A vibrant red Japanese Maple makes a big statement in this traditional garden. A hedge of ficus nitida lines the fence and is underplanted with soft and colorful textures like euphorbia, Chinese Lanterns, Hebe and Achillea.
With the appearance of Chinese lanterns, tomatillos are a staple of Hispanic cooking and are indigenous to Mexico. Tomatillos are also disease-resistant and therefore increasingly grown by American farmers. Tomatillo in Spanish translates to "little tomato" and they are classed as fruits in the same category as tomatoes and cucumbers.
The star attraction of this spacious family room is the window treatments: The pattern is an intense floral with bearded dragons and Chinese lanterns. To balance out its boldness, the designers kept the room's other prints subtle: a medium-scale geometric on the rug, a small scale geometric on the sectional pillows and a casual, tie-dye stripe on the chair pillows.
In the hallway leading to the bedroom, even more art awaits. Much like the map of Paris in the kitchen, large metallic lanterns are mementos from the couple’s wedding. Tanika kept the Moroccan pieces for use in the home, pairing them with a 200-year old, hand-painted Chinese chest. The oversized Scrabble pieces set above, also began as part of the wedding decor, spelling out the couple’s initials. The combination of modern metallics with vintage global wares is a hallmark of Tanika’s style and one of the secrets to her beautiful home.