Separated by a breezeway and outdoor space, the two-level tower that adjoins the Pinewood Forest Idea Home by Atlanta designer Sherry Hart suggests a hip grotto custom-made for a visiting artist or a cool getaway for the teenagers of the family. A space-saving spiral staircase leads to the upstairs bedroom.
To add height to the space and add visual interest to the corner, a wooden book tower was added. This is an excellent way to allow your favorite hardbacks to serve double duty as accessories. The best way to showcase books in a timeless manner is to remove the book jackets, keep them stored away and let the true colors of the books shine.
Add something blue to your bridal shower by placing easy, DIY dessert flags using scrapbook paper on top of cupcakes. To make it even easier, whip up store-bought vanilla cupcakes, and pair with amaretto-infused coffee.
An alternating step, ships-ladder connects family and guests to spectacular views from the tower’s “look-out”. On a clear day, the view stretches thirty miles across the New York City reservoir system.
A corner tower entrance is ideal because it is already situated on a 45-degree angle. This design allows the front door to face the street. This entrance provides enough space for the spiraling staircase to start either to the left or right.
When choosing dwarf Alberta spruce for pots, consider miniature varieties, like Tiny Tower (Picea glauca conica ‘MonRon’). This little cutie reaches a maximum height of 4 to 6 feet tall and up to 2 feet wide. The slow growth rate means you can keep it tucked into containers for a few years. Tiny Tower has bright green leaves that shift to gray as they mature. It’s hardy in Zones 3 to 8. At Christmas, you’ll often see mini Christmas trees in pots. These are usually dwarf Alberta spruce and can be planted into the landscape after the holiday.
Though the Pinewood Forest Idea Home's footprint is modest, with outdoor space limited to a "green" rooftop, a covered patio, curated outdoor space and tower balcony, the clever design including the soaring, stand-alone tower gives the home a grand, fortress-like effect.
In this sleek East Hampton bath, designer Joe Eisner used contrasting colors and materials in his storage-rich design. He says, “the canopy over the vanity is supported by a storage tower with drawer and open shelving on the left side. The mosaic wall to the right of the vanity separates the vanity from the shower enclosure. The L-shaped shampoo shelf cutout in the mosaic wall is referenced in the L-shaped cutout cabinet pulls of the white lacquer vanity cabinet doors.”