This area of Norway is celebrated for its natural beauty and the people here take great care to tread lightly so the islands remain pristine. Even the unique deck design incorporates the existing landscape.
Follow the landscaper's rule of thumb, says Wade and always plant in groups of 3, 5 and 7 for balance in the garden. And get more bang for your buck by choosing striking color combos. Purple and chartreuse is a classic combination.
Brighten a part shade to full sun setting with colorful, deer-resistant Golden Rule St. John’s wort (Hypericum calycinum). Also known as hypericum, this plant has a form that falls between a small shrub to ground cover. As it establishes, it fills in a planting area with its gold leaves. Yellow flowers appear in summer, beckoning bees and butterflies. Fall color includes orange and gold shades. Plants grow 12 to 18 inches high by 12 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 6-8. Good to know: For best growth and color, prune plants in spring and again after flowering.
The old saying “the more the merrier” is often true, especially for light fixtures. Whether it’s a pair or a trio, the repetition of a fixture within a space makes it feel like a strong design element rather than a functional necessity. The height and depth of this gallery kitchen is substantial so large fixtures feel just right. The repeat of the graphic pattern is bold yet simple- a lot like the kitchen itself.
Durable concrete pavers, a custom dining set with a planter trough running down the center, outdoor art by Kim Chesney and graphic, cool wicker chairs give a chic, international attitude to this outdoor space.
Wallpaper is making a comeback. Richard Mishaan says, "I see decorative wall papers of all sorts having a rebirth." In this case, he turned vertical striped wall paper on its side to create a bold graphic statement.
Two tall mirrors frame the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams bed in this restful bedroom, resulting in a symmetrical arrangement that adds harmony while reflecting light. The soft palette of blues and grays is serene and peaceful, offering rest from the busy urban landscape outside the windows. Custom draperies bring a punch of pattern to the otherwise neutral space.
Maggie Mee, head of merchandising at Nordstrom's Trunk Club, a personalized styling service, has some solid advice when it comes to packing for business travel. "When traveling for business, items that don't easily wrinkle and that you feel comfortable and confident wearing should all be considerations," says Mee. "Wool and bamboo are great fabric choices as both are temperature regulating, dry quickly, wrinkle less and are lightweight. A knit sport coat stands up well to travel and gives a polished look, while layering a lightweight merino wool sweater over a dress shirt can hide wrinkles. Choosing complementary colors and textures is helpful, too, should you need to accommodate for weather or a last-minute wardrobe emergency. Consider also bringing at least one bold pattern—it can help you stand out, initiate conversation and may even hide some stains."
Colorful maps add a classic touch to glass vessels and votives. You'll need the following materials for this project: an assortment of glass votive candle holders and vases, scissors, maps, a pencil, a ruler or straight edge and double-sided tape.
Tired of her plain white bookshelves, lifestyle blogger Janine Waite used foam core, an Exacto knife, playful polka dot wrapping paper and a ruler and tape to give them an easy makeover. The bookshelves now offer stylish storage and give her home office a welcome punch of color.