A stained cedar fence guarantees privacy in this home's side yard, where a mix of pine and oak trees, ornamental grasses and drought-tolerant perennials comprise the landscape design. The home's eco-friendly, exterior building materials include both smooth and scraped synthetic limestone blocks and fiber-cement siding, a product composed of 50-percent recycled content (fly ash) and wood fiber pulp supplied from sustainably managed forests.
If your favorite dryer sheets' package clashes with your color palette, transfer the contents into a container that's more in line with the decor. Stacy Risenmay of the blog Not Just a Housewife chose an old metal box that adds the perfect patina to her laundry room.
Take a boatload of stress off of yourself by hiring professionals along the way, like a party rental company for tables, chairs, tents, arbors, etc. If you’re looking to cut costs, though, consider a BYOC (bring your own chair) affair — a newly-popular wedding trend in which guests bring their own seat (preferably of the non-lawn chair variety) to the wedding. Photo: T&K Photography
The shower’s innovative waterproof TV includes Wi-Fi connectivity and allows you to stream your favorite HGTV show or other content from your smart phone. The TV boasts enhanced brightness for better visibility and has a mirror glass finish that allows it to blend in with the shower design when turned off and not in use.
Several eco-friendly materials went into the design of this contemporary home office, including high-recycled-content carpet tiles from Bolyu, zero-VOC paints and FSC-certified wood planks. A bright yellow chair serves as a cheery focal point for the space, standing out from the neutral cabinets and shelves illuminated with under-cabinet LED lights.
Love fish sticks but hate their high fat and sodium content? Ditch the frozen fish sticks for this healthier version that uses less breading, more nutritious ingredients and baked instead of fried fish. Feel free to use whatever frozen fish you have on hand. Get the recipe >>
Celebrate a summer birthday with a camping party. Set up tents in the backyard, organize an outdoor scavenger hunt and tell ghost stories around a campfire. As party favors, Erika Barnes of Tiny Prints suggests filling clear, cellophane bags with s'mores kits so guests can make their own s'mores when they go home.
Designed for a pair of twins filled with creativity and hobby interests, the Twins' Music and Play Room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 has space for them to indulge to their hearts' content. Designer Allison Caccoma introduced zones for artwork and homework, music rehearsal and karaoke, dance and theater performances. The suede wallcovering makes the space intimate and inviting while offering some soundproofing for more boisterous play.
Most gardeners raise kohlrabi for the bulb-like stems, but the leaves also offer a nice nibble. If you harvest just a few, you won’t risk reducing stem size. To enjoy a mess o’ kohlrabi greens, you can pick to your heart’s content throughout the season—just don’t expect to have any fat stems to savor.
What was once a work space has now been transformed into the bedroom in this Build Tiny home. This tiny house was clearly designed with a primary focus on efficiency. With an intent to control the interior temperature this tiny homes’ owner made sure this structure was well insulated. So much so that only a single ceiling fan is necessary to cool the entire home.
This ranch house will be torn down and the entire lot will be reconfigured into multiple and distinctly different outdoor spaces to complement the owner’s existing home and property on the left. The new areas include an upper lawn, suitable for a party tent, a formal garden, an outdoor room for entertaining and a sweeping lower lawn which ties into the back yard of the adjacent house.
The animal-loving little boy wanted the wilderness in his space. After painting it the same greige as in the dining room, Sonal stuck on a vinyl decal world map from Wallums and hung a wicker antelope head from Target. Zane picked out the light (from All Modern): “He said it’s like stars in the sky,” says Sonal. With a tent from Crate & Kids and a throw with pine trees (also from Target), the room is almost a permanent campout.
The design intent for this urban exterior was to design a version of a traditional brownstone, and to give an appreciative nod to the history and architecture of the older part of town, with an updated look that has an eye towards the future of the community. One of the ways this was achieved was by using an interesting mix of materials. Brick, stucco, custom millwork paneling and cornice detailing, and custom iron details complete the look.
Experts will tell you that roses and other deciduous shrubs, rooted from cuttings taken in fall or winter (unlike evergreens which root best in the summer), should be dipped in special hormone treatments and covered with plastic tents. But old hands know you can just stick pencil-size or smaller cuttings in good, well-drained garden soil or in pots, without the rooting stimulants.
Apples boast skin in an array of shades, from classic red and yellow, to pale green, to streaked and striped varieties. For this autumn fruit, beauty is more than skin deep. A medium apple (tennis ball size) offers 80 calories, no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and is packed with good-for-you fiber—5 grams per fruit. High fiber content means the natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, which helps with maintaining steady blood sugar levels.
Striped tent valances with red cotton poplin trim and trellis-patterned wallpaper, all from Schumacher, are used in the 2017 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Homes for the Holidays Designer Showhouse. Atlanta designer Mallory Mathison Glenn said she was inspired by the colors of the French flag and Schumacher’s classic pastoral print, “Plaisirs de Chine,” seen on the pillow sham and duvet. The headboard is vintage faux bamboo and the coverlet has banding in blue. A demilune bench is at the foot of the bed. Mathison Glenn also used a watercolor painting over the bed, an antique French commode and an octagonal mirror in the space.
Make an old-fashioned cuppa by steeping apple peels in boiling water. For one cup of tea, add a cinnamon stick, a few cloves and, if you want a little zing, the zest of one lemon to 8 ounces of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or your favorite sweetener. This is a delicious cup of tea that’s rich in nutrients, thanks to the peel’s Vitamins A, K and C (peels contain half an apple’s Vitamin C content), folate and quercetin (helpful in lung and brain function). Vary the spices to shift the flavor to hit other notes, like exotic five-spice, allspice or pumpkin pie spice.
Take time to select tomatoes that suit your growing conditions. Typically if a tomato is for sale in your area, you’ll get good results. If local garden clubs, master gardeners or public gardens have plant sales, that’s a terrific spot to find tomatoes adapted to your region. Also select tomatoes that work for how you intend to use them. You can find ‘maters for slicing, sauce making or salads. This orange roma tomato (above) is ‘Sunrise Sauce.’ It’s the only non-heirloom orange paste tomato on the market and whips up a bright sauce that’s as delicious as it is colorful. Lastly, choose varieties that deliver the flavor you crave. For instance, tomatoes exist that offer low acid, higher lycopene content, smoky overtones or intense sweetness.