Designer Marie Burgos uses an intricately carved wall decor, a carved statue of the Hindu god, Vishnu, and a portrait of Gandhi to create a calm and peaceful entryway. Neutral walls illuminate the details of the elaborate wooden focal point.
When using fresh flowers, don’t worry about waiting until they all bloom. Plants in various stages can make an interesting focal point on a tabletop. “I like the texture of the buds and the softness of the blooms mixed together,” says Athens, Ga.-based designer Monica Stewart, who owns The Misfit House.
To achieve a more spacious feel in just an afternoon, switch out your patterned rug for one in a light color. The pale oatmeal-colored carpet that designer Martha Angus chose for this bedroom has a subtle interlocking diamond and tassel pattern that moves the light around the room.
Fake flowers and succulents from a discount home decor store beautify a tabletop. With these "permanent botanicals," Georgia designer Beth Johnson says the homeowners don't have to worry about plants dying when they're not able to visit their second home at the lake.
Slate tile flooring runs from the front porch through the foyer and into the laundry and mudroom spaces in the HGTV Dream Home 2014. In this hallway, rustic antique wood cabinet showcases retro signs. The rich blue hue of the console and ottomans nods to nearby Lake Tahoe.
"As you walk by, it has wonderful dimension and interest," interior designer Linda Woodrum says of the powder room at HGTV Dream Home 2014. "It's a room that's used a lot, and it's important to have something interesting there. "
Designer Geoffrey De Sousa envisioned the Library at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 being used by an iPad-centric homeowner, whose reading materials are stored in the cloud. The white painted books, which were hand painted by Geoffrey and his team, giving this library a unique look.
The dining room seating in HGTV Dream home 2015 was given a mix-and-match approach in order to keep the space from feeling too stiff. “When you’re playing with a dining table that has six or eight chairs, that’s a lot of legs and a lot of wood,” explains the home’s interior designer Linda Woodrum. “We were trying to find a way to soften all of that wood, so we have this upholstered piece that’s one part of the seating area, two wooden chairs across from it, and two upholstered chairs at the end.”
Having a hard time finding the holiday decor in this kitchen from designer Liz Godwin and Kingdom Woodworks Cabinetry? That's because not every room has to, or needs to shriek "It's Christmas people!" Creamy white pitchers that hold bright greenery may be all you need to get in the holiday spirit and refresh a room for the season.
Don't ignore stress points like railings and stairs. A periodic check for signs of rot, excessive movement and structural problems is always a good idea. Wood can warp and split along its natural grain and cause a safety issue before you realize anything has gone wrong.
You probably know actor Lorenzo Lamas best from his role in '80s soap opera Falcon Crest or as Hector Ramirez on daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. See how designer Kelli Ellis uses shades of purple, gold and brown to create festive holiday decor for the actor and his family.
Carving pumpkins is one of the most interactive Halloween activities, so throw your own party filled with delicious treats and whimsical decor. Korinne Seel of Swank Sweets set a playful spider web tablecloth as the backdrop and enhanced it with inexpensive paper Halloween fans. All the edibles are from the local supermarket and customized with party printables by Anders Ruff Custom Designs. Set the pumpkins on cake stands to make them the focal point of the table.
Take your yard to the dark side by adding a drift of ‘Purple Knight’ alternanthera (Alternanthera dentata). This easy growing annual thrives in whatever weather summer throws at it—heat, humidity, thunderstorms or drought. Use ‘Purple Knight’ to deliver color to planting beds, or tuck it into a container design where it happily plays a thriller or filler role. If you like to gather garden bouquets, include this dark-leafed beauty in your plant palette. Stems make a pretty addition to a vase. Pinch plants when young to increase branching. Leaf color is darkest in full sun, but plants adapt well to part sun or part shade conditions. Plants grow 18 to 36 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide.
A photography grid adorns one wall of the guest bedroom with a rural southern motif. “I like every house to have a mix of different mediums and that’s where photography comes in,” says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “Anytime I am showcasing photography I like to stick with odd numbers so I picked up nine different prints and put them together in a grid pattern.”
Prior to the kitchen redesign, homeowners Sarah and John kept many of their pots and pans inside their kitchen cabinets. To free up cabinet space and put the space above the gathering area to good use, a pot rack pendant light was installed. The bottom of the pot rack sits 48 inches above the top of the table to allow proper space for pots to hang and ensure guests’ views of one another are not impeded.
In a small space, you are already saving money by not buying a big outdoor furniture set, but cut your costs even more by visiting home decor and garden stores after Labor Day for end-of-season deals on items such as chairs. If you find a used set of chairs instead, you can spray paint the metal to freshen the finish, says designer Julie Montgomery.