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Waterside Living
Refreshed with colours borrowed for sky, surf and sand, as dated waterfront properties is bought back to life.

A starfish print and shell-studded wall sconces woes the near-by beachside location. The living room embodies the seaside elegance of West Indie style. Italian glass mosaic tiles set as cabochons between travertine stone pavers echo the wall color in the master bedroom. Tall wooden shutters are used on lily of doors between the living and dining room. Coral-like napkin rings and aqua and white napkins are reminders of the coastal setting. Built-in bookshelves keep favorite tomes and a collection of shells neatly organized. Traditional  style goes bold in the kitchen where white crown and box moldings are offset by lively leaf-green walls. The family calls this space Nature comes in via the powder room banana-leaf wallpaper pattern and a colorful painting. The Small's daughter's room wears happy color and fun accents. Dutchy, the family Cavalier King Charles spaniel, greets guests at the front of gallery that wraps around the house. Colorful paintings and shells imbue very space with island flair. Vibrant colors set the island vibe of the powder room.





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A Place in the Country
A dramatic mix of remnants from the past and modern pieces brings a renewed beauty and energy to a vintage Virginia farmhouse.

The long hallway is simply furnished with a slender marble console and a pair of French chairs to allow easy passage to the back of the home. An imposing mirror amplifies the light and the space. In the library, a new coffee table fits in nicely with a traditional wing chair, an antique corner cabinet and a graphic black and white sign. In the library, Jon Paul built the bookshelves and added a barn door sliding rail to which he attached an old apple ladder. Function meets imagination in an easy to clean zinc platter turned blackboard for grocery lists, messages or menus. Stained to deep brown, the stately, ancient French shutters flanking the fireplace were repurposed as doors to conceal new closets. In the library, a narrow table functions as a desk Wooden pegs attached to a board of similar finish make a classy and efficient towel rack. Painting the inside of the built-in niche a charcoal gray puts the focus on an ever-changing display of favorite objects Daughters Sophie and Gweneal share playtime with their pets. The family-style kitchen was created by joining two rooms together. The island, and old oak counter from Belgium, provides a subtle separation between the cooking and dining areas. An ample antique tub, a linen-clad bench and an oversize mirror set the bathroom elegant mood. Elegant mercury candle holders balance more rustic elements. Weathered pewter dishes add a timeless vibe.





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Rupperti Yazdi
The Cape Town home of Berlin-based couple, Stefan Rupperti and Alexander Yazdi, is a masterclass in melding historial character with contemporary elegance.

View into dining room from exterior Detail of Malawi chairs and Bamileke table Modern bedroom with curved head board Bedroom in garden cottage View of dining area and passage leading to main bedroom Modern bedroom enclosed by curtains Perspex artwork in entrance passage Feminine guest bedroom Classical black and white bathroom Modern black and white dining room Modern living room in neutral palette Table setting in modern dining room Feature portrait





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A Love Affair with White
A warm palette and plenty of touchable textures create a home that feels as good as it looks.

A small European crate with artful typography gathers pretty linens and flowers into a tidy package. Practical and beautiful, vintage painted bureaus stand in for skimpy nightstands. Sparkling antique and bespoke jewelry become part of the decor. Furniture with simple frames and plenty of stowing power keeps the look calm and uncluttered in the living room, including a vintage store counter and an accent side table. An antique Murano glass mirror presides over a French chest of drawer painted a soft grey. Because the kitchen is part of an open floor plan, Leah and Steve opted for “a more furniture-like” approach to cabinetry by designing it to appear as if supported on legs. Pairing rustic elements with more refined pieces creates interesting visual moments. Accessorizing with white items contributes to visual continuity. Leah Anderson decorates with fewer pieces, each with show-stopping style, like the pedestal table and a salvaged, gothic-arch window made into a stately mirror frame. Silver and glass items add shimmer and elegance. Vintage crystal and shells gathered on seaside strolls are favored accessories. A stone and a sprig of greenery recalls the garden beyond.  In Leah's home, authentic items, like this French girandole and Murano mirror, are valued over newly minted, store-bought items.





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Chic Meets Cosy
Design aficionado Anita Joyce brings the iconic French farmhouse style to her Texas home.

A massive bronze lantern hangs above breakfast room table. Built-in plate racks stretch from floor to ceiling to hold Anita’s collection of plates. Santos are French religious statues meant to be displayed at home. Here a reproduction saint is displayed with a silver mirror A small painting of a chateau and lavender fields backs a delicate Limoges bath set. Anita employed harmonious grays and blues to give her dining room a serene appeal. The walls soft color forms a serene backdrop while gunmetal gray linen graces the ruffle-skirted chair cushions. In her daughter Elise’s bedroom, Anita hung a vintage mirror above the bed bookended with two tromp l’oeil wall sconces. Anita creates a little vignette by uniting a favorite book of essays, a horn-handled magnifying glass and a cage filled with lottery balls. A garden chair and pitcher of flowers bring outdoor flavor to the bedroom. The master bedroom centers on a grey and cream color scheme with a reproduction Parisian architectural find. For the guest bedroom, Anita chose a French toile for its color and pattern. Matching crystal chandeliers, Louis XVI style chairs, ironstone ceramics both old and new, set the tone for the kitchen. A tiny green wreath embellishes a vintage European demi-john bottle. A cozy stone– tiled fireplace is the natural focal point of the Joyce family’s living room. Above, architectural doors cleverly hide a flat-screen TV. In the upstairs hallway, Anita created a display worthy of a French flea market.





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Continental Charm
For interiors that look beautiful but live hard, fashion designer Lorna Goode combines old and new, earthy and elegant.

Thanks to their clean lines, antique Swedish dining chairs mix easily with a French limestone table. Worn floors add  authentic vintage character. Silver is allowed to mellow to a subtle patina to match the laid-back but luxurious style. Mixing and matching new and antiques is one of Lorna's favorite design trick. Though it looks custom and old world, this elegant vanity is a new readymade piece.  In the master bedroom, travertine floors are an eco-friendly choice that offer subtle pattern and easy care. Mirrors take the place of glass in salvaged French doors. Lorna reimagined several pieces of salvage to create this clever wet  bar. The white center piece—a section saved from an old cupboard—is surrounded by drawers made of vintage wood. The same wood was used to make wall shelves that drop from a salvaged eyebrow window frame. 
Rather than purely decorative, architectural salvage has a sense of purpose in this home. Replacing glass with mirror in salvaged window frames and French doors creates design interest. No starched napkins for this house; natural linen is more suited to the couple’s easy elegant style.  Lorna had the walls designed around this antique French fireplace; they are extra thick to house the two-way limestone beauty. She’s owned the carved chairs for more than 20 years. “ Tea, cookies and roses set on a mirror table are perfectly at home next to a cozy leather chair. A tabletop dressmaker form makes a sculptural caddy for necklaces. Greenery and flowers add pops of pure color to her neutral palette. Contrasting primitive  and polished creates design energy. Natural materials such as leather, stone and wood marry traditional furniture designs for a living room that’s both stylish and sturdy. Windows are left undressed for maximum light and views. This primitive cupboard is
a Swedish antique. It tucks neatly into a corner of the dining room, lending its simple beauty along with extra storage.





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History Reclaimed
In the fabled Lower Garden District of New Orleans, a forgotten home is reborn as a charming pied-a-terre.

When visitors drop by, they often head to the sunny galley kitchen, perhaps to enjoy a glass of wine with a baguette and cheese. The imposing pier mirror is a New Orleans original that Renee bought at an estate sale on the grand St. Charles Avenue. Renee uses flea market shutters imaginatively as cabinet doors and  interior window coverings. In the living room, an oversize poster by 1920s French-Italian artist Leonetto Cappiello adds drama, along with a salvaged column and a scrolled-arm leather sofa. In a corner of the living room, Renee creates the feel of an elegant Parisian cafe with a wine glass-lined wall, stylish table and dressed up chairs. In the living room an intimate dining space boasts a recessed shelving area home to Renee's collection of vintage glasses and French coffee cups. A galvanized tin flower vendor’s vase is a memento of travels through Italy . Renee is an avid gardener and reaps the benefits with colorful blooms.
A small easel displays  a vintage book about the old city of New Orleans. In the living room, an oversize poster by 1920s French-Italian artist Leonetto Cappiello adds drama, along with a salvaged column and a scrolled-arm leather sofa.  Renee visited historic homes like Malmaison, Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte’s country place outside Paris, in search of inspiration for her home's rich and dramatic wall colors. Renee fashioned a window scarf from a remnant of a vintage French fabric. Old, inexpensive European paintings and prints, even from flea markets, create the right atmosphere, especially when displayed as Rene did here. A one-of-a-kind iron tester bed was cus-tom welded for the bedroom by master craftsman Larry Rousell. Floor-to-ceiling windows meet original wood floors, patched together from what Renee could salvage from the fire. “I do love the color contrast on the floor!” she says





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French Rendition
There's an old saying among realtors that the three most important factors in whether a house or property get sold quickly are location, location, and location. That saying is never truer than along California's Pacific Coast.

A Welsh dresser showcases Penelope’s vintage ‘Happy Bird’ china and keeps the hand painted plates and mugs within easy reach.  The master bath's focal point is a 19th century zinc-lined copper tub made in Paris in the 1860s. The bathroom features a pair of identical console sinks. Each is topped with a matching mirror.
An inviting window seat and a slipcovered French chair are sited at the heart of the big hall. A parade of chic pillows presents a mini-history of textile artistry.
Lime washed pink ochre walls impart warmth to the living room. Custom-made slipcovers combine a cornucopia of snazzy red prints and cheerful stripes. An old sugar mold makes a sweet utensil holder. With its double metal and rolled doors, the front entrance reveals the elegant interior of the home. Soft blues, country red and ochre yellows are the basis for the kitchen’s décor. The upper cupboards match the room’s trim while the lower cabinetry sports a rich crimson hue.  Originally crafted for a French convent, the table’s small cubbies held the nuns’ dishes. When it was time for sustenance, the nun’s plates were at the ready. A hand painted ceramic rooster, given to the owners by Oprah Winfrey, perches on the dining room table. Penelope’s mother’s antique Italian chairs, dressed in hand-embroidered seat covers, surround the table. 
A space saving pot rack stands above the stout island that was painted in duck egg blue, wb=chin matches the doors' trim. In true farmhouse fashion a sink skirt covers the plumbing below an aged copper basin.
An antique majolica bowl coddles heavenly blue eggs. 
 A painted wardrobe in the bedroom holds books and personal treasures.





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French Finesse
When Kathy and Doug McCabe left a large home in a Dallas, Texas, gated community for a small cottage in the historic district of McKinney, both life and style changed.

The foyer is home to an antique French cherub, a vintage mirror and metal table. The delicate blue and white wallpaper heralds the color palette of the interior of the home. Kathy likes repurposing vintage finds into unique accents, to make these beautiful objects live again.  A  small foyer opens into the living room through the original arch doorway that highlights the style of the front door. Pairing a stylish vintage slipper bathtub with a cast iron garden chair and a scrolled patterned wallpaper with beadboard brings classic cottage elegance to the guest bathroom.
 In the guest bedroom, Kathy displays favorite vintage items like old French books united by their faded pink covers. An open kitchen can mean lost wall space for cupboards and appliances. But Kathy creatively repurposed a long, narrow sideboard that was originally open to the lower shelf but now has a center section with warming drawers. In lieu of more conventional artwork a display of porcelain platters creates a contrast to the zinc canopy and a soft focal point. The living room accommodates two sofas and lots of guests. The muted palette and well-chosen accessories contribute to the cottage’s classic French country look. This little reading nook exemplifies Kathy's love of repurposing vintage finds and to draw on and even amplify the home’s cottage character. To highlight the humble, handmade character of the home’s furnishings and architecture, Kathy keeps pattern minimal. She prefers cotton and linen fabrics in their natural state. Homeowners Kathy and Doug McCabe A clear vase holds a simple arrangement of hydrangeas, apples and limes in the same color family that brings the garden in. Decorating with character is what Kathy is all about. “Character is most important to me,” she says, “even more so than what style a piece represents. I like using things you aren’t going to see in a lot of homes to give a house a unique personality. Kathy mixes wood pieces in a variety of natural finishes with metal ones that show a little age, and then ties everything together with a color scheme of gentle whites, dove gray and pale blue.





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Rural Romance
Traditional craftsmanship and personal designs honor a former vintage Connecticut dairy farm.

 “I love hydrangeas. They are so New England!” Ellen says. Bouquets of purple blooms adorn antique flea-market vases. Light streams from many windows to fill the living room, once an old brick porch housing orchids in winter. 
The cozy corner table offers a quiet spot for breakfast or tea for two. Brass candlesticks, a silver teapot and a Chinese Canton teacup are among Ellen’s favorite items. The quirky green glass “sacred cow” paperweights were market treasures found on a trip to India. To satisfy a serious yearning for a glorious master bath, Ellen carved space from an adjacent bedroom to fit and feature this deep, old English-style soaking tub fashioned in polished tin and porcelain. An antique scale was discovered in nearby Woodbury, Connecticut. Wide chestnut floorboards are balanced by handmade wood cabinets
painted with flat-white milk paint. A backsplash of lustrous Carrera marble mini tiles 
contrasts black honed-granite countertops. Old copper cooking pots and pans warm modern stainless appliances, while adding country charm to the updated kitchen. A vintage bottle makes a fitting vessel for roses in a hue in keepsing with the pink accents of the bedroom . Ellen curates antique books during her global travels. The mantel showcases her passion for first-edition children’s titles. A modern acrylic coffee table displays fresh flowers along with favorite design books. Ellen Allen’s living room welcomes visitors with a vivid contrast in textures—refurbished post-and-beam barn boards, exposed brick and flagstone, a whitewashed antique hearth, and a casual sisal rug. The blue Kantha quilt draped over a classic 1950s sofa was hand-printed in India. Natural light bathes the countryside dining room, which is simply but elegantly furnished with favorite vintage chairs and an ample antique table.





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