Give your cocktail fixings a pretty place to perch with a classically cool, golden bar cart. Style it against a statement blue wall, as Park and Oak Interiors did here, and it will immediately draw the eye — and the desire for a tasty drink.

Park & Oak



A moody color palette keeps the vibe of this home office, created by Emily Henderson, contemporary. Dark blue walls set the tone, while subtle details like gold-plated desk legs and office supplies complete the look.


Zeke Ruelas




This double bathroom by Leslie Cotter Interiors shows just how chic and minimalist a navy and gold color palette can be. Tone down your bold cabinets with elegant marble countertops and gold faucets, mirrors, and lighting.


Tim Furlong Jr.



Dark blue is the perfect color to use when creating an accent wall in any room, especially the bedroom. Alex Evjen of Ave Styles collaborated with Decorist to create this modern boho master bedroom, full of original pieces, including a mid-century-inspired pendant light.

Rennai Hoefer



Greet guests with a fancy vintage gold doorknob, set against a shiny navy blue door. Choose a sparkling white paint for the door molding and line the nearby walls with chic white and navy wallpaper for a stylish entrance, just like Erica Burns did here.


Erica Burns




What better way to pull off a two-tone kitchen than using navy blue for your cabinetry? It’s an unexpected color choice that still feels neutral and inviting. The geniuses at E. Interiors added gold faucets, lighting, and decor to give this particular design some depth.


E. Interiors




Bright white rooms are perfect for those seeking a clean and tranquil space, but small pops of color here and there never hurt. Cathy Poshusta of the Grit and Polish added in navy blue pillows against the white bedding and cream headboard, but kept the gold decor minimal by add a simple bedside sconce.



Grit and Polish




From the velvet couch to the modernist painting, Marks & Frantz played with a range of blues in this cozy but stylish living area. Take his lead and experiment with more than one shade of blue,and then inject some regality into the space with gold underpinnings, like this grand coffee table.



Marks and Frantz




Designers at Grit and Polish transformed their old and outdated kitchen into a bright and airy cooking space. The top cabinets were kept white to match the walls, while the bottom set were painted a gorgeous navy blue and accented with gold hardware. The crisp white backsplash, along with a few plants, make for a lively but minimalist kitchen.





This spacious master suite — the work of Leslie Cotter Interiors, and shot by Tim Furlong Jr. — draws from both vintage design and contemporary decor. Add a few industrial touches, like these golden bedside lamps, and a little old-world charm with romantic furniture like this divine blue velvet sofa.


Tim Furlong Jr.

This spacious master suite — the work of Leslie Cotter Interiors, and shot by Tim Furlong Jr. — draws from both vintage design and contemporary decor.

Add a few industrial touches, like these golden bedside lamps, and a little old-world charm with romantic furniture like this divine blue velvet sofa.



14 Modern Walkways And Paths That Are Creative And Functional


Backyard walkways and paths are a great way to connect parts of your yard and create separate areas within it. Today we’re sharing 14 examples of modern backyard walkways that add a creative element to the landscape design, and work to both connect and divide the yard.


1. Square pavers arranged geometrically in the backyard of this home create a distinctive walkway through and around the yard.

Designed by Marcio Kogan and Diana Radomysler

2. A short walkway, made from stained wood strips, connect two different parts of the yard in a modern, contemporary way.

Designed by Studio Dwell Architects. Photography by Marty Peters.

3. The walkway in the yard of this home is made up of thin panels of light wood that guide you throughout the yard.

Designed by Jeffrey Allsbrook from Standard Architecture. Photography by Lisa Romerein.

4. Elevated concrete strips lead through the backyard of this seaside home out to the beach, protecting the sand and vegetation beneath it.

Elphick Proome Architects designed this beachside home near Cape Town, South Africa. Photography by Dennis Guichard.

5. The slightly curved wood walkway along the backyard of this home softens up the harshness of the dark exterior and gives a more natural look to the yard.

ONG&ONG designed this modern home in Singapore. Photography by Derek Swalwell

6. Two strips of concrete pavers lead up to the back of this home and help to define the various sections of the yard.

Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos designed this home in Paine, Chile. Photography by Pablo Blanco.

7. A paved walkway runs along the side of the yard, leading from the front to the back of the yard, keeping it open and free for playing and entertaining.

Robert Gurney Architect designed the remodel of this home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Photography by Maxwell MacKenzie.

8. A walkway made from wood leads straight through the home and into the backyard of this family home creating continuity between inside and out.

Austin Maynard Architects designed this home in Melbourne, Australia. Photography by Tess Kelly.

9. An elevated wood walkway leads through the yard of this home, connecting various parts of the home together without impacting the landscape.

Grounded, LLC designed the landscape for this home. Photography by Robert Radifera.

10. The wood pathway through this yard is surrounded by ivy covered arches and is lit up by overhead lights that keep the path safe, even at night.

The Garden Company designed the landscaping for this Melbourne home.

11. The backyard path of this home is lit by LED lights, and leads from the patio out to a secluded entertaining space complete with seating and a firepit.

Phil Kean Design Group designed this home in Orlando, Florida.

12. Concrete pavers make up the pathway around the back of the house, connecting the various spaces and creating a modern landscaping detail.

Walker Workshop designed this home in Los Angeles, California. Photography by Noah Walker and Nicholas Alan Cope.

13. Rectangular concrete pavers have been arranged in a slightly staggered fashion to create a curved pathway that runs through this contemporary backyard.

Steve Hermann designed this house in Santa Barbara, California.

14. A dark wood walkway leads through the backyard of this home, dividing the grassy space and the pool area.

Remodeling 101: Smart In-Wall Dimmer Switches

by Barbara Peck

There are many instances in which you may want to turn down the lights: for a dinner party, a relaxing bath, movie night, and on other occasions we don’t need to get into here. For when you don’t want to get out of bed—or when you’re on your way to the airport, only to realize you forgot to leave a lamp on—there are now smart dimmer switches that use wireless technology to adjust light levels. Here’s what you need to know.

Belkin Wemo Wireless Light Control Switch Smart In-Wall Dimmer Switch In-Situ
Above: The Belkin Wemo Wireless Light Control Switch in situ.

What are the smart ways to dim the lights?

In the past we covered the new smart light bulbs that you can control with your smartphone or tablet (see Remodeling 101: Smart Light Bulbs). If you have smart bulbs in your lamps and light fixtures, you can dim them using their app. But maybe you’re not ready to invest in smart bulbs—those things can be pricey. Or perhaps you have a beautiful ceiling fixture that only takes candelabra bulbs. Your best option is to replace your old wall switch with a smart dimmer switch.

What’s a smart dimmer switch?

Most smart dimmer switches are installed inside the wall, behind your existing switchplate. Once installed, they let you dim (or brighten) a number of lights using a mobile device—or even with voice commands, using a smart-home virtual assistant like Amazon Alexa. You generally need to have installed a smart home hub (such as Wink, Apple’s HomeKit, or Samsung’s SmartThings) to operate these dimmer switches remotely. If you already have a smart-home system, that will likely dictate the type of switch you choose.

Belkin Wemo Wireless Light Control Switch from Home Depot Smart In-Wall Dimmer Switch
Above: The Belkin WeMo Wireless Light Control Switch;$49.99.

Why would I want a smart dimmer switch?

For starters, a smart dimmer switch lets you can dim your lights without getting up off the couch. But it does much more than that. It lets you control a number of lights simultaneously using a mobile device. You can even arrange for a group of lights to dim automatically at a certain time every evening, or to drop to a set level at the touch of a button. (Some switches have a customizable button, so that one tap or two taps will adjust the lighting to set preferences.) Plus, any smart dimmer switch will also let you turn your lights on and off, wherever you happen to be. That’s handy if, say, you’re out of town and want to create the illusion that there’s someone home. And tech-challenged household members can still operate these switches manually, the old-fashioned way.

What do I need to install a smart dimmer switch?

Home Wi-Fi, of course, is essential. In most cases, you’ll also need a smart-home system or hub to allow your mobile device to communicate with the switch. And if you’re doing the installation yourself, you’ll need pliers and a screwdriver.

What kinds of smart dimmer switches are recommended?

Most smart dimmers look like a traditional paddle-style wall switch; you may even be able to use the same wall plate (in fact, many come without the wall plate).

New products are coming on the market all the time, so before you make a decision, bone up on the subject online. The Wirecutter currently suggests smart dimmers that use wireless Z-Wave technology, which integrates with a large range of smart-home hubs. Note that Z-Wave dimmers do need a smart-home hub for you to communicate with them. Below are a few models currently on the market.

Homeseer HS Z-Wave Scene Capable Wall Dimmer Smart In-Wall Dimmer Switch
Above: Wirecutter’s top choice, the HomeSeer HS-WD100+ ($55 at Amazon), works best with HomeSeer’s HomeTroller system, but it’s also compatible with other Z-wave controllers.
Insteon Remote Control Dimmer Switch White Smarthome Smart In-Wall Dimmer Switch
Above: The Insteon Remote Control Dimmer Switch ($49.99; also available via Amazon) requires the Insteon Hub; it integrates with Apple HomeKit technology and also with Amazon Alexa. The accompanying Screwless Wall Plate ($2.99) comes in six neutral shades.
Luttron Caseta Wireless In-Wall Smart Dimmer Kit
Above: To use the Lutron Caséta Wireless In-Wall Smart Dimmer Kit (from $59.25 via Amazon), you’ll need to add either the Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge, which lets you integrate the switch with Apple’s HomeKit (so you can ask Siri to dim the lights), or the Wink hub; either way you can connect your switch to Alexa. For more information, visit Caséta Wireless.
Leviton Decora Smart Wifi Dimmer from Amazon Smart In-Wall Dimmer Switch
Above: No hub is required for the Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi Dimmer ($49.99 via Amazon); simply install the switch in the wall and use the My Leviton app (for iOS and Android) to connect it to your home’s Wi-Fi. This switch also operates via voice control with Alexa; see Leviton for more.

Can I install my own smart wall dimmer?

You might be able install a smart dimmer yourself if you have some experience swapping out light switches. You’ll need to turn off the power to that circuit at your fuse box, open up the existing switch, and do some rewiring to attach the wires to the new switch. If anything about that makes you nervous, bring in a licensed electrician to do the job.

Switchmate Light Switch Toggle White Home Depot Smart In-Wall Dimmer Switch
Above: Looking for an option without rewiring? The Switchmate Light Switch Toggle ($29.97) attaches magnetically to existing switches (avoiding the need for an electrician) and can be controlled via an app, but it can only turn lights fully on or fully off. For more automatic on/off switches, see our earlier post Lights Out: Sensor Light Switches.

What Is a Smart Home? How to Create One Even If You’re Not a Nerd

By Cathie Ericson

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ever since “The Jetsons” aired on TV in the early 1960s, we’ve been dreaming of the day our own homes would be “smart” enough to pretty much run themselves. (We kinda had a thing for Rosie the Robot, too.) And now that the term “smart home” seems to be everywhere, that day has apparently arrived! But what exactly is a smart home?

A smart home is equipped with technology that operates with minimal human input: You can lock your doors from miles away by pressing a button on your smartphone; or your heating/AC adjusts all on its own based on your preferences. There are homes that are completely tricked out, and others that make use of a clever gadget or two.

“Smart products utilize machine learning and can adapt to the environment, or the behavior of the users in their surroundings,” explains Tom Flanagan, founder of Real Estate Things, a blog that explores the intersection of technology and real estate.

Here’s how smart homes have evolved since their inception, and what it takes to have a smart home of your own.

A brief history of smart homes

While the idea of a “smart home” has been bandied about since the dawn of science fiction, Bill Gates turbocharged the concept in 1995 when he wrote “The Road Ahead,” which included his vision of the home of the future, encompassing technology like touchpads that control lighting, temperature, music, and even art. He wrote about an electronic wearable pin that “will tell the house who and where you are, and the house will use this information to try to meet and even anticipate your needs—all as unobtrusively as possible.”

Gates’ predictions turned out to be surprisingly (or, perhaps not surprisingly) on target. Starting after 2000, devices like security systems could be hooked up to a homeowner’s Wi-Fi, and smart home “hubs” grew from there, enabling more and more gadgets to be controlled from one central device. Some can even “talk” to each other (i.e., your clock can tell your coffee maker to brew a cup of joe once you’re up).

In 2013, the Consumer Electronics Show, a trade show showcasing all things tech, introduced the term “smart home,” and by 2016, the show was devoting two entire floors to smart home technology. Homeowners today are wooed by an assortment of smart home systems, including Amazon’s Echo, Google Home, Apple HomeKit, Samsung’s Smart Things, and more.


Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Apple HomeKit are some of the leading smart home technologies

Many smart home products have already come and gone, but it’s clear that smart home technology is here to stay and of growing interest to homeowners. One survey found that almost half of all Americans either already own smart home technology or plan to invest in it soon.

According to Flanagan, almost 2 billion smart home devices will be shipped by 2019, generating an estimated $490 billion in revenue.

Steps to create a smart home: Where to start

If you’re curious about incorporating some smart home features into your house but aren’t all that tech-savvy, you’ll probably want to hold off on the cutting-edge stuff for starters. Sure, it may be cute if your toaster starts making breakfast as soon as your Jawbone registers that you’re awake, but how useful is that, really?

A more sensible place to start is smart home tech that’s simple and will save you money. Some of the most popular smart home devices include the following:

  • Smart thermostats like Google’s Nest that will automatically lower your home’s temperature at night, cutting your electricity bills.
  • Smart home smoke detectors: Installing one (which will alert you to smoke by phone even if you’re not at home) can save about 5% on your insurance premiums.
  • Smart locks: These handy locks can be programmed with special codes so you know who’s entering your house. For example, when your kids arrive home from school, you’ll get an alert so you can call and start nagging them about their homework. You can also program guest codes that work at certain times, such as for when a housecleaner or dog walker is expected. Codes can be canceled, if you decide that you don’t want the window washer inside after all, or changed remotely at any time. No more wondering who has one of your house keys, or whether your kids are going to be locked out.
  • Smart video cameras: These connected cameras allow you to check your home when you’re away. They can also be programmed to send alerts when there is activity. For example, they can start recording and send you a video clip when your kids come home from school or if they detect motion in a certain room.
  • Smart lighting: Some lighting systems allow you to set timers that you can override with an app if you’re going to be home later than expected. Other systems have sensors that recognize when dusk is approaching and turn on automatically.


While no one can predict for sure what smart homes of the future might look like, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg—who built a rather imperfect artificial-intelligence assistant modeled “kind of like Jarvis in ‘Iron Man’”—cautions, “AI is both closer and farther off than we imagine.” In other words, don’t get too caught up in any sci-fi fantasies of martini-mixing robotic butlers just yet.


10 Ideas for Stunning Holiday Lights

Go all out this year with these techniques to light up your house and garden for the holiday season

By Lauren Dunec Hoang

As anyone who has untangled a snarled string of lights or come up 5 feet short on the roofline can attest, the process of hanging holiday lights is more complicated than it looks. A satisfying result depends both on having the right products on hand as well as proper installation. Let us help take the guesswork out of your holiday light setup this year with tips from lighting professionals, including tricks for hiding cords, the best lights for tree-wrapping and how to evenly hang lights along the eaves of your home.

Private Sunken Walled Garden


1. Wrap shrubs: Adding just a few lights to the landscape can make a big difference in making the garden an inviting place to walk through or gaze at. In this walled garden in Manchester, England, a pair of clipped shrubs wrapped with white lights makes a lovely entrance to a garden room.

Get the look: To evenly cover outdoor shrubs, pick up “net lights,” which have bulbs distributed over a square or rectangular lattice of cords. Energy-efficient LED net lights often have a more true-white or bluish-white color than those with incandescent bulbs. Read the packaging to be sure the netting is large enough to wrap all the way around your shrubs.


Front Porches

2. Deck out your front porch. This front porch in Atlanta — done up with festive garlands, strings of lights and a Santa figurine — looks lavishly festive without being overwhelming.

Get the look: Concentrating outdoor decorations in a single area, such as the entryway or a garden bed, can be a great way to go all out with holiday exuberance without turning your front yard into Disneyland.

 3. Showcase trees. Gardens this time of year are primarily quiet. Highlight the branch structure of deciduous trees by wrapping the trunk and individual branches with white lights. Choose a single tree as a specimen, or illuminate a cluster of trees for greater impact.

Pro tip: To get the professional look in this photo, Ryan Morici of Heritage Oaks Landscaping recommends swapping regular holiday lights for LED mini lights to save on power consumption. “The LED lights allow you to use many more lights per circuit versus the incandescent lights,” Morici says.

4. Line a pathway with luminarias. Welcome guests this year with an enchanting walkway lined with glowing luminarias.

Get the look: You can purchase luminarias or make your own with paper bags weighted with a handful of sand at the bottom. If you’re thinking of a large display, gather some helpers to place tea lights in each one — or use battery-powered candles — and light just before guests arrive.

5. Hang snowflakes. Trade traditional string lights for a set with glittering snowflakes. Hang them where they have room to stand out, such as just below the eaves or along large branches of a tree in the front yard.

6. Illuminate potted branches. You may not have small trees or shrubs to wrap with lights along driveways or paved entryways. But you can light up container plantings instead.

Get the look: Pick up branches from the backyard or a florist, and set them upright in containers filled with sand or gravel. Wrap the branches with lights of your choosing, and use conifer trimmings to hide the plugs and containers.

7. Add magic to snowy landscapes. Lights twinkling like tiny stars hovering over a snowy garden are just about as magical as it gets. To mimic stars overhead, wrap branches that overhang garden walkways or beds to create a softly lit canopy.

8. Light up a treehouse. As if a backyard treehouse weren’t magical enough, this one is fully decked out for Christmas. A Houzz favorite for the past few years — with good reason — the treehouse was built by a Dallas couple, with the help of an architect, to give their grandchildren a place for imaginative play.

A Magical Tree House Lights Up for Christmas

10. Outline the eaves of your home. Perhaps the most classic style, perimeter lighting along a home’s eaves and roofline creates an inviting arrival. Pelham McMurry from Light Up Nashville shares these tips for getting a professional look at home:

  • Upgrade your lights. “Even the most expensive sets of LED lights at box stores are cheap-quality,” McMurry says. “Commercial-grade LED lights purchased from specialty retailers is the way to go if you don’t want to repurchase your lights year after year. Quality lights cost more, but in the long run, you’ll save time, frustration and money by not having to repurchase every year.” To get those perfectly straight lines, where every bulb seems exactly aligned with the next one, attach lights to your trim with commercial-grade clips.
  • Consider a professional. “There are many reasons to hire a professional to install your holiday lightings, but maybe the most important is safety,” McMurry says. To avoid the risk of falling from a ladder or slipping on an icy roof, consider hiring a local lighting professional.

Florida Beach House with New Coastal Design Ideas


Designed by Geoff Chick & Associates and built by Chris Clark Construction Incorporated, this Florida beach house is full of new coastal design ideas! The architectural details are truly inspiring. Walls are paneled with white shiplap and the ceilings, when not featuring shiplap, are beautifully crafted with coffered trim and pecky cypress wood.

Located in 30A, this beach house has a very soothing, relaxing color palette that easily transports you to a sunny summery day.


Florida Beach House with New Coastal Design Ideas


This white beach house is full of great architectural details, inside and out!



It’s easy to see why this home is being featured on Home Bunch today, right? Who would love to have a kitchen like that? The light gray cabinets are painted in a color similar to Benjamin Moore OC-52 White Dove. Also, notice the gunmetal gray leather counterstools with swoop arms and silver nailhead trim.

Stacked Kitchen Cabinets with Rustic Wood Floors


The kitchen features light gray stacked cabinets adorned with long satin nickel pulls paired with quartzite countertops and a light gray glazed tiled backsplash. The rustic wood floors are custom dark stained.

 Row of Windows Over Kitchen Sink


The light gray kitchen cabinets are adorned with extra long satin nickel pulls. A stainless steel dual kitchen sink stands under a row of windows dressed in white roman shades illuminated byRuhlmann Single Sconces.

Dining Room Coffered Ceiling with Pecky Cypress Trim


The dining room boasts a glossy white coffered ceiling accented with pecky cypress coffers accented with an iron chandelier. The round salvaged wood dining table surrounded by white slipcovered dining chairs.

Lighting is Lowcountry Originals Spring Island Basket – $2,800.00

Coffered Ceiling Details


The coffers are hollow 2×4 boxes wrapped in sheetrock, with a big crown over the pickled pecky cypress.



I love the contrast the dark hardwood flooring creates against the white shiplap walls.



Lighting is E.F. Chapman Darlana 6 Light 29 inch, Extra Large Lantern.

Closet Laundry Room


A pecky cypress barn door opens to a hallway closet laundry room filled with light gray shaker cabinets suspended over a stainless steel mini brick tile backsplash.

Washer and dryer are Electrolux.

 Hallway with Blue Wet Bar


This hallway boasts rustic wood beam ceiling, shiplap walls, shiplap ceiling as well a wall of French doors and transom windows dressed in white cotton curtains.

Office with Pecky Cypress Barn Door 



One of the pecky cypress barn door opens to reveal a home office with light gray cabinets suspended over a gray built-in desk with wood top.

Barn doors are painted in a custom whitewash stain.

Blue Wet Bar Paint Color




A blue wet bar is tucked into a nook. The blue wet bar paint color is similar to Benjamin Moore HC-145 Van Courtland Blue.

Shiplap Barn Door on Rails


This white shiplap barn door opens to reveal a kids’ bedroom filled with white built-in beds with storage drawers.

Kid Bedroom with Row of Built-In Beds


The kids bathroom features recycled glass countertop.

Master Bedroom


What an amazing master bedroom! This space is perfect designed, Notice the shiplap walls and the vaulted shiplap ceiling.

Grey Shiplap


The shiplap walls are painted in a soft grey color.



The bedroom features a soft, calming color palette.

Bedroom Lighting


Lighting is Lowcountry Originals Laurel Bay Shell and Crystal Chandelier – $4,000

Sitting Area


Gorgeous bedroom sitting area with slipcovered chairs and blue and turquoise accents.

 Oblong Marble Tile Wall


This master bathroom features an oblong marble tile accent wall, neutral floor tiles and light gray his and her washstands flanked by a drop down makeup vanity. Vanity paint color is similar to Benjamin Moore OC-52 Gray Owl.

Bathroom with Shiplap Walls


  The master bathroom also features a rectangular tray ceiling accented with shiplap trim.



Ceiling Height: 12′ ceiling.

Similar Off-White Paint Color


Best off-white paint color by Benjamin Moore: “Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove”.

 Bedroom Hall Sitting Area


The bedroom hallway is filled with a shiplap wall lined with white slipcovered chairs

Shiplap Wall Paneling Dimensions


Shiplap walls are 8″ nickel gap paneling.

Gray and Blue Guest Bedroom


This blue and gray guest bedroom features a gray velvet bed dressed in white and pale blue bedding placed next to a white mirrored 3-drawer nightstand. Nightstand is Worlds Away Ava White Lacquer Nightstand. Similar paint color is Benjamin Moore HC-170 Stonington Gray.

Bedroom Reading Corner



Inviting reading corner nook with white chaise lounge. Windows are dressed in white cotton curtains.

Bedroom with Gray Quatrefoil Mirrored Cabinet


This gray and blue beach style shared bedroom features two carved gray headboards on twin beds dressed in white and blue bedding. A pair of blue benches sit at the foot of two beds facing a gray quatrefoil mirrored cabinet tucked under a flat panel tv.

Home Exterior


Similar white exterior paint color: “Natural Choice SW 7011 by Sherwin Williams”. This property also features a guest house.

Guest House


A screened-in porch connects the main house to the guest quarters.

  Small U Shaped Kitchen 


Located in the guest house, this small U-shaped kitchen features a white French hood, stacked white floating shelves, suspended over an induction cooktop with pot and brass wall sconces. A kitchen peninsula is topped with Perla Venata quartzite fitted with a sink and modern faucet which overlooks the family room.

Hardware is unlaquered brass.

Small Living Room


The small living room features a taupe sectional lined with turquoise blue pillows facing a low wood tv cabinet. A gold striped drum pendant hangs from a tray shiplap ceiling while a pair of wicker pod chair provides additional seating.

Sliding Barn Doors


Barn doors are Pecky Cypress painted in a whitewash stain.

Sliding Barn Doors


The pecky cypress barn door opens to a beach style bedroom.

Similar Paint Color


Natural Choice SW 7011 by Sherwin Williams.



This coastal bedroom is decorated with a white upholstered bed dressed in green and blue velvet pillows and a small mirrored nightstand. Wall of windows are dressed in white curtains.

  Beach Home Porch with Rope Swing



The main house features a dreamy porch with a white and turquoise rope swing and a pair of white slipcovered chairs.

On the Beach


Can you picture yourself spending summers in this home? How fun would that be! 🙂







Mint and Copper Kitchen Inspiration


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Hello again! Dawn here, from AD Aesthetic, back with another mood board for your decoration inspiration. If you’ve been on Pinterest lately, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that copper is a big trend right now. I have to say, I’m totally on board. I love the warm, classic look it adds to any space. There’s one color combo that’s really been catching my eye though, and that is copper with mint. There’s just something about that warm metal and cool, refreshing minty green that works so well. I thought that this month, I’d put together a mood board using this beautiful color combo in a kitchen.

Mint and Copper Kitchen Inspiration

To start with, I browsed around and came up with some lovely inspiration:




Image Source: Crate and Barrel
Concept and styling: 100 Layer Cake
Photo Credit: Scott Clark Photo


Image Source: My Domaine
Photo Credit: Sarah Sherman Samuel


Image Source: House Beautiful
Photo Credit: Kohler


Image Source: HGTV
Photo Credit: Erin Williamson


Image Source: Remodelista
Design: Alexander Waterworth Interiors
Photo Credit: Helen Cathcart


Image Source: Lonny
Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel, Smitten Studio
Photo Credit: Tessa Neustadt

Whether it’s just a hint of this great color in the accents, or a bigger commitment with the cabinets and hardware, mint and copper for the win! It’s such a refreshing and fun color combination. I really love it. Once these ideas were firmly planted in my brain, I set to work on my own design for the perfect mint and copper kitchen.

9 Easy Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

If there’s one place the worlds of form and function seamlessly meet it’s in the kitchen. And upgrading the lighting is an way to add a fresh dose of style and substance to the space. Even if you don’t have a major kitchen remodel in your future, a simple lighting swap — from adding some architectural track lighting to installing a dramatic chandelier — might be all it takes to upgrade the entire kitchen. Lighting is a lot like painting in that way: it can be an inexpensive, but impressive way to transform the room in a single afternoon.

If your kitchen lighting needs an upgrade, consider these 9 easy ideas:

Custom-Homes-Under-Cabinet-lightingImage: Pillar Custom Homes

Under-Cabinet LED Light Bars

These long, narrow lights are installed directly onto the underside of your cabinetry, making them ideal for illuminating countertops and prep areas. LED light bars come in a wide variety of lengths and they’re linkable, so even long countertops can be fully and evenly illuminated. They can be either hardwired into the wall for a seamless look, or plugged in for easy installation.

Rope-LighitngImage: Cheryl Burke Design

Under-Cabinet Rope Lights

Like LED light bars, rope lights are best used for countertop task lighting. Rope lights are also easy to install: they can be discreetly hung underneath a row of cabinets with a set of rope mounts that screw directly into the cabinetry.

Niki-PapadoupoulousImage: Niki Papadopoulos

Decorative Flush Mount

One of the fastest ways to give a spec kitchen new style is to swap out the standard ceiling fixture for something with a little more personality. A flush-mount fixture with decorative details — like this drum light with geometric cutouts — is a dramatic addition that only requires a few twists of a screwdriver.

Pendant-John-ManiscalcoImage: John Maniscalco

Pendant Lights

If you kitchen has an island or breakfast bar, consider hanging pendant lights above it. Pendant lighting not only adds style to the space, it can also help anchor a kitchen island so it feels more deliberate in an open-concept home.

Puck-Lights-Melissa-Miranda-designImage: Melissa Miranda Design

Puck Lights

Small, disc-like puck lights are easy to install almost anywhere you need added illumination, from under cabinets to inside deep drawers or in dark corners of the pantry. There are hardwired and plug in puck lights, but for the simplest installation opt for battery-operated LED pucks, which can last up to 30,000 hours and can be hung with Velcro.

In-cabinet-lighting-Calvis-Wyant-≈Image: Calvis Wyant

In-cabinet lighting.

Cabinet lighting can be extremely practical for deep or dark cabinets, but added to glass-front cabinetry it adds a cozy, romantic vibe and highlights your best cake stands and wine glasses.

Cabinet-uplighting-Widler-Architecture-Image: Widler Architecture

Cabinet Uplighting

While installing rope or bar lights underneath your cabinetry can be a practical choice, installing them on top of your cabinets can create an ethereal, uplit effect on the ceiling that’s purely aesthetic.

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Track Lighting

If a single ceiling light isn’t cutting it in your kitchen, track lighting is an excellent solution. With a single ceiling junction box, you can install a track light system that will allow you to direct light wherever you need it most.

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Dramatic Chandelier

There are few lighting options that have a more dramatic, unexpected impact on your kitchen than swapping out a simple ceiling lamp for a chandelier. Don’t be afraid to go with something fancy, even in the kitchen. The simple, functional elements of your kitchen will easily balance out an elaborate chandelier.