Tropical Style

Easy Decorating: Turn Over a New, Tropical Leaf

A vase of tropical leaves might be the perfect answer if you crave some easy-care green. These leaves may last for weeks and come in many different shapes and fashions. Palm fronds are breezy and beachy, and they grow in a range of sizes, from small enough for an average-size vase into large and quite heavy — in which case you are going to need a huge floor urn. Large tropical leaves like strelitzia, elephant’s ear and split-leaf philodendron are reminiscent of a tropical rain forest and are able to appear exotic and spectacular. Just imagine your perfect tropical getaway and select your leaves so. More ways to develop tropical fashion Rachel Reider Interiors Vases filled with strelitzia and philodendron leaves are the ideal accessory to this tropical-style porch in Boston. The colorful throw pillows and green leaves attract the room to life. Tracy Murdock Allied ASID Isn’t it really…

Eclectic Homes

Build Your Own Wooden Deck Chair In a Pallet — for $10!

iron patio furniture’s times are behind us. We are all about moving green and reclaiming materials for new purposes! Nowadays the possibilities with pallets are endless, and the materials are usually free. If you have got access to pallet timber and basic power tools (and the abilities to utilize them), this project shouldn’t take longer than an afternoon. Make sure you’re obtaining your pallets legally. Just because you find a stack of pallets behind a shop doesn’t mean they’re free and available for you to take. Always ask. You could also search online to find free stashes in your area. If you may find pallet wood that’s already disassembled, I suggest taking that path — some towns and cities have pallet reconditioning businesses that give away pieces they can not use. Ability level: Medium to advanced. You should be comfortable with basic power tools, like saws and drills. Recognizing measurements…

Eclectic Homes

Opening the Kitchen? Make the Most of That Support Article

Before you tear down a wall to start your kitchen to the dining or living area, you must determine if it’s holding up part of your ceiling. When it’s, you’ll have to install a header column and one or more articles in its place to provide the required structural support. Your contractor or architect can confirm whether the wall is load bearing and help you sort through the alternatives for post dimensions and placement. Adding a brand new support system into your plan presents some design challenges, but it may also be a practical design component. M.a.p. insides inc. / Sylvia Beez Some of this modern kitchen area has a ceiling, and the post and beams appear as one unit and produce an industrial vibe. Mark Brand Architecture Two articles work well for a wide island, and the symmetry looks pleasing and purposeful. These match the cabinetry. Balodemas Architects Within…

Coastal Style

Deadly Moves Turn a Toronto Basement Into a Stylish Lease

A basement flat makes you consider a cramped and dark area with light and ceilings. And that’s what designers Timothy Mitanidis and Claudia Bader of Creative Union faced when they began renovating their dilapidated townhouse from Toronto’s Queen and Bathurst neighborhood. They finished the lower-level apartment first so they may live there while operating on another flooring upstairs. The result of the overhaul: a contemporary, color-happy area that barely feels like a cellar. Working on a tight budget, Bader and Mitanidis minimized walls, maximized light and crafted a cheerfully contemporary home that reinterprets rustic fragments of the older apartment to retain a sense of its history. in a GlanceWho lives here: That is a basement rental unit; Timothy Mitanidis and Claudia Bader reside in the main house over. Location: Queen Street Fashion District of TorontoSize: 650 square feet; 1 bedroom, 1 bathroomPrice: $120 Canadian (roughly U.S.$118) per square foot Andrew…

Tropical Style

Great Design Plant: Pride of Madeira

To explain Pride of Madeira’s attributes as anything other than stunning doesn’t do the plant justice. You’ve probably heard that the list of features prior to — purple flower spikes, mounding habit, low water usage, coastal tolerant, sage green foliage — but once you’ve seen a Pride of Madeira and its charms, you’ll never forget it. Such as the island it evolves from, Pride of Madeira allures from both near and far. GARDENIA-Sharly & Tanya Illuz Botanical name: Echium candicans (syn. Echium fastuosum)Common name: Pride of MadeiraUSDA zones: 9 to 10; hardy to about 25 degrees Fahrenheit (find your zone)Water necessity: Small to nonemoderate requirement: Total sunMature dimension: 5 to 6 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wideBenefits and tolerances: Flowers attract bees, birds and butterflies; deer resistant; coastal and drought tolerantSeasonal interest: Evergreen; blossoms spring through summerWhen to plant: Plant seeds in spring; plant cuttings in midsummer. Caution:…