Renovating your Home in style
Who says a kitchen has to be cold and clinical? With elements of rough wood, stone, concrete, and brick, these kitchens exude an irresistible rustic warmth.
1. Earthenware dishes, pots and pans, those wood shelves â all make for a lovely palette of textures in this kitchen from Country Living. 2 & 3. A concrete countertop provides a nice counterpoint to rough-hewn beams. Nuevo Estilo via Delight by Design.
4. Rough wood cabinet fronts provide a lovely contrast with the more modern elements of this kitchen. More photos of this kitchen (and of the rest of the house â it's all very nice) at Behance. 5. A rustic black kitchen from Elle Interior via Apartment Therapy.
6. A concrete ceiling and floor (and a beautiful farm table) add warmth in this kitchen from Freunde von Freunden.
7. I love the rock wall in this little kitchen at Stone Creek Camp, as seen on Arch Daily. 8. Concrete countertops, wood cabinets and a Spanish tile floor, from Jonah Samyn via Compleet Keukens. 9. Rough walls and an industrial kitchen in a French home from The Style Files.10. Brick, wood, and stone for a lovely, warm, old-fashioned space. Cousaert-Vanderdonckt Interior Concepts via Keukens.
11. Rough beams lend weightiness to a modern kitchen from Emmas Designblogg. 12. Sleek appliances and a concrete countertop balance out rough cabinets in this Parisian loft conversion from Roxane Beis. 13. Stone walls and wood cabinets give this kitchen from Miss Design a lovely rustic warmth. 14. Wood ceilings and walls make this kitchen cozy. House and Leisure via Delight by Design. 15. Dream kitchen. 'Nuff said. Living Agency via Graine Ficelle and The Kitchn.
An antique clock lends an element of class and charm to your interior decor scheme. Sneha Saloni lists out the varieties of antique clocks available, from grandfather clocks to carriage clocks.Time might fly, but timeless clocks have made their way back to the walls of contemporary homes. Decorating the home with antique clocks has become a top choice for many. Antique accessories add personality and charm to your home So, it’s time to flaunt the range of clocks you have collected over the years or get these decor pieces from any of the antique shops in your city and add more value to the beauty of your house. While grandfather clocks enhance the huge traditional styled living room, cuckoo clocks are fun to have in any home decor scheme. From contemporary glass clocks to huge round clocks with Roman numerals, there are also artiste-made time keeping instruments with a range of colours and shapes, suiting the aesthetics of your home interiors. These clocks have been an inseparable part of our childhood. A City-based architect, Monisha Colaco says, “A stylish accessory like an antique clock can enhance the interiors of your house by lending it a stark, modern, contemporary look. However, it is imperative to note that one needs to find the right space for the clock. The clock can be too large. A suitable place like the living room and a perfect wall need to be kept in mind before placing it.”Grandfather clocksThe most popular time piece for more than 50 years, these clocks add elegance to the decor. The wooden work, which is mainly of rosewood or mahogany, has an exquisite charm, and embellishes your home. These clocks are heavy and huge, and most suited to be placed in your king-size living room, giving you the account of each passing second with its tick-tock. Tall empty spaces can be occupied by grandfather or grandmother clocks (smaller version).Cuckoo clocksThis clock is unique and can find a place easily on one side of the wall of one of your rooms. This might be the perfect accessory for your home. Available in a variety of vibrant colours, sounds and different pendulum styles, they are just perfect and add more colour to your walls.Art-deco clocksAntique clocks of any era have their own charm and bring an element of nostalgia, catching the viewer’s eye and imagination. Relive the vintage era by displaying the beautiful art deco clock varieties on the shelves of your rooms. Placing two to three clocks in a scattered way can add interest. Antique-cast bronze clocksThese are usually called mantle clocks which can be placed on a mantle piece or shelf. These clocks are elaborately designed with motifs surrounding the timepiece. Carriage clocksThe casing for the original carriage clocks was made of brass with glass and porcelain panels. These clocks are usually rectangular, but are many times closer to the shape of a square. Fine woods, metals and glass are used to provide a sharp accent to these diminutive clocks. Carriage clocks can be found on a desk, table and sometimes on a mantle, if the mantle is not too large.No longer is a clock just a functional time-piece in a room. It is an opportunity to make a statement about your interior decor style. The older the better. The cadenced ticking and chiming of antique clocks not only augments the splendour of your home, it also offers benefits. Unlike most things, antique clocks go up in value. The longer you keep them, the more their worth. Nothing can match the class of a house in perfect sync with the interiors. Bringing an aesthetic value to the house, antique clocks are a sure short move to give your house vintage styling.
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A soaring stone fireplace is an impressive and rustic focal point in this living room. To reduce the scale of the stone and add interest, a long mirror is placed above the mantel. Candice also uses the fireplace as a jumping off point for the room's palette, by selecting the hues of sage, stone, taupe and caramel from the fireplace stones.
A sleek stainless steel gas fireplace is installed at the perfect height to enjoy from anywhere in the space. Surrounded by a beautiful stone facade, the fireplace is the perfect combination of contemporary and natural.
Paint the wall over the mantel the same color as the surround to give a fireplace more presence in a room. When a fireplace is flush with the floor, place a beautiful screen in front to provide ambience and safety.
Floor to ceiling glass and marble mosaic tiles in brown, gold, cream and grey tones are a spectacular setting for an elevated gas fireplace. The contemporary focal point adds both visual and physical warmth to the room.
Sophisticated moldings are combined with a marble tiled surround for a traditional fireplace. To allow the space to be a conversational area as well as a space to watch television, Candice hides a television behind a piece of remote-controlled artwork so it's out of sight when not in use.
A simply elegant fireplace surround is painted cream to offset the dark wallpaper in the dining room. Raised off the floor, the visual warmth of the fireplace can be enjoyed from each seat around the table. The fireplace is also flanked with mirrored panels that add depth and dimension, as well as reflect light into the room.
The show stopping feature wall is a modern arrangement that boasts a long, linear gas fireplace and a massive surround of grey and white marble mosaic tiles. Not only is it eye-catching, but it brings much needed warmth into the space. The fireplace is flanked with a custom-built cabinetry unit that holds a big screen television, media equipment, books and some display items.
A true glam centerpiece of the room the fireplace surround is covered with silver dollar sized stainless steel tiles and above the mantel is a glittering ebony quartz.
The fireplace, which features a wood mantel and is clad in a beautiful circular glass tiles, anchors the room. Traditional beadboard panels above the fireplace add texture.
The dark walnut stained shelving makes this bookcase a great display piece or bookshelf. It fits into any space and is a personal design favourite as a see-through room divider. $700, urbanbarn.com
Richly upholstered settees, footstools, chaise lounges and Bergere chairs can add a touch of bygone beauty, but you should allow plenty of space for more livable pieces such as a traditional sofa. If you can't afford new furniture, consider adding silk or damask throw pillows.