A paver patio pathway leads to a stylish outdoor sitting space and continues down to a fire pit area with adirondack chairs. Beige cushions with a center tuft on the backrest pad the wrought iron chairs. A circular table with tinted glass top sits in the center topped with an oil lamp. Natural rock and plants surrounding the space add beautiful texture to the design.
To add textural appeal and color to clear glass hurricanes, update them with tree cuttings, ribbon and spray adhesive. To do this, gather several branches together, thinning them out until nearly flat. Next, cut the ends of the branches to size so they’re all relatively even in height and width. Add spray adhesive to the exterior of the glass hurricane, then position each branch in place. Once the adhesive takes hold, add an extra layer of visual interest on top of the tree cuttings with ribbon.
This bright and colorful living space features an Art Deco flair from the grass cloth wallpaper to the light hardwood floors. A saffron orange sofa sits on a green wool and silk blend area rug, with silk roman shades in watermelon pink that compliment the glass end tables. A small, white desk sits beside the two windows in the living space with a modern desk chair.
This revitalized master bedroom has been given new life. Once a drab space, Joanna added a gray accent wall to give the space texture. Light, airy curtains accentuate the natural light that pours into the space through the large sliding glass doors, softening the space. New end tables and lamps, a new rug and contemporary art put the finishing touches on this elegant Fixer Upper.
As seen on HGTV's Love It Or List It, Too, Designer Jillian Harris brought order to a disorderly bathroom by consolidating some much needed space. Jillian removed the stand-up shower and replaced it with a double vanity and unified the plumbing to one wall, leaving room for a sleek glass top table. Jillian painted the bathroom Gray Mare and she tiled the bathtub with 2x8 white horizontal subway tile and the floor with a mosaic of grey scale circular tiles.
These solid cherry doors lead to a meeting area that occupies part of the top floor of Pereira & O'Dell San Francisco offices. The exposed brick in this space is complemented by the modern design of the room. A modern, glass conference table and eight modern chairs allow for a comfortable negotiating space, while a modern sofa adds more comfortable seating. Two modern, yellow chairs give the space a bit of personality and color, while the patterned pillows on the sofa add texture and depth.
Let little ones help finish off your soiree’s tablescape by turning carnations and cherries into floral ice cream sundaes. To do this, have them place pre-cut carnations in two different colors (pink and white work best) into sundae glasses made of plastic or acrylic. Add the pink carnations inside of the glass to serve as the ice cream substitute. Next, layer two or three white carnations in the center and slightly higher than the pink ones so they take on the look of whipped cream. After the kids add cherries to the top of their creations, parents should add water before placing the arrangements on the table.
Colletti designed this open glass container for use on a coffee table. The moss on the left is Irish moss (Sagina subulata), a lush-looking groundcover with a fuzzy texture. The red center plant, Hypoestes, works as a focal point. Colletti loves baby tears (Helxine soleirolii, in the lower right corner of the container). It's growing next to a creeping fig (Ficus pumila) in the lower right corner. Sheet moss was used in the upper right corner. “The plants are the stars,” Colletti says, “so the top dressing is minimal; clean lines accent a home décor display.”
When you swap out holiday plates for items you use in your home throughout the year, look for new ways to display old pieces. Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs in South Carolina used vintage milk glass for this tablescape, including setting one bowl on top of a cake plate. The dishes already have a wintery white look. She filled them with paperwhite bulbs that complement the pinecones on the table, knowing they will bring even more warmth to the interiors when they bloom. “I love the texture of the bulb itself,” she adds.
Bring a burst of color and pattern to your table with coasters made from upcycled magazine pages. Tear out pages, then fold each page into 1/4-inch strips and coat with rubber cement. Next, cut approximately 25 strips and place them to the side. Unfurl a paper clip and wrap the first strip around, creating a perfect hole for the center of the coaster. Once the first strip is wrapped around the paper clip, keep it securely wound with a bead of hot glue. Continue to roll the strip around the paper clip, then layer other strips on top, securing each strip to one another with glue. Once the shape of a coaster takes shape, secure the very end of the last strip in place with glue.
The best way to judge the quality of a sofa—as well as its comfort—is to spend some time with it in person. Sit on it for several minutes. Try different positions: Lean against the arm to see if it digs into your neck or back uncomfortably; test each end of the seat, as well as the middle; bounce a bit on the seat to see how firm and supportive it is; stand up and see how much fluffing the pillows require after you’ve sat on them. Hold onto a corner of the sofa and wiggle the frame: It should feel solid and firm, with no give in the joints. Lift up one leg to feel whether the sofa is heavy and substantial or lightweight. Examine all the stitching and upholstery from top to bottom. “The fabric should lie smoothly across the frame, without puckering, and the seams and any decorative welting or trim should be tight and straight,” says Bar-Nahum.