Designer Rodney Tassistro created this high-end cottage style kitchen featuring solid wood countertops, custom cabinetry and open shelving. Traditional leaded glass cabinet fronts contrast with a very modern polished wooden countertop and backsplash. The diamond pattern inset into the glass cabinet doors adds interest but still keeps the light and airy look of the open shelving on the opposite wall. The space above the cabinetry is a great spot for the homeowners to display favorite pottery and accessories.
HGTV Design Star winner Meg Caswell designed the entire home, but this master bathroom is her favorite room. The green glass tile contrasts with the white counters, while large porcelain floor tiles make the room feel fresh and spa like. The modern bathroom has high windows providing plenty of natural light, and a long mirror that stretches above both vanity sinks. The white countertop extends beyond the vanities and changes level to conform to the varied height of the woodgrain cabinets.
“The theme was inspired by my love of gold and green,” says Maria Gonzalez of Graceful Order. With inexpensive items—such as the metallic ornaments, faux trees and gold plastic chargers—intermingled with china and glassware in her collection, the effect is seamlessly elegant. “It’s all about creating layers with contrasting colors and textures to create a high-end look on a budget,” Gonzalez says.
This classic, black and white family room uses elegant French doors with matching transoms to create a bright, white space. These features allow plenty of natural light to flow into this large room, creating a spacious and vibrant look. To warm the white space, black accents were added, creating a warm, inviting place to relax and entertain. Patterned curtains and chairs were used to soften the contrasting black and white color palette, while a white, high armed sofa and a black and white coffee table anchor the space.
Designers wanted the master bathroom to continue the light, sunny design of the master bedroom into the bathroom space, so they continued white walls into the space to reflect the warm, Arizona sunshine let in by high rise windows that keep the space bright, but private. On the floors, designers used white tiles to create a chevron pattern that adds some dimension to the space, while a marble accent wall adds texture and contrast. Designers finished off the space with gold fixtures and wood accents to highlight the room's warmth.
Even when reusing existing items, such as this cocktail table and antique rug, you can decorate the table in a way that modernizes the look. As this table shows, look for a pair of heavy leaded glass candleholders, which designers Lance Jackson and David Ecton with Parker Kennedy Living say you can find affordably priced at local vintage stores or on websites such as Etsy.com. Then add in a piece of cut glass (this one is high-end turquoise, but you can find others on a lower end) to contrast with the glass candlestick holders. The books were already in their homeowner's collection.
Place houseplants to provide a leafy contrast to the hard lines of windows and furniture. Peace lily is a natural for filling a corner, especially if you select the one known as Sensation. This beauty grows to 6 feet tall and easily commands attention in a large room. It holds its own beside a large window, where it receives the high light necessary to promote steady bloom. Tuck it into a simple dark container to let glossy leaves and stately flowers steal the spotlight.
The family wanted a unique space for outdoor entertaining, so designers created a space that would function as an extension of the home's interior. A wood paneled ceiling and dark, wicker furniture bring a warm contrast to the neutral space, while the space's high arches let in plenty of natural light. In order to control the natural light during the day and keep bugs out at night, heavy curtains were hung so that the homeowners would be able to control the atmosphere of their space. To help the space remain usable during cooler weather, a fireplace was added to give off warmth when needed.
This family of 5 needed a lot of counter space for preparing their feasts but wanted to keep it sleek, classic, and space to enjoy all the high-end amenities, so they added Viking appliances for that sleek, clean look as well as durability and luxury. The extra large kitchen island, with lots of storage and a large countertop perfect for food preparation, houses two Viking dishwashers to handle the large load of dishes this family of five is sure to have. The dark cabinets, in contrast to the white Thassos countertop, give the space a sleek, clean feel, adding to the Contemporary design the family desired. With ample wine storage in the corner of the space, this kitchen has everything that a large family needs to prepare and enjoy their meals.
If you don’t have room for a 50- to 100-foot tree, check out Hot Wings maple. It’s a type of tartarian maple (Acer tartaricum ‘GarAnn’) discovered and developed in Colorado, which means it tolerates dry, alkaline conditions. Trees open typical small, yellow maple flowers in spring after leaves appear. Flowers fade to form bright red seeds (helicopters) in summer, which contrast brilliantly with the green leaves. Fall color features shades of orange-red and yellow. This is more of a spreading maple that can be grown as a shrub or small tree. Expect trees to grow 20 to 25 feet tall and 18 to 20 feet wide in ideal conditions. At higher elevations, Hot Wings grows 15 to 18 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 3-10.