Just a few feet from the front door, a raised travertine deck becomes a pedestal for abstract artwork. With floor-to-ceiling windows behind the piece, visitors can admire the sculpture no matter which way they're going.
Few gardeners grow artemisia for its flowers, which are small and not at all showy. But the plants have attractive grayish-green to silvery foliage that's great for dried arrangements. Prune them in late summer to keep them looking neat, and strip the leaves away from the cut ends. Hang them upside down to dry in a well-ventilated, dark place to dry. If you prefer, prune after the flowers appear. Artemisias make a good filler for arrangements, wreaths and swags. In the garden, the plants are stunning beside blue flowers.
This evergreen shrub is a workhorse in a shrub border, delivering strong year-round color. Evergreen winter leaves provide a beautiful backdrop to white, bell-like blooms that appear in spring. New leaves emerge fiery pink, fading to white-edged green in summer. Plants grow 4 to 5 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9. Good to know: This pieris doesn’t need pruning, but accepts it easily if you need to keep it a certain size or shape. For best results, prune after flowering.
Create this simple, classic centerpiece with dishes and ornaments you have on hand. Top sprigs of fresh greenery with sparkling sliver and white ornaments, trees and mercury glass candle holders. The soup tureen in the center is both beautiful and functional. Photo by Marian Parsons.
Glamour and elegance go hand in hand in this bedroom where a chic white nightstand accompanies a silver and white table lamp and silver headboard. The faint snake skin pattern of the wallpaper brings in an exotic touch.
To make the outdoor kitchen as cohesive as possible, designer Bea Pilla matched the stainless steel grill with black and silver cabinetry. The extra counter space and sink will make meal prep a breeze.
Those sleek silver hues continue into the master bedroom. Here, a chrome canopy bed and matching buffet will surely make the owners feel like royalty, while soft pillows and linens encourage rest and relaxation.