The location of the patio was determined so that the space has a great view of the lake from the pool as well as anywhere else on the patio. The pool itself is set about 18" above the home's lawn and travertine patio so as to allow seating along the coping, as well as add dimension to the space. To visually connect this space to the home, designers used the same Indiana limestone for the pool's coping as was used around the lower level of the home. Then, a travertine that complemented the stone was chosen for the floor of the patio.
This tomato is a literal buffet for insects, including slugs, pillbugs and sowbugs. Heavy rainfall led to tomato cracking, and then bugs moved in to take advantage of the free food. To deter these insects, stake tomato plants so fruit is elevated and off the ground. Gather fallen fruit, removing it from the tomato growing area. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth or essential oil-infused natural bug killers, which typically have an inert base of materials like crushed limestone or peanut shells.
“Keep your details simple and clean and use the trendy stuff in accessories that are easier to change out,” says Christina Fluegge, owner of Greige Design. “I like to combine neutral materials so that spaces have contrast and texture without too much going on, so there’s room for variety.” In this bathroom, Fluegge used beadboard on the walls in colors that contrast slightly with the white marble countertops and sinks below. Underfoot, she chose a porcelain tile that mimics vein-cut limestone, but has more texture so that it doesn’t get slippery when wet.
For the bathroom of a new home in Westchester County, NY, architect Daniel Contelmo created an elegant vanity that is as rich in storage as it is in style. “It’s packed with various storage options, equally divided for the couple who shares the bath,” says Contelmo. Among the amenities are a built-in hamper, a linen closet, plenty of cabinets and drawers, lighted custom-framed mirrors and a central shelving area that offers display space and visually breaks the long limestone counter.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, the greatest discontent for Holly and Chester's home was the number of 'dysfunctional' spaces and long list of outdated fixtures and appliances. Designer Jillian Harris created a more open space by ripping out the wall that divided the kitchen and living space as Holly wanted to be able to see their baby in the living room while she was in the kitchen. Harris put in a large island with white quartz countertops, and lots of new storage. Pot lights were inserted, hardwood floors were put down. The room has all new furniture. A new insert and limestone tile was added to the fireplace. All coverings for the windows are new.