"I chose to hang flower boxes on the windows and decorate the interior with succulents because they're not only easy to care for but also helped me achieve the natural look I was going for," says Sherrod of the importance of incorporating something living and green into your design scheme.
The focal point of this traditional home office is the large wall of windows framed with a transitional box pleat drapery valance and panels. Two leather chairs with matching leather ottomans provide seating, making the rich tones in caramel, chocolate and wheat the perfect complement to old world charm.
Forget plain old paintings and sketches -- the art in this teen's room is a unique combination of antique tennis racquets and an oversized metal initial. Rustic plaid linens are complemented with contemporary-inspired -- and matching -- striped pillow, throw blanket and window treatments. Antique record boxes serve as a storage space-packed bedside table.
The downstairs bedroom was essentially a bare-bones cinderblock box with exposed rafters with ZERO cozy going on. Embracing the room's low ceiling and the lack of large windows the homeowner's designer created a cocoon-like oasis by painting it a lovely spruce green to complement the warm wood tones found throughout the space.
The blue-gray color lends a little fresh twist to this typical colonial architecture. Like all colonial styles, Georgian focuses on strict symmetry. It is typically a box shape and adorned with shuttered windows. The style also features a paneled front door below a decorative crown, which is usually framed by simple, sometimes flattened, columns.
A shimmering modern chandelier and eclectic collection of artwork turn this small space into a jewel box of a home office. A natural fiber rug grounds the space and adds an earthy element while adding softness underfoot. The desk is situated at an angle to take maximum advantage of the natural light from a large window.
Pine that was stained a dark walnut creates the open storage shelves below the counter in the baking center. The shelves resemble a freestanding piece of furniture, with display storage for a bread box, dessert stands, mixing bowls, glass cannisters for flour and sugar and a marble rolling pin. A new window above peeks out to an alluring water view.
The new bedroom in the Miller family's home is modern, warm, and bright. New furniture and accessories from West Elm, and a carpet from Import Marakesh, make this a cozy room to rest, and relax. Another addition to the room is a built in air conditioner. In the past, the Miller family had all box window air conditioners. As seen on HGTV's "Cousins On Call".
"We had been using our garage as a dumping ground for tools, lawn equipment, toys and discarded furniture for years," says designer Suzanne Dingley of Suzanne Dingley Interiors. But when her husband started his own business, the couple realized they had the perfect spot for a home office. They installed new windows, doors, floors, drywall, lights and insulation. "The garage had a peaked ceiling with rafters, which we chose to make a feature to bring some character to an otherwise rectangular box." Replacing the overhead garage door with two sets of French doors brought in light and charm.