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debate: bathtubs with aprons or no aprons

I’m in the midst of debating my tub scenario – first off it has to fit into a 3-walled alcove situation. So the front portion of the tub is exposed. I have seen 2 ways of doing this – one where you finish the front of the tub with either tile, wood or stone. The other way is to do one with a built-in apron. What are peoples thoughts on this? Here are images of both:

Apron sided tub. This one is from Kohler:

apron tub debate: bathtubs with aprons or no aprons

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editor’s pick: top 5 ikea kitchens

It’s no longer a secret that interior designers love IKEA cabinets for their quality and customization. Behind their stylish closed doors, IKEA cabinets have some of the best space saving and organizational units on the market. Here is a round up of some of fantastic IKEA kitchens that have all been featured in Style at Home.

industrial bistro island1 editors pick: top 5 ikea kitchensOrsa birch cabinets sprayed in grey, designed by Ingrid Oomen

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a chic retreat: my master bedroom

The master bedroom was part of our second floor addition, and while it’s not a huge space, it more than serves its purpose as a luxurious room to relax and rejuvenate in with a king size bed, small vanity and a bank of dressers for tons of clothing storage.

 

master after a chic retreat: my master bedroom

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my puuuurfectly glamorous powder room

Ah the powder room. The one space in the home where you can go buck wild with your design scheme. It’s usually isolated enough from the rest of the house’s principal spaces, either tucked into a nook or at the end of the hallway, and is often light-locked without any windows. This small bathroom is  just begging for some wallpaper or a snazzy vanity, so it took me months to narrow down my options and finally decide on how to jazz up my own.

 

powder room after my puuuurfectly glamorous powder room

 

Those who know me are well aware I have an affinity for leopard, cheetah, ocelot and even tiger prints.  Basically any exotic cat is fair game for me when it comes to choosing patterns for interiors or fashion, so that’s why I chose Thiabut’s Tanzania for my wallpaper, which is a decorator classic.

 

powder room wallpaper battle my puuuurfectly glamorous powder room

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5 amazing black faucets

Black is back! Move over brass and make room for matte black, their sleek and sexy design will compliment any modern decor.  Here is a round of my favorite readily available on the market. dornbracht tara black 5 amazing black faucets

Tara 3-hole lavatory mixer in matte black, Dornbracht

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den before and after

When we toured our home, I loved the small den tucked away above the garage (or as my husband calls it, “the lions den.”) It’s not large by any means, but we were enticed by the idea of having a little refuge off of the master bedroom for watching TV and having some quiet time. I viewed it as a great little bonus space on the second floor and was excited to transform it into a soothing oasis.

 

den before den before and after

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a closer look at the dining room wallpaper

My striking dining room owes its wow-factor to the stunning hand painted Chinese wallpaper and gold-leafed ceiling that envelopes visitors with its jewel box effect.

 

dining room close up a closer look at the dining room wallpaper

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dining room before and after

One of the most dramatic transformations in my home was my dining room, thanks in large part to to the eye-catching Chinese hand painted wallpaper from Griffin and Wong. I’ll be going into more depth on the paper later this week, so for now let’s look at the furniture and lighting.

 

dining room before dining room before and after

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herringbone heaven and a marvellous marble mantel

I mentioned in the last post that I wanted sophisticated interior details for my home that would evoke a traditional Parisian pied-à-terre. Two of those elements that I had my heart set on were herringbone wood floors and a marble fireplace mantel.

 

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living room before and after: part two

living before collage living room before and after: part two

Yesterday was the first look at my living room, and now here is part two of how it all came together.

With the furniture in front of the fireplace and by the bay window completed, now there were only the corners by the dining room entrance to address. I took the opportunity to purchase a couple of vintage items that I have always had my eye on for some time: a brass-detailed bar cart and swooped back statement chair.

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