As wine interest grows, city-center wineries may be the breweries of 2018. Urban wineries in cities like New York, Atlanta and Austin offer convenience and a cool city vibe to boot. Austin is home to several urban wineries including cheeky, 6,000 square foot hipster winery The Infinite Monkey Theorem which like other urban wineries, pays homage to the locavore trend by sourcing grapes close to home.
Becky Shea of Becky Shea Design believes that because mudrooms are utility spaces, the elements used to design them should be durable and able to withstand wet boots, soccer cleats, paw prints and other day-to-day occurrences. For mudrooms in particular Becky loves using porcelain floors that mimic slate, as well as hidden storage. “That way, [clutter] remains out of sight and your mudroom can still sustain a little bit of glamour while serving a necessary purpose,” she tells HGTV.com. “
In the foyer of this cozy, yet spacious cabin retreat, a sliding barn door and wood-paneled walls introduce visitors to the home's rustic ambiance from the moment they step inside. A narrow niche houses a built-in bench, a perfect spot to perch and pull off your boots. Draperies dress the windows that flank the front door, and the panels draw to offer nighttime privacy. A wagon wheel-style chandelier adds sparkle while keeping with the cozy cabin feel.
Kitchens are everyone’s favorite gathering spot, and this house is no different. It’s full of personality and retro chic to boot. Mint green is rapidly becoming my personal fave for kitchen applications and I really love using artwork in kitchens too. Not only do the Stansells have two Jeff Guy portraits displayed on the windowsill, they’ve layered them with pieces that their children have created. Micah and Whitney are really conscious of continuity in their home’s design: the color teal is represented again on the kitchen island and the breadbox. Besides the nostalgic range and mixer, the counters are 4x4 tiles as opposed to one solid surface and were recently restored by Micah himself.
Cater to all of your senses as you craft your retreat. By including fragrant flowers and herbs in the mix, you’ll discover the joy of breathing in rich floral aromas or spicy tones, which enhances the whole outdoor relaxation experience. Container gardens don’t have to be boring. Tuck plants into crates, baskets, buckets or your old garden boots. Plantings give you a chance to express your creativity and give your retreat a true signature style. This scented retreat includes two types of English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Blue Spear and Avignon Early Blue. Other herbs that offer a nose-pleasing bouquet include mint, basil, rosemary and thyme. For fragrant flowers, try dame’s rocket (Hesperis), Oriental lily, moonflower vine, rose or daphne.
Consider your own comfort as you garden, and invest a good pair of gloves. Nitrile coated gloves wash and wear well (toss in washer, air dry in a few hours) and come closest to bare-hand gardening. Top-quality nitrile gloves allow you to feel stems in your fingertips. Search to find a brand you love, then buy a few in multiple colors. Leather gloves are a must for cold- or wet-weather gardening, as well as dealing with roses or other thorny plants. Other comfort tools you’ll grab again and again include a broad-brimmed hat to keep you cool, waterproof boots and shoes, and knee or kneeling pads.
An expandable, powder-coated steel trellis drops into your pea patch in a matter of seconds and adds a splash of color to boot. It’s best to add pea supports just before planting, so you can place seeds precisely. Once peas break through soil, withhold water slightly (don’t let plants wilt) during the early growing time. This causes the peas to root deeper into soil. Peas tend to be shallow-rooted plants, which makes them more susceptible to drought and heat. Deeper roots help prolong the harvest season, as does a 2- to 4-inch mulch layer over soil around vines. Use a trellis like this to give peas a lift in spring, and when summer comes, draft it for supporting tomatoes, cucumbers or flowering vines.
Says self-proclaimed “thrift-store junkie” Sarah Norton Ramberg of Sadie Seasongoods, “I loved the idea of repurposing something dining-related, in this case, a cheese dome. It makes for nice synergy in a decorative way.” This cloche turned ice rink is a fun spin on a holiday centerpiece and has a charming vintage feel, to boot.
Ramberg’s thrifty tip? “Shop for holiday decor year-round at thrift stores and garage sales. That way, you just spend a little here and there over the course of a year, and by the time the winter holidays arrive, you won't have to spend a dime on decor. It can all go towards gifts!”
Trunk Club's Maggie Mee has three tips to business travelers to consider when packing for a work trip. "1. Don't wear your jacket or third piece while in flight. Gently fold and place on the top of your carry on. 2. Wear lightweight layers to help hide wrinkles and make sure that you're comfortable while in flight. Patterned fabrics also hide the look of wrinkles. 3. Bring a small bottle of wrinkle release spray in your carry on to remove any wrinkles that might have developed on the plane. If you'll have time to check into your hotel, you might also think about bringing a small steamer to freshen up your look." In addition, if you want to be comfortable and fresh for arrival, Mee recommends a change of costume during the travel portion of your trip. "I'd also encourage you to switch up your footwear from flight to meeting. A pair of flats or sneakers are perfect for getting through airport security and keeping you comfortable and can be quickly swapped out for a pair of heels, boots or dress shoes when you arrive at your final destination."