A variety of outdoor rooms invite opportunities for social gathering and entertaining in this welcoming backyard. A cabana with a grill and bar serves the outdoor dining area and is accented by the soft sounds of a limestone wall fountain. The swimming pool has a sun shelf and spa, which is surrounded by a limestone patio.
This cozy master bedroom features a stone fireplace, which designer Susan Brunstrum accentuated by keeping the furnishings simple and the colors monochromatic. The dark wood of the mantel complements the woodwork in the room and the shutters Brunstrum employed to keep the sun at bay. The upholstered, French-style armchairs are lovely accents pieces in front of the fireplace.
Your teen will feel like a princess in this feminine but not overly girly bedroom. Touches like the ruffled curtains -- which conjure thoughts of grand ball dresses -- are special and unique. Since the room has small and low windows, recessed lighting brings additional lightness and brightness to the space. The pale yellow walls are at once soothing and reflective of the morning sun.
A sun mirror is the center of the wall display over this long dining room buffet. The buffet features a distressed finish with rows of drawers for storage. Mounted plates decorate the remaining space over the furniture piece while the buffet top display includes table lamps, shaped shrubs and thick candle holders.
This outdoor living space has three separate areas for entertaining and relaxing. An outdoor dining room with a fireplace for extra warmth is nestled under the brick canopy, while a bar area is off to the side-a perfect place for after dinner drinks. Finally, the stairs lead to a sunning station where homeowners can enjoy the sun's warm rays and catch a tan.
Here comes the sun: Buttery paint, a gallery of graphic prints, and a Roman shade in a leafy fabric bring cheer to the space. Other upgrades include a gray wood bed from Target, new nightstands, sconces from Rejuvenation, and a sleek ceiling fan from Hunter. “Katie and I never thought to rearrange stuff, we just copied what the sellers had,” says Patrick. “This layout makes our room feel twice as big.”
An unused area in the yard was used to create a large raised bed garden. The grass in the area wasn't growing properly due to poor soil;, but it received sun all day. Varying heights were used to accommodate root systems of different kind of plants, and to create visual interest. The addition of string lights makes it a wonderful "room" in the evening for cocktails under the stars.
The homeowners wanted a simple, uncomplicated space to help them relax at the end of their busy day, so designers went with a minimalist design to complete the homeowner's wishes. A simple bed frame adds height to the room, a pair of elegant chairs bask in the glow of the afternoon sun. For storage, a single dresser is present, while a sophisticated work of art adds personality to the space.
This Big Sky, Mont., house is oriented toward the best view of the river while maintaining good solar orientation for taking advantage of solar heat gain in the winter and keeping out the hot summer sun. The large roof over the living room serves to shade large areas of glass in the summer, while geothermal heat pumps and high levels of insulation help keep it warm and energy efficient in the winter.
The living room of this Point Lorna, California, villa home features interior details which allow accents of the verdant courtyard gardens to carry throughout the house. Here the chartreuse of a floral painting complements the sun-lighted flowering branches framed by a window, while below, a fireplace is lined with firewood, its texture reflected in plush wicker lounge chairs decorated with soft teal pillows that match the greenery peeking inward through a glass door.
Outside, the unique details continue. Through the dining room, the brownstone reveals a large outdoor space, which Paul has designed in two parts. In the first, a sun porch boasts a series of Eames dining chairs around a simple and elegant wrought iron table. A series of Paul’s sculptures lines the table, displaying his continued fascination with nature, texture and unique shapes.
As seen on HGTV's hit show Buying and Selling, Drew and Jonathan Scott have designed a space that is bright and airy. Lots of natural light comes into the room through the large window to the right, while the reflective chandelier hanging from the ceiling helps to make the room even brighter. The bright feeling is aided even further by the metallic lamps that reflect light back into the room. The yellow accents bring to mind rays of sun, while the light walls and white furniture and carpet help give the space a clean look.
The entrance to the boutique hotel Peacock Pavilions, comes at the end of winding stone paths though grassy fields. The collection of beautifully designed pavilions, lavish spaces that boast courtyards and exteriors that are beautifully suited for the area, lie just a few miles outside of Marrakech. The arched doorways and windows are lovely, making sure that the rooms inside each pavilion benefit from the bright Morocco sun.
This chair is one half of five different sets of swivels in the house. We sourced the chairs for the room’s original design scheme and simply had them reupholstered for the update. The Jim Thompson, cut velvet applied to the chairs’ outside back was also used for the window cornice, which cleverly conceals motorized linen shades that help to control sun exposure. For the interior and seat, we used a solid velvet inspired by the accent fabric and finished clean with a coordinating leather welt. The plant thriving in the background was a gift given to the homeowners on their wedding day, over twenty-five years ago.
Summer-flowering larkspurs are lovely in dried arrangements. Cut the stems just before the blooms are completely open and strip away the leaves. Then tie the stems together and hang them upside down from a coat hanger, hook or clothesline to air-dry for a few weeks. Keep them out of the sun and make sure they have good air circulation. If there’s a lot of moisture in the room, you may need to use a dehumidifier to help prevent mold and mildew. Shown here: 'Guardian Lavender' (Delphinum elatum).
The homeowners love to entertain, so the house is designed to create an open and casual atmosphere with a strong connection to the outdoors. The home is oriented toward the best view of the river while maintaining good solar orientation for taking advantage of solar heat gain in the winter and keeping out the hot summer sun. The large roof over the living room serves to shade large areas of glass in the summer, while geothermal heat pumps and high levels of insulation help keep it warm and energy efficient in the winter. With such an extreme climate in Big Sky, Mont., the house is specifically designed to withstand both sides of the temperature spectrum.