The couple turned a small upstairs bedroom into a nursery to accommodate their growing family. The neutral colors make it a sweet place for a baby, while the light pouring in from the window and the chandelier on the ceiling makes the space light.
Stone Double Fireplace in Contemporary Master Bedroom
A double-sided stacked stone fireplace is a stunning focal point in the center of this elegant master bedroom. Comfortable chairs sit on one side for a cozy seating area, while a platform bed is situated between picturesque windows with beautiful views.
With a new baby girl in the family, Chip and his team were charged with the important job of making sure that the Howells' princess has the perfect palace. Chip and his team added complimentary colors, such as pink and purple, as well as multiple patterns and textures to make this place sugar and spice and everything nice for this baby girl. The luxurious crib and additional toy storage is a must have to help make the nursery clean and inviting.
Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed a depressing room into a bright and festive nursery for the Purks' baby on the way. The old wall paneling was removed and replaced with light blue painted drywall with white trim.
Welcome monarch butterflies with swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), a native plant that offers nectar for adult butterflies and leaves for caterpillars. Swamp milkweed grows best in full sun and thrives in boggy or moist soil. Flowers appear mid- to late summer and beckon loads of pollinators—bees, beneficial insects and hummingbirds. Give plants a spot in full sun. This low-maintenance plant makes a good choice for rain gardens, butterfly gardens or cottage borders. Deer-resistant plants grow 4 to 6 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
Joe Pye Weed
Add color to your garden from midsummer to early fall with the towering blooms of joe pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum). This native plant boasts a low-maintenance personality, resists rabbits, and adapts to heavy clay or boggy soil with ease. Give it a spot in full sun to part shade. It makes a great back- of-the-border plant or rain garden player. Flowers attract pollinators like crazy, including bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. Cut plants back by one-third in early summer to promote branching and more flowers. Plants grow 5 to 7 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus
King Tut dwarf Egyptian papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) adds a touch of the tropics—and Dr. Seuss-like fun—to any garden. Grow it in a pot, planting bed, water garden or stream-side planting. It loves moisture, but take care not to submerge the crown or growing point. Keep it in water just a few inches deep. Papyrus grows quickly, and the more moisture that’s available, the faster it grows. Plants reach 18 to 30 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 9-11. In cold zones, overwinter plants in pots indoors through winter.
A true water-loving plant, Louisiana iris grows in up to 4 inches of water. ‘Black Gamecock’ is a variety that opens 4- to 6-inch blooms with deep purple petals marked with a brilliant gold stripe. It’s an award winning variety that’s ultra-easy to grow. Plants multiply rapidly in ideal growing conditions. Despite the name, Louisiana iris is hardy as far north as Maine. Look for varieties with flowers in many hues, including purple and blue shades, red, white, yellow and brown. Plants grow 24 to 36 inches tall by 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-10.
For outstanding fall color, include easy-growing ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’) in your garden. Low-maintenance and deer-resistant, goldenrod unfurls tiny, bright yellow blooms on horizontal branches that add color from late summer well into fall. This is a super pollinator plant, attracting all kinds of bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. Flowers make a great addition to bouquets. If you’re an allergy sufferer, please note that goldenrod doesn’t cause hayfever. Plants grow 30 to 36 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
‘Whirlwind’ Japanese Anemone
Pure white blooms of ‘Whirlwind’ Japanese anemone blend easily into any full sun to part shade spot in the garden. Blossoms open from late summer through fall. Each bloom measures 2 to 3 inches across and stands atop tall stems that make a great addition to fall bouquets. Anemone leaves appear in late spring, making them a perfect partner for spring bulbs because anemone leaves help hide dying bulb foliage. Look for varieties with pink blooms, too. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 36 to 48 inches tall by 24 to 36 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
‘Rocketman’ Russian Sage
The color show on Russian sage kicks off in midsummer when lavender-purple flowers open. After blossoms fade, a purple bract that holds each bloom remains well into October, giving this plant an apparent flower season that’s months long. ‘Rocketman’ (Perovskia atriplicifolia) has strong, silvery stems that don’t need staking. Russian sage is a drought-tolerant plant that grows best in full sun. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 30 to 36 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
In warmer zones, the winter planting window is wide open. You can sow seeds for winter vegetable crops, like salad greens, radishes, carrots, onions, Swiss chard, English peas and kale.
Designer Corine Maggio has successfully achieved the ‘TV above the fireplace’ look – so hard to get right. The herringbone stone lightens and lifts the fireplace space and stops it from looking dreary.
The plants lining the dining table are prototypes for an outdoor installation Paul is designing for the Brooklyn community. A graduate of Jamaica’s Edna Manley College Of Art in Kingston and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, Paul remains fascinated by the sense of nature that he grew up around. Now in Brooklyn, he represents nature in his sculptural work.
‘Bronze Peacock’ Rodgersia
‘Bronze Peacock’ Rodgersia pinnata unfurls striking leaves in a part shade location with wet soil. Rodgersia is celebrated for its large, sculptural leaves. Count on these plants to make a strong architectural statement in any garden. Pink flowers appear on spikes in summer. Plants grow 20 to 24 inches tall by 24 to 28 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8.