Hot Home Decor Trends 2009

December 3rd, 2008

The Decorating Diva wrote about top home design and decorating trends for upcoming year 2009. The main points are Eclectic styling (mixing of periods and styles to catch own unique personality in home decoration), being green (Societal responsibility and Eco-awareness in decor and furniture purchases) and Global and multi-cultural decor inspired by China, Russia, Latin America, Morocco and India (primary influences) are mixed and matched to create a global design tour at home.

Cape Cod House Style

November 13th, 2008

A Cape Cod is a style of house originating in New England in the 17th century. It is traditionally characterized by a low, broad frame building, generally a story and a half high, with a steep, perfectly pitched roof with end gables and a large central chimney.

The Cape Cod style (and in turn its Colonial Revival descendant of the 1930s–50s) originated with the colonists who came from England to New England. They used the English house with a hall and parlor as a model, adapting this design with local materials to best protect against New England’s notoriously stormy weather. Over the next several generations emerged a one- to one-and-a-half-story house with wooden shutters and clapboard or shingle exterior.

See pictures of some cape cod cottages:

The Reverend Timothy Dwight IV (1752–1817), president of Yale University from 1795–1817, coined the term “Cape Cod House” after a visit to the Cape in 1800. His observations were published posthumously in Travels in New England and New York (1821–22).

Dwight described them as having “one storey… covered on the sides, as well as the roofs, with pine shingles… the chimney is in the middle… and on each side of the door are two windows… the roof is straight. Under it are two chambers; and there are two larger, and two smaller windows in the gable end.”

Dwight described a “full Cape,” made by doubling the small house unit or “half Cape” which would have been familiar to early English colonists like the Pilgrims. The “half Cape” could also be multiplied to make a “house-and-a-half” or “three-quarter Cape.”

Twentieth century Cape Cod houses often have dormers. The chimney is usually placed at one end instead of at the center. The shutters on modern Cape Cod houses are strictly decorative; they can’t be closed during a storm.

Traditional, Colonial-era Cape Cod houses had many of these features:

  • Steep roof with side gables
  • Small roof overhang
  • 1 or 1½ stories
  • Made of wood and covered in wide clapboard or shingles
  • Large central chimney linked to fireplace in each room
  • Symmetrical appearance with door in center
  • Dormers for space, light, and ventilation
  • Multi-paned, double-hung windows
  • Shutters
  • Formal, center-hall floor plan
  • Hardwood floors
  • Little exterior ornamentation

More information at: Wikipedia,, Pilgrimhall

Kitchen Sink Design

October 24th, 2008

I like this beautiful modern kitchen sink design by Jean Michel Policar. Soft, warm colors, fine curves:

Wood Counter Tops, A Consistent Choice for the Modern Kitchen Design

September 29th, 2008

Wood countertops are becoming popular again in modern kitchens. We now know that wooden countertops, when properly cared for, are both long lasting and sanitary. The modern adhesives are strong enough to keep the wood staves bonded together even the butcher block is submerged into the water. The finishing oils (mineral oils) are safe in contact with food products and preserve the wood surfaces.

The solid wood, as a material of choice for counter tops, exhibits incontestable advantages such as:


Imparting a warm, relaxing feeling, the wooden top is the natural complement of any solid wood or veneered cabinetry. The wooden tops will wonderfully go together with hardwood floorings, moldings, cornices and mantels, conferring a genuine sense of balance to your kitchen space. Read the rest of this entry »

Modern Kitchen Concept

September 1st, 2008

Fevzi Karaman, a designer from Ankara, Turkey, won the first prize on Silverline Kitchen Design Competition’06 for this beautiful and smart kitchen design concept. The modular furniture is very advanced with a work plan to be drawn into a table. This kitchen design is very clever, and when is not used as a kitchen it can be a sleek piece of furniture. Everything you need in a kitchen is packed into this small, rectangular counter top. It’s perfect for small living spaces and isn’t going to be very useful for larger families.