Blown glass art hanging from the ceiling immediately draws the eye in this stylish sitting room. Barrel shaped sconces are mounted on wall panels over looking the sitting space. Four matching leather chairs with diamond patten finish look in on this unique and textural coffee table with 3D metal middle.
Fence post cacti, golden barrels and a small water feature surrounded by black river rock all complement the Southwestern style of this home in Scottsdale, Ariz. Meanwhile, a reclaimed wood gate handcrafted by local artisans leads into the central courtyard.
Red barrel-tiled awnings and white stucco exterior give this space a Spanish flair. Standard brick steps give way to concrete pavers that evoke the Moorish influence of southern Spain for this guesthouse. Three sets of double doors that open from floor to ceiling keep the guesthouse open to cooling breezes.
A sleek wooden table with glass legs is paired with a combination of neutral chairs and plaid barrel chairs for a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere. A cool, contemporary chandelier adds an abstract quality to the space, while a built-in china cabinet provides much-needed storage for the family's dishes.
In this formal dining room, designer Vanessa DeLeon achieves an appealing balance between feminine and masculine with a pair of romantic Kravet banquettes in black crushed velvet on the ends, accompanied by eight sturdy leather and antique gold barrel dining chairs. A stunning blue velvet rug adds a splash of color while pulling the look together.
In the kitchen, designers John and Anthony used a green, botanical print wallpaper to pull touches of Hollywood elegance into the space. They then crafted a custom table that was constructed from reclaimed wood that formerly belonged to wine barrels to add visual interest. The table, paired with the neat, rustic table and chic wallpaper creates a sophisticated, comfortable space for entertaining.
Responsible green features make the playhouse good for the family and the environment. The structure is clad inside and out with rough-sawn spruce boards, which are naturally weather resistant. Rainwater is captured through integral roof gutters to be deposited in a catchment barrel. The attached succulent and herb garden can then be watered using the rain barrel spigot. An outdoor chaise for one or two provides a spot to relax and is movable to follow the sun. A reclaimed sail has been repurposed to provide shade for the large south facing window in the summer. When opened, windows on both sides capture passing breezes and allow for passive cooling. One gable end of the playhouse includes a colorful climbing wall.
Sinuous curves define the master bathroom of this luxury Miami Beach estate. The dramatic, open shower features a waterfall spout flanked by twin rainfall shower heads. Facing vanities are furniture style, with a pale wood finish and thick marble tops. Arched windows are divided by curving engaged columns that flow in an uninterrupted line to the barrel-vaulted ceiling. The floor showcases a dramatic mosaic design.
Hotel Covington was initially a high-end department store. The interior offers a peek into its fashionable past with towering ceilings, concrete columns and a traditional Covington home color palette of aubergine, sage and navy. In homage to Kentucky’s bourbon legacy, local woodworking studio Grainwell has created a spirited large-scale installation using bourbon barrels.
This dressing room and the bath beyond are connected by a dramatic vestibule capped with a barrel-vaulted Venetian plaster ceiling. Watercolors from the 1930s of Adrian costume designs hang above the wrought-iron demilune French console table. The zebra ottoman adds a graphic accent. The bath is anchored by an ample enameled Waterworks soaking tub. Note the tall cherry column on the side, which rotates to reveal hidden storage.
This dining room from designer Vanessa-DeLeon is flanked with column-framed arched doorways and accentuated with an eclectic mix of the formal and rustic to create a dramatic and unexpected look. Banquettes in black crushed velvet sit at both ends of the wooden dining table, while eight sturdy leather and antique gold barrel dining chairs make up the rest of the seating in the space.
Designer Kari McIntosh Dawdy added two small barrel armchairs in turquoise blue velvet to accompany this shades of blue family room. They blend with, yet provide visual contrast against the medium blue walls for an unexpected yet entirely appealing design. Brass floor lamps and urn occasional tables, bold pillows and the pink tones seen in the dining area also give the room pizzazz.
This kitchen by Rebecca Zajac was once builder beige with an odd, half-rounded drywall island. Zajac updated the doors on the existing cabinets and kept the original plumbing and base cabinets for the sink and dishwasher. Custom cabinets were built out to create the new island, and a custom-designed backsplash gives the space an organic feel by breaking up the repeating pattern. Crate & Barrel stools provide seating at the new island.
A set of brightly colored hand towels can perk up the kitchen for mere pennies. And you aren’t limited to the oven door handle: hang interesting linens (aprons and oven mitts, too) from hooks or pegs on a floating wall shelf or line a wooden bowl on the countertop to add punch. Shown are waffle-weave Salsa dish cloths and towels from Crate & Barrel.
The hip black and white look of this barrel cactus cut and placed on alternating black sand and table salt is made even more dramatic with the addition of vertical porcupine quills. "Pour one mound of table salt across each side of the glass cube. Layer black fine grained sand on top. Repeat. Layer with white aquarium pebble before placing cactus," says Anne Gunnels of Honey + Gunn Succulents. The table design is by @pleasebeseatedrentals.
“We opted for a durable, solid wood dining table from Crate & Barrel for this casual eat-in kitchen nook. It’s perfect for family meals and works equally well for homework or crafts,” says the designer of this project. When matching table and chairs, she says, “always consider the leg finish of your dining chairs: They should be in the same tone family as your dining table. A few shades lighter or darker is fine, as long as the underlying hue is similar.”
To give her clients Chicago loft a midcentury modern update with a “touch of farmhouse chic,” designer Jennifer Talbot turned to a range of sources, combining new pieces from Blue Dot, One Kings Lane, Jayson Home & Garden, and Crate & Barrel with flea market and antique pieces the couple had collected over the years. “The key to creating a natural visual balance is a blend of new pieces and things that have been thoughtfully collected. If you vary where you shop for the new pieces the end result will feel personal,” she says.
These arrangements can be created by cutting succulents or planting living plants. If you choose the live option, fill the bottom of the container with a layer of rock. Fill with cactus potting mix and then add barrel cactus and hawthoria. White aquarium pebbles complete the look. "Purple agate, amethyst and porcupine quills add the sparkle and height," says Sara Fried. And don't forget to water: every two weeks about one tablespoon and keep your arrangement in a bright indoor spot.