Looking down on the pumpkin reveals how various colored succulents work well together to create a beautiful patchwork of texture. Try adding a pumpkin like this to the holiday table or even to your outdoor living space. The pumpkin should last for weeks. When you are ready to toss the pumpkin, simply remove the succulents and plant them in a container.
Catalogs and stores are filled to overflowing with holiday décor of all types, but sometimes it’s just as easy (and less expensive) to make your own. Enlist the kids in putting together a simple window or door topper like this one, with a few slender branches found outdoors, some lengths of twine, string, or ribbon, and holiday balls in a variety of sizes.
Give basic round mirrors a holiday update using wreaths as frames. Pick up an unframed beveled edge mirror from the home improvement store, then search for a wreath with the same diameter. Secure the wreath directly to the face of the mirror with liquid bonding adhesive, then hang indoors or outdoors for holiday flair.
If you can’t incorporate a whole wall of glass, think smaller. “There are many areas in the home that would benefit from the features of a folding wall system, but may not have space to accommodate such a large opening. JELD-WEN® Custom wood folding windows offer the same advantages of a folding wall system — increased natural light, easy access to the outdoors for entertaining, gorgeous views — in any room of the home,” says Jim Parello, Vice President of Marketing for JELD-WEN.
By using matching or complementary veneer materials to that of the home on this courtyard fireplace feature, it allowed it to blend harmoniously. The Spanish Cotto Terra Cotta is used as the mantle and hearth, with the antique brick veneer surrounding the fireplace box and the base of the view-port openings. However, it was the plantings that provided the critical contrast in colors and offered a serene atmosphere to this outdoor 'room'.
Although simple in design, the wrought iron crossing over the wall openings matched the wrought iron on the Juliet balconies.
Something that can become tedious once winter sets in is having to move outdoor furniture in once temperatures approach freezing. Make it easy by choosing lightweight pieces that are easy to move around and store. Here, navy blue bean bag chairs were used due to how comfy they are and how simple it is to keep them stacked and stored away.
Many of the residential properties on this lake have a boat dock. The Houghtons bought two lots, making room for a boat dock AND a second "party deck" (this was their wish, in two words!). So HGID designed this as a floating lounge, literally - comfy upholstered seating areas with a huge TV, swimming dock (they're wake boarding fanatics) and wet bar complete with a kegerator (they're fanatical for beer). Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.
The front porch of this coastal Low Country cottage is the perfect place to relax at sunrise. Neutral geometric prints add interest to the plush outdoor furniture that's perfect for reading or taking in the view. To combat the harsh sea air, the home features weather-resistant cedar shingle siding and Garapa decking, a durable, sustainably harvested tropical hardwood. (HGTV Dream Home 2013)
Like the master bedroom, the master bath is designed to provide a virtual outdoor experience, creating the impression that the space is open to the outside. The seamless glass windows that form the outer walls are made of Starfire glass, a highly specialized glass that is actually clearer than ordinary glass and typically reserved for such purposes as building jewelry display cases and high-end aquariums. The cost of upgrading from clear glass to Starfire glass was more than $1 million. The master bath's freestanding tub cost more than $20,000, as seen on HGTV's Million Dollar Rooms.
Modular outdoor sofas offer endless options for configurations. In the sun drenched spot beside the covered area, an armless module was paired with a corner modular to create an impromptu lounge. When this area is not in use, these two modules can be added to the end of the three-seater sofa in the adjacent space to create a chaise.
If your get-together will continue into the evening, illuminate the party area with strings of lights encircling an umbrella, wound around tree trunks or run along cables suspended above partygoers' heads. Candle-filled or solar lanterns, placed on tables and at patio edges, are great alternatives if your home doesn't have outdoor electrical outlets.
Sliding doors can work in a wide range of architectural styles and configurations, including a curved opening like the one shown here. “Sliding glass walls offer more flexibility in configuration than folding glass walls. Sliding glass panels stack or disappear into a pocket when open, opening up living spaces to the outdoors,” says Ximena Rojas, Marketing Director for Panda Windows & Doors.
If you want to try growing figs, but aren't sure which varieties to choose, try an assortment of rare varieties from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. The company says you'll get three small plants of two varieties; the flesh may be pink, green or red, and they'll thrive outdoors in zones 7 to 11. Gardeners in colder regions may be able to grow these trees with winter protection.
This bedroom brings the outdoors inside. A chandelier over the bed is made from painted antlers, and the furniture is rough-hewn. Tan, white, and green plaids in the bed linens and window treatment lend to the rustic feel of the space. A rustic wood chair and coffee table offer the perfect sitting area for relaxing and enjoying a good book. Houseplants lend to the natural element while a green glass bedside lamp helps illuminate the space and tie in the color scheme. A natural jute throw rug anchors the entire area.
Breathtaking ocean, mountain and city views surround a luxurious home in Los Angeles, Calif. Grand decks and stunning floor-to-ceiling, fully retractable sliding walls of glass provide a seamless integration between interior and exterior spaces to create a quintessential SoCal living experience. A giant family room flows into the home's yard, beautiful infinity pool and spacious deck with fire pit, outdoor living and dining spaces complete with floating BBQ.
When doing a backyard project it's smart to have a ground plan so you can order exactly how much hardscape material you will need so nothing is wasted. Also remember, larger rocks like the ones seen here made great impromptu outdoor seating. Choose a rock that is at least 18-24" high for comfortable seating, advises Wade.
The Graham residence after the kitchen renovation by licensed contractor Chip Wade. As part of the renovation, Chip Wade added a garage door to allow for indoor and outdoor entertaining and tons of natural light. His design also included a custom concrete table weighing over two thousand pounds. The table also housed the cooktop and sink without exposing the working parts under the table, making for a clean look. With the addition of a garage door, a custom table and all new appliances, the kitchen area is now perfect for entertaining large groups, as seen on HGTV's Elbow Room.
Set along one of Northern Virginia’s premier golf courses, this outdoor space provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital. The natural beauty of the golf course and its landscape are drawn in by the 60-foot infinity edge along the pool. The warm tones provided by the Copper Bay stone decks and field stone allow for a rich and fun pop of blue along the pool and spa. The fireplace allows for the space to be used year round while providing the perfect setting to watch the sunset.