The design inspiration for this family room was the beautiful, vibrant shade fabric: “Chiang Mai Dragon” from Schumacher. Its color palette of teals, reds, plums and chartreuses served as the base for the rest of the room, creating a fresh and youthful energy.
Shady spots explode with color when you draft botany’s big guns for shade: caladium, begonia and ivy. This pot showcases classic container garden design. A white and green caladium stands in as thriller, with Dragon Wing Pink begonia as filler and green ivy as spiller. It’s a blend that easily fits on any porch or deck to bring season-long color. Dragon Wing begonias are a shade all-star, strutting their stuff in part to full shade. These begonias are low maintenance, heat tolerant beauties that pump out flowers until fall’s first frost. This planting combination looks great in a pot, but would transition easily to planting beds, too.
Bright green drawers give an unexpected contemporary twist to a more traditional chest of drawers used as a sideboard and bar in this colorful California dining room. The space draws its accent color palette from the Chiang Mai Dragon fabric by Schumacher adorning the end dining chair.
With a crisp white kitchen serving as a backdrop, this dining room punches with color thanks end chairs upholstered in Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon fabric and lime green panels and side chairs covered in blue leather. The green in the end chairs is echoed in the drawers of the chest, which serves as a sideboard.
The star attraction of this spacious family room is the window treatments: The pattern is an intense floral with bearded dragons and Chinese lanterns. To balance out its boldness, the designers kept the room's other prints subtle: a medium-scale geometric on the rug, a small scale geometric on the sectional pillows and a casual, tie-dye stripe on the chair pillows.
The dining area of the loft was decorated with a hand-loomed silk and Tibetan wool carpet, original oil artwork, upholstered bench seating paired with custom side chairs, a metallic and capiz shell chandelier, a carved floor lamp, a tall Chinese dragon vase and custom draperies that frame the spectacular view of the river below.
The assortment of fabrics in this eclectic bedroom brings warmth and personality to the space. Designer Sarah Richardson combined industrial and fine elements equally so nothing looks out of place. The dragon fabric on the headboard and footboard set the tone for the room, and patterns with the same color scheme are sprinkled throughout for a look that flows smoothly. Family heirlooms add a cozy touch.
To add an element of modularity to the bedroom, a pair of table lamps from Jonathan Adler was chosen due to their interchangeability. The bases are made of 2-inch-thick clear acrylic which serves as a base to display different ceramics available through the artist/designer's website. Although the lamps currently feature a white dragon, they can be given new identity by simply swapping out the mythical creature for any of the other available Jonathan Adler pieces.
Like brunnera, bergenias are great for brightening up shady areas in your garden. Their small blooms are charming in a woodland setting, as a groundcover, in borders or in a cottage garden. Give the plants moist soil that’s rich in organic matter and shade to partial shade. They’ll bloom in spring. By fall, some of the leaves will turn brown, while others will become purplish-bronze. Remove the dead leaves, but let the others remain over the winter. Bergenia is hardy in zones 3-9. This variety is 'Pink Dragon'.