New Colors for Your Fall Planters

New Colors for Your Fall Planters

I love creating fall container gardens and often stick to standard autumn colors. However, I had an epiphany in a visit to my local nursery: Fall containers may look just as seasonal and stunning without the traditional red, orange, yellow and brown. Simply using annuals and perennials that naturally shine this time of year will …

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The Moving-Day Survival Kit: Niceties and Lifesaving Items

The Moving-Day Survival Kit: Niceties and Lifesaving Items

The day I moved in my first home did not go smoothly. I had to drive from Boston to Atlanta, and I had tarried too long with friends in Virginia along the way, not realizing that each RV in the Southeast combined with seemingly infinite construction between Roanoke and Charlotte would generate Phish-concert-caliber traffic. I …

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Roots of Style: Many Cultures Make Their Marks on Mediterranean Design

Roots of Style: Many Cultures Make Their Marks on Mediterranean Design

While classical architecture and medieval customs created connections involving the northeast U.S., England and Northern Europe, another architectural expression was growing in Mexico and the southwestern U.S. through Spanish colonialism. Not only did Mediterranean impacts form the definition of style within this region, but Latin American and Native American cultures merged, resulting in a still-varying …

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Jumbled Style Goes Vintage Chic in a D.C. Bathroom Makeover

Jumbled Style Goes Vintage Chic in a D.C. Bathroom Makeover

Beneath this toilet’s previous painted subway tile, purple vinyl floors and dark red walls lurked a mishmash of plumbing and electrical problems, and a rotted joist below the bathroom. With the help of local professionals, Megan Adams and her husband gutted this outdated bathroom in their Washington, D.C., row house and started from scratch. Approximately …

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The Way to Pick Your Kitchen Appliances

The Way to Pick Your Kitchen Appliances

Kitchen appliances are all investments, so it is important to keep with care. You may have your heart set on a huge stainless steel range, but be prepared for an equally massive price tag to go with it. Decide on your budget ahead and then investigate which appliance shapes, sizes, styles and setups will function …

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Energy-Saving Ideas From 3 Cheap Green-Built Homes

Energy-Saving Ideas From 3 Cheap Green-Built Homes

A 2012 publication named In the Ground Up: Sophisticated Green Homes, edited by Peggy Tully, files a 2008 design competition of the exact same name. Contest entrants were asked to envision affordable, green single-family houses for the Near Westside area of Syracuse, New York. Seven finalists were chosen from the greater than 50 entries obtained, …

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Great Design Plant: Vine Maple

Great Design Plant: Vine Maple

Whether you are interested in a well-behaved, smaller-size ornamental tree, wish to add some height to some native planting place, want to inject some fantastic fall color and winter attention in your garden or simply love something distinct, the Pacific Northwest indigenous vine maple (Acer circinatum) may be the solution. Pendleton Design Management Botanical name: …

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