Greens and blues create calm with just the right hint of energy in this dining nook. The painting pulls all the varied shades together. Textural accents (love that pom pom pillow!) make the scene even more visually compelling.
The high ceilings and yellow walls of this coastal living room create a open and spacious feel. A yellow and green patterned carpet covers the floor beneath the large corner green sofa. The striped accent pillows and chair cushion add another pattern to the room, and a serene beach scene picture completes the coastal feel.
A triangle of velvety grasses stands out against this home's green lawn. Pairing foliage plants of different textures is an instant way to liven up a yard or garden. Beyond the yard, the newly constructed garage is a harmonious addition to the scene.
An outdoor scene mural decorates the walls in this sitting space and surrounds the small closet. Outside the door, a plaid rug adds additional color. A low, green velvet chair with a tufted back faces into the open floor space and wooden chest.
An eclectic patterned picnic throw pairs with bright summer solids and subtle blue and green striped pillows to set the scene for a perfect afternoon picnic. A wicker picnic basket and simple, colorful serving ware complete the look.
Custom black French doors with wide glass panels open into this music room, which features ample built-in shelving for instruments, sheet music and decorative accessories. A creative chandelier works with the abundant windows to provide adequate lighting. Green leather armchairs and a black upright piano complete the scene.
TriplePoint Design Build created a perfect spot for relaxation and fun in the sun with this outdoor retreat featuring a pool, patio and covered porch. Materials were selected in a soft beige color palette that brings a sense of unity to the decor. Green palm trees surround the space to create a serenely beautiful scene.
Dress up winter scenes with the deep green leaves and bright red berries of Castle Spire holly (Ilex x meserveae). This holly has a narrow shape (3-4 feet) that works great as part of a foundation planting or hedge. Plants grow 6 to 10 feet tall. Hardy in Zones 5-7.
A sport court provides the perfect spot for at-home athletic play. The sunken court creates privacy and a natural fit for stadium seating featuring durable artificial turf. Painting the court the colors of the family's favorite team (Minnesota Gophers) brightens the scene. A storage shed offers a convenient stash for sport equipment. The shed has a green roof, which is tilted at an angle so plantings are easy to see.
Picnics aren't just for parks and other pastoral settings. Just because you live in an apartment doesn't mean you can't host a high-end picnic on a balcony or terrace. Take advantage of the light and green surroundings and echo those features in your tablescape. Here trend expert Nancy Fire sets the scene for a Cast Shadows-themed urban picnic at her home in New York City.
A native plant, meadow rue (Thalictrum aquilegiifolium) adds height and fine textured beauty to plantings. ‘Black Stockings’ sweetens any scene with black stems that contrast prettily with blue-green leaves and lavender blooms. Meadow rue flowers in mid- to late summer and makes a good streamside or back-of-the-border plant. Blossoms beckon hummingbirds and butterflies. Plants grow 48 inches tall by 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
Slice a Mini Babybel cheese round in half (leave the wax coating on until you’re ready to eat) and insert part of a flexible straw into the cut side to create adorable edible umbrellas. Add cauliflower clouds and raindrops to your plate to create a rainy day scene. Want to really be singing in the rain? Vary your “umbrella” colors with green, turquoise and purple by choosing different flavors of cheese.