A cheerful and inviting balcony.
Make your small outdoor space shine with these helpful tips and tricks.
1 Think of your balcony as an extension of your living room and put just as much effort into its design.
2 Focus on hues that coordinate with your home’s interior.
3 Don’t be afraid to experiment with pattern and colour. Small spaces like balconies afford you the opportunity to jump outside your comfort zone. A predominantly pink and mint green palette lends this balcony (above) a fresh look, while the mix of graphic patterns seen in the cushions and rug boosts its visual appeal. The bold rug also conceals the concrete floor underneath.
4 Maximize function by devising different zones (like a sitting nook and a bar area).
5 Incorporate greenery to create a lush look. To make the most of the summer months, decorator Tim Lam included a row of planters bursting with vibrant yellow and blue blooms (above). The showy containers help create privacy and distract from the view of neighbouring buildings.
6 Disguise a drab concrete floor with anything from outdoor floor tiles to a statement rug.
7 Hang string lights from the ceiling for a cozier vibe that creates an ethereal effect at night.
8 Include an ornate screen to add privacy and introduce an interesting focal point. Decorative indoor screen tames this balcony’s bossy brick wall (above), while warm wooden elements like the outdoor floor tiles and chair legs complement the wall’s deep red hue. Tropical accents, from the toss cushions to the string lights, introduce a playful night-market vibe.
Sela Ward's French country-inspired L.A. home
Tour through Sela Ward's French country-inspired family home, situated in beautiful Bel Air, Los Angeles.
Set back behind an expansive thicket sits at 13,932 square-feet of Parisian country style. The home was originally designed by infamous architect Samuel Marx, featuring golden wood tones and light brick throughout the exterior and interior to create a calming, natural look to match its surroundings. The home offers seven bedrooms, 13 full baths, one game room, one three-sided infinity edge pool, three offices, one massage room, an outside ampitheatre seating 100 people, a swimming pond and an outdoor shower.
Perfectly situated in Bel Air, this family home is on the market as CSI: NY's Sela Ward prepares to get up and move to New York City - a new dream for the family. They're leaving this Parisian home behind for $39,995,00.
Sound reasonable? Here are the details and listing:
This wooden gate perfectly blends with the eight acres of trees and greenery to enhance the curb appeal of the family home.
Light stone and golden wood accents on the home's exterior creates a warm welcome for guests.
Once inside, the natural light in the kitchen keeps the home bright and warm, enhanced by the golden tones on the counters and floors.
With plenty of character and the perfect rustic tones, this dining room almost doesn't need the stunning chandelier centered above the table. But it definitely keeps the elegance of the kitchen flowing from room to room.
There are many different ways to decorate with a fireplace. A little reading area on the other half of a library is the perfect place to relax at night.
Large, uncovered windows are a theme in Ward's house. With the warm flood of natural light there is no need to redecorate the living room apart from adding some warm accents and another breathtaking chandelier to spread the light.
The walls in this room are effortlessly decorated to create a stunning artwork collage. Despite mixing colours, textures and patterns, the wall works to create an interesting piece of art on its own.
Using textured couches and chairs atop a lightly patterened rug demonstrates how using colour and texture, although often intimidating, can make a room feel full of personality and style.
There is nothing subtle about the coloured rug in this family room, but there is also nothing wrong with it. Coordinating blue and copper tones in the rug with the furniture and pillows shows how having confidence in colour choices can result in a bright, fun room.
Creating a bright, multi-purpose family room can be tricky, but by throwing pops of orange throughout the room and a classic pool table, it instantly becomes "the" place to be on a Friday night with the family.
White furniture seems almost plain compared to some of Ward's other rooms, but with gold accents and dark floors this sophisticated master suite is a relaxing space for when it's time to turn in.
In every dream home there must be an elegant dream closet, complete with a vanity and gorgeous view of the outside greenery. A regal carpet runs down the middle to complete the Hollywood glamour look.
Open to an outdoor terrace, there's something luxurious and spa-like to this indoor-outdoor bathroom design.
Stepping outside after a long bubble bath requires a feminine patio set. A fluffy robe and book required to complete the calming seating area just outside the bathroom.
The modern rustic decor inside doesn't need to stop at the glass doors. Let the comfy outdoor seating continue to welcome guests out on a sunny afternoon.
The bright dining set stands out among the trees. Having stylish outdoor furniture doesn't need to require much effort - a simple set of colourful chairs around a neutral table is all you need to dine and enjoy.
White outdoor furniture sounds like a disaster, but it actually provides the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing dessert or a glass of white wine after an alfresco dinner.
When a house is nearly 14,000-square-feet, getting from deck to deck can be a hike. However, when your pathway is surrounded by greenery you won't be upset about escaping the city life and enjoying nature for a moment.
Living among acres of greenery can be overwhelming, although it should actually be calming when it comes to design. Trees, bushes and plants are natural designs that make any outdoor living space colourful and fresh.
Designing around a pool isn't too difficult when the bright turquoise water instantly draws the eye. Some focus should be set on making poolside perfection with white furniture, glass accessories and perhaps another pop of orange.
Having such a big space to work with can lead to awkward design plans. The design of three seperate, yet flowing, outdoor living spaces is something to be admired. The bright orange colour being spread throughout each space with a constant use of greenery is why this house is a must-have.
A renovated kitchen gets bigger and brighter.
Designer Jennifer Ferreira helps a Toronto couple reach a design verdict that's both practical and polished.
Contemporary artwork and kids' colouring books; a travertine dining table and a teepee fort - these anomalous pairings are the norm at Courtney Toomath-West and Ken West's Toronto house. "This is a family home," says Courtney. "Our daughters can play, and my husband and I can retreat to formal rooms, all in one fairly small space."
Courtney and Ken, both lawyers, bought the 1,800-square-foot rowhouse in 2008 before their girls - Honor, now 6, and Caroline, 4 - were born. "Ken and I had been living in a condo, but when we began to think about having kids, we yearned for the character of an older home," says Courtney. This Victorian, in the city's Little Italy neighbourhood, fit the bill. "I fell for its original plaster mouldings as well as its high arches and ceilings," she says. "It hadn't been updated in decades, but it was well loved, and I wanted to preserve its charm."
"The entryway feels grand for a 16-foot-wide house," says designer Jennifer Ferreira. The oversized mirror creates the illusion of space, and the large pendant light complements the black trim on the sisal runner.
"When I first saw Courtney and Ken's house, it simply needed finessing," says designer Jennifer Ferreira. "I wanted to complement its architectural details, inject a tailored look and create a comfortable family space." Jennifer incorporated a few new and custom-made pieces into the decor, but says the transformation really started with the window coverings. "Drapes make a house feel like a home," she says. "I added them to all the principal rooms, hanging them above the window frames to create a sense of grandeur." The black drapery rods fitted with brass finials and drapes with a band of grey ribbon lend a sense of elegance and formality to the living room.
When they couple moved in, they replaced the existing light oak floors, which were in bad shape, with darker oak and, keeping their art collection in mind, painted the walls gallery-like neutral shades. Jennifer also updated the living room's outdated armchairs with sophisticated zebra-print fabric.
The kitchen was expanded by removing a wall between it and the den, and fitted with new cabinetry and appliances.
The grey lower cabinets add contrast to the mostly white kitchen, which is outfitted with Caesarstone countertops and stainless steel appliances.
The homeowners love to entertain and often host dinner parties, so Jennifer designed chairs for lounging in the dining room. A sculptural light fixture illuminates the travertine table, a family heirloom.
"The master bedroom doesn't get a lot of light, so I wanted to brighten it up," says Jennifer. An airy wall colour, natural linen headboard and ikat-print bench do the trick.
"I painted the bathroom walls white and replaced a dark wooden vanity with a white one for a more tailored look."
In daughters Honor and Caroline's bedroom, the drapes match the pink linen headboards. "The fabrics can easily be changed if they ever tire of them," says Jennifer. Courtney added the princess sign for a little sparkle.
Soft pink hydrangeas add a sweet, fresh touch to the girls' pink bedroom.
"The Wests honeymooned in Morocco, so I chanelled that look on their patio," says Jennifer. "The pendant light, side table and toss cushions resemble items found in a souk."
Nothing brings the indoors out better than carrying your colour palette out onto the patio. The patterned toss cushions keep the family comfortable and cozy while adding a fun dose of the bright pink seen throughout the rest of the home.
Cozy home office nook.
Creativity abounds in this cozy home office nook, which we've designed on both an entry-level and a CEO budget. Can you tell the difference?
1 Quartet cork wall tiles, 12" x 12". Staples, $13 (set of 4). 2 Powder-coated steel Bondis wall clock. IKEA, $30. 3 Umbra aluminum Lettro wall organizers. Urban Barn, $48. 4 Powder-coated steel swing-arm sconce in black. CB2, $90. 5 iMac 3.3GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 desktop computer with Retina 5k display, 27". Apple, $2,399. 6 KSP acrylic Ghost-style chair. Kitchen Stuff Plus, $125. 7 Painted particleboard Alex desk (top only) in white, $169. Painted fibreboard Linnmon tabletop in white, 2' x 4', $20. Lacquered bamboo Hilver desk legs, $20 each. All IKEA. 8 Kate Spade New York acrylic Strike Gold stapler. Indigo, $28. 9 White waste basket. Dollar Tree, $1. 10 Faux leather office bag in brown. Zara, $70. 11 Contemporary handspun wool Sync rug in Spring Rain, 6' x 8'. Weavers Art, $3,570.
1 Cork Tackboard harmony wall tiles with self-adhesive backing, 12" x 24". Jelinek Cork Group, $110 (set of 5). 2 Large stainless steel wall clock in black. Urban Mode, $113. 3 Powder-coated iron Revere wall organizers in silver. CB2, $30 each. 4 Powder-coated steel swing-arm sconce with brass details. Pavillion, $399. 5 Mac Pro 3.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon ES desktop computer with Dual DPU ($3,499) with Thunderbolt display, 27" ($1,199). All Apple. 6 Polycarbonate Belle Epoque chair in Crystal Clear. UpCountry, $295. 7 Painted fibreboard Emerson desk in white with ash legs. Structube, $529. 8 Stainless steel Akto stapler. Urban Mode, $87. 9 Design Ideas spoxy-coated steel spoke waste basket in white. Neat, $30. 10 Royal Republiq leather Telegraph bag in cognac. Te Koop, $240. 11 Signature handspun wool-blend Terrazzo rug in Stone & Tan, 6' x 8'. Weavers Art, $5,370.
At times, tidying an office space can feel like a near-impossible feat (we've all been there). But before that pile of paper is mistaken for a mini mountain, rest assured: help is on the way. From wall-hung storage bins to fancy glassware, these three organizing solutions will have you conquering clutter once and for all. 1 Welcome wall storage: Free up precious desk space by storing stray items in sightly wall-mountaed storage bins. Ideal for tight quarters, they come in a range of sleek style sand can easily house everything from keys and office supplies to mail and magazines. 2 Get creative with glass: The glass message board has quickly become the new whiteboard. Simply hang a float picture frame (available at craft supply stores) on your wall and write notes on the glass using an erasable marker. Insert a favourite photograph or, if you're feeling crafty, line the inside with patterned paper. 3 Repurpose pretty dishware: Corral oft-used items like pencils and push-pins in gorgeous glassware or petite ceramic bowls set on a modern serving tray. Think of it as styling a glamorous bar cart, minus the booze!
Step 1: Assemble the Alex desktop as per the manufacturer's instructions (you won't need the frame that's included). Set the desktop aside. Step 2: To make the desk 30" high (the standard height), use a handsaw to cut off 3" from the bottom of each Hilver leg. Screw the legs into the pre-drilled holes of the Linnmon tabletop. Step 3: Apply a latex-based adhesive to the top of the Linnmon tabletop and carefully set the Alex destop on top, ensuring it's centred. Clamp the surfaces together while the adhesive dries overnight.
Aesthetically pleasing and practical for small spaces, the mighty sconce prevails in the world of office lighting. On the hunt for a style that suits your budget? We promise you'll take a shine to one of these swing-arm designs. From the top: 1 Brushed stainless steel vintage. gusmodern.com, $600. 2 Powder-coated steel with brass details. pavilionmodern.com, $399. 3 Powder-coated steel Tribeca Warren 1 in brass. wayfair.com, $350 US. 4 Powder-coated steel in black. cb2.com, $90.
Forgo securing a bulletin board to your workspace wall and opt for this textured and versatile cork alternative. The secret to any well-decorated space is finding a balance between style and function. In the case of cork, don't restrict yourself to a pre-made bulletin board. Perfect for adorning a wall, cork tiles (sold in an array of sizes and textures) will lend you a warm, tactile element to your home office. Jazz up the look some more by reusing bejewelled brooches as push-pins.