This transitional living room gets its oomph from its funky light fixtures. Their golden hues radiate throughout the room and create an interesting complement with the modern artwork over the fireplace. The colors are soft, muted and have a comfortable and stylish appeal.
This modern home office, crafted by Design Platform, gets added oomph from the unusually designed ceiling of geometric shapes, the gray swirl wallpaper that frames the back wall and the intermittent pops of orange in the room. These designs play well against the more linear structures of the furniture and accent pieces of the room.
Whisper gray allows colors in nature stand out in outdoor spaces. The gray color on the doors and shutters of this French-style home prove that this color can work with any style home in any setting. A violet patio set adds extra oomph this elegant backyard needs.
Just off the Mediterranean kitchen is another bar area that gives the homeowners plenty of space for their frequent parties. Underfoot, a tapered French limestone floor gives the kitchen some "ooh-la-la" oomph. The darker cabinets here contrast with the maple wood cabinets in the kitchen, which have an opaque paint glaze called "modeling," giving a leathery effect that plays nicely off the aged metal hardware.
Sharp blades are vital to successful gardening, whether they come in a pair (pruners) or as single blades, like these tools. The large tool is a perennial divider. The heart-shape blade slices through the center of perennials like pudding, and the short handle provides enough space to get some real oomph behind the effort. It also makes quick work of edging a small bed. The big knife (sold as Fiskars Big Grip Knife) makes quick work of weeding, seed planting, dividing small plants and digging holes for bedding plants. A similar tool is the Japanese hori-hori knife (which can easily take the place of a trowel). While these types of bladed tools are somewhat specialized, their versatility in the garden makes them worth the investment.