All-weather umbrellas and soft cushions offer a chance to lounge in the shade or bask in the sun. And the portable speaker dock keeps the tunes going. You can even let guests attach their own MP3 player or smartphone for a chance to DJ.
The fact is, pumpkin leaves are edible—but just the youngest ones. Once they mature, they’re rather like sandpaper. A pumpkin also offers other tasty bits, including the flesh, which can be pureed and made into pumpkin pie, cookies and other goodies. Pumpkin seeds, also known as peptitas, serve a yummy bite, too. Like pumpkins, many veggies offer flavorful nutrition in parts not traditionally eaten. Learn about the veggie parts you should be harvesting—but probably aren’t.
Welcome butterflies and a host of other pollinators (including bees) by planting butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Despite the name, this native plant doesn’t behave like a weed, taking over a garden. Plants are slow to emerge in spring, appearing long after other plants. It’s a good idea to mark its spot to avoid disturbing it. Removing spent blooms keeps the flower show going, but stop in early fall to let seeds form. Seed pods make a nice addition to fall wreaths or arrangements. This is a host plant for monarch butterflies, feeding both caterpillars and adult butterflies. Grows 2 to 3 feet tall by 1 to 2 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
The design vision for this kid's bathroom was to create a bright, fun space that would withstand the passing of time as the children in the family grew older. Punches of color helped bring this room to life.
Before the remodel, TV trays acted as makeshift computer desks in the living room. Chip Wade, host of HGTV's Elbow Room and Curb Appeal, upgraded the family’s office space with this custom, swivel-arm desk for two. The desktops swing out, allowing Mom and Dad to face the family while they work. The desks tuck back into the wall when computer work (or play) is done.
Two orange-tufted, high-back chairs sit against a window with white drapes. A blue throw is on the seat of one chair and a blue floral pillow is on the other chair. A small, white table is positioned between the chairs and used to display a lovely bouquet of orange tulips.