A dramatic stone fireplace surround is the focal point of this traditional living room. A pair of cozy, traditional chairs by the fireside allows the homeowners to enjoy the warmth while still being part of the larger conversation area.
This contemporary breezeway offers shelter from both the rain and the sun. Notice, too, how thoughtfully the space was designed, with slats that allow for natural light and stone siding that's as durable as it is elegant.
One of the fastest ways to drop an edge between lawn and planting areas is using concrete edger or paver stones set upright, on edge. Cast from concrete, these stones create the most effective edging if they’re dug into soil so the base sits slightly below lawn level. Keep an eye out for grass creeping around or under concrete edgers. Hand pull or spot spray with grass killer. Look for concrete edgers in a variety of shapes and colors. They give a garden a more formal flair, which looks nice whether it’s lining beds full of flowers, herbs or vegetables.
This contemporary bathroom with wraparound vanities and separate shower and tub areas embodies a calm, Zen-like elegance. The medium blue walls against the deeper brown tones of the cabinets, mirrors, and doors blend for a cohesive look, and the dark walls of the shower stall give an unexpected touch of drama.