A traditional touch gets a contemporary update: The movable ladder attached to these otherwise basic bookshelves is as functional -- allowing the homeowners to reach items up high -- as it is attractive. Adding plants and unique accessories along with the books arranged in varying ways feels personal and adds additional elements of interest.
The homeowners wanted a cool, masculine space for their newest addition, so designers brought in a rustic, wood crib and fun sports accents. A mobile with all sorts of sport balls hangs over the crib, and pennants from the homeowners' favorite sports teams adorn the wall. The finishing touch is a masculine name plate that hangs above the crib, making the space personal for the family and their new baby boy.
Now the kitchen is a warm, welcoming hub filled with natural materials and touches of gold, complimented by beautiful olive colored cabinets—reflective of designer Christopher Peacock’s mother’s taste. The finished product was exactly how Christopher envisioned it: Not fancy or overdone, but a simple and practical space reminiscent of the wonderful kitchen in his childhood home outside of London.
“Rather than play to the crowd, and go for the glam, this time around I wanted to keep it personal,” he explains.
Nana Yaa Asare-Boadu is a citizen of the world. The British-born Ghanaian fashion designer had spent time living in the Netherlands, France and Italy before finding the unassuming Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn duplex that she currently calls home. Unassuming, that is, from the outside. Inside, the home is a visual feast of global influences, touching personal moments and individual style, presented with all of the understated minimalism of a luxury apartment with a view of Sacré Cœur or overlooking the Champs-Élysées.
To give her clients Chicago loft a midcentury modern update with a “touch of farmhouse chic,” designer Jennifer Talbot turned to a range of sources, combining new pieces from Blue Dot, One Kings Lane, Jayson Home & Garden, and Crate & Barrel with flea market and antique pieces the couple had collected over the years. “The key to creating a natural visual balance is a blend of new pieces and things that have been thoughtfully collected. If you vary where you shop for the new pieces the end result will feel personal,” she says.
Give your yard a touch of the tropics with exotic passion flower vine. ‘Empress Eugenie’ opens exquisite blooms that release a beautiful fragrance. Blossoms have subtle colors, so it’s best to place this vine where you can view the flowers up close and personal. Vines can reach 20 to 30 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide in warmer regions. Grow it in a container in cold-winter regions, and overwinter in a cool spot where roots won’t freeze. Water sparingly through winter, just enough to keep roots alive. New growth should emerge in spring. Hardy in Zones 7-10. Why we love it: Passionflower is a host plant to several butterflies, including zebra longwings, gulf fritillary and monarchs.