The focal point of this light and bright bathroom is a custom sculptural sink made to look like a waterfall. The homeowner didn't want pipes to be visible under the sink, so designer Margot Mandel created a sink that would drain into the shower. Wooden ceilings and a small corner rock garden finish off the look of the space.
Perfect for small space gardens, ‘Little Gem’ Norway spruce adds a touch of elegance to any setting. It blends neatly into formal or informal designs and introduces a pop of year-round color. The greenery grows a tidy 18 inches tall and wide. The standard (upright) stem is 3 feet high. Hardy in Zones 3-8. Botanical name: Picea abies ‘Little Gem’
The palm-inspired green walls of the guest bedroom that designer Brian Patrick Flynn describes as very bohemian coordinate with the different shades of green used for the upholstered wingback bed. The deep shade of green on the walls can also be found in the garden entry of the home.
A custom designed table made from Italian porcelain flooring with a glass tile inlay is flanked by comfortable metal dining chairs with striped blue cushions in this outdoor dining area. The view from the table is expansive and opens up to hillsides covered in eucalyptus and palm trees and a comfortable lounge area with additional seating. The hillside lounge area is framed by two taupe pillars, a brick patio and a brown wood guardrail, emphasizing the neutral color palette of the garden.
A curved pergola creates a gateway from the entry garden to the lower chalet. To create the terraced area along the hillside, the designer removed roughly 350 yards of soil to start getting the correct grades and to devise a system of French drains at the office. A continuing challenge is the private utilities running between the two buildings.
The full-service kitchen makes it easy to pull off parties on this Chicago rooftop. It features a sink, refrigerator, commercial grill, ice maker and self-serve beverage center. A TV centered on the wall allows the homeowners and their guests to catch their favorite sports without leaving the roof, says designer Vanessa Slivinski of Chicago Roof Deck and Garden.
Hand-picked Japanese Denuchi Koi may be seen frolicking in three bays as they swim among mostly tropical water plants. The 30,000-gallon water garden incorporates 205 tons of Erie-Banded Taconite, along with 50 tons of grey trap. A series of four waterfalls tops out over 6 feet tall and circulates approximately 25,000 gallons of water per hour. The waterfalls deliver an enveloping melody that completely masks all traffic sound. The design juxtaposes strict formal lines and shapes with free-form movement and informality. This contrast is unusually refreshing and accentuates the motif. Traditional Balinese Gardens utilize water and represent life and pleasure to the Indonesian people.
A movable fire bowl nestled into newly established colonies of bayberry, winterberry and fern extends the use of a Maine garden beyond dusk. Slabs of lichen and moss-covered granite are used as benches and form a firewood crib. The property is
within Acadia National Park along the west edge of Somes Sound on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design won an American Society of Landscape Architects award for the entire project.
In a small space, you are already saving money by not buying a big outdoor furniture set, but cut your costs even more by visiting home decor and garden stores after Labor Day for end-of-season deals on items such as chairs. If you find a used set of chairs instead, you can spray paint the metal to freshen the finish, says designer Julie Montgomery.
Looking at it now, it's hard to believe that this space was ever dark or outdated. With its tall ceilings and expansive windows, the living room called for an unassuming, monochromatic palette that would allow the garden views to be the main attraction. So, designer Veronica Solomon framed the views with willowy curtains in white and then pulled in stylish, neutral furnishings.
Candles and metallic accents complete the design and add a soft romanticism to a tablescape. The mix of florals includes antique green hydrangea, peach Campanella garden rose, peonies, Chocolate Sunflower privet berry, magnolia, pieris, dusty miller, Agonis mixed with dried pods and pheasant feathers. To accent the florals, Forage and Flower used lush green mood moss mounds, a xerographica air plant and candlelight with the mossy green tapers and low gold votives.
Digging is at the heart of gardening, and one of the quickest ways to tuck seedlings into soil is with a hand trowel. Look for trowels with an ergonomic design to lessen hand and wrist fatigue. Trowel blades with inch markings take the guesswork out of proper planting depth. Trowels that feature a seamless handle-blade design won’t break or fall apart. Other hand tools worth considering are a short handled pick mattock (for rocky soil); a Korean hand plow (often sold as a ho-mi and one of the most versatile tools ever conceived); and a sturdy weeder (cobra head type works like a gem).
Joseph Eichler was a California real estate developer who created a prototype with architects for residential homes in the early fifties that incorporated modernist architecture with a “bring the outside inside” concept. The Eichler home favored wall-to-ceiling windows with glass transoms in all the major rooms with direct access to private garden patios and courtyards. This remodeled single-family home by Klopf Architecture takes an original Eichler home and updates it with a truly “open” design.
If you’re a gardener who craves pure splashes of single colors, try something different this year. Mimic Mother Nature’s fall color show and treat yourself to a hanging basket planted with a mix of hues. The effect is truly a garden party in a pot. Cool Wave Mix Spreading Pansy delivers a just-right blend (designed by the seed breeders) that’s eye-catching and perfect for fall. Tuck a pot into the ground at least six weeks before frost, add extra mulch once the ground freezes, and you’ll be rewarded with early spring pansies. Cool Wave pansies handle temperatures as low as -13°F. They’ll look frozen solid during winter, and leaves and stems may turn brown, but watch what happens when spring peeks ‘round the corner. Of course, plants in pots won’t survive freezing temperatures.
Blue Roman shades on the windows that look out to the home’s garden entrance offer protection from the sun and privacy when desired, and coordinate with the blue ceramic tiles used for the kitchen’s backsplash. The spacious counter under the windows offers buffet space for entertaining. “There’s probably fourteen feet of unobstructed space to just lay out platters and drinks and cocktails for guests to enjoy,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
Chrysanthemums contain chemical compounds that act as natural insecticides, which are processed and sold as pyrethrum. It’s a go-to natural pesticide for dealing with fleas, ants, ticks, silverfish and bedbugs. Certain types of mums do a better job at repelling insects than others. The ones used commercially for extracting pyrethrums include painted daisy (Chrysanthemum coccineum) and Dalmatian daisy (Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium). Use these perennial mums in the garden to add daisy-like flowers to planting designs.
An irregular bluestone pathway flanked with pachysandra leads to an Asian-style gate with pergola. The gate draws the eye through to frame the rear yard and entices one to enter. Designer tip: You do not need a fence to have a gate. Simply tucking an arbor gate into the landscape will draw the eye into the garden.
Powder coated steel elevates edging to an art form when it takes the shape of a low fence. The design for this edging comes from Shakespeare’s garden in Stratford, England. These hoop stakes mark bed and path edges while also pulling double duty as plant supports. To draft hoops as edging, place them side by side or slightly overlapping along planting beds or paths. Hoop stake edging is the perfect choice for keeping annuals or perennials from falling over onto lawn or walkways.