Coastal Style

Two Apartments Enthrall in 2012 Kips Bay Show House

New york is lined with canyons of skyscraper-like apartment buildings, so it’s actually somewhat surprising that this is the very first time in the 40-year history of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House that it’s being held in a high-rise construction on the town’s Upper West Side. Each of those two-story units in the showcase has 6,000 square feet of indoor living space plus a 3,000-square-foot terrace. There were a number of tributes, big and small, into the mythical decorator Albert Hadly and colour, colour everywhere. Come along as we start by opening the door to Apartment 2101. Rikki Snyder Bryant Keller created the foyer. He used red to brighten a place that receives little natural light. The zebra wallpaper, tiger-print cushions (both from Scalamandre) and animal accessories are a tribute to Albert Hadley, who had been a huge animal lover. Keller imagined his client to be a young working…

Decorating Guides

Cast Stone

Cast stone is made of moldable, curable combinations containing elements of pure sand, cement, fine or coarse marble, limestone, granite, quartz, calcite and coloring pigments. It has a dense, stonelike texture that’s highly durable and can be reinforced and colour matched. Architectural Justice Cast Stone Backsplash An antique ceiling tin has been used as the mould with this particular cast stone counter tops. The corbels are cast stone. Veranda Fine Homes Mantels are a terrific example of how cast stone can be used in place of carved stone. Beautiful Kitchen Layout This cast stone mantel continues up the wall to create a frame for the tv. Erotas Building Corporation Stone can mimic cut limestone. Rustico Tile and Stone This doorway is cut and carved stone, but a mould of cast stone could be used to create something similar. TranDesign, Inc. / Foam Design Center.com This fountain waterfall sports a cast…

Tropical Style

Pacific Northwest Gardener: Things to Do in May

May is the first month when the Pacific Northwest really begins to shake off the dreary doldrums of winter. All that sun means it’s a good idea to check irrigation methods in time for summer watering. We also get to appear ahead to the bounty of blooms and vegetables we’d love to enjoy, because now is the time to plant heat-loving flowers and plants. But do not forget to clean up after spring’s plants so they can conserve nutrients and be all set for a repeat performance next year. Read on to learn how to perform these jobs, plus more, to have a beautiful May garden. More regional gardening guides Aiken House & Gardens Pick flowering clematis vines at the nursery school. Clematis vines have some of the biggest, most spectacular blossoms of any plant from the Northwest, and now is the opportunity to buy them at the nursery for…