When you've got a dark corner, shed some light on it! "We had soaring walls and a little budget for art, so we decided to bounce some light around the room with this floor mirror," said designer Leslie Hildebrand. The mirror opened up the space by reflecting more light around the living room and solved the problem of not having enough room for an end table.
Originally a garage and tool shed, this space has been converted into a family room. Comfy as well as cozy, the large sectional and cushioned settee are perfect for a family having an energetic night in. The neutral color palette in this room gets a slight boost with the introduction of some brighter tones in the settee cushion and sectional throw pillows.
The waterfall countertop style of this kitchen island stitches the polished white countertop down to the floor. The long structure provides ample workspace and eat-in availability from the row of mustard leather bar chairs. A trio of pendant lights hang above to shed extra light over the island white natural light from the french doors bounces off the light surface finishes.
There is very little this Atlanta doesn't offer in terms of outdoor activities including this hot tub and fireplace combination, a luxurious outdoor kitchen, putting green, whimsical fairy tale garden shed and more. "We like to entertain obviously," says homeowner Rod Rusyniak who each year with his partner stages an elaborate holiday party complete with a light show, Mr. and Mrs. Klaus, ice sculptures and, of course, elves.
Shovels and spades are essential tools for any kind of garden. They’re handy for planting and moving items like stones and compost. Technically, a shovel is a scoop (center, above), while a spade is used for digging (outer edges, above). As you stock your tool shed, invest in tools with blades that won’t rust (stainless or carbon steel), and look for designs that feature a head and handle socket that’s hand-forged from a single piece of metal. Tool handle material varies. Wood handles absorb more vibration than fiberglass, but choose one that offers a weight you can easily lift and carry. Small spades, like a drain digging spade or this small contractor’s spade (left, above) are handy for digging around established plants, in places where a full-size shovel head won’t fit.
The owners of this tin roof chicken coop wanted to create a home for their chickens and guest houses for visiting bluebirds: "We read that bluebirds like to have 15 to 20 feet of open space in front of their nesting houses. When we built the coop, we left the posts tall on the back side. My parents brought me the 'See Rock City' house, which I was thrilled to have because it's a great nod to my happy Southern childhood spent hiking and camping with my family. The Rock City birdhouse lets guests know we want them to be relaxed and happy in our garden."
The owners said landscaping was a key factor in the positioning of the coop. "We thought about the placement for several weeks. It made sense to be on the far side of the garden because it's tall and creates a separation between our yard and the street that runs behind our next-door neighbors' yard. It works as a privacy screen and looks like a charming shed or rustic playhouse. The screens across the front of the structure came from my grandparents' house when it was torn down. The major drawback to our design is the lack of a human door, which makes spring cleaning the coop no easy task."