Dark woods like mahogany and cherry can feel heavy when set against carpeting, rugs, curtains and too much color and texture. But designer Abbi Williams uses white walls and ceilings and an ebony floor color to bring balance to this room. Dark mixed with light strikes a harmonious note here.
Doors offer another chance to play up architecture and add rich texture and tone. After several decades with a lackluster fiberglass door, the entry was updated with a glass-paned door with an organic walnut look.
The bathroom, closet and dressing area of Boyd's apartment features an array of rich wall treatments—including Fornasetti wall covering—and details like this gilt and velvet chair to anchor the space. In a small bathroom space Boyd recommends having a little bit of fun. "Powder rooms are the one place you can be indulgent" he says.
First, make your favorite hot chocolate recipe. Then, add liquors to hot cocoa in a mug, and stir to combine. Add marshmallows to top of mug, and brown with a culinary torch or under the broiler of your oven. Tip: to broil, position the rack so that the top of the marshmallows are 2-3 inches from the heat source. Watch the marshmallows closely as they can go quickly from browned to burnt. To serve, sprinkle the top with graham cracker crumbs and a graham cracker dipped in melted chocolate, if desired.
Charleston is a city famous for its gracious porches and Gregg has two, in addition to a lovely first floor covered patio at her home's entrance. This one features more practical vinyl upholstery and plenty of rattan and wood for a casual, coastal vibe.
British-African artist Yinka Shonibare decorated the interior of his Victorian dollhouse with Dutch wax print cloth and used furniture in various woods and styles to fill the rooms of this home that comments upon his dual identity as an African and Brit. Along with reproductions of paintings by Shonibare and French artist Jean-Honore Fragonard, the two-story dollhouse also includes cabinets, chairs, tables, fireplaces and a canopy bed.
The brown color scheme chosen for this master bedroom saturates the space with a rich, restful ambiance. The softer beige tones of the ceiling, area rug and bedding, along with the brass chandelier, give the room another layer of quiet elegance.
Gold Lamps and a mod gold mirror show the advantages of using the right gold touches to add dimension to a room. This room created by Ginger Brewton for the Southeastern Designer Showhouse and Gardens strikes the perfect balance with simple but rich details.
A large, handcrafted door makes a great first impression on visitors, as its warm design easily complements a wood accent wall. The rest of the foyer is rich with raw texture, too, like the cement console table and rock wall that extends down the hallway.
This luxurious home theater with dark red walls will make you feel like you're at the movies. Modern black furniture organized in theater-style seating is given some glam with rich red and tan upholstery and throw pillows.
Gray textured walls surround a black dining table and chairs. A modern chandelier illuminates the gold-framed art and brings out the brushed gold details in the adjacent art pieces, while a green floral centerpiece accents the oriental design.
The back of the house is just as lovely as the front, with more hedges and flowers decorating the yard's natural slope. Balconies in the distance encourage the owners to soak up cool breezes and views of this outdoor space at sunset.
The transition from the living room to the covered patio is seamless thanks to large pocket doors. The indoor-outdoor room is decked with natural textures and organic accents: stacked stone, warm wood, woven baskets and tiny houseplants.
Space is used to the max in an angled upstairs bedroom of this transitional California home. A paneled, upholstered headboard is built in, with custom storage above. Meanwhile, a nearby niche features a desk built for two that takes advantage of San Francisco Bay views.