The home's rich hardwood floors easily flow into the master suite, where a plush bed encourages rest after a long day of working. Greco-Roman busts, framed sketches and other artwork lines the walls, keeping the designer's favorite items close.
Bring a traditional bath into the 21st century, no time machine necessary. A coat of burnt orange paint instantly updates this bath's classic woodwork, fixtures and marble vanity, while the modern artwork and whimsical bust-turned-towel rack further bridge the "then and now."
This art-studio-inspired bedroom is defined by the high industrial ceiling. A colorful bust sculpture, dark red headboard and gold and red accent pillows add pops of color to the white elements in the space. A modern white pendant light and floor lamp brighten the concrete interior.
A floor to ceiling glass shower walls help create an open and airy feel in this modern bathroom. Crisp white and grays add to the clean and simplified look. Orange shower tiles adds a bust of color that makes a real statement in this sleek space.
Designer Marie Burgos adds an exotic, Zen vibe to this Asian-inspired living room with a bust and hand of Buddha. Fresh splashes on apple green in the trunks used instead of a coffee table add to the room's globe-trotting flair.
A custom range hood gives this country kitchen a high-end treatment. The marble herringbone backsplash and butcher block countertops add simple country style against the white cabinetry. An iron cow bust plays into the theme while a wreath around it's neck adds a splash of playful color.
A floor to ceiling glass shower walls help create an open and airy feel in this modern bathroom. Crisp white and grays add to the clean and simplified look. Gold shower tiles adds a bust of color that makes a real statement in this sleek space.
Go bold with color. In this custom kitchen by Atlanta’s Terracotta Design Build, the red stools were not budget-busters but gave the space an Americana style when paired with the blue island. “If you take out those stools and paint the island white, it would be a totally different kitchen,” says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer.
Not only is the fireplace kept low, but the firebox also features a glass back, creating a seamless transition from the indoors to the out. Tone-on-tone patterns are used on the throw pillows and area rug to bring much-needed texture to the contemporary space, while a classic bust adds a traditional note to the room.
Paint the ceiling for a cohesive designer look. For this small bathroom, Atlanta designer Michele Gratch used Benjamin Moore’s Habanero Pepper, which matches the reddish tones in the chinoiserie wallpaper. Also, she had the seagrass rug custom cut, which is not a budget buster, and added a border with a yard of fabric that coordinated with the wallpaper.
Not only will kids have a blast making (and eating) marshmallow tree pops, but you will love how they double as fun table decor. Bust out the crayons and let kids add colorful ornaments to their tree or write a special holiday message on the back, but only after the marshmallows have disappeared.
Fresh flowers can be a real budget buster, so if you're looking for ideas to cut back in a big way, consider putting together non-floral centerpieces. Depending on your wedding theme or style you could consider anything from vintage books and candles, spray-painted branches, greenery, potted plants, fruit or picture frames.
Countertops continue to define a kitchen's style — but they don't have to be a budget-buster. This granite look-alike from Wilsonart is actually laminate but unlike previous laminate countertops features a more realistic, larger stone pattern and rounded edge for a high-end granite look at a fraction of the price. Image courtesy of Wilsonart
At the core of Rayman’s design aesthetic are an array of cultural influences, combined into a coherent visual statement. In this bedroom nook, Chinoiserie drapery depicts a series of Japanese scenes. A Greek bust sits atop a Chinese-style console table. And an armchair gets an update in fabric designed by Kelly Wearstler. Mastery of the mix is what makes everything work together seamlessly.
If you have a fireplace in your kitchen, add quirky and collected elements for instant farmhouse style. This mantel, featured in Susan Sully’s book, “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques,” mixes inexpensive brass candlesticks, baskets and classic blue-and-white platters along with affordable resin bear statues and a deer bust for a rustic farmhouse feel. “When you group it in an interesting way, they work together,” Sully says.
On the other side of the room, a nook away from the kitchen’s more functional areas, is a study in comfort. A small bistro table flanked by chairs and built-in seating comfortably accommodates the family of four while keeping the space neat and streamlined. A second fireplace features a collection of small busts and other elements set against the ultra-modern geometric wire artwork that adorns the wall. A large plant provides the final touch that makes this curated space feel like a home.
Include beautiful lavender in your garden plans to help keep biting mosquitoes at bay. Varieties with higher camphor properties are the most effective insect repellents. This includes ‘Provence’ and ‘Grosso’ lavender. On a sunny day, lavender releases its aromatic oils naturally. In the evening, reap its bug-busting benefits by crushing flower buds and leaves and rubbing them on your skin. Tuck lavender into pots or planting beds. Grab lavender topiaries if your outdoor seating areas feature a formal flair.
When a photographer and an author share a home expect the decor to include a lot of pictures and a lot of books. This home doesn’t disappoint on either front as this corner of the living room amply shows. The central piece, a reproduction of a painting first encountered as the couple visited the Jaipur City Palace Museum in India, is accompanied by an image of Martin Luther King Jr. and a bust of Thomas Jefferson showing how the diversity of the family is celebrated in every element of the home.