I love the dark blue wall, the built in light above the reading nook and the arrangement of books and collectables on the shelves.  Designer Matthew Patrick Smyth added a graceful note to the library of his 19th-century Colonial in Sharon, Connecticut, with a vintage French desk from Neo-Studio.

office nook in a guest bedroom- I like the idea of built in bookcases behind a desk in a corner of the guest room

Air and Space - color, table, chairs so gorgeous  In the dining room of Jill and Daniel Dienst's weekend house, in Sag Harbor, New York, early-eighteenth-century Swedish chairs surround a contemporary table. Linen drapes and stripped floors contribute to the spare look.

(From Martha Stewart; American Colonial home tour. Jill Dienst is owner of Dienst + Dotter Scandinavian Antiques in New York, NY.

contemporary farmhouse kitchen.  exposed wood beams, open shelving, two-tone cabinets, and sleek, modern stools | laura resen

Wood beams and hood over stove like this -- contemporary farmhouse kitchen exposed wood beams, open shelving, two-tone cabinets, and sleek, modern stools

Parkdale Ave.: When Contemporary met Colonial...blue/gray island

Wood beams and hood over stove like this -- contemporary farmhouse kitchen exposed wood beams, open shelving, two-tone cabinets, and sleek, modern stools

Love the depth of colour on the walls which is balanced by the delicate chandelier, white fittings and blonde floor. Gorgeous.

huge bathroom bath tub, black walls, chandelier, and gold mirror - just seperate the toilet from the rest of the room and voila - perfection!

A wall of cubbies makes for great storage in a mudroom.

Getting Organized :: Mudrooms. Custom cabinetry, open shelving, drawers, and hooks.

I love the idea of putting carpet tiles together like this!

Love how the Bench seat in the foyer sets a landing from the mud room and anchors the foyer instead of the traditional chest or round table

Could always do a bathroom on one side under the stairs and a wet bar on the other side of the wall.

9 Clever Uses for the Space Under the Stairs

Petite Powder Room Who wouldn't love an extra half bath? The space under your stairs can perfectly accommodate such a luxury. Elegant details, like the graphic wallpaper seen here, lend a sense of refinement to this cozy room.

A carefully balanced redesign brings subtle contemporary touches to a 19th-century home.

Updating a Winchester Colonial

In Winchester, a carefully balanced redesign brings subtle contemporary touches to a home.

Beautifully suited for modern-day living, these revamped rooms are classically appointed with discreet contemporary touches.

Updating a Winchester Colonial

contemporary kitchen by MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc.

Omega Cabinets for a Kitchen with a and Custom Black & White Kitchen Cabinets by Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc.

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