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This season’s newest home design books offer something for every style

Interior design books out this fall document one of the year’s strongest décor trends: color, and loads of it. Designers such as Mark D. Sikes, Markham Roberts, Katie Ridder and James Farmer all show a lively mix of color, pattern and style in their recent projects.

Every page is full of inspiration for your own projects, showing you how to mix and match — or not match at all — and love it.

Dominic Bradbury’s new architecture book, “The Iconic American House,” compiles 50 well-known iconic and innovative homes built in the U.S. since 1902. They’re traditional and modern, and each comes with an interesting story.

Here are six new architecture and design books worth a closer look.

“The Iconic American House,” by Dominic Bradbury

(Thames & Hudson; $65; 320 pp.)

You’ve heard of Philip Johnson’s Glass House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Edith Wharton’s The Mount and the Annenbergs’ Sunnylands spread in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Those four and 46 other innovative American homes have been compiled into Dominic Bradbury’s new book, “The Iconic American House.”

Bradbury’s goal was to showcase the American dream of home ownership through this group of homes that have captured the imagination of many. Some have become house museums, open for all to see, and if you can’t get out to see them in person, you can see photos and read the back stories in Bradbury’s book, which published Oct. 6.

They’re featured chronologically, from the day they were built, reaching back to Wharton’s 1902 home and ending with the 2010 Pierre in the San Juan Islands, between Washington state and Canada.

“More Beautiful: All American Decoration,” by Mark D. Sikes

(Rizzoli; $45; 272 pp.)

Mark D. Sikes’ love of blue and white shines through in his second book, a look at five homes in different

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Bathroom budget can choose faucet style

By Ed Del Grande, Tribune News Service
Published 7:36 p.m. ET Oct. 8, 2020

  Dear Ed: I’m running the numbers for my new bathroom and noticed I can choose between a two-handle “widespread” faucet or a “centerset” faucet. Is there big differences between these types of faucets to help me with my choice?

Ted, New York state

Dear Ted: Centerset faucets are deck mounted with 4 inches between handles. Widespread faucets are made up with separate components and space between handles can be about 8 to 16 inches apart. But, the big difference can be the extra costs between installing a widespread bathroom faucet over a centerset faucet. These costs may determine what style you choose.

Some extra costs to be aware of are: Widespread faucets can be more expensive just to purchase the faucet itself. Also, because widespread faucets are sold in separate pieces, labor costs may be higher to install. Finally, special order bathroom sinks or counter tops may be needed. Bottom line: A widespread bathroom faucet can give you design impact, while a centerset faucet can give you savings!

Dear Ed: I am scheduled for a medical procedure in a few months and a taller toilet could help while I recover. Since I need a new toilet anyway, would the higher toilet fit my plumbing, and would this be an issue for other family members?

— Steve, Florida

Dear Steve: Residential comfort height toilets have become popular.

First, I want to point out that the height of most comfort height toilets is about the same as a standard dining room chair. So it’s not a drastic change from a standard toilet, just a couple inches or so higher to make it a little easier

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I like my showers very hot. Will an icy blast turn me into a better person? | Romesh Ranganathan | Life and style

I was away for work last week when we got on to the subject of showers. This is something that comes up a lot when travelling, as the quality of bathroom facilities very much determines the mood of the TV shoot. One of the hotels we stayed in last year seemed to be only pretending to have running water, and so the filming days quickly descended into a group of smelly people irritably snapping at each other. At another hotel, it would take about 20 minutes to get a cupful of hot water, which meant showers took an hour and consisted of being naked and freezing and occasionally basting yourself.

On last week’s shoot, though, the director of the show claimed that cold showers were the way forward. I would agree, if the context was specifically for the extraction of information from hostages. I found myself wondering if this was another load of middle-class bullshit, like the six-month period when everyone was putting butter in their coffee.

I am very much of the school of thought that showers should be extremely hot. For some reason, I equate very hot with very clean. I like to feel as if the top layer of skin has been singed off, so that I emerge from the cubicle a brand new Romesh – after, of course, having squeegeed the walls of the shower, during which I like to role-play as a nice window cleaner. I also like the pressure to be so high that you feel as if you’re being sandblasted, smashed so hard against the back of the wall that you would be unsurprised to be hit by a goat that had been caught up in the tornado. All of this is environmentally unsound, to say the least. Even so, cold showering sounded

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Decorating Your Kitchen In Retro ’50s Rockabilly Style Décor

Kitchen designs differ from nation to nation – so why not incorporate some worldwide kitchen design ideas into your private home. Use Some Paint – If you’d like a brand new kitchen look, the most effective kitchen ideas is so as to add a few coats of paint. Pale colours will recede, due to this fact making the room appear larger and blueish gray is a superb ornamental paint color for a small room.

In case your kitchen is a large room but does not have numerous counter space you would possibly wish to consider including an island for extra house. On a big piece of graph paper, draw the outline of the kitchen area, including any doorways or home windows that you should have work around whilst you design your kitchen.

And the 50s kitchen colors in any trendy kitchen would make for a fun, retro spin and brighten up anyone’s day. In case you have little counter house, a percolator or underneath cabinet espresso maker may be the best choice. Sponging, rag rolling, or even mottling are great painting strategies that will add some texture and class to your kitchen.

When you have any kitchen furniture, go for wooden or at least fake wooden, preferably in a deep, varnished shade. There are most likely quite a couple of issues taking on house in your cabinets that you would be able to throw away. Then all that was left was the decorating and including the fixtures and fittings e.g. cloak hooks on the perimeters and shelving at the backwall space to work with.

People that have little interest in cooking can by no means actually perceive the added pleasure a visually stimulating kitchen can of your examples,particularly the primary one would make the kitchen my favourite place to be. …

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The Bathroom Sink Style We’re Currently Seeing Everywhere

There’s a world of bathroom sink silhouettes out there (pedestal, under-mount, vessel, bucket), yet when it comes to material, they all tend to be made out of the same thing: slippery white ceramic. It’s easy to clean, sure, and you can’t call it an eyesore, but when was the last time you got excited about the boring basin style? Things are looking up, as this space is experiencing a big change, and—to no one’s shock—it’s partially farmhouse inspired. 

We’re currently seeing antique stone sinks pop up in bathrooms and powder rooms everywhere. The go-to choice among designers like Kelly Nutt (see her space, above) appears to be limestone: a durable, readily available (read: cost-effective), and easy-to-clean option. Weighing in at hundreds of pounds, these heavy troughs—whether marble, limestone, or travertine—require a sturdy support system. Nutt cut down the legs of an old console table and used that for her foundation. The raw, almost Brutalist quality to these statement fixtures is worth giving up sleek porcelain for good. 

If You’d Rather Be at a Country Cabin

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Courtesy of Ashe Leandro

The sandy ecru undertones of limestone play nicely with the oak panels that cover the walls of this Ashe Leandro–designed space. Both of the features were sourced from Chateau Domingue, a Houston-based company that sells architectural antiques, including reclaimed wood and stone salvaged from demolished forts and castles across France, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, and Spain. This small room has a big story to tell. 

If You’re Feeling a Smidge Gothic

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Photography by Tessa Neustadt; Design by Amber Lewis

“In a small space like a powder room, the details count,” says designer Amber Lewis of her decision to go with a reclaimed stone sink in this space. The wide trough provides a nice contrast against the textured charcoal walls. When you

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