A full bar features built-in wine storage and ample seating for family and friends. The lower level of this three-story beachfront home serves as a game and media room, bar, exercise room, full bathroom and laundry room. Broad windows let in loads of natural light and put the ocean views on display. Tans, browns, deep greens and blues combine with textures such as woven reeds, metallic, leather and driftwood to bring nature indoors. A feature wall behind the bar was inspired by the client's travels.
The open floor plan of this contemporary living space is ideal for entertaining. A putting green on the balcony is easily accessed through chic sliding doors that provide an exquisite view of the urban surroundings while bathing the space in natural light. Two sofas and matching ottomans, along with clusters of octagon tables, allow for flexible arrangements, accommodating gatherings from intimate to grand. A graphic area rug in blacks and browns anchors the room, while a modern gray built-in bookcase with custom shelving anchors the wall near the entrance.
These homeowners were very interested in bringing their love for the natural beauty of the outdoors inside and mixing it with the modern design style they already love. This photo shows that they succeeded. The large window overlooking the sink brings in plenty of natural light, allowing nature into the space. The live edge wood shelving shows the raw beauty of nature, while the colors on the wall and the backsplash are earthy shades of green, yellow and gray. These natural elements blend perfectly with the clean lines of the countertop and the modern pendant light, bringing the couple's ideas of an eco modern design to life.
Place the plant, still in its pot, on top of the foam. For this terrarium, Rose used a cyclamen, shown here (Hypoestes phyllostachya ‘Pink’) and Phyllitis scolopendrium (not shown). Janit Calvo, author of Gardening in Miniature and owner of Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center, says mosses, miniature African violets, Needlepoint English Ivy (Hedera helix ‘Needlepoint’) and dwarf or miniature ferns can grow well in open terrariums with bright, indirect light.
Crunchy ‘Sweet Sunset’ banana peppers won the 2015 All-America Selection award. The fruits grow on compact plants that thrive in containers or the garden, and signal they’re ready to harvest when they change from pale green to light yellow. If you prefer, wait a little longer to pick, until the peppers turn red. This variety has better pest and disease resistance, and is more tolerant of drought and heat, than many older varieties.
Usually, when you think windows, you don't think decoration, but this window has become the focal point of this space. The two slender mirrors add plenty of natural light to the space, which is reflected off of the small, starburst mirror in the center. A green plant sits in front or each windows to add a touch of nature, while fresh pink flowers in a turquoise vase give the window a little splash of color.
To allow the homeowners to make the most of their amazing mountain views, they created a sitting area and breakfast nook in the Florida room of this Georgia farmhouse. Similarly to the rest of the house, this Florida room has a neutral color palette and modern design which reflect the countryside around it. Wall to wall windows and elegant French doors allow in tons of natural light, while the colors in the space reflect the green of the trees, making the room feel as if it truly is a part of nature.
Venetian plastered walls, cypress beams and custom-made wrought iron lighting set an elegant tone upon entering this traditional living room. Designer Troy Beasley mixes contemporary chairs, tables and accessories with charming Moorish art and rich, Tuscan hues. Tuscan style is known for its natural, earth-toned colors, like golden yellow, terra cotta and green for an airy effect in warm-weather places, and this ivory and gold color scheme provides just that.
There is very little this Atlanta doesn't offer in terms of outdoor activities including this hot tub and fireplace combination, a luxurious outdoor kitchen, putting green, whimsical fairy tale garden shed and more. "We like to entertain obviously," says homeowner Rod Rusyniak who each year with his partner stages an elaborate holiday party complete with a light show, Mr. and Mrs. Klaus, ice sculptures and, of course, elves.
Though it would make for an ideal tiny home, this Container Guest House in a San Antonio, Texas backyard functions as the perfect accommodation for visitors. As is the norm with container homes, environmentally friendly practices were top-of-mind, explaining why Poteet Architects kept its original blue color, along with the exterior text. There are plenty of other green features as well. The addition of a floor-to-ceiling window adds natural light, while sliding doors provide plenty of fresh air. The roof garden is watered by grey water (runoff water from the sink and shower). The bathroom contains a composting toilet, and recycled soda bottles are part of the deck’s building materials. If that’s not enough, the exterior light fixtures are local tractor blades, and the foundation consists of — you’d never guess — recycled telephone poles.
Rare and beautiful, ‘Pink Princess’ philodendron (Philodendron erubescens) unfurls dark olive-green leaves with white variegation. As leaves mature, they turn a deep black hue with striking pink spots. Strong light helps plants develop the best leaf color. Place plants near a bright east, west or north window. Water ‘Pink Princess’ when soil is dry to the touch. The black tone of leaves makes this philodendron a real charmer—and difficult to find. Grow this vining philodendron on a totem or pot trellis.
All you need for your own personal home library or reading nook is a good bookshelf and a spot for a comfortable armchair. This reading spot makes use of a spot beneath a staircase that would otherwise be wasted. The back of the built-in bookcase is lined with removable wallpaper to give a pop of contrast to the moody green walls painted in Sherwin-Williams Country Squire. The nook includes an arc lamp to provide task lighting for reading and a small side table to hold a beverage, a soothing candle or the current book club book.
In this bedroom, Mina Starsiak and Karen E. Laine created a fun bedroom with a Moroccan vibe. The neutral color on the walls reflects the natural light that streams in through open windows, but bright colors liven up the space. Funky throws and patterned pillows adorn the bed, while a modern, green chair rests in a corner of the space. A multi-color ottoman sits proudly in the middle of the room, while an orange lamp sits atop a golden end table. To complete the space, artwork adorns the walls, pulling the unique details of this space together.
Fill spring and fall with eye-catching color and sweet floral perfume by planting a container overflowing with fragrant annuals. This pot features a trio of plants that thrive in the seasons when days and nights are cool. Perennial ‘Lucius’ snowy woodrush (Luzula nivea ‘Lucius’) is the grassy green plant in the center of the container (hardy in Zones 4-9). It’s surrounded by Cool Wave Lavender Blue Trailing Pansy, which has a light floral fragrance. Clear Crystal white sweet alyssum offers a sweet perfume. This group of plants beckons early and late season pollinator insects.
A chocolate tree (Theobroma cacao) is a large plant, not starting to flower until it reaches 5 to 7 feet tall. It craves warmth (temps above 60 F) and bright light. Sit it outdoors for summer to encourage flowering. Blooms typically form spring through fall, followed by a large pod-like fruit. The fruit starts green and ripens to golden yellow. Inside the fruit are the chocolate beans, which must be fermented and dried before use.
Designers wanted to give the homeowners as much access to the home's beautiful beach view as possible, so they created a sort of sunroom to function as the home's main living space. The large windows in the space allow in tons of natural light as well as allow for a beautiful ocean view to be a major part of the design. To further incorporate the beach into the home, designers chose hues of blues and greens to add color to the living space that reflects the nature surrounding the cottage.
This selection of doublefile viburnum earns its name from baseball size blooms that typically appear near the start of baseball season. Flowers begin greenish-white and finish pure white. Leaves add strong interest with a deeply pleated form and strong green hue through summer. Fall lights up the foliage in vivid shades of wine and burgundy. Plants grow 5 to 10 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8. Good to know: Full sun is the key to strongest flowering.
This kitchen channels both Spanish and Mexican styling with colorful walls, shelves and pottery. The large metallic mirror hanging over the range is a statement piece that brings more light and space to the room. Designer Emily Severinsen chose a deep orange wall color and carried it through to the pottery, which holds a variety of kitchen utensils. The green tea color on the range hood and cabinets is a refreshing contrast against the bold, rustic metal tile backsplash and cultural artwork. Natural elements like the sabino wood kitchen island and wooden ceiling beams add a country look, while the black modern stools rejuvenate the space. The oversized antique mirror makes the kitchen feel larger and more open.