The East Coast roots of this Cape Cod-style home are complemented by a Hamptons-inspired backyard. A shaded pergola offers a perfect spot for relaxing or entertaining, while lounge chairs serve up a little poolside seating.
On the wall opposite the bed in the master bedroom, a gallery wall displays the homeowner's professional photographs, adding interest and customization to the space. On the adjacent wall, a large window with airy curtains that math those in the living room lets in plenty of natural light, while a vintage ladder helps add rustic detail and provides a creative solution for hanging blankets in the space.
On the way out the door, designers added an oversized, leaning mirror to provide greater function in this master space. Not only does it allow for the perfect place to check your outfit before leaving, this mirror adds drama and depth to the rustic industrial master bedroom.
Bigger islands are all the rage, says designer Donna Mathis of Haven Design Works. She suggests upsizing a small island by adding table legs and expanding the tabletop, giving you counterspace and a place for bar stools.
Embrace shiplap, the wide wooden boards that have historically been used to construct barns and older homes and a design favorite of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines. Allison Worley, senior designer at Atlanta's Haven Design Works, installed shiplap in her bathroom and painted it in Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray. Shiplap can be done as an accent wall or installed along the entire room. Haven Design Works owner Donna Mathis adds that putting shiplap or tile just behind a vanity mirror can change the whole look of a bathroom.
Remember that kitchen islands don’t have to be a traditional, rectangular shape. Designer Donna Mathis of Haven Design Works fashioned an unsually shaped island here out of necessity to make room for a breakfast area, and the result is striking. This can also be a great way to save money by using irregular countertop remnants.
Choose elegant finishes and accessories to maximize style on islands in compact kitchens. This smaller kitchen, designed by Donna Mathis of Haven Design Works, proves that you can still have pizzaz on a petite island. A compact island saves money on finer finishes like marble countertops; plus you can add style by picking visually interesting bar stools with details like the nailhead trim shown here.
Found objects are an eye-catching alternative to artwork above a mantel. You can replicate this look by layering discs, made of wood or metal, that you find new at discount home decor stores or while rummaging through items at thrift stops, says Donna Mathis with Haven Design Works. Look for ones with different sizes, which also can save money, instead of buying three large discs.
Paint is a go-to choice for enhancing a room, especially on a budget. Using dark trim with lighter walls brings out the architecture and then painting the bookcase in a rich palette makes the entire space appear more expansive, says Donna Mathis with Atlanta-based Haven Design Works.
You can replicate this coffee table, seen in an Atlanta model home. Take six storage cubes or square ottomans, or even six crates, and place them next to each other, three to a row. Then screw them together from the underside and turn them over, says Donna Mathis, owner of Atlanta-based Haven Design Works. For an extra touch, you could add metal strapping around the places where the cubes or crates connect.