Kitchen Guides

Kick Back at a Kitchen Cabinets

Regardless of the occasion, the kitchen has become the most popular place to convene in a house. Whether it’s a Sunday morning flipping a Saturday-evening soiree with the neighbors, then it is probably ample time will be spent catching up at kitchen. While people will happily park it on bar stools to participate in this action, think about creating a more comfortable space for sitting : the kitchen lounge. Component breakfast nook and part living area, kitchen lounges are spaces directly off the kitchen furnished with sofas or cozy chairs. They are great for reading the morning newspaper or keeping business with the cook at hand. AHMANN LLC Developing a kitchen lounge can be as simple as adding two armchairs off the kitchenas in this case. It ends in an inviting, comfortable space where guests or relatives may relax and feel at ease. RTA Studio Residential Architects Two armchairs followed…



Beadboard is a milled panel with routed parallel grooves. Historically, beadboard was assembled with tongue and groove planks, but for quicker setup and cost effectiveness, it’s now available in large wood sheets or cellular PVC. It has a charming appearance reminiscent of farmhouses and cottages. It’s used on walls for wainscoting and for cabinets, cabinets and furniture. HARDROCK CONSTRUCTION Beadboard wainscoting is utilized with this wall, and there’s a tongue and groove ceiling. Tara Seawright Interior Design Beadboard may be used vertically, all the way up the wall. Hermitage Kitchen Design Gallery A kitchen island with beadboard is enchanting indeed. Richard Bubnowski Design LLC Beadboard can be implemented horizontally too, for a contemporary look. Dresser Homes Many appealing porch ceilings are coated with beadboard. Murphy & Co.. Layout Here is a good example of a vaulted wood frame ceiling with beadboard. Read more photos of beadboard More:8 Great Ways to…

Tropical Style

Fantastic Design Plant: Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine

In search of a plant that is perfect? Try sweet potato vine, that comes in a deep, dark green or a bright and lively lime. It can complement a cottage garden, brighten up a contemporary planting or put in a little filler to any blank spot in the lawn or container. Read on for just a few tips for using sweet potato vine to the very best advantage. Botanical name: Ipomoea batatasShared name: Ornamental sweet potato vineUSDA zones: 9-11 (find your zone)Water necessity: ModerateLight requirement: Full to partial sunMature size: 18 inches to 6 feetAdvantages and tolerances: Vigorous expansion; handles some shade; ideal for potsSeasonal interest: Adds bulk to plantings from spring through summerWhen to plant: Mid-spring or after the last frost Murphy & Co.. Layout Whether it tumbles off the top of a rock wall or climbs a wooden pergola, sweet potato blossom adds vertical appeal to any backyard….

Coastal Style

Two Apartments Enthrall in 2012 Kips Bay Show House

New york is lined with canyons of skyscraper-like apartment buildings, so it’s actually somewhat surprising that this is the very first time in the 40-year history of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House that it’s being held in a high-rise construction on the town’s Upper West Side. Each of those two-story units in the showcase has 6,000 square feet of indoor living space plus a 3,000-square-foot terrace. There were a number of tributes, big and small, into the mythical decorator Albert Hadly and colour, colour everywhere. Come along as we start by opening the door to Apartment 2101. Rikki Snyder Bryant Keller created the foyer. He used red to brighten a place that receives little natural light. The zebra wallpaper, tiger-print cushions (both from Scalamandre) and animal accessories are a tribute to Albert Hadley, who had been a huge animal lover. Keller imagined his client to be a young working…

Decorating Guides

Cast Stone

Cast stone is made of moldable, curable combinations containing elements of pure sand, cement, fine or coarse marble, limestone, granite, quartz, calcite and coloring pigments. It has a dense, stonelike texture that’s highly durable and can be reinforced and colour matched. Architectural Justice Cast Stone Backsplash An antique ceiling tin has been used as the mould with this particular cast stone counter tops. The corbels are cast stone. Veranda Fine Homes Mantels are a terrific example of how cast stone can be used in place of carved stone. Beautiful Kitchen Layout This cast stone mantel continues up the wall to create a frame for the tv. Erotas Building Corporation Stone can mimic cut limestone. Rustico Tile and Stone This doorway is cut and carved stone, but a mould of cast stone could be used to create something similar. TranDesign, Inc. / Foam Design This fountain waterfall sports a cast…

Tropical Style

Pacific Northwest Gardener: Things to Do in May

May is the first month when the Pacific Northwest really begins to shake off the dreary doldrums of winter. All that sun means it’s a good idea to check irrigation methods in time for summer watering. We also get to appear ahead to the bounty of blooms and vegetables we’d love to enjoy, because now is the time to plant heat-loving flowers and plants. But do not forget to clean up after spring’s plants so they can conserve nutrients and be all set for a repeat performance next year. Read on to learn how to perform these jobs, plus more, to have a beautiful May garden. More regional gardening guides Aiken House & Gardens Pick flowering clematis vines at the nursery school. Clematis vines have some of the biggest, most spectacular blossoms of any plant from the Northwest, and now is the opportunity to buy them at the nursery for…

Eclectic Homes

Caribbean Beachside Style in Australia

The idea of renovating a four-bedroom house by day and functioning fulltime at night would be daunting for many. But Patrick and Linda Meldrum juggled all the with an 18-month-old in tow along with a baby just weeks away. The couple had recently moved from London to reside the Australian dream: a laidback lifestyle in a tropical climate in Noosa Sound, considered among the world’s best beaches. They bought their house as an investment property and let it from all over the globe throughout the entire year. The house has been created by Stephen Kidd, known for his distinctive “Noosa design,” a relaxed beach-meets-bush cosmetic. “We love our quiet road and also the abundance of birdlife waking us each morning,” Patrick says. “Being five minutes from among the world’s best beaches as well as the magnificent Noosa National Park definitely has its perks.” at a GlanceWho lives here: Patrick and…


Head Into Bold Southwest Color Country

The colors that define the American Southwest are really wonderful. A few of those hues are beautiful and bright, while some are earthy and rustic. All of these colors reflect the area’s natural surroundings, like the periwinkle mountains that outline many cities that are submerged, and turquoise, a favorite gemstone that’s obviously abundant in this section of the nation. No wonder that the Southwest is a magnet for artists, that are drawn to and motivated by this symphony of colors. If you love being surrounded by rich colors, the Southwest palette might be just the thing for you. House + House Architects Bluish purple is a common colour in the Southwest and is the colour of the area’s remote mountain range. With its rich, cozy look, this colour is a good selection for a bedroom. Paint select: Mystical Grape, Benjamin Moore Elad Gonen Blue is a popular color in the…

Gardening and Landscaping

Topiaries Carve Out and a Place Indoors

Topiary gardens can take years to grow and perfect (they are not for the faint of heart). For people who are committed to keeping a formal topiary garden, however, the results can be magnificent. Join me as I take a peek at some inspirational topiary designs, from the tiniest sinkside rosemary to a grand showcase garden in Pennsylvania. Blasen Landscape Architecture Topiary is the art of shaping plants into recognizable forms by pruning. In outdoor gardens, spherical contours create a appearance. A collection of shaped evergreens gives a Dr. Seuss–like appeal to this space. Bosworth Hoedemaker The classic mini standards seen here seem like little trees, each with a singular trunk and around pom-pom top. Woody herbs like rosemary and lavender make perfect candidates for sinkside or countertop miniature standards. Interiors by Myriam, LLC Extend the normal topiary to create three balls of foliage, and you’ve got another traditional type….

Traditional Architecture

Roofs that are extraordinary Have High Design Covered

The options for roof layout aren’t limited to the two most common ones: pitched (gable, hip) or horizontal. Other shapes and expressions are possible, and if done creatively the roof can be the most striking aspect of a house’s exterior. This ideabook assembles four homes with dramatic roofs, dissecting what pushes them outside creating strong images. Charles Rose Architects Inc.. In this waterfront house in Gloucester, Massachusetts, architect Charles Rose describes the roof as with a sail-like quality. The house is like a boomerang in plan, and also the roof reaches its high point where the two wings fulfill, the remote point in this picture. But as could be seen, at this end the roof turns to turn into wall-like, acting like a terminus for the terraces. Charles Rose Architects Inc.. Another view of this turned-down end indicates the way the roof and wall construction contains the distance of this…