This award-winning lake house was built on a small island in Canada. Perched overlooking a lake, the home was designed to take in the views with sprawling porches, a private balcony and an inviting gazebo.
The LeJeune Residence in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is featured in the Phaidon book Black: Architecture in Monochrome, celebrating this resurgent trend for dark home exteriors. Built in 1890, this building was once used as a home for the groomsmen who cared for wealthy residents' horses.
A large harvest table is a bold focal point in this formal dining room. Reclaimed wood planks from Canada and an industrial steel base add strong, sharp lines to the room's soft, romantic design. An industrial-chic chandelier with Edison bulbs illuminates the lovely white hydrangea and candle centerpieces.
This room divider not only separates the master bedroom and sitting area from the bathroom, it also doubles as a headboard. "By adding a cantilevered shelf to the other side of the headboard, I was able to create a makeup vanity in the bathroom area, says Kimberley Selden, designer and owner of Kimberly Selden Design Group, Toronto, Canada.
"Without this divider, the front door would open directly into the living area and you'd see the home's lake view as soon as you entered. I created this diamond peek-a-boo wall to give visitors a glimpse of the water without giving everything away, " says Kimberley Selden, designer and owner of Kimberly Selden Designs, Toronto, Canada.
Perennial weeds are tricky garden invaders because they can sprout from seeds, root pieces and stems. Common perennial weeds include tree of heaven, Canada thistle, dock and dandelion.
Easy Solution: Learn to identify weed seedlings. As soon as you spot a perennial weed, get on your hands and knees and dig it out. This broadleaf dock sinks a deep taproot quickly. Getting all of it out of soil is the key to keeping this perennial weed from coming back.
Canada thistle brings a thorny problem to any landscape where it appears. This prickly beast grows from seed that can blow into your yard, or it can sprout from root pieces, which sneak in with bulk topsoil or mulch loads. Size varies, with many mature plants reaching 5 to 8 feet tall. In a single season, one plant can produce a 20-foot-long root system, and it only takes one piece of root to produce a plant. Control through weeding, but dig carefully and deeply to get the horizontal root. After digging, if another sprout appears, pull it, too. Or use an herbicide. The best time to spray is as soon as leaves break ground. Spray repeatedly through the growing season, and you will eventually kill it.