Along the fireplace and cabinetry walls I created an L-shaped arrangement of window seating. Other furnishings, which I placed in the center of the room, included a gorgeous velvet blue/gray sofa, a wood coffee table and two brown leather chairs, all nestled atop a beautiful area rug that grounds the room in lakeside luxury.
ADD CURVES ” In the living room, he designed a walnut panel that runs along the ceiling and curves seamlessly down the wall to become the base for the plasma television and audio system. Both the shape and the warm hues of the wood designate the space as the lounging area.
MAKE IT COMFY ” Underfoot, a thick, loopy noodle carpet is a delight visually and to the touch. In contrast with the low table, best accessed when sitting on the carpet, are the large, blue sofas that give the space boundaries.
At 40 Mercer (or M40, as its marketers branded it during construction), as at many name-architect-designed buildings, the window treatments are already in place: motorized scrim and blackout shades. Building rules include a proscription against putting window treatments outside those scrims, so that from the street the windows all read the same way.
You will find that skylight architectural design allows light and ventilation from above rather than as window on the side of the room. With this particular type of installation you need to be certain that the installation is handled properly in order to avoid leaks and the problems that are often associated with uninvited water in the home.
Decorating the windows of your house might just be the answer to that little missing touch in doing up the interiors. Bindu Gopal Rao finds out more about drapes, blinds and window accessories.
By Eric Reguly
Italians know how to conserve on air conditioning too. AC is becoming more common in Italy, but it is still relatively rare by North American standards. So how do Italians deal with the African-style heat that wallops the country for much of the summer? The answer: Window shutters.
by Mairi MacLean
For many years, home automation technology was available to consumers only in niche markets, explained ABI Research senior analyst Sam Lucero. At one end of the spectrum were technophile hobbyists; at the other were homeowners with custom home automation systems costing up to $100,000 or more. But home automation has largely been ignored by the vast majority of mainstream consumers.
And who couldn't resist stopping at the Connect IO oven? Said to be the "first" with built-in refrigeration to keep foods fresh, before and after cooking, the range also has the ability to change any cooking function from anywhere inside the house -- or outside via a phone or the Internet.
Which brings us to the real show-stopper, the digital entertainment and home automation package that allows you to do everything from close the window shades to play your favorite song, all with just a touch -- from anywhere in the home.
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