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.
Your oven bakes. Perhaps it convection bakes, too. But now ovens do more: they steam. That’s right: Now steam ovens are the new thing, and they’re hot in more ways than one. Most offer the traditional baking option (and sometimes convection, as well) along with steam, but the steaming function is the star of the show. It’s a healthy way to cook because it keeps more moisture in with less butter and oil, and it offers a lot of flexibility for cooks. If you’re looking for a splurge to really heat up your cooking, steam ovens are gaining quickly in popularity and availability.
Violet to brown tinted centers on these clematis flowers contrast strikingly with pure white petals. The largest blossoms appear on plants in early summer, followed by smaller flowers on new stems in midsummer to early fall. Gardeners often grow ‘Henryi’ as a trailing clematis at ground level, letting stems tumble along and cascade over rock walls. For best flowering, prune stems in late winter or early spring, cutting stems back to 6 to 9 inches above a pair of fat buds. Vines grow 6 to 10 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Part of the appeal of the Oliver Hospitality spaces is how they tap into the history of the space they occupy. The circa 1924 Clermont Hotel, located on a busy Atlanta street was reconceptualized by New York-based design firm Reunion Goods & Services. Director of interiors Laura Flam says the firm was inspired by design from the Gilded Age through the present, the classic Hollywood musical An American in Paris and "a mix of art and antiques from the last century. We wanted the place to feel like it had been added to by proprietors over the years."
The beautyberry bush produces long wands of purple berries that often have a metallic sheen, quite a sight for the fall garden. The American beautybush grows 3 to 8 feet high and is reliably hardy in USDA Zones 7 to 11. The Japanese beautybush is 4 to 6 feet tall and wide, hardy in USDA Zones 5 to 8. Both types can be cut back severely in the spring if necessary. The flowers — usually pinkish to white — form on new wood.
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) is a classic native vine heralded for its vivid red fall color. ‘Yellow Wall’ takes the native to a new place with leaves that turn a striking gold in autumn. This is a fast, easy-growing vine that does well in part to full sun. In the wild, Virginia creeper often scales trees as vines reach for the sun. In the garden, give it the sturdy support of a pergola or well-anchored arch. Avoid planting ‘Yellow Wall’ against a building, because it attaches directly to surfaces with organic holdfasts that are tough to remove. Plants grow 20 to 30 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 3-9.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, Jillian Harris' overall design for Joyce and Steven was a mix of both their desires. Joyce wanted a timeless design that would stand the test of time and Steven wanted it to be contemporary. Big and open was another wish, so that they could fulfill their entertaining needs. The wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room was removed. The previous walls were all Popcorn Walls, now refinished and painted Silver Drop dining and living room. The Oak hardwood floors throughout the main floor were refinished. There are new casings on all the windows throughout the main floor. Within the dining room are two built-in China Cabinets, white with glass doors that were rebuilt. The ceilings were just above the windows and the greatest design surprise for Jillian was being able to open the space up by vaulting the ceilings.
One of the major challenges with the Summit Avenue mansion renovation is that it needed a new concrete basement, as seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict. Host Nicole Curtis is working first hand with the concrete crew to ensure that the job is completed correctly. Nicole's tip is to work side by side with anyone you hire to work on your home to learn from them in their area of expertise.
Most owners on RVshare stock their rentals with basics like RV-safe toilet paper and basic kitchen utensils. Our Winnie also came with towels, bedding and even a small charcoal grill, so all we had to bring were our clothes, food and toiletries. There were a few extra items that made our trip more comfortable: Dramamine (at highway speeds, the back of a motorhome can sway like a boat); ear plugs (in case of snoring family members or loud neighbors); and air freshener—even a newer RV like the one we drove, the bathroom can generate funky smells after you flush or when the waste tanks get full. We also fell in love with a pair of Vaya Drynk travel mugs that literally kept our coffees hot for six to eight hours—having hot java at our fingertips was an unexpected luxury.
When you want flexibility with your wall storage, the new Perch line from Urbio is a good solution. Designed to be modular, the vessels and wall plate in this wall organization system are magnetic and come in three- or five-piece starter kits that keep plants, kitchen utensils, art supplies and more within easy reach. The Perch line includes 3M Command Strips for easy installation and damage free removal, or stows for a more permanent placement.
Few plants symbolize fragrance like roses. This group of plants features shrubs, climbers, miniatures—and all sorts of other wonderful types. Flower color runs the gamut, including white, deep burgundy (almost black), lemon yellow and a host of other hues. New rose introductions like the Easy Elegance collection feature disease-resistant leaves with strong winter hardiness (Zones 5-9). Kiss Me (Rosa ‘BAIsme’) unfurls richly petaled blooms reminiscent of old English garden roses—and redolent with fragrance. Other roses packed with perfume? A few that have stood the test of time include ‘Autumn Damask’ (Zones 5-9), ‘Madame Isaac Pereire’ (Zones 6-9), ‘Double Delight’ (Zones 3-9), ‘Mister Lincoln (Zones 5-9) and ‘Roseraie de l’Hay’ (Zones 3-9).
Like many Atlanta suburbs, Marietta has embraced its historic downtown district and bulked up food and shopping opportunities for residents who may not want to drive into Atlanta for a great meal. Downtown Marietta including Marietta Square is home to some memorable restaurants and this fall 2018 the area welcomes a new food hall Marietta Square Market, to compete with Atlanta's on-fire food halls Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market. Housed in a former repurposed historic warehouse, Marietta Square Market, a 7-minute walk from Marietta Square, will feature a variety of restaurants with street tacos, baked goods, burgers, ramen, bubble tea and other au courant goodies on their menus. If your Marietta travel plans can wait, Swedish cult retailer IKEA is opening a Marietta outpost in 2019 or 2020.
To create more light in the space, the Good Bones team, Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak, added two new windows in the reclaimed wood accent wall. This not only gives the space a focal point, but also allows more natural light into the space, making it feel bright and open. To add to the elegant, industrial design the team was going for, they added black and white artwork, a metal headboard, brown bed linens and dark end tables and lamp shades. To tie the space together and give it a pop of color, a green shag carpet adds comfort to this elegant, industrial master bedroom.
A mother and daughter gingersnap empire that has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, CNN and The Today Show, Susansnaps is the brainchild of mother Laura and daughter Susan Stachler. Laura was looking for a cookie that would help with nausea when Susan was battling cancer. Her cookie research led to gingersnaps which the now cancer-free entrepreneur Susan produces with her mother in a variety of flavors (Cocoasnaps, Pnuttersnaps, Citrussnaps, Alohasnaps and original) in their cheerful red, white and black combo storefront and bake shop in Sandy Springs (next door to Calyroad Creamery, another great local foodie destination). Susansnaps ships all over the country, but why not stop in at the cute brick and mortar shop to try the free samples and pick up some bags of this locally produced delight?
If paint is peeling on the exterior of your house, sun and water can damage the wood underneath. Frank Lesh, owner of Home Sweet Home Inspection Company in Indian Head Park, Ill., recommends scraping down to bare wood, priming and allowing the primer to dry before applying new paint. “Paint at the right time of day, which is after the sun has faded away from the area you’re painting,” he says, “because sun evaporates the paint material too quickly.”
Peeling interior paint is an issue if it’s peeling off in rough squares, like an alligator’s skin. That’s a sign that lead-based paint is underneath, so if the area is large or if you have small children (who are very susceptible to damage from lead poisoning), consult a professional about removal.
Blue-and-white ceramic pieces can give a mantel a country chic yet glam look, like this mantel decorated by Yuni Min. She centered the mantel with a tidy collection of her hardback books. When the pages face front, you don't have to worry about purchasing new books with pretty spines. The bindings bring a bit of color that tie into the pottery. Add a wreath over the mantel (Min made this one) adds more dimension to the focal point.
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.
Camellias steal the show when they burst into bloom, and Pink Perplexion is no exception. This is a sasanqua camellia, known for its small leaves and ability to grow well in containers and landscape beds. Pink flowers up to 3 inches across cover this beauty in fall. Those pink blooms boast a color that defies description, which is why it’s called Pink Perplexion. Give it a spot in part shade to full sun with acidic soil. Plants grow 4 to 5 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 7-9. Good to know: Sansanqua camellias take well to pruning and shearing. Best timing is after flowering, in spring, before new flower buds form on stems in summer.