Problem: You see webs on your houseplants. The leaves look discolored and/or curl and drop off. Hard-to-see spider mites, which are actually spiders, are the likely cause. Solution: Knock the mites off with a gentle spray of water from the kitchen sink, or put big plants in the shower. If the pests keep coming back, use an insecticidal soap or neem oil. Shown here: Dracenea 'Song of India'
Violas, dianthus and poppies breathe color into Walled Garden plantings after bulbs fade. Choose cool-season annuals to fill containers and planting beds with petals that shrug off late-spring cold snaps. Other good choices for early season flowers include pansy, forget-me-not, snapdragon, flowering stock and sweet alyssum. In beds, plant bloomers in blocks for a punch of can’t-miss color.
Woven baskets are a textured and practical addition to the modern bookshelf in this neutral kids' room. They conceal clutter and make it easy to organize children's things like toys, puzzles and games.
Catherine recommends homeowners decorating their first space take it slow. "I know people are eager to be done," she says, but don't rush into filling every nook and cranny right away. Instead, take the time to hit antique stores and consignment shops to find the perfect pieces for your new home. Catherine found the $25 rattan coffee table base in her living room at Atlanta's Scott's Antique Market and had a piece of glass cut to fit.
Catherine uses Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper in black on cream in her home's only bathroom to give it real impact. "Since it was our only bathroom," says Catherine, she decided to "make it fun." Even the ceiling is wallpapered for maximum effect.
Cuisinart's Griddler comes with two reversible cooking plates, with a grill on one side and griddle on the other. While the multifunctional appliance is compact and great for small spaces, the lid folds down to make the cooking surface area 200 square inches.