Pair off-white with golden hues to create a luxurious living room design. Interior designer Matthew Patrick Smyth is a fan of the beauty of an off-white color palette in the living room. “Off-whites seem to be at the core of my most of my color selections for living rooms. They take on different shades as the light moves across the room and serve as perfect background colors,” he says. Smyth’s favorite shades of white include Benjamin Moore’s Timid White and Linen White.
Anyone who needs a quiet spot — whether Miranda’s preparing homeschool lessons or one of the kids is playing a computer game — can find it in here. Normally the wire shelves are filled with books and plants, but they got cleared out for an Advent calendar made of gift boxes, with a treat in each one. Ever the retro furniture fan, Luke found the military desk at a thrift store and the chair at a garage sale, then had it reupholstered.
The reclaimed wood accent wall in this master bedroom creates a focal point for the space, while setting the tone. To add style and design, the wall sconces, which are on a pulley system to allow the homeowners to adjust the lamps to their desired height, and overhead chandelier break the traditional approach of bedside lamps and a ceiling fan, providing a romantic, yet functional, feel to the space, while the white bedding, airy curtains, microfiber rug and earth tones infuse the room with softness.
Nothing evokes a summer feel quite like starfish and seashells. HGTV fan single_mom_on_a_budget dressed up her shabby chic dining room with her favorite beach elements in mind. She incorporated seashells into her year-round china display and then turned the dining table into a dreamy setup for four. Celebrate summer by creating a seasonal table setup of seashells, starfish, candles and small driftwood pieces. Invite people over for seafood favorites, like grilled fish, pan-roasted scallops and coconut shrimp, to go with the warm-weather theme.
The Redondo Beach House in Southern California consists of eight shipping containers along with traditional stick frame construction. Designed by Peter DeMaria of DeMaria Design, the result is a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath that maintains its original corrugated steel walls and wood floors. Airplane hangar doors are a major standout element, and redefine bringing the outdoors in. If you’re a fan of shipping containers but can’t afford an architect, DeMaria also operates Logical Homes, a reasonably priced line of pre-fabricated container homes.
The effective layout of this space gives it the full functionality of a non-studio apartment. Offset from the bedroom, the sofa faces the back wall creating an intimate seating area of its own. A cubicle shelf unit serves as a simple room divider between the living room and bedroom. Small, sleek accessories and decor make the space visually appealing while keeping it from appearing cluttered or busy. Tip: Use warm colors, like orange and taupe, to make the room look cozy without feeling dark. Design by HGTV fan bearkelley
Lighting is everything, even outdoors. A well-lit home at night not only offers gorgeous curb appeal but can also add an element of safety. HGTV fan hcpruitt turned this front walkway into an enchanting, well-lit entry. For a modern and unique look, onyx columns were placed over regular landscape lights for a glowing effect leading to the front door. Accent lights are ideal for showcasing gorgeous landscaping or anything you wish to use as a focal point, such as fountains or towering trees.
That cute inflatable snowman greeting neighbors from the front lawn can easily become a dangerous projectile if you don't follow the manufacturer's instructions for securing it, says Ken Katz, a property director for Travelers Insurance. It's best to shut off the fan blowers when it's windy, when you're not going to be home for long periods, or at bedtime, he says.
Soapstone has been used for centuries as a countertop, and its popularity endures, as do the countertops themselves: soapstone fans swear by their durability. These slabs of stability don't come cheap, though, and while prices vary, you'll likely be looking at upwards of $80 per square foot. To get the soapstone look without breaking the bank, check out Formica’s Soapstone Sequoia. From their new 180x line of laminates that boast a more realistic natural stone look, you’ll know it’s not soapstone, but it will look great and you'll have the reliability of laminate, which is nothing to turn down your nose at.
This 12-by-17-foot apartment does not leave much space for creating a separate bedroom, kitchen and living room, but the neutral color scheme and warm accessories provide an open feel with the intimacy of a small space. "My biggest challenge was creating a space that did not feel like a bedroom. I placed the bed next to the kitchen to allow maximum light and views out the windows," HGTV fan moderngeek73 says. Tip: Keep furniture and decor to a minimum if your space is extra small. Use small light fixtures and furnishings.
HGTV fan Cathe Holden reused vintage thread spools to create a one-of-a-kind holiday advent calendar in her home. On each spool she added a numbered wrap with a special note or a clue to a hidden gift. Cathe, a passionate crafter and designer, displayed her Christmas countdown on a vintage, modified spool holder. Cathe also suggests creating individual, numbered spool ornaments for the tree, or stringing the entire set together to create an advent calendar garland.
A strong feature wall along the swimming pool is highlighted by a tall, verdant backdrop of Queen, and Mexican Fan palms, plus tall, wispy bamboo. The wall frames the pool along the garden's edge and is balanced by the use of a cut-out feature and a gallery-like arrangement of stone and metal fire sconces, and water spouts. The water flows from the wall into the swimming pool which is bisected by a walkway connecting the ipe wood patio to the hot tub.
The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York features a holiday sip for mint fans, the Mint Chocolate Fizz.
Mint Chocolate Fizz
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
.5 ounce Creme de Menthe White
1 ounce chocolate milk
1 ounce simple syrup
.5 ounce lemon juice
1 egg white
Add ingredients and shake without ice for 60 seconds. Then add ice and shake for another 60 seconds. Double strain into a highball glass. Top with club soda, and garnish with mint.
To create the unique sense of calm needed for someone who spends most of their time on the road, the designers crafted her living room using a neutral color palette — with a twist. Here, significant pops of pale pink stand out against the white walls while complementing the gray sofa. An unabashed fan of color, Nikia’s isn’t shy about pointing our her favorite pieces. “Hands down the pink accent chairs,” she offers. “They are gorgeous.”
Love the great outdoors but not completely sure roughing it in a tent is your jam? Or maybe you're just interested in seeing if the tiny house phenomenon is for you? Perhaps you are just a design fan looking for a fun getaway close to home? Whatever your interests, the new tiny home camping company Getaway is a great opportunity to escape the city and stay in a super-cozy and high-design tiny camper in the woods. Getaway currently has nine outposts across the country, from East Coast to West and provides a great chance for city folk to enjoy some off-the-grid time without lugging an enormous amount of gear out into the wild.
David Austin English Rose 'Bathsheba' is a vigorous climbing rose with big, beautiful, apricot-colored flowers. It is David Austin's first new apricot-hued climber in 20 years. Its strong myrrh fragrance has a warm floral character with hints of honey and Tea. It blooms repeatedly from early summer till frost. Each shallowly-cupped rosette is densely packed with up to 170 petals. As with all English Rose climbers, 'Bathsheba' is full from the ground up, with plenty of basal stems to fan up and across a trellis.
This stylish Philadelphia studio utilizes every inch of space without making the room seem busy. The neutral walls and bedding keep the space controlled and balanced. "I tried to separate the space with organic textures, eclectic accessories, shiny metallic objects, soft draperies and unique lighting schemes," HGTV fan greendesigner says. To quickly hide the bedroom from the kitchen and dining area, he added tall draperies as an easy room divider. Tip: Downsize the furniture to expand the space — buy a loveseat instead of a large sectional. If you like to entertain, invest in small barstools: They take up little space and provide plenty of seating for guests.
White is a classic tone often used in shabby chic designs. HGTV fan rnhey wanted to create a light, airy dining room ideal for casual year-round entertaining, so she used this fresh hue as the base for her entire design. The upholstered cane-backed chairs, freshly painted table and vintage marine life prints are reminiscent of relaxed summers and shabby seaside homes. White beadboard walls allow the sand-colored curtains and accessories to act as complementary accents rather than simply appearing in the background. For an elegantly shabby look, combine your rustic pieces with more contemporary counterparts. The white table and rattan chairs feel ultra casual, while the symmetrical prints, pleated draperies and dark wood serving tray deliver a perfect hint of refinement.