Polished marble floors, interior columns and a foyer with a sweeping curved stair rail and cloud-painted dome bring unmistakable elegance to this Washington home. The 10-acre property features an expansive list of amenities, from a theater room and library to an exercise room and elevator. Neutral walls throughout create a harmonious palette.
The dramatic entry sweeps up the spiral staircase with a vortex beginning at an antique finial in the foyer. The domed ceiling is made of hand-applied fish scales lit by a midcentury modern chandelier found in Paris. The iron stair railings add Mediterranean character to the design.
Dress up the dinner table with a sparkling and unique advent calendar centerpiece. Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments Designs used a vintage chicken-wire cloche dome of gifts and Christmas tags to represent the 25-day countdown. Add small, wrapped presents, decorative ornaments and ribbons underneath the dome. Each day, let the kids remove a tag and open a present. With each gift and tag removed, simply replace with the next consecutive number.
New England aster (Aster novae-angliae) is a beloved native plant that’s an all-time fall favorite. ‘Purple Dome’ unfurls 1.5-inch blooms in shades of deep purple, but you can find asters in a host of other colors, too. Look for asters with blossoms in neon or pastel pink, white, lavender and violet. Flowers beckon late-season pollinators, including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Plants grow 18 to 24 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8.
Welcome fall with the beautiful blooms of an autumn classic: New England aster. This beauty offers blooms in a host of hues, including brilliant purple, pale lavender, pink and ruby. Asters beckon butterflies and bees with their blooms, providing an important food supply to pollinators from late summer into fall. Asters have a tendency to flop. Plan to prune in early summer or stake in autumn. ‘Purple Dome’ plants grow 18 to 24 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
Popularly referred to as "The Flintstone House," this free-form, single-family residence is an iconic landmark in Hillsborough, CA. Built in the late '70s, the eclectic home incorporates a unique series of domes to naturally coincide with the surrounding hillside. At the same time, its bright orange exterior offers a striking visual contrast with the rest of the property.
With domed ceilings and heavy wood beams, this elegant great room highlights the Gothic nature of Hume Castle. A stone staircase leads to the library on the second floor, while two arches below create a seamless transition to the patio.
A simple round wooden dining table grounds this all-white formal dining room. The domed ceiling puts the focus on the gorgeous crystal chandelier while adding dimension and drama to the space. A conveniently located server window opens to the kitchen, so hot food is never far from the table.
The second story of this family library features a decorative domed ceiling. Intricately patterned wrought-iron rails on the multi-sided balcony offer a view of the floor below, while elaborate millwork surrounds and encloses rows of built-in bookshelves.
With a grand addition of a new kitchen, this quaint breakfast nook is tucked away for a more intimate setting in which to enjoy meals. The gray color is softened by the natural light flooding the contemporary room, while the domed ceiling visually expands the space.
A circular whirlpool tub with a custom wood and marble base echoes the domed ceiling above it in this elegant master bathroom. Marble tile floors, his-and-hers vanities, a spacious tiled shower and a separate steam room provide the ultimate in luxury.