In a large, open interior — and this is especially important when the space has soaring ceilings, as this one does — it’s essential to choose furnishings and details that fit the large scale of the room. Says stylist Sophie Gunnersen of Studio Stamp: “All the pieces in the room are rather big and bold, and everything has a purpose. The custom-made dining table sits at bar height and it is large and chunky. The black AGA cooker is really the key piece in the space — it adds ambience and attracts most people with its warmth. The vertical bookshelf along with the softer green tiles divide the room.”
Wool rugs are easy to clean and have fibers that contain lanolin, a natural stain repellent. They're a smart choice for family rooms, where kids and pets spend most of their time. "This open, second floor media room overlooks the living room below. We needed a strong anchor to be the foundation of the space and to define the character of the room. Merida's classic buffalo check was the perfect solution — boldly inviting guests to gather for conversation, nestle in with a book or cluster for watching movies. The check pattern instantly conveys a sense of warmth and familiarity. Additionally, our clients planned to using this space to watch sporting events — so we needed something to withstand rowdy sports fans and the beautiful, quality wool construction of this rug meant it was the perfect yet practical fit," says the designers at Foley & Cox Interiors.
Self-described home editors Meghan and Patrick Sharp of Mr. + Mrs. Sharp offer their clients tips on how to edit, arrange, highlight and otherwise help their homes live their "best lives." Their sleek modern space in the sustainable Serenbe community south of Atlanta is a laboratory and proving ground for their less-is-more, everything-in-its-place design philosophy. The couple describes their signature style as "warm modern" a philosophy that extends to the outdoors area where clean lines and neutral colors reign and mod classics like a Tulip table and Emeco aluminum chairs (seen in the distance) lend sexy attitude to the great outdoors.
Candles, and plants offer multiple benifts as accessories to a room. Candles always add a feeling of brightness, warmth and color, especially if they are placed in colorful holders, or stained glass that reflects the colors. With plants and other organic natural materials, they also add color or become a design element, but even more so, they can really soften an area that is surrounded by hard cold materials such as wood, stone or granite. All accessories in the Park family home were provided by Ikea for a special promotional episode of HGTV's Cousins on Call.
David Austin's 'Grace' as a Tree Rose - 'Grace' is an apricot-colored English Rose with approximately 80 petals per flower. Its pure apricot coloring deepens in the center and pales along the outer edges.The resulting apricot-mix is beautiful with other flower colors, especially dark reds and purples.The blooms are lovely at all stages, from the pointed buds to the shallowly cupped young flowers to the perfect rosettes of maturity with outer petals reflexed. It is very healthy with excellent repeat blooming. The fragrance is a delicious, warm and sensuous Tea rose. Grows to 4 ft tall by 4 ft wide. RHS "Award of Garden Merit." (David Austin 2001, Auskeppy).
Peanuts are a crop that demands a long growing season, somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 warm days. There are short season peanuts that reportedly ripen in as little as 90 days, but even so, getting a good crop is tough. Soil needs to drain very well, and soil temp has to hit 65 F before sowing. Air temps should be reliably above 55 F at night, too.
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.
The parlor previously had an old fireplace with a window on the right side, which created a room that lacked symmetry. The old fireplace was replaced with a new ventless gas fireplace, and second window was added to make the room feel more balanced. The parlor's fireplace now includes a Cincinnati mantel from a local salvage company and locally-made tiles in the same navy blue as the trim. “Previously the fireplace was not functional,” says project manager Dan Faires. “We added this gas fireplace that warms the space and adds ambiance, a nice asset for this parlor.”
Holiday cinerarias are happy with cool home temperatures--in fact, they need a location that stays between 40 and 55 degrees F. Warm temperatures cause them to decline fast. You'll find these daisy-like flowers in shades of red, pink, blue, violet and white, and they'll last for weeks if you keep the soil moist, not wet. Don't let the plants dry out, because you may not be able to revive them. When the blooms finish, toss your cinerarias into the compost.
As seen on HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott designed this living room to match the homeowner’s bright personality. The original cement flooring was stained a warmer color and dark gray paint was added to the walls, while the one wood-clad wall was kept as a feature. The large metal storage unit resembles an old set of lockers, which brings an industrial feel to the space. Two vintage side chairs and an old leather sofa were reupholstered in bright colors and prints, and a star-shaped light bulb installation was mounted on the wall as a finishing touch.
If a grow light is out of the budget for starting seeds, a windowsill can work instead. To help your seeds germinate, place them in a spot that stays consistently warm — on top of the fridge or a radiator are good options. Shift them to the sunniest south-facing windowsill you’ve got as soon as a bit of green is showing above the soil line. If your windowsill is drafty or cold, lay down a towel or old t-shirt like a blanket and then set your pots on top.
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Spring peas are one of nature’s delicacies—a true tonic after winter. St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional pea planting day in warmer regions, but you really want to wait until soil temperatures are in the 45-degree range. A clue for the right pea planting time in your region is dandelions, daffodils and forsythia. When these spring favorites start to flower, it’s time to plant peas. Plant too early, and pea seeds will likely rot in cold soil before they germinate. Plant too late, and vines will only have a short bearing window. For garden planting, soil should be moist but crumbly (think chocolate cake). If it’s too wet, seeds may rot before sprouting.
Since this property overlooks the Pacific Ocean, evening breezes can become quite cool and possibly making evening use not as desirable as one would hope for. Therefore, it was important to provide a cozy outdoor gathering space that is out of the wind, and this space between the home and its Casita provides an excellent location for spending time in front of a warm fireplace, while it also provides for an excellent highlight feature when walking to the front door.
The clients thought the fireplace alone would be sufficient as a design feature, but after showing them that by adding the short wall, with several view-ports accented with wrought iron (that matches their Juliet balcony) it not only provided a true connect between the home and Casita, it also created a much more grand feature and a sense of enclosure without losing the planting depth behind the fireplace, which was needed for privacy.
Your basement or crawlspace is usually the coolest spot in the house because of the insulating effect of the ground. That means that warm, moist air coming inside condenses on surfaces, including your pipes, causing dripping or sweating. Besides being annoying, dripping raises the humidity level in the house and increases the chances for mold growth. To reduce this problem, make sure all vents to the outside are closed, and add foam pipe insulation to the parts of the pipes you can reach.
The first step in winterizing a spa is deciding if you want to close it down for the season or enjoy sitting in hot water surrounded by snow. If you opt for winter tubbing, review your manual’s instructions for use in freezing weather. Most spas have a freeze protection system. You may also need to set the spa’s auto heat mode to cycle on and off to keep water warm. A tight fitting cover prevents energy loss and keeps the heat where it belongs—in the water. Clean and drain the spa before cold weather arrives so it’s ready for winter use.
For a family with three boys under the age of 12, a sprawling family center that opens out to the backyard was just the ticket. “An open-plan living made sense to them as they really wanted a room that would be the "heart" of the home and where they could all gather together and interact with each other, even if they are doing different activities,” says designer Nelly Reffet of Twinkle & Whistle Interior Design. To give the space an inviting feel, Reffet took care with her choices of color and material. “One of the possible downsides of open-plan living, especially in contemporary homes, is that the room may feel a little cold and impersonal,” she says. “Using ‘warm’ or earthy materials and/or colors, as well as a mix of textures is a great way to balance this, and to create a more lived-in space.”
Fill your garden with the spicy clove fragrance of ‘First Love’ dianthus. Also known as cheddar pink, dianthus is a strong garden performer, unfurling flowers from mid-spring until fall frost. Removing spent blooms on plants ensures a steady, season-long flower show. Like other dianthus, ‘First Love’ is a short-lived perennial, lasting just a few years in the garden. Flowers open pure white and fade to bright rose. In winter, evergreen leaves add color to the garden in warmer regions. Plants grow 14 to 20 inches tall and 12 to 16 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-9.
Yellow is the perfect color for spring; especially citron—a warm, smile-inducing shade that evokes sunny skies and bright, cheery flowers. This year citron yellow is one of the most popular choices in design and decor. The shade is having an incredible moment, being spotted in everything from bright and cheery textiles to colorful wallpaper. You likely even spotted it at the Royal Wedding, a la Amal Clooney’s stunning dress. While yellow is immediately stunning when you’re wearing it, designing with it at home can be a little tricky. But don’t get discouraged; with just a little work it can be one of the most beautiful colors in your space. Here are just a few of the ways that citron yellow can brighten up your home.