"This is a really green turquoise (South Beach 2043 by Benjamin Moore). It reminds me of sea glass, and we used it in a beach house that was all about fresh air and fresh color. I probably wouldn't have chosen it for solid cabinet fronts, but it worked well in the back, as an accent color. And it tied in with other things we used in the kitchen." -Jason Bell
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Jeff Lincoln and Hillary Thomas designed a contemporary kitchen in a Georgetown town house by using Absolute Black granite countertops for a contemporary look. Turkish patterned tile from Ann Sacks. Lucite and leather Whiz barstools from Paston Rawleigh Everett. Cabinetry by Boffi.
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Choose elements that switch-hit. Find a table that can function as both a desk and a dining table. Get daybeds or deep sofas that can double as guest beds. A storage ottoman can provide an extra perch, a little table, and a secret hiding place. Invest in pieces that can be rearranged to transform the use of a room: Murphy beds, folding chairs, collapsible or flip-top tables. Pieces like nesting tables and secretaries take up less space than conventional furniture when not in use. Exploit wireless technology wherever possible to make it easy to reposition lighting, speakers, or home-office gadgets. And put furniture on casters, so it's easy to move.
Design by Stephen Shubel
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In the master bedroom of a house in California wine country decorated by Stephen Shubel, the small-scale pattern of C&C Milano's Gentleman Pied de Poule on a pair of Wisteria X-base stools plays against the bold blue-and-white stripe on Restoration Hardware's Directoire bed. Carpet by Stark.
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An antique mahogany secretary is repurposed as a linen press. The sisal rug was painted in broad stripes to add a graphic counterpoint to the walls. Antique quilt from Fisher Heritage.
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