9. Choose the right container for the job. It can be heartbreaking to find that some of your most precious items — old family photographs, Grandma’s wedding gown — have been ruined thanks to improper storage. Take preventative measures by choosing the right storage container for the job. Photographs and paper memorabilia should be stored in acid-free containers or albums, and textiles should be kept in breathable storage boxes or bags designed for that purpose.
Diverter valve. Shown here with a remote actuator, a diverter valve allows you to turn the greywater system off — if your plants are getting too much water or you’re putting something down the drain (like laundry bleach) that could harm your soil. The diverter valve allows you to send greywater back to the sewer if needed.
Chris Snook SaveEmail Ellis likes to use small panels of flashy wallpaper in select locations to create a textured feature, and she and Hendrie decided to highlight the fireplace by adding faux crocodile-skin wallpaper to the chimney breast. The various knickknacks on the mantelpiece were picked up during the couple’s travels.
Jacobson transformed a hallway between the kitchen and the dining room from a dysfunctional butler’s pantry to a chic bar. Contractor Alden Cusick did the build work. The cabinetry is custom made and covered in a high-gloss lacquer. “We made sure the finish on the top could stand up to splashes,” Jacobson says.
A mirror backs the bar, and glass shelves give it an open look. Jacobson arranged the bottles artfully and broke things up by displaying clear glassware on the middle shelf. Brass hardware, brackets and lighting add to the glamour. “Lighting is really important in here,” the designer says. She bought the brass double-light sconce fixture from British company Besselink & Jones.
Margot Hartford Photography SaveEmail Young also designed the patio’s fountain and paving mix of concrete, brick and Mexican tile. Potted succulents and a lemon tree soften the hardscape. Beneath the patio and not visible to visitors, a 10,000-gallon cistern collects rainwater runoff from the patio as well as gently used water from the home’s sinks and laundry, called greywater. A drip irrigation system is hooked up to the cistern and waters all of the plants on the property, with the exception of edibles and roses. This water is used first before city water supplements irrigation.
Pink walls with green accent. While pink is truly just a light shade of red it takes on a life of its own, which is probably why it gets its own name. Pairing pink with green is a long-standing preppy tradition that creates a sense of playful positivity tempered by an air of sophistication, so it doesn’t even read as a complementary scheme despite the two hues’ being true opposites.