Conserving water in the landscape starts with re-thinking the ways you use and apply water to plantings. Trade in a non-adjustable oscillating sprinkler for one that offers multiple watering patterns. By sliding levers or pushing buttons, adjustable sprinklers let you direct water to where it’s needed—and avoid wasteful runoff.
This Eames chair was inherited from the homeowner's parents and became a strong focal point in the living room's crisp, new look. The artwork over the fireplace pulls in the geometric patterns sprinkled throughout the home.
A small bedroom makes a big style impact with creative, colorful decor. Sunshine yellow paint covers the walls, bold blue patterns leap out from the valances, sconces and accent pillows and a sprinkling of 3-D flowers dance across the space.
Hints of blue are sprinkled throughout this outdoor area: as a tile backsplash for the pool, different patterned pillows, in ceramic form as a large planter. The color and varied textures are a welcome note of dimension in the outdoor space.
A fun mix of blue and white patterns animate this cozy living room while maintaining the coastal theme. The large tufted ottoman doubles as a convenient coffee table. A sprinkling of nautical details finishes the look: marine light fixtures, a decorative sailboat and stately telescope.
A little color and pattern go a long way in this condo living room. The orange walls add a contemporary splash of color that helps to balance the charcoal gray sofa and rug. A sprinkling of details completes the eclectic space: woven storage baskets, striped curtains and graphic throw pillows.
The assortment of fabrics in this eclectic bedroom brings warmth and personality to the space. Designer Sarah Richardson combined industrial and fine elements equally so nothing looks out of place. The dragon fabric on the headboard and footboard set the tone for the room, and patterns with the same color scheme are sprinkled throughout for a look that flows smoothly. Family heirlooms add a cozy touch.
Start with a full, lush Christmas tree and cut the flower stems to be about 5 inches long. Stick the flower stem right into the tree towards the trunk and the heftiness of the branches will hold the flowers up. Complete the look with gifts wrapped in red, pink and floral patterned papers. Sprinkle some rose petals at the foot of the tree to bring a touch of romance to your floral tree look.
A selection of exquisitely wrapped gifts are perfect for pop-over guests and for sprinkling around the house for touches of holiday spirit. "Welcome guests with a porcelain compote filled with tiny boxes of chocolate wrapped in colorful, patterned paper from a stationary store," home stylist Matthew Mead says. For kids, "cards, puzzles and mini games can be wrapped and trimmed with candies." He suggests keeping other little pre-wrapped surprises, such as books and gift cards, on hand as well. Photo courtesy of Matthew Mead.
Getting water to plants is one of the top tasks you’ll tackle. If you grow any container gardens, watering is a daily event in the heat of summer. Invest in a quality hose that’s guaranteed for life, along with some kind of easy-to-use hose storage. Include a hose end watering wand, nozzle with multiple patterns and watering can with a detachable rose (the nozzle part that turns a water stream into a shower). For planting beds and large gardens, choose a sprinkler, or invest in drip irrigation. Last but not least, when buying a hose, pick up a pack of flat washers that fit your hose. Replace washers inside hose ends annually, at the start of every gardening season, to reduce drips and wasted water.