• How to Keep a White Kitchen Looking That Way

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    By Becky Dietrich

    A recent featured ideabook on white kitchens garnered a ton of comments from readers, most of which contained concerns about how to keep those beautiful kitchens clean. One Houzzer bemoaned such hard-to-maintain materials, saying that “real cooks” would question someone’s sanity for using such fussy finishes.

    The truth is, you don’t need to be nuts to own an all-white kitchen. Just a little diligent, and armed with the tips below.

    Lauren RubinsteinSuburban kitchen remodel for a crisp urban farmhouse look by Lisa Gabrielson Design.

    This is the perfect white kitchen because it looks like no one ever cooks here. And that is, of course, the very best way to keep that white kitchen sparkling. If, however, you insist on actually using your kitchen, you are likely to encounter yellowing cabinets, accumulations of grease, and stained and marred sinks and countertops. What fun.

    Why do those sparkling white cabinets start to yellow? The first culprit is exposure to direct sunlight, which tends to jaundice or fade painted wood (and laminated surfaces). You should …read more  

  • Rustic Finds a Bridge to Glam in Chapel Hill Living Room

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    Transitional Living Room by Durham Interior
    Designers & Decorators Heather Garrett Design

    By Becky Harris

    When a young couple moved into this Tudor-style house in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, he was really happy with the rustic finishes, but she was looking to glam them up a bit. They also needed items that could stand up to their 1-year-old and their three dogs, and to getting a little rowdy with their friends when relaxing and having beers together.

    I find so many clients with young kids and pets want cool stuff, but they can’t figure out to do it without worrying that they’ll ruin everything,” says interior designer Heather Garrett. In this case her solutions included upholstering with rustic leather and outdoor fabrics. The results are a balance of rough-hewn and sophisticated styles, a harmonious compromise that pleases both partners.

    The existing architecture brought in plenty of the rustic, with a large stone fireplace and a rough-hewn mantel and beams.

    Garrett balanced rustic and glamorous items all around the room by adding lots of layers of texture, including …read more  

  • Design on Deadline: 3 Weeks to Bachelor's Bold, Sexy Loft

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    By Jeannie Matteucci

    When a young bachelor purchased his downtown Dallas loft, he wanted a space different from his main townhouse in the suburbs. This loft would be a place where he could relax, hang with his friends and enjoy the nightlife of the city. He asked designer Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25 to give him a contemporary and bold living room — and give it to him fast.

    Contemporary Spaces by Dallas Interior Designers & Decorators Abbe Fenimore Studio Ten 25Sofa: Room & Board (no longer available; see a similar choice here); accent chairs: replicas of DWR Metropolitan Chair; wall paint: Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore

    “We furnished the entire unit in under three weeks,” says Fenimore, who used floor models and replicas of out-of-stock items to get the place ready for when her client returned from an extended business trip. “With this living room, we wanted to create a place where he could entertain and enjoy the downtown views. We had to choose furniture that could be moved around easily, depending …read more