Interior Design

Feels Like Home // Adding Architectural Details

Sometimes I feel as though if I read the words "vaulted ceilings" as one of the few positive attributes of a home I'll have to scratch my eyeballs out.

Sure there was a time where this appealed to me since I spent some of my formative years in a tract home with them. Even now my parents live in a home with a vaulted ceiling as a main interior architectural element, and I do find myself comforted when stepping in. However, that is probably due to the smells of home cooking.  

If you live in a beige box like I do, you may feel frustrated decorating only to realize it's not working and you keep trying and trying without finding good permanent solutions. It's not you! (At least it probably isn't.) It's the room! Especially if it has carpet. A great way to remedy this is adding architectural salvage details or "faking" them. 

One of my favorite spaces published to date is from Anthology Magazine Issue 12. Rebecca Rebouche's home in New Orleans has a wooden plank on her living room wall. It defines the space in a beautiful way and would be fairly easy to add to the right space. 

More great examples with sources below. 

via  A + B Kasha  in Paris France

via A + B Kasha in Paris France

Of course none of the examples above have carpet. But that's a discussion for another day.

What do you think? Have you added architectural salvage to your home? 

Galley Kitchen - A Layout Powerhouse

Galley kitchens include counters that run parrallel (and can include an island). They are popular in apartments because they work well in a small footprint. However, just because they are associated with apartments, doesn't mean they have to be low on style.


  • No odd shaped and difficult to reach corner cabinets
  • Can fit into a smaller footprint
  • Efficient with a lot of counter space
  • Makes planning the "work triangle" easy. 


  • Not as great with multiple cooks
  • Doesn't convey an open floor plan

Feels Like Home // Nooks and Crannies

Do you have a childhood memory of finding that one spot in your house to burrow into and feel safe and secure, breaking away from the rest of your family for a short time? 

Now that homes are being built with more open floor plans, many are lacking a places for adults and children to break away while still being connected. "These are places at the edges of the rooms, or in between the rooms. The window seats, the arched writing nook in the bedroom, and the cushioned bench in the entry." - Michaela Mahady in Welcoming Home. 

Reese Witherspoon's home in Ojai via  Elle Decor

Reese Witherspoon's home in Ojai via Elle Decor

You don't need a nook built in to your home to achieve this. You can carve out a small area of your home to be able to "crawl" into and look out from. 

Betsy Burnham via  Lonny

Betsy Burnham via Lonny

Just like children, adults need a place to break away and re-focus. Nooks and crannies aren't just for children. Hiding under the covers of our bed doesn't have to be the only place adults can feel secure and hidden. 

via  Michael Graydon  - Toronto, Canada

via Michael Graydon - Toronto, Canada

Mimi London via  Architectural Digest . Photo by  David O. Marlow

Mimi London via Architectural Digest. Photo by David O. Marlow

Do you remember the feeling of safety as a child while escaping to a special nook? Do you have one as an adult? 

Case Study: Staircase Nook

That space under the stairs. So many people with two story homes know they could use that area underfoot for storage but aren't sure how to do it. 

A friend of mine has an open space already carved out under her staircase. But right now it is an empty slate. Along with her husband, the three of us thought through some of their storage needs and how they would like the space to function. Filing, organization and a place to empty their pockets and charge their electronics.

So I came up with a few concepts to incorporate some ideas that they hoped for. Both include a floating unit so that they could easy store and hide their shoes. 

Concept one included a space to the left where they can hang cold weather clothing. Concept two has more drawers and because of the slanted wall they are placed more abstractly. 

On the left is the docking station. It is deep enough to hide a laptop and phones but open for easy access. The drawing on the right shows a filing drawer that I wish I had three of. It includes a spot to put "to be filed" mail and papers for when you just don't have time to file it away, but you don't want it to pile up on a desk. 

Do you live in a two story home? Is that space under your stairs going to waste?