Instead of springing for a built-in island, consider a freestanding one made from recycled materials. Case in point: the Industrial Recycled High Bench Table, shown in Shabby Chic White, $1,999, designed by Will Marx for GHIFY. Handmade in Brisbane, Australia, of native Australian timber, the design was inspired by the architecture of Queensland. Says GHIFY, “This island is one of our signature designs, which has been hugely popular as a kitchen island for added counter space, as a high bench dining table for the eat-in kitchen and as a workbench/desk. It is a timeless industrial recycled styled table that can be custom-built to any size, color or finish. Each table comes with a 10-year warranty.”
Forget round, smooth orange pumpkins — for a farm-to-table celebration, bring out non-traditional varieties of oblong squash, pumpkins and gourds to decorate the space. Faux-fur throws draped over seating areas keep guests warm throughout dinner.
A floating wood bench is mounted on a stone base wall and padded with black throw pillows. Black, bowl-shaped fire pits placed near the bench break up the empty space leading to the in-ground hot tub. Standing lanterns add a touch of decoration and functionality for evening lighting. Trees and plants surround the area creating natural privacy and adding color.
Measure board, evenly spacing desired number of hooks or knobs to hold three to six stockings. Mark each spot with pencil. Drill pilot holes in pencil marks and insert knobs. Hang on nails secured in studs or screws and anchors. Always use caution and wear safety glasses when working with power tools. Tip: Use knobs with a flat screw backing so shelf will hang flat against wall.
Pattern mixing is a designer's trick for bringing motion and depth into a space. From the overscaled, lattice-like shape of the FLOR tiles to the diamond stripes of the duvet cover to the geometric print of the throw pillows, pattern is used to draw the eye up from the ground, onto the bed and up to the abstract art.
It may be by far the most common kitchen island shape, but the rectangle isn’t your only option. Angled and even curved designs can work better in your space, like this stunning oval designed by Anthony Baratta. The oblong island, which mirrors the shape of the recessed ceiling, is a custom design built in English sycamore wood, with a Pyrolave countertop in a custom lime color and reverse-painted glass door panels.
No small feat, this sleek desk pulls triple duty as entry table, entertainment console AND work space. The proximity to the loft’s entry was key! The area gets great light so it’s ideal for working from home and thanks to three drawers, the table was the perfect drop zone for keys and mail. It was also large enough to anchor a large wall-mounted tv hung above it. That’s a win-win-win!
In this 180-square-foot kitchen, Hamilton-Gray Design replaced a built-in breakfast nook with a dining table for two, built around the back and side of the island. Fitting the table-height piece around the counter-height island makes the most of the available space and allows each surface to be at the right height for its designated purpose.
This newly remodeled living room gets lots of light from the two large windows on the back wall of the room. Two full sofas give the space plenty of seating, while the end tables, coffee table, lamps, mirror and mantelpiece help tie together the contemporary style the hosts of Buying and Selling, Drew and Jonathan Scott, were hoping to achieve.
A gray-brown sectional faces a pair of neutral armchairs with nailhead trim finish in this inviting living room. An area rug covers the majority of the floor space blending the open floor section in the middle of the room with the rest of the design. Patterned curtains add a touch of yellow accent echoed subtly in the mix of throw pillows.
To save the homeowners a little money, Chip and Joanna opted to keep the cabinets, countertop and appliances in this home's kitchen; however, they needed to add some contrast, so a neutral, stone backsplash was installed above the countertops on both sides of the kitchen, softening the dark countertops and bringing color to the space. As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.
Tiny homes are rarely designed with private bedrooms but this home from Movable Roots truly has it all. With a full-size bed, a vaulted ceiling, and its own patio entrance this master bedroom is tiny house luxury. The white shiplap and brass lighting details are carried into the space to create design continuity. Lastly, the strategically placed cabinets provide storage and also act as bedside tables.
In loft layouts, the distinctions between different “rooms” must often come from a shift in materials, not from physical walls. Here, architect Gary Chase of Vita Design Group used this technique to great effect to create an office within a free-flowing layout. “Used in a few moments around the home, this walnut feature material creates the backdrop for this modern desk area between kitchen and family Room. As it wraps from the wall up onto the ceiling the material serves to frame out and define the space for the desk,” he says.
The key to any great kitchen is storage, and this kitchen has plenty of it. The oversized island in the center of the room gives the family lots of space to store their pots, pans and other kitchen wares. For additional storage, built in shelves were added. Here, the family can show off portions of their wine collection and glasses. With drawers underneath the shelves, more storage is available for the family's things, allowing the homeowners to keep the clutter off of their counters.
A second bedroom offers a place for little ones to rest after long days canoeing, skiing or just playing on the beach. Built for two, the room offers a palette with a few brighter hints, all while maintaining the overall sophistication of the home. Playful elements like the miniature stag head pair with the individual reading lamps and a small library to make a comfortable space for kids to sleep or just spend some time playing.
The Olson residence in Sandy Springs, Georgia after the addition of a master bedroom retreat by licensed contractor Chip Wade. As part of the renovation, Chip Wade added a open air bathroom that can be viewed from all areas of the suite. By finishing the incomplete attic space, Chip Wade was able to design a spacious retreat for the homeowners to escape to when the house is feeling too crowded, as seen on HGTV's Elbow Room.
This is one of my favorite master bedrooms of all time. It immediately reads as a luxury destination. This was the last space we designed in our original scope of work and I wanted everything we chose to have as much tactile appeal as it did visually. Wherever you land, you’ll sink down into lush velvets, silks, furs or mohair. The color palette is small but soothing, varying from dark chocolates to taupes with dashes of white to keep it crisp and reflect light. We used a faux silk wallcovering in the bedroom’s entry and on the bed wall, but conserved by using a perfect color-matched paint on the walls adjacent. I know it may seem a little indulgent but whenever you can, try adding fresh flowers or an orchid in your bedroom: instant hotel suite status!
For Kerrick, this home is filled with memories. As a child, when it was a second home for him, and this entryway would be the first thing he’d see coming into the house and the last thing he’d encounter as he left. Now, with TaLaya’s help, the couple has brought new life to the small space. Light gray paint gives the entry an airy and relaxing feel, while a floating credenza adds storage as well as style. The entryway also serves as the starting point for the home’s love affair with African fabrics and patterns, a story told several times throughout the house. The drapes and rug are both designed in the Malian bogolanfini or mud cloth tradition, while the planter displays an ikat pattern similar to those seen in Indonesia or along the Ivory Coast.