Mulching can be a big task in the fall, if you have multiple garden beds. Here's a tip from The Morton Arboretum in Illinois: Organic mulch should be composted or otherwise treated before use. The step kills insects, weed seeds and disease microorganisms. The texture of composted mulch generally is more uniform, creating better curb appeal.
The Mediterranean-inspired outdoor space combines multiple areas seamlessly, from the raised garden beds and hot tub to the outdoor dining room. Lush flower beds line the backyard, while potted plants and flowers add life and color around the space.
Bed linens, window curtains and an area rug demonstrate an array of color and pattern in the master bedroom. A solid, dark wood canopy bed and stark white walls allow the multiple patterns to work together in a stylish and seamless way.
This Southern California patio features multiple areas for lounging and dining, along with a dramatic, cantilevered infinity pool and spa with sweeping views of the Hollywood hills. Built-in beds provide pops of color.
A long and narrow bedroom can be a challenge. Designer Angelo Surmelis created two distinct spaces: a cozy bed area and a separate entertainment area just for relaxing. Angelo's Tip: Create multiple functional zones in a large room for a hotel suite-like feel.
The backyard of this newly built home includes the perfect outdoor living space. Complete with multiple patio levels, an infinity edge pool with spillway, a cabana, tiered planting beds and retaining walls and a meticulously maintained lawn area, this space is elegant and functional for the whole family.
This luxury bedroom suite features multiple options for sitting and reclining, from the elegant upholstered bed, to the modern modular sofa near the fireplace, to the outdoor settee that's sited to take optimal advantage of the view. A wood plank vaulted ceiling adds drama and also a warm rusticity to the Tennessee space.
Multiple windows bring in tons of light and offer sweeping city views in this streamlined contemporary bedroom. Draperies along one wall allow the owners to block light for sleeping, and a valance above the window seat conceals its shade. A dramatic metal pendant above the bed adds a touch of glamour.
This transitional bedroom features a yellow quilt paired with a gray throw and multiple pillows. Yellow and white zig-zag curtains frame a pair of windows, while a wood nightstand with a metallic table lamp is placed on either side of the bed. Two circular mirrors offer decoration, while natural light illuminates the space.
Multiple levels of gardens and outdoor living space overlook a canyon hillside. The top level is a bluestone patio featuring raised beds and a lounge area with fire pit and sectional. A second level of perennial gardens jut out from the wall. Below that, a rounded terrace features chaise lounges and a sun umbrella in shades of turquoise and green.
The wet room creates a spa like feel to this master bath. Carrera Marble in varying sizes and formats create continuity and interest. The Bain Ultra tub and multiple showerheads add to the message of pure relaxation. The yellow barn door separates the bath from the bedroom. The color palette continues into the bedroom with yellow and white Grange Hermitage Clover Leaf Chests on either side of the upholstered A Rudin bed.
Brighten shady beds with the silvery leaves of ‘Silver Bouquet’ pulmonaria. Spring blooms open to reveal pink petals that slowly fade to blue hues. At any point, plants often have multiple flower colors on one stem. Plants grow 7 inches tall by 20 inches wide. Site this deer-resistant beauty near the edge of planting areas to showcase its dainty blossoms. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
For retreat areas that you’ll use after sunset, include lighting in your design. Twinkle lights, outdoor lighting, lanterns, candles, solar lights—there’s definitely a light to suit your style. Consider combining different lighting options to give your retreat a dual personality—candles or twinkle lights for intimate gatherings or strings of larger wattage bulbs for entertaining. Built around a tree, this covered rooftop retreat features multiple lighting options, comfy built-in seating and even a bed for Fido. Pets like green spaces, too.
The homeowners outfitted the space with a super comfortable low-profile sectional so multiple guests can curl up with a good book or watch a movie on days when it’s too cold to go exploring. The sofa is also deep enough to serve as an extra guest bed, in a pinch. Plenty of blankets are provided and a vintage trunk serves as a coffee table – ideal for storing luggage. Nordic décor isn’t just beautiful, it’s often useful and flexible.