Austral Gem™ Bird's Nest Fern adapts to the low humidity levels found in most homes. Dark green, feathery fronds make it an attractive addition to your windowsill garden, and it doesn't produce messy spores that scatter on tabletops and floors. If you move it outdoors after the last spring frost, give it full shade.
If you don't have an antique wooden dough bowl at your disposal, many reproductions can be found at chain home decor stores. This idea would also work with a metal or wood trough, a crate or even a shallow basket. Just find something with the right shape and scale for your table.
Vintage wooden bread boards have become more popular over the past few years, but can still be found for a bargain. Pair a wooden board with some homemade bread or an artisan loaf from a bakery. Wrap the loaf in brown paper and tie it with some butcher twine, greenery and a tag.
Small touches in this room give it a global feel as well as a touch of whimsy. Small planters are suspended over the tub for a pop of life and greenery. Also above the tub is a colorful piece of art found in a market in Mexico City, depicting a scene from the Day of the Dead.
Stunning details can be found throughout this Mediterranean-style mansion in Miami, including archways, wrought-iron light fixtures and intricate tiled floors. Known as Palazzo di Mare, the home was rented by socialite sisters Kourtney and Kim Kardashian while they filmed their E! reality series, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami.
Vintage and antique items can be great alternatives to buying new. They are usually more affordable and definitely give a more unique look to your home. This little midcentury modern bar cart had seen better days when we found her, but with a little elbow grease and a fresh coat of paint, she looks brand new!
The modern design of this sitting area in the New York offices of Pereira & O'Dell complements the rugged elegance of the building, while providing an inviting place for staffers to congregate. The brown and black of the sofa and chairs blend with some of the natural colors found in the exposed beams and brick, while the modern, yellow wingback couch adds a pop of color. The gray chevron rug ties the space together.
San Francisco's Museum of Ice Cream grew out of founder Maryellis Bunn's childhood desire to jump into a pool of ice cream sprinkles. At this very photogenic location, you can do just that, along with eat ice cream samples, experience limited-run exhibitions and take plenty of photos bathed in the spot's pink glow and wacky design.
These easy ombre colors found at any hardware or home improvement store provide a splash of style to announce your next gathering. You'll need the following materials for this project: paint chips, printed or handwritten party invitations and change of address information, craft knife, scissors, metal ruler or straight edge, pencil and a glue stick.
To maintain the beachy feel throughout the home, designers used muted blues and greens that can be found in the nature surrounding the home. In the kitchen, these colors were added to the backsplash and the barstools so as to add color without overwhelming the space. White cabinetry and a custom, curved peninsula keeps the space feeling light and open, while natural light contributes to the warm, bright feel.
Flanking the dresser with a pair of midcentury style lamps gives a nod to symmetric design while also drawing the eye to the eclectic painting on the wall. Using a dark finish on the dresser plays off the dark tones found in the painting’s background and also brings a modern take on a timeless classic.
One of the ways interior designers add sophistication and timelessness to rooms is by accessorizing with books. Since coffee table books can be pricey, an excellent way to use books as decoration without breaking the bank is to pair high-end books with vintage books found at flea markets, like is done on this table. To maximize an old book’s charm, remove its book jacket to expose the canvas, cloth or paper surface.
Vintage finds are artfully displayed in every room in this home. By the desk, a colorful handmade jacket adds a splash of bright color that accentuates the reds found in the various books, and the yellow of the ottoman. Even the wood tone of the floor is tied into this colorful piece.
Roof replacements can be extremely costly — at least in the mid-thousands — and the bigger the roof the higher the cost. If asphalt shingle roofing hasn't yet reached its limit of 20-25 years, try replacing individual shingles, especially "if they're brittle, many granules are missing or they've curled," says Tim Carter, builder/remodeler and founder of AskTheBuilder.com.
When faced with a tight bathroom, designers have to get creative when planning storage. "This was a small space with little room to spare for storage,” says designer Kari Arendsen. “I found these cute storage boxes and hung them from the wall to save space and keep floor space clear. Also the choice of a high contrast application on the walls is helpful to make a space feel larger than it really is."
A wasted space in the form of a dated double height covered front door area became a newly found space with the design of this cozy space. By adding a floor, designer Kristina Crestin was able to carve out this little nook. A deep, long window seat with pillows and reading lights is perfect for lounging. Bookcases were built in to the awkward sloped ceiling, creating one of the kids most favorite places.
Rachel says her home is founded on values she wants to instill in her son Max. "That sense of home, safety, comfort and love. I would love to instill values of artistry and organization. I love the idea of my children going out in the world and making their own home with the same thought and care as we have. To appreciate a beautiful, inspired, and organized house."
The homeowners' eclectic style is reflected in this bathroom with the combination of Venetian plaster walls and subway tile. Decorative leaded windows in the shape of a spiderweb help to tie the space to the spiderweb motif throughout the home. The lake house's original vanity and mirror were restored and bring in floral detailing that complements the details found on the bedroom cabinetry, truly tying together all the home's spaces.