Whisper gray allows colors in nature stand out in outdoor spaces. The gray color on the doors and shutters of this French-style home prove that this color can work with any style home in any setting. A violet patio set adds extra oomph this elegant backyard needs.
A yellow, footed tub framed by yellow, floral curtains make a cozy place to bathe. A wood cabinet, antique door with glass handle and a blue, distressed footstool complete the French Country aesthetic.
When this patio garden was conceived, the landscape architect was remembering a year in Provence. The French country garden boasts concrete pavers, a trellis covered in cup-and-saucer vines, purple leaf plum trees and flowering ground cover.
A blue-gray shelf, a yellow bird figurine, a yellow print and a yellow floral curtain create the classic blue and yellow color palette of French Country in this bathroom. Gray beadboard picks up the tones in the curtain. A sleek bath fixture updates the country look.
French doors were added to create an airy, yet private home office. The walls were painted a medium gray and bright linen window treatments create soft, natural mood. A new ceiling fan was installed, and the room is staged with a traditional desk and chair and a unique ladder bookshelf.
The master bedroom was lacking in ambient light, so its existing ceiling fan was taken down and replaced with a wood and iron French chandelier. French chandeliers usually evoke a feeling of femininity, but due to its black painted finish, the chandelier used in this master bedroom takes on a more gender-neutral appearance. For modern flair, globe bulbs were used rather than standard flame bulbs.
The French blue double vanity fits perfectly in the tilled nook of this stunning master bathroom. The trio of matte black sconces add task lighting and echo the industrial accents found in the spacious retreat.
Boston-area designer Heidi Pribell created this gilded masterpiece for a client who was renovating his historic Beacon Hill home. Pribell combines the ornate Louis XIV style with a still-bright (but less baroque dining) area, giving the room a full shimmery feel without assaulting the occupants with details at every turn.
Cheerful and bright, marigolds make an easy-to-grow addition to any garden plan—in pots or planting beds. These perky annuals bring terrific color all season long. What you might not know is that marigolds pack a punch to many insects, including mosquitoes, thanks to chemical insecticides they release. That’s why marigolds have such a strong odor when you touch them. Both flowers and leaves release the chemicals, but blossoms deliver the strongest punch. Other insects that marigolds deter include aphid, whitefly, thrips, tomato hornworm, Mexican bean beetle and squash bug. Tuck marigolds into pots on the patio to make summer evenings less buggy. Or use them in the vegetable garden to help repel pests.