A non-native, invasive plant, garlic mustard grows in sun or shade, dry soil or wet. Its roots produce a chemical that inhibits other plants from growing. Thanks to these adaptations, it quickly colonizes areas. In many regions it’s displacing native forest plants, and in backyard gardens, it can quickly take over planting beds. Garlic mustard is a biennial, producing a small rosette of toothed, kidney shape leaves in Year 1, followed by a tall stem topped with flowers in Year 2. Remove (pull up stems and roots) and destroy any garlic mustard that appears on your property, putting it out with the trash.
Mustard is a must-have for the winter garden because it tolerates both cold winter weather and the occasional warm snap. The Red Giant variety shown here adds color and spice to salads and, like most mustard varieties, can also be sauteed or used in baked dishes.
A mustard yellow and brown color palette looks stylish and sophisticated in this contemporary living room, which features a pair of white sofas, metallic television console, cozy fireplace and cowhide rug.
Mustard colored walls set a warm tone for this country bathroom. Natural wood frames the mirrors and built-in shelf, adding a classic country detail. A copper faucet and towel hook and copper tile in the shower add some shine to the matte palette. A blue shower curtain adds an extra touch of color.
Mustard yellow leather armchairs create a rustic vibe in this living room. A furry tufted ottoman adds an element of luxury to the space, and artwork featuring a cow's head adds a country-inspired touch.
Cheery mustard yellow chairs add pizzazz to this sophisticated dining room. A pair of floating buffets on either side of the table provide storage for dinnerware, and the large piece of wall art at the head of the table completes the chic design.
An elegant mustard yellow mirror adds an element of surprise — in both style and color — to this transitional powder room. Soft blue-gray walls provide a timeless backdrop, and clean lines update the space.
Not the nursery we grew up with, Pattern Play is a result of the client’s love of graphic patterns and color. This long room lacked architectural features. What seemed like a negative became the perfect playground for the offbeat mix of patterns, texture and color. By turning the room upside down (stripes on ceiling), Karen Wolf created a focal point, leading to the giant window showcasing the star of the room -Dwell Studios “Brushed Dot” fabric with peacock and yellow polka dots. The main challenge in the space was a balancing act on how to make all these patterns and colors work.
Tricks of the Trade:
1. Create a focal point in the room.
2. Pop your accent color at least three times around the room. Note the mustard yellow.
3. Ground your space with neutrals to provide a place for the eye to rest. (Crème shag and gray Jim Thompson textured wallpaper).
4. Use black, white or gray. There is always a place for these classic colors. Ferm Living Half Moon Wallpaper.
5. Change up scale of patterns. Medium sized wallpaper print, large stripes and small bedding prints.
6. Mix up the patterns: Circles, Stripes, Brushstrokes, Chevron, Ditsy, Solid and Abstract.
7. Throw in an unexpected color – Red art.
8. Play with sheen and lustre, high to low.
9. Have fun and let yourself go. Design is a layering process and sometimes you need to delayer, start over and layer again. Mistakes happen and that is OK.