The master bedroom was lacking in ambient light, so its existing ceiling fan was taken down and replaced with a wood and iron French chandelier. French chandeliers usually evoke a feeling of femininity, but due to its black painted finish, the chandelier used in this master bedroom takes on a more gender-neutral appearance. For modern flair, globe bulbs were used rather than standard flame bulbs.
When choosing elements for holiday decorations, keep the style of your space in mind. In the bonus room, which has a sleek, contemporary look (despite the vintage ski-house accents), the design team layered on the holiday charm, but stuck with a cool palette of blue and white, with a few touches of black and gray. The result strikes just the right note for the room.
“This room has some really beautiful moments: the bold, striped fireplace commands attention; the combo of zebra, white leather, mirror and crystal set against a moody black backdrop is pure Hollywood glam; simple, two-tone damask patterns add a sense of tradition and comfort that tempers the sharp lines of the very modern wall and floor patterns,” says designer Candice Olson. “However, I think this is a case of both too much and too little. Too many patterns — stripes, checks, zebra and damask — all scream for attention. Undertaking such an ambitious painted floor with very little time prevented Design Star contestants NataLee and Tashica from really finishing this room, and it shows on so many levels, from the shredded bedding to the perplexing mirror/aquarium placement in the fireplace. I would have simply let the striped fireplace graphic be the star; painted the floor white to contrast the black and yellow walls and brought in a large zebra-patterned carpet for interest in the center of the room. This duo's predictable perimeter bed placement reminds me a bit of summer camp — a little more swanky, mind you. I would like to have seen a few beds dressed as sexy daybeds positioned in the center with cocktail tables beside and a spectacular chandelier above, very LA-luxe (in much less time).”
Small, artistically rendered messages are the cornerstone of Effie’s Paper. Kalyn finds ways to offer words of encouragement on everything from notebooks to oversized travel mugs, so it only makes sense that she would reserve a few words for her own space as well. This little bit of black and gold bling adds some style to the bookshelf, combining her first initial with a few words of wisdom to keep her in the right frame of mind.
Super satisfying and ready in just 15 minutes, this taco soup uses many canned ingredients like diced tomatoes, black beans, corn and green chilies. Keep a packet of taco seasoning in your pantry and ground meat (like the ground turkey used in this recipe) in your fridge and you’ll have a healthy meal the whole family will enjoy in less time than it takes to pick up takeout. Get the recipe >>
This classic game with a Halloween twist is sure to provide tons of fun for the kids. Give each child a set of three white paper bowls with "eyes" made by hole-punching black paper and attaching the punched dots with glue. Give kids a gum ball and show them how to play the game with a partner by hiding the gum ball under one of the ghosts, moving the ghosts around and having his/her partner guess which ghost has the gum ball.
HGTV Design Star contestant Karl Sponholtz designed this kitchen addition, including the custom cabinetry and paneling. "I wanted to give the traditional Georgian architecture a modern aesthetic — dreamy!," he says. The spacious white kitchen combines the best of both worlds with traditional, craftsman style cabinets and sleek marble counter tops and island. The over sized, but elegant, chandelier accentuates a tray ceiling while recessed lights help to fill every inch of this space with light. A large, black table set against wall-to-wall windows not only provides the perfect meeting place to enjoy breakfast but also a bold contrast for the space.
For a unique spin on the typical gallery wall, Jeanine and Bryan chose to showcase some unexpected pieces of art on the wall in their bedroom. Colorful baskets, handmade in Rwanda, add a powerful color story to the bedroom, and the shades of hot pink and yellow literally pop off of the moody black wall.
Although the designers at TriplePoint Design Build created a 1920s theme for this master bathroom, they were committed to installing modern conveniences for the homeowner. In the shower, a modern glass door adds spaciousness, and the the hardware is of a sleek and contemporary design. The same basketweave black and white decorative tile used in the rest of the bathroom continues the vintage theme.
To lay the groundwork for this modern bathroom, designers started with a neutral color palette that would reflect the natural light let into the space from the skylight above. Then, they added modern wood cabinets and a gray countertop to warm the space. To give the room a touch of personality, a gray, black and white penny round tile backsplash was added, and a gray and white chevron floor was laid. In the shower area, the walls are covered in off-white tile with a penny round tile inset that matches the backsplash to tie the space together.
The textured black wallpaper is good for sleeping, but also is great for hiding that TV! We didn't want to take things to seriously so this white Jonathan Adler vase reminds us of that! It's whimsy and charm in this dramatic space makes you stop and smile.
Originally the dresser was just supposed to be sleek and clean without hardware, but addidng this hardware and the metal base took it to the next level. This hefty gothic iron pulls completely transformed it!
In a master bedroom that was all about cozy luxury, designer Lauren Macer created an inviting seating area using existing pieces from her client’s collection. “The armchairs are vintage pieces, however they were upholstered in black leather that was damaged. I reupholstered them in a beautiful soft linen fabric for a completely different look,” she says. “When looking for vintage furniture pieces, the most important element is shape. The upholstery, wood color and the condition of the filling can all be changed — so keep an open mind and don’t let a strong pattern or color distract you.”
As seen on Buying and Selling with Drew and Jonathan Scott, the brothers designed a master bedroom oasis for Santino and Andrea with lush bed linens and pillows. Those features are accented by black wood end tables and bright, reflective lamps on either side of the bed to bring more light to the space. The focal point of the space is an accent wall that is covered with wallpaper. The tree photograph above the bed helps to bring a little nature into the space.
The pet washing station includes a handy four-setting, two-in-one faucet mounted to the wall a bit higher like a showerhead, with a matte black finish and a built-in soap dispenser that makes washing a pet easier. The rectangular mirror above includes a beautiful frame hand woven from Buri rope that fits the coastal style of this impressive home. A terra-cotta pot planter on the counter gives the chance to add some greenery to the space.
This dining table in the Northridge, California home of Jair and Tiffany Paz has been beautifully dressed by HGTV Star Season 8 contestants Abby Vasek, Anne Rue, and Brooks Atwood. The designers have wonderfully combined glass jars of lemons with yellow and red flowers and a pair of black candles.
Kids love rock candy sticks. Place them by the door and they won't be able to resist taking one for the road as they leave the party. To add a little embellishment, cut strips from our printable black-and-white striped paper, attach with double-sided tape and cut into a flag shape. Display on a white platter so the colors pop.
To maintain the farmhouse feel, designers kept the wainscoting that already existed in the space, but updated it with a coat of paint that continues the neutral color palette into the dining room. A vintage, farmhouse table further continues the design, while the chairs surrounding it have been painted black to make them seem more modern. The sliding barn door separates the dining room and kitchen from the rest of the house, maintaining the vintage style. Finally, color is added to the space through the aqua pendant light and the broadway letter B light, completing the updated, farmhouse design of the space.
Handmade sleeves or holders for candy canes have been around for generations. This sweet throwback holiday craft is quick, easy and fun for kids of all ages to make using just felt and glue. You will need the following materials: medium gray, light gray and pink felt quarters, all-purpose or fabric glue, hot glue gun and glue sticks (optional), scissors, craft eyes, small pink pompom, black permanent marker and clothespin.