For a minimalistic design, a bluestone walkway connects the main house with the guest house, bisected by a stone dust arrival court. The H. Keith Wagner Partnership's design of the property in Burlington, Vermont, won an American Society of Landscape Architects award.
At night, this seaside home in New England practically glows from inside, setting a warm and welcoming tone for any late arrivals. Two large lanterns illuminate the front porch and thus safely guide visitors from the gravel path to the front door.
To ensure a comfy arrival for her clients' new addition, designer Kerra Michele Huerta layered the nursery with a plush sheepskin rug and soft accessories. Graphic black-and-white wallpaper behind the crib will easily grow with the baby, while a handmade sheep from Germany promises to be a great cuddle buddy.
This modern home boasts two entrances. On the right side of the home, a walkway leads up to an elegant front entrance that guests will use upon their arrival. On the left, a car port allows the homeowners a safe, dry place to park their vehicles, and also offers them their own private entrance to their home.
This thankfulness tree was created by arranging thin branches in a vase and cutting leaves from colorful construction paper - either use a stencil or trace actual leaves. Upon arrival for Thanksgiving dinner, invite guests to jot down what they're thankful for and hang on the tree.
In the foyer, a patterned tile was chosen as an area “rug” inset to create a sense of surprise and drama upon arrival at the front door. The custom railing and wood stair treads lead up to the living room for an open and spacious connection to the home interior. A white bench supports a piece of art for added texture to decorate the foyer.
These homeowners wanted a more functional, stylish kitchen with plenty of safety failsafes before the arrival of their baby, so designers created a kitchen with an intuitive design. The cabinets to the right of the hallway are side-by-side, pull-out pantry cabinets to maximize storage, and to the left of the hallway, is a shallow, custom-designed cabinet with a charging station and a purse hook.
This entry stands out with ironwork railings that delineate the property from the sidewalk. The ironwork is softened with traditional plants such as boxwood borders and fragrant evergreen plants like Rosemary, which gives a welcoming feeling and a sense of arrival to the front entry of the home. The front door is treated with Baroque seeded glass, which serves two purposes- to let light in and to create more of a sense of privacy than a clear glass would.
Staged homes are almost always graced with fresh flowers and pricey orchid arrangements, but you can get a similar effect simply by raiding your yard. Budding magnolia clippings or unfurling fern fronds herald the arrival of spring, summer blooms add splashes of cheerful color, blazing fall foliage warms up your decor on chilly autumn days and holly branches heavy with berries look smashing in winter.
Nathan’s favorite proposal moment was when all of their closest friends from Nashville and New York surprised the couple on stage to celebrate their engagement. Unbeknownst to Nathan, Justin had arranged for them to be in the audience that night. He used Google Docs to keep everyone in the loop on arrival times, hotels, restaurant reservations, etc. so that no one accidentally bumped into them early and ruined the surprise.
This remodel was in conjunction with a few other projects in one residence, all in preparation for the arrival of a new baby.
The shower stayed in the same place, although the plumbing was moved. The toilet was moved to the opposite wall, and the sink was moved to the center of the bathroom. A freestanding tub was then installed on the opposite wall from the shower. Classic white subway tile on the shower walls and tub wall create a clean backdrop for the geometric pattern cement floor tiles.
The overall layout and flow of the dining room breaks down traditional barriers and connects each guest to the chef, to the liveliness of shared meals and to the appreciation for history throughout the building. The dining zones were strategically designed to support the choreography of the chef’s team. The dining area was also designed to lead the guest’s journey to the big arrivals of the experience: a central glass wine room sitting grandly along the historic brick and — most importantly — the striking open kitchen, which is thrust center stage.
Bergenia stages a multi-season color show in a part shade to full sun spot. Cool seasons deepen leaves to brilliant red hues, and spring welcomes the arrival of bright pink blossoms that beckon hummingbirds. Leaves fade to green through summer, until fall frosts bring out red tones. Unlike other bergenia, ‘Flirt’ has small leaves that put blooms center stage. Deer-resistant, drought-tolerant plants grow 6 inches tall by 9 inches wide. Bergenia is evergreen in the Deep South, where winter color is strong. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
Trunk Club's Maggie Mee has three tips to business travelers to consider when packing for a work trip. "1. Don't wear your jacket or third piece while in flight. Gently fold and place on the top of your carry on. 2. Wear lightweight layers to help hide wrinkles and make sure that you're comfortable while in flight. Patterned fabrics also hide the look of wrinkles. 3. Bring a small bottle of wrinkle release spray in your carry on to remove any wrinkles that might have developed on the plane. If you'll have time to check into your hotel, you might also think about bringing a small steamer to freshen up your look." In addition, if you want to be comfortable and fresh for arrival, Mee recommends a change of costume during the travel portion of your trip. "I'd also encourage you to switch up your footwear from flight to meeting. A pair of flats or sneakers are perfect for getting through airport security and keeping you comfortable and can be quickly swapped out for a pair of heels, boots or dress shoes when you arrive at your final destination."