This small Portland front yard was transformed into a multi-level tapestry of color that looks good in all seasons. Japanese maples, sentinel yew and evergreen clematis add height. The colors of the tulips, wallflower and 'Crimson Queen' Japanese maple echo the home's burgundy trim. Use a mix of perennials, shrubs and trees to create layers of color and texture in your own entryway garden.
Golden leaf tips make ‘Sunkist’ arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Sunkist’) glow in the landscape. Full sun coaxes best growth and leaf color. Plants have a strong pyramidal shape, growing 10 to 15 feet tall by 4 to 5 feet wide. Combine ‘Sunkist’ with other evergreens to create a living tapestry of year-round color. Or use it as a specimen shrub in a mixed border. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
We love Count Kalnoky's castle because it paints a true picture of Transylvania Life. The castle itself has been turned into a museum with artifacts and tapestries from the Count’s ancestors, but you can stay on the Count’s estate at one his guesthouses. The guestrooms are furnished with antique Transylvanian furniture. Daily tours and events are held to help you immerse yourself into the Transylvanian history and culture.
In a kitchen with an open layout, it can be challenging to link the workspace to adjacent living areas. Here, designer Robin Baron used an extra-tall stone-tile backsplash to help connect the kitchen and casual dining area and create an intriguing mix of patterns. "Great design is all about the balancing of layers,” she says. “This mixed stone patterned backsplash combined with the bold tapestry on the banquette create an interesting and inviting space for the family."
Designer Pamela Babey with BAMO created a vignette for the 2017 San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show styled after a romantic Venetian garden, set in the morning after a lavish party. The space included a custom-designed de Gournay wallpaper. A silk throw from Maison Tenn20 is on a Danish painted daybed. The Aubusson tapestry billowing over the table and onto the ground is through Peter Pap.
Designer Catherine Smith blended old with new in this Spanish Colonial-inspired living room. Furniture pieces bring newer elements to the space while components from the Spanish Colonial period take you back in time. Wooden ceiling beams and wrought-iron details represent materials used during that time period, and the doorway arches were often the only ornamentation in this type of simple, informal design. Catherine used a red wine-colored velvet sofa and an oversized tapestry of a Spanish-style courtyard to add texture, giving the space a stunning appearance.
Mints weave a striking tapestry in the vase, adding different leaf textures, colors and scents. Count on mint to hold its own as a centerpiece, or use it to add movement and refreshing green shades to other garden-fresh arrangements. A fresh mint bouquet inside offers an easy way to take a quick snip when prepping favorite dishes. In terms of flavor, mint is at its freshest when first picked. The longer mint sits in water, flavor notes shift and may become bitter, especially if you see roots forming along submerged stems.
The mirrored nightstand and luxurious tapestry headboard give off a glamorous sparkle in this bedroom designed by Tina Mellino, but they belie a family-friendly functionality. "Everything in this room is durable," Tina says, "because I designed it as an adult guest suite where the client's grandchildren could also come to play video games. The duvet cover, for example, is a soft machine-washable linen." The wall behind the bed features a custom-mixed coppery paint treatment from Variance that's applied with a trowel and lightly buffed. "It creates a wonderful soft texture that reflects light differently at different times of day," Tina says.
If you’re an avid rock collector, you can put your collection to good use as a lawn edging along flower beds. With this type of lawn edging, use any size of stones, arranging them to create a visual tapestry of color and texture. Many gardeners who opt for a mixed stone edging rely on a spritz of grass killer to keep turf from growing around and between rocks. It creates a look like this at first, with the grass being straw colored and dead. After the grass dies, it breaks down, and the rocks take the spotlight.