This covered outdoor patio is certainly not lacking in atmosphere. A trio of chandeliers helps create a stunning ambiance at night, especially when the light reflects off the nearby water. The patio itself houses a fully equipped kitchen and grilling area, spacious dining table, lounge and fireplace. A swim-up bar offers a convenient spot to enjoy meals and drinks without leaving the pool.
One look at this plant and it’s easy to see where it gets its name: ‘Red Congo’ or ‘Rojo Congo.’ New leaves are flushed with red-purple hues, while stems on new growth glow bright red. This is an upright philodendron that makes an ideal tabletop plant. Give it a spot in bright or low light, although brighter light yields the strongest leaf colors. ‘Red Congo’ is an air purifier, removing toxic chemicals from indoor settings. Use it in your bedroom to ensure fresh air for a good night’s sleep.
This beautiful, modern master bedroom is a great place to relax after a long day. Three windows across the space let in plenty of natural light, but they are equipped with room darkening shades to block out any extra light at night. In one corner of the room, designers added a sitting area-perfect for taking in a morning cup of coffee or snugging up with a good book on a cold day. On the other side of the room, a desk rests between two large windows, keeping the desk well lit and providing beautiful views that make the position of this piece a perfect space for writing.
The family wanted a unique space for outdoor entertaining, so designers created a space that would function as an extension of the home's interior. A wood paneled ceiling and dark, wicker furniture bring a warm contrast to the neutral space, while the space's high arches let in plenty of natural light. In order to control the natural light during the day and keep bugs out at night, heavy curtains were hung so that the homeowners would be able to control the atmosphere of their space. To help the space remain usable during cooler weather, a fireplace was added to give off warmth when needed.
Love It or List It's Hilary Farr completed this bedroom redesign with a palette of complimentary natural colors. She pulled in natural elements, such as the natural wood headboard, newly refinished wood floors, and natural bedside tables, to accentuate the relaxation guests feel as soon as they enter this room. Touches like the framed pictures above each night table and the added bedside lights help to modernize the space to meet the needs of a busy family.
This master bedroom has been renovated with a new cathedral ceiling, contemporary wall colors, updated wardrobe closets, and an upholstered headboard for the queen bed. A new two-piece washroom was added in the space of the old in-wall closets, and new closets were added behind double swing doors. New upgraded windows and window treatments allow plenty of natural light into the room and privacy at night.
The sparkling, contemporary chandelier is a gorgeous highlight in the HGTV Smart Home 2015 master bedroom. According to the house planner, Jack Thomasson, “There was a very deliberate orientation of that fixture, so that at night time when the light is on and you’re on the street, it’s like this perfect framing of the fixture from the front of the house. We spent a lot of time working on getting it the right distance from the ceiling to see it from the street, and it looks really cool.”
This sweet little girl's nursery will also be used as a guest room when the family has guests stay the night, so designers added a plush, teal velour sofa that anchors the long wall of the nursery and doubles as a sofa bed when the need arises. To add symmetry to the space, bookcases on either side of the sofa add toy storage, and sconces add light to the space, while not posing a tip-over threat to the little one.
Fill spring and fall with eye-catching color and sweet floral perfume by planting a container overflowing with fragrant annuals. This pot features a trio of plants that thrive in the seasons when days and nights are cool. Perennial ‘Lucius’ snowy woodrush (Luzula nivea ‘Lucius’) is the grassy green plant in the center of the container (hardy in Zones 4-9). It’s surrounded by Cool Wave Lavender Blue Trailing Pansy, which has a light floral fragrance. Clear Crystal white sweet alyssum offers a sweet perfume. This group of plants beckons early and late season pollinator insects.
Double blooms adorn this favorite fragrant bloomer. This is a dwarf variety that grows 2 feet tall and up to 4 feet wide. Indoors, raise plants in terra-cotta pots to help prevent root rot. Water only when soil is dry. Bright light near a south, east or western window is ideal. For best flowering, provide a temperature difference of 10 to 15 degrees between day and night. Botanical name: Gardenia jasminoides ‘Crown Jewel’
From an icy blue and white color palette to touches of silver and rich, menswear-inspired fabrics, see how a lackluster bedroom gets a winter-inspired makeover full of the season's hottest trends. In this design from Brian Patrick Flynn, a collection of framed artwork and photography is simply leaned against the wall above the entry’s console table. A small table lamp made of mercury glass helps reflect the light it emits once switched on at night. A mirrored console table serves as the base for this lovely white and silver vignette, featuring silver frames, white hydrangeas, silver bird accessories and a white faux deer head.
This pretty pair of bloomers bridges the part shade to sun gap with non-stop flowers. Lobelia Sky Blue Erinus opens blossoms in soft blue, offering an eye-catching contrast to Sunsatia Lemon nemesia and its lemon yellow flowers. Both plants tend to stop flowering when night temps stay above 70 F. If this occurs, give plants a light trim to promote fresh, branching growth when temps cool off. Both plants grow 6 to 10 inches tall and spread at least 12 to 16 inches. Choose these bloomers to fill the spiller role in containers or make a handsome hanging basket.
‘Kirigami’ ornamental oregano isn’t meant for the kitchen—it’s purely a garden delight with its colorful bracts and lightly fragrant flowers. In autumn’s cool nights, the rose-purple bracts on ‘Kirigami’ (Origanum x hybrid ‘Kirigami’) deepen in color. Look for this beauty in spring to grow all summer long and into fall. Or pick it up at garden centers in autumn to decorate outdoor spaces until hard frost arrives. This oregano is winter hardy in planting beds in Zones 5b-8b. Tuck it into the garden at least six weeks before hard frost to help ensure winter survival. Next spring, dig it and pot it, or enjoy its trailing stems in the garden.
Moonflower vine is the after-dark cousin to morning glory. This annual vine opens stunning 6-inch-wide white blooms—loaded with fragrance—starting at dusk. On a warm summer’s evening, it’s pure joy to sit on a patio and watch the moonflowers twirl open. Plant moonflower on a trellis with morning glory for a spectacular sunrise to sunset show. Like morning glories, each moonflower blossom lasts a single day (night). This annual vine grows to 20 feet, twining its way around supports. Soak seeds overnight or nick them prior to planting. Why we love it: The sweet fragrance is tough to beat, and the moths that pollinate the flowers are a delight to watch.