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Houzz Tour: Fuss-Free Venice Beach Bungalow

Houzz Tour: Fuss-Free Venice Beach Bungalow

Situated in Venice Beach, Calif. — a bustling seaside tourist destination for its art and culture — is a cozy bungalow built in 1895 which belongs to interior designer Katerina Tana. Los Angeles-born and London-raised, Tana purchased the property from 2000. The house was originally recorded as a tear-down, but she chose the project to add her own stamp of style. “The decision to embark on a complete rebuild was in part to love what I put my clients through,” she says.

Growing upward, Tana spent summers in Croatia on the Adriatic Coast, along with also the”magical Mediterranean atmosphere” and her roots in theater and film are observed throughout the house. Tana eliminated walls and additional skylights. She included classic bits and interlocking every corner of this two-bedroom, two-bath house. A studio and garage space preserves the authenticity of the house’s 19th-century origins.

As well as her interior and landscape design work, Tana also comes with her own line, Katerina Tana Collection featuring first fabric, wallpaper, rugs, lighting, and table layouts. She approaches her endeavors with the objective to”create a style for the client’s house and for their life,” much as this space reflects her own life with its own thoughtful, artistic details.

Katerina Tana Design

A friend described her location as”the house in eight colors of white.” That aesthetic is captured here in the living area. Built-in bookshelves separate the major seating space from the kitchen; they have been deliberately built just shy of the ceiling to allow natural light to flow in by a kitchen skylight. The major inspiration for the house was”distilling the house so there was nothing which would result in clutter or fuss.”

A custom armchair provides comfy chairs by a coffee table. The glass art piece, inspired by fireflies and branded”Bell Jar,” is by Los Angeles-based Alison Berger. Tana can be a lover of Berger’s lighting layouts, carried at Holly Hunt.

Yellow cashmere throw: Denis Colomb
Glass Bell Jar: Alison Berger

Katerina Tana Design

“I despise fuss,” Tana says. “I really like elegance and comfort combined.” With that framework, she designed a space that is inviting inside and outside, starting with the porch. A seating area gives you furniture made of banana leaves from Indonesia and lavish turquoise cushions. A porch came with the first residence, but Tana had it reconstructed, adding more structural support, Pennsylvania Bluestone tiles and pendant lighting. Two birch branches lean casually against the sides of the doorway. Gathered in the aunt’s farm at Three Rivers, near the Sequoia National Park, they create a pure framework as you step inside the clapboard-sided bungalow.

Industrial Pendant Lighting: Urban Archaeology
Tile: Pennsyvania Bluestone

Katerina Tana Design

A tall white timber fencing and vibrant purple wisteria make for a dramatic pairing ahead. “Wisteria was an easy choice because it would get as much light as it needed and it looks fantastic and gnarled when bare.” Tana enjoys plants which denote the delicate Southern California seasonal adjustments, and as soon as it is in blossom she says,”You can hear people oohing and aahing out because they stop and sniff it!”

Katerina Tana Design

For Tana, every detail counts. In the living area, a collection of bowls shirts a 19th-century Japanese rosewood shelf beside an antique African stool. The set of framed portraits from Burma are by 19th- and 20th-century photographer Felice Beato. Tana began collecting his work about 12 years back.

Katerina Tana Design

Tana’s no-fuss design philosophy is manifested from the kitchen’s tranquil color palette. Blue ceramic tiles constitute the backsplash, and polished nickel hardware, along with a Shaw handmade fireclay farmhouse-style sink, adds to the effortlessly casual appearance.

Countertop: Pennsylvania Bluestone
Faucets: Rohl, Perrin and Rowe
Sink: Rohl, Shaws Original

Katerina Tana Design

A handmade braided tray from New York artist Jonathan Kline functions as headboard in the master bedroom. The woven pieces are created out of ash trees Kline develops himself. Tana says she’s also collaborating with the artist interior shutters, as she’s attracted to”the way the light comes through them.”

Flanking the bed are a set of oversize Turkish tiles at a glowing blue complementary to the pink bedding by a London linen store.

Woven Tray: Jonathan Kline
Bedside tables: Waterworks
Bedding: Cologne & Cotton
Lighting: Urban Archaeology

Katerina Tana Design

At a nod to the nearby canals and beach a five-minute bicycle ride off, the bathroom includes a clean white and blue color palette. The brilliant blue oversize tiles are all creations of ceramic artist Adnan Hoca of Turkey, who works with the Iznik Foundation.

Tana has collaborated before using the Iznik Foundation for her set on a project Named Centuries Ahead. Tana designed tables around unique tile centerpieces; each table was handcrafted by woodworkers and bronze casters in California.

Countertop: Honed Volakas marble
Mirrors: Waterworks
Tiles: Iznik Foundation
Lighting: Urban Archaeology

Katerina Tana Design

The second bedroom includes additional classic furniture and collected pieces. Tana gets her furniture from dealers from the LA area (such as Eccola) and Santa Barbara, London and Paris. Above the bed is another first woven timber tray by Kline. This room provides the ideal cozy refuge to unwind from the welcomed stresses of living so near the Pacific shore.

Woven Tray: Jonathan Kline

Katerina Tana Design

Fragrant and edible plants greet you when you head out to the inviting backyard. Artichokes left to blossom add exquisite sculptural and textured form. Other plantings include lavender, pelargonium, and scented rose geraniums. Four Michelia Figo trees grow slowly, but”are particularly happy in the space and have an insane banana odor whenever they blossom,” Tana says. Water always flows in a carved white marble fountain from India, providing a pleasant place for birds to splash around and clean their wings.

Katerina Tana Design

The garden is one of Tana’s treasured areas, and it’s easy to see why. A Sombreuil (climbing rose) and tall cypress trees add to the bucolic setting. The size of this garden can be enviable, as Venice is a densely developed area where it is becoming increasingly rare to discover open outdoor spaces.

Katerina Tana Design

Fruit trees — lemon, orange, mandarin and Santa Rosa plum — provide delicious harvests. The spacious yard lends itself to dining al fresco; Tana enjoys fun as many as 100 individuals here. “It never seems to feel bloated. In Venice, space is the greatest luxury,” she says.

“I don’t believe luxury needs to be for a special event,” she continues. “Good design is something we ought to encounter at every turn.” It’s certainly encountered throughout this cheerfully elegant California house.

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Teens’ Baths: The Haven Grows Up

Teens’ Baths: The Haven Grows Up

Is your teenager aching to get out of her little-kid room? Is she dying for a new space that seems as grownup as she is beginning to feel? It may be time to swap out the stuffed animals and toy bins for something a bit more sophisticated.

Since teenager does not mean adult (no matter her debate ), the aim is to keep the vibe refined yet playful. Check out the following photos for some inspiration on getting the mixture right. With this equilibrium intact, she will feel proud of her mature distance, and you’ll feel relieved that she is still a kid at heart.

Emily A. Clark

Polka dots are eternally playful, but mixing them with a traditional tufted headboard and also a pattern at a crisp, modern colour makes the appearance feel trendy and fresh. Friends will be drooling over this fun layout.

Caitlin Creer Interior Design

For a simple update from kid room to teen space, seek out a posh headboard. It will modify the expression of not just the bed but also the room itself by giving a focus. Nailhead detailing is an excellent way to bring a refined edginess into an otherwise sweet room.


If you have got the right lighting, then work in certain bold colors. Like the child’s room, a teenager’s room is still a place to have a bit pleasure: Mix plum purples with cerulean blues, add colorful stripes for colour and floor that the appearance with neutral floors.

Marie Burgos Design

Make the space stylish and functional by installing shelving units to display a photo collection while at the same time making space for workspace and hobbies.

Teenagers enjoy their own personal havens. This will provide them a escape for homework and practicing. If space is tight, push the bed lengthwise against the wall.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

Now this is the teenage pad. The soft lavender, stuffed animal and Janis Joplin poster give it a youthful vibe, while the a mixture of modern and classic furniture give it a more sophisticated edge.

Paint an accent wall in a profound, neutral shade, and set it off with colorful prints and accessories. The dark colour will make the bedroom feel cozy and chic; the vivid colors add a youthful character.

Amp up the glamour with magenta and silver. Add black and white accents to floor the colour scheme. This space is filled with spunky teenage character.

Marie Burgos Design

Rid stripes of their child-like institution by choosing them in modern colors in an oversize scale. The bed adds a natural component, which is a great match to the femininity of the lavender.

Klang & Associates

Another means to modernize stripes is to apply them in more of a color-block style. Choose unique shades and paint each in a different width for picture appeal. The comforter, with its own stripes and polka dots, feels young but updated when set against this particular wall.

Save space and create a room with attitude by lifting up your adolescent’s bed. Add a geometric rug for a retro feel and a couch beneath the bed, along with your kid may never leave!

Kelly Porter

Playful prints and artwork are a excellent way to balance both youthfulness and elegance. If you don’t want to really go all out with multiple colors, consider focusing on one colour and pulling in texture by representing it in a variety of shades and patterns.

Tween-Age Daydream
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Kitchen of the Week: the Polished and Modern Kitchen of Paola

Kitchen of the Week: the Polished and Modern Kitchen of Paola

A modern, spacious, beautiful and practical kitchen was on top of Paola DeValdenbro and Juan Carlos Hernandez’s remodel want list. Figuring out all the details was a bit more challenging, but after navigating hundreds of photos, she found herself gravitating to kitchens in a specific fashion and with specific features. “We said, if there is ever a time to have those special details, today can it be,” she says. As you will see, DeValdenbro did make her dream kitchen by integrating her favorite details — many of these found here on Houzz — and paying careful attention to layout and storage.

Location: Dallas, Texas
Duration of redesign: 4 weeks; completed January 2011

The island is DeValdenbro’s favorite feature in the new kitchen. Three levels (pub, cooking space and kitchen table) are connected, and 3-inch counters flush with the cabinets make a smooth appearance. Overhead and under-counter cabinets offer lots of storage, and the two seating areas have ample room for entertaining, cooking and eating.

Top cabinets: IKEA white acrylic kitchen cabinets with frosted glass
Bottom cabinets: Custom cabinets created with maple wood in a dark chocolate stain
Cabinetry hardware: IKEA
Countertops: Caesarstone in Pure White

The built-in butcher’s block on the rear counter, wine cupboard under the island, and built in spice cabinet were custom touches.

Range: Bosch 36″ gas range
Hood: Akdy 36″ Euro Style
Sink: HJUVIK faucet and stainless steel sink from IKEA

DeValdenbro gathered images in ideabooks and shared them with her architect. Photos that inspired her must-have listing comprise:
• Engineered concrete flooring
• Different finishes around the top and bottom cabinets
• 3-inch countertop border, flush with the cabinets
• Breakfast area built in to the island
• Subway tile for the backsplashBacksplash: Subway tile in grey and dark gray with white grout
Barstools: Lima feces in brown from Cantoni

“It was just after looking at so many inspiring photos I realized there were certain things I kept coming back to,” DeValdenbro says. “At the end of the day, you can always give up on certain things, but if your fundamental design did not account for those things to begin with, it is harder to put them in on the rear end.”

Pendant: Kartell FL/Y
Kitchen chairs: TOBIAS from IKEA

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9 Elements of the Fantastic Man Chair

9 Elements of the Fantastic Man Chair

If you’d like to watch Frasier, you know he endured the ugliness of his father’s grossly overstuffed, battered”guy chair” for 11 decades. I could feel his pain as that horrible chair created an eyesore in the middle of his tastefully decorated condo. However, the very painful part came from the series finale if Frasier’s father moves out and Frasier finally gets to place his beloved Eames recliner in the living area. His father comes to visit, sits back in the Eames Cabinets and states”Hmmm… that is pretty comfy. I’d have been okay with this!”

What exactly makes a chair a”Man Chair?” Does it need to look like a pillow fight is going on underneath worn out upholstery? Does it need to be so big it takes up nearly all of the living space? Hardly. However, there are specific key elements that set apart some seats as being more attractive to some guy, so read on to find out what they are.

And when, like Frasier, you’re setting up with a less than lovely chair that’s the favorite of the guy in your house, do not wait 11 years to try luring him into a replacement. I bet you’ll find one he’d be okay with.

Kristen Rivoli Interior Design

1. Comfort. When picking a chair, a man’s number-one concern is relaxation. Among the things most guys love is a top back so they can narrow their head back to relax. The iconic Eames seat is lightly cushioned and has a nice top back and angled head remainder. Frasier’s dad enjoyed it… possibly your guy will also.

Garret Cord Werner Architects & Interior Designers

These very modern lounge chairs also offer a high back and a molded shape a person can sink to.

2. Leather, leather and more leather. Have I said that guys adore leather? I am a designer, not a psychologist, so that I can not tell you — but there is something about the look, smell and feel of leather that’s irresistible to most guys. Perhaps it goes back to the times when the guys were the hunters. Whatever it is, give him a rich, black or brown leather and he will love it. Cream color? Not so much.

Elliott Kaufman

3. A place to rest his arms. Notice the way the chair on the right has armrests that extend all of the way into the front edge of the chair. He can sit all of the way back in this chair, and his hands won’t be dangling over the end of their armrests.

Mark English Architects, AIA

4. A place to put his feet up. This sofa seat is slick, but still softly padded and ideal for putting his feet up after a long moment.

Elad Gonen

5. A place to pay for the reading material. All these are great man seats! Not only are they made from leather and possess complete armrests, the pockets on the side will maintain that latest copy of Sports Illustrated, Field & Stream, his iPad… or to get the guy in this house, perhaps it’s GQ.

Amy Lau Design

6. Generous proportions. Even when the guy involved isn’t more than 6 feet tall, most guys like a chair that feels roomy. The Papa Bear Chair by Hans Wegner isn’t thick and bulky, but it still has ample proportions. It’s nice and wide at the top so there is space for his or her shoulders. When he’s tall, pay attention to seat depth. Average seat depth is roughly 22″, however a tall guy may appreciate a chair that’s a few inches deeper.

Mark English Architects, AIA

7. Rugged good looks. When looking at the design of a chair to get a guy, look for one which is just as ruggedly handsome as he is. This chair might not be his choice for viewing TV, but as an accent chair, the leather sling and strong looking tube frame are all very masculine looking.

Pepe Calderin Design- Modern Interior Design

8. Angular lines. Curves indicate femininity, while angular lines indicate masculinity. The seats in this picture have fine, clean lines which are either angled on the back or squared off at the front. The rich wood accent across the exterior of the chair also increases the masculine appeal. You will find such full-length armrests again.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

9. The throne. When a man’s house is his castle, his chair is his throne. The Egg Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen is a modernist throne when I ever saw one. What better chair for a guy to sit while enjoying his surround-sound!

Alright, here’s a challenge for you. Post a picture below of the ugly guy chair you’re enduring now, or the beautiful one which you’ve found to replace it.

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Guest Groups: 20 Great Leopard-Print Finds

Guest Groups: 20 Great Leopard-Print Finds

Leopard dwelt in caves and was in style since we dressed ourselves . Possibly the height of popularity for the leopard print was in old Hollywood, using a revival of it at the glam rock and roll era of the 1980s. Leopard print at the home as been hip since the 1920s. It really has never gone out of style in fashion or home decor.

I look at leopard as a neutral; any style area and color palette works using it. This fall, animal prints in home decor come in full power, though for me that they never went away.

Designer Mary McDonald has used uniform leopard print on walls, drapes, and upholstery, which she states creates a soothing room rather than a zany one (see for yourself at the last slide here). This is the inspiration. Whether you put in a lot or a little to some area in your house, you can not fail with leopard. — Valorie in The Visual Vamp

Valorie Hart

Leopard Toss Pillow – $42

How easy to add a couple of leopard print toss pillows to any area. I promise they’ll blend in with anything.


Leopard Chair Artwork – $89.99

Add this charming artwork to your gallery wall to update your collection.


Leopard Statue – $210

We have all used the giant white ceramic dog as the glam creature du jour home attachment, but don’t you swap it out for this three-foot-tall leopard? I really like the contemporary stylized lines of it.


Leopard Animal Print Accent Stool – $59.99

A pair of these well-priced leopard print X-base stools could look great at the end of a bed, or as additional seating in a living or family room, tucked under a library table.

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Leopard Print Wallpaper – $39.98

Leopard print background — how fabulous! Do an accent wall, or paper the entire room. You won’t be sorry!

Snow Leopard Sofa – $799

Check out this couch in a milder snow leopard print. I’d ditch the pillows shown with it. If you are brave enough to get a print couch, leopard print is your thing to do. It actually is just another form of a neutral that you can enjoy for many, many years.

Leopard Print Accent Chair – $164.74

Alright, okay, if a leopard print couch is too much for you to wrap your head around, try out a slice of leopard print furniture using an accent chair. This contemporary piece has the lines of a classic classic.

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Leopard Lamp Shade – $39.99

Have you ever wore a fur-lined trench jacket? On the outside it looks tame, but when you open it up, the hidden glam is shown. This chic black lamp shade reminds me of these coats. The leopard print is on the inside. LOVE it! Switch out a few your existing colors with this particular one for a few subtle mystery.

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Orange Leopard Print Throw Pillow – $49.99

Who states leopard only comes from browns and blacks? This orange leopard print pillow could blend so very well with the ikat patterns you have. I forecast orange will be the color of the year.

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Leopard Print Area Rug – $318.91

This area rug gets the best of both impartial universes — the basic centre, and the leopard print edge for only a lot of interest. Work it in any room in your house.

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Leopard New Zealand Wool Area Rug – $310.91

But if you want the entire enchilada, do this separately hand-washed rug. The antique finish is accomplished through particular tea washing methods.

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Leopard Printing Colors Swing Arm Wall Lamp – $129.98

Grab a pair of these swing arm lamps with leopard print colors to use at each end of a couch, or in a bedroom for bedside reading lamps.

Slipcover Headboard at Velvet Leopard – $249

Now we’re referring to Old Hollywood glam: a leopard print futon! This is fab because it has a removable leopard print slipcover over a padded headboard.


Metallic Leopard Ottoman – $399

Oh boy — metallic and leopard print together! This is a helpful and glam cube ottoman. I die!

Leopard Printing Wood and Faux Leather Tray Set – $59.99

I must get this collection of three leopard print trays! If you only need one, give the other two as presents.

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Leopard Melamine Plate – $24

Love this leopard print Melamine dinnerware. It’s great for poolside or patio, or indoor dining also. And not love being able to get it monogrammed?

Leopard-Print Pleated Silk Chiffon Sandals – $335

Okay okay, so this has nothing to do with home decor. But these killer shoes would look great at home or anywhere. After all, fashion influences home decor which influences fashion…


Leopard Faux Fur Throw Blanket – $99.99

Cold weather is coming, I promise you. This is a faux fur leopard print throw that is actually blanket dimension. It’s by Posh Pelts. Back to the cave!

Leopard-print Accent Table – $327.99

Another small but significant piece to add some leopard print to your room.


Waterfall Chandelier with Leopard Shades – $430.20

Glam, rock, funk-a-licous chandelier using leopard-print colors. Channel your inner Martyn Bullard dahling, doing up a room for Sharon Osbourne.

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14 Ways to Add Ceiling Style

14 Ways to Add Ceiling Style

As soon as we decorate a home, maximizing the furnishings, wall decor and flooring seems to be a given. But what about the ceiling? All it takes is 1 glance upward to observe that expanse above our heads — meaning it’s as much a design chance as the rest. Actually, the ceiling is also a unexpected spot to really make your space glow.

Whether you’re remodeling a present home or just looking for a unique approach to clean up your ceiling, then have a look at these photos for some inspiration. Looking up will not ever be the same.

KuDa Photography

Ensure the fireplace flames lick the ceiling. This alluring painted mural resembles the flames jumped in the logs and splattered throughout the ceiling.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

For an easy ceiling upgrade which you may start and complete in a weekend, then simply paint the ceiling a color complementary to the room’s decor. This yellowish ceiling does wonders for these purple walls.

Amy Lau Design

Draped fabric enhances this hallway, providing the lighting underneath a gentle glow.

estudio gutman lehrer

Separate spaces at a studio or attic by installing an extra low-hanging ceiling panel above your bed. Personalize the panel together with image frames wrapped with imperceptible screws.

Elad Gonen

High-gloss paint is particularly striking when applied to the ceiling. This ceiling takes it a notch further with a wave constructed into the construction. Visual interest is certainly not lacking here.

Peter A. Sellar – Architectural Photographer

Mirrors in the ceiling add extra reflection that may make a room feel bigger and brighter.

Danenberg Design

If we are able to accessorize the rest of our home, why not the ceiling? This stainless steel canopy replaces a normal ceiling with heightened drama and texture.

Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc..

Brick treatments need not stop in the fireplace or exterior. This vaulted ceiling provides a traditional setting to get a updated interior.

Susan Diana Harris Interior Design

Let your wall art continue across the ceiling to get a look that absorbs the entire room. It is possible to use anything your soul desires: art prints, movie posters — you name it.

Elliott Kaufman

Instead of hiding ceiling joists, put them on screen. They provide this contemporary room a natural element and fantastic texture. The dogs are awfully good-looking, too.

Elizabeth Gordon

Even when you think you’ve made it all with graphic wallpaper, black trim and marble flooring, it’s possible to still up the ante of your bathroom with an incredible ceiling. This one includes painted tin, and the effect could not be more tantalizing.


Molding is what you make of this. Instead of traditionally employing it only where the walls meet the ceiling, then have some fun with it by creating designs on the ceiling itself. Don’t be concerned about the designs being perfectly balanced across the ceiling : All these diamond shapes are not at an ideal replicate, which makes them even more intriguing.

VM Concept Interior Design Studio

For a modern allure, complete your ceiling at some form of metal, such as this in depth tin treatment. Its edginess and elegance will combine with contemporary furnishings and add an unexpected complement to a traditional dining set.

Greet your guests in extreme style with a curved, spotlighted ceiling finished with a textural treatment. Beware: It’s possible you will not ever get them past your entry!

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How to Trim Large Tree Branches

How to Trim Large Tree Branches

If you’ve got trees growing in your backyard then you probably know by now that they require routine maintenance, either by a professional tree service Brandon, FL or through your own DIY efforts. For example, it’s mandatory to cut tree branches every once in a while before they get too big, and while it might seem like a straightforward process, cutting off the limbs of a tree needs to be done in a certain way that won’t affect its natural healing process.

Here are some tips on how to trim tree branches without damaging them.

How Trees Heal

First, it’s important to acknowledge here that trees heal differently to humans. Right after you cut off one of its limbs, the tree starts producing a unique callus tissue that’ll cover the entire area where the limb was cut off. This scar will always be visible on the tree and it’s meant to protect it from getting infected with a disease while allowing the other limbs to continue growing as per usual.

Incorrect tree felling exposes the tree to potential infection and can stop its growth as well.

How to Cut a Tree Limb

A proper tree removal Brandon, FL involves the following steps when trimming large tree branches:

Step One: The first step (or cut as it’s known) involves making a small indentation right at the bottom of the branch, about 2 feet or so from the trunk, making sure that the notch is only about a ¼ of the way through. You’re making this indentation in order to avoid splitting the bark when you move on to the next step.

Step Two: Create a relief cut right next to the indentation you just made with the first step, so that the branch doesn’t split and fall when you make the final cut.

Step Three: Look for a swollen bump on the branch, which is the point where the branch transitions from a collar to an even bark.  Place your saw into the area where the branch collar slants, making sure that your saw is placed at the right angle, before cutting the branch off from the bottom up.

Common Tree Trimming Mistakes

Cutting the Branch Too Short: Cutting a tree branch from where it originates on the trunk (the collar) is always a bad idea. This is mainly because this area is exactly where the tree starts its healing process by forming scar tissue, and if you cut it from here, you’ll be seriously compromising the tree’s ability to heal properly. This mistake is the cause of those endlessly seeping wounds and holes that you sometimes see on trees.

Leaving the Branch Too Long: The branch’s collar can only heal the wound when the branch has been completely removed to leave only the collar behind. If you leave a branch stub peeking out, then you’ll stunt the tree’s further growth by obstructing its healing process.

Not Making Relief Cuts: It’s important to make relief cuts prior to trimming the tree branch so that the branch doesn’t just split off haphazardly, as this will invite damage and infection to the tree limb.

As you can see, cutting off a tree branch is fairly easy when you know what to do. However, if you’re not quite confident in your abilities, and don’t mind paying someone to do the job, then feel free to hire a tree trimming Brandon, FL professional.

Planting & Spacing of Lombardy Poplar Trees

Planting & Spacing of Lombardy Poplar Trees

Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra) is a fast growing tree, usually planted in rows to get a windbreak. Capable of developing up to 6 feet in 12 months, Lombardy poplar grows best in well-drained loam, clay or sandy soil having a pH level of 4.5 to 8.5. Plant Lombardy poplars in Sunset’s Environment Zones A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b and 4 through 2-4. Don’t find Lombardy poplar near utilities as the roots may cause significant harm and are substantial.


Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra “Italica”) spreads into a width of 10 to 15 feet. For an display or windbreak, plant the trees near enough to overlap after several seasons. To get a display that is fast, plant Lombardy poplars 5 to 8 feet. When planting Lombardy poplar take into account overhead power-lines and water and sewer lines. Root spread significantly exceeds the spread of the tree.

Bareroot Trees

Keep the roots of your tree moist all the time. Dig a hole wide enough to take all roots and enable them to spread out normally. Make the hole deep enough to plant the tree. Remove wrappings in the tree roots. Place the tree in the hole, scooping soil to the hole using the other till there’s enough soil in the hole to keep the tree set up and keeping it. Pour water to the hole. Include more grime before the hole is stuffed subsequent to the water settles. Tamp the grime throughout the tree. Water again.

Potted or Burlapped Trees

Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and deep enough to plant the tree. Pour water to the hole and let it settle. Remove the tree or loosen string burlap or wire keeping the rootball set up. Set the tree in the middle of the hole, modifying soil beneath the rootball, if required, to keep the tree in most directions. Balled-and-burlapped trees could be lowered to the hole with all the burlap. It’s not required to eliminate the burlap, but make certain it’s really all in the hole to a void wicking. Fill the hole with s Oil, tamping to eliminate air-pockets. Water the tree.

Live Stakes

Lombardy poplars are members of the willow (Salicaceae) family, which are recognized due to their ease of propagation through cuttings or stay stakes. Into a length of 18 to 36-inches, reduce stay stakes two- inches to 2″ in diameter through the dormant time. Make a straight-cut is minimize by the best just. Make an angled bottom cut. Insert the stake a-T least half its duration to the bottom in the desired area, leaving more or two buds aboveground.

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Top Deck Trends

Top Deck Trends

The deck is supposed to be an extension of your home. It’s a place to relax and it offers a fun and exciting outdoor living experience. There are many deck designs out there. The most important thing is to maximize the space you have and create something simple, breathtaking, and comfortable for you.

In case you are thinking of building a new deck or perhaps you are no longer interested in the one you have, check out the following top flooring San Francisco trends and get some design inspiration:

The View Master

As you begin designing your deck you must pay attention to the view. You need to build a deck that gives you breathtaking views of the outdoors. This is a trend that’s catching up everywhere, even in big cities where space for a porch can be quite limited. Consider building a unique Ipe deck with stained concrete. Add some raised planters and red or green flowers to the mix. This design works best for hillside properties but it will still be a great choice for any home.

Soaking in the Sun

Since the deck is meant to offer outdoor relaxation, it can be very difficult to spend two or three hours outside during a sunny summer day. Well, you can fix this by turning your deck into a spa. Simply combine the wooden deck with a spa pool. This way you can bask all day in the sun as you enjoy the amazing weather outside. Redland Rose AZEK decking materials will be ideal for this job. They are durable, scratch-resistant and require less maintenance.  

Different Views for Different Levels

Ideally, San Francisco flooring would have one level and one staircase to get there. However, you can add some little twist to this design by building different levels on the deck. Think of it as a two or three story deck with long staircases from the bottom to the top. This gives you the best views from your deck and adds a unique touch to the traditional deck design.

Tree Friendly

You can add life to your deck by integrating nature into the mix. A tree-friendly deck is highly recommended in this regard. Use a combination of trees to provide shade, a few potted plants to add life, and some flowers for elegance. Ipe wood and locally made bricks will complete the deck and if you want, you can add a fire pit too.

Pool and Garden Access

If you’re still on the idea of adding life and more functionality to your deck, you can try combining a pool and a garden experience. The key is to ensure there’s easy access to the pool and the garden while the deck remains somewhere in the middle. This could be your little hideaway, your ideal entertainment spot, or the perfect place to enjoy the warm weather and the splendor of garden plants.

Building the best hardwood floors San Francisco takes a lot of planning that you have to get right. The top trends listed above will help you a lot.

The best way to Prune Caragana

The best way to Prune Caragana

Caragana arborescens is a species of shrub grown for dainty, pale-yellow flowers and its foliage. This fast growing, thorny species grows nicely within U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 2 through 8, where it’s occasionally developed as a perimeter or windbreak hedge. Pruning helps manage the dimensions and form of peashrubs, but nonetheless, it has a considerable effect how well they bloom in spring, prior to the shrub blooms to guarantee a bountiful show of blossoms, therefore pruning should be performed in early spring.

Water the Siberian peashrub seriously before pruning it. Run a hose before the soil in the bottom of the trunk feels moist in a depth of 3″. Let the water soak to avoid dehydration tension in the shrub.

Put on gloves as well as a long-sleeved shirt before pruning Siberian peashrubs because they will scratch or gouge your epidermis and are thorny. Tuck your shirt cuffs in to your gloves.

Prune any progress or broken branches with by-pass pruning shears off. Snip off them at their level of origin leaving a 1/4 inch-long nub in the base. Don’t slice the the branches that are lifeless flush with branch or the trunk since big pruning wounds abandon the shrub open to transmissions.

Locate any branches that absence flower buds that are obvious. Snip them 4 inch above where they arise from branch or the trunk utilizing your by-pass pruning shears. The subsequent yr, out non-productive branches to inspire renewed development, that may result in a magnificent flower show.

Even out the sides of the Siberian peashrub utilizing a hedge trimmer to produce a tidier, more uniform hedge. Run the trimmer along the sides of the shrub to trim off the ideas of branches that are uneven. Avoid trimming over 3 3″ of progress off since peashrubs bloom on one year-aged wood and eliminating also much development will keep the shrub.

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