A cohesive gray-and-white color palette brings this living room together. Designers Danielle Colding and Miera Melba dress up the homeowners' existing sofa with trendy new throw pillows while a sleek entertainment center provides much needed storage.
As seen on HGTV's Design Star season 7, Britany Simon's bold, graphic fretwork pattern wows the judges. She had a carpenter cut the pieces out of MDF, then painted them white to contrast with the blue walls.
Fabric trim is a quick and easy way to add a custom touch to stockings. HGTV Design Star season 7 contestant Britany Simon created this feminine stocking for a young girl by dressing it up with tassel trim.
Seen on HGTV's Design Star season 7, Kris Swift and Bex Hale create a bold bedroom with multiple seating areas—but perhaps it's too bold? "I'm trying to make sense of it with my eyeballs," judge Genevieve Gorder quips as she enters the room. "They chose a really tough color."
Rachel wants the back wall of this kitchen, seen on Season 7 of HGTV's Design Star, to have visual impact, so the designers leave it free of cabinetry. But to judge Genevieve Gorder, it's too big of an impact. "Because this wall is completely naked, it's a punch in the face...it's incredibly busy," she says.
Mikel Welch is a bonafide design celebrity. A Season 7 contestant on HGTV’s Design Star, Mikel went on to share his gift for transforming spaces on The Steve Harvey Show and The Real Housewives of Atlanta before joining the cast of Trading Spaces earlier this year. Mikel has used all of that talent and experience to turn a 650-square-foot apartment in New York City into his own Hamptons-inspired getaway.
Get the season-long production of an indeterminate tomato in a determinate tomato package with ‘Tidy Rose’ tomato. This plant grows well in containers or small patio gardens. ‘Tidy Rose’ is a beefsteak type tomato that produces fruits weighing 5 to 7 ounces.
For late season color, it’s tough to be New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis). This native plant hails from the Eastern part of the country; choose Western ironweed for gardens in the Great Plains and West. Purple flowers start opening in late summer and linger into fall, providing a late season nectar source for butterflies and other pollinating insects. Watch for migrating hummingbirds to visit this bloomer. Goldfinches and sparrows feast on the seed. Use ironweed in the back of the border or wildlife garden. Grows 4 to 7 feet tall by 2 to 4 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8.
For a good shade tree, it’s tough to beat Norway maple, unless you’re planting variegated Norway maple (Acer platanoides ‘Variegatum’). The green leaves with white edges brighten the landscape all season long. In fall, leaves shift to gold tones. Norway maple tolerates urban pollutants, but avoid planting it near driveways or sidewalks, because shallow roots can lift concrete. Trees grow 50 to 60 feet tall and 40 to 50 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-7.
A good xeriscape plant, ‘Embers’ amur maple (Acer ginnala ‘Embers’) turns fall into a season of blazing reds. Amur maple is easy to grow and tough as nails, withstanding hard winters with ease. Seeds form in summer and are a bright red that contrasts strikingly with the green leaves. Trees grow 15 to 20 feet tall and up to 15 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7. Amur maple is considered invasive in some areas. Check with your local extension office before planting this tree.
Carex is famous for its love of moist soil, and Toffee Twist is no exception. Coppery leaves give this perennial a striking look that improves any planting—in pots or beds. Toffee Twist carex resembles an ornamental grass and grows best in full to part sun. One important distinction with carex is that it behaves like a cool-season grass, growing actively in the cool seasons—spring and fall. These are the best times of year to divide or transplant this bronze beauty. Plants grow 18 to 24 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 7-10.
A favorite among dieters, stevia is super easy to grow as an annual in Zones 7 and cooler. Give it full sun in northern gardens; provide protection from hot afternoon sun in warmest zones. Pinch plants early in the season several times to encourage branching. Pick the super sweet leaves of this herb for drying or fresh use. For best results, dry in a dehydrator or a 150-degree oven. To use, crush dry leaves as needed. In Zones 8 and warmer, plants may overwinter with mulch.
Hyacinths fill the spring garden with an intoxicating perfume. Start your bulbs in the fall, planting them 7-8” deep in soil mixed with lots of good organic matter. The planting site should drain easily, so the bulbs won’t rot in soggy soil or standing water. Mulch them if you live where the winters are very cold, or where the ground might freeze in spring. As with other bulbs, don’t remove the foliage when the flowers fade. Let it grow until it dies naturally, so it can store energy up for the next season’s flowers. Shown here: Hyacinth Blend 'Etouffee.'
Melt the butter and oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, and celery. Cook the vegetables, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes or until the onion is softened and translucent. Add garlic and crimini mushrooms and continue cooking for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to medium and add the flour. Stir the vegetable to coat completely with flour and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Add the stock slowly and use a spoon to scrape any flour that has stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add the milk and stir to fully combine. Add the turkey, potatoes, corn, peas, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper, stirring to fully combine. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking for 12-15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Season with additional salt and pepper as necessary. Serve immediately with crackers, biscuits, or chunks of pie crust.