Rod recommends starting small when planning your garden. Break your garden planning into pieces and test plants out before you plant them. Rod likes to place plants still in their pots where he wants to eventually locate them, to check the light conditions. If they do well, you can go ahead and plant them. His partner sometimes jokes about Rod's "black pot garden." Lisa Bartlett of Gramma B's is the landscape designer for this space. The topiary here is Juniperus procumbens 'Nana', and underplantings include dipladenia, Kong coleus and sweet potato vine. The vine on the pergola is wisteria floribunda, 'Amethyst Falls'.
When updating a historic home in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, Sabine Klingler Kane designed the kitchen around her clients’ butcher-block island. “My client had the island long before we started the remodel,” she says. “It looks perfectly vintage, but it is actually a reproduction made from reclaimed wood. It is ideal for their young daughter as she does not need to be careful with her crayons and spilling food. It has drawers on both sides, and wine storage underneath as well as shelves for cook books. But the best thing is: Two compartments on top have been outfitted with electrical outlets to plug in tablets, laptops, phones and small appliances. It also has towel bars and a bottle opener attached to it — it is not only great looking, but also totally practical and functional.”
You know Tiffani Thiessen best for her roles as Kelly Kapowski in '90s sitcom Saved by the Bell and as Valerie Malone in drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. Now, step inside her home for its festive holiday makeover. Since Tiffani's home has a rustic, open charm, designer Bobby Berk wanted to accentuate it with lots of greenery, colorful wooden animals and bulbs. He also wanted to ensure it was kid-friendly and fun for Tiffani's three-year-old daughter, Harper.
Take your yard to the dark side by adding a drift of ‘Purple Knight’ alternanthera (Alternanthera dentata). This easy growing annual thrives in whatever weather summer throws at it—heat, humidity, thunderstorms or drought. Use ‘Purple Knight’ to deliver color to planting beds, or tuck it into a container design where it happily plays a thriller or filler role. If you like to gather garden bouquets, include this dark-leafed beauty in your plant palette. Stems make a pretty addition to a vase. Pinch plants when young to increase branching. Leaf color is darkest in full sun, but plants adapt well to part sun or part shade conditions. Plants grow 18 to 36 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide.
“This room has some really beautiful moments: the bold, striped fireplace commands attention; the combo of zebra, white leather, mirror and crystal set against a moody black backdrop is pure Hollywood glam; simple, two-tone damask patterns add a sense of tradition and comfort that tempers the sharp lines of the very modern wall and floor patterns,” says designer Candice Olson. “However, I think this is a case of both too much and too little. Too many patterns — stripes, checks, zebra and damask — all scream for attention. Undertaking such an ambitious painted floor with very little time prevented Design Star contestants NataLee and Tashica from really finishing this room, and it shows on so many levels, from the shredded bedding to the perplexing mirror/aquarium placement in the fireplace. I would have simply let the striped fireplace graphic be the star; painted the floor white to contrast the black and yellow walls and brought in a large zebra-patterned carpet for interest in the center of the room. This duo's predictable perimeter bed placement reminds me a bit of summer camp — a little more swanky, mind you. I would like to have seen a few beds dressed as sexy daybeds positioned in the center with cocktail tables beside and a spectacular chandelier above, very LA-luxe (in much less time).”
If you want to create an authentic midcentury look—and don’t have the budget for an “instant” collection—get used to going slow. Designer Chris Nguyen shares his own approach: “Persistence and patience were the keys to finding great vintage pieces for the pictured apartment. The best collections are built over time with careful selection from sources such as local and online dealers and even places like eBay and Etsy. Don’t be afraid of pieces that need a little work either, sometimes a little elbow grease or knowing a good furniture restorer will help you get that dream piece sooner and for less money than you think.”
Actress Joely Fisher is best known for her roles as Paige Clark on '90s sitcom Ellen, and then later as Joy Stark on 'Til Death. Now she’s opening up her home for HGTV’s Celebrity Holiday Homes. Designer Hillary Thomas combines jewel-toned colors such as teal, amethyst and gold to play off the peacock feathers scattered throughout the holiday decor. Rustic, woodland elements bring the entire look together.
You know Tiffani Thiessen best for her roles as Kelly Kapowski in '90s sitcom Saved by the Bell and as Valerie Malone in drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. Now, step inside her home for its festive holiday makeover. Since Tiffani's home has a rustic, open charm, designer Bobby Berk wanted to accentuate it with lots of greenery, colorful wooden animals and bulbs. He also wanted to ensure it was kid-friendly and fun for Tiffani's three-year-old daughter.
A native maple, Pennsylvania striped maple (Acer pensylvanicum) thrives in hardwood forests as an understory plant, a plant that grows best in the shade of tall trees. In your own yard, tuck striped maple into a spot with light to full shade. As the name hints, the bark on this maple features white stripes. Leaves have a trio of strongly pointed lobes, which give rise to another common name: goosefoot maple. This plant is also known as moosewood, because it’s a favorite food of moose (and deer). Fall color is vibrant yellow. Striped maple is the perfect addition to native planting designs or a wildlife garden. It thrives in moist, well-drained soil on the acidic side. Trees grow 15 to 25 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
Mix paint and tile. Take time to consider your paint choice and try it out on a sample board before putting it on all of the walls. This is a simple way to save time and money when redecorating a bathroom. “Make sure you like the color throughout the day,” says California designer Cindy Garten of Unique Techniques. “It will help you decide what color is best because of the different light throughout the day. Try it with the window open and closed. You may not like it. It ends up saving a lot of work and money, because all you end up doing is getting another sample board.” This bathroom was a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner.
You know Tiffani Thiessen best for her roles as Kelly Kapowski in the '90s sitcom Saved by the Bell and as Valerie Malone in the drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. Now, step inside her home for its festive holiday makeover featured on HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes. Since Tiffani's home has a rustic, open charm, designer Bobby Berk wanted to accentuate it with lots of greenery, colorful wooden animals and bulbs. He also wanted to ensure it was kid-friendly and fun for Tiffani's three-year-old daughter, Harper.
Try to visit your tomato plants at least every two days to keep tabs on ripening fruit and also inspect for pests. The tomato hornworm is one pest that can literally obliterate plants overnight. These caterpillars munch their way up and down a plant, making leaves disappear like a magician. They can be tough to spot. The easiest sign to watch for is frass (caterpillar poo), which resembles black peppercorns. If you see those, look beneath leaves for a hornworm, which usually hides during the day and feeds at night. Slugs also climb tomato plants to feast on fruits, and stinkbugs can wreak havoc, too. With most of these pests, the best defense is to use gloved hands to knock the culprits into soapy water.
Sometimes, the architecture of your home is the best guide for the style of the furnishings you fill it with; other times, its surroundings will direct you. When choosing furniture for this living room, designer Kristen Rivoli took the latter tack. “This space is in a building right next to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in New York City, so our inspiration was the classic midcentury modern furniture you might find at the museum,” she says. “We found the side table at a vintage furniture store, but the sofa is new—it’s available through KRID but it has the lines of a classic tuxedo-style sofa. The Brittania light fixture is also new but adds to the midcentury style, and the toss pillows are custom-made in a mellow color palette typical of the ‘50s and ‘60s.”