Gorgeous bamboo flooring in this modern living room goes wall to wall then takes a turn north and becomes paneling behind the large flat screen TV. The contrast between walls in this room is stark but feels natural. Low-profile furniture makes it simple to sink in and relax.
Adding natural elements gives container gardens a custom look, says Joe Guggia, a California floral designer. He incorporates items, such as bamboo, willow and rocks, into his indoor displays. It all starts with the container, from faux stone rounds to slender metal squares to larger baskets.
It’s no surprise that the master bedroom relishes in the property's delightful views. The four-poster bed, dressed with crisp linens and plump, layered pillows, takes in the scenery from its second-story perspective.
To join the living area with the master bedroom, designers added a bamboo walk. This walkway serves the dual purpose of adding privacy and fulfilling the owner's desire to have his terrace feel like a forest.
"Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of colors and styles," says Dean Howell, president of Atlanta-based MODA Floors & Interiors. While technically a fast-growing grass, bamboo is as hard or harder than most hardwoods when dried. Newer products called strand-woven bamboo, a highly engineered product using the inner fibers, are twice as hard as traditional bamboo flooring. Dean says that in addition to the common thin-banded styles shoppers have become accustomed to, bamboo is offered in wide-plank styles that mimic the look of classic hardwoods. As with all wood flooring, it's best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.
Located in the heart of New York City, this 1000 square foot contemporary rooftop garden provides a serene space for entertaining. Boxwood and bamboo walls create privacy between buildings, as well as divide the roof into separate rooms, thereby creating an outdoor dining space.
This garden's design focuses on foliage mixes and textures of perennials instead of aromatic plants, due to the homeowner's allergies. Plants used include native Eastern Redbud and Kwanzan Cherry. Fast-growing, semi-evergreen bamboo covers some of the cement wall.
In this open living space with bamboo floors and soft, gray walls, a seating area flows seamlessly into the kitchen. Tucked in between, a neat workspace features a set of black cubby-style shelves to keep office supplies close at hand.