Finished in gray, this deck is the perfect spot for entertaining without distracting from the natural beauty of the outdoors. Black patio furniture provides a cozy, yet sophisticated spot for gathering over a great meal.
A stained cedar fence guarantees privacy in this home's side yard, where a mix of pine and oak trees, ornamental grasses and drought-tolerant perennials comprise the landscape design. The home's eco-friendly, exterior building materials include both smooth and scraped synthetic limestone blocks and fiber-cement siding, a product composed of 50-percent recycled content (fly ash) and wood fiber pulp supplied from sustainably managed forests.
A current take on the modern white box model of the 1960s and 1970s, this home is cool, clean and sleek. Its cantilevered, flat roof is reminiscent of prairie-style architecture, adding another interesting element to the exterior.
Create a centerpiece vignette for your island in your favorite style, whether it’s rustic, vintage or modern. Texas designer Janna Allbritton of Yellow Prairie Interior Design says if you’re going rustic, look in your garage with a fresh set of eyes for unexpected items to use on the island. An old picture frame or caddy, like on this island, could do the trick. Use one large piece to anchor the arrangement, then decorate around it, she says.