Like the lounge and kitchen in the main house, the guest rooms at the Woodhouse Lodge are all decorated in designer Megan Pflug's unique take on country chic. This quaint and relaxing bedroom flips the color palette of the main room while retaining the major elements of its style. Here the white walls are accented by pops of dark colors. Modern design patterns on the headboard and throw give the space a trendy aesthetic while the wood texture of the ceilings and floors maintain the feeling of a cabin in the woods.
Decorative lanterns, vintage or new, are one of the easiest and most attractive ways to add lighting to an outdoor space. Cluster them on the dining table, group them at points around the edges of the space or line them up on a wall — the options are many and varied. You can use real wax candles or outdoor LED “candles.” The San Nicola Lantern shown here, $99, from Grandin Road, comes with three battery-operated flameless candles.
White walls and high ceilings accented by arched entryways set the stage for a multi-layered design moment. The seating is the star in this space with two side chairs upholstered with handira - traditional Moroccan wedding blankets. Behind them a beaded Yoruba Chair showcases a colorful pattern. On the sofa, an Indian Kantha quilt covers the seat cushions accented by Indian block-print pillows. Add to that an ornately carved wooden coffee table, a beautifully decorated fireplace mantle and loads of art and accessories, and you have a perfectly designed desert oasis.
Put a fresh spin on a classic game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey with Add the Cherry To the Ice Cream Cone. To make this, you’ll need a roll of craft paper, several shades of acrylic paint, paint pens and assorted colors of construction paper. Trace the shape of an ice cream cone directly onto the craft paper, outline the edges with paint pens and fill in the tracing with acrylic paint. For an extra layer of decoration, trace and paint sprinkles onto the paper as well. Next, make cherries by cutting red construction paper into 6-inch wide circles, and then add double-sided tape to the back. Tape the craft paper to the wall, add a blindfold to the first willing participant and let them have at it!
Make a space that will last. “You don’t want things to be temporary. You want things that they can grow with,” said Cate Dunning of GordonDunning, who decorated this bedroom as part of a Dwell with Dignity install. This bedroom was for three boys who loved Super Mario Brothers and the Atlanta Falcons, so GordonDunning incorporated red accented with blue and hung framed Mario art prints from Etsy on the wall. The beds were already in the room, and DIY blogger Dena Stormer painted them with Sherwin Williams Positive Red.
The simple elegance of this dining room spotlights the homeowner's collection of fine art and antique furniture. Two large windows flood the space with natural light and reflect off the white walls to bring the collector's items to the forefront of visitors' sights. Even the table is designed to be as unobtrusive as possible with its glass tabletop to direct the eye to the artwork and fine furniture in this space. Since the collector's items afford the only color in the space, the decorative antique dresser and the statue and painting are the focal points of the room, showcasing the homeowner's elegant taste.
Young newlyweds were looking to transform their home into a chic, sophisticated space for both relaxation and entertaining friends and family.
The renovations were all about creating spaces for entertaining. The compartmentalized main living spaces were opened up with the help of a structural engineer. A bearing wall and two outdated columns were replaced by steel beams that fit into the ceiling system above, and the structural work continued all the way down to the footers in the basement. Designer Heather Garrett and her team worked decorative moulding around the new ceiling beams to make it appear as if they were always part of the home.
The owners of this home love being outside, so they wanted to bring that love of nature and its beauty home with them. To make this happen, they have installed a bathroom with lots of natural features. The floor of the shower is crafted from decorative stones and is made to look like a natural stone river bed. The tile on the walls and the floor help to highlight the natural look of the space with complimentary colors. The final touch is the tub, which is tucked neatly below the window so that bathers can look out onto the scenery while still maintaining their privacy.
“The trick to tackling a huge room like this is to divide it up into zones and that's just what this design trio does so well,” says designer Candice Olson. “There is an area to take in the view; a sprawling wall shelf that doubles as both display and seating; (great for those big LA parties); and a main conversation grouping that floats in front of the fireplace. I think the wall art is the strongest element in this space. Large tree-motif panels suit the grand scale of the space, as does the ingenious bubble-wrap wall hanging backed with a very current fretwork graphic — someone’s going to Design Heaven for that move. And can we talk about the pink ducks?! The 3-D element of these wooden sculptures animates the massive fireplace wall but this team doesn’t stop there. A quart of neon-pink paint has these ducks kicking sand in the feathered faces of their pink flamingo cousins. It’s this touch of the unexpected that prevents a serious room like this from looking too somber and that can make a good design a great one. As strong as the wall art is, I feel the decorative elements placed along the wall shelves and mantel are suffering from a case of "Honey, I shrunk the accessories." Big rooms need big accessories — lamps, candlesticks or pedestals, ceramics and mirrors — all large-scaled to suit. I would have opted for a huge, free-form, wood coffee table. Glass tends to visually disappear and is a better choice to help keep the feeling open and uncluttered in small spaces.”
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson transformed this once dated, drafty space into a cozy and contemporary retreat with plenty of room to entertain. Dark pink walls were painted a fresh white and covered in bright grasscloth wallpaper and a once over-imposing fireplace replaced with sleek white marble. To satisfy her clients' differing design tastes, Sarah incorporated vintage metallic decorative pieces with streamlined modern furniture. A large patterned rug ties the room together and adds warmth and interest to the new hardwood floors.
Pastel details contrast with the wood elements in this master bedroom remodel. The printed, yellow wallpaper creates an accent wall in this cottage-style bedroom, acting as a cheerful backdrop for the pink and gray aspects of the room. Crisp, neutral bedding along with the clean lines of the neutral headboard anchor the bedroom's largest furniture piece and mirrors the neutral fireplace. A splash of bold color is added to the decor with the use of pink throw pillows, a nightstand and printed ottoman. A wooden table and mantel act as a base for decorative pieces and soft, pastels colors in the chair and nightstand lamp elaborate on the room's pastel ambiance. A distinct, natural lighting fixture adds a rustic element to the room.
Young newlyweds were looking to transform their home into a chic, sophisticated space for both relaxation and entertaining friends and family. Designer Heather Garrett and her team's approach was to utilize materials that were both luxe and livable, taking into consideration pets and a baby on the way.
The renovations were all about creating spaces for entertaining. The compartmentalized main living spaces were opened up with the help of a structural engineer. A bearing wall and two outdated columns were replaced by steel beams that fit into the ceiling system above, and the structural work continued all the way down to the footers in the basement. Garrett and her team worked decorative moulding around the new ceiling beams to make it appear as if they were always part of the home.
Through a colorful doorway and past a tastefully appointed parlor is a breathtaking living room. The dark stained floors, which run through the entire house, were laid by Julio, who taught himself the skills he needed to accomplish the job. The white masks that hang from the far wall are his creations as well. The masks offer a modern way to bring classic Angolan art home. The ornate fireplace, one of four hearths this home boasts, is original to the space, as is the decorative scrollwork that runs across moldings and ceilings in this room. The way that Kenza and Julio have maintained the architecture of the home, is a reminder not to remove or cover up original fixtures, but to instead accentuate them. Filling a traditional space with modern furnishings creates a unique contrast of styles that can add layers of sophistication to a room.