As sunlight pours into this sophisticated, modern living room, light is reflected of the white surfaces of the walls, cabinets and sofas to create a bright, light atmosphere. To give the space some color, designers added throw pillows to make the couches pop. The main feature in this living space, though, is the cushioned teal ottoman that mixes in a little traditional style with a modern twist. The ottoman not only functions as a cushy coffee table, it doubles as extra seating when the homeowners entertain.
From the sofas in the living room, homeowners and guests have a clear line of sight to the kitchen with an eat-in island, thanks to this home's open floor plan. This gives the home's public spaces an elegant flow that makes these rooms functional.
Just off the living area, the home boasts a separate dining area perfect for entertaining. As guests leave the dining area, they enter an elegant, modern kitchen. Here, homeowners have plenty of counter space to prepare and serve meals on state of the art, stainless steel appliances. Storage needs are met, by a plethora of modern cabinetry, and the space is lit by natural light, with the aid of pendant lighting, creating an elegant, modern atmosphere.
To give the homeowners much-needed space for entertaining, designers installed a large kitchen island that has enough seating for at least five guests. Not only does this space provide seating, it also gives the homeowners extra counter space for easy meal preparation, since there is direct access to the home's double ovens, microwave, refrigerator and stove from the kitchen island, which also contains a large prep sink for simple kitchen cleanup.
Here's what you'll need to make your potting bench:
One pallet with large spaces between pallet boards (this one is 36" × 36")
Five 2" × 4" pallet boards
Four 3 1⁄2"-wide pallet boards, at least 36" long
One 3 1⁄2"-wide to 4"- wide pallet board, at least 40" long
One 5 1⁄2"-wide (or wider) pallet board, at least 36" long
Pallet boards in a width (generally 31⁄2" or narrower) that will fit in the large spaces in main pallet
1 5⁄8" screws
1 1⁄4" screws
1 3⁄8" brad nails
Paint in various colors
Laundry room in the basement and no solution for covering up pipes and concrete? Enter pegboard. Organizing Made Fun blogger Becky Barnfather painted her pegboard a cheery green and white design to add style and function to the area.
The rawness of this stone sculpture contrasts with flowering plants, such as hydrangeas, in the Georgia garden of Lyman and Becky Smith. After Lyman Smith, a Georgia Tech graduate, retired from the telecommunications industry, he devoted time to creating his garden, with sections inspired by Japanese gardens, conifers from the Pacific Northwest and traditional Southern plants.
Fixer Upper Host Joanna Gaines decided to surprise Becky and Heath by transforming the once awkward atrium into an open-air herb garden. Located right off the kitchen and dining area, the courtyard is a perfect place to entertain; a fragrant herb garden makes prepping delicious meals easy.
Tile can not only be beautiful, it can be functional as well. Here designer Becky Sue Becker uses natural stone in warm tones to create a single bathing space out of two. Connecting the shower and bath with one streamlined look creates the idea that it is its own defined oasis in a spacious master bath.