Finding room to seat six around a dining table is a challenge in just about any New York apartment. Leyden, however remembers the dining room as being one of the easiest rooms to design. The live-in art gallery feel of the home continues in this space with pieces on display on every wall and the cute ceramic banana centerpiece on the table. Though directly connected to the living room, the dining room feels distinct and separate, which is an intentional result of the design. “It’s all one space,” Leyden maintains, “with visual links and details to designate one area from the other.”
Pamper yourself by transforming an outdoor space into a custom retreat. Japanese forest bathing research shows that time spent in the Great Outdoors brings significant health benefits—lower blood pressure, less stress, greater empathy. Green spaces soothe both body and brain, and you can reap the results with a spot in your own yard. Start your project by choosing an area with easy access. A small deck, porch, patio or corner of a garden provides a terrific foundation for a home-sweet-home getaway. Approach your project with an eye to design by including touches that speak to your style (retro? chic? urban?). You don’t have to spend big bucks to make it work. This welcoming retreat features a crate coffee table that blends beautifully with wooden chairs. Pots of colorful annuals bring nature near. Annuals include purple Angelonia with Raven (dark) sweet potato vine, Yellow Chiffon superbells, Royal Velvet supertunia, and ‘Banana Cream’ Shasta daisy with Vertigo purple fountain grass.