Candles and metallic accents complete the design and add a soft romanticism to a tablescape. The mix of florals includes antique green hydrangea, peach Campanella garden rose, peonies, Chocolate Sunflower privet berry, magnolia, pieris, dusty miller, Agonis mixed with dried pods and pheasant feathers. To accent the florals, Forage and Flower used lush green mood moss mounds, a xerographica air plant and candlelight with the mossy green tapers and low gold votives.
Swimming pools and other deep water features can pose a threat to the safety of unsupervised children but this mini rock quarry design from Kane Landscaping incorporates a waterfall and pond into the natural environment with an emphasis on shallow water. Despite appearances, the pond is only two to three inches deep and an ideal space to float boats, skim rocks or feed goldfish
Decatur is known for its distinct, historic neighborhoods, eclectic food, and vibrant downtown: it is not known for log cabins. My clients are the owners of this unlikely urban retreat and wanted to design a space that provided a TV-free zone to read, relax, eat, and play games as a family. This angle shows close-ups of the great texture and color we were able to put in there with the vintage rug layered over the jute, the green pillows and the awesome art that made it feel personal and cozy.
This family of 5 needed a lot of counter space for preparing their feasts but wanted to keep it sleek, classic, and space to enjoy all the high-end amenities, so they added Viking appliances for that sleek, clean look as well as durability and luxury. The extra large kitchen island, with lots of storage and a large countertop perfect for food preparation, houses two Viking dishwashers to handle the large load of dishes this family of five is sure to have. The dark cabinets, in contrast to the white Thassos countertop, give the space a sleek, clean feel, adding to the Contemporary design the family desired. With ample wine storage in the corner of the space, this kitchen has everything that a large family needs to prepare and enjoy their meals.
To give the homeowners much-needed space for entertaining, designers installed a large kitchen island that has enough seating for at least five guests. Not only does this space provide seating, it also gives the homeowners extra counter space for easy meal preparation, since there is direct access to the home's double ovens, microwave, refrigerator and stove from the kitchen island, which also contains a large prep sink for simple kitchen cleanup.
A circular fire pit is constructed of white masonry that is identical to the home and the retaining wall that serves as the foundation of the floating cedar bench. By using the same material throughout all the home's architectural features, the backyard space gains continuity in its design as well as a connectedness to the home itself and the features of the front yard.
Located on 25 acres of deeded land with its own 10-acre private lake, the Huston Family Estate offers unparalleled luxury in the heart of the pristine and mythic Chilko Valley in British Columbia, Canada. The tower house is a 2,450-square-foot log structure constructed with a three-story attached tower. Its log cabin design creates a sense of homeyness amidst the estate's upscale amenities.
Millennials say they want to hang out with friends outdoors and enjoy views. Universities are responding to those needs. The Cal State San Marcos Student Union, for example, features a roof garden and outdoor terrace. The design by landLAB Landscape Architecture received an award from the San Diego American Society of Landscape Architects.
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.
Joseph Eichler was a California real estate developer who created a prototype with architects for residential homes in the early fifties that incorporated modernist architecture with a “bring the outside inside” concept. The Eichler home favored wall-to-ceiling windows with glass transoms in all the major rooms with direct access to private garden patios and courtyards. This remodeled single-family home by Klopf Architecture takes an original Eichler home and updates it with a truly “open” design.
If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, the EPA suggests replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label to save up to 20 percent on cooling costs. Tell-tale signs of replacement: rooms are too hot or cold, your cooling system is noisy, frequent repairs are necessary, and your energy bills are growing more expensive. If your unit is young, only repair if it costs less than half of the appliance's value to ensure the repair is cost-effective.
Wall art comes in all shapes and sizes, especially if it's a DIY project. This black-and-white piece is inspired by the pattern of an Ikea pillow and uses plywood and paint, by Allison Fannin of Two Thirty-Five Designs. Another affordable idea for a holiday mantel is to place extra ornaments in a glass jar. She also repainted the chair (an estate sale find) in front of the fireplace gold and recovered the cushion.
A tranquil 5-Star boutique hotel experience set the tone for this master bedroom remodel which we designed for a busy couple with kids in a Boston suburb. The master suite project involved moving walls for a closet expansion, a bathroom gut job, and removing all traces of the dark, dated furnishings that closed in the space. We used a neutral base palette with soft blue touches and layered in heirloom-quality textiles, elegant lighting, and lots of texture. The tufted platform bed and traditional fireplace serve as anchors in the room, which manages to be both spacious and cozy.
The image shows how the saw-tooth roof design defines the areas underneath in a subtle fashion. The living area, under the first saw-tooth, is in the foreground. The dining area and kitchen are under the second saw-tooth, and the staircase is under the third and final saw-tooth at the rear.
Travertine creates clean lines and a high-end look for this square fire pit on a pool deck made of ipe wood. Volcanic rock fills the natural gas fire pit, which has a stainless steel burner. The modern fire pit and pool area is designed by Atlanta-based Hearthstone Environments.