Designers wanted to give the homeowners as much access to the home's beautiful beach view as possible, so they created a sort of sunroom to function as the home's main living space. The large windows in the space allow in tons of natural light as well as allow for a beautiful ocean view to be a major part of the design. To further incorporate the beach into the home, designers chose hues of blues and greens to add color to the living space that reflects the nature surrounding the cottage.
A watercolor canvas gives soft decoration to the pale blue wall color. Vintage light fixtures frame the painting adding a warm glow to the cool toned design. A wood table is set up as the working desk with space for a laptop, books and personal decorative touches. A white chair is upholstered at the seat with a soft floral fabric while the back opening displays a gray plaid pattern.
A full bar features built-in wine storage and ample seating for family and friends. The lower level of this three-story beachfront home serves as a game and media room, bar, exercise room, full bathroom and laundry room. Broad windows let in loads of natural light and put the ocean views on display. Tans, browns, deep greens and blues combine with textures such as woven reeds, metallic, leather and driftwood to bring nature indoors. A feature wall behind the bar was inspired by the client's travels.
This blue and green cottage boys room features a hand hewn-wood ceiling and vintage gaslight style lamp for a rustic feel. A botanical pattern window treatment adds a contemporary, light touch to the space while the green and white patterned chair brings a grown up warmth and provides a nice contrast to the playful wall prints and vintage toy accessories. Traditional floor and table lamps complement the mix of traditional and cottage style furniture.
A large, stylish kitchen is the perfect relaxing space for the family to cook together, enjoy their meals and entertain their friends. White cabinets around the main section of the kitchen keep the space light and bright, while the blue, arabesque tile adds a splash of muted color. To add contrast and counter space, designers installed a kitchen island whose color scheme is the opposite of the rest of the kitchen-dark cabinets and white countertops-to add interest and create a transition between the kitchen and dining areas.
So many elements of this bunk room design are just awesome. The wavy wallpaper on the back wall is really fun and gives the room an underwater effect. Rope ladders provide access to upper bunks; the turquoise rope coordinates perfectly with the wallpaper and oak steps were custom fabricated. For storage, closets are on either side of the room, both with blue sliding barn doors with black hardware. The pendant light is made from pieces of plastic that attach to a frame, so it’s durable in case of kid mishap, but also resonates with the watery feel.
Fill spring and fall with eye-catching color and sweet floral perfume by planting a container overflowing with fragrant annuals. This pot features a trio of plants that thrive in the seasons when days and nights are cool. Perennial ‘Lucius’ snowy woodrush (Luzula nivea ‘Lucius’) is the grassy green plant in the center of the container (hardy in Zones 4-9). It’s surrounded by Cool Wave Lavender Blue Trailing Pansy, which has a light floral fragrance. Clear Crystal white sweet alyssum offers a sweet perfume. This group of plants beckons early and late season pollinator insects.
Though it would make for an ideal tiny home, this Container Guest House in a San Antonio, Texas backyard functions as the perfect accommodation for visitors. As is the norm with container homes, environmentally friendly practices were top-of-mind, explaining why Poteet Architects kept its original blue color, along with the exterior text. There are plenty of other green features as well. The addition of a floor-to-ceiling window adds natural light, while sliding doors provide plenty of fresh air. The roof garden is watered by grey water (runoff water from the sink and shower). The bathroom contains a composting toilet, and recycled soda bottles are part of the deck’s building materials. If that’s not enough, the exterior light fixtures are local tractor blades, and the foundation consists of — you’d never guess — recycled telephone poles.
Designer Mariah O’Brien’s tried and true color for living rooms is a nice warm white. “White can be as vivid or soft as any other color as it has a variety of undertones and tints. Finding the right white that works is the key. I have some go-to favorites: Benjamin Moore’s Alabaster White and light beige, as they contain a subtle undertone of pink, which I believe truly flatters the skin and allows for a nice glow.” O’Brien warns against using whites that contain yellow or blue undertones. “They tend to look dingy or too cool.”
Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed a depressing room into a bright and festive nursery for the homeowners' baby on the way. The French doors were removed to create a solid wall for a crib or bed placed against. The old wall paneling was removed and replaced with light blue painted drywall with white trim. Soft carpeting will be perfect for a child's room and metal crates hang on the wall and serve as storage for stuffed animals. A crystal chandelier was removed from the original dining room and installed here in the nursery.
From an icy blue and white color palette to touches of silver and rich, menswear-inspired fabrics, see how a lackluster bedroom gets a winter-inspired makeover full of the season's hottest trends. In this design from Brian Patrick Flynn, a collection of framed artwork and photography is simply leaned against the wall above the entry’s console table. A small table lamp made of mercury glass helps reflect the light it emits once switched on at night. A mirrored console table serves as the base for this lovely white and silver vignette, featuring silver frames, white hydrangeas, silver bird accessories and a white faux deer head.
“I love mixing authentic midcentury pieces with reproductions to make a space feel fresh and not too much like a time capsule,” says designer Aletha VanderMaas. “The bold, blue sectional sofa and matching ottoman complement the orange brick wall, which is an original feature in this midcentury modern home. The vintage end tables that flank the sofa give the room a retro vibe—and were both Craigslist finds for less than $50 each. The assortment of graphic pillows makes the space feel more modern and not stuck in the 1960s. And the reproduction Sputnik light fixture is from Practical Props in Los Angeles, and is certainly the focal piece of the entire living room.”
As seen on HGTV's Buying and Selling, Cameron and Krystal wanted a grown up space to entertain their friends and family, so Drew and Jonathan brought in some modern furniture and updated the details of their outdated home. The neutral colors of the walls sofa, and chairs are complimented by natural elements around the doors and windows. The brothers then added color to the space by choosing warm blue and copper accent pillows and chrome candlesticks, chandelier and table lamps to help reflect light into the room.
Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed a depressing room into a bright and festive nursery for the Purks' baby on the way. The old French Doors were removed to create a solid wall for a crib or bed placed against. The old wall paneling was removed and replaced with light blue painted drywall with white trim. Soft carpeting will be perfect for a child's room and metal crates hang on the wall and serve as storage for stuffed animals. A comfortable side chair is an inviting place to sit with the baby, and a crystal chandelier was removed from the original dining room and installed here in the nursery.
One of the hottest trends in kitchen design right now is “tuxedo” cabinetry — or two-tone cabinets, usually a darker color on the bottom units with a lighter shade or white on top. Black and white is a classic combo, but gray and white or blue and white create a similar, but softer effect, as in this kitchen. “The two-tone color scheme complemented the stained original pine floors in this over-100-year-old home. And going lighter on the upper cabinets kept this smaller sized kitchen feeling light and open, without sacrificing storage,” says designer Carla Aston. You can get this of-the-minute look with one can of paint — if your cabinets are already white, just paint the lower ones.
Sometimes a sense of humor in an otherwise tailored space can create a not-so-serious feeling. While Chris' bedroom walls are covered in a pinstripe wool menswear suit fabric, the juxtaposition of a white resin moose head against the tailored walls creates a light-hearted element of surprise. Since the wall application set Chris back approximately $1300, he saved on furniture by choosing a vintage wood dresser he scored for $125 at a flea market. Since dark-colored accessories could easily get lost in the navy blue tone of the pinstriped wall covering, bulky ultra-white vases were grouped together to create a strong contrast.
When Erin first moved in, the accent wall behind the bed was painted a loud orange tone, the previous tenant's homage to the San Francisco Giants that play just across the street at AT&T Park. To keep the space open and airy, she and Chris painted the walls a classic white (Benjamin Moore 01), then selected a palette of light grays, muted blues and creams. To add a personal touch in keeping with the airy aesthetic of the room, Erin added photographs with special meaning for her and her husband, Chris. "I don't like having photos of people everywhere. I like photos that are more landscape or locale-based, but hold personal meaning," Erin explains. "The photograph print of Outer Banks, North Carolina means a lot to Chris and me because that's where we first met, at a friend's wedding. I gave it to him for our first anniversary. I think it's the perfect inspiration piece for creating a bedroom that's calm, serene and all about Chris and me."
It’s tough to beat the floral perfume of lilacs. These flowering shrubs open blooms from late spring to early summer, depending on variety. The blossoms offer traditional colors, like purple, lavender and white. You can also find lilacs with pink, yellow and even bicolor blooms. A few lilacs actually lack fragrance, so it’s important to do your homework before buying a plant. Some of the most fragrant varieties include light blue ‘President Grevy (Zones 3-7, shown), wine-red ‘Congo’ (Zones 4-7), pink ‘Maiden’s Blush’ (Zones 2-7) and white ‘Beauty of Moscow’ (Zones 3-7). Plants grow from shrub to small tree size, reaching from 3 to 15 feet tall. Hardiness depends on variety, from Zones 2-9.