Green House Tour: A house that’s eco-friendly and glamorous

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Green House Tour

This eco-friendly home proves your home can be kind to the earth and glamorous.  Enjoy the green house tour below:

*tip – click on each image if you want a closer view

check out the gorgeous rough backsplash

A clever way to create a laundry room if you don’t have one

amazing coffee table, amazing cabinet, amazing floors!

I’ve been loving navy lately

Not crazy about the laser cut mirrors – but otherwise this foyer is gorgeous…

What do you think about this home?

via Pure Green Living

Neutral Interiors: Getting neutrals right

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Neutral Interiors

Neutral interiors can be a beautiful, restful thing.  Done wrong and your left with an overly vanilla and drab eyesore.

Here are neutrals that have it right:

The black drapery hardware, iron canopy bed, and thick black frame all add just enough contrast to create some depth in the space.

 

Leopard or other animal patterns are a way to do neutral but still add a lot of interest.

 

Mixing textures is another surefire way to add dimension to a space that has a lot of color in the same value.

Another example of mixing texture – the sisal, metal console table, iron lamp, and wood chests.  If all of these pieces were in wood, you can imagine how the space might look more drab.

1-3. Country Living, 4-5. Interiors Porn, 6. Lonny

Inspiring Gardens and Landscape Design

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Inspiring Gardens and Landscape Designs

I know I usually focus on interiors, but I hope you don’t mind that today I share some beautiful exteriors with you.  Now that are home renovations are pretty much complete, we can focus on our landscaping a bit more.  Inspiring gardens are something I have trouble finding in person. I get tired of the same old impatiens and marigolds. We also have an extremely shady backyard, so we are more or less stuck with ferns, hostas, and other shade plants. Therefore, finding inspiring landscape and planting ideas is a must.

inspiring gardens

As unnatural as it is, I am a sucker for grass growing under trees!

via Pinterest via Garden Walk Garden Talk

inspiring gardens

How beautiful are these birches with grasses and a little stream?

via Pinterest

inspiring gardens

A bit manicured for my tastes but I love the brick walk and the shades of purple and green.

via Pinterest via Puddy’s House

 

inspiring gardens

Another example a bit manicured for my taste but I would not complain!  What a lovely way to spend an evening, outside by the fire!

via Pinterest via Home Bunch

inspiring gardens

So dreamy!

via Pinterest

inspiring gardens

This is probably closer to my skill level and my budget – but really pretty nonetheless!

via Pinterest via HomeBNC

Luxurious Bathrooms to relax and refresh

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Luxurious Bathrooms

I have never had a bathroom worth writing home about in my years as a renter, so on the rare occasion that I get to travel, I always appreciate a hotel with a clean, well-stocked, and zen bathroom. If I’m lucky enough to have a room with a whirlpool tub, or a walk in shower, it is something I always remember.

How luxe is that shower!?!

So how does a hotel take a bathroom to the next level?

For rooms that house two guests, the minimum in luxury bathrooms should be twin basins and mirrors. Bathrooms boasting marble surfaces, spacious baths and showers with steam or sauna options and mirror cabinets with inbuilt televisions are elements that are sure to impress guests. Whirlpool baths are another luxurious pleasure that come in all shapes and sizes to suit varying room sizes and the corresponding number of occupants.

Faucets are often underestimated in terms of their impact on user experience and therefore hotels can deliver plenty in regards to this element in the bathroom – just as long as it is still useable.  I hate it when a sink is too shallow to wash my face. In some instances, faucets tie together the entire design  and level of opulence of the room. Designer taps with sensor operation, single lever operation or floor standing options all offer a luxury experience for guests.

I’d feel like a princess using this bath located in Kenya.

What do you think of that tree sculpture?

This Cape Town hotel bathroom couldn’t have a better view.

Same with this hotel in Capri.

What makes a hotel stand out for me is to offer indulgent bathing experiences to the same degree that they offer indulgent eating experiences. Who wouldn’t remember a spectacular whirlpool bath tub, spacious enclosures or indulgent walk-in shower?

Do you remember a hotel bathroom that really stuck in your mind as being absolutely fabulous?

1 – 4 via Elle Decor, 5-7 via ABC News Explore

*disclosure: This post in partnership with ACVA.co.uk

Elegant dining rooms that are also comfortable and relaxed

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Elegant Dining Rooms

Lush velvet chairs evoke glamour and comfort, charcoal walls and a gold pendant add edge.

Fun artwork and modern foil wallpaper keep this space from being stuffy.

A circular table is instantly cozier than a rectangular one, while the details on that amazing settee scream sophistication.

This dining room is a hybrid home library and eating space.  Not a conventional pairing, but I love it.

A velvet upholstered banquette and a Saarinen table?  Yes please!

Modern traditional dining furniture in an industrial loft makes for quite a cool space for dining.

via Decor Pad