In this streamlined, modern home, the owners desired natural textures and finishes such as natural stone and a variety of woods to juxtapose against a clean, linear backdrop. This bathroom plays with the concept of planes in the use of materials. It is study in contrasting and complementary textures as seen with the tiles from resin inlaid with pebbles and a long porcelain tile that resembles a wood grain similar to that of the cabinets.
As seen on HGTV and DIY Network's House Crashers, licensed contractor Josh Temple takes a quick break from assembling a game table in front of Jason Melius' and Tiffany Price's Burbank, California, home. Temple and his team transformed the under-utilized sunroom off of the back of the home into a beautiful space for entertaining with custom pebble flooring, slat wall treatments, and a custom bar and lounge area.
Stone crowns atop columns lead the way to a giant chess board made of prefab 2x2 concrete squares with exposed pebbles. Taking inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, designer Margie Grace of Grace Design Associates. Inc., has red roses on one side and white roses on the other. Fourth of July roses, which are speckled and look like they're being painted for the Queen, are in pots behind the benches. "If it's your fantasy, just go there," says Grace. "Don't do it by halves."
This landscape design concept was based on the modern lines of the home and allows the elegant forms to transfer onto the ground plane. The driveway and connecting pedestrian paths are formed concrete pads with a simple broom finish in a series of squares and rectangles. The voids between the pads are neatly topped with gray beach pebbles and allow rainwater to flow through, minimizing runoff onto the street. The pockets of plantings near the front entry contain sculptural accent plants.
If you can provide impatiens with enough humidity, these pretty annuals will add color to your windowsill garden for weeks. While they tolerate the average home temperature, they need at least 50% humidity. Group them with other plants, grow them in a bathroom or near the kitchen sink, or sit their pots in shallow trays filled with pebbles and a little water to give them the moisture they need. Another option: mist your impatiens daily.
Crush the leaves of lemon button ferns (Nephrolepis cordifolia) to release their citrusy scent. They’re the smallest of the Boston ferns and fun to grow as houseplants or in trendy terrariums. Give them filtered shade; they can’t take direct, hot sun. If your home is dry, mist your fern regularly or put it on a tray filled with pebbles and a little water. To avoid root rot, don't let the bottom of the pot touch the water.
The hip black and white look of this barrel cactus cut and placed on alternating black sand and table salt is made even more dramatic with the addition of vertical porcupine quills. "Pour one mound of table salt across each side of the glass cube. Layer black fine grained sand on top. Repeat. Layer with white aquarium pebble before placing cactus," says Anne Gunnels of Honey + Gunn Succulents. The table design is by @pleasebeseatedrentals.
This landscape design concept was based on the modern lines of the home and allows the elegant forms to transfer onto the ground plane. The driveway and connecting pedestrian paths are formed concrete pads with a simple broom finish in a series of squares and rectangles. The voids between the pads are neatly topped with gray beach pebbles and allow rainwater to flow through, minimizing runoff onto the street. The pockets of plantings near the front entry contain sculptural accent plants, which are dramatic when illuminated by landscape lighting at night.
After the holidays, cyclamens need a location with bright, indirect light and cool temperatures. They prefer high humidity, so try grouping them with other plants, or place them in a saucer filled with pebbles and a little water. (Just don't let the roots touch the water, which can cause rotting.) When the flowers finish, the plants will go dormant. Stop watering then and wait until new leaves emerge in fall before you water again. This cyclamen is 'Dixie Pink'.
Do you have any plant lovers in your life? This adorable bulb gift set is a great way to show them just how well you know them. And the best part is, it takes less than 5 minutes to make! All you have to do is fill the bottom of your jar with pebbles and add your bulb on top. Courtesy of The Happier Homemaker
Delicate-looking maidenhair ferns love high humidity, and Victorian gardeners provided it by growing them in Wardian cases, terrarium-like structures made of glass. To give these plants the moist air they crave, mist your fern daily or keep it on top of some pebbles in a tray filled with a little water. These feathery beauties can be finicky, demanding moist, well-draining soil and indirect sun. Don’t let them dry out completely or stand in drafts
Create a fun and modern Christmas tree arrangement with a few small natural objects combined with some bright colors. Hot glue pebbles, acorns, pine cones, twigs or other natural elements onto a styrofoam cone base. Once the cone is completely covered use a heavy coat of acrylic paint to color your Christmas tree. You can make all of your trees the same color, or create an arrangement of complementing colors to fit your decor.
These arrangements can be created by cutting succulents or planting living plants. If you choose the live option, fill the bottom of the container with a layer of rock. Fill with cactus potting mix and then add barrel cactus and hawthoria. White aquarium pebbles complete the look. "Purple agate, amethyst and porcupine quills add the sparkle and height," says Sara Fried. And don't forget to water: every two weeks about one tablespoon and keep your arrangement in a bright indoor spot.
After taking up the space that was a hallway and powder bathroom, the designers were left with an open and accessible bathroom for the clients to function properly. Here, the spacious vanity makes getting ready in the morning easy and comfortable. By using the client's love for natural elements, the designers were also able to create an oasis complete with a pebble wall and bench, full body shower and marble wrapped air spa with light therapy. Additional features like a hidden shower drain and under cabinet lighting make this bathroom extra special. All of these elements contribute ease of use and life style in order for the client to successfully age in place.
Chip Wade recommends buying stone and rock in bulk at landscape suppliers to save money. Wade takes large landscape bags to the suppliers and has them filled and then stores them in a less used section of his yard so he will always have rock or pebbles when he needs them. You'll save lots of money if you don't have these materials delivered. Wade used these stones beneath a gutter to hide an erosion issue. "Frequently that looks good and solves the problem," he says.
Creating these charming combos of geodes and succulents doesn't have to break the bank. Small succulents are expensive and bits of crystal, geodes and agate are easy to find. You can use inexpensive containers you already have on hand or that you find at big box stores. Here. hawthoria is combined with a variety of materials: black and white aquarium pebbles, preserved billy button, slices of blue agate, porcupine quills and tall black dried salt cedar (available in the floral department), amethyst and pink quartz. “Options are many here,” says Anne Gunnels of Nashville's Honey + Gunn Succulents. “Try amazonite, rough pink rose quartz crystal, and even desert rose stones for interest. Get height from willow, quills, and even peacock feather.”
The Pebble Tek pool and infinity spa overlook breathtaking ocean vistas to the Southeast and the Santa Ynez mountains to the North.In the main house, richly colored walls line the sensational master suite, with a sitting area or office and elegant bathroom. A second bedroom suite opens to a large, private patio and secondary lap pool, creating the perfect retreat for family or guests. Perched for ocean views, a second level loft-style office opens to a private rooftop deck.A detached one-bedroom suite with a fireplace and full bathroom has direct access to the main pool area, and attaches to a generous laundry room. A second, detached affords privacy yet proximity to the main house. Beautifully appointed, the one-bedroom suite includes a kitchenette, full bathroom and private patio. This Montecito compound affords plentiful space for both family and guests.Built in 1967.5,431 approximate square feet.Architectural style: ContemporaryProperty features: 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms and 1 Partial Baths.