Exotic Flair to Get a Luxe-Looking Montreal Loft

When first-time homeowner Elena Atsaidis was looking for the perfect place to call her very own, this airy, open-plan condo wasn’t what she had in mind. “I was initially looking for a place in the suburbs,” Atsaidis says, “but when I saw the interior of this building, I had been sold.”

It is now 13 decades after, also Atsaidis, an interior designer and project manager in Montreal, has transformed the industrial attic space to an expression of her hot and creative character, incorporating DIY jobs with artifacts from her travels and mementos from childhood.

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Who lives here: Elena Atsaidis and poodle mix Finnigan
Location: Outremont neighborhood of Montreal
Size: 1,200 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
That’s interesting: The attic complex dates to the 1940s, when it turned into a warehouse for the electronics company Marconi.

Laura Garner

Atsaidis, shown here, appreciates different tastes and fashions however, knows that one particular decorating style does not work for everyone. “I love the notion of an amazing home, by way of example,” she says. “I toyed with the idea, but I could never do it. It just wasn’t appropriate for me. Especially having a dog.”

She says her style is transitional and that she makes a point of ridding her rooms and rotating her artwork every few months to keep things interesting.

Laura Garner

Using its 11-foot ceilings, big paneled windows and industrial cement beams, this space was Atsaidis’ dream. The entire living-dining area is flooded with light during the day, which makes the glass table in this place an ideal place for working from your home. The yellowish triptych is on loan from a buddy, Québécois artist Pascale Poulin.

Glass container, table, floor lamp: HomeSense

Laura Garner

“I change the photographs every few months or so, to update the space,” she says. These, in matching silver frames, are from a recent trip to Maine.

Flooring lamp, vases: HomeSense

Laura Garner

Contrasting materials, such as this velvet armchair near a concrete support, play the home’s architectural capabilities. An oversized mirror reflects light and interior views, which makes the space appear larger.

Mirror, armchair: HomeSense

Laura Garner

Atsaidis put her oversize sectional within an angle away from the wall to give the illusion of a larger space. After she dropped for the sofa (in the Sears socket), found it was discontinued, and finally tracked it down, it almost didn’t fit in her living area.

Bowl: HomeSense

Laura Garner

When confronted with the design challenge of working with 11-foot ceilings, Atsaidis knew a mild paint colour wasn’t the solution. “I wanted a rich, luxurious shade to generate the bedroom feel cozier, more intimate,” she says. “White would have left the space feel too big, too empty. I completely fell in love with this colour.”

She included vibrant accessories and rich textiles to match the deep chocolate-brown walls. Her entire bed was an ambitious DIY project: she created the headboard from two pieces of plywood (“I could not find one piece that was big enough,” she recalls) and covered it with fabric panels she sewed together. She left her bedspread and bed skirt by hand, “a project that was a lot more difficult than I’d imagined,” she says, laughing.

Paint: Brown Eyes, Behr; pillows, nightstands, vase: HomeSense

Laura Garner

The mirrored nightstand houses things from Atsaidis’ childhood, such as her first pair of shoes and a jewelry box made from her own uncle in Greece. The lamp was something that she grew up with, updated with a new colour.

Laura Garner

Wanting a piece of artwork that would tie the space together, Atsaidis got creative and made one herself: She made a frame from plywood and stretched the yarn to get the size she needed. “It was cheaper than purchasing a canvas this size, and I needed it to become thicker,” she says. “It is hard to find that in stores.” Using leftover paint, she improvised the abstract artwork.

Laura Garner

This chaise longue, found at a thrift shop and reupholstered, and practical vintage-style phone give the bedroom some glam. Atsaidis is frequently inspired by old Hollywood–fashion insides; Barbara Barry and Vincent Wolf are one of her layout muses.

Chaise: Village des Valeurs; pedestal: HomeSense; telephone: Crate & Barrel

Laura Garner

The kitchen was renovated prior to her moving in and is the only space that she’s not made over. “The kitchen is pretty simple, but it works,” she says. “I add character to it with images and accessories.”

Laura Garner

“Cookie cutter insides can drive me mad,” she says. “I much prefer it when things tie together without being indistinguishable.” These dining chairs were purchased as a pair, then reupholstered with mismatched fabric.

Laura Garner

Calling it her Zen den, Atsaidis fashioned a sanctuary off the dining area, where she comes to meditate and relax.

Laura Garner

The Zen den exhibits mementos collected from her life and travels. A framework from her childhood retains a cloth from India. The assortment of plates belonged to her parents, who obtained them decorations in an waltz contest from the 1940s.

Laura Garner

Atsaidis made the bathroom mirror from tin ceiling tiles salvaged from an old house in Quebec and painted. The mirror is screwed directly into the wall to support its own weight.

Laura Garner

The back balcony is a lovely place for a summer dinner or read.

Laura Garner

Finnigan the dog has a dedicated corner. “He’s a part of the household, so that he deserves his private space,” Atsaidis says.

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Lighthearted Brightness to Get a British Victorian

Nine outdated, self-contained rooms for rent once made up the floor plan of this 1918 Victorian in North London. However, Monique and Trevor Alexander watched beyond the mustard-colored rugs, crimson painted brick and a boarded-up staircase and altered the area by stripping off the drab elements to show its stunning original features. After a year of patient renovations, including a rear extension with skylights and a kitchen that is fresh, the outcome is a magical scoop of modern atop stunning conventional structure.

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Who lives here: Monique and Trevor Alexander, with their 2 young daughters
Location: Muswell Hill, London
Size: 320 square meters (3,444 square feet); 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, home office

Holly Marder

The Alexanders extended the rear of the house to make this casual dining room beneath skylights. “The skylight makes such a difference once the times get so grey and dark throughout wintermonths,” says Monique. “It makes me feel as though I’m not in London.”

Glass patio doors open to the backyard, where the few expects to soon redesign the backyard with a new fish pond and barbecue area.

Holly Marder

This Knoll dining room table and chairs were the beginning point for the layout style and colour palette at the kitchen.

Holly Marder

Although the kitchen comes off as a well-thought-out implementation of sleek style, the design process was much more off the cuff. Having a newborn baby in tow, Monique selected the floor, fixtures, fittings and finishes in only one week. “Fortunately, I know what I like,” she states.

Holly Marder

The area, which combines stone tiling, walnut cupboards, granite worktops and white MDF composite cabinets, has become the household’s action hub. “We live from the kitchen,” says Monique. “Occasionally from the time Trevor comes home before the time we go to bed, we’ve just been at the kitchen! We do art in here with the kids; we eat, cook, socialize — everything.”

Holly Marder

Because the kitchen is such a massive part of their lives, the couple’s 25,000-pound ($37,897) budget because of it went toward state-of-the-art appliances and a high quality decorative. “I had a very clear image of what I desired: black, with marble to match the one-off Italian table we had,” Monique, shown here, states.

Function was significant, also. “I do a lot of cooking, baking and fun, so I invested a lot of time exploring range ovens. I just had to have a fantastic range. That was my one major splurge,” she states. Her handmade one is out of France, by Lacanche.

Holly Marder

The casual dining area serves as a playroom for the couple’s two young girls.

Holly Marder

A formal dining room is right off the kitchen. Aubergine-hued upholstered seats sit alongside a bespoke wooden table in The Real Wood Company. “We chose how mottled we wanted the timber to be,” says Monique.

Holly Marder

During the renovations the few tried to respect the home’s original details. “We wanted it to seem like an old Victorian house, so we retained the traditional-style features,” Monique says. They upgraded the space with modern furnishings, including an elegant, custom-designed Rocco Borghese tiered chandelier. Borghese is a Italian chandelier specialist in Crouch End who, notably, furnished the lighting for celeb chef Jamie Oliver’s London restaurant.

Much like many older homes, structural challenges did arise, despite a building report that told a different story when the Alexanders became the home’s fourth owners at 2008. “It was just when we pulled off the rotten dressing table that we saw that the house had extensive underpinning. The dry rot from the living room required a lot of time to get treated,” Monique says.

Holly Marder

An easy leather Natuzzi sectional wraps the distance beneath three framed butterfly art prints at the living room, which Monique says she uses chiefly for entertaining and playdates with other moms and kids. She strives to maintain the room, like the majority of the house, without any clutter. “It stresses me out having things lying around,” she states.

Holly Marder

Because the stairs was boarded up when the couple bought the house, they had no idea what they would find.

Holly Marder

“We knocked down the dressing table to show the most beautiful timbers,” she states.

Wall sconces: Rocco Borghese

Holly Marder

Checkerboard flooring tiling provides a picture element to the otherwise stark entryway.

Chandelier: Rocco Borghese

Holly Marder

Traditional furnishings and a warm colour palette create a soothing master suite, and it is still a work in progress, Monique states.

Holly Marder

The master bath features stone tiling and walnut cabinetry, much like the kitchen. The spa tub was just another major splurge. “I wash every night,” says Monique. “It is my way of regrouping, centering myself following a hectic day.”

Holly Marder

A second-floor guest bedroom has pistachio mattress linens and lotion furnishings.

Holly Marder

The guest bathroom soothes with a walnut vanity, slim-line basin and cream tiling.

Holly Marder

The couple’s oldest daughter loves a sorbet-hued room, with high ceilings, a first flame surround and a fun playhouse.

Holly Marder

Her Cinderella carriage mattress was a recent present from her daddy. Lilac walls and pale pink tones during make for a calm retreat for reading books and enjoying.

Holly Marder

The couple’s youngest daughter also enjoys first Victorian details, including an elaborate fireplace surround and high ceilings.

Holly Marder

The gentle lilac walls blend swimmingly with Pip Studio floral wallpaper.

Crib: Mamas and Papas

Holly Marder

An upholstered charcoal-colored feeding chair sits beneath expansive windows with Venetian blinds. The room features stunning views of Muswell Hill’s town church.

Holly Marder

Monique, found here with her two brothers, couldn’t be more happy about the renovation. “I feel really blessed to live in this beautiful house,” she states.

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Holly Marder

The outside of the house was originally painted red. The couple had to carefully remove the paint to show the first brickwork, then enlist a specialist to refill the grout.

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Ample French Country Style Belies a Budget at Dallas

Kathryn Janes likes to hunt for fantastic antique paintings for her property, and she has a very rigorous system which keeps her decorating habit on funding. Every year she makes a pilgrimage to the Round Top Antiques Fair in Smithville, Texas. Prior to her trip, she lists. Subsequently she combs her home to what she calls purge things which she is able to sell. Janes consigns things, hosts garage sales and sells things on Craigslist to build her funding — ranging anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $1,000 — to the upcoming trip to Round Top. She states, “Once I have my money in place, its hard-stop budget, and that I really don’t move over.”

in a Glance
Who lives here: Matt and Kathryn Janes, daughters Emma (11) and Ainsley (8), dogs Harper and Thatcher, and Sprinkles the bass
Location: Lake Highlands area of Dallas
Size: 2,750 square feet; 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Sarah Greenman

The ice-blue and terra-cotta master suite is a tasteful collection of plush pillows, silk textiles and vintage accents. Janes replaced a ceiling fan with an antique chandelier within the bed.

Paint: Sea Salt, Sherwin-Williams

Sarah Greenman

“I desired the master bedroom to feel calm, light, soft, relaxing and pretty,” says Janes. Her husband, Matt, adore finishing their afternoon in this room and consider it their retreat. The master bed has been a present from Matt’s parents.

Bedding: Tuesday Morning and household hand-me-downs

Sarah Greenman

“My favorite place in the home is sitting on the sofa at the foot of my bed in front of the fireplace,” says Janes. “I love to place my feet up with a good book or see Downton Abbey over and over again.”

Sarah Greenman

A classic French dining table, once part of a larger piece, sits next to French doors leading to a sheltered courtyard and terrace area. “When we were house hunting, I fell in love with the home because it had a great deal of French doors,” says Janes.

Sarah Greenman

A sheltered courtyard, very similar to those Janes grew up with in Southern California, is the perfect location for outdoor grilling and dining. Climbing a hot water fountain and a potbellied clay fire pit help make a relaxed vibe.

Sarah Greenman

“A home is a reflection of who you are, where you’ve been and what you enjoy,” Janes says. Traveling along with her parents to Europe as a child and studying overseas in her school years cemented her love of the European cottage aesthetic. Plush furniture, French linens, comfy nooks and pastoral paintings fill the living room.

Paint: Napery, Sherwin-Williams; couch: Weirs Furniture; pillows: Wisteria

Sarah Greenman

No matter where somebody is sitting in the living space, there’s always a surface for a beverage or book. Instead of traditional side tables, Janes uses many different vintage boxes, stools and benches she found in the Round Top Antiques Fair. She says everybody should experience Round Top at least once.

Sarah Greenman

An antique secretary desk, which Janes found at Lots of Furniture in Dallas, sits in the corner of the living room close to a painted brick hearth. French doors bring in hot natural light and pleasant cross breezes in summer.

Sarah Greenman

To promote a French country feel, Janes reupholstered this antique bench with a classic French grain sack embroidered with her initials, by the Antique Linen Store on Etsy.

Sarah Greenman

Janes grew upon the California shore and decorates her home home with shells, coral and driftwood for a reminder of her hometown.

Landscapes and classic paintings hang from the living room on a pub wall. Many of the paintings are from City View Antiques in Dallas.

Sarah Greenman

Buttery walls painted in Napery by Sherwin-Williams throw a glow on the classic dining table and chairs. Blue silk curtains billow in the floor, and country-style shutters are affixed to the walls close to the kitchen’s entry.

Chairs: Round Top and Uncommon Market

Sarah Greenman

The Janeses upgraded their galley kitchen with granite countertops, a rock tile backsplash and ivory painted walls and cabinets. Among the latest steals is the rolling kitchen cart Janes scored for $5 at a yard sale.

The couple’s next project would be to convert the electrical range to gasoline.

Sarah Greenman

Matt trusts Janes to make most of the design decisions. She states, “My husband has only ever made one petition, which I’d honor — to come home by Round Top with fresh kitchen table chairs which would never break or get wobbly. And these will not, because they’re pure metal.”

Table: Lots of Furniture; chairs: Round Top

Sarah Greenman

This Welsh hutch belonged to Janes’ mother and used to be in Janes’ youth home. “After we moved to Dallas, we left our long family behind. I tempered my homesickness with family heirlooms,” she states. “I paid more to have them shipped than they were worth, but that I don’t care.”

Sarah Greenman

The most important room in the home is a living area connecting garage and the kitchen. “We must have an area for everybody to land their stuff somewhere,” says Janes. “The kids’ backpacks, school paperwork, my purse, husband’s wallet, keys and a homework station are here.”

Sarah Greenman

She describes the room as fundamental control. “I really like order and using coordinating systems to keep everyone on course,” she states. An industrial worktable, found on Craigslist, takes centre stage. Homework, art projects, bill paying and much more all occur here. There’s also a computer station tucked beneath the stairs with built-in storage into the right.

Sarah Greenman

Sarah Greenman

Daughter Ainsley’s bedroom is a sweet mixture of paisley textiles, bright furniture and country accents. A little desk painted in a bright orange lacquer doubles as a table. A classic hutch on the opposite wall homes books, boxes, art and other unique paintings.

Paint: Napery, Sherwin-Williams; Chair: Juliette Tufted Headboard, Goal; bedding: Goal

Sarah Greenman

Janes lately helped kid Emma transition her youth bedroom with fresh preteen-appropriate colors — a cheery mixture of pink, orange and green. She painted the bookcase, upgraded the bedding and added some glowing storage choices.

Bookcase: City View Antiques

Sarah Greenman

The desk in the corner of the room was passed down from two previous generations. Emma’s grandmother received it as a present for her 13th birthday, and her mother enjoyed the desk in her youth bedroom as well.

Paint: Sea Salt, Sherwin-Williams; desk seat: Ikea; pink storage blocks, dangling bull bust: Home Goods

Sarah Greenman

The two Ainsley and Emma concur that the upstairs living room is their favourite place in the home. This multiuse room has four distinct areas: a guest bed, an entertainment area, a home office space and a children’s library.

Bed: Restoration Hardware; couch: Ektorp, Ikea

Sarah Greenman

The hutch and children’s table are equally family heirlooms which Janes shipped from her childhood home. “That room is perfect now that the girls are older,” she states. “The girls really like to hang out here, play games and host their own friends for slumber parties.”

Sarah Greenman

After the family moved to Dallas from the Los Angeles area eight decades back, they were hoping to find a traditional-style home that was close to downtown. After seeing a parade of modern houses, they were delighted to land in Lake Highlands, which boasts big ranch-style houses.

“We painted the home exterior to update its ’70s multicolored brown brick,” Janes says. “Painting the brick in gray made it feel much more like our home.” The Janeses also added landscaping and paved the front walkway with flagstone.

Sarah Greenman

Emma takes a twist on the tree swing. “I really like our neighborhood, because it’s such a tight community,” says Janes. “Occasionally most of us meet and hang out in the front lawn, bring wine and sandwiches, and socialize with our local friends.”

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15 Ways to Cozy Up a Kitchen With Granite Design

“Worn,” “distressed,” “rough hewn” — these are not the first words that come to mind when we think of kitchens now. While crisp white cabinets, polished nickel hardware and beautiful marble countertops are on trend nowadays, a rustic kitchen may always supply the relaxation of a piping hot bowl of macaroni and cheese on a chilly night. More words that explain the look are “well worn,” “patinated,” “antiqued,” “homey” and “reclaimed.” See if you want to try out any of these ideas to cozy up your kitchen.

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Light a flame. The priciest comfy element in a kitchen is a toasty hearth. While including a full fireplace is a big intervention, today’s woodstoves and fireboxes don’t require a significant renovation.

Learn about clean-burning woodstoves

Teton Heritage Builders

Shop beyond the typical appliance options. Standard black, white and stainless steel appliances may remove from the rustic look. Appliances today come in a range of colors and cabinet-front options that will not detract from the cozy atmosphere.

The Workshops of David T. Smith

Look to classic precedents for inspiration. A combination of cabinets that are distressed, curly maple counters, a worn farmhouse dining table, a metallic candle chandelier and a soapstone sink make me believe Ma Ingalls will come around the corner along with her famous sourdough bread.

Highline Partners

Choose elements that show their age. Rough-hewn wood beams and a slate flooring give this kitchen a rustic look from top to bottom. In between, cabinetmakers repurposed the green cabinets via an antique hutch.

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Peter Vitale Photography

Pay attention to design. A brick arch, stone wall, wood ceiling and recessed range plus exposed rafters pull together to give this kitchen a European country-house look. Details help also; the bull’s head sculpture is from a classic French butcher’s shop.

Slifer Designs

Pair wood finishes with warm colors. This rich reddish island helps tie together the Oriental runners, wood countertops, ceiling coffers and cabinets. Copper pendants add shine and patina.

Birdseye Design

You (almost) cannot have too much wood. You’ll be able to utilize wood from floor to cabinets to ceiling, just make sure you break it up a bit with countertops and a backsplash of a different material. Notice how the space between the upper cabinets and the ceiling adds contrast and definition.

Bruce Kading Interior Design

Add vintage-style touches. A reclaimed sink, an enamel cooker and old-fashioned cabinet latches give this kitchen a lot of its classic charm.

Witt Construction

Consider a rustic wall treatment. This kitchen walls have been painted to give the illusion of texture and age.

Michelle Fries, BeDe Design, LLC

Consider reclaimed wood for your countertops. A couple of coats of polyurethane will keep wood countertops protected from spills and rotting. If you’re renovating an older home, look in the attic for beautiful old floorboards to utilize for countertops.

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Use barn lighting. Gooseneck pendants and barn sconces add a rural sense. This kitchen also has a copper sink, another traditional rustic touch.

Legacy DCS

If you’re afraid a rustic kitchen will probably be too dark, forgo upper cabinets for windows to allow in the light.

Andrea Bartholick Pace Interior Design

Add a cozy spot for collecting and eating foods. Dining from the kitchen is just one of the coziest items that you can do, no matter what your kitchen’s style. It doesn’t matter if it’s a little dining table, a large island or an integrated breakfast nook.

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Mico Single Lever Kitchen Faucet With Side Spray – $570

Explore different finishes. This faucet has a mahogany bronze finish; check out options like classic brass, unlacquered brass, architectural bronze, antique copper and shiny brass.

chas architects

Bring in fabrics. You can go for upholstered counter stools or kitchen seats, chair cushions, rugs and tablecloths.

Marcelle Guilbeau, Interior Designer

A rustic kitchen doesn’t need to be dark. You can combine your light-colored-kitchen fantasies with rustic components like reclaimed wood on the staircase or countertops, exposed ceiling beams and a hardwood flooring. This kitchen has a transitional look that brings from the best of the two styles.

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Modern, Staggered Montreal House

This multilevel family home designed by architect Natalie Dionne is unlike its neighbors in lots of ways. For starters, the floors in the home are staggered on either side of a central atrium that divides the home into two components: front and rear. The skeletal foundation linking the levels is also exceptional: It’s a staircase which exudes natural walnut and steel and causes a terrace on the upper floor and a mezzanine level. The resulting home is sleek and cool, energized and heated by a top-floor skylight that matches every degree with natural light.

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Who lives here: A creative couple who work in theater, film and television, and their kids
Location: Montreal, Canada
Size: 3,229 square feet

Natalie Dionne Architecture

Models in these photographs (shot before the family moved in) remind us that the home belongs to a family with teenage kids, that will easily belly around the island counter table and love the informality of pub stool dining. The swanlike commercial tap is the centerpiece — and hardest-working part — of the contemporary kitchen.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors shape an easy connection between outdoor and indoor living spaces; they also ensure that light floods the distance, giving the polished concrete floors a gorgeous sheen. Flush cabinetry communicates the walls.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

This photograph shows the house’s staggered layout. A magenta Fatboy beanbag gives a rare splash of colour in an otherwise neutral interior palette.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

Black molded Eames seats with contrasting wood thighs cast dramatic shadows. The black-on-black dining area installation against the white and gray room reflects the sleek spirit of the remainder of the home.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

The steel used in the window and door frames, the table foundations as well as the outside facade is carried out in a staircase which links each degree.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

Art fills what would otherwise be white space. The art compels us to look up to the skylight, the focal point of this vertical plane.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

The staircase mixes steel and walnut. The contrast of espresso and ebony tones is gorgeous, with the steps resembles art installations.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

Wide sliding doors expand the bedroom space, allowing light to enter and adding a lot of intrigue to the expansive opposing walls.

Here, the sliding door partially divides the bedroom (at left of image) from the hallway. When the doors are closed, the distance allows for privacy and contemplation.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

When the doors are closed, the bedroom is totally separated from the outside. One of the other sliding doors in the hallway opens up into a bathroom as polished and contemporary as the dwelling spaces.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

Partially windows provide plenty of privacy in the bath. The vanity mirror slides, showing more storage space for toiletries and daily requirements.

Natalie Dionne Architecture

The house’s rear entrance is as unassuming and contemporary as the interiors. It’s marked with a marine-grade plywood alcove stained an espresso colour and appears to escape in the home.

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Natural Cabin Style in California

Color consultant Nancy Pepper relocated from Los Angeles to Ojai, California, after lunch with a Buddy turned into a property-scouting Experience. After viewing five other homes, six turned out to be her lucky number: a silent home surrounded by nature and stunning views of the Topa Topa Mountains. “My personal style is heavily influenced by character, and if I could live anywhere it would be from the woods,” Pepper says.

Pepper helps her clients discover their personal color palettes according to the four seasons. While designing her own home, she used her own colours as a source of inspiration. Being an”autumn with a bit of winter,” Pepper chose abundant, vibrant hues; heavy textures; and natural components, giving her Ojai abode a cabin-inspired style.

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Who lives here: Nancy Pepper and her two mini Labradoodles
Location: Ojai, California
Size: 2,800 square feet; two bedrooms, 2 baths, studio workplace
That is intriguing: Famous potter Otto Heino’s studio and former residence is right up the road.

Shannon Malone

Natural materials such as wood and stone reflect Pepper’s love of nature and her desire to bring the outside into her dining room design.

Pepper matched her dining room table, found at Wachters in Ojai, with Paris bistro seats from Ojai interior designer Elizabeth Alexander.

Shannon Malone

Pepper chose earthy hues of red, orange, pink and teal as the main color palette for her home, and they function in harmony with her nature-inspired decor.

Shannon Malone

Unique mixed-media artworks such as this bit by Trevor Norris, titled Diagonal Down, mix in with the colours of the home.

Shannon Malone

Aiming to make the home feel like a cabin, Pepper designed with actual logs from Oregon, brought down by a former neighbor. She used both unfinished and finished pieces, such as this log column in the kitchen, to provide contrast and texture. The kitchen cabinets are made from recycled Douglas fir.

Shannon Malone

Knowing that Pepper likes to take advantage of recycled items, a friend bought a box of old railroad spikes for her. After much contemplation about how to incorporate them in the plan, Pepper decided to use them as handles for her kitchen drawers and cabinets.

Shannon Malone

Pepper’s orange and green countertops are a bold color choice, but they are among the favorite features of the home. Orange is one of the favorite colors. “It makes me happy to look at it,” says Pepper. The cheerful hue is ubiquitous throughout the home, extending even to the orange trees out.

Countertops: Caesarstone

Shannon Malone

Pepper brings out her vibrant countertops’ full potential by displaying matching decorative accents such as glass bell peppers and glassware.

Shannon Malone

The wood liner and the bottoms of this kitchen island are also made from logs from Oregon. Pepper stained the logs to give them a more finished look as well as more durability in a kitchen setting.

The sides of the island are lined with wood in the home’s former hardwood flooring. Pepper’s builder discovered 100-year-old pipes via an orange orchard from Santa Paula, California, to use as a footrest.

Bar stools: Cowhide Western Furniture

Shannon Malone

Pepper had an oddly shaped piece of wood left over in the Oregon delivery and could not let it go to waste. She watched it as a chance for another one-of-a-kind bit for her home and had her contractor craft it in this rustic table.

Shannon Malone

For Pepper, designing is all about doing what you enjoy. Her home has an eclectic feel, with items from other styles and time periods. She has collected various pieces through time, such as this chair that she has had since the’60s, and also this dining table made out of an antique door, which still has its original hinges and keyhole.

The chair blends perfectly with the teal vases and kilim rug draped over the dining table.

Shannon Malone

It required Pepper two and a half years to pick the final design of her living space. When she first bought the house, the living room sat in which the dining area is currently, and the dining area was a little extension off the kitchen. Together with the intent of opening up the room to generate a more societal set up, Pepper swapped the two spaces and extended the home outward, making a sizable, spacious living space.

The inviting sectional sofa is by designer Elizabeth Alexander, using needlepoint cushions made by Pepper.

Shannon Malone

Alexander initially suggested that Pepper place a seating area in the front of the fireplace, but Pepper discovered that she loved the open and spacious feel of this space. She states,”It’s a fantastic spot to do yoga.”

Pepper’s design philosophy is “make it bulletproof.” She desired low-maintenance flooring that could stand up to her two dogs’ lively antics. She chose materials that could suit her love of texture and character: a stunning slate for the living room and kitchen, and pine hardwood flooring for the rest of the home.

Table and chairs: Elizabeth Alexander Interior Design, Ojai

Shannon Malone

The outdoors makes its way into the master bedroom via the stone fireplace, pine floors and ornamental ferns. Pepper added splashes of color to the neutral tones with rugs in Oaxaca, Mexico, gathered through the last few years plus a subtle green wall hue.

Shannon Malone

Among Pepper’s favorite pieces, which she’s had for several decades, is her calla lily bed, designed by Suzanne Geismar.

Shannon Malone

Wood paneling and a slate bathtub make the master toilet feel straight out of a cabin deep in the woods. The window overlooks the stunning backdrop of Pepper’s landscaping and the surrounding mountains.

Shannon Malone

The bed in Pepper’s guest area initially belonged to one of her sons, who decided that it belonged in his mother’s home because of its wooden columns and cabinlike style. Pepper contrasts the natural components with bright bursts of color.

Shannon Malone

Pepper’s bright and airy home studio is where she’s her color consulting with clients. She sits them down on the stool and analyzes their hair, skin and eyes to find a suitable color palette. She consults on makeup, clothing as well as home decor. The studio is full of color swatches as well as planks for each palette, such as the autumn board exhibited here.

Shannon Malone

Pepper uses a white background for her studio so that she can begin with a blank background when consulting with her clients.

Shannon Malone

The selected colors extend to the patio overlooking the pool and gardens.

Shannon Malone

The garden is full of hardscaping, which Pepper broke up to include more greens and gardening area. The region is used often for family parties and enjoying sunshine by the pool.

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Sourcebook: Industrial Style

Professional style is all of the rage at the moment. It used to take searching around antique shops and sales to locate industrial pieces, but today many breeding things are available at retail locations (and costs). Below are some of my favourite readily available pieces.

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Industrial style can be a mixture of mill bits, farm pieces, even school-style pieces. You don’t have to select only one. In fact, a mixture is more intriguing.

For authentic classic pieces, check out garage sales, the Craigslist listings on the city’s industrial neighborhood, a college or university surplus shop and junk shops. Figure out if your city has a Habitat for Humanity ReStore — the inventory changes all of the time.

Search conditions: “Industrial,” “farm,” “schoolhouse,” “rustic,” “rusty” and “science”

Browse industrial-style items in the Products section

Schoolhouse Electric

Princeton Senior – $199

Because good lighting is so crucial in schools and factories, industrial design has a ton of great lighting choices. Look for metal lamps, pendants and adjustable-arm pieces.

Resources
Find this one and a number of other classic school inspired pieces at Schoolhouse Electric.
Hudson Goods
Shades of Light has plentiful worker-style cage lights.

West Elm

Short Industrial Metal Bath Cabinet – $249

Few matters are more industrial than alloy furniture. A piece such as this was created for the tub, but that says you couldn’t use it from your living room?

Resources
Find this one at West Elm.
that I love the Tolix design for practicality; locate it at Design Within Reach.
Invest in a unique piece like this particular table out of Deskur + Deskur Design Collective.

Industrial Wood and Metal Aiden Coffee Table – $289.99

Wood, metal and a lot of brakes are features of industrial pieces.

Resources
Find this coffee table (along with other pieces in this group, such as shelving and a console) at World Market.
Crate and Barrel includes wood and metal pieces with blank lines.
Wisteria delivers distinct shapes.

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Lyon Adjustable-Height Industrial Stools, Dove Gray – $274

Metal stools like you’d find in a science laboratory are a great way to add only some factory style. You can locate them with springs such as these or simply use round padded stools (bonus points for finding one that is flexible). With the industrial tendency going powerful, these are cropping up everywhere.

Resources
Find a set of two on Amazon.
Crate and Barrel has flexible choices.
Barn Light Electric has stools in many colours.

Factory 20

Vintage Industrial Cart Coffee Table – $1,085

Part of the allure of industrial design is using a piece of machinery for a new function. This cart is the best size for a coffee table and much more interesting.

Resources
Find this and a Great Deal of classic pieces at Factory 20.
Arhaus includes a similar wheeled java table.
Hudson Goods offers repurposed-style furniture.

Restoration Hardware

Laundry Cart Rectangular Collection, Natural – $129

These cloth laundry bins show a softer side of industrial. Classic grain sacks or java sacks make great cushions, and a classic silk parachute might be sewn into a throw. I like to pair rustic pieces with luxurious velvet curtains.

Resources
Find these and many, many other industrial-style pieces at the hub of industrial style, Restoration Hardware.
Etsy has lots of grain sack pieces.

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Vintage Wooden Hotel Essential Rack – $72

Accessorizing can be the simplest way to add industrial design to your home. Repurpose classic pieces which may be “junk” but are still interesting or beautiful. Or purchase the reproduction. I will not tell.

Resources
Find this hotel key rack at Clayton Gray Home.
Anthropologie frequently includes industrial or machinery-inspired accessories.

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Creative Collector: Vintage Vessels

Vintage items (those dating from 20 years past; antiques, by contrast, are at least 100 years old) are crucial in adding style and history to spaces and give a custom, storied look to any home.

What is a vessel, just? Though a vessel is, in its truest sense, a bottle, bowl, cask, cup or kettle (thanks, Merriam-Webster), let’s think about the term loosely, as who wants limits in regards to creative collecting? Thus, consider beakers, jars, pails, vases, vases and urns as well — you name it ; they are all vessels.

Where can you find older vessels? You can find vintage vessels in obvious places like flea markets, estate sales, antiques shops and auctions, in which you will likely pay top dollar. But less probable spots include church rummage sales, thrift shops, Goodwill and your regional recycling center’s or dump’s thrift shop (yes, I stated dump!) , where items are generally priced by a flat fee per item, like eyeglasses for 10 cents or dishes for $2. Head to those areas and dig up piles of attractive containers and home goods from the ’50s and ’60s, and often sooner.

How can I tell if what I find is … intriguing? Well, for starters, it won’t be something you will see in spades in your regional department store. Though one time status is difficult to confirm, especially if the thing does not have clear markings or authenticity papers, there are a number of telltale signs that an item is exceptional. In case the vessel is handmade, it may be signed by the artist or artisan and devoid of factory-made mold marks, as with thrown pottery and handblown glass. Maybe you can observe delicate paint brushstrokes on the surface, or the product was made in a country that has since been disbanded or renamed, like Catalonia, Ceylon, Tibet, the U.S.S.R., West Germany or Yugoslavia.

Can it be made of an unusual substance? Can it be an intriguing color? Does this have a peculiar, old tag? Perhaps it’s monogrammed with your initials? All that aside, I am a firm believer in this adage: “If you like it and can afford it, purchase it and display it proudly.” And here is what makes it really fascinating: the story behind the way you came upon it.

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Old ashtrays are fantastic for storing mementos and seashells — or just some loose change. The ciggie indentations along with the fonts are always enjoyable, and if they’re from hotels, motels and restaurants which are either foreign or no longer exist, they are just a more chic. I see olives in this one’s future.

Etsy

Blue elephant toy planter – $14.95

Occasionally even the most unlikely items can be utilized as containers, like this hollowed-out toy. It is daring, beautiful cerulean blue, miniature size and intriguing shape make it a fantastic conversation piece. Maybe Ellie already had a very small hole in her back and this clever Etsy seller dreamed up a cool way to put her to work? Slightly irregular, chipped and even broken items may be windfall too. Think creatively.

Etsy

Single Small Grey Dish by Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics – $25

Troll any flea market and you will find gobs of saucers and bread-and-butter dishes without partners. Gorgeous ones, to boot.

Ones I find particularly cute for saving jewelry on a nightstand or dresser top are those with chintz patterns, nature-inspired decals and Asian motifs.

Handmade dishes like those pictured here are pretty too. Some cost as little as a nickel! Bring a couple to work and stow paper clips, rubber bands and odds and ends. They will brighten up your cubicle along with your day. Just watch: Everyone may want to steal your idea.

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Cloches are spectacular, and they’ve had a huge resurgence these past four or so years. Traditionally utilized in gardens to protect seedlings in colder weather, they’ve been repurposed throughout the home. If you’re lucky, you can unearth you in a treasure shop.

I love the way that designer put books under the dome and created a weirdly whimsical vignette under there. It just goes to show, you can place anything under a single — food contained. (Mounds of grapes — green and red together –would look so decadent.) Which is the reason I think repurposing a cheese dome is perfectly OK. And people are easiest to come by. Locate a taller one one having a wood or marble base — lovely!

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I like vintage trophies so much, I have a collection myself. Everything looks great in a decoration: flowers, branches, long matchsticks, rolled-up papers for kindling … I could go on.

Occasionally, they are yucky or a bit corroded indoors, depending on wear and age. If you’re planning to display a bouquet indoors, stick flowers in a glass and then tap it within the decoration. The flowers will stand up better this way too.

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Tin cans are the ultimate in affordability — and are pretty stylish with no ounce of trying. The iconic Campbell’s soup is a Warholian picture I’ve always loved to departure.

Consider also: big crushed-tomato and tomato-sauce cans. Those colorful labels are things of beauty, and they are so fun on outside tables. They are the perfect size for napkins, condiments and silverware, as seen here.

Recycle washed utilized cans right to the table and search for older java cans (rusty or not, and yes, folks collect these) at thrift shops.

Saving and amassing intriguing wine bottles to decant other items into is superstylish, affordable way to entertain in your home. Plus I find gorgeous crystal decanters on almost every one of my classic shopping excursions. Serving guests (and myself) booze out of a decanter makes me feel like I am Myrna Loy. And look — having a fully loaded bar is actually this easy! Eucalyptus somehow appears key as well.

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Victorian-era urns are magic and make the best statements indoors and out. Filled with mosses and climbers, the one pictured here definitely makes the scene. Firms offering architectural salvage market a ton of these, often together with their first, unattached plinths, that are solid pedestals typically made of carved stone and plaster.

Perhaps you have dreamed of starting a collection but aren’t certain where to start? Sometimes all it takes is finding just 1 piece you prefer.

Say you’re fond of white bits, as pictured in this group: Milk glass, first created in Venice in the 16th century (though produced during the 19th century too), now has quite a collector following and will always be seen in thrift shops and flea markets; it’s also quite affordable.

Collecting fascinating pieces in almost any shape and shape and sticking to one basic color will yield a stunning result.

Bubble Terrarium – $150

Terrariums have made a huge comeback as well. Nearly any sort of vessel can be used to create a single. Childhood goldfish bowls, hand-painted cylindrical vases, even classic lidded apothecary jars all work nicely. The attractiveness of terrariums actually lies in having the ability to observe the individual layers which make up the very small ecosystem, so just pick something transparent.

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Mason jars have been around forever, and they are as useful in the kitchen as in they are in the tool shed. (This enterprising family utilizes theirs for spice storage; they’ve just screwed the lids up into a wood beam.) I am fond of those older, brown or blue jars using the zinc lids. Some lids are ceramic and zinc, indicators that they are definitely old, as that kind is not made anymore.

I’ve seen people spray paint them matte colours, to match their collections and decor. A wonderful hostess parting present could be a little one filled with dirt and a little basil or lavender plant. Simply wrap the jar with jute twine a couple of times and mix it into a knot for a classy send-off.

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Finally, it’s always OK to buy an intriguing piece just because you prefer it. The decanter seen this is a unusual robin’s egg colour with lovely burnt-brown accents, has handmade, applied handles along with a slight iridescence. Chances are, this one is an oldie but goodie — and a real keeper.

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Fantasy Length: 5 Seriously Glamorous Homes

Contemporary glamor does not imply Liberace’s place, kitten-heeled feathered slippers or oodles of rococo. Designers today are using just the right doses of polished finishes, reflective surfaces, crystals, lucite, glass, lacquer, silk and velvet to make elegant spaces which are not over the top.

It is a careful balance that delights me once I see it. Here are five houses from across North America which were showcased as Tours and so are in our Glamor Hall of Fame.

Jarlath Mellett

1. Manhattan Townhouse with High Style. This Manhattan townhouse’s glamor comes out of a combination of luxe materials like lucite, leather, chrome and crystal.

Jarlath Mellett

The designer, Jarlath Mellett, also utilized striking silhouettes against light backgrounds, like these dark armchairs and floor lamp contrary to soft white curtains.

Jarlath Mellett

The home combines a mid-century sensibility with much more contemporary details with amped-up (yet not over the top) ornamentation.

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Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

2. Contemporary Meets Tradtional in Saskatoon: This sleek showhome, decorated by Atmosphere Interior Design, is full of polished finishes, runway-inspired fabric choices and reflective surfaces.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

The principal living room’s high ceilings are emphasized by long window treatments, subtle trimwork and also the large painting which extends above the mantle. Toile on the contemporary chairs is a nod to classic design, while the zebra rug and absolutely trimmed topiaries add some soda pizazz.

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A wall-sized mirror inset supporting the bed doubles the visual dimension of this room and the lighting.

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Jamie Herzlinger

3. A Fashionable Oasis at Arizona: This desert home designed by Jamie Herzlinger looks like a fashionable mirage. It has clean lines and the right amount of glow in all the proper places (check out the reflective metal over this table).

Jamie Herzlinger

This incredible mirror mosaic wall is artistic and has a touch of disco design.

Jamie Herzlinger

A range of soft fabrics in light colors, paired with glass, lucite and mirrored furnishings creates relaxed glamour in the bedroom.

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5. Champagne Looks on a Beer Budget at the O.C: Glamor doesn’t have to break your bank. Domicile Interior Design combined flea market and Craigslist finds with pieces from IKEA and other retailers, using custom touches to give everything a exceptional flair.

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It is all in the details when it comes to glamorous design. Patterns, textures, finishes and well-curated baubles all play a part. Do not keep your jewelry concealed in some boxlay it out as part of this screen.

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This round glass table is a space saver; being glamorous means never being cramped. Additionally, it lets one respect the cloth on the chairs and the retro-style lighting fixture.

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