Dare to dream with this Brentwood home designed by Jackson Paige Interiors, beginning with its exterior--a unique beauty in blue and white. Rustic wood siding painted in baby blue, immediately call to mind a seaside resort, where one can while away the hours reading, relaxing and enjoying the view. The outside of this home offers a sneak peak to the colors found inside, with blue and purple playing their parts throughout the space.
Hosting a staycation is all about hospitality, and nothing says hospitality like a cocktail and that icon of Southern hospitality: pineapples. I found this drink tray and cocktail set at a local thrift store. When paired with your favorite cocktail, you have the makings of a relaxing happy hour. If you can’t find a tray or pineapple glass, opt for drink stirrers from your local home accessories store to create a tropical inspired look that you can use all weekend.
Instead of building the home on the lot, modular components are built in the Karoleena Homes' state-of-the-art facilities so that they can be assembled together quickly on site. It cuts the construction time down from months to days. This two module beauty was first constructed at the Calgary Home and Garden Show and then finally found a home near Bergen, Alberta.
By removing a wall, what was once a small room feels much larger, offering a comfortable flow between the living room and the dining room. In the process of removing the wall, HGTV Fixer Upper host Chip Gaines found the original fireplace underneath, and decided to keep it as a unique design element. The original shiplap was revealed and kept as wainscoting around the house, and natural wood awnings were installed around the windows.
Vintage buckets can be found in all shapes, sizes, materials and colors. This metal dry-goods bucket makes a great holder for a live rosemary plant to give to the chef or gardener in your life. Buckets can also be filled with miniature Christmas trees or winter flowers like paperwhites. Include tips on caring for the plant on the back of the gift tag.
The client already had these walls painted pale blue when designer Robin Callan took over the design. "Light blues can sometimes feel very nursery-like," Robin says, "so I wanted to bring in some darker colors to make sure the room felt like a mature space. When I found the pillows on the bed, they inspired the rest of the palette." The plantation shutters and navy curtains add an extra grown-up punch.
Each corner of this living room is a treasure for the eyes, with carefully positioned furnishings that accentuate colors in a certain way. For example, the turquoise blue found at the top of the contemporary artwork in the entryway is the exact hue as the stripes of the wing chair in the living room. Likewise, deep orange is seen in the pillow on the chair, the bolster pillow on the bench and the urn on the dining room sideboard.
Coffee lovers will especially love the look and feel of repurposed burlap coffee bean sack stockings. To find them locally, simply ask your neighborhood coffee house for any discarded sacks they may have in the back. Many times, the staff will be more than happy to give them away for free. Coffee bean sacks can also be found online for approximately $5 per sack.
The owners of the Sacred Pepper wanted a dining room that was inspired by their travels, Old Florida and organic elements found in nature, so designers started with a neutral color palette and accented it with cobalt blue to give the space a sand and sea feel. The details in the space, such as the artwork that hangs from the ceiling and the pendant lights over each table, are reminiscent of coral, adding the organic element to this elegant seascape.
Catalogs and stores are filled to overflowing with holiday décor of all types, but sometimes it’s just as easy (and less expensive) to make your own. Enlist the kids in putting together a simple window or door topper like this one, with a few slender branches found outdoors, some lengths of twine, string, or ribbon, and holiday balls in a variety of sizes.
For each 100% fair trade organic cotton romper Baby Teresa sells, another is donated to a baby in need. Or buy a blanket, bib or hat, and part of the proceeds will go toward purchasing formula for orphanages. Founded by two moms from Australia, the company also donates 25% of its profits to charities that empower women during pregnancy, birth and parenthood.
Don't be afraid of mixing plaids, checks and prints. Just keep your selections in the same color family to keep the look cohesive. An eclectic mix of patterns creates a casual and homey feel that most guests will appreciate. Tip: Tea towels are excellent to use for oversized napkins and can be found in a variety of prints and patterns.
Designer tips can work in any kitchen. Just ask designer Egypt Sherrod, who installed these creative table trays as great wall decor for this simple kitchen she helped design for Dwell with Dignity, a nonprofit group working to create soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. Inexpensive trays, which can be found at stores like HomeGoods and Pier 1, make for interesting wall art and go with the universal theme of eating and entertaining that is the heart of every kitchen.
When it comes to tree skirts, why not think outside the box? Consider a square tree skirt made from unexpected holiday materials, such as menswear fabric, rather than the round versions found in retail stores. This tree skirt, designed by Britany Simon, features a black-and-red plaid pattern and measures 4-feet-by-4-feet.
Unique to this backyard design was the 3.5’ wide by 17’ long water feature. Stainless steel insets were specially fabricated which then filled and tested for leaks at the yard. Any pin holes found were welded on site to ensure a water-tight container. The stainless steel container was then carefully transported to the job site and installed. The stone coping around the perimeter was mortared down to help keep the water feature in place as well as provide a seat wall.
As seen on Love It Or List It, Too the room was previously open on the garden facing wall, but had a shoebox for a kitchen and an underused bathroom. Jillian's solution was to blow out the bathroom entirely and insert a 30ft steel beam to support the already vaulted ceiling. With an extra 10 inches of space found in the renovation Jillian's team added a coffered ceiling to delineate the space adding intimacy and definition. The grid prints are of traditional Italian hunting scenes often found in family homes of Italian expats and are a nod to the grid design of the ceiling. A custom sectional was designed so that the homeowners could entertain many guests and take in a football game or two. The wrought iron wall hanging is actually from Egypt, but Jillian felt it gave a country feeling to the home. The components console is custom made. New french doors have been added to the patin entrance and a new gas insert sits on the far wall made of Venetian plaster and box posts, designed to draw the eye upwards into the grand vaulted space.
These homeowners wanted their apartment to be unique and glamorous, so designers brought in rich materials such as the luxurious, leather sofas and the gilt and mirror coffee table in the middle of the space. Their favorite feature in the space, though, is the custom installation of multiple pendant lights. Designers found the baubles on Ebay and had them installed as the final, glitzy touch to this fantastic penthouse design.
If you’ve got just a bit of money to spend on color, consider putting it into one high-impact piece: your sink. While showstopping cast-iron or fireclay sinks can run you well into four figures, this porcelain-coated stainless steel Porcela sink from Houzer is durable, lightweight and can be found for under $400 at Wayfair.com. This model comes in lemon yellow, mint green and navy blue (shown).