For intense fragrance, grow this jasmine. It typically flowers spring through fall, but tosses open blooms in winter, too, if growing conditions provide warmth and sun. Give it a spot near a southern-facing window. The perfume is similar to gardenia. Plants may be slow to bloom the first year. Just wait—the flower show kicks into gear as plants age. Botanical name: Jasminum azoricum
A chocolate tree (Theobroma cacao) is a large plant, not starting to flower until it reaches 5 to 7 feet tall. It craves warmth (temps above 60 F) and bright light. Sit it outdoors for summer to encourage flowering. Blooms typically form spring through fall, followed by a large pod-like fruit. The fruit starts green and ripens to golden yellow. Inside the fruit are the chocolate beans, which must be fermented and dried before 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.”
Grow pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) as an annual shrub in all but warmest zones. It flowers late in the season, but the red blossoms are worth the wait. They beckon hummingbirds heading south for the winter and also carry a lovely pineapple flavor. Leaves are flavorful, too, with tender young leaves packing the best aroma and taste. Use pineapple sage in water, lemonade, punch or tea.
Include beautiful English lavender (Lavender angustifolia) in your garden plans for a plant that’s packed with fragrance. Leaves, flowers and stems all exude that classic lavender scent, and when sun warms the plants, you only need to brush the leaves to release the fragrance. Lavender helps keep biting mosquitoes at bay outdoors. In the evening, reap its bug-busting benefits by crushing flower buds and leaves and rubbing them on your skin. Tuck lavender into pots or planting beds. Plants grow 12 to 18 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
Think outside the box for winter wedding florals, says planner Liz Singleton, of Events by Elizabeth Palmer. "Winter doesn't automatically mean silver, red and white. Creams and pinks with the lambs ear made the arrangement perfect for winter, giving it quite a bit of texture along with a more soft and romantic look. Gold is a fun metallic to pair with winter arrangements because typically, people think silver equals snow. Gold, however, helps create warmth with the candlelight and again, enhances the romantic undertones.” This lantern arrangement uses pink and ivory roses, blush peonies and Dusty miller. Florist: Flowers by Zoie.
The details in this kitchen are what truly brings the space together. The homeowners wanted a unique renovation, but were concerned with maintaining the home's integrity, so designers combined a few unique, more modern touches with traditional features to create this stunning kitchen. Wallpaper is used throughout the space to add color and warmth while maintaining the traditional feel of the home. The oriental rug between the kitchen island and the sink is another classic touch for the home. Even the gold accented light fixtures bring in the charm that the homeowners love about their home. The homeowners were opposed to white cabinets, so designers installed a countertop that had green hues, which inspired the green countertops in the space.
Living and working in the same place might seem confining at first thought, but this creative couple has come up with a solution. The answer, it seems, lies in making sure that you have enough room to fit both sides of a full life. This living room is proof of concept, as the rugged industrial space is charmingly decorated with modern pieces. A cool counterpoint to the warm wood and brick interior, an oversized rug clearly defines the living area, allowing the remaining space to be put to other uses. Meanwhile, ultra-modern accessories such as the abstract vases on the credenza and the beautifully patterned shades give even more personality to this space.
When you swap out holiday plates for items you use in your home throughout the year, look for new ways to display old pieces. Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs in South Carolina used vintage milk glass for this tablescape, including setting one bowl on top of a cake plate. The dishes already have a wintery white look. She filled them with paperwhite bulbs that complement the pinecones on the table, knowing they will bring even more warmth to the interiors when they bloom. “I love the texture of the bulb itself,” she adds.
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.
David Austin English Rose 'Bathsheba' is a vigorous climbing rose with big, beautiful, apricot-colored flowers. It is David Austin's first new apricot-hued climber in 20 years. Its strong myrrh fragrance has a warm floral character with hints of honey and Tea. It blooms repeatedly from early summer till frost. Each shallowly-cupped rosette is densely packed with up to 170 petals. As with all English Rose climbers, 'Bathsheba' is full from the ground up, with plenty of basal stems to fan up and across a trellis.
If you’re hosting or headed to a house warming, dripping paint bucket floral arrangements might be the perfect fit. Pick up an empty aluminum paint bucket from the home improvement store, lay out a drop cloth along a long, flat surface, then use a turkey baster to add a dripping effect from the opening of the bucket to the bottom. Let the paint dry for about three to four hours, then use a utility knife to cut any paint buildup from the drop cloth.
Not one inch is wasted in this tiny home designed by Incredible Tiny Homes. The coat closet was thoughtfully designed for hanging front to back therefore requiring very little of the entry’s space; paired with the storage trunk below, the two components allow the entry to function like a mudroom. The pale blue barn door is a great rustic detail that provides privacy for the bathroom without obstructing any space. Dual in its purpose, the bathroom doubles as the laundry room. The combination of the hardwood floors and natural materials create an immediate sense of warmth upon entering the tiny home.
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.
Create your own special shadowbox with cool-looking maps or maps of favorite places, or any other motifs that give you a warm fuzzy feeling. Give stacked books that you already own a cohesive look by simply having the spines face the back of the bookshelf, as Jen Woodhouse of The House of Wood did in decorating her recycled wood and crate bookshelf.
A clever use of a small footprint, designer Kristina Crestin came up with the idea to put a queen sized bed together with a twin bunk bed, thinking a family could fit into the small space. To the right of the queen bed, a closet holds essential storage. Black pipe fittings provide a safety component to the twin bed, but also add a little industrial flair.
A budget-friendly pine V-groove in a semi opaque wash on a warm grey was chosen for the walls so they wouldn't compete with the barn board ceiling.
The guest room was a great space to have a little fun, pairing some fun, white animal heads with a found vintage chair. Layering elements to add to the story of the space.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson filled this large living room with cozy, eclectic furniture and decor. Dark pink walls were painted a fresh white and a once over-imposing fireplace replaced with sleek white marble. Floor-to-ceiling curtains in a cheery yellow were hung to enhance the room's picture windows and add bold visual interest to a large, white wall. A gray and white patterned rug ties together the sleek modern furnishings and adds warmth to the new hardwood floors.
Just a few steps through the front door and the space opens up into this expansive dining room. Part of the effortless charm of this home comes from original details such as historic moldings. The cool white of the walls and the warm wood tone of the floor create a stark backdrop that give the room’s other colors and elements ample room to shine. The dining room is a mix of rustic and industrial elements. To add some color to the mix, a large red print, left by the home’s previous tenant adds a pop of color to the neutral decor.