Photo By: Jeri Smith Windermere Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
Straw Mulch In Raised Bed
Straw is a more utilitarian mulch typically used in vegetable gardens or strawberry patches. Straw is simply the stalks of grain plants. Ask your local straw supplier if their product is clean (doesn’t contain grain heads) and weed-free. Prevent weed seed issues by spreading three sheets of damp newspaper under straw. Some gardeners let straw bales sit a few weeks so weed or grain seeds germinate. This leads to moldy straw—plan to wear a dust mask if you have allergies. Expect to get one to two growing seasons out of straw, depending on how thickly you spread it.
Tropical Courtyard with Fountain, Lush Landscaping
This luxurious courtyard features an inlaid floor, center fountain and arched architectural details that mimic the lines of the courtyard floor. Lush plantings take advantage of the tropical setting in Naples, Florida.
Luxury reins in this Naples, Florida, backyard, which features a lushly landscaped pool and hot tub. A water feature provides tranquil sound for guests to enjoy while they lounge on the lanai. Stately architecture with Classical details and a pink stucco facade fits the Florida setting.
Stone and glass blend on the facade of this modern home, which connects to its rugged, secluded site through its generous use of natural and organic materials, as well as broad expanses of glass that open the interiors to sweeping views. A stone fence creates a sinuous line that draws the eye to the clean, modern structure.
Splashes of Red and Eye-Catching Art Dress Up Neutral Contemporary Living Room
With two distinct sitting areas, this neutral contemporary living room has plenty of room for hosting family and friends. Eye-catching artwork and red accents, including the rug, pillows, and candles, give the room texture and personality.
Transitional Master Bathroom Boasts City Views From Soaking Tub
This master bathroom is easy on the eyes thanks to a bay window with views of the Seattle skyline. A soaking tub with a wide rim encourages the owners to keep towels, books and glasses of wine on hand.