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Aim High: What to Know About Adding a Library Ladder
Karen Egly-Thompson | September 27, 2014 28
Studies, kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms can benefit from lofty storage. The problem is that no matter how frequently you use those items, you’ll still need a way to get to them. And the library ladder is just the thing to get you there....
5 Container Gardens for the Holidays and Beyond
Karen Chapman | September 27, 2014 43
Whoever suggested we "deck the halls with boughs of holly" clearly wasn't also trying to cook a turkey, wrap gifts and bake dozens of cookies. Planting a container garden is rarely on the holiday to-do list, yet it is such a perfect way to welcome friends...
Pretty Trees for Patios, Paths and Other Tight Spots
Frank Organ | September 26, 2014 35
People have grown trees in their gardens since ancient times. But as gardens become smaller and more valuable as outdoor living spaces, is there still room for a tree? I know from living with the smallest of garden spaces that whether or not to plant...
You Said It: ‘Take Pleasure in the Small, Simple Things’ and More
Becky Harris | September 26, 2014 3
This week the air turned crisp and the leaves started to change color — we’ve got fall on the brain. In spite of the incessant cacophony of leaf blowers and a stinkbug infestation, fall is still my favorite season. We learned this week on Houzz how...
14 Cleaning Projects That Go a Little Deeper — Naturally
Belinda Crestani | September 26, 2014 68
Most of us keep up with everyday cleaning — dusting and vacuuming, wiping kitchen counters, scrubbing the bath. But what about those cleaning jobs that are a step beyond the regular routine? You don’t have to wait for spring to get them done....
Great Design Plant: Little Bluestem Goes Above and Beyond
Heather Holm | September 26, 2014 15
Many native grasses are now available for sale in local nurseries. If you have not tried any in your landscape, little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) is an excellent choice. This charming grass does not lack admirable attributes; beyond the...
Kitchen of the Week: Beach-House Beauty With a Practical Style
Natalie Wain | September 26, 2014 24
Proximity to the sea and miles of rugged headland for walking attracted Hugh and Ruth Pittman to buy a ramshackle house in Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall, in southwest England. The original structure had to go, but the new wood-framed house that replaced...
An 1850s Barn Gets a Family-Friendly Makeover
Becky Harris | September 26, 2014 83
“Sometimes a house will speak to you and tell you exactly what it wants,” says interior designer Renee Carman of her family’s New England 1850s farmhouse. “This barn had great energy — it needed to be brought back to life, and the renovation...
Guest Picks: Accessories for a Stylish, Organized Entryway
Emily Fazio | September 26, 2014 8
Cool fall air overtook the summertime humidity nearly overnight in New York, where I live, and my family and I scurried to get our jackets and boots out of storage to keep us warm on those cold mornings trekking off to the school bus — why does school...
Chinese Altar Tables Set a Soulful Tone at Home
Melisa Bleasdale | September 25, 2014 33
When it comes to foundation pieces, few things are as timeless and useful as the console. Its long, lean lines and minimal depth help make the most of space-constrained rooms. To add a touch of intrigue, consider using a Chinese altar table...
Stack in Style With a Creative Woodpile
Mary Jo Bowling | September 25, 2014 39
With fall upon us, it’s time to start thinking about lighting a fire. And unless you have a gas or alternative-fuel firebox, where there’s smoke, there’s usually wood. Showing that necessity can be the mother of invention, homeowners and designers...
Houzz Products: Schoolhouse Design Rocks!
Houzz | September 25, 2014 2
September’s back-to-school rhythm is a welcome fresh start, even if you’re well past graduation. Pack a little classroom charm into your home with a mix of vintage, modern and totally rad finds from the Houzz Products section. As with a new blank...
Ground Force: 10 Top Ground Covers for Your Garden
Carol Bucknell | September 25, 2014 59
Leaving your soil uncovered in the garden is a bit like walking around in the hot sun with no hat — you’re asking for trouble. Bare soil is a magnet for weeds, their seeds blown into your garden by the wind or dropped by birds....
Great Design Plant: Nourish Wildlife With American Beautyberry
Falon Mihalic | September 25, 2014 35
The American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is a large Southeast native shrub that not only looks its best in fall, but also offers habitat and food to native birds. Its bright purple berries bring unique seasonal color and provide...
Inside Houzz: A Waterfront Property Ditches the Grass for a Garden
Annie Thornton | September 25, 2014 82
From the day she bought her house in California’s Marin County, Windi Heaton imagined seeing every sunset on her back deck, surrounded by friends, the water and a lush, native landscape. Heaton’s backyard overlooks one of the many lagoons in the small...
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