As seen on HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott designed this living room to match the homeowner’s bright personality. The original cement flooring was stained a warmer color and dark gray paint was added to the walls, while the one wood-clad wall was kept as a feature. The large metal storage unit resembles an old set of lockers, which brings an industrial feel to the space. Two vintage side chairs and an old leather sofa were reupholstered in bright colors and prints, and a star-shaped light bulb installation was mounted on the wall as a finishing touch.
For a good shade tree, it’s tough to beat Norway maple, unless you’re planting variegated Norway maple (Acer platanoides ‘Variegatum’). The green leaves with white edges brighten the landscape all season long. In fall, leaves shift to gold tones. Norway maple tolerates urban pollutants, but avoid planting it near driveways or sidewalks, because shallow roots can lift concrete. Trees grow 50 to 60 feet tall and 40 to 50 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-7.
The modern living room of this guest house is reminiscent of a beach locale, with its relaxed furnishings, rugged tables and natural fiber rugs. To incorporate the modern, industrial design of the space, metal light fixtures were added to maintain the integrity of the design while helping to light the room. A sliding barn door cleverly conceals the entertainment center when it's not in use, and a Nano door opens poolside to open onto the patio where polished concrete floors continue out into the pool area help to make the seamless transition from indoor to outdoor.
Cindy loves her West Village location because of its relaxed atmosphere and nearby parks for the kids. "You can actually smell fresh air in the city, which is wonderful for New York," she says." The reality star is currently transforming her outdoor living space — a rare find in New York — from a party place to a play area for the kids, adding a swing, cushioned cement, an outdoor kitchen and tables for family meals.
This remodel was in conjunction with a few other projects in one residence, all in preparation for the arrival of a new baby.
The shower stayed in the same place, although the plumbing was moved. The toilet was moved to the opposite wall, and the sink was moved to the center of the bathroom. A freestanding tub was then installed on the opposite wall from the shower. Classic white subway tile on the shower walls and tub wall create a clean backdrop for the geometric pattern cement floor tiles.
Nina Magon predicts a shift from all white kitchens to a more colorful approach. "All white kitchens have been very popular and almost the norm for the past few years, but for 2018 we can expect to see an increase of color in kitchen designs from the cabinetry to the sink materials. Expect to see bolder color choices that range from natural neutrals to charcoal to sage providing a more chic and sophisticated alternative to modern homes. To complement the darker palette, we can also expect to see a shift from stainless and all white sinks to more color-rich materials such as copper, concrete, and granite."
This eclectic conference room is sure to get the creative juices flowing. A set of padded red doors adds a pop of color to the space, while canned lighting and sconces all around the room provide light. The industrial feel of the building is carried into this room with the metal and concrete conference table and metal rolling chairs, while the faux library wallpaper and photography of San Francisco adds an artistic feel to the space. A large whiteboard spans the length of the back wall so that advertisers can explain and flesh out their ideas in this space.
It’s hard to imagine now, but this charming living space was once an unassuming commercial garage. To make the most of the compact, 1,260-square-foot space (including an upstairs loft area), Frazier Associates minimized the number of walls within. Exposed brick walls and concrete flooring on the first floor were retained and a new staircase, crafted of reclaimed wood and metal railing, was designed for access to the second floor. "Providing more natural light was the biggest design challenge," say the designers. "A new recessed patio was designed behind the historic garage doors to allow for more light on the first floor, as well as to create a front entrance and a small exterior seating area."
Leanne Ford and her brother, Steve, replaced the existing lower cabinets with a custom, metal grate-fronted system that they powder-coated bright white and topped with a solid surface Formica countertop. Leanne's thoughtful design choices combined to create the look of a home that's been there for years — a far cry from the brand-newness of the original space.
Leanne covered the range hood in wood and painted it white, swapped the existing gas cooktop with a high-end stove and installed industrial-chic fixtures throughout. She kept the existing concrete floor, sealing it with a matte sealer — a decision that judge, Mike Holmes, questioned. Her response? "I honestly believe in imperfectly, perfect."
Originally, this historic home's backyard contained a swimming pool that was damaged beyond repair, so after filling in the pool, homeowners wanted a fresh, new look. Designers helped the homeowners come up with a color concept, and began work on their New Modern design by defining entertainment spaces. In one corner, a custom barbecue pit with a concrete island makes the space perfect for grilling. In another, an intimate conversation corner welcomes guests. A putting green is the focal point of the space, but the central living space is this elegant sitting area created from sustainable furniture that matches the couple's eco-friendly lifestyle.
Since holidays often attract more guests to the home than other times of the year, be sure to keep walkways brightly lit. An easy way to do this is to take advantage of any smaller trees or shrubs along or around the walkway and outfitting them with just a few strands of lights. Although they may be too small to properly read from the street, the subtle glow cast onto pavers, trails or concrete walkways will help guests make their way up to the house safely.
Norway maple (Acer platanoides) is the ultimate shade tree, forming a dense crown thanks to leaves that grow up to 7 inches across. In fall, leaves shift to hues of yellow and gold. Give it plenty of space, because it spreads up to 50 feet. The form of this maple is a classic lollipop shape—a strong, straight trunk topped with a rounded leaf canopy. Norway maple tolerates urban conditions, but avoid planting it near driveways or sidewalks, because shallow roots can lift concrete. Trees grow 50 to 60 feet tall and 40 to 50 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-7.
The wooden deck and stairs were problematic for the homeowners in terms of maintenance and also entertaining. So, it was replaced by a new stained concrete deck featuring steel railing and supporting columns to coordinate with other site elements. Designer Heather Garrett and her team increased the deck's footprint by a few feet to allow for additional seating and a convenient grilling space right off of the main living area. The new structure was designed to keep rain out of the patio below, so Garrett and her team seized the opportunity to improve the ground-level patio space by adding motorized screens, five ceiling fans, wood storage for the fire pit and an outdoor television. The aging patio slab was replaced by a new contemporary paver system and its footprint was enlarged to create more area for lounging.
Bring a burst of color and pattern to your table with coasters made from upcycled magazine pages. Tear out pages, then fold each page into 1/4-inch strips and coat with rubber cement. Next, cut approximately 25 strips and place them to the side. Unfurl a paper clip and wrap the first strip around, creating a perfect hole for the center of the coaster. Once the first strip is wrapped around the paper clip, keep it securely wound with a bead of hot glue. Continue to roll the strip around the paper clip, then layer other strips on top, securing each strip to one another with glue. Once the shape of a coaster takes shape, secure the very end of the last strip in place with glue.
"One of my favorite spaces is definitely the kitchen," Mina said. "And a great kitchen is what sells houses." Leaving the layout and appliances intact, Mina found creative ways to save money without skimping on style in her kitchen renovation. The result? A cozy, family-focused kitchen packed with value-adding personality.
Mina and team turned the existing island into a standout, custom piece by adding furniture legs, a quartz countertop and painting it a rich, dark gray. She added an extra row of upper cabinets to not only give the kitchen a high-end look but also to provide more storage. Below, she installed the same durable EVP herringbone floors that she used in her master bathroom renovation — a choice that got a big thumbs up from judge, Mike Holmes. But Mina's favorite new kitchen feature? The brushed gold pot filler she added above the stove.
From the brushed gold fixtures to the concrete farm sink to the panel-ready appliances, Mina's kitchen is full of stylish, distinctive features.
A reminder that Atlanta environs can suddenly go from concrete jungle to tree-filled, natural oasis in a split second, this longtime area standard, Ray's on the River is an especially worthwhile stop in good weather (i.e. spring or fall) when you can dine on crab cakes, lobster mac and cheese, shrimp and grits and other high-end spins on comfort food with a relaxing view of the Chattahoochee River. Ray's is especially beloved as a buffet-style brunch option and while the prices are high and service can be uneven, for a special, scenic meal that takes in the city's natural beauty, it can be a worthwhile stop.