Trends for Outdoor & Garden Spaces

With many people’s ongoing desire for doing more with outdoor spaces, there’s been an increase in areas that are both more functional and more natural. Just in time for spring, here are the most recent trends for your outdoor and garden spaces:

Painted and artificial lawns:  The long summer drought led to plenty of watering restrictions and the rise of drought-shaming. For those who still want a green lawn but don’t want to risk neighborhood snickers, artificial lawns or ones that are painted green offered a dose of green without the guilt.

Decomposed Granite: As more and more people switched to rock gardens, California native plantings, or just gave up the lawn entirely, this filler was everywhere. Combining it with pavers, drought-friendly plants and tasteful statuary takes this look from basic to luxe.

Perennial Grasses: Another trend springing from drought-conscious landscaping was the rise of the use of native grasses. Instead of manicured and maintained lawn, the landscape is a bit untamed, planted and left to mature and roam wild. Call it the garden equivalent of beach hair, a lot of front yards were sporting the uncombed look this year.

Bringing In The Tech: People are still investing in adding outdoor living spaces to their backyards and more than ever technology plays a role. Wifi and surround sound are a must as are LED lights and televisions, especially poolside. Netflix and chill just took on a whole new meaning.

What is coming for next year? Look for the “internet of things” to move into the backyard with devices that talk to each other and let you know when they require maintenance. If the backyard has become the new living room and kitchen in recent years, look for its next iteration to be as the home office and entertainment area.

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Trends for Outdoor & Garden Spaces

With many people’s ongoing desire for doing more with outdoor spaces, there’s been an increase in areas that are both more functional and more natural. Just in time for spring, here are the most recent trends for your outdoor and garden spaces:

Painted and artificial lawns:  The long summer drought led to plenty of watering restrictions and the rise of drought-shaming. For those who still want a green lawn but don’t want to risk neighborhood snickers, artificial lawns or ones that are painted green offered a dose of green without the guilt.

Decomposed Granite: As more and more people switched to rock gardens, California native plantings, or just gave up the lawn entirely, this filler was everywhere. Combining it with pavers, drought-friendly plants and tasteful statuary takes this look from basic to luxe.

Perennial Grasses: Another trend springing from drought-conscious landscaping was the rise of the use of native grasses. Instead of manicured and maintained lawn, the landscape is a bit untamed, planted and left to mature and roam wild. Call it the garden equivalent of beach hair, a lot of front yards were sporting the uncombed look this year.

Bringing In The Tech: People are still investing in adding outdoor living spaces to their backyards and more than ever technology plays a role. Wifi and surround sound are a must as are LED lights and televisions, especially poolside. Netflix and chill just took on a whole new meaning.

What is coming for next year? Look for the “internet of things” to move into the backyard with devices that talk to each other and let you know when they require maintenance. If the backyard has become the new living room and kitchen in recent years, look for its next iteration to be as the home office and entertainment area.

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Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery

A new year can be revitalizing for the human spirit. It brings the opportunity for self-reflection, and return to your passions. That is the definition, and the purpose, of Greenery, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017.

World-renowned for being the standard on color communication, Pantone selects a color every year to reflect the temperament of today’s culture. Greenery represents a reconnection with the natural world around us, and its beauty.

Here are a few ways you can invite this refreshing shade into your home:

Go bold and bring the great outdoors in with a coat of fresh paint.

Accenting common areas in your home with this fresh and zesty shade brings them to life.

Using a succulent as a place setting is both simple and elegant. Plus, it doubles as a party gift for guests.

Have an upholstery project that needs inspiration? Look no further than this gorgeous green fabric.

How would you incorporate Greenery into your home decor?

PHOTOS COURTESY OF HOUSE & GARDEN, BRIT + CO, DEXIGNER

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery

A new year can be revitalizing for the human spirit. It brings the opportunity for self-reflection, and return to your passions. That is the definition, and the purpose, of Greenery, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017.

World-renowned for being the standard on color communication, Pantone selects a color every year to reflect the temperament of today’s culture. Greenery represents a reconnection with the natural world around us, and its beauty.

Here are a few ways you can invite this refreshing shade into your home:

Go bold and bring the great outdoors in with a coat of fresh paint.

Accenting common areas in your home with this fresh and zesty shade brings them to life.

Using a succulent as a place setting is both simple and elegant. Plus, it doubles as a party gift for guests.

Have an upholstery project that needs inspiration? Look no further than this gorgeous green fabric.

How would you incorporate Greenery into your home decor?

PHOTOS COURTESY OF HOUSE & GARDEN, BRIT + CO, DEXIGNER

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

For the Ultimate Connoisseur: Luxurious Wine Rooms

For avid wine collectors, there comes a point when a collection calls for more than your average wine rack. Whether you’re storing a dozen bottles or a hundred, these fine homes with luxurious wine rooms will store all your finest vintages in significant style.

46-ACRE EQUESTRIAN ESTATE
PRESENTED BY: SPECIAL PROPERTIES

Situated on 46 breathtaking acres in New Jersey, this English Country estate offers an incomparable lifestyle within close proximity to Manhattan.

PRIVATE ESTATE HOME
PRESENTED BY: TYLER REDHEAD & MCALISTER REAL ESTATE

Enjoy all the upscale amenities of this stunning private estate, including the highly organized wine cellar featuring a detailed bronze-leafed door.

MONTEREY REVIVAL ESTATE IN PASADENA
PRESENTED BY: PARTNERS TRUST

Designed with impeccable features throughout, this elegantly crafted home offers a dedicated wine room with a storage island for endless bottle space.

AUTHENTIC FRENCH CHATEAU
PRESENTED BY: HARNISH PROPERTIES

Meticulously renovated, redesigned and rebuilt, this Oregon home has materials from the far reaches of Europe that bring its style to life.

GATED SEVEN EAGLES NEIGHBORHOOD
PRESENTED BY: HM PROPERTIES

The ultimate in luxury and privacy in a gated North Carolina community, with dramatic flourishes and antique fixtures throughout.

Do you dream of a home with its own wine cellar? How would you like to store your favorite vintages?

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

For the Ultimate Connoisseur: Luxurious Wine Rooms

For avid wine collectors, there comes a point when a collection calls for more than your average wine rack. Whether you’re storing a dozen bottles or a hundred, these fine homes with luxurious wine rooms will store all your finest vintages in significant style.

46-ACRE EQUESTRIAN ESTATE
PRESENTED BY: SPECIAL PROPERTIES

Situated on 46 breathtaking acres in New Jersey, this English Country estate offers an incomparable lifestyle within close proximity to Manhattan.

PRIVATE ESTATE HOME
PRESENTED BY: TYLER REDHEAD & MCALISTER REAL ESTATE

Enjoy all the upscale amenities of this stunning private estate, including the highly organized wine cellar featuring a detailed bronze-leafed door.

MONTEREY REVIVAL ESTATE IN PASADENA
PRESENTED BY: PARTNERS TRUST

Designed with impeccable features throughout, this elegantly crafted home offers a dedicated wine room with a storage island for endless bottle space.

AUTHENTIC FRENCH CHATEAU
PRESENTED BY: HARNISH PROPERTIES

Meticulously renovated, redesigned and rebuilt, this Oregon home has materials from the far reaches of Europe that bring its style to life.

GATED SEVEN EAGLES NEIGHBORHOOD
PRESENTED BY: HM PROPERTIES

The ultimate in luxury and privacy in a gated North Carolina community, with dramatic flourishes and antique fixtures throughout.

Do you dream of a home with its own wine cellar? How would you like to store your favorite vintages?

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Modern Fabric Trends: Tiger Velvet

The obsession with all-white rooms in today’s design world, Instagram accounts, and blogosphere seems to never end. But when tiger velvet moves in, a cat-like grace takes over. Maybe it’s time to welcome the tiger into your home?

The gorgeous sofa that Real Housewives of New York Carole Radziwill inherited from her mother-in-law Lee Radziwill (sister of Jackie Onassis) turned heads when viewers saw it—for good reason. Upholstered almost 50 years ago in Scalamandré silk tiger velvet, the sofa is still a knockout and utterly contemporary.

Of course lavishing an exotic and eye-catching print on a large piece of furniture piece is not for everyone. In this eclectic contemporary sitting room, designer Jeffrey Bilhuber covers only the seat cushions in the tiger velvet, proving a little can go a long way.

In Tory Burch’s Manhattan living room, a touch of tiger velvet shows off its ability to bring a decadent edge to a richly traditional mix of antiques and vintage pieces. The tiger velvet lumbar pillow can be introduced into almost any decor for an injection of luxe whimsy. Both One Kings Lane and William-Sonoma carry a version of this cushion.

Fashion has decreed animal prints as a new form of neutral and in home interiors it’s no different. As designer Miles Redd shows here, slipper chairs neatly tailored in the Scalamandré fabric create a calm backdrop where the chinoiserie wallcoverings and lapis velvet sofa can shine.

Photos courtesy of: Laurel Home, Architectural Digest, Chinoiserie Chic, My Luscious Life, Decor Pad

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

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My father was a self-taught mandolin player. He was one of the best string instrument players in our town. He could not read music, but if he heard a tune a few times, he could play it. When he was younger, he was a member of a small country music band. They would play at local dances and on a few occasions would play for the local radio station. He often told us how he had auditioned and earned a position in a band that featured Patsy Cline as their lead singer. He told the family that after he was hired he never went back. Dad was a very religious man. He stated that there was a lot of drinking and cursing the day of his audition and he did not want to be around that type of environment.

Occasionally, Dad would get out his mandolin and play for the family. We three children: Trisha, Monte and I, George Jr., would often sing along. Songs such as the Tennessee Waltz, Harbor Lights and around Christmas time, the well-known rendition of Silver Bells. “Silver Bells, Silver Bells, its Christmas time in the city” would ring throughout the house. One of Dad’s favorite hymns was “The Old Rugged Cross”. We learned the words to the hymn when we were very young, and would sing it with Dad when he would play and sing. Another song that was often shared in our house was a song that accompanied the Walt Disney series: Davey Crockett. Dad only had to hear the song twice before he learned it well enough to play it. “Davey, Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” was a favorite song for the family. He knew we enjoyed the song and the program and would often get out the mandolin after the program was over. I could never get over how he could play the songs so well after only hearing them a few times. I loved to sing, but I never learned how to play the mandolin. This is something I regret to this day.

Dad loved to play the mandolin for his family he knew we enjoyed singing, and hearing him play. He was like that. If he could give pleasure to others, he would, especially his family. He was always there, sacrificing his time and efforts to see that his family had enough in their life. I had to mature into a man and have children of my own before I realized how much he had sacrificed.

Design Inspiration: Gorgeous Gallery Walls

Putting together a gallery wall in your home consists of more than just randomly arranging different pieces of art in an empty space. It is an expression of style, taste, and aesthetic that can make a big visual impact and tell a story about who lives there, what and who they love, and what makes them happy.

However, hanging up a gallery wall runs the risk of being a painful and complicated project that leaves you with mismatched and crooked prints on the wall. We like to think that home projects-especially the fun design type, like this-should be enjoyable and even easy. Here are some of our favorite gorgeous gallery walls done right.

A good gallery should be a focal point that can also blend in a little bit. Gallery walls that are over-the-top have a tendency to look more messy and haphazard than they do creative and whimsical (tip: you want to go more for whimsical).

So make sure it complements your space, without being too matchy-matchy, like this one by designer Emily Henderson, who says, “Make sure to have a consistent color palette, but don’t get OCD about it. Instead, Give yourself some room to bring in small hits of other colors so you don’t look like a crazy uptight person. We started with blues, pinks, and whites but there are a lot of oranges, greens, purples, etc. It’s really just a smattering of colors, but they all feel light and happy.”

A big mistake that many homeowners often make while designing their gallery wall is to overthink it. As long as it has meaning to you and you love it, then that’s all that matters. This means don’t limit yourself to photographs and art prints.

Pressed botany, old love letters, vintage signage-it all works as art that’s specific to your personality. When it comes to hanging up art, especially a gallery wall, sometimes simple is better, not to mention more authentic. So don’t drive yourself crazy hunting down unique pieces of art or obsessing over a certain method of arranging everything. As long as it gives you joy and delight, that will be reflected in your home.

How you frame your art counts almost as much as what’s inside it. Coordinate your frame color and material so that it highlights but doesn’t overwhelm your pieces. Choose a monochromatic color palette that gives you some freedom to switch things up a little so that you aren’t bound to the same beige wooden frame over and over again. Although a little diversity and is a good thing (unless you’re going for that kind of look), stay within the parameters of your design idea so that your framed art would look as good on its own as it does alongside the others.

By Katherine Oakes | Modernize

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Design Inspiration: Gorgeous Gallery Walls

Putting together a gallery wall in your home consists of more than just randomly arranging different pieces of art in an empty space. It is an expression of style, taste, and aesthetic that can make a big visual impact and tell a story about who lives there, what and who they love, and what makes them happy.

However, hanging up a gallery wall runs the risk of being a painful and complicated project that leaves you with mismatched and crooked prints on the wall. We like to think that home projects-especially the fun design type, like this-should be enjoyable and even easy. Here are some of our favorite gorgeous gallery walls done right.

A good gallery should be a focal point that can also blend in a little bit. Gallery walls that are over-the-top have a tendency to look more messy and haphazard than they do creative and whimsical (tip: you want to go more for whimsical).

So make sure it complements your space, without being too matchy-matchy, like this one by designer Emily Henderson, who says, “Make sure to have a consistent color palette, but don’t get OCD about it. Instead, Give yourself some room to bring in small hits of other colors so you don’t look like a crazy uptight person. We started with blues, pinks, and whites but there are a lot of oranges, greens, purples, etc. It’s really just a smattering of colors, but they all feel light and happy.”

A big mistake that many homeowners often make while designing their gallery wall is to overthink it. As long as it has meaning to you and you love it, then that’s all that matters. This means don’t limit yourself to photographs and art prints.

Pressed botany, old love letters, vintage signage-it all works as art that’s specific to your personality. When it comes to hanging up art, especially a gallery wall, sometimes simple is better, not to mention more authentic. So don’t drive yourself crazy hunting down unique pieces of art or obsessing over a certain method of arranging everything. As long as it gives you joy and delight, that will be reflected in your home.

How you frame your art counts almost as much as what’s inside it. Coordinate your frame color and material so that it highlights but doesn’t overwhelm your pieces. Choose a monochromatic color palette that gives you some freedom to switch things up a little so that you aren’t bound to the same beige wooden frame over and over again. Although a little diversity and is a good thing (unless you’re going for that kind of look), stay within the parameters of your design idea so that your framed art would look as good on its own as it does alongside the others.

By Katherine Oakes | Modernize

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com