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Renovated Schoolhouse Now Dreamy Kitchen

The Berlin bloggers behind Our Food Stories, Laura Muthesius and Nora Eisermann, have hit it out of the park again with this German schoolhouse kitchen. Back in May, Laura and Nora got their hands on an old property in the German countryside, and the whole place needed a total overhaul from head to toe. The first room to be tackled was the huge, old classroom where walls were torn down, doors were ripped out and windows were replaced to make this new kitchen of our dreams. Scroll down!

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14 Unique Garden Water Features

From whimsical fountains to quiet pools, now’s the time to quench your thirst for the hottest garden water feature around.

Ambiance and Reflection

This pond adds tranquility, reflection and ambiance to its landscape. A partially above-ground water feature, it was created with stone-and-mortar walls, then finished with a butyl liner.

Double Duty

This stacked-stone water feature functions as an art piece that’s visible from the patio, deck and even indoors.

Stacked Vase

It looks like a vase, but in reality this stacked-stone work of art is a courtyard patio fountain.

Watered Intricacies

An intricate water feature wraps the entire back end of this dream house; water spills over a brick wall, encircles the patio, flows underneath the breezeway and empties into a fish pond. A raised pond at the head of the feature provides the drop needed for water to flow well and create more waterfall sound. The feature uses a careful mix of large boulders, medium rocks and small pebbles for a natural appearance. Selecting extra-large plant material makes the brand-new house and landscape look already well established and will soon provide privacy from the neighbors. 

Classic Whimsy

A classical European-style fountain is paired with whimsical seating.

Remote Waterfall

This urban backyard makeover manages to fit in places for play, cooking and a small water feature with a remote-control waterfall.

Asian Garden Design

This garden takes advantage of the natural landscape, and combines it with the simplicity of garden design.

Boulder on Boulder

The path in this narrow urban backyard passes the simplest of water features (center) — one boulder resting on another, with copper tubing in between.

Light Play

The crystal falls of this water feature wall sparkle with light, thanks to an underwater light hidden in the basin. Light play can be an important part of any landscape and add a whole new dimension to a yard. Reflections also play off the stacked-glass edge of the stone wall.

Rain Chain

A simple but beautiful fountain: Water cascades down a rain chain into a pot.

Modern Bather

In a private woodland glade, a modern “bather” presides over a small pool.

Hitting the Low Notes

Want an indoor water feature? It’s easy to create a tabletop fountain. 

Making a Big Splash

This combo waterfall and pond is a stunning focal point in the garden.

Prominent Placement

The walkway to this home is a “causeway” over a pond.