"Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of colors and styles," says Dean Howell, president of Atlanta-based MODA Floors & Interiors. While technically a fast-growing grass, bamboo is as hard or harder than most hardwoods when dried. Newer products called strand-woven bamboo, a highly engineered product using the inner fibers, are twice as hard as traditional bamboo flooring. Dean says that in addition to the common thin-banded styles shoppers have become accustomed to, bamboo is offered in wide-plank styles that mimic the look of classic hardwoods. As with all wood flooring, it's best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.
Off the dining room sits a light and airy living space, featuring a white sofa which contradicts beautifully with the dark hardwood floors. Minimal art and neutral colors contribute to the soft visual.
A large floating staircase helps to break up this open-plan entryway and keeps the space from feeling cavernous with such high ceilings. Light wood railings blend with the hardwood floor and neutral walls to create a cohesive, uninterrupted design.
Wood panelling gives stately elegance to this foyer. A large brick fireplace tucked under the stairs provides an opportunity to showcase modern wall art above the mantel that adds stylish depth to the room.
No other plant can add movement and catch light like ornamental grasses. They can soften, yet enhance masonry elements with their airy form and uniquely capture and filter the sun's rays. Tip: Be sure to place them where they can catch the light, which will shine through their foliage and flower heads, making them glow and shimmer in the breezes.
The underbelly of this contemporary staircase is a sight to behold. Frosted glass stairs lead to a suspended walkway that overlooks both the foyer and living space – each complete with their own sparking chandelier. The stone floor ties in the warm wood trim and wall of windows.
This large bedroom, which opens onto a courtyard area, includes a private eating and cooking area and bathroom. Wooden ceiling beams and blue and white details give the space a charming cottage atmosphere.
Magnificent cherry wood architectural paneling and detailing are the signature elements in this two-story library and home office. The wool area rug and comfortable leather seating anchors this room and the custom spiral staircase leads one up to the second-floor home office, which is off the master bedroom. The original oil painting is illuminated by the picture light above to call attention to it in the evening.
A chic but rustic master bathroom with a timeless shiplap wall treatment, honed floor tiles that lead to a white dual bath vanity adorned with polished nickel hardware and a white quartz countertop finished with rectangular sinks.
The ornate stone fireplace is flanked by large windows that let in lot of natural light to this Mediterranean sunroom.. Exposed brick walls combine with neutral tile flooring and comfortable sofas for a truly relaxing space.