Before & After: These Little Kitchen Changes Made a Big Difference — Sweeten

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A lot of the kitchen Before & Afters we share here on Apartment Therapy feature dramatic changes: new cabinets, new countertops, new appliances, walls torn down. But in this Fort Greene kitchen, the changes are much more subtle. They’re so subtle, in fact, that flipping back and forth between the before and after photos is a little bit like one of those puzzles where you try to spot the differences between the two pictures. Can you spot the changes? On their own, they maybe be small, but they add up to a lovely new look for this apartment kitchen.

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Create the Look: Organic Modern Bedroom Shopping Guide

This style, a soothing mix of clean shapes and cozy textures, is a great choice for the bedroom. The furniture and colors are relatively simple, to let the organic warmth of pieces like the sheepskin rug and linen duvet cover really shine.

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How to Add the Pantone’s New Fall Colors to Your Home

New York Fashion Week as come and gone, and left us with an impression of what’s to come in the next year of fashion.

It’s no secret that what trends in fashion trends in our homes, which is why we pay close attention to the trend reports coming out of NYFW. And when it comes to picking out what’s noteworthy, no one does it better than Pantone.

We know Pantone best for their annual Color of the Year (remember Rose Quartz and Serenity?). They’re the ones constantly predicting color trends that set the tone for fashion, interior design, and so much more in our colorful world.

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Here’s an explanation on the Pantone fall color choices from Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute:

“The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family.

Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades.Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.

Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.”

Dreamy, right? Let’s take a closer look at these fall colors and a few ways to add them to your own home this season.

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Described as “cool and calming”, Riverside is a relaxing shade of blue that also has a vibrancy to it. Mirroring our favorite pair of denim, a flowing river in autumn, and our newest home accessory, Riverside is a versatile color that will undoubtedly be everywhere this fall.

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Anglepoise Brass Wall Design | Horne

This classic design gets a modern update with this nod to Riverside Blue. It would make a great addition to any room in the home, but would look especially nice as a bedside lamp.

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Airy Blue is just that. The designers wanted this shade of blue to evoke weightlessness, especially in contrast to a world full of conflict. Why would we not want to bring that into our homes and lives? Airy Blue was also chosen as a seasonal representative of the color of the year, Serenity.

Pantone suggests pairing this light and uplifting color with Taupe, Lush Meadow, or Dusty Cedar for a stunning color combination.

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Dotty Clock | Design Within Reach

This Design Within Reach Clock has us thinking about the short and sunny autumn days. It’s simple mid-century style perfectly accents the soft blue tone.

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Gray tones remain as stylish as ever, and this season’s Sharkskin is no exception. The color is vibrant enough to stand alone with its blue undertone, yet neutral enough to be used in any color combination for the season. To Pantone, the color “showcases practicality through a dependable but contemporary lens”. We agree.

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AROD Lamp | IKEA

Leave it to IKEA to bring us classic styles with a modern twist. This floor lamp would make a stylish addition to any living room style.

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Every season needs a strong red, and Aurora Red embraces our favorite bold tone of fall. In comparison to the other colors found in this blue-based palette, Aurora red breaks through with passion and confidence. Like a bright lipstick or fast car, anything in this shade is impossible not to notice.

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Le Creuset Flame Salt and Pepper Mills | Crate & Barrel

Le Creuset is a household name for high-quality French kitchenware, and these vibrant salt and pepper mills make a statement not only with your food, but in your kitchen decor as well.

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Of the two neutrals in the Top 10 Fall Collection, Warm Taupe is the earthier and more comfortable of the pair. This timeless color pairs well with both bright and muted seasonal favorites. Its warmth evokes “reassurance and stability” in a palette studded with cooler shades.

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Jackie Sofa | Kardiel

A soft is no seasonal investment, but with a timeless color like Warm Taupe, you’ll never be out of style. Spice up this mid-century couch with a few seasonal accent pillows.

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If Airy Blue represents the fall hue of Serenity, Dusty Cedar is the collection’s Rose Quartz. Pantone describes this shade as “a fall and winter version of the Pinks we’re used to seeing in spring”. It also mirrors the popularity of the rose gold metal trend that has been popping up in fashion and interior design in the past few seasons.

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LaCrosse PrimaLoft Down ComforterThe Company Store

Ring in fall tucked under the warmth of a down comforter from the company store. They’re great for layering on beds and cozying up on the couch as the temperature drops off.

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Emerald was Pantone’s 2013 Color of the year, and we see it represented in this color with a subtle blue undertone. Lush Meadow brings in the brilliance of natural green in a season of reds and oranges. This is a no brainer in our homes already — plants, plants, plants.

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Eames Molded Plastic Chair | Design Within Reach

Everyone needs some green plants in their home. But we also think everyone Eames chair in their home. So why not grab one in a bold color like this Lush Meadow?

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Pantone dubbed this color as the exotic one of the bunch, bringing to the table a “zestier” version of past season’s yellows. It’s a bright and energetic color, yet still feels right for the season with its rich base hue.

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Infinity Mirror | Room & Board

This minimalist mirror from Room & Board adds a touch of Spicy Mustard to even the most simple of spaces. Try it in an entryway for last-minute touch ups, or above a dresser in the bedroom for a makeshift vanity.

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A variant of russet Orange, Potter’s Clay is an elegant color choice for the season. It takes an organic earth tone and upgrades it with saturation and depth. We love the way this color reminds us of the last color of the changing leaf, of our favorite terra cotta pot that transcends the seasons.

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Weekender Stripe Wool Throw | Faribault Woolen Mill Co.

Bring on fall with this cozy throw from Faribault Woolen Mill Co. The woven wool blanket is just as warm as the Potter’s Clay color it displays.

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If this last color seems like a total curveball, it should. Pantone chose the purple hue Bodalicious as an unexpected fall color that “speaks to the gender fluidity we continue to see”. Though it seems drastic, the pinks and blues that make this shade allow it to coordinate surprisingly well with others this season.

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Wild Succulent | Minted for West Elm

Sara Berrenson designed this watercolor bouquet, with Bodacious front and center. It’s a floral print that will lighten up any space, any time of year.

Which colors from the Pantone Fall 2016 Color Report are your favorites? We’d love to hear how you plan to add them (or already have) to your home this season. Send us a message on social media, or in the comments below!

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A Well-Designed Day in Rockaway Beach, New York — A Local Design Lover’s Neighborhood Guide

Native New Yorker Lauren Rogoff’s family has lived in Rockaway Beach in Queens for several generations (her great-grandparents built several of the houses here!), and while she currently resides in Union Square, she still thinks of the peninsula home as home. She describes Rockaway as a wonderful, beachy escape from the city that is only a short hop from the heart of Manhattan. They were hit hard by Sandy, but Lauren thinks Rockaway has bounced back with incredible resiliency and that it’s now better than ever. Now that fall is officially here, say goodbye to summer with this well-designed day in Rockaway Beach!

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Mid 19th-Century Villa in England Returns to its Original Grandeur

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Named “The Pilot’s House”, this villa built from brick and flint masonry is an architectural gem. The residence is located in Winchester, England and has an interesting history: it is part of a collection of family homes developed for the wealthy in the mid 19th century and located close to England’s oldest school, Winchester College.

AR Design Studio were handed a bold request from the clients, a married couple in search of an extraordinary family refuge: to return The Pilot’s House to its original splendor and add a 21st Century twist.
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The architects proposed a large open-plan living area that would allow the family to make the most of their time together. Next to this space, the indoor swimming pool is an absolute favorite with friends of all ages.

“The whole extension is covered by a familiar pitched roof that runs from the rear of the house and elegantly reaches the ancient boundary wall,” the architects said. “This roof is inspired by the villa’s traditional gables and clad in anthracite zinc to blend with the building’s slate tiles.”

The contemporary addition is glazed and shaded by an overhanging canopy. How do you like the contrast between old and new in the case of this restored villa in Winchester? [Photos by: Martin Gardner]

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A Charming Boston Apartment Full of “New England Style” — House Call

Name: Christine
Location: Boston, Massachusetts

This is the apartment my husband and I shared for two years in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. I am a DC-based interior designer. In 2014 my husband was accepted to graduate school in Boston, so we sold our DC house, either Craigslisted or put most of our furniture in storage, and moved to Boston for two years. We chose to rent this apartment because of its amazing architectural details – built in 1855, it featured incredible millwork, bowed windows, a delft tile fireplace, high ceilings. At 1,100 square feet, it was a very spacious one bedroom!

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Historic “House That Moved” Now For Sale — House of the Day

This house in Evanston, Illinois was built by John Van Bergen—who worked in Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio—in 1928. But it used to be somewhere else, as in two miles from where it currently sits.

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