Some clematis showcase bicolor blooms. One of the most well-known in this category is ‘Nelly Moser.’ This beauty unfurls very big, 7- to 9-inch flowers in late spring and early summer, followed by a second bloom in early fall. Each blossom displays pale lilac petals with a glowing pink bar down the center. Colors tend to fade in full sun, so give ‘Nelly Moser’ a spot with light shade. Flower centers sport shades of deep purple. For best flowering, remove top growth by one-third in early spring. Vines grow 6 to 10 feet tall by 3 feet wide. Grow beside a porch where you can enjoy the bicolor blossoms on a daily basis. Hardy in Zones 4 to 8.
Wall-to-wall storage and a tucked-in beverage center adds tons of function in this media room, while a whitewashed wood feature wall offers texture and visual interest, The homeowner wanted something completely custom and durable so that his young children could play freely in the space, so designer Blu Interiors selected custom furniture made with durable fabrics and a rug created from FLOR carpet tiles, which are easy to wash and replace as needed. The homeowner is from Atlanta, and the ATL marquee lights are a fun way to show off his hometown pride.
Before the renovation, this loft was cluttered with a limiting layout and the homeowner's business papers scattered around the space. Now, the layout of the room is much more functional. The blue accent wall creates a focal point in the living area of this rustic loft, while the whitewashed cabinet softens the bold, blue color and serves as a functional storage piece for supplies and papers. In the center of the space, the coffee table perfectly fits the design, providing a versatile space for work and play. To help connect the living space with the adjoining master suite, an industrial pendant light and airy curtain give these loft spaces seamless cohesion.
In the home's original master bathroom, the skylight has started to leak and the look and design of the space had become outdated, so the homeowners decided to undertake a major renovation that would completely revitalize their space and give them the private, relaxing master suite of their dreams. In order to achieve this goal, designers closed off the door that previously allowed guests access to the space and removed the outdated features and finishes and replaced them with elegant modern ones, such as this walnut-double vanity. Designers then used the natural light from the windows and skylight to play off the neutral wall color, making the space the perfect oasis for the couple.
The mirrored nightstand and luxurious tapestry headboard give off a glamorous sparkle in this bedroom designed by Tina Mellino, but they belie a family-friendly functionality. "Everything in this room is durable," Tina says, "because I designed it as an adult guest suite where the client's grandchildren could also come to play video games. The duvet cover, for example, is a soft machine-washable linen." The wall behind the bed features a custom-mixed coppery paint treatment from Variance that's applied with a trowel and lightly buffed. "It creates a wonderful soft texture that reflects light differently at different times of day," Tina says.
When Erin first moved in, the accent wall behind the bed was painted a loud orange tone, the previous tenant's homage to the San Francisco Giants that play just across the street at AT&T Park. To keep the space open and airy, she and Chris painted the walls a classic white (Benjamin Moore 01), then selected a palette of light grays, muted blues and creams. To add a personal touch in keeping with the airy aesthetic of the room, Erin added photographs with special meaning for her and her husband, Chris. "I don't like having photos of people everywhere. I like photos that are more landscape or locale-based, but hold personal meaning," Erin explains. "The photograph print of Outer Banks, North Carolina means a lot to Chris and me because that's where we first met, at a friend's wedding. I gave it to him for our first anniversary. I think it's the perfect inspiration piece for creating a bedroom that's calm, serene and all about Chris and me."