Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lawn Free Living

During the summer months, it can sometimes be tough to take care of a front or back lawn. This is especially true if you live in an area where there is a water shortage. For anyone who has ever considered getting rid of their lawn, take a peak at these inspiring photos of yards with absolutely no grass!

This yard is mostly deck, but the drought tolerant plants help soften the landscape.

 With a seating area, a fire feature and patio space, nobody would miss a lawn in a space like this! 

This home's front yard looks lush and beautiful, and there is no lawn to mow!

With a raised bed, full of veggies and herbs, this yard still offers space for seating and play.

With a bright color palette of blooms and foliage, this home doesn't need a lawn.

So, for those of you who are slowly watching your green lawn turn brown, what do you think about going "Lawn Free"?

All photos are from sunset.com.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Nature Inspired Decorating

When we saw this home, we knew that we needed to share it with you. Like the "Beachy" home we shared last time, this home definitely pulls it's design inspiration from nature, but in an understated way. It has many rustic elements, but certainly doesn't feel like a log cabin.

Between the rustic and wooden coffee table, wood-block lamps and potted plants, this home definitely embraces natural decor. The swirly, wooded sculpture on the coffee table adds a touch of whimsy and elegance. Love it!

The dining area gives you a peak of the beautiful courtyard. The table is simple, but adds to the natural feel of the home. I wanted to take those burlap upholstered dining chairs home with us!

And how about the centerpiece?! I sure do love me some succulents and air plants!

The guest bedroom is warm and welcoming. I think that artwork you see above the bed would be an easy DIY project.

I love this master bedroom! The color of the walls is the perfect blue/gray shade of paint. If I could have, I would have stolen those bedside tables. With such rustic wood, their elegant shape is so unexpected. Personally, I'd love to see some crystal drawer pulls on those guys.

How about you? Do you pull your design inspiration from nature? Have you ever come across a piece of furniture that is made from a totally unexpected material? I'm still drooling over those bedside tables!