Stone tile with a heavily chiseled finish creates a unique, textured focal wall in this contemporary bathroom. Designer Gregg De Meza addresses the clients' desire for indoor-outdoor living through natural finishes that embrace the home's wine country setting.
Since spring is associated with light, airy colors and being outside, it’s best to serve light fare at a springtime soiree. Serve up a spring-inspired salad made with greens and topped with slices of grapefruit, honeydew or cantaloupe. It’s best to always keep the salad dressing separate since guests may be particular about dietary restrictions.
The short, flat roof architecture of this midcentury modern home contributes to the spacious look of the surrounding yard and environment. A gravel courtyard is illuminated by mounted outdoor lights that fade out into landscaping lighting placed in the planted sections of the yard.
A covered patio accessible through both a regular door and sliding doors extends the living space from inside to the outdoors. A grilling station is easily accessible from the kitchen, and a woven ceiling lets light in while offering protection from the hot Mexican sun.
Floor-to-ceiling windows both fill the living room with natural light and provide clear views of the mountains outside. Meanwhile, two cushioned sofas and a matching armchair ensure that everyone feels comfortable.
Steps away from the doorway to the outdoors, the lower level powder room at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase continues the look of the outside stone terrace with a Walker Zanger porcelain tile floor in a honeycomb pattern. The palette continues the look of stone, while hardware and lighting adds a luxe twist to the otherwise bohemian vibe.
Here's a feature few can boast -- a kitchen/dining room that essentially opens up completely to the outdoors! Just inside the mammoth sliding glass doors, you can see an expansive kitchen island and cozy dining table. Glass windows extend far above the doors, allowing maximum light and creating a reinforced sense of openness.
Lighting can make a huge difference to the look of an outside space. Bistro lights in the oak tree, illuminated containers and landscape lights help create a romantic and fun atmosphere. The pergola was designed to have decorative privacy screens in between the posts and is lit with decorative sconces.
How does the space look when it’s dark outside? Brad Groff of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania’s River Valley Landscapes says to include just enough light to safely get from point A to point B, then highlight certain features — such as small trees — with vertical lighting. Fixtures that conceal the bulb are best.
String up lights and lanterns around your outdoor space to give an enchanting twinkle to any garden party. The soft glow will invite everyone to linger outside in the nighttime summer air. Line lanterns and smaller string lights around your seating area, and hang a few off tree branches for a touch of ambiance.
A stone tile patio leads from the home to this private reflecting pool. Patio chairs face the pool surrounded by ornamental grass. Uncovered windows allow indoor light to cast a warm glow over the relaxing space.
Add some rustic charm to your yard with tree silhouettes made from plywood and nail heads. These attractive trees, designed by Brian Patrick Flynn, are fun in the daytime but look breathtaking when silhouetted at night by outside lighting.
A large accordion door with turquoise door frame adds a touch of color and opens this sitting room out to the backyard patio. Gorgeous wood chairs create stylish seating under a mushroom pendant light and exposed ceiling beams.