even consider lighting all of them at once. When it’s time to enjoy any candlelight, remove some of the candles from their bases. I originally considered to advise lighting just some of the candles, but I realized that well-meaning guests may believe you meant to light them all — and may unintentionally create a harmful situation. And of course together with candles put this closely together, a draft can cause 1 candle to light the remainder.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

Empty table got you thinking about how to make it seem not so bare? Here’s a hint, courtesty of a contemporary Boston home, that’s too easy: vase plus cluster of three candlesticks and voilà — things seem somewhat less boardroom plus a good deal more like home.

Tip: Wood floors? Wood table? Wood furniture? Go light with the accessories to detract from the heaviness. To play it safe, if your walls are cream, then go with lotion accessories. If your walls are white, then heap on the snowy.

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This selection of playful candlesticks in a contemporary Boston home bridges the gap between the contemporary wall color and the conventional dark table and chairs. And of course, the candles absolutely balance the colorful art.

I’d also like to view those candlesticks put on a long narrow menu to balance out the width of this large fixture over.


Clusters of candles may also mean combining candelabras and candlesticks, a look that’s really working in this magnificent Manhattan penthouse. In contrast to the expanses of white and bold regions of reddish, the tiny ornamental candles on the coffee table are a personal touch.

Interieurs by Francine Gardner

A cluster of crystal candlesticks, or in this case tea light holders, is soft and pretty, and a fantastic complement to the dark and elegant neutral palette of the New York showroom.

There is something about candles put directly on a face that does not seem quite right to me. So put a collection of candlesticks like these on a gorgeous round platter so you won’t have some regrets. A base for this collection would really enhance the look too. I’d go to get a round silver-leafed menu or some thing Moroccan to bring some mystery.

Amy Lau Design

This loft in Manhattan’s Chelsea area is an ideal home with this collection of artful candlesticks. The shoji screen details match the fine lines of the candlesticks in a magically subtle way. I’d abandon these candlesticks here eternally; they work superbly on the wall-hung sideboard.

A nice choice to these vases of flowers would be a long trough-shaped bowl holding some gorgeous stones.

Isler Homes

The elaborate gold candlesticks here are an ideal reference to the design origins of the magnificent 1930s Italian Renaissance–style home in Dallas.

That I love how the candlesticks, which theoretically are really too large for this mantel, push the limitations of scale and proportion in a way that works.

Yvonne McFadden LLC

Candlestick clusters in the entry hall? Why not? Large candleholders like these add an extremely theatrical feeling. The message I am getting is, “Catch a candlestick and come investigate the castle!” But maybe I have just looked at one too many photos of candles.

Having said that, don’t overdo the candle item. In case you’ve got a screen similar to this one, candles everywhere in the home should be quite subtle or out of sight.

Isler Homes

Silver candlesticks set the scene superbly in the toilet, in the same Dallas home as previously. Most of us don’t have tubs similar to this one, but with candles you really can create an opulent environment in a more modest bath. And besides, when you light the candles and then turn down the lights, then you very well could be transported to the destination of your choice.

Consider using candles as a simple method to relax at the end of a long day. Simple pleasures such as candlelight will be able to help you confront the demands of normal life. They are really valuable.

Significant methods for candle safety at home:
Always keep burning candles in sight, and in the event that you are going to be leaving the room it’s wise to extinguish all candles.Make sure to put candles at a distance from anything that may possibly catch fire: drapes, furniture, books or anything else that’s flammable.When lighting your candles, put holders on a secure, heat-resistant surface, like a plate or tray. This prevents possible wax or heat damage to counters, cupboard tops and tables.Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room, and prevent burning a large amount of candles in a small room, as it may reduce the oxygen in the room.Place burning candles at least 3 inches apart to prevent 1 candle’s heat melting another.Keep candles away from pets and kids.

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Love to Cook? You Require a Fan. Find the Right Kind for You

Finding a fantastic range hood is not just about fashion — knowing what will work best for the own kitchen and how you cook is key. Think carefully about what you need from your own kitchen ventilation system before you go shopping.

Range hoods come as island-mount layouts within a central island and wall-mount models that sit on the wall behind a stove or cooktop. They may be mounted under upper cabinetry or be invisible when incorporated into decorative cabinetry for a power pack. In addition you have the choice of various kinds of downdraft models, either in the form of incorporated stovetop ventilation or as separate pop-up vents.

Curious what will look best on your new kitchen? Here are some options.

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Island Fans

An island fan will be more expensive than a wall-mounted enthusiast, only because it needs to look great from all four sides. But some jobs have island fans used as wall-mounted models or in front of windows.

A buff such as this acts as a sculpture on your own kitchen, interacting with other ornamental things nearby (such as pendants and chandeliers). It is possible to easily create visual clutter when these items aren’t positioned and chosen carefully. Give each product enough breathing space so it does not need to struggle for attention.

Glenvale Kitchens

Wall-Mounted Fans

The magnificent wall-mounted model shown here is from Zephyr. It’s easy to overlook that this piece of art is actually an appliance. Wall-mounted ventilation goods are quiet and efficient, and they arrive in more than 200 RAL colors!

Cucina Bella Ltd. – Rebecca Gagne CKD

Measure your ceiling height attentively if you are likely to work with a model using a stainless steel chimney. You may need to purchase an extension bit to help the chimney get to the ceiling.

If you would like to steer clear of the seam lines which arrive with chimney extensions, then consider running the chimney into a valance or upper cupboard instead.

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Undercabinet Fans

This undercabinet enthusiast produces a professional-looking statement. The controllers for models like this one sit on the unit’s face or bottom. At times it’s necessary to oversize the hood enthusiast to create a pleasing proportion between the range and hood fan. However, for a boxier unit like this, it is totally appropriate to choose the exact same width for range and enthusiast.

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Specialty Ventilation

Specialty units such as this Broan E12000 Series enthusiast are fantastic possibilities for smaller kitchens. Its European styling reveals a slim 11/2-inch lip. When the fan is on, this bit slides forwards from the surface of the upper cabinetry by about 6 inches.

Want a seamless appearance? Continuing a band of stainless steel at the exact same width all along the bottom of the upper cabinetry would make the enthusiast disappear.

Moroso Construction

With a similar strategy with a buff liner would require about 2 inches greater depth than the previous example. This kitchen includes a wide stainless steel ring above the cooking zone which accentuates the space’s horizontal features. To replicate this appearance, you would have to get a cabinetmaker create a plywood box and get it wrapped and welded with a sheet-metal manufacturer.


Power Packs

A power pack (also referred to as a liner) allows you to create your own hood fan design. The power pack here is integrated into a rock surround.

Power packs have controls over the bottom panel, but they may also be wired to a remote control box. Some manufacturers also offer wireless remote controllers. The standard power pack unit requires a structure which extends at least 21 inches in the wall.

Most electricity packs comprise LED or low-voltage halogen spotlighting, too. Take a fantastic look at the positioning of your lighting. Depending upon the producer, they may be mounted on the front or rear of this unit. Some install at a tilt. Based on my experience, a version with front-mounted lights which tilt toward the rear or lighting which face down work much better than lighting mounted at the rear of this unit.

Erdreich Architecture, P.C.

This soft contemporary kitchen includes a narrow power pack hidden within the upper cabinetry. Several businesses, such as Broan and Nu Tone, provide exceptionally narrow power packs which may fit to a standard upper cabinet depth. This can be combined with an electric or induction cooktop, because the fan would not reach over the front burners of a gas unit’s open fire pit.

Sullivan Building & Design Group

This power pack was combined with an outside or toaster. The outside blower is not visible here, which is a gorgeous solution with the simple wood and face trim.

A personalized unit above a sealed gas-powered stove typically requires 42 inches of clearance to combustible surfaces. A normal gas cooker requires 36 inches of space to the hood. Since a lot of decorative covers are designed to expand on either side of the range’s width, they will also have a bottom board in which the power pack is set up. You’ll have to either choose a noncombustible material for the bottom panel or move the hood up fan so.

Habachy Designs

This picture shows ventilation grilles installed to a dropped ceiling above the kitchen area. A liner or a small power pack along with an inline or external blower would work for this appearance.

If you would like an even more streamlined design — perhaps using long, narrow ventilation strips — operate with an HVAC expert. However, this program will definitely require a ceiling.

Notice: The greater a buff sits, the more powerful it has to be, which may bring about a draft when you are standing under it. Kitchen fans are also designed to trap grease and steam as near the source as possible. The more complicated the enthusiast, the easier it is to allow vapors to dissipate through the room.

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Microwave and Hood Fan Combinations

You can also incorporate a combination appliance for kitchen ventilation. There are pros and cons to this particular option, and it is a matter of personal preference.

For many homeowners, a microwave is a no-brainer. However, the true positioning of a microwave can be challenging — particularly in a small kitchen — because it often takes up precious counter or shelf space. Using a combination microwave hood fan above the range sets it out of the way, right into a place that would’ve been employed by a port anyhow. It often strengthens the concept of the stove area as the primary attribute in the kitchen too, without the visual clutter of other appliances. It’s definitely worth considering in small to mid sized kitchens.

But this location also makes the microwave very difficult to reach, as you need to lean over a possibly hot surface. I would never install a unit like this over a gas range — the open flame could become very dangerous.

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Pop-Up Downdraft Fans

The flexible pop-up downdraft is one of my favorite port choices. These vents rise in the counter top at the touch of a button. When the vent is resting, all that is visible is a 11/2-inch-wide stainless steel bar. The guts are hidden within the base cupboard — it takes up about 12 inches in depth and a lot of the cabinet’s height. However, it still leaves about 10 to 12 inches of shelf depth for pots and pans.

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This photograph shows a pop-up downdraft at the center of its ascent. Notice the way the steam in the pot is already traveling to the fan grill, even though it is not completely extended yet.

If a cooking zone is placed against an outside wall, rather than within an island, your ventilation can go directly through the wall to the outside. If used in an island, the ventilation duct needs to be brought down between the floor joists and toward an outside wall. This alternative takes the duct to go parallel with the floor joists (otherwise it could weaken the load-bearing system), so the duct operate could get very long, and you may need to consider the more expensive inclusion of a highly effective exterior blower. Be certain to go over this with your kitchen designer, contractor or heating and ventilation expert before planning and purchasing a a pop-up downdraft model.

Glenvale Kitchens

This photograph shows a pop-up downdraft completely stretched. Now you can buy vents which open up to about 15 inches above the counter. These are extremely beneficial when combined with gas tops. Previously, the regular 6- to 8-inch height of a pop-up vent would draw gas flames toward the enthusiast, dispersing heat on the petrol top.

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Range With Pop-Up Downdraft

Some ranges now may have a pop-up downdraft installed directly behind them. Previously, you could put in this port just with a cooktop, because the blower unit and enthusiast took up a lot of this cupboard space beneath, leaving little room for an oven. Now’s slim layouts have transformed that.

The combination of range and pop-up downdraft shown here would be an excellent alternative for a small kitchen, since it leaves the room above the range free for cabinetry or some thing different.

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Range With Integrated Downdraft

Jenn-Air is well known for its incorporated downdraft, which is a part of its flat cooking surface. Instead of having to add a separate appliance — such as the range with the pop-up downdraft combination — you can find a range which accompanies its ventilation built in.

In my experience, homeowners tend to love or hate these appliances. Though they create a fresh appearance, the vent is right on your face, and you may see the dirt quickly accumulating from the grille.

Jordan Iverson Signature Homes

This shot shows a Jenn-Air downdraft vent set up in an island. This is a superb example of how a downdraft ventilation solution enables you to substitute an island enthusiast with interesting lighting. These appliances give you more design flexibility.

Inform us What’s your experience been while shopping for kitchen ventilation? Which alternative do you like?

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