49 Ideabooks by Paul Anater

Bronze: Ancient Metal With Modern Appeal
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Bronze is an ideal metal finish to use when your design goal is quiet complement. Bronze’s subtle earthiness tends to deflect attention, and there are times when that’s precisely what you want a metal to do. Bronze was the earliest metal alloy...
Your Floor: How to Shop for Tile
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There's a lot more to buying ceramic tile than finding a color and pattern that will work in a room. Every tile manufactured and sold has an intended use, and that intended use is made pretty clear on the label of a box of tile. However, it's always in...
10 Reasons to Bring Back the Humble Kitchen Table
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40 years ago, every new kitchen had a table in it. The kitchen table is where kids did homework and families sat for midweek meals. Times changed, how people live changed and somewhere along the line, the table evolved into the nearly ubiquitous kitchen...
Special Report: Design News from Toronto
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The Canadian design scene is thriving, and it's a privilege to witness it first-hand. I was brought to Toronto and its Interior Design Show (IDS) by Blanco, a German manufacturer of fine sinks and...
Add Some Glamour to Your Life With a Chandelier in The Kitchen
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Technically, a chandelier is any light fixture that's suspended from the ceiling. For most people though, a chandelier involves multiple bulbs and a whole lot of crystal. They're commonly thought of as formal lighting and for that reason they usually...
Your Floor: Two Tiles to Love
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The first article in this series explored ratings for ceramic tile, using various types of tile for comparison. Two more options fall outside traditional tile categorizations: quarry tile and cement tile. Neither material is a new category, although...
Your Kitchen: 10 Great Alternatives to Granite Counters
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As a kitchen and bath designer, I get asked about countertop materials often, usually in the context of "I'm looking for something other than granite to use for my counters—what are my options?" While it's true that the majority of my kitchen and bath...
Alternatives to Granite Countertops, Part III
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While it's true that there's nothing wrong with granite counters, the fact that granite's so popular has a lot of people looking elsewhere for new countertop materials. Well, folks looking for something else will be relieved to know that there's...
Alternatives to Granite Countertops, Part II
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Though there's absolutely nothing wrong with granite as a counter surface. It does its job well and looks great for years. However, its increasing popularity has a lot of people looking for something else. Here are 12 more examples of that something...
Choosing Hues: Roll With the Color Wheel
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Designers use a color wheel to illustrate the colors of the visible spectrum. It's a simplified model, of course, and it's important not to interpret it too rigidly. However, using the color wheel can take some of the mystery out of selecting a color...
Your Floor: How to Find Right Stone Tile
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Natural stone has been popular for use on floors for centuries and for very good reason. Stone tile brings the colors and texture of nature to our homes and adds a quality and warmth to a room that's not possible with any other material. Because...
Your Floor: An Introduction to Solid-Plank Wood Floors
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Wood floors are a classic addition to any home. Barring damage from fire or flood, a well-made and correctly-installed solid wood floor will add warmth, character and value to your interior as long as you're in your house. However, not all wood...
Houzz Tour: Warm and Seductive Loft in Milan
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Marco Dellatorre designed this 5-meter-high loft in an old metal factory in Milan. His goal was to pay homage to the original industrial use of the building while avoiding minimalism and preserving the open plan. Dellatorre was born in Casale...
Laminate Floors: Get the Look of Wood (and More) for Less
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Laminate floors aren't wood, though they usually appear to be. Rather, laminate floors are entirely manufactured. They can be made to look like nearly anything, but most often they're made to look like wood. Increasingly, more options are showing up,...
Your floors: How to know when it's time for cork
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Over the last 20 or so years there's been a resurgence in the popularity of cork floors. improvements and innovations from the cork industry are driving this popularity and the cork floors available today are of better quality and lower cost than ever. Cork...
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