Embrace shiplap, the wide wooden boards that have historically been used to construct barns and older homes and a design favorite of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines. Allison Worley, senior designer at Atlanta's Haven Design Works, installed shiplap in her bathroom and painted it in Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray. Shiplap can be done as an accent wall or installed along the entire room. Haven Design Works owner Donna Mathis adds that putting shiplap or tile just behind a vanity mirror can change the whole look of a bathroom.
Funny how as the years pass, older styles become ageless rather than looking dated. If you go with a look that has at least 50 years under its belt — say, midcentury modern — it won’t go stale, says designer Tatiana Machado-Rosas of Jackson Design and Remodeling. For the backdrop, it’s smart to create a simple and versatile setting: here, the clean lines of the fireplace and the neutral tones of the flooring allow the period furnishings to make the statement (and allow you to change your mind down the road).
Color galore! The blues of the sky and greens of grass and plants make this eclectic living room come alive. Vibrant royal-and-white modern art mirrors the boldly printed rug. The comfy sofa is chock-full of multi-color, patterned pillows that can change with the seasons or on a whim. Personal effects -- scattered throughout the space -- provide a window into the owners' lives, and a large coffee table provides an ample area for knick-knacks and plants alike.
Dry winter air causes houseplants to dry out quickly. At the very least, check plants weekly to assess soil moisture. Sticking a finger onto—or even into—soil is an easy way to determine if plants need a drink. With small plants, lifting the pot is another good way to figure out how moist soil is. Dry soil is light; wet soil is heavier. Soil color also changes as moisture evaporates. Wet soil is dark; dry soil is lighter in color.
In a home located directly opposite the stunning white sand beaches of the western Australian coastline, designer Kristie Hill took a slightly surprising design approach. “Instead of the typical range of blues, we used a warmer pink palette, with pink bedding and accessories in the master bedroom. It helps counteract the dominant timber cladding behind the bed, for a look that is neither feminine nor masculine,” she says. Tip from the designer: “Don’t use too much of the same hue of pink. Change it up a little, Blush pink works beautifully with mustard yellow and emerald green, too.”
After a makeover by Terracotta Design Build, the “room with a bed in it” is transformed into a neutral retreat that’s far from boring. “If your bedroom looks like a dorm room, the first thing you have to do is add a headboard, and it will be immediately grown up,” says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta. Keeping the walls and furniture neutral allows you to infuse color with pillows and lamps, which can be changed out more affordably.
Switching out the window treatments in your kitchen can be a super quick and easy way to change up your decor. Have a decoration you’ve always loved, but the color just didn't go with the rest of your kitchen? Find a window treatment that brings that color in, or try something in your same kitchen colors with a new pattern. In this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winning kitchen, designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon installed a floral shade with grays and yellows to match the tile work and dishes already on display.
One of the ways design helped Seana explore her creative side was by giving her a chance to explore her bolder side - something she did by going big with color in her second-story rooms. “I started slowly,” she remembers. “I had to keep reminding myself that I could change it if I didn’t like it, or just close the door.” Her experimentation led to masterpieces like this Moroccan-inspired room. The blue walls are amazing, but the gold ceiling simply steals the show. Together with poufs, masks and framed fabric, the room is an instant trip to a far off land.
Start with a 120-grit pad on your sander; if it doesn’t get through the grayed surface of the wood immediately, change to 80. 80 grit will sand off a lot of material, so err on the safer side and start with 120. Make sure to sand with the grain as best you can. Once you have finished sanding all surfaces, wipe the piece clean with a damp cloth to get all of the dust off.
Even if you haven't yet seen Yayoi Kusama's museum exhibition Infinity Mirrors touring major American art museums (Atlanta's High Museum is its next stop November 18, 2018), you undoubtedly know of Kusama's beloved work from Instagram and Pinterest. The 89-year-old Japanese artist is known for her polka dot patterned sculptures and installations which inspired this cute leather change purse, your chance to own something from one of the most important living Japanese artists. $100
Consider lava rock as a mulch in xeriscape gardens or around shrubs, succulents or other plantings that won’t change much over time. This type of rock is lightweight compared to traditional stone mulch, which makes it easier to haul and handle without professional help. Individual rock edges tend to be sharp. Stone mulch doesn’t ever break down or disappear—it’s a permanent addition to the landscape. Place it on a layer of landscape fabric to prevent rocks from sinking into soil.
While pastel toned tulips are often associated with spring, red tulips are a perfect fit for the holidays. Once cut and placed in vessels, tulips can last up to ten days. Change the water every day or two and also cut the ends of the stems at an angle to ensure the tulips receive proper hydration. For a touch of texture, mix juniper sprigs in with the tulips.
During the renovation process, the kitchen was one of the major points of focus. To begin with, he opened the wall separating the space from the living room. “The kitchen was a tiny box and the space needed more light,” he says. From there, some cabinets were removed, while others had their facades changed; shelves and storage were built, and appliances were added and rearranged. “This was a big chunk of work, but it made a world of difference.” The finished space received a full treatment of Chris’ bohemian aesthetic, with shelves adorned with clay miniature houses as well as glasses, plants and food containers.
This formal garden with a two-story pavilion for entertaining is part of an extensive building and landscaping project by Cruickshank Remodeling. The homeowners had recently purchased the adjacent property which contained a mid century ranch house. After demolishing the structure, the yard was then graded and reconfigured into an upper and lower lawn and garden areas, taking advantage of the elevation change in the lot. The design goal was the creation of various entertainment spaces that can be viewed in our before and after visual tour.
Always keep changes of weather in mind when packing, especially if you have long days outdoors planned. When packing for Memorial Day weekend, Trunk Club's Maggie Mee recommends some key pieces that are stylish and multi-functional. "For women, wide leg cropped pants serve as a trendy versatile base. You can pair them with a cami or knit tee. Fitted tops complement the wide pant leg. You might also think about swapping out dresses for jumpsuits this Memorial Day weekend. They're perfect for moving around a picnic and leave you feeling comfortable and carefree."
In the hallway landing a feature wall commemorating the landmark Brown v. Board of Eduction Supreme Court decision is one of Rachel’s favorite moments in the whole house. Rachel’s collage wall is a pastiche of moments surrounding the integration of American schools. Her clippings profile the March on Washington, examples of resistance to school integration and even political cartoons outlining the arguments for change. The papier-mâché of historic events is a backdrop to a colorful portrait Thurgood Marshall. “This space is so important to me,” remarks Rachel. “I have dedicated my whole life to educating Black and Brown children and I wanted a space in my home that spoke to my passion.”
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.”
For the best results in terms of color, cold hardiness and overall growth, buy pansies like landscapers do, picking up larger cell packs or 3- or 4-inch pots. These plants have bigger root balls, which means plants will take off more quickly in beds and containers. Check roots to make sure they’re healthy like this—having many white, fibrous roots on the outside of the root ball. The best time to plant pansies is when leaves on trees first start to change color. Soil temps should be between 45 and 65 F.