Peeking around the corner of this cedar-shingled home, visitors arrive at an elevated wood deck on a concrete paver and gravel pathway. The pastoral feel of the property is emphasized in the type of materials used, and the outdoor shower built into the side of the home is a reminder of its proximity to the sea.
To maximize the space in the master bathroom, designers placed the bathtub and shower fixtures in two of the four corners of the space. Opposite of these, a double vanity creates a functional bathroom space that easily accommodates the homeowners.
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.
A popular way to integrate storage into a shower is with a wall niche, but adding one can be a costly addition. An excellent cost-saving alternative is to use a mitered piece of tile installed into the corner as a floating shelf. The only added labor is the cutting off the shelf tile, as well as any wall tile to which it will be attached.
The kitchen, designed by Chip Wade of HGTV's hit show Elbow Room, has created a lot of elbow room for the Williams family. The curved countertop adds a perfect nook for a rounded kitchen table with room to seat the family. The study area in the corner makes the perfect place for the Williams kids to study and do their homework, while the brick oven and modern appliances make the kitchen any chef's dream.
The owners of this home hoped to show off their collections, so designers made the collector's items the focal points in the space. The room's statues are placed in prominent positions, two in front of windows to allow light to shine directly on them, and two on either corner of the fireplace at the front of the room. The art collection, framed in black and hung on white walls, is also very prominent in the space.
As seen on HGTV Design Star, this bedroom was upgraded to a gray contemporary theme. The matching twin beds feature a patterned comforter, slanted gray corner headboard, and turquoise throw blanket for a touch of color. The window seat displays various gray, black and white throw pillows. The room's review on the show stated, "J and Doug have trouble making decisions together from the very beginning, and the result is a poorly executed room. J's headboards are sloppy, leaving judge Genevieve Gorder to say, 'If you're not going to do it well, don't do it.'"
A bright blue tile accent wall at the back of the shower adds color to this modern bathroom. A black stone floating bench matching the countertop covering sleek white vanity cabinets. A polished white pedestal sink adds a smooth circular shape to the sharp corners of the design. Gray marble floor tile blends the black and white together for a cohesive look.
If you’re a gardener who craves pure splashes of single colors, try something different this year. Mimic Mother Nature’s fall color show and treat yourself to a hanging basket planted with a mix of hues. The effect is truly a garden party in a pot. Cool Wave Mix Spreading Pansy delivers a just-right blend (designed by the seed breeders) that’s eye-catching and perfect for fall. Tuck a pot into the ground at least six weeks before frost, add extra mulch once the ground freezes, and you’ll be rewarded with early spring pansies. Cool Wave pansies handle temperatures as low as -13°F. They’ll look frozen solid during winter, and leaves and stems may turn brown, but watch what happens when spring peeks ‘round the corner. Of course, plants in pots won’t survive freezing temperatures.
Pamper yourself by transforming an outdoor space into a custom retreat. Japanese forest bathing research shows that time spent in the Great Outdoors brings significant health benefits—lower blood pressure, less stress, greater empathy. Green spaces soothe both body and brain, and you can reap the results with a spot in your own yard. Start your project by choosing an area with easy access. A small deck, porch, patio or corner of a garden provides a terrific foundation for a home-sweet-home getaway. Approach your project with an eye to design by including touches that speak to your style (retro? chic? urban?). You don’t have to spend big bucks to make it work. This welcoming retreat features a crate coffee table that blends beautifully with wooden chairs. Pots of colorful annuals bring nature near. Annuals include purple Angelonia with Raven (dark) sweet potato vine, Yellow Chiffon superbells, Royal Velvet supertunia, and ‘Banana Cream’ Shasta daisy with Vertigo purple fountain grass.