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Design Dilemma: Alternatives to the Headboard

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Who says a bed has to have a “headboard”? Or, at least, who says it has to be the traditional headboard?  It’s true, bedframes with headboards serve a utilitarian purpose. They give you a place to prop your head while sitting in bed, thus protecting walls and providing a measure of comfort. But just because the traditional way has been the standard bed frame with headboard doesn’t mean you can’t think of more creative ways to provide some interest in your bedroom while protecting the walls. Let’s take a look:

Painted Headboards

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to provide the visual interest of a headboard without the bulk is to paint one on. This idea works especially well in really tight spaces where any other sort of real headboard might feel like too much. So, for instance, in this cottage-style bedroom, a faux headboard outline has been painted as a perfect graphic complement to the patterned pillows.

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Below, chalkboard paint provides a quirky offbeat headboard. A shelf has been built over the painted area that can stand also provide for more storage.

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And below, a decal has been used in place of a headboard — a clever way to save on money and space.

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Reclaimed architectural features.

Do you love an old door but you’ve got no place to use it? Why not turn it into a headboard? Maybe something like this…

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Or maybe this…

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Or even this…

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An old window can also suffice…

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Or here…

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Or even an old mantel…

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You can do a collage of fabric samples:

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Or you might opt to use a rug:

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The more graphic and/or colorful, the better:

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So actually, anything that you love and cherish could make a perfect headboard, where it be driftwood you collected at a vacation retreat:

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Or your favorite skateboards:

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When it comes to headboards, you are only limited by your own imagination! Here’s what to remember:

  • Make sure that any interesting treatments — doors, old windows, hanging skateboards, are securely mounted to the wall so there is no risk of falling if they are tapped or jarred.
  • Go for color or a strong line to create impact and drama.
  • Consider simple solutions such as hanging a high-impact painting or a strip of graphic wallpaper behind your bed.
  • Be inventive, playful and have fun! The bedroom is your personal space, so feel free to let loose and get quirky.

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A Warm Urban Family Home in Auckland

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Three handsome black steel framed glass gables define a warm family home on an urban street in Auckland, New Zealand.

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The house features operable black steel vertical shutters on the outside of its windows to modulate both sun and  privacy.

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The louvres make it possible to close off the facade to the street.

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The warmth of the morning sun permeates the family breakfast area.

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The kitchen is the beating heart of this home.

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It is at the lowest point in the house.

On one side, stairs lead up to the boys computer room seen to the left of the fridge.

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So from the kitchen, one can be sure that tonight’s homework is actually getting done.

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To the other side, another short flight of stairs leads up to the family room.

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This family room then leads out to an outdoor dining terrace.

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While to other side of the family room, giant pivoting french windows open out over a cooling water feature.

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Double height window glazing brings the winter sun deep into the home.

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The plan shows the many levels, and the downstairs boy’s bedroom with its passageway to the computer room.

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The boys share a narrow spa-like bathroom that opens onto a private deck.

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Upstairs is the second boys bedroom, as well as the generous and sunny master bedroom and sitting room.

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Behind the headboard is the dressing room and the bathroom which opens out to the back of the house.

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Here the louvres can be angled for complete privacy yet let in light to the master bathroom with freestanding tub and black marble bench with white porcelain vessel sinks.

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The parents have a peaceful study retreat up here next to the bedroom.

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This parents’ sitting room is warmed by the chimney of the wood stove downstairs.

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Strachan Group Architects in collaboration with Rachael Rush made this warm and friendly family home.

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Wrap-Over Pergola Updates a Villa in St Tropez

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Architects Vincent Coste add an intriguing wrap-around and fold-over pergola to the side of this house in St Tropez, on the coast of France.

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This pergola creates an upper story walk-around space that shields the original house from the sun, and from sight.

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Originally a charming, traditional coastal home with the Moorish influence much seen in this region of the south of France…

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… the walkway now creates a very different facade to the private side of the home.

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With its new pergola, now the villa is all about the pool.

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The shade it casts brings welcome relief from the hot St Tropez sun.

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An additional renovation was to fence in the pool from the neighbors gaze with high walls and a stucco staircase.

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Hidden in this new garden wall is an outdoor shower out in the sun.

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A clever lounging spot is created under the new staircase leading up to the walk around deck.

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Inside, one bathroom is updated with the simplicity of timeless materials like this travertine stone bench.

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Walls were knocked out of the original cramped home, to open it up.

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The exterior bathroom wall has also been taken out, bringing the garden in to the ensuite.

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Likewise, the formerly dark kitchen space now opens the entire wall to the outside.

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Tropical plantings form a graphic contrast to the white stucco and turquoise pool.

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Instead of baking under a stifling sun, now the villa and its pool form a cool oasis.

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The new facade creates an odd intersection with the traditions of a sloped tiled roofline – but what fun to be able to walk for the first time through the neighbors’ trees!

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Design Dilemma: Cool Table Lamps

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One of the most critical elements in any home is light. Good natural light is critical during the daylight hours if you want a space that feels good to be in. And in the dark of the night, it’s also important to have good artificial light. Any good lighting scheme is going to include table lamps, which can be incredibly versatile, functioning as general light in a room, task lighting for reading or mood lighting. A simple table lamp can be a wonderful opportunity to not only light your home but to bring a little “art” in as well. And if you don’t believe us on what a difference a lamp can make, check out the room below:

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See how the lime green table lamp provides a pop of color that balances and plays off the pendant lamp as well? And although we don’t endorse lamps obscuring paintings, in this instance, the lime green also works as a wonderful contrast against the black and white painting.

And here’s another example of what a good table lamp can do:

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These vintage buckets and burlap lampshades pick up on the homespun, rustic, somewhat folkloric look of the room. Even when the lamps aren’t in use, they’re fun and fitting.

And here’s a third example:

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The fisherman table lamp is the perfect finishing touch in a nautical-themed baby’s room. It makes a statement without getting overly dramatic.

So if you’re looking to add a little drama in the table lamp department, we recently ran across these ideas:

The Kate Spade Saturday Table Lamp from West Elm caught our fancy. A little mid-century, a little mod, it somehow reminds us of a Miro painting. It costs about $200.
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Here’s another view:

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Also at West Elm, is the Lens Table Lamp. Inspired by factory lighting, it gives a nod to the industrial look. But even after that trend has become passe, we think we still wouldn’t mind keeping this lamp around. It’s $139.

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Are you looking for something really different? If you’re into black humor, you might appreciate The Titanic Lamp by Charles Trevelyan.

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Or, another gallows humor candidate would be The Colgao by Enpieza:

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And this one’s by Patrick Jouin. The Bloom Table Lamp by MGX is made with polyamide that can expand and collapse so you can transform the shade from a bud to a blossom, thereby regulating lighting.
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So by now, you’re getting the picture. A table lamp shouldn’t just be any old table lamp. A lamp is an opportunity to do something fun, inspirational, sculptural and interesting.Why not eschew the traditional lamp with lampshade and do something like this:
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Long Eco Family Home with Huge Roof Lawn

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A full length green lawn marks this extraordinary large family home.

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The lawn reflects its bucolic setting in the countryside outside São Paulo in Brazil.

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At one end, the home houses a picture perfect garage, like a child’s drawing.

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The long plan allows for six bedrooms and a master bedroom on the pool side, and another suite with a private entrance.

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An opening in its center creates a transition between interior and exterior.

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The central patio opens out on an enormous pool almost like a lake in front.

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This central patio opens to both sides under a low flat roof.

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The pool extending outwards from the underground patio creates another long axis view at right angles to the house.

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This central opening is an enormous underground patio that faces out towards the pool.

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To one side of the open patio, the indoor great room opens out fully to the front and closes up behind the screen doors, like the bedrooms.

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While the central patio has a long low flat roof, the living room has a gabled roof that follows the roof line.

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The rooms all face out to the morning sun.

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A tiled stone floor is set in to the concrete as if it is a rug in the center of the great room.

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To one end of the great room the dining area catches the morning sun.

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The kitchen is warm and inviting.

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A very unusual home.