Straw is a more utilitarian mulch typically used in vegetable gardens or strawberry patches. Straw is simply the stalks of grain plants. Ask your local straw supplier if their product is clean (doesn’t contain grain heads) and weed-free. Prevent weed seed issues by spreading three sheets of damp newspaper under straw. Some gardeners let straw bales sit a few weeks so weed or grain seeds germinate. This leads to moldy straw—plan to wear a dust mask if you have allergies. Expect to get one to two growing seasons out of straw, depending on how thickly you spread it.
Great Room With Vaulted Wood Ceiling and Exposed Ductwork
This charming great room wows with high ceilings, industrial metal supports and exposed ductwork. Stone walls give the space an Old World feel, yet contemporary sofas and animal hide chairs bring an amazing, updated element. Space to store logs near the fireplace is both functional and decorative, and the TV above the fireplace makes this room truly multipurpose.
This cozy living and dining space has a warm, welcoming feel. The white wicker chairs and long wood dining table give a cottage farmhouse feel while the living area offers a more sophisticated contemporary sitting area with warm elements. The varied styles are blended seamlessly with a uniform color palette.
The front porch of this home is like a stylish preview of coming attractions. Deep benches are topped with thick cushions in rust orange, the color a pretty combination with the paneling on the front door and soaring roof.