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.
When appropriate and for parties, Rollins likes to use tablecloths on plain outdoor-ready tables "because it feels more inviting." Using classic, simple terra-cotta pots throughout her garden allows her to keep a coordinated look and the pots can easily be used indoors as well.
After a long day out in the sun, the owners can retreat upstairs to this serene master bedroom. A large bed with soft blue-and-white linens makes a comfortable crash pad, while a private patio invites the owners to catch the sunset.
For Cynthia Moreno, the West Hollywood-based creative behind Hot Pink Pineapples, cane means warmth and texture without bulk or heaviness. “The natural fibers really pop with light colors, specifically pastels,” Cyn tells HGTV.com. A trip to Byron Bay, Australia last year inspired her blush dining room, which plays host to Joybird’s Florence Sideboard. “[Natural fibers against neutral colors] creates this modern island vibe that’s light, subtle and clean," she says.
Modern Spacious White Mudroom With Red Brick Flooring
Brick floors in mudrooms and entryways are great at handling whatever dirt and mud your kids track in — not to mention dirt is also way less obvious on brick than it is on rugs and other flooring. Designed by Bria Hammel Interiors.
Cane back chairs, touches of blush and all that creamy color? This simple, elegant dining room may be the best in the house. Amy added a vintage crystal chandelier from Facebook Marketplace and, most recently, new dining chairs. The best part is she gave her fireplace surround a $10 makeover using chalk paint, and it’s so cute.
This design vignette in HGTV Dream Home 2013 commands attention for its thoughtful use of reclaimed materials and shiny surfaces. A floating shelf crafted by carpenter David Brown makes use of weathered, reclaimed fencing.
Yellow and white make a lovely color combination for this master bedroom and adjoining sitting area. The casually draped window treatments are a perfect complement with the more formal barrel chairs and coral pedestal table for a slightly romantic look and feel.