Party favors are a great way to leave an impression on your guests. You don’t have to—nor should you—blow the budget on them. For instance, these custom oyster napkin rings can be replicated by going to your local beach and picking up shells. If the beach is not an option, you can opt for your local craft store or even your backyard where stones or rocks painted with silver spray paint can create a similar, DIY-chic effect. Feeling extra festive? Use paint or a marker to add a monogram of your guests' initials.
To capitalize on the incredible mountain view these homeowners have in their backyard, designers created a simple, elegant design for the family's outdoor space. Designers wanted the backyard to feel as if it were an uninterrupted part of the mountains that surround it, so the pool's shape is a straight rectangle that draws the eye to the mountains. Stone tiles are laid at the front of the outdoor space for safety, but grass picks up about a quarter of the way down the length of the pool, making the area blend into the mountains beyond. So that the family can enjoy their space, designers created a lounge area and a dining area, making this space the perfect place for relaxation and play in these beautiful Georgia hills.
A small cedar arbor over the gate creates an entryway into the backyard. By adding various plant types that bloom during different times of the year, the homeowners have a new experience each season. The dwarf mondo grass in between the stepping stones acts as a sponge to soak up any water left standing. Spreading juniper in front of the koi pond provides cover for the filter and pump compartments.
Your backsplash may technically be functional and keep food and oils off the walls behind the stove, but let’s be honest: in a kitchen renovation, the backsplash is a style leader. It can be a cost driver, as well. But Mary Elizabeth Hulsey founder of Mission Stone & Tile in Nashville, Tenn., says it doesn’t have to be. She says rather than turning the corners with your backsplash and carrying it all along the kitchen wall, just finish the tile where the walls meet. “That ensures you have the tile where it’s most visually and functionally important,” she says. Then you can budget for some really mind-blowing tile in the area behind the sink or stove, and go budget in the other areas around it.
The Eastmark Community wanted a series of structures within the park that would complement the natural materials used in the planned development, so designers chose elements that would nod to the site's historical, agricultural past. Raw steel, concrete, stone and other natural materials symbolically mirror the agricultural structures that once dotted the rural desert landscape. Historically, indigenous settlements sprouted up along rivers, so this stream running through the park area gives a peaceful nod to the ancient landmarks that would have existed many years removed in history.
This modern, Southwestern style home gets a front yard makeover. The homeowners are concerned with water conservation in the summer months, so the designers used their desert surroundings to inspire their design. Because of the dry soil, erosion is always a worry, so a gabion wall was installed in the back of yard to help stave off any erosion issues. Flowerbeds were then added around the steps leading to the front door. Those beds were filled with desert plants that can easily handle the lack of water they will receive in the summer months. Then, landscapers added stones instead of mulch or grass to fill in the beds and in between the driveway and the stairs to keep down the reliance on water and to give the design a desert feel.
Skip digging by opting for easy stomp-in edging. This lawn edging is rubber, made from recycled car and truck tires. The top of each block mimics the look of natural stone, while the underside is open. Inside each block (visible from underneath) are rubber stoppers, which prevent you from sinking blocks too far into soil. Arrange blocks along your edge area before stomping them into place. It’s a good idea to wet soil before installation, or simply wait to install after rain. Rubber construction ensures this lawn edging will last a long time.
In this perfectly curated living room, a marble coffee table continues the trend of natural materials in the home, while the sofa continues to fill the space with earth tones and texture. The metal legs of the table are a subtle contrast to the layers of stone, brick and wood, offering a feminine touch. Amy sources items from vintage shops and flea markets, creating a seamless neutral color palette at home.
The renovation of this 12,000-square-foot home will transform into an extravagant mountain retreat featuring a new 2,500-square-foot guest cottage opening onto a summer kitchen and pool bar, 75′ long infinity edge pool, tennis pavilion, extensive water features, garden and hiking trails. Not your typical renovation, this grand-scale renewal and addition will exhibit some of the world’s finest granite and stone, beautiful custom cabinetry, custom wood and glass folding and lift-side doors that open rooms completely to the outdoors, and other exquisite materials and inspiring novelties, all while staying true to the home’s traditional rustic origins. Scheduled for completion later this year, this one-of-a-kind Asheville retreat will be in a class all its own.
This glassy tube is a mini modern terrarium packed with plants and layers of various colors and textures. Dry twigs, timbers, sand and stones are used by Dodo Kit Yee Fung, education director for Instituut de Creatif, a flower school in Hong Kong, and a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers. Natural timbers are used for the inner groundcover and outer stand.
A round fire pit is part of an overall outdoor living space in Tulsa, Okla., that includes a pool and outdoor kitchen. Oklahoma Landscape designed the fire pit and patio. Materials used are Belgard's Urbana stone pavers (for the fire pit) in Gascony Tan with Brookstone Slate for the border, and Belgard's Mega Arbel pavers in Gascony Tan and Ashberry Haze Field Blend for the patio.
A strong feature wall along the swimming pool is highlighted by a tall, verdant backdrop of Queen, and Mexican Fan palms, plus tall, wispy bamboo. The wall frames the pool along the garden's edge and is balanced by the use of a cut-out feature and a gallery-like arrangement of stone and metal fire sconces, and water spouts. The water flows from the wall into the swimming pool which is bisected by a walkway connecting the ipe wood patio to the hot tub.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, Jillian Harris' overall design began by removing the fireplace obstacle at the entrance, adding around 5 feet to the kitchen. The wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room was removed, The London Grey kitchen island was placed on wheels so that it could easily be moved if more space is needed, it also double as a portable bar-perfect for entertaining. The backsplash is Calcutta marble, which is considered timeless, but was made more contemporary by laying a herring bone design. The floor is Rosedale series, light grey. Walls were painted Silver Drop. Kitchen counter tops are Stone Grey. The small kitchen counter bench left of the stove doubles as a homework desk for Joyce's boys-a request she made so that they can be close while she cooks.
This residential kitchen boasts commercial flair. Functionally, the room was laid out to maximize prep space for cooking; visually, the sense of immense space was heightened by using three different types of engineered stone for the backsplash, the countertop and the island topper. The neutral background is broken with a dash of bright orange in the light fixtures — an easily changeable feature when you're in the mood for a different color. This impressive kitchen with was designed by Poggenpohl team Tedd McKee and Rosemary Porto in collaboration with architecture firm CUBE 3 Studio.
The windows surrounding the Betsys' living room let tons of natural light into their space. The shelving that separates the living area from the kitchen adds ample storage for the family and also stores their television. The dark sofa helps to bring warmth to the room and compliments the natural stone fireplace in the back of the space. The coffee table, sofa and rugs were provided by Ikea, and the many accessories were purchased at West Elm, Future Perfect, Ikea, and Brooklyn Flea. As seen on HGTV's "Cousins On Call".
Amy has a way with mixing styles at home. In this reading nook a mid-century chair, a brass lamp from the '80s and a centuries-old carved stone fireplace come together seamlessly. Behind the lounge, two ancient tree stumps that have crystallized over millions of years are the oldest pieces in the home. And plants in earthenware pots reinforce the earth tone color scheme while adding to the nature-inspired feel of the room. Amy’s ability to layer neutrals helps bring pieces from various periods together beautifully.
In the garden, mint can be a thug, growing aggressively and invading surrounding soil rapidly. It spreads by above- and underground stems. Planted near stepping stones or pavers, mint quickly grows around, beneath and between them. The best way to keep mint contained in the garden is to plant it in a submerged container that is at least several feet below soil. Allow a few inches of the container to extend above soil to keep mint from wandering out. This mint is effectively contained in a half-buried plastic trash can with drainage holes drilled in the bottom.
You don't have to spend a fortune on a custom fire pit. Wade recommends a simple fire pit surface of stone, crushed gravel or other non-flammable material of at least 6-7 feet wide. It doesn't have to be complicated or constructed, just big enough to serve as a safe buffer between the fire and your yard. Wade's fire pit does double duty as a yard tool and a place he can burn fallen debris, sticks and other yard waste. And make sure your fire pit has proper drainage so it doesn't become a haven for mosquitoes, advises Wade.