Purple hyssop and yellow flowering mustard create a complimentary color palette in this vibrant country garden. The design intent was to create a garden evocative of the regional landscape through the use of perennials with year round color and textural interest.
The right regional plants shine when combinations feature contrasting leaf textures. These plantings feature yellow twig dogwood shrubs in the center, surrounded by thin-leaved plants, including daylily, variegated sedge and lavender. Blue junipers interject a pretty evergreen hue.
HGTV Smart Home 2019 is located in Dallas, Texas: a city bursting with activities for the whole family, like Six Flags Over Texas. Six Flags Over Texas is the first regional theme park built in the U.S. and features 100 acres of entertainment.
Pockets of seating create a sense of coziness in this outdoor room. The cavernous space benefits from the glow of interior lighting while boasting its own outdoor fireplace. A custom light fixture made from perforated metal stars made in Mexico adds regional style and sparkle.
From this view, guests can see that the lake house takes cues from both Japanese and regional Adirondack styles. The towering architecture and curved overhangs were inspired by the former and evoke a sense of quiet tranquility, while the rugged materials -- in line with Adirondack tradition -- help the home complement its surroundings.
Trade lawn for a long and lovely rain garden, complete with a bridge to span the water collection basin. This rain garden creates a focal point in the landscape with its footbridge. It’s part of an environmentally friendly front yard that replaces water guzzling lawn with eye-catching planting beds. The upper edges of the rain garden feature creeping thyme, which forms a green carpet. Plantings in the basin include ornamental fescue grass, sedge and other regionally-hardy perennials. The bridge elevates the rain garden to a landscape showpiece, tying it to the surrounding setting.
If you want a scene-y, vibrant, stylish stay for your Alpharetta visit, you couldn't do better than The Hotel at Avalon, a hip Autograph Collection spot with a buzzy bar and lobby scene and a destination-worthy in-house restaurant, Atlanta favorite South City Kitchen, a great way to sample smart regional cuisine if you are feeling too lazy to head beyond the hotel's oasis-like ambiance (which could happen). Situated within the Avalon community, the hotel offers extreme walkability to the great food and shopping options at this new urbanist development. A pretty outdoor pool, in-house Starbucks, complimentary bicycles and coffee and tea in the lobby every morning, make this beautiful space feel like a cozy-but-cool home away from home.
With its focus on regionally-sourced seafood including a host of sustainable Southern oysters, Watchman's is an engaging spot in Atlanta's buzzing Krog Street Market food hall with a cheery Jungalow vibe (think lots of plants and macrame). But cocktail fans will really want to seek out Watchman's for its impressive cocktail program spearheaded by Miles Macquarrie who also overseas the drinks beat at Kimball House in Decatur (a James Beard finalist in 2018 for Outstanding Bar Program). Macquarrie says the focus at Watchman's is on Caribbean and tropical-inspired cocktails (a.k.a. not the usual tiki drinks) with spins on the mojito, daiquiris, a paloma and rum-forward sips to signal an island vibe. Don't miss the delicious, not-too-sweet Colada Phosphate made with rum, pineapple, coconut, cardamaro and acid phosphate (to enhance the drink's tart qualities and keep sweetness at bay without lime or lemon juice).
One of Atlanta's charms is the incredible diversity of its neighborhoods. The same holds true for the suburbs and exurb communities that surround this booming Southern metropolis. From Alpharetta north of the city to Serenbe south of Atlanta, there are a remarkable variety of experiences to have, from suburban to rural to everything in between. Visitors looking for a little respite from a city-center experience but the experiential pleasures of a dense, busy hub of restaurants, shops and a new hotel can stay in the 86-acre Avalon community in Alpharetta, a relatively new 86-acre development that functions as a self-contained city 30 miles north of Midtown Atlanta. Use it as your home base as you venture out each day to activities or events in the city, or use it as a good launching point for exploring the Georgia or North Carolina mountains if a jaunt into the beautiful regional landscape is more your speed.