HGTV's Fixer Upper host Joanna Gaines turned this once bland laundry room into a colorful and inspiring craft room. Two bright yellow light fixtures illuminate a large craft table, made from an old pocket door. New blue-gray cabinets provide plenty of storage for the space, and an attractive sheet metal magnet board is a perfect place to display the kids' artwork.
Anyone who's been to Maui, Hawaii knows that the island is a visual wonder, complete with gorgeous waterfalls, bamboo forests and long stretches of golden beaches. This bungalow on Papaua Point in Napili embraces that natural beauty, with a warm wood exterior and panoramic views of the ocean.
White subway tile is used around the tub and for the shower walls, creating a classic bathroom look. A light gray vanity is topped with elegant marble countertops, while a large mirror visually expands the space.
This charming bedroom features a neutral and pale blue palette creating a fresh, airy feel enhanced by lots of natural light. The black canopy bed including curtains with metal grommets is a crisper version of its romantic cousin.
Keep a bedroom feeling restful but still stylish by opting for a metallic color scheme. Here, gold accents luxe up the silvery gray walls and rug. White furniture and window dressings are the crisp final touch.
This beautifully simple, rustic room features a wooden-framed canopy bed with full surrounding white curtains, fluffy white bed linens and a drooping top cover. A wooden bench rests at the foot of the bed under a large iron light fixture hanging from the beams of the peaked ceiling.
If the closet and dresser in your child's room has reached capacity, consider adding a storage bench at the end of the bed. This adaptable piece of furniture gives you a way to hide away medium and larger-sized toys and stuffed animals inside, while also providing a place to change shoes or lay out clothes for the next school day.
A trio of panels by de Gournay, which creates hand-painted wallpaper and fabrics, evoke the exquisite and exotic nature of feathers into a master bedroom designed by Tristan Harstan in a Southeastern Designer Showhouse.
Norway maple (Acer platanoides) is the ultimate shade tree, forming a dense crown thanks to leaves that grow up to 7 inches across. In fall, leaves shift to hues of yellow and gold. Give it plenty of space, because it spreads up to 50 feet. The form of this maple is a classic lollipop shape—a strong, straight trunk topped with a rounded leaf canopy. Norway maple tolerates urban conditions, but avoid planting it near driveways or sidewalks, because shallow roots can lift concrete. Trees grow 50 to 60 feet tall and 40 to 50 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-7.
Variegated Norway Maple
For a good shade tree, it’s tough to beat Norway maple, unless you’re planting variegated Norway maple (Acer platanoides ‘Variegatum’). The green leaves with white edges brighten the landscape all season long. In fall, leaves shift to gold tones. Norway maple tolerates urban pollutants, but avoid planting it near driveways or sidewalks, because shallow roots can lift concrete. Trees grow 50 to 60 feet tall and 40 to 50 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-7.
‘Embers’ Amur Maple
A good xeriscape plant, ‘Embers’ amur maple (Acer ginnala ‘Embers’) turns fall into a season of blazing reds. Amur maple is easy to grow and tough as nails, withstanding hard winters with ease. Seeds form in summer and are a bright red that contrasts strikingly with the green leaves. Trees grow 15 to 20 feet tall and up to 15 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7. Amur maple is considered invasive in some areas. Check with your local extension office before planting this tree.