The outdoor dining area centers on the built-in grill with custom stonework. Using the same stone around both the grill and fireplace unites the two spaces and adds visual continuity to the overall design.
Another option for stones as lawn edging is to use large field stones. With this type of rock, you can source material locally and, depending on where you live, from natural areas. If you’re building a home or excavating a site on your property, save rocks you unearth to use as possible edging. When using rocks as edging, fit stones as closely together as you can to limit weed and grass growth. Use a product like Preen between and behind rocks to help prevent weed seeds from sprouting.
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.
According to designer Lauren Bland, the homeowner's young son picked out the fossilized stone for the coffee bar's countertop. When visitors come by, he introduces them to each of the ancient creatures that appear in the stone.
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.