Bring your magical garden friends inside this winter with a little pine cone gnome, fairy and friendly elf. Hot glue a hazelnut to the top of a pine cone to create the head and body. Then cut out hats, mittened hands, scarves, beards and wings out of colored felt. Glue them to your pine cone friends and let them frolic in your indoor plants while winter is in town.
Make clay versions of you and your spouse. You could copy your exact wedding outfits or show different parts of your personalities and hobbies. The material, Fimo (a type of polymer), is hardy and will last for years after.
Thanks to the home's open floor plan, the owners can still chat with their guests as they prep dinner or mix drinks in the kitchen. Meanwhile, a crushed velvet sofa, two suede armchairs, two ottomans and three matching barstools provide stylish seating for up to ten people.
The number one design mistake people make in their homes? "When people make their house too practical or too pretty," it doesn't work, says Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper. Great design is a blend of both, like this functional yet chic white kitchen.
Many people think modular seating arrangements won’t work in a small space but they can actually take up less room than a sofa and loveseat and provide a place for two people to stretch out comfortably.
In general, the biggest mistake in backyard design is one oversized patio with plantings on the borders. When you're designing outdoor space you have to think about how people socialize. As soon as you have more than four people over they break into different groups, and that's how your yard should be divided, too.
This home was designed to be grand enough to impress, but low-key enough to make people feel at home. The underlying theme of this home was to make it so wonderful that when the clients' extended family came to visit they would never want to leave, and with the home's flowing spaces large enough for over 100 people while maintaining more intimate spaces for 10 people or less, designers have achieved their goal.
A sleek gourmet grill encased in manufactured stone sits center stage in the home's outdoor kitchen area next to the lanai. "It's great because it's right off where all the people are seating, so people can speak to whoever is cooking," says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn.