A portion of shiplap wood siding has been uncovered from beneath the sheet rock and painted white to elegantly extend the mantel above the fireplace. An organic wreath on an old wooden window and blue candlesticks draw the eye to the fireplace in this elegant gray living room.
This hallway, leading from one room to another, features art books, art, candlesticks and a tall floral arrangement placed strategically on a contemporary wood and glass table for visual interest. Through the doorway, you can see a red table and chairs placed upon a patterned area rug and white tile floor that is in keeping with the contemporary design.
Travertine-style porcelain tile and clean white surfaces define this spa-like master bathroom. Here, the four-drawer scalloped chest -- a stunning storage unit for undergarments -- is topped with a collection of faux mercury-glass candlesticks. Nearby, a 2-foot-deep soaking tub offers a spa-style bathing experience. A picture window connects the space to the natural wooded outdoors of the property.
A beautiful buffet fits perfectly in this nook. A black frame allows the gold drawers and cabinets to shine and highlights the lovely shape of the piece. White wainscoting is topped with gray wall paint with a textured look on the back wall. A decorative black framed mirror is mounted on the wall, and unique silver branch-like candlesticks top the buffet.
If you have a fireplace in your kitchen, add quirky and collected elements for instant farmhouse style. This mantel, featured in Susan Sully’s book, “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques,” mixes inexpensive brass candlesticks, baskets and classic blue-and-white platters along with affordable resin bear statues and a deer bust for a rustic farmhouse feel. “When you group it in an interesting way, they work together,” Sully says.
To create a classic, inviting look in the entryway to this home, Joanna added black and white tile flooring to her design. To update that look and connect this space to the rest of the first floor, she carried the gray trim and wainscoting into this space. New, traditional light fixtures help to light the space, and a rustic hallway table adds a place to display candlesticks and fresh flowers, adding additional pieces of a classic touch.
Designer Alice Cramer includes a soft and cuddly fur throw at the foot of the bed in this muted, grey-toned bedroom. As Cramer attests, the holidays don't have to be complicated. Use things you already have and just add the bling with seasonal touches. "Nothing prettier to a tabletop," says Cramer, "than simple glass containers of different sizes filled with cranberries, red berries, greenery and floating votive candles. Mix it in with silver service pieces filled with white flowers and various candlesticks." It's a look that works for a beautiful tabletop, or in accent tables in a guest room.