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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.