The island countertop in this transitional kitchen features local Alabama white marble, cut to mimic the shape used in the stair railing, eyebrow gables and dining room chairs. The island itself features a rich, dark finish that contrasts nicely with the cool gray cabinetry on the room's perimeter. A mix of traditional and modern elements adds interest to the space, from the leaded glass cabinet doors and apron sink to the industrial-inspired pendants and acrylic-and-metal barstools.
This showstopper vine opens blooms that lure in hummingbirds. Some varieties unfurl red flowers, and those are the ones you want. Look for the name coral or trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens). Some great varieties include ‘Dropmore Scarlet,’ ‘Major Wheeler’ and ‘Alabama Crimson.’ Do your homework before planting honeysuckle. Make sure the variety you choose isn’t invasive in your area (these varieties shouldn’t be). Perennial vine, hardy in Zones 4-9.