Paperwhites, or narcissus, are often forced (that is, made to flower outside their normal flowering period) for the holidays. After forcing, they seldom rebloom. You can try planting the bulbs in your garden after all danger of frost has passed, but it’s easier to toss them into the compost pile and start with fresh, new bulbs next year. When grown in the garden, paperwhites need sun and well-drained soil.
It’s hard to top the beauty of fresh flowers and gorgeous in-season fruit as a cake decoration – unless you add gold leaf! Edible gold leaf is a simple way to add sparkle to a plain buttercream cake. You can find it for purchase online. You won’t need much for this project, only two 4x4 sheets to cover a two-tier (6 and 8-inch) cake. Be sure to use flowers and greenery that are organic and nontoxic. Consult your local florist to source flowers that are safe to use on your wedding cake.
This turn-of-the-century home is full of vintage charms, but the layout of the master bedroom was incredibly limiting. French doors used to be in the center of the entrance wall, which jammed up the room, causing all who entered to run straight into the bed. To solve this problem, the French doors have been moved to the corner of the room. The original hardwood floors and trim have been refinished and given a fresh coat of paint. A balcony was added to connect to a newly renovated private sitting room for the couple. A new navy, upholstered king sized bed was added to give the space a luxurious feel, as well as a luxurious area rug and bench at the foot of the bed.
Place the bird in a roasting pan and rub the skin with salt and pepper, or mix a little softened butter, crushed garlic, lemon zest, chopped fresh rosemary, thyme and black pepper. Lift the skin away from the flesh, smear the butter under the skin and over the breast, and then re-cover the flesh with the skin. Preheat the oven and calculate the cooking time according to the weight of the bird.
This highly-anticipated repeat-blooming rambler rose has sprays of fragrant blush pink flowers and grows up to 10 feet to 15 feet tall, depending on growing conditions. It has long and slender flexible stems bearing large sprays of semi-double flowers. Each bloom is approximately two inches across, with an open formation set off by a nice boss of golden stamens. There is a lovely, fresh citrus fragrance. This is a healthy rose that will repeat flower regularly throughout the summer and will be suitable for growing on an arch, wall, trellis or small tree.
The design of the storefront for this apothecary is all about lifestyle, mixing a contemporary look with an old-world service culture. Prescriptions are hand crafted on-site where a clean discrete box allow patrons to view their medications being created, and fresh drinks are served by an in-store juice bar. Air and light quality were designed to take advantage of simple, sustainable and natural materials result in clean spaces to serve and be served in. The branding, clear and bold, was integrated into an architectural element-a supergraphic shelf-which revitalized the strip mall storefront. Comfortable and uplifting, unlike typical pharmacies, this multi-functional space serves up a dose of handcrafted goods with a modern style.
Blue is a coveted hue in most gardens, and lobelia delivers with season-long blooms. Waterfall Blue unfurls light blue blossoms, while other lobelia varieties open flowers in shades of purple, white, pale blue and bicolor blends. This pretty annual shines in hanging baskets or containers, where its trailing stems cascade to form waterfalls of blue. Grow it in part shade to full sun. In hotter regions, definitely give plants shade during the hottest part of the day. Trim plants to encourage a fresh flush of flowers, especially if summer heat causes them to look straggly. Lobelia flowers beckon butterflies and hummingbirds. Plants grow 8 to 12 inches tall and 24 to 30 inches wide.
Dessert is a fun item to bring to a potluck dinner, and while it can be tempting to try something new, it is safer to simply update an old standby. Prepare brownies according to package directions. Then, to create a glaze, melt semisweet chocolate, butter and a bit of sugar over low heat. Add a splash of your favorite red wine. Pour glaze over fresh-from-the-oven brownies and allow to cool for two hours; cut and serve.
This is one of my favorite master bedrooms of all time. It immediately reads as a luxury destination. This was the last space we designed in our original scope of work and I wanted everything we chose to have as much tactile appeal as it did visually. Wherever you land, you’ll sink down into lush velvets, silks, furs or mohair. The color palette is small but soothing, varying from dark chocolates to taupes with dashes of white to keep it crisp and reflect light. We used a faux silk wallcovering in the bedroom’s entry and on the bed wall, but conserved by using a perfect color-matched paint on the walls adjacent. I know it may seem a little indulgent but whenever you can, try adding fresh flowers or an orchid in your bedroom: instant hotel suite status!
You can whip up a completely handmade wreath in only an hour with some fresh evergreens and a bit of wire. Choose a wire that is stiff enough to hold a bit of weight, but flexible enough to work with, usually an 18 or 20 gauge will do. Loop the wire tightly around the bases of the evergreen branches, making sure each branch is as close as possible to the one next to it. When you’ve added enough branches to make the wreath the size you want, bend the wire into a circle and twist together at the top.
Designer Sandra Espinet brings your family vacation home for the holidays. For this project you will need: shells, sand, a candleholder, a pillar candle and potpourri. First, collect about 30 shells from the beach and gather sand in a pail. Buy a large candleholder and a pillar candle or refurbish something you already own. Pour the sand into the candleholder. Place the candle in the middle of the sand. Place the shells inside the candleholder to surround the candle. Finally, for a fresh scent, add potpourri around the shells.
Apple cider vinegar brings natural healing to skin cells, helping to prevent break-outs and reduce acne scarring (thanks to its anti-inflammatory qualities). It has antibacterial properties that help eliminate acne-causing bacteria. For a simple toner, steep fresh curly parsley in boiling water for roughly 10 minutes (parsley helps boost collagen production). Mix one-quarter to one-half cup of cooled, drained parsley water with ½ teaspoon unpasteurized ACV and up to 20 drops of tea tree oil (antifungal, antiviral). Store in a cool, dry place for daily use. Stash in the fridge for long-term storage (several weeks). Apply with a cotton ball, or use a spray bottle to spritz on skin.
Hand-picked Japanese Denuchi Koi may be seen frolicking in three bays as they swim among mostly tropical water plants. The 30,000-gallon water garden incorporates 205 tons of Erie-Banded Taconite, along with 50 tons of grey trap. A series of four waterfalls tops out over 6 feet tall and circulates approximately 25,000 gallons of water per hour. The waterfalls deliver an enveloping melody that completely masks all traffic sound. The design juxtaposes strict formal lines and shapes with free-form movement and informality. This contrast is unusually refreshing and accentuates the motif. Traditional Balinese Gardens utilize water and represent life and pleasure to the Indonesian people.
Eastern-medicine student Stacy Kon remodeled the inefficient master bathroom of her Los Angeles home into this relaxing retreat every bit as spa-like as the spaces in which she practices one of her passions: acupuncture. A lover of all things blue, Stacy chose a refreshing shade of robin's-egg blue for the walls and ceilings, a good match with the white subway tile. A large rain shower head is mounted above the oversized tub, and a glass shower partition installed on a swivel bracket swings back flush with the back wall when the shower is not in use. When the shower is in use, the glass partition keeps spray from the showerhead contained within the soaking tub. Rather than extending the white tile for use on the floors, vanity and tub surround, Stacy opted for custom, cool gray concrete poured into forms made to size. Dark wood cabinets provide visual contrast to the light blues and grays.
Of course, apple pie is the go-to dessert everyone knows and loves. Whether you’re serving deep dish, double crust, lattice-top or Dutch crumb, it’s tough to beat this American classic. This year, up your pie game by trying some new twists on a family favorite. Marry apple with other tasty ingredients to deliver a whole new crowd pleaser. Good apple combinations include cranberry, raisin, raspberry, dates and pear. Toss nuts into the filling, or switch up spices, swapping cinnamon for Chinese five-spice. Trade pastry for a ginger snap or cinnamon graham cracker crust. You can freeze unbaked apple pies for a quick dessert that’s equally cozy and impressive. Or save your freezer space by making home-canned apple pie filling. It comes together in a snap with a boiling water bath and turns out wonderful fresh-tasting pies for the holidays and beyond.
Put a fresh spin on a classic game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey with Add the Cherry To the Ice Cream Cone. To make this, you’ll need a roll of craft paper, several shades of acrylic paint, paint pens and assorted colors of construction paper. Trace the shape of an ice cream cone directly onto the craft paper, outline the edges with paint pens and fill in the tracing with acrylic paint. For an extra layer of decoration, trace and paint sprinkles onto the paper as well. Next, make cherries by cutting red construction paper into 6-inch wide circles, and then add double-sided tape to the back. Tape the craft paper to the wall, add a blindfold to the first willing participant and let them have at it!
Place the bird on a wire tray over a roasting pan, remove any excess fat from inside the cavity of the goose and season it inside and out with salt and pepper. Alternatively, put a couple of fresh sprigs of thyme and rosemary and a whole bulb of garlic into the cavity, along with half a cup of water. Prick the fat gland under the wings of the goose and around the back by the "parson's nose." If the legs are still attached, rub them with a little butter or cooking oil and cover them with aluminum foil to prevent them from burning. Preheat the oven and calculate the cooking time according to the weight of the bird.
Whether you are near the Atlantic coast or not, great weather is always the perfect excuse for outdoor entertaining, and an oyster roast should be at the top of your list. Explore new ways to use what you have in your home to create a unique outdoor space for entertaining. Use these tips to elevate your outdoor party skills for a relaxed yet elegant experience your guests will be sure to remember all while bringing the beachfront to your front porch.
Why not use your local grocery store for inexpensive tabletop décor as an alternative to flowers? Nothing makes a more attractive table display than fresh vegetables, and no water is needed to keep these arrangements in bloom for your guests. When picking vegetables for your table, be sure to play with color and texture. A kitchen staple such as corn adds a great pop of color especially when paired with red potatoes and bright lemons.