If the spatial limitations of your own front porch don't allow for life-size Christmas trees, instead create a similar look with a grouping of tabletop trees ranging in heights and colors. This collected look will seem a bit more eclectic and gathered over time. If you simply incorporate one tree that lights up, it should be enough to cast a soft glow on the others.
This breakfast nook provides a cozy space to wake up and enjoy your morning cup of coffee. The large unobstructed window fills the area with light while the bench, built into the corner, gives ample seating and tons of pillows to lean on. The traditional Mediterranean style of the kitchen is modernized with a neutral gray wall color. Storage isn't a problem in the eating area, the bench has been outfitted with concealed storage for dishes or linens.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It, the renovated kitchen is now located where the old dining room once was. A window was closed up to make room for the new stove and countertop area. A large kitchen island with double sink basins now separates the dining area from the kitchen, and provides a casual eating spot. Modern pendant lighting adds a rich golden color to the dramatic black walls and red bar stools.
To add warmth to the white kitchen, designers added White Oak detail around the space's upper cabinet. This addition plays nicely off the White Oak flooring. Subtle texture throughout the space, in details such as the white herringbone tile backsplash and the gray and black veining in the quartzite countertop, kept the space feeling light and airy, while contrast was used sparingly and the Turkish Kilim rug adds pattern and a playful, cheery style to the otherwise neutral color scheme.
Sparkle is a holiday essential, according to Cathy Barnhardt, Floral Displays Manager of Biltmore Estates in Asheville, N.C. "At Biltmore and on my own tree, we use many inexpensive 'shiny brites' as the base of the color scheme, tucked into the tree to give depth, add color and reflect the lights. The more decorative ornaments are hung closer to the tips of the branches where they can be seen and appreciated more easily," she says. Photo courtesy of Sarah's Holiday Party
This newly renovated living room use to have an old non-functioning fireplace that has been replace with a large wall organizer and an electric fire screen. Updated wall colors, a modern couch with ottoman, and new lighting create a new living space. The wall dividing the living room and the hallway has been partially opened, as well as the archway between the living and dining rooms, creating a more open flow to the first floor.
This kitchen channels both Spanish and Mexican styling with colorful walls, shelves and pottery. The large metallic mirror hanging over the range is a statement piece that brings more light and space to the room. Designer Emily Severinsen chose a deep orange wall color and carried it through to the pottery, which holds a variety of kitchen utensils. The green tea color on the range hood and cabinets is a refreshing contrast against the bold, rustic metal tile backsplash and cultural artwork. Natural elements like the sabino wood kitchen island and wooden ceiling beams add a country look, while the black modern stools rejuvenate the space. The oversized antique mirror makes the kitchen feel larger and more open.
In the dining room, Chip and Joanna, hosts of HGTV's Fixer Upper, brought in a new, modern chandelier, dining table and chairs. To update the space, they replaced the old wallpaper with beige paint, creating continuity between this space and the rest of the house. Above the buffet, an old window frame has had its panes replaced with mirrors to add light and color in the space, while silver candlesticks and green topiaries add a French Country touch.
A penthouse deck from Tabor Design Build offers a bird’s eye view of the surroundings in a stylish combination of a ClearVue aluminum and glass railing system, LED rope lights and Azek Tahoe decking. Azek decking is available in a variety of pleasing color palettes like this one and are impervious to moisture and insects. They are also stain resistant and can withstand spilled wine and other liquids and foods that would stain ordinary surfaces.
Count on this geranium, 'Calliope Lavender Rose', for mounding/trailing color all summer long. A cross between a zonal and an Ivy geranium, it does well in low-light---even just four hours of sun a day. Move it indoors, to a cool, bright location, when the temperatures drop. When spring returns, move it back into your garden.
This green bedroom has a lively design perfect for a little rockstar. The vibrant green wall color is highlighted with black stripes and the zebra print comforter make this an eye-catching space. A desk at the foot of the bed provides a workspace and added storage and a chair in the corner is perfect for relaxing. A storage unit of cubbies next to the bed adds space for light and more storage containers.
The neutral color palette in this guest bedroom takes advantage of the Caribbean sun that streams into the space through the windows, creating a light, bright space. To add warmth to the space, designers installed an elegant, modern headboard and black and white patterned Roman Shades, while white, modern nightstand and neutral table lamps add function to the space. Finally, a chic wall hanging and wicker bench add the finishing details to the space.
The homeowners wanted an elegant, serene master space, so designers included luxurious materials and a neutral color palette in their design. From the upholstered headboard to the fluffy comforter to the overstuffed furniture, everything in the space was carefully selected to make the homeowners feel as if they were resting on a cloud. To help this feeling, designers hung sheer curtains in front of the large window to diffuse the natural light and bring an airy feel to the space.
The client already had these walls painted pale blue when designer Robin Callan took over the design. "Light blues can sometimes feel very nursery-like," Robin says, "so I wanted to bring in some darker colors to make sure the room felt like a mature space. When I found the pillows on the bed, they inspired the rest of the palette." The plantation shutters and navy curtains add an extra grown-up punch.
New growth steals the spotlight with ‘Moonlight’ philodendron. Fresh leaves unfurl in shades of glowing chartreuse, fading to deep green as they mature. Bright light coaxes the strongest color on leaves. This is a clumping or upright philodendron. It’s a perfect choice for filling a pretty cachepot near an east or west window. Count on ‘Moonlight’ to help scrub indoor pollutants from air—it’s an oxygen purifying houseplant.
Designer Jessica Murphy of Her Cave Atlanta completely renovated the dated fixtures and dark tones in this bathroom, creating a light, airy space with updated features, colors and tiles. Ceramic tile made to look like wood works together with the standalone tub and walls painted in Sherwin-Williams Fleur de Sel to create a contemporary modern look. The centerpiece splurge is the chic Kardiel standalone tub, which Murphy says gives the room a luxury feel.
Make It: Cut thick card stock to size by tracing a snowflake silhouette with a marker, then update it with a light mist of spray snow. For a splash of color, an old highway map was cut to size, then folded accordion-style to add texture. Lastly, small brass ornamentation was added for a metallic touch.
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.