This pretty living room’s neutral color palette offers a clean backdrop for the layers of traditional, modern and vintage elements in the space. Gray walls create contrast with the moulding around the ceiling and entryways. A Restoration Hardware sofa in a soft shade of periwinkle is a perfect complement to the home’s traditional bones. A pale pink rug completes the room’s palette of light pastels. The feminine color palette works in partnership with the vintage details in the room like the coffee table, featuring curved legs that have a feminine feel.
A luxurious bathtub with traditional fixtures is positioned to take advantage of a breathtaking scenic view. To save space, the vanity is seamlessly molded into the wood paneling of the skirt of the tub. The marble countertop features gentle curves with a raised arch, and is designed to accentuate the graceful lines of the sinks. Cool blue walls balance the warmth of the cherry cabinetry.
Don't bag up your fallen leaves and send them to the landfill. Dump them into a wire bin instead and let them decompose. This DIY bin is 3' tall and 4' in diameter. According to author Michelle Balz, it can hold about as many leaves as you'd stuff into nine paper bags. Once the leaves settle, you'll have more room to add more. The resulting compost is called leaf mold, and while it's not as nutrient-rich as traditional compost, it's still a valuable amendment for improving your soil and helping retain moisture.
Through a colorful doorway and past a tastefully appointed parlor is a breathtaking living room. The dark stained floors, which run through the entire house, were laid by Julio, who taught himself the skills he needed to accomplish the job. The white masks that hang from the far wall are his creations as well. The masks offer a modern way to bring classic Angolan art home. The ornate fireplace, one of four hearths this home boasts, is original to the space, as is the decorative scrollwork that runs across moldings and ceilings in this room. The way that Kenza and Julio have maintained the architecture of the home, is a reminder not to remove or cover up original fixtures, but to instead accentuate them. Filling a traditional space with modern furnishings creates a unique contrast of styles that can add layers of sophistication to a room.