White walls and high ceilings accented by arched entryways set the stage for a multi-layered design moment. The seating is the star in this space with two side chairs upholstered with handira - traditional Moroccan wedding blankets. Behind them a beaded Yoruba Chair showcases a colorful pattern. On the sofa, an Indian Kantha quilt covers the seat cushions accented by Indian block-print pillows. Add to that an ornately carved wooden coffee table, a beautifully decorated fireplace mantle and loads of art and accessories, and you have a perfectly designed desert oasis.
From a wider perspective, it's easier to see how Kay and Hooff seamlessly blended the kitchen addition into the home's existing features, per the clients' wishes. To pull it off, the antique glass passage knobs on the arched double doors match the originals elsewhere in the house. Gaze through the door to observe that the fireplace is surrounded by reclaimed brick and a plaster mantle. The reclaimed French oak floors continue into the room as well. Above the fireplace, a custom mirror enlarges the feel of the space.
Decatur is known for its distinct, historic neighborhoods, eclectic food, and vibrant downtown: it is not known for log cabins. My clients are the owners of this unlikely urban retreat, and wanted to design a space that provided a TV-free zone to read, relax, eat, and play games as a family.
We got rid of the draperies and painted the windows gray for a more open and modern feel. A new mantle and all new furniture made for a refreshed and now usable space!
As seen on HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes, designer Laurie March transformed TV personality Kendra Wilkinson and husband Hank Basketts' living room into a glittering, disco-inspired Holiday wonderland featuring a twelve-foot tall, white Christmas tree with deep blue and chartreuse ornaments, a custom mantle art piece, disco balls and copper-colored balloons on the ceiling. The tall, dramatic tree helps fill the large, empty space in Kendra's high ceiling living room.
Chip and Joanna, from HGTV's Fixer Upper, have completed renovated this living room, which was once a closed in, disconnected space. Chip moved the wall that contained the fireplace to open up the space and had a new mantle constructed on the outside wall. Joanna brought in rustic touches to create a comfortable, yet sophisticated space for the family to enjoy. The entire space is lit and tied together by a new chandelier that adds an elegant touch to this rustic chic living space.
If purple is your jam, you need to tuck clustered bellflower into your garden. The bright purple blossoms make a perfect addition to any late spring or early summer bouquet. Remove spent blooms to help extend the flower show. Blossoms beckon butterflies and other pollinators. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 15 to 16 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8. Good vase companions for clustered bellflower: bearded iris, baptisia, gas plant, lady’s mantle and coralbells.
By using matching or complementary veneer materials to that of the home on this courtyard fireplace feature, it allowed it to blend harmoniously. The Spanish Cotto Terra Cotta is used as the mantle and hearth, with the antique brick veneer surrounding the fireplace box and the base of the view-port openings. However, it was the plantings that provided the critical contrast in colors and offered a serene atmosphere to this outdoor 'room'.
Although simple in design, the wrought iron crossing over the wall openings matched the wrought iron on the Juliet balconies.
Blanket flower is also a terrific choice for cottage gardens, where its high-flowering potential blends beautifully with traditional cottage plants like larkspur, pinks and lady’s mantle. In the garden, cool blanket flower’s bold blossom hues with gray or silver plants (lamb’s ears, santolina, lavender) or deep burgundy toned plants (alternanthera, purple millet, amaranthus). This planting features Heat It Up Scarlet and Yellow blanket flowers with Sweet Caroline Red Hawk sweet potato vine. Heat It Up blanket flowers grow 12 to 24 inches tall and spread 18 to 36 inches. Typically grown as an annual, but hardy in Zones 8-10.
Peonies are old-fashioned favorites that are long-lived, flowering for generations. Peony blossoms come in a variety of flower forms, like these semi-double blooms of pink ‘Paula Fay.’ A single peony makes a stunning bouquet; combine several stems, and you have a centerpiece fit for any gathering. Plant early, mid- and late season peonies, and you’ll be picking the blooms for 6 weeks. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 35 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-8. Good vase companions for peony: lady’s mantle, clustered bellflower, catmint and hosta.
A classic bloomer for early summer bouquets, bearded iris offers a rainbow of flower hues, from purple-black, to sunny yellow, to old-fashioned lavender. Bearded iris are undemanding in the garden. Tuck them into a spot with full sun to part shade, and call it done. Look for dwarf, knee-high or tall varieties. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 38 inches tall by 12 to 18 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-10. Good vase companions for bearded iris: baptisia, peony, lady’s mantle, gas plant and lavender.
Now tuck in as many stems of winterberries as desired. Keep them going in the same direction as the already-assembled pine cuttings. Push them down far enough to hold them securely in the wire structure of the wreath. Toss any berries that fall off into a martini glass to display at your bar or on the mantle, or add them to a basket of potpourri in the guest bath (remove the berries when they start to go brown or shrivel). Keep winterberries away from pets; they can be toxic.
Individual blossoms on the flower spike of gas plant appear to have eyelashes, thanks to long, curling stamens. Gas plant offers a long flower season, from late spring through midsummer, and you can find varieties with blooms in shades of lavender, pink and red. Once flowers fade, seedpods form that linger into early winter and make a nice addition to autumn arrangements. Site this perennial where you want it (full sun is best), because it doesn’t transplant easily. Small seedlings tend to form around the mother plant, and those can be moved with little fuss. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 28 to 32 inches tall by 18 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7. Good vase companions for gas plant: bearded iris, peony, bee balm and lady’s mantle.