Tour McKain home in Sellersburg, Ind.
EAT-IN KITCHEN. In the kitchen, the long dining table is surrounded by accent chairs and button-tufted host/hostess chairs. A bowl of decorative orbs acts as a centerpiece, while the brushed nickel chandelier illuminates the space. Blue walls are ...
March 26, 2015
Decor: A user-friendly Westmount home
The family wanted to be able to sit down at a table in the kitchen, which had been dominated by a huge island. The Aga stove is All the white-painted cabinetry is 1930s-inspired simplicity, with recessed panels and brushed nickel handles on ...
November 27, 2014
The Stacks: Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
On the wall behind the couch, there was a child's crayon drawing in which Jesus, dressed in handsome red-and-blue robes, held out his arms to an enormous white rabbit. We went into the kitchen. It was almost as large as the front room, with a stove ...
June 6, 2014
Discovering a pastel palette for spring
Another way to balance the softness of color is by mixing in metallics, such as brushed nickel on a curtain rod. “Instead of white or painted hardware, go with brass or metal 4 Powder blue mixed with a soft beige will create a sophisticated style ...
April 11, 2014
Butchertown home of Julie Boatright and Todd Turner
When Julie Boatright and Todd Turner found this Butchertown treasure in July 2012, they were confident that the smaller space would accommodate everything they were looking for in a new home. With the help of local professionals, they turned this ...
April 17, 2014
Is There an Inexpensive Way to Freshen Up a Kitchen for a Sale?
Available in medium-density or moisture-resistant fiberboard sheets, it can be cut to size, affixed to the wall and painted to create a paneled look. The hardware on your cabinets can also be updated easily. “Brushed nickel is the most popular right ...
July 10, 2013
Iantha Carley on kitchen design | Home Front
Iantha Carley's design aesthetic is known for its use of unexpected patterns, textures and colors. She believes that her clients should smile every time they walk into their homes, knowing they have arrived home. Iantha has been a participant in three ...
March 28, 2014
When she purchased the five bedroom Edwardian-style Westmount house a few years ago, owner Peggy Essaris Dickey was happy with the big rooms, the high ceilings and most of the public spaces. It seemed, however, that the rooms that needed work were the ones where most of the action took place – in particular the kitchen and bathroom. Gold knows her client’s taste: a fresh look – a bit of vintage, a bit of modern, and, with young children, the use of hard-wearing surfaces. The house has a typical cross-hall plan with dining room on one side, living room on the other, and a kitchen at the back with an addition. The kitchen, for instance, was dominated by a huge island. They wanted to sit down and have a meal, not be perched on stools, so it was important for them to have a table in the kitchen. “Peggy wanted the room to have a little vintage in the aesthetic with contemporary touches, so we brought in the beautiful cream and black Aga (stove), which is both gas and electric. A countertop made of butcher block with open shelving below is positioned to the right of the stove, an area for food and vegetable prep, sharing a Carrara marble backsplash with the stove. All the white-painted cabinetry is 1930s-inspired simplicity, with recessed panels and brushed nickel handles on cupboards and drawers.
but there are very few real blues players. The reason for this is that the blues—not the form but the blues—demands such dedication. it makes being a blues player something like being a priest. Virtuosity in playing blues licks is like virtuosity in celebrating the Mass, it is empty, it means nothing. Skill—competence—is a necessity, but a true blues player's virtue lies in his acceptance of his life, a life for which he is only partly responsible. —Stanley Booth, 1968. Here’s a gem for you by Stanley Booth, an author best known for The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones , his seminal account of the Stones’ 1969 U. S. tour. Keith Richards once said, “ Stanley Booth’s book is the only one I can read and say, ‘Yeah, that’s how it was. ’” It took Booth 15 years to write that book, but before he toured with the Stones he penned this beautiful story about a Beale Street legend, “Furry’s Blues. When we came into the alley, the children stopped playing. They stood poised, watching us. There were two-story brick buildings on both sides, with wooden stairways that shut out all but a thin blue strip of sky. There were women sitting on the doorsteps, some of them together, talking, but most of them alone, sitting still, ignoring the heat and the buzzing flies. She did not look up. The children’s gaze followed us as we walked on. The women talking would stop as we came near and then, as we went past, would start again.
Better Homes and Gardens featured a range of pastels on its April cover as “the color palette of the year. “The trend is using these sweet colors in a sophisticated, rich way,” said Eddie Ross, East Coast editor for Better Homes and Gardens. The way to do that is by mixing in stronger colors as accents to create balance in a room, he said. Consider pairing lavender walls with a navy or indigo blue, he suggested. Also, find the right hue of a pastel that avoids the undertones that can create a juvenile look like the pinkish hue in lavender. Another way to balance the softness of color is by mixing in metallics, such as brushed nickel on a curtain rod. “Hues of lighter color can work with wood pieces,” Ross said. To add some depth to a pastel sofa, considering using a darker color in a contrasting welt or piping. A darker throw or pillows can also be used to balance the lightness of color. So mixing a piece in a more traditionally feminine color gives it a sense of balance. If the shape of a piece is strong, or if the material is strong, it changes the way color is.