This new bedroom located on the second floor at the back of the home was previously the second floor bathroom and laundry area. The space has been transformed into a unique L-shaped bedroom with new wood floors, a large closet, bright wall colors, and an accent wall with a night city scene as wallpaper.
This Upper East Side New York City terrace is the ultimate outdoor living. A contemporary wood-and-glass pergola covers the long dining table, which enjoys prime seating for the flatscreen TV. An open outdoor seating area is surrounded by a lush garden and has stunning views of Manhattan.
SPG Architects’ renovation of a penthouse in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City features 860 square feet of terrace wrapping the apartment. The warm natural tones of the furnishings contrast nicely with the abstract neutral architectural palette. Photograph by Daniel Levin
The owners of this tin roof chicken coop wanted to create a home for their chickens and guest houses for visiting bluebirds: "We read that bluebirds like to have 15 to 20 feet of open space in front of their nesting houses. When we built the coop, we left the posts tall on the back side. My parents brought me the 'See Rock City' house, which I was thrilled to have because it's a great nod to my happy Southern childhood spent hiking and camping with my family. The Rock City birdhouse lets guests know we want them to be relaxed and happy in our garden."
The owners said landscaping was a key factor in the positioning of the coop. "We thought about the placement for several weeks. It made sense to be on the far side of the garden because it's tall and creates a separation between our yard and the street that runs behind our next-door neighbors' yard. It works as a privacy screen and looks like a charming shed or rustic playhouse. The screens across the front of the structure came from my grandparents' house when it was torn down. The major drawback to our design is the lack of a human door, which makes spring cleaning the coop no easy task."
Using a wide assortment of container plantings, comfortable patio furniture and architectural features to enhance this small space, K&D Landscape Management created a lovely outdoor grilling area and garden for city homeowners. Color, texture and a potpourri of plants produce a lovely, inviting and serene design.
Wisps of hanging foliage spill over a rooftop oasis in the heart of Bangalore, India. Designer Joly John of Shibanee & Kamal Architects created the rooftop garden with a repeated pattern of foliage inspired by the circular nature of the building's architecture and the idea of windmills.
Although this cabinet and its accessories are a splurge item in an Atlanta condo, designer Michael Habachy says people on any budget should use low lighting, such as lamps, to illuminate treasures, cheap or expensive. “It adds ambience and doesn’t have to cost a lot,” he says.
A hand-tufted wool pile area rug in a muted, gravel-colored tone anchors the design of the guest bedroom in the 2012 HGTV Urban Oasis. The bed features sand-colored linen upholstery, which contrasts against the dark wood nightstands.
Designers use mirrored tables to make rooms seem larger and to add points of interest due to their reflective qualities. Mirrored elements make such an impact that you can buy smaller pieces to save money.