The couple turned a small upstairs bedroom into a nursery to accommodate their growing family. The neutral colors make it a sweet place for a baby, while the light pouring in from the window and the chandelier on the ceiling makes the space light.
With a new baby girl in the family, Chip and his team were charged with the important job of making sure that the Howells' princess has the perfect palace. Chip and his team added complimentary colors, such as pink and purple, as well as multiple patterns and textures to make this place sugar and spice and everything nice for this baby girl. The luxurious crib and additional toy storage is a must have to help make the nursery clean and inviting.
Stone Double Fireplace in Contemporary Master Bedroom
A double-sided stacked stone fireplace is a stunning focal point in the center of this elegant master bedroom. Comfortable chairs sit on one side for a cozy seating area, while a platform bed is situated between picturesque windows with beautiful views.
Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed a depressing room into a bright and festive nursery for the Purks' baby on the way. The old wall paneling was removed and replaced with light blue painted drywall with white trim.
A living mulch is a type of low-growing ground cover that blankets soil like a mulch. In this garden, golden creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’) is the living mulch. Other plants that work well as living mulches include alpine strawberry, low juniper, vinca vine or short mints like Corsican mint. Be careful with living mulches that root along stems as they grow. These types of plants can easily become invasive and even try to overgrow lawns.
Straw is a more utilitarian mulch typically used in vegetable gardens or strawberry patches. Straw is simply the stalks of grain plants. Ask your local straw supplier if their product is clean (doesn’t contain grain heads) and weed-free. Prevent weed seed issues by spreading three sheets of damp newspaper under straw. Some gardeners let straw bales sit a few weeks so weed or grain seeds germinate. This leads to moldy straw—plan to wear a dust mask if you have allergies. Expect to get one to two growing seasons out of straw, depending on how thickly you spread it.
Sleek book ledges display favorite reads, creating a simple reading nook. A dark wood crib is dressed with classic pinstriped sheets and a graphic black-and-white pillows, while the updated damask wallpaper contrasts against the simple striped area rug.
"I love gray — I think I always will," says interior designer Lexi Westergard. "However, I am definitely using it differently than I have in the past. I still love it for bathroom cabinet colors, pillows, rugs and accents. I am loving more of a greige or white for wall colors. I think this year we will see white as the dominant, go-to neutral color for walls."
If bright white walls are a bit out of your comfort zone, try a warm gray tone that’s light enough to almost look white, like Lexi did in this living room. She chose Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray, one of her favorite paint colors.
Light-Filled Eclectic Master Bedroom With Canopy Bed
A towering canopy bed draws you into this master bedroom, and the lofty layering of bedding invites you to stay. A generous sprinkling of details completes the eclectic space: groupings of framed artwork, a pair of tufted ottomans and an antique chest standing in for a nightstand.