One of the fastest ways to drop an edge between lawn and planting areas is using concrete edger or paver stones set upright, on edge. Cast from concrete, these stones create the most effective edging if they’re dug into soil so the base sits slightly below lawn level. Keep an eye out for grass creeping around or under concrete edgers. Hand pull or spot spray with grass killer. Look for concrete edgers in a variety of shapes and colors. They give a garden a more formal flair, which looks nice whether it’s lining beds full of flowers, herbs or vegetables.
A wood platform bed serves as the focal point of this tranquil Asian-style bedroom. A silver planter with large bamboo stalks and a gold Buddha statue flank the windows with floor-length neutral drapes and mounted pendant lamps. A frosted glass door and neutral bench complete the room.
Wood beams, an ornate four-poster bed, rustic chandelier, and arched wall decor exude old-world elegance in this master bedroom from designer Thomas Oppelt. The large, patterned area rug frames the space.
Opulence and finery is on display in this cream and blue bedroom, which features a teardrop crystal chandelier, heavy drapes and a velvet chaise. The ceiling's pale blue hue and white molding top off the elegant design. A wall of windows and a claw-foot antique bed with heavy blue and beige bed linens adds to the luxurious feel.
This heavily carved four poster bed with mosquito netting drapes takes you to the tropics. The bed and nightstands are mahogany and ornately carved to reflect the colonial influences in Caribbean decor. Soft gray walls lighten the heavy furniture.
Four cream-colored window panels are separately pulled open, letting in sunlight that illuminates a dazzling red and white bedroom. A white bench window seat is decorated with a pair of red and pink pillows, while fuchsia-flocked damask wall covering completes the elegant look.
Country-Style Bedroom With Brass Bed and Red Accents
Adorned with lively patterns and an energetic color palette, the north bedroom of designer Sarah Richardson's farmhouse pops with personality. Sarah combined red paisley and polka dots to create an eclectic look, but kept the space cohesive with a brass bed and brass accents throughout.
Eclectic Master Suite With Wing Back Headboard and Unique Furnishings
This richly textured master suite features jungle themed prints and luxe patterned furniture. A tall brown and blue upholstered bed is the focal point of the space, ensuring the room's status as a relaxing retreat.
Floral Wallpaper Accent Wall in Neutral Master Bedroom
Modern yet warm and feminine, this space features whimsical floral wallpaper that distracts from the window creeping into headboard wall. The spherical chandelier continues the fanciful theme. To allow for more storage and keep the space streamlined, custom-designed bedside tables float on the wall.
After giving thought to the cabinets' exterior, turn some attention to their intended use and interior features. "It used to be that we would place cabinetry in the room and make it functional," says Al. "Now every cabinet has a purpose." There are pullout drawers for pots and pans, oversize drawers for baking sheets and even high-tech under-counter cooling drawers that keep beverages and snacks within easy reach. Accessories like lazy Susans, built-in spice racks, drawer organizers and other cabinet extras make the kitchen a much more efficient and enjoyable place. Photo courtesy of GE Monogram
If existing cabinets are of good quality, in excellent working condition and the layout functions well, the most affordable option is to simply paint or re-stain them. Another alternative, refacing, involves installing a new veneer on the exterior of the cabinet box and replacing the doors and drawer fronts, and should be handled by a professional.