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30 Breathtaking Living Wall Designs for Creating Your Own Vertical Garden

A living wall, or vertical garden, is a collection of wall-mounted plants. Vertical wall gardens are the latest trend in home design and are the perfect way to bring a bit of the outdoors in.

Living walls are not only beautiful but great for the air quality of your home, thanks to the plants that adorn them. According to NASA, plants filter toxins and improve air quality. Besides turning carbon dioxide into oxygen, live plants also absorb harmful VOCs, formaldehyde and benzene, which are off-gassed by fabrics, home fragrance products, rugs, cigarettes and plastic.

When creating a wall or vertical garden, think about how much sun and water the plant will need. Lower maintenance plants such as succulents, ferns and low ground covers are good candidates.

Here are some of the most beautiful indoor and outdoor living wall designs for creating your own vertical garden:

Vertical gardens for the bath

Greenery behind the tub adds a dramatic nature-spa effect. Image:
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Which of these living wall ideas is your favorite?

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Barn-Style Guesthouse Features an Element of Surprise

Carney Logan Burke Architects completed the design of this barn-style guesthouse in Wilson, WY. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a renovation of an existing structure, but a beautiful traditional house built from scratch.

The 2,400-square-foot project serves three purposes: it is a guesthouse for its many visitors looking to disconnect, a workout area for the lady of the house and an expansive first-floor garage with a ceramic checkerboard tile floor. In negotiating the style of their new guesthouse, the owners left no room for compromise. Photos of real barns were the starting point for the design.

The result? A spectacular retreat displaying old barn-wood walls, 2-foot-square traditional punched windows on the first floor and uplifting nature views.

Can you guess the element of surprise that counterbalances the building’s traditional shape? It is an original design ingredient that takes the form of a second-story gridded glass wall, which looks north to the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

The stunning glass wall comes with two hopper windows that open up to provide fresh air. “The whole thing is proportioned to look like a loft hay-loading space, as if it were big double doors you brought hay into,” the architect said. Enjoy the virtual tour! Photography: Audrey Hall Photography

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How to Trick Out Your Outdoor Grill Using 10 Essential BBQ Accessories

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We’ve collected some of our favorite outdoor grill ideas to get you ready for summer. Setting up your barbecue area to function as efficiently as a professional kitchen will make the whole grilling process easier. And having a place for everything, as well as some seating, is possible even in a small patio or balcony.

A Japanese Kamado ceramic barbecue that uses firewood or charcoal as fuel is the centerpiece of this modern, functional small outdoor grill area. Image:
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2. Outdoor grill ideas that add counter space

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Additional countertop area can be added to even the smallest patio using rolling carts or a small butcher block table. Image: Ikea

Nothing makes your barbecue area more functional than extra counter space. If you can’t add a built-in cabinet and countertop, consider adding a rolling cart, butcher block or stainless steel restaurant prep table next to your grill.

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3. Grill lighting

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A wall sconce installed next to the grill lights the barbecue at night while party string lights add a warm, festive feel to this outdoor kitchen. Image: Envision Landscape Studio

Why stop the grilling party just because it’s getting dark? Add some task lighting near the grill to help light the area. If there’s no electric connection, consider using a battery-powered LED light.

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4. Storage

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Adding storage to your grilling area creates an outdoor kitchen look. Image: Inspired Garden Design

Any grill master will tell you that the BBQ accessories and grilling gadgets take up space. Add some storage to your grill area by making a spot for an outdoor cabinet, cart or shelving.

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5. Essential grill tools

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The ultimate tricked out grill area featuring a Kamado grill and a pizza oven. Image: Woon Theater

For a tricked out grill setup, you’ll need some key accessories and grilling tools to make the job easier. These include:

  • A long set of tongs
  • A long-handled spatula
  • A digital thermometer
  • A heat-proof basting brush

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The best grill tools and bbq accessories - freshome.com
The best grill tools and bbq accessories - freshome.com
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6. Grill-side dining

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A table for six is the perfect place for eating and socializing while grilling. Image: Cornerstone Architects

Much like in the kitchen, people love to gather around the cooking area. Have a table and chairs nearby. The table can serve as outdoor counter space and you’re likely to have an audience sitting with you when you’re grilling. If your space …read more      

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The Best Modern Designs from the 2017 One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge started out as a small initiative among the blogging community, founded by Linda Weinstein of the blog Calling it Home. The idea was to spur her readers and fellow home bloggers to take on a room remodel over the course of six weeks and document it all on their respective blogs and social media accounts using the hashtag #oneroomchallenge.

Yet over the 10 “seasons” since the One Room Challenge began it’s become somewhat of a blogosphere phenomenon: Twenty major design bloggers now participate in each challenge along with hundreds more unofficial “guest participants” in each cycle. To date, more than 1,500 rooms have been revamped and more than 20,000 #oneroomchallenge photos have been shared to Instagram.

The best part about the whole thing for design-lovers: Some really incredible rooms come out of it. The most recent ORC season finished up in April, and it resulted in some of the prettiest rooms we’ve seen yet. Here’s a recap of our favorite modern spaces from the One Room Challenge, from both official and guest participants alike.

The Gold Hive’s Moody-Modern Room

This living room came from one of ORC’s guest participants, but it’s as well-designed and full of inspiration as any space we’ve seen from the bigger-name bloggers. The paint color, Salamander by Benjamin Moore, makes the space.

Brepurposed’s Modern Vintage Bathroom Makeover

It’s rare to find a bathroom with enough design packed in to warrant the description of “eclectic,” but this space from blogger Brepurposed certainly does. From the vintage rug to the wood-paneled bathtub to the Midcentury chest-turned vanity, the space is full of cool character.

Claire Brody Designs Modern-Yet-Neutral Living Room

Official participant Claire Brody gives us plenty to look at with her nuanced and neutral room design. Her expert ability to blend patterns and styles is matched only by her restraint when it comes to color: a strategy that creates a space that’s full of interest and personality, yet well-balanced, too.

Megan Weaver’s Living Room

One of the most dramatic room makeovers we saw in the challenge came courtesy of Megan Weaver (check out Megan’s site, M. Red Design, to see the before photos from the real estate listing when she bought her home). The highlights of the space are the Lucite wishbone chair and the fireplace revamp.

LoveLola’s Boho-Mod Living Room

Our favorite element of this living area by LoveLola: The way the bright Bohemian accents pop against the crisp white paint color.

Design Maze-Tim’s Functional-Chic Dining Room

You’d never know it just by looking at this gorgeous glam-meets-Midcentury dining area, but aesthetics weren’t the only motivation here. Blogger Tim from Design Maze created this room with his need for multipurpose function and concealed storage at the forefront.

Love Create Celebrate’s Clean & Neutral Master

A bold move paid off in a bedroom designed by Love Create Celebrate. The graphic wallpaper serves as a focal point, but also harmonizes the black, white and gray color scheme in the rest of the room.

To see all of the One Room Challenge Spring 2017 entries, click here.

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Outdoor Living Rooms: Fresh Ideas For Expanding Your Living Space Outdoors

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An outdoor living room is a great way to expand your living space. Image:
Be sure to have comfy seating.
Be sure to have comfy seating.
Be sure to have comfy seating.

Outdoor fireplaces can be a focal point.

Use an outdoor fireplace as your focal point. Image: Concrete Works

Add a heat source

Keep in mind that most seating areas are arranged around a particular focal point, or a design element that draws the eye. Where outdoor living rooms are concerned, a heat source like a small firepit or larger built-in fireplace is a particularly good choice.

Not only will this feature lend a sense of drama to the space, but it’s also incredibly utilitarian. Adding a heat source to your outdoor area will increase the amount of time you can spend enjoying it. It will allow you to weather chilly nights and seasonal changes that would otherwise render the area unusable.

That said, live flames aren’t the right fit for everyone. Families with young children or those who simply don’t want to take the risk should look into purchasing a heat lamp. They typically run off of propane and, in the past few years, have become increasingly easy to find in home improvement stores like Lowes.

Add your own heating source with these similar products:

Outdoor fireplaces can be a focal point.
Outdoor fireplaces can be a focal point.
Outdoor fireplaces can be a focal point.
Outdoor fireplaces can be a focal point.
Outdoor fireplaces can be a focal point.
Outdoor fireplaces can be a focal point.
Outdoor fireplaces can be a focal point.
Outdoor fireplaces can be a focal point.

A covering will expand the space's use.

Consider adding a covering to expand the outdoor living room’s use in varying weather. Image: Marylou Sobel Interior Design

Consider a covering

In addition to adding a heat source, you’ll also be able to extend the utility of your outdoor living room if you include a covering from the elements. Though the amount of coverage you’ll receive depends largely on the which type of covering you choose, it’s safe to say that you and your guests will certainly appreciate it in less-than-ideal weather. This design element will come in handy when facing everything from scorching heat to heavy winds and even rain.

When shopping for coverings, there are plenty of options to choose from. Recently, pergolas like the one shown in the picture above have seen a spike in popularity. However, umbrellas, awnings, lanais or even indoor-outdoor sunrooms are on the list of potential options.

Since coverings often require building an additional structure, your best bet is to hire a qualified contractor. Be honest with them about how you’d ideally like to use the space, as well as your budget. They’ll be able to recommend the type of covering the best suits your needs.

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A covering will expand the space's use.
A covering will expand the space's use.
A covering will expand the space's use.
A covering will expand the space's use.

Mix and match different patterns and textures.

Mix pattern and texture to create visual interest. Image: Sage Outdoor Designs

Mix patterns, colors and textures

Once you have all of your desired features in place, your next task is to turn an eye to interior design. For the most part, the same rules apply to any space, regardless of whether it’s within walls or not. However, outdoor living rooms do have a few unique considerations you’ll want to be aware of as you’re bringing your vision to life.

The biggest thing to keep in mind is that, since outdoor seating is often sold as a unit, it can look monotonous if left alone. You’ll need to add in other design elements with a variety of patterns, colors and textures to create visual interest.

Adding in textiles like accent pillows or an outdoor rug is a great choice because they can bring in lots of visual interest, but can be easily switched out as trends change. Incorporating different types of greenery is another …read more      

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Living House in Lima Mimics Human Forms

Located in Lima, Peru, The Living House portrays energy and fluidity. The house was designed by Chetecortes Architects for a family of frequent travelers.

The house’s layout supports this energy of movement, with sweeping open spaces and long pathways, allowing energy to flow freely throughout. Completed in 2016, it’s 530 square meters (5,700 square feet) of dynamic space, with an invisible staircase connecting both spacious floors.

While the interior is impressive, The Living House derives its name from the exterior design. Using photography as a tool, there are two human bodies imposed into the architecture — one is sleeping, at rest, with weight distributed evenly across the surface.

The other is a person about to take a step, in a fixed place, but with the intention and suggestion of movement. Two static cubed pillars represent this support, making the house appear still only for the time being, ready to continue its journey at any moment.

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You Can Buy the Discovery Channel Founder’s Ranch for $149 Million

John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet, is selling his roughly 7,000 acres of land and estate in Colorado. The property, known as West Creek Ranch, is listed with LIV Sotheby’s. Here’s what you get for $149 million:

An aerial view of the property showing the estate just left of center.

West Creek Ranch is so big it’s spread out over two states with 6,412 acres in Mesa County, Colorado, and 507 acres in Grand County, Utah. The entire property is surrounded by hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands and consists of four land parcels including pasture for horses and bison, stables, a helipad and airplane hangar with landing strip, trout streams and a bear and mountain lion habitat.

One of the expansive parcels of the property. Look at the tiny cattle at the bottom right to get an idea of the scale.

An office building and a private jet hangar at nearby Grand Junction Regional Airport are included in the sale.

Main residence

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West Creek Ranch is Southwestern in style and designed by architect Jamie Daugaard of Centre Sky Architecture. It’s 22,000 square feet with eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms on four levels with modern and geo-thermal heating and cooling throughout.

Living room

Dining room

Kitchen

Library

Master bedroom

Master bath

The main residence also contains approximately 3,500 square feet of covered verandahs.

Verandah

Infinity pool

Observatory with rotating copper dome roof

The ranch has awe-inspiring views of soaring red rock canyons, snow-capped mountains, a river and its tributaries. Dinosaur fossils and Native American rock art are scattered throughout the property.

Garden view

View of the property cottonwoods

Two additional guest houses on the property include an intimate two-bedroom, Southwestern-style Creekside Guest House and a retreat-style, three-bedroom log cabin-style Summer Cabin.

Summer Cabin kitchen

Summer Cabin helipad and aircraft hangar

Creekside Guest House exterior

Creekside Guest House living room

Creekside Guest House kitchen

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Wallpaper is Back! These Are the 2017 Wallpaper Trends You Need to Check Out

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Wallpaper is back — and there’s no limit to where it can go. Image:
Graphic wallpaper can determine the feel of a space.
Graphic wallpaper can determine the feel of a space.
Graphic wallpaper can determine the feel of a space.
Graphic wallpaper can determine the feel of a space.
Graphic wallpaper can determine the feel of a space.
Graphic wallpaper can determine the feel of a space.
Graphic wallpaper can determine the feel of a space.

Digital wallpaper lets you choose the images.

Digital print wallpaper lets you have more freedom about which images go on your walls. Image: Hugh Jefferson Oliver Simon Design

Digital print wallpaper

For those who are serious about creating one-of-a kind designs, digital printing may just be your favorite 2017 wallpaper trend. This process puts you in the driver’s seat by letting you create wallpaper from any image your heart desires. Essentially, this trend gives you complete authority over how the finished product looks.

As for how it’s done, the process is actually fairly simple. All you need to do is get in contact with a company — like Mega Print Inc. — that provides these services. Once you send off the high-resolution photo of your choice, they’ll likely send you a few proofs to test out the look before printing the final version on large panels that adhere to your walls.

But, by far the coolest feature of wallpaper’s technology upgrade? Your pick won’t necessarily need to stick around forever. Many digital wallpaper companies will also print on alternative materials like fabric or vinyl. When combined with a lower-grade adhesive, these materials can peel off the wall whenever you’re ready for a change.

Get the look from these digital prints:

Digital wallpaper lets you choose the images.
Digital wallpaper lets you choose the images.
Digital wallpaper lets you choose the images.
Digital wallpaper lets you choose the images.

Metallic wallpaper works well in neutrals.

Try metallic wallpaper in a neutral color. Image: JAC Interiors

Metallic wallpaper

If sleek and elegant designs are a must in your home, metallic wallpaper should be high up on your list of considerations. The slight shine these wallpapers give off is enough to add a luxe feel to any space, at a comparatively low price point.

Placement and quantity are your biggest concern when choosing a metallic wallpaper. Since these prints tend to have a stately quality to them, they are a natural choice for more formal spaces like dining rooms or foyers. However, as long as the quantity of wallpaper you’re using is also taken into account, they can be worked into just about any space.

Since metallic wallpapers tend to be a bolder choice, less is sometimes more. If covering the space wall-to-wall is your goal, then stick to smaller spaces like bathrooms. (The light reflected by the metallics can actually help them appear larger!) In more spacious rooms, you can keep the print from becoming overwhelming by just covering one wall and making that the focal point.

Get the look from these metallic wallpapers:

Metallic wallpaper works well in neutrals.
Metallic wallpaper works well in neutrals.
Metallic wallpaper works well in neutrals.
Metallic wallpaper works well in neutrals.

Wallpaper is for more than just walls.

Don’t limit wallpaper to just lining the walls. Image: D2interieurs

2017 wallpaper trends go beyond the wall

That’s right — one of the most popular 2017 wallpaper trends is to use the stuff anywhere but on your walls. This is one occasion where you can really let your imagination run wild, but in case you need a little help to get started, here are some of the best ideas we’ve found:

  • Put wallpaper behind shelves: Consider using one of the room’s accent colors to tie everything together.
  • Hang wallpaper in frames: Especially useful with gallery walls, this allows you to experiment with multiple types of prints and patterns as art. Plus, you can switch out the look anytime you’re ready for something new.
  • Line your drawers with wallpaper: After all, there’s no reason for the inside to be boring.
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Breathtaking Views in Budapest Remodel

This remodeled apartment sits in a prime location, right in the heart of Budapest. This vantage point offers stellar views of the city, including the historic and beautiful Parliament building, while the terrace has a calming view of the nearby river.

The brainchild of Margeza Design Studio, there are several signature touches the designers left behind. Energetic colors, whimsical details and large windows with natural light create a joyful atmosphere. The rug in the living room is shaped like a map of Budapest, with a small red dot showing the location of the apartment.

A living green wall brightens up the living space. The pleasing ambiance and meta decorations, as well as the living wall, are subtle but brightening.

The two levels of this 110 square meter (1,200 square foot) apartment hold the spacious living room, two bedrooms and a study, as well as a terrace that allows you to look out over the boats sailing on the Danube.

The living room boasts an enormous window to view the cityscape below. Almost like a cinema screen, residents can watch the city as it changes from night to day.

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Free Up Counter Space with These Small Kitchen Organization Ideas

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Is cooking and entertaining in your small kitchen difficult? A studio-size kitchen is a challenge to work in, but a few small kitchen organization ideas and a couple of hours of your time can turn your teeny kitchen into a modern, minimalist dream for cooking and celebrating.

We’ve got five inspiring, small kitchens for you that rock. They’re full of ideas on how you can declutter your kitchen in fresh, new ways. We’ve also included some small kitchen organization products that will help you reclaim or add new counter space and find a home for all the clutter that likes to hang out on your counters.

1. Light, bright and industrial small kitchen

This industrial chic small kitchen organization features restaurant-style shelves and bars. Image:
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2. Small modern kitchen featuring a modular, rolling island

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A rolling cart can serve many purposes including extra counter space, storage and an eating area. Image: Lisa Lev Design

In many small kitchens there isn’t much counter space to work with. Basic appliances like a coffee maker or microwave can eat up the little space you have. There are solutions. Choose appliances that can be wall-mounted or under-cabinet mounted. Or add a heavy-duty wall-mounted shelf to hold heavy appliances like a microwave.

A small kitchen island can add extra counter space as well as storage — and even a breakfast bar. Small, round or square islands work better in smaller square spaces. Consider a longer narrow island for a rectangular space. A sofa console on wheels would be a great idea in a longer, galley kitchen. You can roll it into a kitchen as needed and then put it back behind your sofa when done.

Butcher blocks or bar carts are other great options because they often come with wheels to roll your island out of the way. A taller cart works well with barstools.

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3. A contemporary small kitchen with floating wall shelves for storage

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Add floating shelves to your kitchen wall to move items off the counter and onto the walls. Image: Nathalie Priem

If you don’t have enough kitchen cabinets but plenty of wall space, a clean, contemporary way to free up your kitchen counters is to display and store items on cool floating shelves or ledges like the kitchen above.

Want to give your kitchen a high-design look like the photo? Group the items by color and add some art objects or framed photos. Leave some areas of the ledges empty so they don’t look too cluttered.

Another great design choice in the image above is the use of mirror on the backsplash. Add some mirror to a section of your wall behind the countertop to expand the space and reflect more light.

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4. Small kitchen organization ideas featuring bookcases

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Creative uses of non-kitchen bookcases and hooks can add lots of space to a small apartment kitchen. Image: Gut Gut

Adding or replacing kitchen cabinets can be expensive. And if you rent, the project may not even be allowed. Why not buy some good, inexpensive bookcases and make a storage wall for all your kitchen items?

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