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Home Library Design

Once thought of as space for academics to smoke cigars and sip whiskey, the era of covid-19 has transformed home libraries into now cozy places of refuge. Those who’ve grown tired of Netflix and election coverage might find solace in curling up with a book. From a reading nook with a small chaise to a grand room with a fireplace and soaring ceilings, five local designers offer inspiration for creating a home library.

Tracy Morris, Tracy Morris Design

Whether ornate or minimalist, design ideas for accommodating one’s personal taste abound, says Tracy Morris, Tracy Morris Design in McLean. “When it comes to home libraries, the customization options are endless,” she said. “Some of my favorite things to include in libraries are art light sconces that illuminate the books, a built-in bar, closed storage, a built-in reading nook or even a secret bookcase door.”

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HOME PROFILE: Beautiful home has 9 fireplaces, in-law apartment – News – The Enterprise, Brockton, MA

Built for Captain John Cross (mariner) in 1804, this stately classic is a breathtakingly gorgeous blend of Old World craftsmanship and modern amenities with the unique ability to adapt easily to 21st Century lifestyles. This residence has a few extra perks, too.

 

ADDRESS: 8 Washington Square, Marblehead

BEDROOMS: 5

BATHROOMS: 3 full

LIVING SPACE: 4,399 sq. ft.

PRICE: $1,650,000

 

Built for Captain John Cross (mariner) in 1804, this stately classic is a breathtakingly gorgeous blend of Old World craftsmanship and modern amenities with the unique ability to adapt easily to 21st Century lifestyles. This residence has a few extra perks, too.

One is that iconic Abbott Hall is a constant backdrop. Another is that this home has nine fireplaces, a scuttle and offers the option of a luxurious first-floor (no stairs) in-law unit or rental. Oh, a private porch is also part of the package!

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Interior Design brings color to the Parade of Homes | Real Estate

The Housing and Building Association’s Parade of Homes started this weekend and continues today and next weekend, with eight homes that are available for online touring, and seven homes that are available for in-person visits. With the popularity of home remodeling shows from areas across the country, it’s easy to stay on top of home interior styles elsewhere, but the Parade is a great opportunity to see the styles that locals love.

The experts say that the Grand Valley is typically a few years behind the rest of the country when it comes to home interior design choices, but one thing is consistent with local design preferences regardless of whether a home was designed in Tuscan style back in 2006 or in modern farmhouse in 2020: rustic never quite goes away, and it’s not uncommon to see the outside brought inside with textures, colors and materials during the Parade of

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On the Market: Contemporary Westport home offers custom design


WESTPORT — Although Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Michael Bolton chose the town of Westport in which to raise his children, Bolton Lane is not named for him and he never lived on this street.

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Dine on Design: London’s best-looking restaurants

From Latin American splendour to a chic French corner, London’s most stylish venues put presentation on a par with cuisine.

With a selection of places to eat, drink and feast on fabulous design, we celebrate the spaces that don’t compromise on ingredients or decor.

A glamorous pub conversion, a lower ground fine dining experience and a concept store meets restaurant with a Seventies twist are in the mix.


Whether you are seeking interiors inspiration or fancy a delectable dinner these are the spots to know…

Casa Cruz

Where? On leafy Clarendon Road in Notting Hill.

Design details: The vision of charming restaurateur and designer Juan Santa Cruz, this vibrant haunt is wonderfully glamorous. Cruz left behind a career in finance and business to pursue his passion for hospitality and interiors much to the delight of everyone who visits his super stylish restaurants. The

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How 400-year-old Delft tiles became an interior design sensation

What is the item all the young, new-wave interior designers are trying to get their hands on at the moment? Not a limited-edition chair from Milan or a sculptural chandelier, but 400-year-old, hand-painted tiles hailing from the small Dutch city of Delft.

Delft tiles were first produced in the Dutch Golden Age as a response to Chinese blue-and-white glazed porcelain, and have since become instantly recognisable throughout the world for their cobalt blue and white-grey colour. They’ve been exported, replicated and collected by keen-eyed connoisseurs ever since production largely ceased in the 18th century, when cheaper British reproductions put Dutch potters out of business.

Recently, a new generation of makers have been turning their hand to the antiquated craft, with Instagram-savvy crafts people and young interior designers drawn to the pictorial designs.

Authentic antique tiles are identifiable by their greyish-white tin-lead glaze (which was found to be toxic for potters

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Lorella design offers spacious living room | Current Prices

An intriguing three-step hipped roof crowns the Lorella, a small home with a surprisingly spacious living room. Its stately brick column works with the brick detailing on the garage to create an attractive frame for the front door and sidelight.

This plan’s narrow footprint, a mere 40 feet in width, allows for construction on a small lot, deeper than it is wide.

Parents with young children will appreciate the close proximity of the bedrooms, all on the right. Bathrooms, utilities, and closets placed down the middle do double duty, serving as sound buffers between the sleeping rooms and the typically noisier active living areas.

Standing in front of the living room’s gas fireplace, you can gaze outside in three directions. Wide multipaned windows fill most of the front wall, sliders at the rear look out across a patio, and another set of windows flanks the fireplace. On days when you

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Nine of the Best Electric Fireplaces to Warm Your Home

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Who doesn’t like curling up next to a roaring fire? It’s one of our greatest pleasures during the fall and winter months—assuming you have a fireplace, that is. But if your home doesn’t have an existing wood burning fireplace and you’ve looked into the process of adding one, you likely already know that this can be an expensive and time-consuming process. Luckily, there are other options. If you’re open to the idea of forgoing a traditional fireplace and chimney for a more portable option, then an electric fireplace is a good alternative.

If you’re considering going the electric route, there are a few things to keep in mind according to Josh McCormick, vice president of operations for Mr. Electric, a Neighborly company. “Some electric fireplaces are more substantial than others and have unique features and differences in how they operate,” he explains. Unlike traditional gas

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Fireplace Screens to Keep Embers Where They Belong

There are an estimated 358,500 home fires every year in the USA. While only a fraction of those—4 percent—start in the living room (the kitchen is the biggest culprit, responsible for 50 percent), if you do have an open fire, a screen, guard or curtain that stops hot embers scorching the hearth rug is a good idea.



a television that is on fire: Keep your family and home safe from sparks flying out of your fireplace.


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a close up of a cage: No installation is required for this attractive guard decorated with a beautiful motif from nature and an opening panel in the center for access while in use. For smaller hearths, a 38” x 31” version is also available.


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No installation is required for this attractive guard decorated with a beautiful motif from nature and an opening panel in the center for access while in use. For smaller hearths, a 38” x 31” version is also available.

For a simple, construction-free option that you can literally unpack and use straight off the bat, look for a free-standing screen or guard. These may be made of three hinged panels so

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Former showcase home spotlights design award

This home, located at 323 Terrace Drive and open 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, won best home design over $1 million by Texas Homebuilders Association and was featured as a showcase home by the American Society of Interior Designers three times.



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The 6,300-square-foot home is on a 20,094-square-foot lot and the foyer features limestone columns and a spiral staircase with raised platform with custom mosaic pattern flooring for a piano. There is also limestone flooring in all the formal areas.

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Further in, the home’s recently remodeled kitchen offers professional-grade Viking appliances and a sunken wine room that is separately air conditioned with capacity for 1,000-plus bottles. The home is also equipped with optical projector art lighting throughout the first floor and staircase, a library with Venetian plaster walls and antique Italian hardwood floors.

There is also a powder room with plaster walls with gold

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