Here's inspiration to make the most of an oddly shaped space. Pale yellow is used on the walls to brighten up the room, while a white ceiling helps the area seem taller and loftier. Ruffled curtains create a special hideaway spot to cuddle up and read a book in the built-in window seat.
Amy has a way with mixing styles at home. In this reading nook a mid-century chair, a brass lamp from the '80s and a centuries-old carved stone fireplace come together seamlessly. Behind the lounge, two ancient tree stumps that have crystallized over millions of years are the oldest pieces in the home. And plants in earthenware pots reinforce the earth tone color scheme while adding to the nature-inspired feel of the room. Amy’s ability to layer neutrals helps bring pieces from various periods together beautifully.
Like the rest of the home, the master suite boasts breathtaking views of the city with floor-to-ceiling windows. In the corner of the room, a tufted chaise offers a place to relax, read and enjoy the view. To get an even closer look of the city, a glass door leads to a small, glass-enclosed balcony.
With a cottage feel that's cozy and inviting, this sitting area is perfect for great conversation or a relaxing read. The cream brick fireplace serves as the focal point of the space. Furnished with cozy green armchairs, striped blue wallpaper and a quilted patterned rug, this room is sure to be a favorite within the home.
Eclectic and funky little girls room with a blush pink base. The soft color palette is anchored with the charcoal accents and dots of bright pink. A window seat with comfy toss pillows in fun textures creates a cozy reading nook. A lofted wood daybed lined with pink velvet cushions is perfect for lounging and sleeping. An antique mirror over sits over the wooden dresser, on which sits vases of brightly colored fresh flowers. A play tent in charcoal gray with white dots atop a small white faux fur rug provides a special place to hide away or share secrets with friends. An area rug in blush pink with a charcoal gray and white pattern picks up the colors from elsewhere in the room and complements the wooden furniture.
The vision for this home office was a contemporary, functional space with room for the children to sit and read. The walnut cabinets provides a richness to the space and is the prominent architectural feature. The light counters add a crisp, airiness to accentuate the walnut details and not deter from the color and patterns on the floor and accessories.
The vision for this home office was a contemporary, functional space with room for the children to sit and read. The walnut cabinets provide a richness to the space and are the prominent architectural feature. The light countertops add a crisp airiness to accentuate the walnut without deterring from the color and patterns on the floor and accessories.
A multi paned window that fills the transitional, cream-clad sitting room with sunlight. Beneath it, a built-in window seat serves an ideal spot to curl up with a good read. The Craftsman-style coffered ceiling draws the eye and gifts the neutral space with dimension and style.
An Eames chair, a modern desk and a chalkboard wall blend to form a great space for kids to let their imaginations run wild. A hanging bubble chair is a tempting spot to read, and contemporary shelves store books and toys. A polka-dot rug ties together the room's palette and adds a fun finishing touch to the contemporary space.
The vision for this home office was a contemporary, functional space with room for the children to sit and read. The walnut cabinets and shelves provide a richness to the space and is the prominent architectural feature. The light counters add a crisp, airiness to accentuate the built-in wood storage and not deter from the color and patterns on the floor and accessories.
The trick to using leather correctly is to stick with tones that don’t read overly rich, overtly sexy or even gaudy. Here, the room’s main door was given an update with leather upholstery in an aged brown tone that’s slightly faded and worn, resulting in more of a vintage look. In addition to a mix of tones, the room was outfitted with organic textures that add visual depth.
The Master Bedroom provides a peaceful oasis to relax and rewind. A king-sized bed adds comfort, while large nightstands provide plenty of practical storage space. In the corner, of the room, a cozy, modern chair gives the homeowners a space to read and relax other than the bed. For a final touch of luxury, the headboard accent wall created out of a three dimensional tile that has a very soft feel and accentuated the warm, neutral tones throughout the room, allowing the accents with hints of red to really pop in the space.
Similar to using a quarter to show the scale of an object in a photograph, the juxtaposition of any color against white will ensure its proper tonal values read clearly. When looking over paint samples at home, try laying them out on a white surface or the lightest surface in the room like this marble tile.
The family who own this Southwestern-style home wanted one space in which to hang out as a family and play games, do art and read together. A second living space was designed to be more of an entertaining area, as well as a place for the family to watch tv. In both room, designers punctuated the adobe walls with pops of bright colors: red, green and blue.
Both newbies and seasoned gardeners make this mistake: crowding too many plants into a space. When plants are overcrowded, the look may be lush, but plants can’t reach their full potential. In this garden, two years after planting, the purple coneflower and yellow coreopsis had vanished, overshadowed and elbowed out by the other plants. Always read pot tags to learn how much space each plant needs to thrive. Give plants ample room to ensure the best growth.
This nook in the family room is a quiet place for the parents to work or read to their children before bed time. The space is sophisticated with transitional furniture and clean lines, but is approachable enough for three little ones to run around. This bookcase is a colorful touch in an otherwise neutral space, and showcases many of the keepsakes the family has picked up in their travels.
Create a retreat just like you would an interior room by starting with furnishings. Consider your style and budget, along with how you’ll likely use the space. If your retreat is a cherished space for reading and hanging out with family, include plenty of seating options. For a retreat that provides an escape for morning coffee, you might just need one seat and a spot to park your favorite mug. Include container gardens to give the space a touch of greenery and nature that will minister to you, body and soul. These pots sport a mix of annuals: dwarf purple fountain grass with ‘Sweet Caroline Light Green’ sweet potato vine and Intensia blueberry phlox, dark Vertigo purple fountain grass, and Blushing Princess sweet alyssum solo and with Supertunias Royal Velvet and Trailing Silver. A pot of Diamond Frost euphorbia adds a just-right blooming accent to the coffee table.
The sleeper sofa has come a long way in the last few years. Many new sofas and sectionals feature a high-quality mattress so the sleep experience is better than ever. Make the bed with high quality linens- freshly laundered sheets, a fluffy comforter or duvet and LOTS of blankets go a long way to making guests feel like they’re in a 4-star hotel room. Throw in a few extra pillows, too- so they can prop up to comfortably read or watch TV.