The family wanted a room that would be great for their two growing boys, but were limited on space, so designers created a room that fit every need. They installed bunk beds to make space for the two boys, and with a ladder on the side of the bed, getting up to that top bunk is a breeze. The bookshelves on either side of the bed make sure that both boys have space to show off their own personality, and, still, plenty of floor space remains for the boys to be able to play in their space.
The homeowners wanted a room that could grow up with their little boy, so designers chose timeless pieces of furniture and base linens for that specific purpose. Designers took liberty to make the room more fun with the artwork, throw pillows and other decor they brought into the space.
Dress up your coffee table with greens, such as Boston fern, and accessories. Since ferns love moist soil, using organic clay pots lined with pea gravel gives you the option to lift the plant and water for easy care, says Karin Jeffcoat, owner of Cote Designs, a floral and event studio in Aiken, S.C.
This darling bedroom is the perfect place for a young girl to play and grow up. Light green walls are beautifully accented with pink bedding, a pink rug and a curtained canopy. A tulip chandelier and small table lamps provide cute and decorative lighting. Darker pink and green throw pillows add depth to the color combination.
The desk area in this boy's room creates the perfect blend between an adult and adolescent space. A black, professional desk and modular shelving bring a grown-up hint to the space, while the bright orange chair and figurine displays keeps the space appropriately childish, creating a design that can grow with its occupant.
For decorations designers chose a mixture of funky, youthful pieces and more sophisticated, classic pieces to complete this little girl's room. The funkier pieces are smaller so that they can be easily changed out as she grows. The larger pieces were chosen to give the room the ability to "grow up" with her.
“For a longer-lasting terrarium, give your plant lots of room to grow,” Rose says. “If the plant’s roots are crowded in the pot it was purchased in, pot it up into the largest container that still fits inside the vase.”
The fun, whimsical color palette continues from the kids' room into the bathroom. The large mirror reflects the colors in the space, making the bathroom appear larger, while a chic, modern vanity adds a touch of style that will grow up with the kids. Drawers provide storage, while a shelf gives the family easy access to linens and artwork finishes the space.
As you select plants for your landscape, take time to place plants where they’ll thrive. Be sure to give them the right amount of sunlight, the proper soil and enough elbow room to reach their mature size. There’s nothing worse than planting a shrub you have to prune constantly to make it fit your space. If a plant catches your eye, like this Black Lace elderberry (Sambucus nigra, grows 6-8 feet tall and wide), do some quick research to learn if there’s another similar plant that might fit your spot better. Black Beauty elderberry grows even bigger (8-12 feet tall and wide), while Laced Up elderberry is the choice for small spaces, growing 6-10 feet tall and only 3-4 feet wide.
If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, the EPA suggests replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label to save up to 20 percent on cooling costs. Tell-tale signs of replacement: rooms are too hot or cold, your cooling system is noisy, frequent repairs are necessary, and your energy bills are growing more expensive. If your unit is young, only repair if it costs less than half of the appliance's value to ensure the repair is cost-effective.
You don’t always need a large plant to make a statement. Unusual leaf shapes and textures draw the eye, too, and can make up for size in smaller homes or rooms. One way to create more impact with houseplants is to group several smaller plants that combine well. This trio features plants with variegated leaves: Dracaena ‘Lemon Surprise,’ polka dot plant (Hypoestes) and gold crest false aralia (Plerandra elegantissima ‘Gold Crest’). When combining plants, choose ones that need similar growing conditions. These plants thrive with medium to high light. If you love bright colors, select cachepots for plants that inject a pop of color.
The client wanted a room that reflected their boy's name, "Jonah" without being literal. This nursery is a perfect example of how a room can rock a theme and stay sophisticated, timeless and relevant. This big boy's space will not time out through the use of bold color, dramatic pattern and mature furnishings.
Tricks of the Trade:
1. How to Balance a Bold Pattern: Make sure your colors have a weight to it that can hold up to the bold pattern. Designer Karen Wolf used bright mid tones to balance the whales and also showcase them.
2. Why Red?: The black pattern called for a "power pop". The playful and strong red color was able to shine on its own in just right amounts in the room.
3. Sweet and Strong: A great mix for a room to grow. The sweet patterned window treatments are offset by the strong wallpaper.
4. Pattern Mixes: The dense wallpaper was mixed with a small window treatment print and open graphic with white field on the floor.
There comes a time in many homeowners’ lives when they realize a reno is in their future. For Cristina Poscablo-Stein and James Stein, the momentum started during their daughter’s first birthday party in their Atlanta, GA, home. “I’d set up a spread in the dining room, but everyone congregated in our kitchen—the last place I wanted people to see,” says Cristina. The area was closed off and, like the rest of the house, not as efficiently laid out as it could be. As they considered what to do, she says, “the list of things we wanted to make us love our house kept growing!” Pictured here: Cristina and James with Max, 21 months, and Fiona, 6.