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Bringing Back Relaxed Luxury


(ARA) - The timeless design of the middle part of the 20th century is popping up everywhere these days. You see it in the return to "ladylike" fashion on the runway and in the sweeping curves of new cars. But nowhere is this trend more apparent than in the latest styles for the home. The solid feel and relaxed elegance of the designs of the 1930s through the 1950s make this era a natural for inspiring new looks at home.

Adding a glamorous touch is easy. Incorporate sparkle and make spaces look larger with mirrors. A wall mirror will reflect light and give the illusion of open space. Place candles or lamps in front of the mirror for even more drama. Smaller mirrored surfaces, such as trays or picture frames bring a shot of style as well. Dress up mantles and tables with refined items like carriage clocks and glass vases.

Don't forget that an easy way to update your home's look is with hardware and accessories. Drawer pulls, faucets and doorknobs are relatively easy to replace and can have a big impact on your home décor. The Pinstripe faucet collection from Kohler conveys the unique style of the 1930s and ‘40s without competing with modern elements, and is a perfect complement to the Kohler Kathryn lavatory. Bridging the gap between stark contemporary design and ornate vintage styles, the Pinstripe collection was created to bring a classic look to the bathroom, and is available in a variety of polished and brushed finishes. Add colored glass knobs and pulls on vanity drawers for a charming accent, or go sleek with shiny chrome handles.

Give old objects new life by using them in unique ways. Your grandmother's silver tea set can look stunning in a powder room by holding small soaps and cotton balls, or use it in a home office to contain little things like paper clips and pens. A boring bulletin board can become a decorative focal point by covering it with a rich fabric. Attach a lattice of elastic strips for an old-fashioned look and a new way to hold notes and photos without push pins. Insert the board into an ornate wooden frame and it becomes a piece of functional art to dress up a bare wall.

Add a little movie-star sizzle to the bedroom by revitalizing the vanity. Often replaced by utilitarian dressers and closets in modern homes, the vanity creates a space solely dedicated to "dressing up." And, by providing a separate space for hair accessories, makeup and jewelry, the vanity can end the complicated morning choreography of two people trying to share the bathroom mirror. For real old-Hollywood glamour add a dressing screen to hide hampers and other laundry essentials kept in the bedroom.

Carve out a space for the entertaining element of any well-appointed glamour-era home: a bar. It can be as simple as a shelf on a bookcase, or as elaborate as a free-standing unit stocked with everything from stemware to paper umbrellas. For a scaled-down version that will fit in any space, set up a lacquer or wooden tray with a chrome shaker, matching ice bucket and a few favorite drink ingredients. Keep a cocktail recipe book nearby to inspire you when guests drop in.

With a few simple touches you can transform any room in your home. Simply take your inspiration from the best of the past to transform your space into one you'll love.

For more information on the Pinstripe faucet collection, or other Kohler products, visit www.kohler.com or call (800) 4-KOHLER.

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