Homeowners wanted a functional, yet stylish living room that connected with the style of the rest of their 1920s Spanish home, but had a more modern and whimsical feel, so designers added a sectional sofa to provide plenty of seating. Then, they brought in an ottoman that serves a dual purpose-a coffee table and extra seating. This piece is covered in lime green faux leather, which adds a splash of bold color, while creates a surface that is easily wipeable-perfect for a home with a teenage boy.
Tamara Hubinsky’s mission for this design was to create a hideout for the 9-year-old boy that would still accommodate him as he matured. The bookshelf stairs were custom designed to provide storage and utilize precious bedroom space. The stairs also add structure to the loft bed, which is important for kids’ rooms that are subject to lots of movement and heavy use. Small stair carpet treads (in a stone, riverbed pattern) add comfort and safety.
Cheerful daffodils are classic spring flowers. For a natural look, toss them around your yard or landscape and plant them where they fall. Choose big, healthy bulbs and plant them 6" deep about 2 to 4 weeks before your ground freezes. They need sun to part sun and will come back year after year; they're hardy in USDA zones 3-8. 'Sunshine Boys,' pictured here, is a blend of early-blooming daffodils.
Homeowners wanted a non-traditional design in this modern nursery that could grow with their son as he grows, so designers created this edgy space. The black and white color palette makes the space modern and unique, while the black sound waves running up the wall keep the space from feeling too babyish; however, the artwork from Shel Silverstein's classic children's book "Where the Sidewalk Ends" helps to bring nursery innocence to the space. To add the finishing touches, air ducts and pendant lights were exposed to give the space an edgier look and a reading nook was created as a comfortable place to foster learning throughout this little boy's life.
African violets are considered miniatures if they are 6" to 8" or less in diameter, and large if they're over 16" in diameter. Semi-minis are 6" to 8", while standards are 8" to 16". Trailing types have long runners that branch and spread; they can grow in hanging baskets or shallow pots. 'Persian Prince’ (S. Sorano, hybridizer), is a miniature with so-called girl, or scalloped, leaves. Girl leaves are usually fleshier than boy leaves, which are solid green.
Even if you live in a more contemporary home, the holidays are a wonderful opportunity to blend some classic details with your modern design. The holidays are about cherished traditions, the past and making new memories. Designer Mallory Mathison makes some memories of her own in this charming little boys' room that riffs on the colors of the French flag. Vintage elements like a red hobby horse and a preserved boxwood ball contained in a child's silver baby cup show how effortlessly classic touches can be intergrated into holiday decor.
If you’re flying with a kid who’s between 22 and 44 pounds, you can leave the car seat at home (or at least check it) and use this FAA-approved CARES harness instead. “Once our boys were big enough, the CARES airplane harness was a huge help in traveling, as it meant we didn’t need to carry on car seats any more but could feel confident that they were safe,” says Chris Routly of The Full Routly.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, Jillian Harris' overall design began by removing the fireplace obstacle at the entrance, adding around 5 feet to the kitchen. The wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room was removed, The London Grey kitchen island was placed on wheels so that it could easily be moved if more space is needed, it also double as a portable bar-perfect for entertaining. The backsplash is Calcutta marble, which is considered timeless, but was made more contemporary by laying a herring bone design. The floor is Rosedale series, light grey. Walls were painted Silver Drop. Kitchen counter tops are Stone Grey. The small kitchen counter bench left of the stove doubles as a homework desk for Joyce's boys-a request she made so that they can be close while she cooks.
Contractor-grade bathroom vanities can be easily dressed up with minimal cost by replacing faucets. Prior to this update of this boy's bathroom, the black marble vanity featured a dated plastic faucet. In its new state, the vanity is equipped with a classic faucet featuring an updated farmhouse style. Before searching for a new vanity faucet, always be sure to look underneath to see how many holes are drilled into the countertop. When you arrive to the home improvement store, you'll notice that vanities are sold in single-, double- and triple-hole styles, all made to fit quickly and effectively to an existing countertop.
Talented Atlanta designer Mallory Mathison created this themed Little Boy Blue bedroom decked out beautifully in child-friendly holiday style in Francophile shades of blue and red. Each twin bed comes with a charming lit Christmas tree with fire-safe LED lights. Parents can treat these trees as advent calendars and nestle a different gift for each day leading up to Christmas or Hanukkah in the boughs or at the foot of the tree. Children will love the cozy glow of the tree lights as they drift off to sleep and these trees also make the perfect holiday night light says Mathison. Rather than cut trees, Mathison used potted evergreens that can be planted in the garden when the holidays are over.
For a family with three boys under the age of 12, a sprawling family center that opens out to the backyard was just the ticket. “An open-plan living made sense to them as they really wanted a room that would be the "heart" of the home and where they could all gather together and interact with each other, even if they are doing different activities,” says designer Nelly Reffet of Twinkle & Whistle Interior Design. To give the space an inviting feel, Reffet took care with her choices of color and material. “One of the possible downsides of open-plan living, especially in contemporary homes, is that the room may feel a little cold and impersonal,” she says. “Using ‘warm’ or earthy materials and/or colors, as well as a mix of textures is a great way to balance this, and to create a more lived-in space.”
Cake pops are delicious in any form, but are especially appealing in the shape of adorable gingerbread boys and girls. To make, bake a boxed or homemade cake in a 13-inch by 9-inch pan as directed. Crumble cake and mix with a can of frosting. Form cake mixture into a flat layer and cut out with a mini gingerbread man cookie cutter. Chill the cutouts. Next, dip a lollipop stick into melted chocolate and insert into the cutout to hold the stick in place. Dip the entire cutout in melted chocolate and tap on the side of the bowl to remove excess. Let dry, then decorate with red and white icing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.