When the couple moved in to their first rental apartment, they were disappointed in some of their space's features, such as the color of the walls, the carpet and the light fixtures, so they focused their design on detracting attention from those things. They repainted the entire apartment, in most spaces using a pleasant, gray color, and placed rugs over the unpleasant carpet. Then, they invested in simple, modern furniture-such as this buffet-that would modernize the space, but could be taken with them when they leave. Finally, they added art and accessories from their travels to showcase their personality and add color and texture to their home.
In the new kitchen of the Pasquella home, what was once a dark, old room, with barely enough room for a refrigerator, kitchen table and small countertops, now has more than enough room to cook and entertain. By removing the wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room, it allowed the Kitchen Cousins to add a center island for cooking and preparing food, as well as adding another eating area. With a different cabinet design, they were also able leave space for an oversize refrigerator. In addition to the room feeling larger without the wall, there is twice as much light that fills the room from the dining room area.
STATE Bags’ founders – a husband-and-wife duo who also created the Country Roads Foundation to support kids in New York City – noticed that countless children in the city were carrying their possessions around in trash bags. They formed STATE to address the issue by donating a backpack filled with schools supplies for every bag sold. The biggest impact happens at the company’s Bag Drop events: motivational rallies where children leave with both a new backpack and a renewed belief in themselves.
Party favors are a great way to leave an impression on your guests. You don’t have to—nor should you—blow the budget on them. For instance, these custom oyster napkin rings can be replicated by going to your local beach and picking up shells. If the beach is not an option, you can opt for your local craft store or even your backyard where stones or rocks painted with silver spray paint can create a similar, DIY-chic effect. Feeling extra festive? Use paint or a marker to add a monogram of your guests' initials.
If you like the tropical vibe of Philodendron selloum but can’t accommodate its large size, look to ‘Super Atom’ philodendron. This ruffle-leaved beauty looks like a miniature selloum, growing only 3 feet tall and wide. It’s a great coffee table plant when it’s young. As it grows, shift it to a corner table or a spot on the floor near a bright window. ‘Super Atom’ is branded as a member of Costa Farms’ Plants of Steel collection, which features tough-as-nails plants perfect for beginners. These plants withstand low light, irregular watering and low humidity—and still look great.
Slugs love the soft skin of tomatoes, and if you mulch with straw or leaf litter, you may have a bumper crop of these slimy foes. You know slugs have been at work on ripening tomatoes when you see single holes in the fruit. Once a slug creates an opening in a ‘mater, the fruit is prone to attack by other insects and mold. The quickest way to catch slugs is by leaving boards out in the tomato patch. They’ll crawl under for shelter at dawn, and you can scrape them into a bucket of soapy water. Use slug bait throughout the growing season right up to frost to diminish the slug population. Choose pet-safe baits if your pooch visits the garden.
This fun packing tape image transfer method is perfect for adding your Instagram photos to little flower pots! Take a laser-printed Instagram photo and firmly cover it
with packing tape, leaving a tape border around the edges of the image. Submerge the tape in water for a few minutes. Using your fingertips, gently roll the wet paper away from the back of the tape until it feels smooth. The ink will remain on the tape and the paper will wash away. Let dry completely. The tape will become sticky again; just stick your image to the front of your succulent pots!
Introduced in 1998 at the famed Chelsea Flower Show in England, this double clematis steals the spotlight in any planting. Flowers unfurl in shades of lilac, with a lighter ruffed center. The outer, largest petals (botanically they’re called tepals) fade and drop, leaving a petal pompom in the center of blooms. Flowers last up to 4 weeks, filling the summer garden with striking color. For best flowering, remove top growth by one-third in early spring. Vines grow 6 to 8 feet tall by 3 feet wide. Grow on a trellis or fence, in a pot or through a shrub rose. Hardy in Zones 4 to 9.
The historic, but slightly long-in-the-tooth Clermont Hotel situated on Atlanta's busy Ponce de Leon Avenue had seen better days. But it had a lot going for it including a very popular terrace level Clermont Lounge, a one-of-a-kind strip club where celebrities including Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson and Robert De Niro had stopped by when filming in town. The historic preservation experts at Oliver Hospitality, based in Nashville, have made revitalizing beautiful old buildings and smart design part of their mantra. Hotels and restaurants have all been resuscitated by the group, in cities from Atlanta to Nashville to Knoxville. Leaving the beloved local dive the Clermont Lounge intact, but re-doing the Clermont Hotel with an emphasis on retro style has transformed this space into a hipster locus.
Mark a spot on the base fabric 3-1/2 inches from the bottom of the first cushion cover on both sides. Lay one of the 18” edges of the second cushion cover on the base fabric with the edge pointing away from the first cushion cover and with the inside of the cushion cover facing up. Pin in place and sew with a 1/2” allowance just between the folds. Do not sew on the folds. Flip the cushion cover over, insert the sides under the folds of the base fabric and pin in place. Fold over the open, bottom edge 1/2”. Sew the second cushion cover in place along the fold of the base fabric, leaving the bottom open to insert cushion later.
In HGTV Design Star season 4, Dan and Nathan painted an unexpected and bold graphical design across the walls and floor of this dining room. “I don't know if it's a pixelated map of the islands, stylized crime-scene outlines or a macro image of popcorn but I loveeeeeet!” says designer Candice Olson. “This room is a testament to the power of paint and how it can easily and inexpensively transform a space. We’re not talking simply color on the walls here but rather a big, bold powerful image (of something) that engulfs this space; walls, floor and all – wow! The lumber on the far wall is a brilliant design stroke adding warmth to the cool grays. The uniform, vertical application brings visual order, contrasting the great graphic chaos happening around the table. A Parsons-style table like this looks great but really doesn’t function well for seating lots of people. I would have liked to see a hollow pedestal table with the hole in the center used for low greens/grasses, or as a built-in ice bucket for wine and cold drinks. Right now the tall leaves in the center mean fighting your way through the jungle to see who you’re dining with. A round paper-lantern pendant or two over the table would provide beautiful light for dining and speak to the shapes of the ingenious wall-mounted light fixtures beyond. Small criticism for a room that is truly inspiring.”