Category: Fireplaces

5 Awesome Small Maple Trees

There are many “A”s at the alphabet of beloved trees, but for the money, the A+ goes into the genus Acer, more commonly referred to as maples. You understand the form of their leaves, you understand maple syrup, and if you understand plants, you understand big maples like sugar and red maple, as well as smaller, superpopular Japanese maple. But there is a wealth of additional small trees in the pine clan. Here are only a couple — add your favorites in the Comments.

My treasured native maple is snakebark maple (Acer pensylvanicum, zones 3 to 7), which also goes by striped maple, goosefoot maple and moosewood ( here and in first photo). Some time ago I talked about hardy plants that looked tropical, and this is just another one. Its big, rounded leaves grow to 7 inches long, its bark is lined and mottled like snakeskin, and it increases to around 20 feet tall and wide. Fall color (this photo) is fantastic, and cultivar ‘Erythrocladum’ has young stems and branches which are glowing red. This maple is an understory tree, and it requires partial to full shade and cool, damp woodland soil to flourish.

I really like Japanese maples (Acer palmatum), however the Fullmoon maple (Acer shirasawanum, zones 5 to 9) ups the ante with leaves which have up to 13 lobes. This little pine grows 15 to 30 feet tall and wide, and prefers at least light shade, maybe complete shade. The cultivar ‘Aureum’ (shown) is a standout, with spectacular gold foliage. (Yet another gold foliage plant for shade!) It turns stunning shades of red and gold in autumn.

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Maples are not known for fantastic foliage. Even better than snakebark maple, paperbark maple (Acer griseum, zones 4 to 8) is just another little tree with excellent cinnamon-color peeling bark — yet another eye-catching characteristic even in winter. Throughout the growing period, it contrasts with heavy green leaves. Paperbark maple grows to 25 ft high and wide, and so are happy in full sun to part shade.

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Pacific Northwesterners will soon be familiar with their native vine maple (Acer circinatum, zones 6 to 9), which develops as well in different areas of the country in well-drained land with afternoon shade. This tiny maple grows 20 to 30 ft tall and wide (sometimes more in its home range), and I am especially interested to try some newer cultivars with purple leaves, such as Pacific Purple.

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Looking for all the world like a maple-holly hybrid, evergreen or Cretan maple (Acer sempervirens) hails from Greece, and being a Mediterranean plant, it thrives in ponds with moist winters and droughty summers, as well as poor soil. Additionally, it has incredibly glossy, evergreen to semievergreen foliage, and it is cold hardy as far north as zone 6. I guess this rare walnut’s hardiness is somewhat untested in regions with humid summers — if you live east of the Mississippi and want to attempt it, I propose planting it in a dry place with a great deal of sunlight and lean, fast-draining soil. It increases to roughly 30 feet tall.

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Ditch a Door to Open a Space

We are in the middle of renovating a tiny obsolete midcentury ranch. To maximize space and traffic flow, we have decided to eliminate all of the cupboard doors in the 3 bedrooms. By hanging cloth in place of true cupboard doors, we expect to start up the chambers, add texture and encourage business, since shutting the door on cupboard insanity will not be an alternative.

In preparation for our cupboard door removal, I researched other designers’ takes on ditching doors. I discovered several cupboard designs that steer clear of doors, in addition to whole room designs that split away from the beaten path and utilize open shelving and cloth panels in place of doors.

Have a peek at what I discovered, then turn to your home and see if it wouldn’t gain from dropping a door or two. Sometimes less really is.

Studio Zerbey Architecture + Design

Use one wall for clothing storage when cupboard space is at a minimum. Add built-in storage and cloth doors to create a custom “closet.” Especially in a small bedroom, this also optimizes traffic flow.

Dijeau Poage Construction

Into an open cupboard, turn a hall instead of a cupboard. Implementing shelving that is tidy and hanging sticks negates the requirement for doors, which would impede traffic flow.

iheartorganizing

Remove from an existing closet and hang on a vibrant fabric curtain instead. Add a floating desktop and open shelving to reinvent the office concept. For an enjoyable surprise, set up printed background inside the cupboard. Pull up a chair and you’re prepared to get the job done.

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In a utility room, create a coordinated storage nook by bypassing a door and installing floor-to-ceiling shelving. Keep the appearance neat with baskets, containers and bags.

Tara Seawright Interior Design

Ditching the door doesn’t just apply to cupboard spaces. Forgo doors between rooms when the view is well worth looking at. Here, the view of the adjacent sitting room draws you in from the bedroom. Curtain panels maintain the chambers atmosphere whilst enabling the eye.

Bennion Construction & Carpentry

Avoid smashed fingers by removing doors from closets in kids’ rooms. Not only are cloth doors more easy for children to use, but they also encourage cleaning up.

Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc..

Rather than hanging a good door separating this lovely library in the property’s entrance, the designers hung a single fabric panel in the ceiling. The result is more subtle than a door and very welcoming.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

An existing hall cupboard receives a custom appearance with built-in drawers and open shelving. Without the extra door, traffic flow is enhanced and two open doors will not bang into each other.

The Shabby Nest

Create a miniature mudroom in a cupboard by removing the door, then adding wall hooks, cushioned seats and open storage beneath an integrated bench. This is a great way to turn an underutilized cupboard to a multifunctional space.

Joan Heaton Architects

This tiny modern cottage makes the most of natural light using as few interior walls as you can. Simple floor-to-ceiling panels separate the bedroom from the home living room at night and permit a lot of sunlight to pour into the bedroom through daylight hours.

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Encompassing the Hearth with Feel

This marked our first chilly week within Atlanta and therefore it is the very first week I stoked a fire in my hearth (O.K. that is an exaggeration, it is gasoline, but I do have to light a match…). Inspired by the heat, I wound-up amassing so many favourite pictures of lovely fireplaces that it had been too much rather I Will allow it to be a miniseries within the the next couple of weeks. To-day what is leaping out at me surrounds, hearths and is all of the textures on fireplaces. Let us take a look!

Garret Cord Werner Architects & Inside Designers

This magnificent hunk of marble sets the tone for your room– lines that are clean, as well as a palette of white and colors of grey that is soft.

Dufner Heighes Inc

This chamber has an excellent harmony of feels–the grey stone of the hearth encompass additionally functions as an emphasis wall.

Jennifer Weiss Architecture

A hearth surround tiled in these tiles is my number one desire hearth. They can be classic and exceptional.

Karrick

The walls as well as this rock hearth will be the same colour, but the feel of the rock makes the hearth be noticeable.

Taylor Lombardo Architects

I I can not help but include this marble chimney that is beautiful to any ideabook that is because of hearths. It is only lovely and so warm. Its colours work so nicely with all the rustic smart fashion of the area, although it is this kind of elegant fabric.

See Building

The lines of the textured hearth throw shadows that are subtle in this glass box loft and reflect light.

See Building

Here is a look in the feel in the picture above.

Habitar Style

These extended thin tiles possess a design that produces contemporary lines that are vertical.

Lucid Interiordesign Inc.

WOW! I’ve never come across something in this way before. Black is a huge commitment, yet this chimney is the piece de resistance in this glamorous library.

Natalie DiSalvo

This fire-place environment is the refined and modernized variation of an cinderblock chimney.

Eisner Layout LLC

The designer here h-AS selected a straightforward and plain concrete hearth environment, subsequently warmed up it via wood tones on the ground and furniture, the day light mild. It softens up. Bravo!

Mark English Architects, AIA

This tumbled rock is a design component which has been made modern using scale and by emphasizing flat lines.

Four Corners Construction, L.P.

When one determines to clad a hearth the chamber is dominated by it. Here large glass ceilings and mild partitions balance it.

Pepe Calderin Design- Contemporary Interior Planning

This marble environment is totally surreal. Does not it make you question where in the planet they dug up that section of rock?

Logan’s Hammer Building & Restoration

This textured pass-through fire-place wall serves double-duty !

How in the world did they construct the design of grains with this wall? This emphasis wall gobsmacked me, as well as the bare and straightforward concrete fireplace and hearth seat that was adjoining are the appropriate choice to opt for it. They take on the wall; instead, they ground it or they do not overwhelm.