A stone fence meanders around a series of garden rooms in a Lake Forest, Ill., property, which is owned by a professional gardener and was featured on a tour by The Garden Conservancy. The garden has more than 60 varieties of woody plants alone and includes a formal lily pond and a shade garden, woodland garden, rain garden, working garden, vegetable garden and rose garden.
This east-facing morning room makes a stylish impression with its imaginative mix of blacks and whites. As a nod to the owners’ love for travel and storytelling, an Ingo Maurer fixture features 40 phrases in multiple languages scribbled upon squares of Japanese rice paper.
This Christmas display features red hydrangeas and stargazer lilies in a blown glass tortoise vase atop a demi-lune commode hand-painted with a harlequin pattern, gold menorah votives and a bell with a filigree handle.
A floating cantilevered buffet helps this transitional dining room appear larger while providing extra storage and easy access to serving. The cool blue walls, with complementing curtains, contrast the unique vintage dining room set, while a smoked crystal chandelier creates an attractive elegance. Framed water colors add splashes of color and tie the room together with an additional burst of color in the napkins.
As with all city gardens, space is at a premium, and in planning a great design, sometimes we are stuck with an eyesore. For this project, the landscapers at K&D Landscape Management built an outdoor pergola to mitigate the obtrusiveness of an structure that had to remain intact. With their magic wand, they transformed this piece into an attractive backdrop for the owners' outdoor grill, using the same fencing material that encloses the property.
Vases don't always have to be filled with flowers. Create a stylish design in a home office by filling clear vases with supplies like pencils and paper clips like in this study. Abstract artwork can also provide a little inspiration to kick-start productivity.
A smoked crystal chandelier adds elegance to this transitional dining room while cool blue walls contrast the unique vintage dining room set. A floating cantilevered buffet helps the room appear larger while providing extra storage and simplicity of access for serving. Framed water colors add splashes of color and tie the room together with an additional complementing color in the napkins.
White tulips and lilies dress up little vases filled with evergreen cuttings and winterberry stems. J, a flower expert at uBloom.com, suggests slipping ribbons saved from last year's gifts over the vases. It's a quick and easy way to upcycle and recycle.