Actress Kathy Najimy has charmed the hearts of children and adults alike with her roles in favorites like Sister Act, Hocus Pocus and TV sitcom Veronica's Closet. Now, she’s opened up her home for HGTV’s Celebrity Holiday Homes. Using a palette of red, fuchsia, gold and silver, designer Hannah Flora creates a glam, wintry space perfect for seasonal entertaining.
The room past the light-filled entryway is the parlor, where Seana gives the first hint of how deep her design skills actually go. The walls use black as a neutral, making it a canvas for all of the room’s other colors to pop against. The centerpiece of the room is a breathtaking painting that also serves as the foundation of the color palette, featuring every color that’s present in the space, from bright fuchsias to the deep yellow reflected in the upholstered side chair.
The name whitefly is fairly descriptive of what these pesky insects look like: tiny, white, flying bugs. Whiteflies cluster underneath leaves usually starting in mid- to late summer. When you disturb plants, the insects fly up, forming white clouds. It’s dramatic and horrible at the same time. They love tomatoes, perennial hibiscus, fuchsia and anise hyssop. The adults and young suck plant sap, damaging leaves as they do so and releasing sticky honeydew. Controls include ladybugs, lacewings and a naturally occurring tiny parasitic wasp. You can also control whiteflies using horticultural oils, soaps or bioinsecticides containing fungi that parasitize whiteflies.
In the cool weather seasons of fall and spring, count on flowering stock (Matthiola incana) to deliver amazing fragrance with its strong and spicy clove scented blooms. This variety is ‘Sugar & Spice,’ and it grows 10 to 12 inches tall and 8 to 10 inches wide. Stock is a much beloved old-fashioned flower, a common plant in Victorian-era gardens. The modern varieties offer things like better heat tolerance and a vivid range of jewel-tone blooms, including deep violet, rose-pink, fuchsia and white. Use flowering stock in containers or planting beds, placing it near an entrance so you can savor the scent. This is an annual plant, dying after hard frost.
Many clematis breeders call ‘Kilian Donahue’ one of the best bicolor types. Flowers unfurl to reveal ruby red centers that fade to fuchsia at each petal tip. Petal edges are a pretty orchid. As flowers age, they shift to lavender with a pink stripe. Because blossoms change as they fade, when you grow ‘Kilian Donahue,’ it’s like having two different clematis vines growing together. Vines flower strongly all summer long. For best flowering, remove top growth by one-third in early spring. Vines grow 9 to 10 feet tall by 4 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4 to 10.
From mud cloth to indigo and colorful wax prints, textiles featuring traditional African patterns, or inspired by them are finding a place in trendy, modern spaces all over the globe. Designers, artisans and creatives alike are finding that textiles obtained by way of the African continent, from countries such as Mali, Uganda, and Nigeria, offer strong graphic and geometric design along with vibrant, striking color stories. In spaces with a contemporary look, these designs are stylish and impactful while adding a global touch to the decor. Actor and designer, Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire, The Deuce) has taken notice of the power of African prints and created his own home furnishings line that incorporates them. ENITAN Vintage (http://www.enitanvintage.com/) offers storied pieces, where vintage and antique European seating is reimagined through Akinnagbe’s extensive collection of African textiles. “I wanted to preserve many of these pieces where I could, using influences from the Continent that also transcend space and time,” remarks Akinnagbe about pieces like this Victorian settee that’s upholstered in a fuchsia African Dutch Wax Print fabric.