Monday, January 28, 2013

snow whites

PHOTOS: 1. une étoile dans le ciel, 2., 7., 9., 11., unknown, 3. wistfully country, 4., 5., 12. 
life is beautiful,  6. helena bemald photography, 8., 10. tiny white daisies, 13. cyndi lou, 
14. a life's findings, 15. filling the soul with beauty, 16. les petites pages

R E L A T E D    P O S T S  :

winter   whites

winter   whites  +  wisdom

tips   for   decorating   with   white

soft,   summer   whites

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hidden Doors to love!

Hidden doors are so hip these days . . . they're everywhere!

 Everyone wants to figure out where and how to install one in their home!


At first I thought it seemed impossible (for me)

to pull one off without lots of expensive labor. 

Then I found this diy post on pinterest via Lyn C.,

and I'm thinking it might work!

Some of the most fun hidden doors 

-- those more typical of historic interiors --

 - are set within wallpaper, molding and/or paneling.

As square footage in our homes decreases, hidden doors make more sense 

in terms of creating wall surfaces which appear "unbroken" to the eye at first glance.  

The more the eye must take in -- a door and door frame -- 
the smaller and busier the room will appear to the viewer. 

And since doors are most often a different color and texture (depending on the paint) from the walls and include relief/molding (also unlike the walls),

they give the impression of visually "breaking" the surface of the wall.
Not only can it make a space seem smaller and busier,
it can divert the viewer's eye from the intended focal point.

On the other hand, if a wall  appears  to  be  continuous or unbroken

(whether painted, wallpapered, with molding, or all of the above), 

it's oftentimes more pleasing to the eye. 

It may feel larger, perhaps more spacious and serene
because  of  its  perceived  unbroken  expanse.

Try re-thinking any problem areas in your home...
those which are annoying to you for one reason or another.

Might you have overlooked one? 

Be creative:  you may find an exciting design solution!

Above is design legend Albert Hadley's former NYC 
apartment guest room; can you find the door jamb?

(Sometimes a hidden door is just a cabinet -- it needn't be full-size).

So, where will you install your hidden door?

What purpose will it serve?

Fun?  Privacy?  Keeping valuables?  Perhaps all of the above!


PHOTOS: 1. music room, via, 2. estate of rex whistler via architectural digest, 3., 15., 19., 24., 28. unknown, 4. david hicks,  5. interior style design,  6., 22. design, nicky haslam, 7. michael s. smith, 8. fleaing france, 9. fauxology via elle decor, 10. jeffrey bilhuber, 11. ,13. elle decor,  12. linda evangelista by steven meisel, vogue italia,  14. chambre de marie-antoinette, versailles, via à l'ancien régime, 16., 20. à l'ancien régime, 17. world of interiors, 18. not my beautiful home,  21. robert a. m. stern, 23. albert hadley, 25. gatewood house, gil schafer, 26. andrew gn residence, elle decor, 27. milk and belladonna