Nestled between mature trees, this rustic cabin exterior features a touch of modern. A few steps lead to the covered porch with two white columns and a dark wooden front door. The long gravel driveway offers plenty of parking and access to the retaining wall garden.
Warm yet modern, this open kitchen with large eat-in island is ideal for the whole family as well as entertaining. White oak hardwood is used for the floors, while the cabinets were made from local materials and craftsmen. Windows over the sink bring in natural light and overlook the gardens.
A decadent white dining table is surrounded by 8 white leather chairs and sits on a stunning gray Barbara Barry area rug. A unique wooden wall treatment features plenty of windows to allow in natural light and views of the garden outside. Modern lights hang from the warm wood ceiling beams, creating a soft ambiance for dining.
In the courtyard gallery garden at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, landscape designer Megan Van Linda pays homage to the Venice Biennale, the biennial, internationally acclaimed exhibition of contemporary art in Italy. A custom mural by San Francisco artist The Apexer and a modern lounger add contemporary flair to the Italianate architecture of the home.
Known as "The Monastery," this landmark property includes more than 10 acres overlooking a grove of olive trees. Originally owned in 1934 by the famed conductor Leopold Stokowski with gardens designed by Lockwood de Forest, the estate received a modern update in 2008 when architect Barton Myers built the current house.
This classic living room provides the perfect spot to relax and take in the outdoor garden views from the curved floor-to-ceiling window. Comfy, neutral matching sofas and two armchairs share the coffee table, all resting on a patterned neutral rug. Modern wall art provides a pop of color in the space just beside the French doors that lead to the patio.
Not all heirloom plants are antiques – yet. Many modern hybrid plants, including cannas, ferns, and this Stella d’Oro daylily, can quickly become heirlooms within just one or two generations of gardeners who see their value and who know how to divide them to get more to spread around.
Though it's located on one of the best streets in La Jolla, Calif., the back of this home was once overrun with myoporum and acacias that blocked views of the canyon and ocean. To help reclaim the rear garden, the Torrey Pines Landscape Company cleared away the plants and added a modern living and entertaining space beneath the pergola.
The back deck of the HGTV Smart Home 2013 located in Jacksonville, FL is accented with a blue pine trestle-style table and rustic metal chairs. The dining table set presents the perfect marriage of modern and vintage-chic garden design. Composite decking in a weathered gray hue creates a neutral canvas underfoot and a built-in grill in the outdoor kitchen area finish the space.
This hilltop home and garden in Bel Air boldly pairs modern design with sustainable practices. As guests move from the courtyard to back of the house, they'll find various grasses, sculptural succulents and a grove of Eucalyptus trees -- all of which require little water and maintenance. Sansevieria plants introduce this idea in the clean, contemporary courtyard.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
Modern artwork, lighting and furnishings mix with traditional pieces, such as a wing chair, in a white and blue sitting room by Jimmy Stanton for a Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. He selected items that have concrete, wood and stone, along with graphic artwork and a rug with a faux bois design. Garden stools provide extra seating or space for coffee or cocktails.
With a multitude of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, rooftop gardens and water features, landscape design is a key element of Lago-a-Lago. California-inspired flora includes a Ligustrum tree alley with ornamental grasses off the façade, Japanese blueberries in the courtyard and agave and yucca spread throughout the grounds. This resort-inspired residence on Palm Beach Island is a luxurious and modern holiday home meticulously designed by award-winning Roger Janssen of Dailey Janssen Architects.
Modern cotton has been bred to be all white for convenience, but gardeners who love novelty, and home weavers who appreciate natural colors, can grow heirloom varieties that are brown, green, and even pale lavender. Saving seed from year to year preserves their unique colors. Cotton needs warm soil and a long, hot season to mature its pods before fall.
Unlike hybrids, which typically have to be started anew every year from cross-pollinated “parent” plants, heirloom vegetables are open-pollinated meaning they come true to type every year, so they can be kept going from saved seed for many years. Gardeners who grow and share these plants help preserve important diversity in a somewhat bland, streamlined world of modern agriculture.
Located on the stunning grounds of the Botanic Gardens, Belfast's Ulster Museum highlights a wide-ranging collection of historic and contemporary work; displays covering Irish history including "the Troubles" that divided Catholics and Protestants in modern Ireland; and a collection of natural science objects as well as collections of glass and ceramics and costumes and textiles. In other words, there is something for everyone in this handsome museum where a stroll through the 28-acre Botanic Gardens before or after your museum visit is a must. Queen's University shares the neighborhood so there are ample coffee shops and restaurants close-by for a post-culture bite or sip.
To give her clients Chicago loft a midcentury modern update with a “touch of farmhouse chic,” designer Jennifer Talbot turned to a range of sources, combining new pieces from Blue Dot, One Kings Lane, Jayson Home & Garden, and Crate & Barrel with flea market and antique pieces the couple had collected over the years. “The key to creating a natural visual balance is a blend of new pieces and things that have been thoughtfully collected. If you vary where you shop for the new pieces the end result will feel personal,” she says.
Garden designer Holley Jaakkola's gorgeous home in Savannah's coastal Isle of Hope community 15 minutes from downtown can often suggest a film set. This beautifully manicured, idyllic, old-fashioned 1850 home sits on a quiet country road where children in bathing suits ride bikes and the pace is calm and removed from the fracas of modern life. The home is separated from the water by that narrow road and the entire Isle of Hope community has a sleepy, lost-in-time attitude.
In the cool weather seasons of fall and spring, count on flowering stock (Matthiola incana) to deliver amazing fragrance with its strong and spicy clove scented blooms. This variety is ‘Sugar & Spice,’ and it grows 10 to 12 inches tall and 8 to 10 inches wide. Stock is a much beloved old-fashioned flower, a common plant in Victorian-era gardens. The modern varieties offer things like better heat tolerance and a vivid range of jewel-tone blooms, including deep violet, rose-pink, fuchsia and white. Use flowering stock in containers or planting beds, placing it near an entrance so you can savor the scent. This is an annual plant, dying after hard frost.