A side entrance allows for easy access to a study, convenient for the homeowner who often conducts business and meets with clients from home. The large, east-facing window lets sunlight stream into the house.
The backside of a kitchen cabinet door is a space with great potential that’s too often wasted. A spice rack is an ideal way to put it to use — it frees up the inside of the cabinet and keeps all those tiny bottles neat and readable at eye level. Designer Jan Goldman of Kitchen Elements had this cabinet custom-made for her client, but there are lots of prefab wall-mounted options available designed specifically for spice storage.
The white wainscoted walls of this home's traditional entry feel elegant while the dutch door lets fresh air inside. Dutch doors are a great idea for families who want to keep pets outside or small children inside.
A bold fire engine red front door opens to the home's welcoming entry with mudroom area. Hooks on the wall for hanging outdoor items like coats, jackets and umbrellas and a custom built-in bench that provides a spot to change shoes make the entry organized and user-friendly. Removing walls and enlarging an existing narrow hallway that cut the entry off from surrounding spaces really opened things up and improved flow in this first floor of the home.
The floral pattern of the tile beautifully blends the black marble countertop with the cabinets framing the backsplash section. A stainless steel range hood hangs over the double oven set up with mounted sconces providing extra lighting in the nook.
The dark exterior of this home beautifully contrasts the large glass windows and industrial glass and metal garage doors. Together the look is modern and inviting without feeling too stark and imposing.
Dress up interior doors with small button wreaths. These beauties are made using a small, flat wreath form, colorful ribbon, assorted buttons, crafting bells and felt. First, wrap the wreath form with ribbon, securing the end in place with hot glue. Create a hanger with a 20-inch strand of ribbon tied along the back. Once secured in place, layer buttons to the front and sides of the wreath with hot glue. Add one more layer of decoration with holly made from cut felt and decorative bells.
Adding French doors to a living room creates indoor-outdoor functionality and supplies the space with natural light. Before adding French doors to your living room, consider which direction they'll need to swing. If seating will be placed within 36 inches of the doors, it's best to choose an outward-swinging style for optimum traffic flow. If the space just inside the doors will be unobstructed, an inward-swinging option will work well. Most home improvement stores offer inward- and outward-swinging doors for the same price.