Japanese beetles avoid lilacs, including the small and full-size varieties. ‘Declaration’ flowers 7 to 10 days earlier than other lilacs, helping to extend the seasonal show. Plants grow 6 to 8 feet tall. Use them as an informal screen, hedge or specimen shrub.
Coastal Dining Room With Blue Pendants
Teardrop pendants in clear, blue glass are the lighting over the dining table. They're a lovely nod to wave-tossed sea glass, a coastal note that feels far from kitschy.
This design vignette in HGTV Dream Home 2013 commands attention for its thoughtful use of reclaimed materials and shiny surfaces. A floating shelf crafted by carpenter David Brown makes use of weathered, reclaimed fencing.
Yellow and white make a lovely color combination for this master bedroom and adjoining sitting area. The casually draped window treatments are a perfect complement with the more formal barrel chairs and coral pedestal table for a slightly romantic look and feel.
Pink Chinoiserie Chairs, Area Rug Enliven Eclectic Dining Room
Let it be known that pink accents can work wonders in a formal dining room. Here, two pink chairs instantly brighten the neutral walls -- though their Chinoiserie-inspired print ensures that they still look sophisticated -- while a saturated pink area rug brings some warmth to the hardwood floors.
Contemporary, Open Plan Living Space in California
Sophisticated city living meets coastal casualness in this 12,710-square-foot new build on the bay in Newport Beach, California. Intentional and innovative space planning was key to filling the vast, open floor plan with a natural flow of intimate gathering areas to enhance the family feel within a grand residence. The design features a mix of styles that work together to bring character and charm to the contemporary home.
After: Gold Guest Bedroom Makeover with Slipcovered Headboard
Gold is a regal choice that demands attention in this once-overlooked guest bedroom. Glass and antique brass side tables give the room a more modern look, and are topped with lamps from a discount home store selected by Atlanta designer Jennifer Foster. A streamlined slipcovered headboard offers flexibility for future makeovers.
Elegant Foyer with Curved Staircase, Modern Crystal Chandelier
Polished marble floors, a curved staircase and modern Swarovski crystal chandelier brings the ultimate in elegance to this Tennessee foyer. The luxury home features six bedrooms and seven baths, with a lakeside location in College Grove, Tennessee.
Pops of purple define this colorful, contemporary dining room. Soft brown cabinets with glass doors give the space warmth without distracting from the stunning gold painted light fixture above the round marble dining table with cushioned purple chairs.
Contrasting Patterns Add Texture to Casual Family Room
In the family room, designers used contrasting patterns to create a fun design. The paisley chair complements the red and green colors that anchor the room, while plaid curtains offset the plaid, giving the space lots of texture.
An oversized wing chair, covered in lush buttercream velvet upholstery, is the perfect spot to sink, snuggle and enjoy views of the sun as it sinks below the mountains. Two yellow-and-blue striped upholstered arm chairs flank the fireplace completing the sitting area in the HGTV Dream Home 2014.