How to Create a Mood With Tile

If you have ever thought about creating a mood on your space, you may immediately have become the idea of painting the walls. This is a favorite and very simple method to set the mood, but construction materials can also define your own room’s design. Do not get me wrong — I’m all for using paint colors to bring personality to a room, but if you’re searching for something different and your budget permits it, attempt tile.

Nowadays, tile comes in a lot of fashions and finishes, and also the added plus is durability. With tile, you’re sure to find just what you are searching for.

Buckminster Green LLC

New rustic. This backsplash marries a rustic layout with contemporary colors. Along with stainless steel appliances, wood ceiling beams and soft colors on the walls and cabinets, the look is both new and rustic.

Christine Suzuki

Outdoorsy. Natural stone tile always displays character’s varying textures and tones of grey, taupe and brown. This look is a certain way to bring the outside in.

Brennan + Company Architects

Retro. Dark and white hexagonal tiles create a classic look that dates back to before World War II. All these tiles are seeing a resurgence, as a lot of people are restoring old homes and want to preserve the original materials.

Alex Amend Photography

Country. Big, rectangular tiles immediately create a down-home texture, particularly in the kitchen. This look makes me want to grab some flour and begin baking a pie!

Rachel Greathouse

Spanish. Terra cotta flooring tiles provide a room an amazing Spanish texture. An added bonus: If you reside in a climate that is warm, these tiles really are famous for helping to keep homes cool.

Carson Poetzl, Inc..

Inspirational. Switch your stairwell to a space that motivates you with each step. Tiles that are published with Bible verses and inspirational quotes can remind us to count our blessings.

Neiman Taber Architects

Futuristic. Tiles with a digital pattern can bring a taste of technologies and the future into our homes.

Narofsky Architecture + ways2design

Watery. A wall of blue glass tile is the next best thing to real water, and it’s a great way to make a spa texture to your bathroom.

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Art House on the Edge Makes a Statement Around 'Location'

Artist Can Ho Suh is making people think about the precarious idea of home. His latest work is a powder blue gable roof cabin, the 18th permanent sculpture commissioned by the Stuart Collection at the University of California, San Diego.

Suh, who came to the United States out of Seoul in 1991, needed to physically and mentally readjust to his new surroundings. The sensation of being plucked from this comfortable and familiar and sinking into a dizzying unknown environment is exactly what this installation-sculpture, “Fallen Star,” is all about.

Philipp Scholz Rittermann

The house stinks half-lodged, half-perched on the rooftop of UC San Diego’s engineering construction.

Philipp Scholz Rittermann

From afar, the house practically looks like a toy house, but its base is sound: The cabin conforms to California earthquake construction codes and is made to withstand winds of up to 100 mph.

Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Suh, who wanted a New England backyard for the cottage’s outside grounds, worked closely together with landscaping company Spurlock Poirier. African boxwood, Golden Nuggets, snapdragons, creeping thyme and wisteria vines highlight the backyard.

“Like in many houses, we have added a cherry tomato here, a couple sunflowers there,” says Stuart Collection Director Mary Beebe.

Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Smoke from the form of steam rises from the chimney throughout the day. Indoors, on the fireplace mantel, the picture frames even show photographs of people in the engineering college. Just the huge bookcase and desk are bolted to the ground, while the diverse mix of other furnishings sometimes slip toward the door, but quite slowly.

Philipp Scholz Rittermann

This image lets us value the house’s tilt; it’s cantilevered at a 10 degree angle, whereas the interior hardwood flooring is tilted by 4 degrees.

Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Check out the home’s base from below can make any pedestrian walk a bit quicker for fear of it falling. But there’s no need to panic — that the house is permanently fastened to the building structure and will probably make an impact on generations of students to come.

Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

Suh (right), resides in London and today feels right at home in the cosmopolitan and diverse city. He is foregone “Fallen Star’s” cabin try to find a more straightforward modern space he shares with his wife and daughter.

For more information on “Fallen Star,” visit the Stuart Collection website.

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Create a Tablecloth

Ombré, big in fashion, can also be infused to your house decor. And when you apply the gradient effect for your favourite pieces yourself, you’ve got control over the result, making it bright and daring or more subtle to suit your palette.

This DIY outdoor tablecloth will show you an easy alternative to the dip-dyeing technique. All you need is a spray bottle, cloth dye and also a painter’s drop cloth.

Lauren Donaldson

Pull together a colorful tabletop for summer barbecues on the terrace. Or bring it together to picnics at the park. It is durable enough to become a picnic blanket and easy to wash as it becomes dirty.

Lauren Donaldson

Canvas drop cloth with leakproof backingFabric dyePlastic fall clothSpray bottle with adjustable nozzleClips or clampsRubber gloves

Lauren Donaldson

1. Determine where you will hang your canvas for painting, preferably somewhere outside. Protect surfaces with vinyl sheeting from overspray. Use clips or clamps to hang both plastic and canvas drop cloth.

Lauren Donaldson

2. Put on protective rubber gloves. Fill your spray bottle with water and then add the cloth dye. (A little dye could go a long way.) Shake the bottle to mix the color. Examine the color saturation on scrap cloth.

Lauren Donaldson

Hint: Two spray bottles have been utilized in this example; one that had a mist setting and another that had a direct flow. For lighter color, take on the mist setting and also for darker colors, shoot using a concentrated flow.

Lauren Donaldson

3. Put the spray bottle on the mist setting and begin spraying the canvas. In the beginning the color will be quite faint, but continue to spray and layer to deepen the colour. The color saturation also varies based on how far or close you are to the canvas, so try mixing it up.

Lauren Donaldson

4. If you would like to include darker color, adjust the spray bottle to a flow setting. The edges of the canvas were coated using a direct flow of dye a number of times to acquire the ombré effect. The center has been left very light for contrast.

5. Allow the canvas to wash before use. Iron if necessary.

Lauren Donaldson

Canvas drop cloth is a durable material that will weather well outside.

Lauren Donaldson

Your tablecloth can act as an outdoor area rug by the pool too. If you find the canvas moves around too much, use a nonslip rug mat underneath to keep it set up.

Lauren Donaldson

Also try mixing colors and producing patterns while spraying. Get creative and encourage the entire family to take part. This is a fun project for children — but be sure they’re protected and wearing grubby clothes, as they may go a little mad with the spray bottles.

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5 Uniquely Styles, 5 Homes

I recently showed you homes with manly energy, so it is only fair that I turn it around and share spaces with more energy. From a lady’s fantasy getaway cottage in the woods into a sprawling mansion, every room has a traditionally female touch.

This isn’t to stereotype gender preferences or styles; everyone can love and create these homes, and not every girl is adding flowers and ruffles where she can. Let’s just leave it at this: Not one of these spaces will be accused of being a”man cave.”

Listed below are five these spaces and links to their extended Tours.

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Edith Wharton lovingly designed The Mount, her house in the Berkshires. She paid very special attention to the floor and gardens, aided by her niece, landscape architect Beatrix Farrand.

This timeless and light-filled grand entryway/gallery on the main floor sets the tone for people.

Throughout a showhouse project, Bunny Williams reinterpreted the dining room with the soul of Wharton in your mind. She had one photograph to move on, which revealed white French armchairs, a round Victorian dining table along with a pillow to get a favorite dog.

Watch the rest of The Mount | View the gardens of The Mount

Sandra Foster has transformed an old hunting cabin on her house to some dreamy Victorian escape.

A tented ceiling, chandelier and miles of ruffles make this cottage a soft spot to land and revel in a little solitude in the forests.

Of all the white utilized through the 9-by-14 cottage, Foster says,”I really like it. It is relaxing, pure, feminine, light, clean, classy and tasty.”

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Mary Evelyn Interiors

This gorgeous house in Birmingham, Ala., has been inspired by a love of French style. Even the entryway, with its luxe fabrics and ornate touches, lets people know what is in store.

Mary Evelyn Interiors

The kitchen is beautiful in creamy white. It is elegant yet handy and comfortable for family gathering.

Mary Evelyn Interiors

One of its female touches: soft fabrics on the window treatments and seat cushions, as well as a sparkling crystal chandelier.

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Munger Interiors

Dark tiles and granite were ripped out of the home to make a light coastal vibe. It is a contemporary and tailored update on the shabby chic look.

Munger Interiors

Patinaed finishes, an orchid and a trayscape make a gorgeous vignette.

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Munger Interiors

A pop of glowing pink flowers gives this space a girly feel. This could easily be changed to a more manly guest space by swapping out the 3 cushion covers for either pinstripe or plaid.

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Julie Holloway

Floral background, curvaceous lamps along with a handbag draped on a doorknob provide this house a subtly feminine flair that is not too much girliness for those guys of the home.

Julie Holloway

Damask is a background choice for this subtly feminine appearance. The chandelier and botanicals attract the pretty.

Ruffled drapes, a mirrored desk and a sinuous Panton chair make this a favorite spot for the woman of the home.

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Designs on College Bowl Games

It is the time of year . Holiday open homes, New Year’s parties, cheer and goodwill. It is also the season of college bowl games leading up to the championship game on Jan. 9, 2012. This year’s slate of games is underway, and alumni are donning their school colors and heading for warm-weather websites to cheer their Ducks, Spartans, Badgers, Buckeyes, Bulldogs, Cardinals, Tigers and more.

Monday, Jan. 2 was a major bowl day. With a slate of six matches, it was the ideal time to watch some gridiron action while recovering from all that New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day revelry. So sit back, relax and enjoy as we preview the matches and have a tour some agent structure from the teams’ home regions.

More: 8 Ingredients of the Fantastic Football Party Room

LLC, RD Architecture

The afternoon of matches starts at noon EST with the Houston Cougars’ passing game challenging the stifling pass defense of the Penn State Nittany Lions.

While Houston is low, horizontal and contemporary, as befits the large open areas of the Lone Star state along with also the Cougars’ pass- oriented offense…

christopher jeffrey architects pllc

Penn State isalso, such as this renovated barn, solid, massive and a mixture of the new and old as is so much of the Keystone state.

Randy Brown

The Capital One Bowl includes the Cornhuskers of Nebraska against the Gamecocks of South Carolina in what should prove to be a Traditional Heartland-vs. -Deep South game.

Though this may not seem like your grandparents Nebraska, the Cornhuskers nevertheless rely on the floor game and robust defense they are famous for. So expect a solid defensive wall from the Huskers because they attempt to maintain the Gamecocks from the red zone.

Frederick + Frederick Architects

Although Steve Spurrier may be best remembered for his”fun-n-gun” Gator teams of the 1990s, this year’s staff is about the running game and a stifling defense. So anticipate that the Gamecocks to maintain Nebraska from the warmth and humidity of the Lowcountry and, even if the Huskers do get into their land, to be somewhat less welcoming and friendly because this home is.

Kenneth Lynch & Associates AIA

It’ll be Georgia vs. Michigan State in the Outback Bowl in what ought to be an exciting game as both teams look to rebound from losses in their conference championship games.

The Bulldogs, like a plantation house Scarlett O’Hara will be proud of, has a good offensive and defensive foundation where their sophomore quarterback can grow.

HUE Projects Architecture + Atelier

Like this lakeshore home in the Upper Midwest, will the 5th ranked Spartans’ defense shut out the Bulldogs?

Richlin Interiors

The Gator Bowl will feature two powerhouse college football teams that have had sub-par seasons this past year. The Meyer/Tebow-less Gators out of Florida will take on the Buckeyes of Ohio State in a duel of unranked teams that just a couple of years back vied for federal supremacy.

Like much of Florida’s mid-century modernism, the Gators are poised to revive their fortunes and bring back that feeling of wonder and joy which abounds from the Sunshine State.

Payne & Payne Builders

And search for ex-Gator coach and Buckeye coach-in-waiting Urban Meyer to bring, such as a home of brick and stone, strength and solidity back to The Ohio State University and Buckeye nation.

SRM Architecture and Interiors

Next up is the “grandaddy of them all,” the Rose Bowl. Started in 1902, the Rose Bowl is the oldest of the bowl games and is preceded by the Tournament of Roses Parade. For much of its history, champions of the Pacific Coast and Big Ten conferences have squared off against each other in a West Coast vs. Midwest battle of titans. This year is the same, with the high-flying Ducks of Oregon pitted against the stifling defense and floor game of the Wisconsin Badgers.

This season’s clubs feature superior floor games and a couple of the country’s best running backs. So our featured homes, such as this one in Oregon, hug the ground…

Bud Dietrich, AIA

… while also being unafraid to put it in the atmosphere like this famous home in Wisconsin.

Rick Hoge

A matchup I am really looking forward to will be Oklahoma State vs. Stanford in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Though Oklahoma State can make the stronger case, both of these teams could easily have been in the championship game. Both feature high-scoring crimes and are directed by a couple of the greatest quarterbacks in the nation.

Like any storybook castle constructed out on the plains, Oklahoma State’s passing duo of Weedan to Blackmon has put up some gaudy numbers.

Malcolm Davis Architecture

On the flip side, Stanford’s quarterback Andrew Luck (Heisman Trophy finalist, likely number-one select in the upcoming NFL draft and, I am pleased to say, structure major) has it all.

Like this home’s bridge and elevation, Luck has the arm strength to zip the ball onto a rope along with his capacity to lift his team has likened him to Super Bowl winning quarterback John Elway.

Though the Cowboys and Cardinal can put pressure on the passer, anticipate both Weedan and Luck to have good games as they attempt to out-duel eachother and make the situation that their staff should have been in the title game.

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Readers' Choice: The Laundry Rooms of 2011

There is nothing more depressing than having to get your laundry at a gloomy and dreary room. users appeared to know thats, since all of the most popular photographs from 2011 are mild, bright, and well-organized spaces. ers desired to find spaces that they would want to do their laundry in — rooms with beautiful cabinetry, exceptional storage solutions, beautiful wall colours, and easy-to-implement layout thoughts.

Take a look at the hottest laundry area photographs uploaded in 2011, and tell us which one you like the most!

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Spinnaker Development

1. While this laundry area is not particularly big, the lengthy countertop delivers a great deal of valuable workspace for sorting and folding. Users loved the mild and calm colours in this area, and the window over the washer and drier

Weaver Custom Homes

2. ers researched this photo for sensible construction suggestions about the best way best to earn a laundry space function efficiently. Users loved the two different counter heights, the sink in this area, and the hanging bar over the sink — which is perfect for those delicates that need to air dry.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

3. All-white cabinetry and bold black appliances create this laundry room look almost glamorous. Users loved the glistening black washer and dryer set, and the way the space was divided into a combined mudroom and laundry for convenience.

Reaume Construction & Design

4. The silvery-gray cupboard color was the main attraction in this modern laundry space. A Caesarstone countertop was chosen for its durability (and it’s easy to wash ). The white cloth choice keeps the space feeling fresh and clean.

Crisp Architects

5. Figuring out where to put the ironing board is one of those eternal home design dilemmas. ers loved the drop-down board in this area, and the window directly over the countertop.

Meredith Heron Design

6. Slate tile provides this laundry area a bold look, and serves as a durable floor surface to the doorway to the outdoors. The glass tile backsplash was just another point of interest for consumers, who loved the subtle flair it added to this long and narrow space.

Kelley & Company Home

7. Even though it’s a little laundry area, there’s a lot to love in this tiny space. Stainless steel shelving and light function with the very simple sink to make the room look almost industrial. Users also loved the glass containers filled with wooden brushes, and the clothes baskets hanging onto the wall for storage.

Visbeen Architects

8. There are almost too many creative layout ideas in this laundry area to record! ers bookmarked this photo for the unique gray cabinetry and orange fittings, but they also loved the smart storage thoughts, the quirky background, and the open shelving over the countertop.

Kingsley Belcher Knauss, ASID

9. Stacked dishwashers and dryers are a smart way to conserve space in a tiny laundry room — particularly when your laundry area must share space with a different room in the house. ers desired to know all about the substances in this area, and the warm burnt sienna wall shade.

10. This turquoise laundry area was among the few colorful laundry areas to make it into the very popular photo list this year. ers loved how bright and light this laundry area seems. Installing the chandelier was an adorable touch that adds just a little bit of glow into the room.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

11. The gray wall color in this area is a bit darker than what the majority of folks would think about for a laundry area, but the vivid white cabinetry and washer-dryer set contrasts beautifully with the dark shade. Users spared this photo because of the space-saving stacked washer and drier, and the exceptional floor material.

Matthies Builders

12. Smartly coordinating one wall space left plenty of space for foot traffic in this joint laundry room and mudroom. Using built-ins to make a sturdy space may give you the choice of customizing a smaller space to fit your needs.

Bud Dietrich, AIA

13. Hiding the ironing board in a streamlined storage space like this gives you more freedom with the rest of your laundry area. This is particularly important in a smaller space, or one that is off of a main living area. Solutions like this will make sure your laundry area stays clean and neat.


14. This ironing board alternative is a little bit more complicated, but just as efficient. ers loved the way the designer customized the ironing board to fold into a cupboard drawer. The beautiful cabinetry and rustic backplash were other factors of attraction for ers too.

Pure Design by Jerry Bussanmas

15. Whenever it’s relatively straightforward in design, there are some simple and easy to implement storage hints in this laundry area that ers were enthused about. The built-in drying rack is a fantastic touch (as sometimes one bar just is not enough), as was the wall cabinetry, which may hold all kinds of odds and ends.

Kaufman Homes, Inc..

16. Natural lighting can make a big difference in a laundry area — particularly when you’re in the middle of a huge load of laundry. users spared this photo to your open and airy feel, as well as the metallic blue color of this washer and drier.

17. Background in a laundry area is not something that you usually find on , but users loved the look of this modern space. This photo was bookmarked to your tall built-in cupboard next to the washer and dyer, and the beautiful countertop.

MainStreet Design Build

18. If you’re trying to join a mud room with a laundry area, it’s almost always a good idea to invest in a sturdy floor material, like the slate tiles in this photo. Stone is hard wearing and durable, which is great for all of the filthy feet that is going to be crossing through this field.

Casa Greer

19. Painting vibrant stripes on your laundry area is a fast and affordable way to earn a dull space feel a great deal less drab. ers also enjoyed the way the storage bins fit exactly the ironing board, and the way the designer set up a dangling bar underneath the wall shelving.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

20. This laundry includes a smart add-on that users could not get enough . The little tub next to the washer and drier is a superb dog wash, and a drying rack was put above it that dripping water could drain.

Which of these rooms would you want to do your laundry in? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Guest Picks: Pretty Cake Stands

What is it about cake stands that I find so irresistible? Innately fairly, filled with whimsy, they’re perhaps not the most practical item in your own kitchen, but you do not buy a cake stand for practicality. Cake stands are intended to be frivolous and enjoyable, and they certainly know how to gussy up a sandwich.
— Stephanie from Lick My Spoon


Rustic Wood Cake Stand by Roxy Heart Vintage – $45

Time to go back to nature. I am in love with this rustic”tree slit” cake stand. The manufacturer will also hand-carve and burn off any personal message, initials or dates on the stand.

West Elm

Beehive Cake Stand – $39

I love this beehive lid. It looks like something straight out of Winnie the Pooh.


Woodland Keepers Cake Stand by Patina Vie – $58

What a shabby chic find. It’s a vintage, distressed wood appearance with a touch of gold, which soda of robin’s egg whites is simply lovely.

Modern Serveware – $70

Tea party, anyone? Using upside-down tea cups as the pedestals is an example of great detailing.


5-Tiered Cake Stand in Pink Flowers by Elves n Elements – GBP 150.88

Pretty in pink, this petal-colored, five-tiered, flower-inspired stand could be just the thing to flaunt several cupcakes or sugar cookies.


Eyelet Cake Plates with Ribbons by Jeanette Zeis Ceramics – $330

This tiered stand reminds me of ribbon and lace. Pretty and sweet, it’s the typical prerequisites for a good cake stand.


Janice Minor Cake Stand – $480

This cake stand belongs in a fairy story. I really like the way the twig stand is natural and delicate looking, drawing the eye directly to the yummy cake prize below the glass dome.

Farmhouse Wares

Enamel Cake Stands – $24.95

Vintage white scalloped edges make this miniature cake stand one of my favorites.

Cordelia Dumpling

Small Beaded Edge Cake Stand With Domed Lid – GBP 27

This is a little miniature man. It is just the thing to dress up some mignardises or snacks. The beaded edge is simply adorable.


Petite Treat Mini Pedestal – $14

These pastel, ceramic miniature pedestals make a darling demonstration for cupcakes or alternative doll-size treats.


Milk Glass Cake Stand by The Roche Studio – $110

With its romantic, classic milk glass with hobnail detail and ruffle edging, this is like everything I really like all in one!


Julia Knight Peony Cake Stand – $99

These cake stands have beautifully scalloped edging and are hand-painted using a mix of enamel infused with crushed mother of pearl. I really like the combination of colors too; they’re fresh, modern and feminine, but not overly frilly.


Noir Pedestal Stand – $59

Noir. Sleek. Chic.


Shannon Cake Plate by Delightfully Lovely – $34

These yellow baubles are overly enjoyable.


Kristin Cupcake Tree by Delightfully Lovely – $50

I’ve been on a huge lime green kick lately. This vibrant color would look great against some vanilla buttercream–frosted goodies. I also dig out the playful garland design on this.

Farmhouse Wares

Galvanized Tin Pedestal – $32.99

This galvanized tin base brings a kind of rustic, farmhouse texture to the table. I know this ideabook is all about cake stands, but I’d just as easily slap a cherry pie with this baby.

Fancy Flours

Iron Tree Stand for Cupcakes, 2-Tier – $160

A whimsical tree dessert stand is just what I want. Obviously.

Fancy Flours

Jeweled Vintage French White Cake Stands – $150

Um yes, I’d enjoy my fancy cake stands dripping with stones, please. Merci beaucoup.


Etagere 3 Tiers of Chintz Cake Stand by Sip & Savor – $125

If you were trying to find a reason to throw a backyard party or host large tea with the ladies, this is it. When not in use for delicate yummy bites, I’d use this to hold my jewelry.


Cable Cupcake Stand – $34.95

This is a versatile serving piece for sweets, hors d’oeuvres or even fruit. The elegant wirework reminds me of doilies. I enjoy this.

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Geometry Roots Great Garden Design

Geometry might have been a dull subject at college for some people, but it’s had a significant influence on the design of our houses throughout the ages. The use of geometry for a design tool has taken us on an intriguing journey from the ancient gardens of Persia into the parterres of Renaissance Europe and even to our modern gardens.

The contours in our garden greatly influence the way we view and experience it. We use circles, squares, rectangles and triangles, divided and joined to one another, to mesh to formal design. Geometric shapes delineate boundaries, create spaces and channel views.

Here is a choice of gardens which show clear utilization of geometrics in their design, from simple aerodynamic gardens to knot gardens, two-dimensional gardens and modern three-dimensional landscapes.

As rooms require a focus, such as a fireplace or a window, gardens with simple geometric designs also require a point on which the eye may rest. This traditional design comprising a central axis which divides the region has an archway into another garden as its principal focus.

Using a central path with a distant viewpoint is a great way to earn a brief garden look more.

Harold Leidner Landscape Architects

The perfect symmetry of these simple geometric designs allows for the chance to decorate the flat planes created. Renaissance Europe saw the use of parterres and knot gardens where simple — and later more complex — contours were delineated with low-growing citrus plants. Initially, as in this contemporary version of a knot garden, coloured sand was laid between the evergreen “lines”

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Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc..

Later these essentially two-dimensional layouts were “embroidered” with plants, making a richly coloured pattern. This modern take on a knot garden uses a simple mixture of whites and grays to recreate this ordered fashion round the most fundamental of geometric shapes: squares and triangles.

Small knot gardens can be a decorative and practical way to grow culinary customs.

Isler Homes

Perhaps the easiest use of geometry and basic contours in the garden is this very modern take on a French parterre. The general square boundary is bordered with a lineup of trimmed conifers echoing the central squares of evergreen “box” plants. We even have a “viewpoint” in the positioning of the simple, classically designed bench.

Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

This very contemporary courtyard garden has its own origins in the past with its officially planted low beds — now using grasses — in a symmetrical design.

Ron Herman Landscape Architect

The easiest two-dimensional design may be the most satisfying. In the 1930s, Dutch designer Mein Ruys was utilizing intriguing new ideas to provide her gardens a framework. She also laid a Mondrian-style grid around the floor to split up the space. She implanted some regions while others bare.

Here we see a contemporary version of this utilizing equal squares of grass, paving and pebbles — an almost maintenance-free design that would be ideal for front garden.

Blakely and Associates Landscape Architects, Inc..

Two-dimensional design is still very important now. The use of form and line here with no plants, generates both curiosity and movement in a satisfying design based on the classical principles of scale and proportion.

Adriana Aristizabal

The evolution of the contemporary three-dimensional design started in the middle of the 20th century when evolution in visual arts propagate throughout architecture and eventually influenced garden design. The use of elevated planted beds and even the positioning and elevation of this chaises seen here show how we have moved on from simple pattern making to making a usable space.

SHKS Architects

The three-dimensional design of this front garden nearly has its own origins in the paintings of this 20th-century artist Mondrian. Its powerful geometric-shape raised beds of varied heights are reinforced by the width of the walls. All is softened, though, by the superbly implemented and understated plantings.

Outer space Landscape Architecture

Modern formal gardens use geometry to define private outdoor spaces, and smaller gardens require clean lines and minimal characteristics to allow for multifunctional uses. Geometrics aid this design. The powerful rectangular shape of this table and seat, for example, reinforce the clean lines.

Blasen Landscape Architecture

Geometry can transform space into a cutting-edge landscape. Here we view the epitome of garden design that is geometric. The combination of lines, right angles and simple shapes functions well, developing a clean, serene and uncluttered appearance.

Ron Herman Landscape Architect

The ultimate display of geometrics is observed here in this checkerboard design by the architect Ron Herman. The inspiration came from moss and rock Zen temple gardens in Kyoto, Japan. The grid design of cubes is surfaced with smooth river pebbles and Helxine (Soleirolia soleirolii), while a vertical accent is offered by slim bamboo.

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Crazy for Crimson: 10 Ways to Fall for This Rich Red

Lately, I’ve had crimson on the brain. Perhaps it’s because I reside in Alabama, home of the newly crowned Crimson Tide soccer champs (I can barely step out my front door without being confronted by a crimson flag, hat or T-shirt). But I’ve always loved this saturated hue, which can be one of the prettiest and most versatile reds at the spectrum. Its subtle blue undertones calm it down and give it a hint of gravitas, and it is rather easy to work to a palette. Check out the ways that crimson operates in these 10 great spaces.

I can’t think of a warmer welcome than this crimson front door. The cheerful color complements the front porch’s conservative cottage style perfectly and sets the tone for what’s inside.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

This space is an inspiring study in detail. The powerful red of this lantern-style pendant and sconces repeats at the ottoman print and pedestal dining table trim.

Vanessa De Vargas

With its vibrant color, sculptural lines and note of whimsy, this birdcage light fixture absolutely leaves the space.

Chris Jovanelly Interior Design

A group of crimson tiles weaves its way around this bathroom such as a ribbon.


Aquamar White Serie

Accent walls are catchy. Red accent partitions are trickier. Here’s one done : This makes a statement without dominating the space. The white tub looks all the more luminous against the wealthy swath of crimson.

Snaidero USA

Lacquered crimson cabinets make a hot, glamorous background for this slick kitchen.

Madson Design

Crimson and earthy greens work beautifully together. If you maintain the tones somewhat dirty, the look will not shout”Christmas”.

Glenvale Kitchens

The Aga cooker is the focus of this kitchen — it attracts the eye like a magnet.

Crimson Design Group

Big color works well in tiny packages. These crimson roses bring a palette of deep browns to life — amazing as a cherry blossom.

Dear Daisy Cottage

Crimson paint unifies this selection of sculptures that are sculptural.

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