It's a hot day here in Connecticut, a perfect day to hang out by the pool. So naturally I thought I would do a post on swimming pools. As I was sorting through pool images to post, I realized I was mostly drawn to the dark, cool looking pools rather than the more ubiquitous turquoise hues. Although the traditional blue green pool is very enticing, I felt drawn to the ambiguity between reflecting pool and swimming pool, of the very dark pools. Below are some that I especially liked.
The Bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your house. You probably spend more time there than in any other room. That's why it's so important to have a great bedroom. I believe a great bedroom should be a sanctuary; calm, soft, and peaceful. So here are 10 things every great Master Bedroom should have.
#1 Fabulous Color
I tend to like neutrals for a bedroom. The soft neutral colors provide a backdrop or canvas on which you can apply pops of pleasing colors.
Luxe Interiors and Design Magazine
#2 A Comfortable Bed
A great bed is crucial. The upholstered headboards are quite popular now. I really like the look and hope it is not just a fleeting trend.
New England Home
#3 Sumptuous Linens
Beautiful linens are a great way to add some color to an otherwise neutral room. New linens are also an easy, relatively inexpensive way to update a room.
#4 Architectural Elements
Architectural elements such as cove ceilings are a great way to provide a bedroom with good bones. Well designed architectural elements will make anything look better.
#5 Timeless Furniture
I recommend selecting beautiful quality furniture that will stand the test of time. The night table by Alexa Hampton below is one of my favorites.
#6 Excellent Lighting
Great lighting can add interest as well as functionality. Every bedrooms needs a pair of great reading lights. I tend to like lamps better than sconces for the bedroom.
Jean Lois Denoit
#7 Cozy Seating
Adding a cozy chair with an ottoman, a bench, or a settee which provides a pretty place to read, watch TV, or just put your shoes on is a must have in every bedroom.
#8 Thoughtful Art
It may be one of the last things you think about selecting for a bedroom, but in some ways it is the most important. Artwork can pull the whole look together.
#9 Fabulous Flooring
A beautiful carpet or wood floors can providea great base for all of your other selections.
#10 Elegant Window Treatments
Last but not least, great window treatments can finish off the look. Column drapes with a trim edge can give a vertical feel to a room with low or average height ceilings.
Recently I was looking through my Pinterest boards in search of inspiration for a project. I was surprised by how many images I had collected of double gable homes. It wasn't what I was searching for at the time, but I kept noticing them. It turns out we at Huestis Tucker Architects have designed a few homes with the double gable motif, so subconsciously or maybe consciously I seem to really gravitate toward this look. These homes usually have a slightly casual feel, and are very often Shingle Style, Arts and Crafts, or Tudor Style homes.