Bee balm, also known as Oswego tea, explodes with floral fireworks in summer. The flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and make a terrific addition to the summer vase. Plants grow best in full sun to part shade with consistently moist soil. Bee balm comes in a variety of plant sizes and colors, including lavender, pink and bright purple. Rabbit- and deer-resistant plants grow 12 to 36 inches tall and 14 to 18 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Good vase companions for bee balm: anise hyssop, coreopsis, zinnia and garden phlox.
Contemporary Neutral Open Plan Kitchen
The beautiful finish on the cabinets in this contemporary open plan kitchen echoes both the hardwood floors and the exposed beams of the ceiling. One row of elegant pendant lights illuminates the kitchen island; a second sets apart the adjacent dining area.
Neutral, light colors make this master bedroom feel calm and fresh. Bed and night tables: Bernhardt; Custom mill work: AWWSI; Fabrics: Robert Allen; Seating: Lee Industries; White grasscloth wall covering: Seabrook; Lighting: Arteriors
In the bathroom, Ana Claudia shows off her unique talent for picking just the right tile for a space. White subway tile looks uber-cool laid both vertically and horizontally for maximum whimsy. Warm brick adds sophistication to the bathroom design. And modern brass his-and-her mirrors finish off the space, giving it a modern feel. The mix of aesthetics works perfectly in this forever family home.
The living room can easily seat 10-15 guests. To one side, a large sectional provides an inviting view of the great outdoors. The streamlined sofa is featured alongside a vintage coffee table. Ana Claudia loves sourcing vintage finds in neighborhood stores. The living area also brings the outdoors in with sculptural plants in the corner.
A decorative window provides privacy without offending your neighbors or blocking out natural light the way a full-blown wall would. This stylish DIY idea from Lowe's costs less than $100, and you can customize the glass with any stencil design you like.
Soothing beige walls contribute to this living room's calming ambiance. The color coral is put to good use here via the throw pillows and armchair, keeping the room from feeling too neutral. A chevron rug adds a quirky final touch to the space.
A neutral palette is used throughout this Texas ranch home to create a warm, welcoming environment. To create a space that is visually interesting, a mix of natural textures, from the rustic woods to the knubby fabrics, is used.