HGTV's Design on a Dime transformed this roomy kitchen with small cottage charm. Baby blue cabinets and stark white walls are paired for high contrast. A small stand-alone island and container garden on the windowsill are cozy accents.
This bedroom is light and airy with neutral wainscoting and bamboo blinds. A buffalo check armchair adds cottage charm while tying in the green and white wallpaper. Fresh flowers are a lively accent on the windowsill.
Toss the leaves of fragrant Bay Laurel into soups, stews and other dishes, or simply enjoy this pretty ornamental shrub on your windowsill; it adapts nicely to most home conditions. Give this perennial lots of sun and prune it as needed.
Get your flavonoid-packed greens fresh from the windowsill with this hearty kale mix. The blend contains the classic varieties frilly ‘Winterbor,’ reddish-pink ‘Redbor,’ and blue ‘Dwarf Curled Vates.’ Heirloom ‘Lacinato’ kale, also known as Tuscan or dinosaur kale, completes the mix.
Austral Gem™ Bird's Nest Fern adapts to the low humidity levels found in most homes. Dark green, feathery fronds make it an attractive addition to your windowsill garden, and it doesn't produce messy spores that scatter on tabletops and floors. If you move it outdoors after the last spring frost, give it full shade.
For the most part, mint is an aggressive plant in the garden, which makes it an ideal herb for your indoor garden. Its vigorous growth isn’t dampened by growing conditions inside. As long as it has a sunny windowsill, it will reward you with flavorful leaves, no matter the season. Snip stems often to keep the plant bushy and unfurling new leaves, which pack the mintiest punch.
Before frost arrives, take cuttings of favorite plants, like coleus, plectranthus, or scented geraniums. Stem tip cuttings from these plants root easily to allow you to overwinter starts for next year’s containers. Also take cuttings of herbs like pineapple sage, Greek basil, mint and basil to root in water and transplant into pots to grow garden fresh flavors on your windowsill.
Pot up your coleus before the first frost to overwinter them as colorful, showy houseplants. Coleus grow nicely in an eastern exposure, and if they start to look leggy and stretched, simply prune them back. Stick the cuttings into a glass of water or a small container filled with potting mix, and roots will soon form, increasing your windowsill garden. Shown here: Coleus 'Sun Rose To Lime Magic'
If you can provide impatiens with enough humidity, these pretty annuals will add color to your windowsill garden for weeks. While they tolerate the average home temperature, they need at least 50% humidity. Group them with other plants, grow them in a bathroom or near the kitchen sink, or sit their pots in shallow trays filled with pebbles and a little water to give them the moisture they need. Another option: mist your impatiens daily.
Kitchens are everyone’s favorite gathering spot, and this house is no different. It’s full of personality and retro chic to boot. Mint green is rapidly becoming my personal fave for kitchen applications and I really love using artwork in kitchens too. Not only do the Stansells have two Jeff Guy portraits displayed on the windowsill, they’ve layered them with pieces that their children have created. Micah and Whitney are really conscious of continuity in their home’s design: the color teal is represented again on the kitchen island and the breadbox. Besides the nostalgic range and mixer, the counters are 4x4 tiles as opposed to one solid surface and were recently restored by Micah himself.