Nailhead trim dresses up these matching blue armchairs and ties in the metal side table. Placed in front of a large picture window with neutral drapes, the sitting area is perfect for curling up with a book.
Large windows with dark wood trim continue the Old World feel into the dining room. Because the walls and floors are so much lighter, the wood adds dimension to the space and draws the eye in towards the antique table.
Floating vanities, mosaic marble tile and an artful modern bathtub create loads of visual interest in this master bath. Meanwhile, vivid blue trim inside the windows pops against the room's neutral palette. Thick stone countertops with subtle veining bring a luxe look that harmonizes with the tub and backsplash.
Shrubs and trees planted too close to your house can trap moisture, damage siding when the wind blows, and fill gutters with debris. “I want to be able to walk behind shrubs — they need to be at least three feet from the house and from air conditioning units because they block airflow,” says Steve Gladstone, owner of Stonehollow Fine Home Inspection in Stamford, Conn. “With trees, you don’t want them rubbing against the house at all. If the sun can’t dry your house, you’ll have to repaint more often because mold and pollen will build up.” Prune regularly to keep your house envelope clear.
Climbing vines like ivy, although beautiful, can splinter and rot wood siding and even weaken the mortar between bricks. Prune any existing ivy so that it stays away from windows, gutters and trim. If your heart is set on adding a climbing vine, choose a twining vine that wraps around a trellis or other nearby structure rather than a vine that climbs by tendrils or rootlets that cling to the surface of your house.
The owners of this 1930s historic home in Phoenix, Arizona wanted a fun and eclectic living room that also kept the charm of the home, so designers incorporated detailed trim around the built-in bookshelves, the windows and the fireplace into the design to complement the home's historical details.
Traditional architectural details become modern when midnight black paint covers the ceiling, trim and walls. A white lacquered desk provides contrast, as do the pale hardwood floors and white window treatments.
The home's original door, with unique crescent-moon window, was retained but given a new finish with a pleasing gold stain that permits the wood grain to show. Charcoal gray trim and new custom metal railing offer tastefully subtle touches that make the house stand out.
The details are what make this charming, yet modern farmhouse kitchen. Green marble countertops extend to the apron sink to create a continuous line. The color is repeated on the window casings for a crisp, modern effect. Brass hardware and fixtures fit with the home's historic character and yet also are "right now."
In this classic, 1930s home, designers kept the charm of the house in tact with trim around the windows and fireplace. With the new trim work and elegantly hung photographs, this fireplace has become a focal point for the space.