The screened-in porch has a stone fireplace and a swing for lazy days and chilly nights. Designers used a a semi-transparent gray stain for the ceiling's wood paneling that allows the wood grain to be visible and matches the tones of the stonework.
Since Mother Nature has provided the artwork, the interior has been fitted with an abundance of wide, floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Reclaimed wood, vaulted beamed and trussed ceilings and fine stonework highlight the superior architecture and construction.
A sloping stone formation spills down from the curved lines of a backyard's border walls composed of wooden fences and stepped stonework walls. The formation adds depth to the border while doubling as a stepped waterfall flowing into a small lighted pond, set beneath a platform seating area.
Designer Scott Cohen of The Green Scene found a craftsman in Mexico that follows the Old World technique of hand carving stonework, and he commissioned four fire torches to display on the pergola's columns. Cohen says he loves to use fire in hardscapes since it creates lighting and a relaxed resort-style ambience.
This charming country home was first built in the 16th century on the site of a farmhouse that served Netley Abbey all the way back in the 13th century. Some of the home's wonderful details are thought to come from the Abbey itself, including the front door, stonework and a mullioned window in the drawing room.
This comfy cottage has a fantastic front porch with natural branches for spindles and a natural stone walkway that leads around the garden and up the hill to the driveway. The lush forest surrounding the cottage accents the gorgeous stonework and matches the green painted shutters.
Tiers of stone walls and wooden fences add depth and layers to a backyard garden's sparsely planted shrubbery and topiary. A sloping natural stone formation draws the eye downward to a platform seating area where a fire pit of inlaid stonework complements a stone bench embedded with warm accent lighting.
By creating different levels of patio space, Scenic Landscaping was able to create an upper dining area with a kitchen overlooking the pool. The custom kitchen was built to fit the smaller raised patio space. Using bright appliances and stonework helped it to blend seamlessly into its surroundings.
A sunken bocce court is separated from the swimming pool in the backyard garden of this La Jolla, California, garden home by a curated blend of topiary, shrubbery, and beds of wildflowers. The once overgrown garden maintains its wild origins while remaining classically styled. In the background multicolored stonework walls are broken up, adding depth, color, and texture to the environment.
An impressive limestone stove hood mimics the gothic style of the fireplace mantel and has a strong presence in this transitional kitchen. Natural light entering from both sides of the room prevent the stonework from weighing down the space. A dining area near the cooktop provides front-row seating for interested on-lookers during meal prep.
A backyard landscape rippling with the texture of an inlaid stonework fire pit and curving pathways is complemented by the addition of sloping stone walls that arc around a verdant lawn and stone accented shrubbery and topiary features. At night, the space is dramatically lighted by both the fire pit and electric accent lighting installed beneath stone benches.
Oversized cushioned wicker chairs shaded by a muted umbrella, offer comfort before the outdoor fireplace – with inset birdhouse – constructed in multicolored stonework. A complementary walkway borders manicured rows of shrubbery which form a perimeter around beds of wildflowers. Accent pillows on the chairs draw from the color of the surrounding greenery.
Tiling all or part of wall can provide a hint of dramatic flair in any bathroom. Designer Jessica Murphy of Her Cave Atlanta bought her contrasting charcoal Niagra quartzite and glacier marble splitface stonework tile, and received a 50 percent discount because it was her first purchase. She says a lighting fixture can command visual interest and be cheap, like this one that she bought on eBay for $150.
In this family room, the built-in bookcases around the stone fireplace were originally crisp white and competed with the natural tones of the stonework. To help them blend more harmoniously into the space, they were painted charcoal gray. Large scaled, simply shaped accessories were chosen in white, chrome, mercury glass and reclaimed natural wood to contrast the dark shelves.
The symmetrical entrance and rigidity of a traditional colonial are softened by the shingle style and supplemented by stonework. An angled garage wing responds to the natural contours of a plateau on which the house sits, addressing the natural landscape as well as clients' needs.
Natural materials in earth-tone colors were used to make this house feel at home. Though it is only two-stories on the front facade, the dormers and chimney pots help to elevate an otherwise horizontal structure. The breezeway to the left of the garage allows guests to reach the rear-yard pool without going through the house.