Why we love it: Deep dark leaves are lacy and eye-catching, providing a steady shot of color to planting beds all season long. Pink flowers open in early summer followed by berries in autumn. Purple-black berries are edible, if you can beat the birds to them. Deer-resistant.
Drought tolerant and low maintenance, Russian sage is a no-fuss perennial that brings on the color all season long. ‘Denim ‘n Lace’ tames the tall and floppy growth of traditional Russian sage with a compact 28- to 32-inch height. Plants resemble lavender when in full color. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Botanical name: Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Denim ‘n Lace’
Lemony Lace elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) unfurls chartreuse leaves with a lacy look. Red berries form when another elderberry is present for pollination. The red berries are poisonous to people, but make a great addition to a wildlife garden. The bush resembles a Japanese maple in the landscape. Plants grow 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
This sweet gift wrap comes together in a snap: Just place the gift in a pretty box and top it with a paper doily held in place with double-sided tape or glue dots. To make the pom-pom, wrap several loops of yarn around your fingers, knot the loops in the middle, then trim the knotted yarn into a rounded pom-pom shape.
This formal living room is designed for entertaining in style. A gold love seat and burgundy damask wingback chairs surround an oval coffee table to create an intimate seating area. The lavish window treatments and chandelier play up the drama in the Victorian-inspired room.
This contemporary kitchen features tumbled travertine backsplash with glass tile inset. Large light fixtures help to really set the room off. The antique silver of the lighting ties to pewter serving pieces found in the space.
Existing furniture pieces were updated by adding beautiful drapery and bedding to this master bedroom. The antique bed was slightly under scale for the room. Larger pillows and drapery were added in addition to an extra long bed skirt to help the proportions of the room.