A pair of textured love seats creates seating around a round, ribbed coffee table. Three red trunks double as colorful decoration and extra table surface, while a horse statue adds to the Asian feel of the design. French doors open into the room to provide access to the balcony and move fresh air and natural light into the space.
This gourmet chef's kitchen opens up to a large family room, making the space the true heart of this Bel-Air, Calif., home. Traditional cabinets are paired with beautiful marble countertops, while a large center island provides plenty of extra counter space.
Stunning wood flooring and recessed ceilings create strong geometric shapes giving the idea of edges and borders within the grand open floor plan of this upstairs hallway and sitting area. Square armchairs emphasize the geometry of the space while the leather upholstery echoes refinement and air of importance. A series of glass pendant lights form a chandelier of modern elegance.
Windows close into a pocket in the wall to fully open this living room to the outdoors, inviting in a view of the serene swimming pool and Pacific Ocean beyond and promoting air flow through this San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, home. Neutral, low-profile furnishings offer a comfortable spot to relax while keeping the attention on the stunning views.
A wide, full-length window opens up to bring in fresh air to the charming country-style dining room with striking views of the rural countryside. Neatly arranged dishware and knick knacks on the buffet add a personalized touch to the inviting, casual space.
Wood steps match the hardwood flooring on this modern staircase. Glass panels supporting the steel railing brings an air of openness. White walls provide a clean backdrop for the warm wood tones and simple, yet stylish hallway decor including red flowers and a triangular table.
SPG Architects’ Casa Torcida, located in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, takes inspiration from the Osa’s natural world. Bright, tropical colors contrast the neutral palette of the building materials while a movable glass-wall system can open the living spaces completely to the terraces surrounding the house as a means to cool this “off-the-grid” house, which has no air conditioning system.
Summer-flowering larkspurs are lovely in dried arrangements. Cut the stems just before the blooms are completely open and strip away the leaves. Then tie the stems together and hang them upside down from a coat hanger, hook or clothesline to air-dry for a few weeks. Keep them out of the sun and make sure they have good air circulation. If there’s a lot of moisture in the room, you may need to use a dehumidifier to help prevent mold and mildew. Shown here: 'Guardian Lavender' (Delphinum elatum).
Fixer Upper hosts Joanna and Chip Gaines transformed this living room by opening up the space, creating a better flow into the dining room. By moving the air conditioner to the attic they were able to open up the hallway behind the wall and move the door from the dining area to the living room. The original hardwood floors were kept and refinished, and a window in the dining room was replaced with French doors.
Perfect for the cook in the family, this lakefront kitchen features a top of the line, stainless steel double oven and plenty of cabinet space for storing kitchen essentials. The dark stained cabinets and kitchen island contrast beautifully against the crisp white walls and marble countertops. Nearby, French doors open up to the patio to bring in fresh air and display the exquisite views.
The high ceiling, arched windows and natural lighting create gorgeous lines in this transitional living room. French doors open to let fresh air and sunlight wash over the clean white walls, large white area rug and beautiful chandelier. A pair of loveseats surround a circular coffee table in front of the elegant fireplace surround. Stacked trunks and dispersed books add just a touch of color to the space.
The design vision for this property was to have a space that could be opened up to bring the outdoors in.The collapsable window by JeldWin allows for opening up an entire wall of the home the free flow of air, and natural light. The gorgeous wood floor and butcher block counter were designed to compliment the beautiful expansive backyard and the functional, modern minimalist style of the interior.
A long row of walnut cabinetry acts as an anchoring device for the kitchen in the open-floor living space. Cabinetmaker Shaum Sinawi chose a vertical-grain walnut that pairs elegantly with the rich hue of the walnut floors. A large kitchen island provides more room for seating and food preparation, while sizable sliding glass doors let fresh air and natural light into the breakfast nook.
Colletti says, “After planting this open-footed brandy glass with two Dracaena plants – one a spiked D. marginata and other a lime green-striped D. reflexa – (and) filling it to capacity, tuck a small Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’ on the side wall. The gold club moss begins to expand as if it’s finally found its long lost pals. The shape of its new home creates the ideal combination of moisture and air circulation."
Joanna and Chip Gaines have transformed the living room by removing the support header and opening up the space, creating a better flow into the dining room. By moving the air conditioner to the attic, they were able to open up the hallway behind the wall and move the door from the dining area to the living room. The original hardwood floors were kept and refinished, and a window in the dining room was replaced with French doors. The walls were painted a neutral medium gray with white trim and ceilings.
Since this home is located in Los Angeles, it only makes sense to have French doors that can be opened to fresh air and sunlight at a moment's notice. In the library, two brown leather armchairs and a cream-colored seat soak up the views, with an oversized red area rug pulling in some additional warmth.
Delicate baby’s breath (Gypsophila paniculata) makes a good filler for bouquets and fresh or dried arrangements. Wait until the morning dew dries before cutting long stems just as the buds start to open. The stems will shrink over time, so use a rubber band to bundle them together, and hang them upside down for a couple of weeks. Give them good air circulation while they’re drying in a dark place.