A fountain composed of round river stones serves as the centerpiece to this serene patio. The stacked stones create a visual balance, but they can be adjusted to the homeowner's preferences. Changing the stone pattern also creates different sounds with the water, thus encouraging the homeowner to interact with his or her environment.
Inspired by the tranquility of traditional Asian gardens, this stunning multicolored round river stone walkway encourages an intentional, quiet reflection. The meandering shape of the path defines the surrounding green spaces, while the varying sizes and textures of the stone promote concentrated steps, causing visitors to slow their pace and relax.
This backyard was created out of the homeowners' wish for an outdoor retreat that feels organic and timeless. Elements include a winding river with a waterfall, two fire bowls, a fire pit and a stone patio from which to enjoy them all.
A unique river stone-border bisects the tile in this outdoor patio. A central fire pit's role as focal point is enhanced by the planting of giant yucca - which also mirrors the palm trees behind the house.
This midcentury-modern home was remodeled in a way that retained its original character. The driveway, made of concrete pavers and black river stones, is designed to feel more like an entry court than a place to park your car.
A bed of local river stone serves as both a decorative border to the patio and a drainage system that keeps water from the home's foundation in front of the balcony attached to the master bedroom at the HGTV Dream Home 2011.
A screen made from framed 19th-century engravings conceals the TV when not in use. A root wood bowl sits on a walnut console table, and an upholstered ottoman holds a bowl of Moroccan amber beads and river stones from the Indus River for an organic, natural feel.
One of the best ways to bring visual interest to your garden says Wade, is to mix materials: boulders, pavers, pebbles, river stone. It not only gives a more naturalistic look, you aren't tied to just one high-cost material, but you blend pricier and more inexpensive materials.
Keep what you need for entertaining on your deck or patio handy with this White Outdoor Beverage Table from Horchow. Handcrafted of a lightweight concrete/resin mix, it gives you a place to rest a tray of drinks and includes a rounded indent that can hold fruit, river stones or beverages on ice.
Integrating natural components into an outdoor space where children can play, relax and get in touch with their surroundings can be a simple or elaborate landscaping proposition depending on your property. One example is creating a creek bed with river stones that can channel water through your yard while also serving as an idyllic zone for reflection and self-discovery.
A cube-shaped terrarium has clean lines that lend themselves to modern design. When Jeffrey Schneider of Jeffrey's Terrariums creates his displays, the plants are sized proportionally to the vessels. "I like to think of the layouts as miniature landscapes," he says. This air plant terrarium holds Tillandsia streptophylla, filifolia, Bulbosa Guatemala, Ionantha Victoriana, Aeranthos and Funkiana, along with horn wood and river stone.
In this modern terrarium, floral designer Laurel LeMaistre used a combination of natural found material, such as birch bark and swirled branches along with petite orchid plants, and polished river stones. Orchids are a staple flower for all modern design, and their simplicity and longevity make them a perfect choice for terrarium work, says LeMaistre, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers.