Adding natural elements gives container gardens a custom look, says Joe Guggia, a California floral designer. He incorporates items, such as bamboo, willow and rocks, into his indoor displays. It all starts with the container, from faux stone rounds to slender metal squares to larger baskets.
Maximize vertical space at the bottom of a closet or mudroom with stackable bamboo shoe shelves. Shoe shelves keep everything visible and within reach, preventing the need to dig through one big pile to find a matching pair of shoes.
Gorgeous bamboo flooring in this modern living room goes wall to wall then takes a turn north and becomes paneling behind the large flat screen TV. The contrast between walls in this room is stark but feels natural. Low-profile furniture makes it simple to sink in and relax.
"Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of colors and styles," says Dean Howell, president of Atlanta-based MODA Floors & Interiors. While technically a fast-growing grass, bamboo is as hard or harder than most hardwoods when dried. Newer products called strand-woven bamboo, a highly engineered product using the inner fibers, are twice as hard as traditional bamboo flooring. Dean says that in addition to the common thin-banded styles shoppers have become accustomed to, bamboo is offered in wide-plank styles that mimic the look of classic hardwoods. As with all wood flooring, it's best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.
In this open living space with bamboo floors and soft, gray walls, a seating area flows seamlessly into the kitchen. Tucked in between, a neat workspace features a set of black cubby-style shelves to keep office supplies close at hand.