Soft green walls in this dining room create an ideal backdrop to showcase the gilt-framed art to best advantage. A traditional wood sideboard and white chair rail and wainscoting give added elegance to the space while black lampshades act as visual punctuation marks that give definition to the space.
When there's a lot going on in a space, sometimes the best thing to do is just add more. The red pattern in the curtains complements the library, framing the large windows on each side of the room and pulling the whole design together. Design by HGTV fan colbylucky.
A framed ski poster, displayed at the entrance to this ski-style dorm, hints at the room's color palette. White cedar logs and a pine ceiling add rustic elements without feeling too lodge-y, making this area seem like a luxury at-home resort. Eight beds dressed in quilted covers and fun throw pillows ensure there's room for the whole family.
The recommended mulch depth is 3-4 inches for medium to coarse textured materials, says experts with The Morton Arboretum. Spread mulch under trees, shrubs and throughout planting beds, as seen at this home, handcrafted by OakBridge Timber Framing, on a 5-acre lot on the shores of Lake Erie, Ohio.
To give these homeowners a place to eat outside, designers added an dining area with a grid of concrete pavers based on the dimensions of the back of the house, creating planting beds in the negative space. Designers also added low, concrete walls to frame the seating area, as well as darker gravel to give contrast to the concrete, breaking up the monochromatic expanse.
This traditional bedroom has a timeless look about it. The intricate headboard and footboard bring the feeling of the Victorian era to the space; however, the harshness of the Victorian style is softened by the wispy white linens that adorn the bed. A window to the left of the space allows tons of natural light to flow into the room, further softening the look of the space and reflecting off the white walls and antique silver picture frames and traditional gold lamp. The more contemporary additions of the canvas curtains and chair help to blend the Victorian style with one that is more updated, giving this space a timeless quality.
Custom choices are more and more popular in today's readily available bedroom collections. Stores like Room & Board offer the ability to select the fabric and frame so you can design your own custom headboard. "By picking just the right fabric, the rest of your bedroom choices can easily mix together. We offer more than 200 fabric options on our upholstered beds," says Katie Lloyd of Room & Board.
The best piece of advice for creating a gallery wall is to lay out your arrangement on the floor below the wall you will be filling. This helps visualize the width you have to work with. If you prefer to use exact measurements, measure the wall space you want to fill and then outline the floor with blue tape before you start placing the art. Continue arranging the frames until you decide on a configuration that you like
Make a space that will last. “You don’t want things to be temporary. You want things that they can grow with,” said Cate Dunning of GordonDunning, who decorated this bedroom as part of a Dwell with Dignity install. This bedroom was for three boys who loved Super Mario Brothers and the Atlanta Falcons, so GordonDunning incorporated red accented with blue and hung framed Mario art prints from Etsy on the wall. The beds were already in the room, and DIY blogger Dena Stormer painted them with Sherwin Williams Positive Red.
The best way to judge the quality of a sofa—as well as its comfort—is to spend some time with it in person. Sit on it for several minutes. Try different positions: Lean against the arm to see if it digs into your neck or back uncomfortably; test each end of the seat, as well as the middle; bounce a bit on the seat to see how firm and supportive it is; stand up and see how much fluffing the pillows require after you’ve sat on them. Hold onto a corner of the sofa and wiggle the frame: It should feel solid and firm, with no give in the joints. Lift up one leg to feel whether the sofa is heavy and substantial or lightweight. Examine all the stitching and upholstery from top to bottom. “The fabric should lie smoothly across the frame, without puckering, and the seams and any decorative welting or trim should be tight and straight,” says Bar-Nahum.
"We sold our big house with a bonus room 15 years ago so that we could afford to start over and do what we love for a living," says designer Christina Britt Lewis of The Redesign Company. "This is a choice we never regret, but we make big boys and they have big friends. When they needed more space, we redesigned our garage. We used what we already had—a ping pong table we bartered for, the twin beds our teenage boys had outgrown for seating—and saved by considering it a three-season space and not installing heat or air conditioning. We hung trail maps of mountains we have conquered and set lists from concerts we loved in cheap frames for 'art' that brings back fun family memories."