This Rustic Arizona Kitchen Feels Like a French Countryside Vacation. Bringing together the rustic and the streamlined wasn’t the only balancing act architect Don Ziebell and designer Inga L. Rehmann, of Oz Architects, pulled off in this Provençal-inspired kitchen in a new Scottsdale, Arizona, home. The clients are empty nesters who wanted the kitchen to feel “cozy day-to-day, but spacious when they entertained,” Rehmann says. By tailoring the adjacent morning room and pavilion to accommodate large groups, the kitchen “could stay intimate. It’s the best of both worlds,” the designer says.
Unpopular Opinion: Clawfoot Tubs Are Simply the Worst. Clawfoot bathtubs are beautiful; there's no doubt about it. Reassuringly solid, with lovely antique detailing, it's not hard to see why so many bathroom renovators are wooed by their winsome charms. In fact, we've reached an interior design moment in which one would be hard-pressed to find a recently remodeled bathroom that isn't designed around a delightfully quirky vintage bathtub — call it the Joanna Gaines effect. However, we have a hunch that this what's-old-is-new-again fad is on its way out, for one simple reason: we're starting to remember why "old-fashioned" tubs fell out of common usage in the first place. Clawfoot tubs became a part of our collective design vocabulary as a luxury item of the Victorian era. By the 1920's, they were de rigeur, but by the midcentury, they were outdated, replaced with the more efficient built-in tubs of the 60s and 70s. Now, we're not encouraging a return to the shallow rectangular constructions many of us grew up with, but there are a few reasons that the clawfoot tub is not the bathroom design panacea it appears.
If You Want to Increase the Value of Your Home, Paint Your Kitchen This Color. We already knew Americans have an obsession with the color blue, but it turns out, it's a phenomenon that translates to real estate, too! Zillow's 2017 Paint Colors Analysis found that homes with blue bathrooms (often powder blue or periwinkle) sold for $5,400 more than expected. The bathroom color you'll want to avoid when selling your home? White. Houses with white, off-white, or eggshell white bathrooms sold for $4,035 less than similar homes.
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