One of the best ways to bring visual interest to your garden says Wade, is to mix materials: boulders, pavers, pebbles, river stone. It not only gives a more naturalistic look, you aren't tied to just one high-cost material, but you blend pricier and more inexpensive materials.
In addition to reflecting light, glass backsplashes can actually bring sunshine into a kitchen. The vistas beyond this kitchen were nothing to write home about, so designers at Carnemark installed detail-obscuring glass blocks on either side of the stove's backsplash, which is made of volcanic rock by SieMatic. Quarried in Italy, this stone is similar to that used by the ancient Romans to build roads, and has been used for various surface applications from building cladding to tile to countertops for centuries.
This porch party was put together by upcycling basic household items and leftover building materials — including lumber that was sanded, stained, sealed and decorated with stainless steel washers and screws.
For this project you'll need two small wood planters, fresh mood moss, clear plastic wrap, small river rocks, floral tape or clear tape, miniature fairy garden accessories, faux gold gems and five to seven small green potted plants in a variety of shades and heights. Line the insides of both planters with plastic wrap and secure with tape around the top rims. Fill the bottom of each planter with a handful of small river rocks for drainage, then stack the planters to add depth and interest. Create a custom design by staging plants and garden accessories before planting. Once you've achieved the desired look, remove plants from pots, loosen the roots and plant, filling empty space with potting soil. Lightly water the soil before covering with moss and adding leprechaun garden accessories.
For this arrangement you'll need crepe paper in green, white and gray (I used crepe paper streamers), green floral stem wire, green floral tape, paper bind wire, plastic gold coins, moss and a block of dry floral foam. Follow the easy step-by-step instructions on the previous slide to make your own paper flowers. Place dry floral foam in a vase and arrange paper florals into a full, asymetrical bouquet, trailing vines above and below for a whimsical look. Add St. Patrick's Day flair by hot-gluing plastic gold coins to floral stem wire and distributing throughout the arrangement. Finish the bouquet with natural moss and curly willow branches.
This bedroom has a lofted ceiling with natural wood beams, a canopy bed with flowing mosquito net, stucco walls and traditional accessories. Neutral colors throughout the room add warmth to the raw materials used in the space.
"People will often make the mistake of not going green with their home project for two reasons: 1. They don't know how to, and 2. They think that it costs more money," Carmen says.
"If you're doing your renovation green, you're really ahead of the market right now. So going green is a very smart investment," Carey emphasizes.
A private garden area connects all of the interior spaces in this Manhattan penthouse to the outdoors to offer a serene, quiet space in the middle of the city. The design is balanced through a mix of industrial and organic hardscaping materials.
The design team viewed this main floor powder room as a space to showcase unique and exotic materials, including natural stone and glass, agate wall sconces, and an underlit honey onyx countertop. Baskets add function to the open storage area beneath the vanity.
Interior designers ensure a well-balanced kitchen by sticking with a perfect mix of materials. In this kitchen, the cabinets are glossy and rich, while the butcher-block countertop is flat and neutral. To help tone down the intensity of the red cabinet color, reflective blue tiles stem from the top of the counter all the way up to the ceiling.