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Decorating and Design Tips from Louise Brooks
Two words describe the design style of Louise Brooks: beautiful efficiency
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Traditional Home has been showing houses and kitchens designed by Louise Brooks for more than 15 years. The Connecticut architectural designer founded her design business in 1988; the firm is now known as Brooks and Falotico. Her design talents are varied, but anyone renovating a house (and especially a kitchen) take note: She has a wonderful ability to reconfigure a space while keeping it appropriate to a home’s design, using every square inch to great advantage.
Here are Louise’s simple, creative tips for using space well and for giving your home a design lift.
Grab some extra storage space when you need it with these handy retractable hanging rods. They stow away when not needed, but give you a visual reminder to bring in your dry cleaning when they are extended.
The under-counter paper-towel holder is an absolute must for every perfect kitchen. Built right into the cabinetry, it is at your fingertips for daily use, but is out of sight to keep your kitchen pristine.
The family bartender always appreciates bottle storage that is easy to access. A 6-inch-deep and 6-inch-high bottle well along the back of the bar does just the trick. It hides the busy labels while keeping the liquor at hand for the next round of drinks.
No longer just for school, a water fountain in your kitchen or mudroom is a great way to satisfy thirsty children running around on a hot day. It’s the ultimate functional indulgence for the whole family—think how many dirty dishes it eliminates—and it’s just plain fun.
Ironing becomes a major chore when it involves locating, extracting and clumsily setting up the laundry board. Solve the space problem and the hassle in one go with this ironing board concealed in beadboard paneling.
Nothing is more refreshing than a shower al fresco, and this special place requires special attention. Create a walled garden feel or bring the indoors out and make the outdoor shower a true extension of the bathroom.