Urban Eclectic Loft in Manhattan

Most of inner designer Marie Burgos’ previous clients had contemporary, contemporary or transitional styles. But the homeowners of this loft space from the Gramercy area of Manhattan, artist and photographer Samantha Heydt along with her celebrity and producer boyfriend, had markedly different tastes and layout preferences that even they had difficulty defining. The design challenge for Burgos was going to understand her clients’ upbringings and lifestyles that she could find items and finishing touches which would appeal to their own eclectic taste. “The most fun I had on this job was seeing my clients’ surprise and excitement when I realized their style and reflected my understanding at the design of the space,” states Burgos. She transformed the attic from an area with Venetian plaster, black flooring and moldings to a fresh, contemporary, functional space filled with travel finds, classic pieces and family keepsakes.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Samantha Heydt along with her boyfriend
Location: New York City
Size: 2,300 square feet
That is Interesting: The device is located in what used to be St. George Parish’s rectory.

Marie Burgos Design

The living room windows look to a neighboring building, however Burgos’ clients barely notice, as they are too busy appearing: The 23-foot-high ceiling makes up for your shortage of views. The watercolor painting is a gift from William Heydt, Samantha’s grandfather, as well as the kilim rug is a classic item purchased by Samantha in Istanbul.

Couch: ABC Carpet & Home

Marie Burgos Design

Most of the original wood flooring in the living and dining room were retained, treated and sanded. “The flooring needed a fantastic clean since the previous owners had painted them all black. Once covered, they demonstrated an wonderful wood tone and fabulous layout,” states Burgos.

Dining table: Hive Modern; Sirius White Floor Lamp: Fashion For Home

Marie Burgos Design

Burgos had to remodel the entire kitchen to the slick, contemporary enjoyable and preparing space that’s today. “My customer entertains often without having to turn on the cooker — the food options are just endless here in New York!” Burgos replaced what used to be tiled flooring using a Jatoba herringbone-cut mahogany wood, an almost exact match to the hardwood flooring in the living room. The leather pig on the marble counter was purchased by Samantha’s grandfather in the 1930s from Abercrombie & Fitch.

Bar stools: The Foundary; kitchen appliances: Miele

Marie Burgos Design

If this Original Martinique Wallpaper looks familiar, it’s because it’s the same one used in the Beverly Hills Hotel, on a Mariah Carey album cover, even at Nikki Hilton’s home and even on the set of The Golden Girls. Burgos purchased it in Designer Wallcoverings and Fabrics to make an enjoyable, tropical-looking wall within the custom-made modern high-gloss dressers causing the master bedroom.

Marie Burgos Design

The dramatic silver and black wallpaper and music gear in the loft’s lower degree make it clear that one of the homeowners is seriously into music. “Samantha’s boyfriend is a record label producer and professional musician,” confirms Burgos. The art, Bird on a White Page, is by Heydt, a professional photographer and visual artist.

Wallpaper: Barbara Hulanicki Hula, Graham & Brown; floating cupboard: Ikea

Marie Burgos Design

Synthesizers, mixers and a turntable fill the shelf space over the couch — musical tools doubling as practical décor.

Couch: Hive

Marie Burgos Design

At the home office, Burgos installed ceramic flooring tiles at wood-grain patterns inspired by Andy Warhol from Ora Italiana’s Uonuon collection. The upholstered classic grandmother chair was a gift from one of Samantha’s relatives. The house office showcases artwork from Samantha’s travels, creating a mix of textures and visuals.

“The color splashes range within this room, from the red-orange custom made cabinetry liner to the azure damask wallpaper; it’s not a space for the color bashful,” states Burgos. The designer generally tells clients who are afraid of incorporating color into their living spaces to start with a beautiful memory. “I ask them to find out what colours their favorite vacation or place brings themwhat color their happiest memory invokes, and we build on that,” states Burgos. “It makes for a very personal manner of designing your house.”

Wallpaper: Fiorvanti Azure Coromandel, Designers Guild

Marie Burgos Design

A spiral stairs, a remnant of the loft’s past incarnation as part of St. George Episcopal Church’s rectory (a church in which financier and art collector J.P. Morgan worshipped and served), shares the space with framed prints and a book series. It was significant for Burgos’ clients to be surrounded by artwork and inspiration. Samantha grew up at a California house filled with colours, classic wallpapers and antique pieces; she traveled a lot growing up and was collecting original pieces from many countries. “It makes perfect sense for my clients to dwell at a place that had a completely different past life, and also to add to it their own history and artistic inclinations. It’s a very New York story and space,” states Burgos.

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Culture an Appearance With Artifacts

I have been collecting African artifacts for approximately 15 years. My collection began after a trip to Africa in 1997 with my husband. In the lobby of our hotel was a group of African artifacts, such as masks, textiles and various carved pieces that I will never forget. The appeal was instant: I had been shot with all the geometric nature of the carvings, and the caliber of the artifacts seemed to tell a story with every detail.

I fell in love with all the artifacts of Africa and decided to learn about them and use them in spaces I layout. In addition to their rich significance, they supply visual interest and can be used in modern, transitional and conventional spaces. Take a peek at these designers have imported Africa into these beautiful and curated spaces.

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This sleek and modern space includes a fantastic feather headdress out of Cameroon. The feathers worn by chiefs and significant dancers during celebrations symbolize prosperity and emulate the feathers of birds. The feathers have been woven onto a raffia foundation that spray right into a huge circle and look fantastic as wall art. The item is available in many colours but makes a modern and textural statement in white here.

Ken Gutmaker Architectural Photography

The variety of African stools is excellent and diverse. Each style of carving and form represents a particular country, tribe or region. Here the sculptural, hand-carved quality of the stool onto the hearth contrasts the white brick wall. Notice how perfectly paired the stool is with the modern Saarinen Tulip table and chair.

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The Kuba cloth of Zaire is made of raffia palm leaves; among other applications, it is used for skirts during ceremonial occasions. The patterns are generally geometric, with colours derived from local plant resources. This beautiful bit of Kuba cloth was made to a cushion for a bold and colorful pairing with all the geometric lines of this rattan chair.

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Here at the base of the bed is a Senufo stool of the Ivory Coast. Made from one piece of timber, this stool is highly functional in form in addition to getting a graceful, simple profile. These kinds of stools create great benches and end tables.

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Tribal masks from several areas are combined for an eye-catching screen within this modern, color-filled room. This room feels very sophisticated due to the bold contrast of modern bits against the backdrop of the rustic masks and palaces. The Warren Platner chairs in vibrant yellow appear to mirror the kind of African sculpture.

Sutton Suzuki Architects

These circular types are in the Mbole people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They have been used as currency during significant transactions and create beautiful, sculptural accessories mounted and placed in a small grouping.

Shirley Meisels

Another example of a Juju hat in a vibrant fucshia colour. I really like the way the designer paired this with bold black and white stripes on the wall. This is a good example of how these bits can be utilised in a whimsical and unexpected display to create a transitional look.

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In the foreground a Bamileke king’s stool is used as a table. All these fantastic textural pieces are also known as spider tables. The spider has great relevance to the Bamileke people and, like the king, is believed to possess sacred knowledge and the ability to address problems. The king uses these tables during public ceremonies, but they look fantastic as tables. They’re also available in larger sizes that make great coffee tables.

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This expansive sculptural part is a Tji-Wara headdress by the Bumbara people of Mali in northwest Africa. All these headdresses are worn with designated farmers at planting period through a ceremonial dance. The headdress and dance are symbolic of an antelope, which can be coveted as a perfect creature. Placed within an entry this bit is a stunning introduction and also a conversation starter.

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This comfy guest bedroom has multiple cultural artifacts, developing a well-traveled look. On the couch are cushions made from Kasai velvet, yet another creation of the Kuba people in the Republic of the Congo. Inside this fabric a level stem-stitch embroidery is used between heap areas for contrast. The result is a velvety, geometric group of neutrals that makes a fantastic transitional style.

Do you have any African pieces into your home? Allow me to know in the Comments section.

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The Great Paper Push: Just Say No

I love mail. As a child, I could spot an invite and differentiate junk mail from a mile off. I’d gotten it in my mind that those who obtained mail were individuals of importance (that is, adults). Now that I’m firmly in my mature years, not much has changed. It’s a daily habit to check for mail when I pass the box (even when I know that shipping isn’t until late afternoon). And though I romanticize the correspondence component of mail, bills get exactly the same treatment. Staying at the top of finances and invoices is my nod to be responsible, one of these adult traits I so admired as a kid.

Going paperless is something I have wrestled with for a couple of decades now, but the efficient part of me has finally succeeded. I know that no matter how organized I am with my paper, it is just faster to reside a paperless life. Less time opening mail and keeping track of this before it gets registered means longer time to do anything.

You’d be stunned at how many ways there are to go awry. Some measures are effortless, though others might take a little more time and expertise. Let’s dig in and see how you can begin your journey immediately.

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1. Simply say, “No thanks.” On a daily basis, I am offered extra paper and politely decline. Some prime examples: coupons from office supply shops, random flyers and business cards. And in the workplace, your colleagues are probably at the regular of handing over paperwork and agendas. To counteract this:
• First, recognize when you really don’t need the paper and decline it.
• If it is imperative that you’ve got the info, ask the information in email form.
• Take benefit when a shop offers to email you the receipt.
• Next time you find yourself waiting in the physician’s office, car wash or DMV, empty your pocket or handbag. This five-minute action will keep paper piles from building in your home.

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2. Cease printing stuff. I discover that if people print things, it is because they don’t trust their own systems. Perfect example: A significant email ends up in your inbox and rather than correctly archiving it, you print it. After we’re not comfortable using our digital tools, we go out of our way to feel safe. To combat this printing instinct:
• Read online tutorials and ask friends who know how to process email how they perform it.
• Sign up for a free workshop in an Apple retail store.
• Unsubscribe from undesirable newsletters and emails. Whenever there’s less virtual clutter, you’ll realize that you can locate files easier and will not have to print them just so that you know where they’re.
• Create your email system do the job for you by creating tags and filters so that you spend less time sorting through the incoming mail.
• Use your browser’s bookmark feature to catalogue pictures, recipes and much more.
• Try this tip for creating email files: Your digital files should mirror your paper files.

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3. Stop junk mail. I live by the phrase “Junk mail should never touch a surface.”

• Recycle junk odds and ends prior to going into the home. If junk mail finds its way inside, it is best to eliminate it immediately.
• If your program doesn’t permit for daily processing or if you feel like your mail piles triple immediately, use Catalog Option and MailStop. Catalog Option is a lot like hitting an unsubscribe button: simply go to the website and select out of receiving certain catalogs. MailStop is under the Catalog Choice umbrella. It includes three add-on services that vary from a free cell phone app to some $20 yearly support.

Tell us Are you currently doing anything from this list of paperless practices? Is there anything that you implement at home that I left out?

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Little Gestures Make a Significant Effect

As seasons change, we often have the urge to create big, sweeping changes in our houses, but if you are looking to make your home feel different without emptying your bank accounts, think small to achieve big. Truly, the devil is in the details: a dab of paint here or a dab of colour there might seem too simple, but it can transform a space without a tremendous financial commitment or fierce DIY talent.

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Paint generally is the easiest, quickest and cheapest complete makeover alternative. However, if painting an entire room is out of the question, think small: Paint a door or part of a single. In this layout, the crops, bright painting and pink door provide plenty of eye candy, but I believe the dark blue treatment on the interior of the door casing makes the largest (small) statement.

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Talk about unexpected: I love the freshness the orange door brings into this chocolate brown bedroom. If going ultrabold on a door looks daunting, try painting just the edge for a sudden jolt of colour.

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A rolling barn door is a surefire conversation starter all on its own, but paint it orange and you have got yourself a showstopper. Add fitting accessories and you are the talk of the town! In case a barn door isn’t in the stars for you, do not worry! A boldly painted door, regardless of the design, will work wonders.

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Borders and Outlines

Whether you are trying to revive an older slice or revamp a new slice, you can not lose with a coating of paint or 2. Offer your new-to-you bit of furniture a standout complete by painting the framework or panels in a contrasting color.

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While it does not just fall into the quick-fixes category, a mirrored tile edge does create a splash. This might have been just another white subway-tile bathroom, but the outline round the shower and the edge on the floor provide the space dimension and polish.

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Add a cut or edge to curtains for an easy revamp. If you are not adept with a sewing machine, a local tailor can certainly do the task without a lot of expense.

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Pop-Outs and Cutouts

I adore the way the window knobs and casing match the cupboard interiors here. Plants or leafy green vegetables on the counter bring the appearance full circle.

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The cutouts, painted in a bright turquoise, lend an exciting uniqueness to that which might have been a simple, seen-a-million-times midcentury-style installation.

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Color Modes

when semipermanent alterations just aren’t an option, accessories are the very best buddy. The yellowish vanity, chair, stool and shower fittings infuse this otherwise all-white bathroom using a glowing brightness, while the shower curtain gives it a sophisticated, tailored finish.

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A white and black plot always gains from a little unexpected color. If you scour earnings, then it is possible to find accessories such as throw blankets and throw pillows for next to nothing. That means big changes seasonally or according to your own disposition won’t be a costly undertaking.

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Snappy Hardware

That is a lovely bedroom for many reasons, but I especially love the special hardware on the side tables. Hinges, knobs and pulls are like jewelry for furniture. Use them sparingly for a subtle but lasting impact.

Vanessa De Vargas

Standout hardware, as seen on this vanity, will require a bit of furniture from dull to incredible with a twist of the screwdriver. Check out Anthropologie for easy-to-find fun pieces or E.R. Butler for family heirlooms to be.

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Make the Ordinary Extraordinary

It does not have to be fancy to be fabulous. This pedestrian cleat is inexpensively dressed up by a cleverly used rope for a tieback for the drape.

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Sometimes all it takes is something simple, if fleeting. The foliage’s shock of leafy green spruces up this entire vignette. When money is an object, a new flower or 2 can work wonders.

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Cutting Corners with Sectional Sofas

Sectionals are normally big, bulky pieces of furniture, and balancing them within an arrangement could be intimidating. But their size is their strength: Because they tend to dominate the distance and offer the majority of the chairs, they typically don’t have to be accompanied by too many different pieces. The end result is dependent upon a number of variables: the dimensions of this space, the requirements of your situation, your layout preferences and so on. Whether you are deciding how to edit current pieces or researching what to buy along with your own pajamas, below are a few layout suggestions for inspiration.

The key to any effective layout is equilibrium. Putting a single seat across in the shorter end of this sectional strikes that balance.

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Consider facing a seat across from the internal corner of this sectional. Draw imaginary lines in the sectional’s armswhere they meet is ideally where you need to place the seat, as though it’s completing an invisible square. This sectional itself supplies lots of seats; the only opposing seat rounds out the space for optimal dialog.

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If you’ve got a thinner space and it’s the longer end of the sectional that you want to equilibrium, consider facing it with two separate chairs. Using just 1 chair could be visually off-kilter. If you choose two quite minimal chairs, like in this example, you will probably have space to include a coffee table.

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If your sectional is evenly long on either side, you can balance it with 2 quite minimal chairs or one . Set the seat on a diagonal close to the plane of the sectional’s back to keep the layout feeling open.

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This is an intriguing design, but it works. If you’ve both a sectional and a two-seater couch, think about placing the couch across in the shorter end of this sectional. The three poufs in front of the coffee table are crucial here: Because the two-seater is longer compared to the shorter end of this sectional, they produce equilibrium.


If you’ve got a big, open area that is broken up into various places, keep the sight lines open by accessorizing your sectional using a non part of furniture, like a chaise. It balances the arrangement whilst preserving visual openness.

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If a chaise is out of your budget, you can recreate precisely the same idea with backless chairs or chairs.

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If you are operating in a smaller area and need more seating but do not need to block, say, the television, ottomans put across in the lengthwise part is going to do the trick. A coffee table can hide the ottomans when they’re not being used.

Long, narrow spaces can be tricky. Your instinct might have been to put the longer back end of this sectional parallel to the wall across from the fireplace , with the two chairs across in the chaise end. But, grounding the distance with a rug and facing the sectional and the chairs across from each other results in a much airier arrangement.

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This shot proves that sectionals can operate in small spaces also. Just make sure you measure carefully! In this example, 1 chair and a little ottoman provide more seating without causing the space to feel overcrowded.

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Have a sizeable space and aren’t certain how to satisfy it? Consider facing two sectionals around from one another. You’ll make a cozy atmosphere with a ton of chairs.

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Or, consider making an almost circular seating arrangement with the addition of a sofa and several chairs, organized around a couple of coffee tables. This is a superb set up for entertaining, as it takes advantage of this massive space by making separate areas perfect for conversation.

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Really like the willingness of your big area? Keep it this way by enabling the sectional to fly . It is best to add tables for drinks, books or lamps, but if the sectional supplies enough chairs and you are happy with the look, then feel free to let it be.

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Room of the Day: Bright Transitional Home Office Serves Double Duty

This room’s most important purpose is to function as a home office, but since it is off the home’s living room, guests also spend time in it during get-togethers with family members and friends. Interior designer Jamie Keskin worked throughout the home with her customer, and the two discovered an simple, bright and light style and carried from room to room. Transitional style may be an all-encompassing and confusing seem to specify, but Keskin helps us get a better knowledge of it with this airy room.

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Pictures by Greg Perko Photography

Space in a
What happens here:
That really is really a home control central plus also a home office for telecommuting, in addition to an extra seating area during get-togethers.
Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts
Size: 150 square feet (14 square meters); 10 feet by 15 feet (3 meters by 4.5 meters)

Although Keskin worked on rooms throughout the house, this was the only one which was a truly blank slate. However, she and her customer agreed to maintain the present built-in bookcases, right down to the blue paint. They are great for corralling all the office clutter and keeping a clean, paperless desk. This, in turn, makes altering the room into a seating area much easier; all the client does is drag the table chair over near the love chair during celebrations, and the entertainment area is complete.

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Transitional is a tricky style to specify sometimes, but Keskin sees it as a style with traditional roots that’s lighter, brighter and much more compact. For example, she combined a traditional bamboo desk seat with a clean-lined, classic contemporary Parsons desk in here. The bright aqua color of this seat is sudden and makes it a standout piece.

Background: Gibralter, Thibault; seat: Zinc Door; wastebasket, glass lamp: Target; Parsons Desk: West Elm

Jamie Keskin Design

“If I had been going for traditional in here, I might have chosen a French settee, a busier floral and a fussier background,” Keskin states. Instead she combined a more compact love chair and a brightly colored, large-print abstract floral from Romo. A woven coffee table and midcentury-modern-inspired side tables freshen things up.

Actually, the floral print was the jumping-off point for everything else in the area. “I wanted to select something inspirational,” she states. “I pulled each the colors from that print” She utilized the fabric on the throw pillow along with the custom Roman colour.

Savvy budget reconciliation allowed splurging on background by Thibault along with the above floral fabric. These two elements provided the foundation for the room, and the layout jumped off from that point. The lamps are from Horchow, the mirror is from Ballard Designs, the love seat and side tables are from Crate & Barrel, and the coffee table is from Pottery Barn.

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Jamie Keskin Design

The bone inlay on the Parsons desk is still just another portion of this transitional balance — it is a more customary detail on a contemporary piece. The glass lamp helps provide the desk a clean appearance. Additionally, it helped balance the budget; Keskin discovered it .

The designer along with her customer found the floral art print, which complements the floral fabric, on Etsy, and had it framed. A brass snail found at an antiques shop serves as a cute mascot for your room — you may have captured him moving around during the photo shoot.

“Transitional has traditional roots but is brighter and fresher,” Keskin states. “It is a real mix of this very traditional and modern.”

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Great Design Plant: Sally Holmes Rose

In the plant world, small can rival the beauty and legacy of a rose. It is a classic choice for any backyard, and I find myself transfixed by their devotion yet intimidated by all that encompasses the rose world. Which type should I choose, and can I grow ? I enlisted the experience of Lenkin Design to demonstrate that modern landscapes can be rose-colored.

“Roses are typically reserved for use with more formal architectural styles, however, Sally Holmes’s simple charm gives her much greater flexibility,” says designer Heather Lenkin. “A stunning and vigorous climbing rose, Sally Holmes blossoms constantly throughout the year in southern climates, produces floral displays fuller than many other climbing roses and can readily be trained to develop along fences, trellises, arborswalls.”

Plant Sally Holmes as a bare-root climbed in winternurseries will start to carry containers in spring. By early summer, abundant flower clusters will insure fresh canes and persist through collapse.

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Botanical name: Rosa‘Sally Holmes’
Common name: Sally Holmes Rose
Breed: Hybrid Musk Ballerina and Ivory Fashion Rose
USDA zones: 5-9
Water necessity: Regular
Sun necessity: Full sun to partial shade
Mature size: Growing to 15 foot; can be trained as a shrub
Tolerances: Disease, color and warmth

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Distinguishing attributes. The blossoms are what make a rose, and the blossoms of Sally Holmes definitely leave an impression. As fresh buds, the petals are a vibrant coral pink and apricot. By the time that the flowers mature, they fade to a soft creamy white with just a touch of pink at the tips. The subtle scent of Sally Holmes has a spicy hint. Blooming from June through October, clusters of large single blossoms last through the summer.

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The best way to utilize it. Use as a climber or train as a shrub. Grow Sally Holmes onto a trellis or arbor, or just allow the plant to spread naturally through the backyard.

“In Lenkin Design we frequently combine Sally Holmes with a mixture of vines to organize seasonal scents and floral displays,” Lenkin states. “These may include Pink Jasmine, scaling Clematis, or other climbing roses like the glorious Eden. The coral shading from the creamy white Sally Holmes rose make it a perfect companion for its beautiful apricot, peach and light yellow Heather Lenkin rose”

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Keep it rising. Water regularly in well-drained soil, making sure that the soil does not dry out. While roses prefer full sun, Sally Holmes is much more tolerant of shade. A persistent grower, Sally Holmes is also resistant to many rose diseases. Plant bare-root roses in winter or wait until spring to plant containers. Make sure you receive your roses from the floor and established prior to the summer heat, and fresh buds will abound by June.

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Austin Haven with Amazing Views

Sharon Radovich of all Panache Interiors was occupied renovating four bathrooms in Herb and Nan Schwetman’s home when she got a call from Nan. Nan advised Sharon to quit working on the bathrooms because a whole lot the few had wanted for years finally came in the marketplace. The Schwetmans purchased the whole lot immediately and collect a team of award-winning designers such as Barley & Pfeiffer Architects, Panache Interiors and Botanical Concerns Landscaping.

The Schwetmans told that the design team they wanted something modern, but with natural components to tie their residence to the gorgeous panoramic views. With a strong focus on the topography, the architect created a linear house with tall north-facing windows to bring in cool light, shield the home’s south-facing walls, and protect it from exposure to sunlight.

Once the architects finished the design, Radovich came to the plate with an array of organic materials to promote the ambiance of the home’s setting. The Schwetmans could not be happier. As it pertains to working with design professionals, Nan says,”We believe we understand what we enjoy, but sometimes you just need a little nudging in the right direction.”

in a Glance
Who lives here: Herb and Nan Schwetman
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 4,000-square-foot, two-story home with 4 bedrooms

The architects in Barley & Pfeiffer made an open floor plan for the primary living area, employing the lot’s natural incline to conceal all secondary living spaces. Detaching the garage and placing the deck and screened-in porch on the south side protects the house from harsh winds. The design team further highlighted the property’s energy efficiency by employing premium non-degrading exterior materials.

Two bridges connect the futon into the home, allowing entrance to the home through the primary entrance or through the kitchen and utility area.

Barley & Pfeiffer utilized stone, wood and steel in the property’s exterior to make a contemporary aesthetic while allowing the home to blend with the surrounding landscape.

Panache Interiors used Mesquite wood floors in the major area of the home. Horizontal wood panels counter the casing fossil limestone fireplace surround. Radovich chose grey for the walls. Sliding doors lead from the living area on to the deck, showcasing the home’s spectacular perspective of the Austin Hill Country.

All furniture and rugs rugs came from Room & Board. Nan says,”We simply love this store. Their pieces are contemporary but still seem comfy and they’re really reasonably priced. It was perfect for us”

Radovich selected Verde Marinace as the material for the kitchen island countertop. The Marinace is constituted of large colored river rocks fused together. “Everyone is always asking me what this stone is. It is quite unique,” Nan says.

Ayers green granite has been placed on all of the remaining kitchen counters along with the kitchen backsplash has been covered in a combination of horizontal limestone and glass mosaic tiles. Green-gray cabinetry in Sherwin Williams Rare Gray 6199 further emphasizes the home’s contemporary look.

While the floor plan encourages energy efficiency, it also serves as a great way for Herb and Nan to entertain friends and family.

A custom booth built into the kitchen give the pair a place to enjoy their morning coffee. A Varaluz recycled steel and glass chandelier adds contemporary sparkle.

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The decks are made of sustainable Ipe walnut hardwood. “Among my favorite things about this home is its normal setting,” Nan says. “We attempted to bring as much of the setting indoors with our choice of colors and with some of the artwork we used.”

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A screened-in porch outside the dining area enables Herb and Nan to enjoy the outdoors without being completely exposed to the outdoor conditions.

A nook on the screened-in porch gives the couple a spot to enjoy the view and meals by the fireplace.

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In the master bath, Radovich combined honed seagrass stone with mosaic bamboo flooring for the floor. “The bamboo is warmer to the foot when Nan and Herb step out of the shower, they are not stepping on cold tiles,” Radovich says.

From the master bedroom, a glass mosaic backsplash provides visual interest to the room. It also adds a dash of natural color that works well with another stone in the restroom.

Faucet: Pfister

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Divine Lighting: The White Chandelier

White chandeliers come in a wide selection of breathtaking styles, from daring new designs, beautiful antiques dripping with crystals, or simple shapes with colors. No matter its design, hang it centre stage and it’s likely to be your area’s showstopper.

I recall my first white chandelier. I was finishing a foyer renovation, and rather than buy a new ceiling light, I sprayed on the light using white paint. It looked like a totally new light, but was exactly what this narrow corridor needed to glow. Read on for more ways to attract the glow and glam of a white chandelier into your home.

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White Baroque Chandelier – $1,185

Want the look of a white chandelier without any dripping crystals? Move big and daring, allowing the foundation itself glow. Receive a luxe traditional appearance or more modern feel by adding drum colors or by choosing a chandelier with a rustic foundation in a high-gloss white.

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In the market for a tasteful chandelier with a new texture? A white finish gives any traditional arm light a new clean appearance. Perfect perched over a table that you would like to liven up.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc..

Want to add a luxurious feel to a kitchen? Instead of hanging a set of pendants over a kitchen islandchoose a chandelier in white to keep it bright and airy.

Occasionally other metallic finishes are just too much for a space. A white chandelier inside this space allows the gorgeous wood ceiling to glow.

Elizabeth Gordon

A sculptural light finished in white adds an eclectic vibe into some space.

This intricately beautiful white chandelier keeps a great equilibrium in this dining area’s mixture of dark wood and white painted finishes.


Janice Minor White Coral Chandelier – $1,650

Here’s a closer photo of this chandelier in the previous image. So beautiful!

A white chandelier is so airy and soft when utilized in a mild blue bedroom. If you don’t have a white light, it’s quite easy to find this particular French shabby-chic feel with any mild you find on sale. Using spray paint (for metal), you can change it to white in no time. When thoroughly dry, you can rub it using adhesive to give it a worn, antiqued appearance.

Kasey Buick

White sets the ideal tone for a chandelier with sweet details. The milky finish allows these birds perched with this mild foundation to be seen and admired.


White Abbi Chandelier – $675

Insert glam to your room using a white chandelier dripping with beads. This is a really feminine appearance, ideal for a tasteful bedroom or dining room.

Burnham Design

Would you love eclectic design? Insert a shiny finish to bamboo-inspired lighting.

Shoshana Gosselin

A bamboo lantern may be beautiful over a kitchen island.

Elad Gonen

This light looks like leafy branches; just how beautiful it must be to see it overhead because you sit at this table. The white finish keeps the intricate design feel soft. If you are seeking something different but not overwhelming, try out a white finish.


Leaves Sus from Lumen Center

Here is another whimsical spin on a leaf-inspired light.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

Small spaces seem unique when a chandelier is inserted. Try one with a white finish to maintain the petite space open and airy. So keep a white chandelier, like this traditional one with crystals, in mind for a home office or walk-in closet.

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See-Through Storage: Clear Choice for Maximum Space

The average American home is around 2,000 square feet — and if you add a household, it can feel pretty cramped. But take away cabinetry and closet walls to open the space and you eliminate storage. How to proceed? Add! Glass-front closets, spacious shelving, mirrors as well as reclaimed windows can be your tool for providing relaxation without solitude. Continue reading for some see-through options.

Does your home have? Do you feel cooped up in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun? Do not rip those cabinets down and shed the storageopen them up and enclose them for see-through storage which retains the view open, the more light flowing along with the storage intact.

mark gerwing

For an even more seamless appearance, take the cupboard frame and install shelving to replace the cabinetry.

To receive a similiar look in front of a window, attempt DIY glass shelving.

Chr DAUER Architects

Stealing distance is a recipe for claustrophobia. A glass cabinet is ideal for displaying accessories while keeping sight lines available. The look is classy and fresh.

Cary Bernstein Architect

1 little glass shelving unit dramatically opens up this distance. This design allows for an excess cupboard, a drawer, a counter and three shelves, while visually dividing the spaces with no cloistering them.

Mirrors are another great solution; they can open up a space by representing light and creating the illusion of a larger space. Try using a back pack mirror to split the room.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

You may have to look twice in this picture to view all of the see-through elements. This distance matches a dining room, a living room, a stairwell, a kitchen and a balcony. Doesn’t it looked like a crowded dorm room? See-through storage.

Open shelving divides the dining room from the entryway yet leaves the sight lines available all the way to the stairs. The spacious banisters upstairs add to the feeling of spaces that are open yet distinct and the light.

Built-in closets are a classic split between the living and dining rooms in Arts and Crafts houses. Try upgrading this traditional look for your home with spacious, geometrical cubbies.

SGH Designs inc..

Adding open shelving near the foot of the bathtub provides a separation while allowing light to flood the rest of the room.


Aged windows occasionally show up on Craigslist and may make a terrific see-through divider to your little space.

Getting a good deal on more windows than you need? Craft your own saltwater.

Mosby Building Arts

Try creating see-through storage which mimics another piece of furniture in the room. This shelving unit echoes the lines and color tones of this hutch in the background but stays open to mild. Wouldn’t this seem be ideal at that long, narrow open area in your ranch home?

Whether you are working with a very small bathroom, a spacious living area or even a cramped kitchen, see-through storage can be your solution.

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