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Design Dilemma: Doors Add More

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A door is just a door, right? Wrong! A door is an opportunity to bring personality and verve to your space. Just this one simple change can infuse new style and pep into any room and set the tone for the rest of your home. So no, that sliding or swinging block of wood is not just about privacy anymore.

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The Barn Door
Barn doors can bring instant rustic style to a cottage or farmhouse space. Even a city apartment, especially a loft, can take one on, provided there is enough wall space around the door frame to accommodate it.

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Here’s another example of a barn door of a smaller scale that could work in any home:

Persimmon

And another look, this time distressed, in a garage that has been converted to a cottage:

My Houzz: Colorful Vintage Finds fill a Chic Modern Farmhouse

The Sliding Pocket Door.
Nothing comes off as more modern and sleek than a disappearing pocket door that glides open and close with the touch of a finger, like the ultra sleek pocket door below separating a bathroom from a dressing room.

utopia projects

Below, a sliding pocket door of glass between two areas of a kitchen:

The Rivendell Manor

A Red Door.

There’s no easier way to make a statement than to paint a door a bright red. Just look what it does for the kitchen below.

Lu-In+Dave: Squirrel Hill, PA

But blue can do the trick too!

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An Extra Tall Door.

Height adds majesty, enough said?

Full Height Door Details

Glass Paneled Doors.

Even when they are modern, glass doors feel classic and elegant.

Lake Shore Drive Bathrooms

And here, tall french doors separate a living space from a foyer, suggesting an elegant, grand space:

Travis Heights Shotgun

These sliding glass doors are cool to look at:

Model Home

Vintage Doors.
They can look especially cool in loft and industrial spaces. This one below is especially fun:

Division Street

So are these:

New Vintage Detroit

And this one:

Farmhouse

And these carved vintage doors from Central America

Mission-Style Rancho in San Diego

In short, a door is not just a door. It’s an opportunity! Now it’s your turn to walk through that door of opportunity!

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The Dazzling Villa O on the Cote D’Azure

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This breathtaking tower of turquoise glass forming the glass lift and central atrium give a feeling of light and space in the unforgettable Villa O.

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The stunning villa is situated in the South of France, in the Colla Blanche area of St. Jean Cap Ferrat.

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A collection of small rooftop pools dot its many small terraces, like this one near the highest curved rooftop.

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Others offer refreshing laps set into the steep rocky hillside far below.

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As you approach up the private road from the sleek yachts of the marina and the pretty village, through the scented pine trees, your first vision of Villa O is unforgettable.

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The villa overlooks the town and is just a short stroll to the beach, restaurants, boutiques and yacht harbour.

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An old world magnificence marks the resort’s interiors.

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Villa O has a colossal 13,455 sq feet of living space that includes a large open-plan kitchen, breakfast bar and dining area.

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Surprisingly few are accommodated as guests within.

There are just four en-suite bedrooms plus a garden guest house with two more in the huge resort.

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But all are treated like kings.

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Old world luxury marks the interiors of the grand resort.

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Firewood is neatly stacked to either side of an outdoor fireplace, while candles wait for evening in the rows of alcoves above.

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But for all the unique spaces within, it is the stunning views outside that take center stage.

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With commanding views over the bay and the twinkling harbour lights, this is a place with a near mythical quality.

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Design Dilemma: Embracing the Tiny Bathroom

Tiny House

Do tiny bathrooms have to be ugly? Somehow, it seems they always are. What’s necessary seems to overtake the aesthetic, and many of us with small bathrooms simply give up on style. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Style can be had! How? Let us count the ways:

1) Try out a stylish claw foot tub. Like the stand alone bathtub above and the old fashioned claw foot tub below, claw foot tubs are long on style and tend to take up less visual space. (And actual space too!)

North Bondi House

And here:

Bathroom with Accent Wall

 

And here:

My House

2) Add a striking floor. A floor with a distinctive look can add personality and sizzle to a bland space, making you forget all about its diminutive size. Below, a geometric design adds a bit of a 70’s feel to this bathroom.

Park Avenue Renovation

Black and white adds a fresh, funky feeling:

A Modern Family Rowhouse in Kalorama

Pebble floors add personality and an organic, “spa feel” without overwhelming the eye:

Suburban remodel and basement extension

Simple brick floors lend a clean industrial feel:

Prospect Heights Row House

3) Opt for small-scale, cool fixtures.
Bold, black fixtures are like a beautiful punctuation mark at the end of a very compact sentence.

Baby Makes Three

And here, a wall-mounted sink and toilet are great when you’re short on space but longing for style:

Landend Guest Bath

Just a sliver of a sink is functional and striking:

Mesa Contemporary

A contemporary wall-mounted toilet looks like a simple box:

Columbia Street Residence

4) Do something interesting with tile.
If you don’t have a whole lot of wall space to play with, a little slice of an interesting wall treatment goes a long, long way. Below, a small scale red tile is unexpected, eye-catching, and the perfect touch, adding just the right amount of color.

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And more here:

Concealed lighting at the backsplash effect

Below, a tiled tub surround adds just the right touch of color and interest:

Elsie Street

Here, classic marble goes contemporary. A basin, stand alone tub and wall-mounted sink help to extend the small bathroom’s spacious feel:

Clapham Family Home