The owners of this tin roof chicken coop wanted to create a home for their chickens and guest houses for visiting bluebirds: "We read that bluebirds like to have 15 to 20 feet of open space in front of their nesting houses. When we built the coop, we left the posts tall on the back side. My parents brought me the 'See Rock City' house, which I was thrilled to have because it's a great nod to my happy Southern childhood spent hiking and camping with my family. The Rock City birdhouse lets guests know we want them to be relaxed and happy in our garden."
The owners said landscaping was a key factor in the positioning of the coop. "We thought about the placement for several weeks. It made sense to be on the far side of the garden because it's tall and creates a separation between our yard and the street that runs behind our next-door neighbors' yard. It works as a privacy screen and looks like a charming shed or rustic playhouse. The screens across the front of the structure came from my grandparents' house when it was torn down. The major drawback to our design is the lack of a human door, which makes spring cleaning the coop no easy task."
When you design outdoors you can use plants and trees as your statement decor. The Gilkesons wisely worked with the existing trees including a gorgeous crape myrtle which provides a striking, natural punctuation point in the walled garden. You can tell designers are at work here: the fabric colors on outdoor furniture perfectly coordinate with the caladium in a vibrant blue pot.
A narrow nook built into this master bath features small glass shelves to store makeup, nail polish and other small necessities for the bathroom. The reflective vanities, countertops and large mirrors visually expand the space and highlight the ocean-inspired shower in shades of blue mosaic tiles.
Dynamic Spa-Like Bathroom Features Contemporary Tiles, Shower & Bathtub
Large-scale tiles mingle with dynamic mosaic glass tile accents, turning this spacious contemporary bathroom into a spa-like retreat. Glass separates the shower and bathtub, allowing the space to feel open while soothing colors, textures and finishes – including the handheld shower fixture and rain showerhead – create a space built for ultimate relaxation. Floating shelves above the bathtub are perfect for storing extra towels for guests.
Rustic Living Room With High Ceilings Feels Warm, Inviting
Reclaimed wood paneling balances out the height of the ceiling in this living room, ensuring the space feels cozy and warm. A large stone fireplace and comfortable furniture also contribute to the inviting atmosphere.
Kitchen Opens to Mediterranean Outdoor Living Space
The connection from the kitchen to the outdoor living area is an integral part of the design. The windows above the sink bi-fold to each side and completely disappear to seamlessly connect the spaces. Cream kitchen cabinets are paired with white countertops and a farmhouse sink for a clean yet warm look.
Airy, Modern Kitchen Feels Clean With Ample Storage
This airy kitchen with plentiful storage has ample room to cook and eat at the modern, spacious island. White counters enhance the bright space while hanging glass pendant lights feel modern and chic while illuminating the work space.
As seen on America's Most Desperate Kitchens, designers John Colaneri and Anthony Corrino replaced the claustrophobia-inducing wall with a knee wall, making room for the new kitchen peninsula with sleek, integrated appliances.
In the nook between this home's kitchen and living room, the designers painted the walls and the ceiling dark gray to give more of a bright and open feeling when entering into the other spaces which are white.
This hidden garden is a peaceful oasis in Charleston's downtown. It's also a lovely place for the Gilkeson's guests to wake up. The guest quarters, which are situated beyond the garden, feature a small living area, kitchen and other amenities that afford visitors both privacy and an incredible view.
Though white is the more usual color for garden trellises, fences and window boxes, black gates and window boxes in this Charleston garden give a more sophisticated look and don't tend to show wear and tear as quickly as white.