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Planning Time: Get Your Garden Started With Seeds
Marianne Lipanovich | February 8, 2015 27
Garden catalogs have a lot to answer for. They arrive during the doldrums of January and offer glimpses of spring and summer gardens full of bright flowers and luscious vegetables. Unfortunately, when you look outside, it seems like gardening weather...
Great Design Plant: Ceanothus Americanus
Ellen Sousa | February 7, 2015 12
New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americanus) is a beautiful native flowering shrub rarely seen in the U.S. East, but it’s a valuable landscaping plant because it stays low without pruning and thrives in dry, lean or rocky soils. New Jersey tea is a...
Orchids 101: Slipper Orchid Success
Marianne Lipanovich | February 7, 2015 11
People either love or hate Paphiopedilums. Often called by their common names of slipper orchid or lady’s-slipper orchid, Paphiopedilums are certainly distinctive, with their prominent pouch-like lips, which do resemble old-fashioned shoes, and glossy...
Houzz Tour: A 1905 Cottage Gets a Major Family Update
Nora Burba Trulsson | February 7, 2015 159
It was a tall order. This young family wanted to find a home in Santa Monica, California, that embodied the historic homes of Boston, where the husband grew up, and the outdoors of Oregon, where the wife is from. They lucked out with a well-kept historic...
Houzz Tour: An Energy-Efficient Barn Graces the Nebraska Landscape
Becky Harris | February 7, 2015 36
Though the approach to this Nebraska barn’s design was to use simple, utilitarian materials, the results are anything but ordinary. Architect Michelle Penn’s clients, two brothers, wanted to create a unique weekend country home inspired by a historic...
Shop Houzz: Embrace the Greens, Purples and Golds of Mardi Gras
Houzz | February 7, 2015 5
The first Mardi Gras Rex parade in New Orleans honored a Russian prince from the House of Romanov. His royal colors — purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power — have been associated with Mardi Gras ever since. Discover the flair...
Get a Jump on a Cool-Season Vegetable Garden
Marianne Lipanovich | February 7, 2015 42
The vegetable garden is in full glory during summer, filled with ripe tomatoes, rapidly growing squashes, hot and mild peppers, melons, cucumbers, corn and a host of other summer vegetables that can threaten to take over your yard and your kitchen. Most...
You Said It: ‘Adding Color Is About So Much More Than Shock’ and More
Becky Harris | February 6, 2015 4
This week on Houzz, stories reflected a sense of community, and it gave me an uplifting “Kumbaya” feeling. I’m not really the “Kumbaya” type, but I’m embracing it and hope I can spread it around here. Houzzers helped Houzzers on the discussion...
A Designer Shares Her Master-Bathroom Wish List
Jennifer Ott | February 6, 2015 339
I’m in the planning stages of a major renovation to my 100-plus-year-old San Francisco cottage — a big component of which is the addition of a master suite. This is the fun part of the project, when I get to create Houzz...
Great Design Plant: Penstemon Parryi
Noelle Johnson | February 6, 2015 9
The pink spikes of Parry’s penstemon (Penstemon parryi) may look as if they belong in a cottage garden, but in reality this perennial is a desert native that easily handles hot, intense sun with little water. This Southwestern native is easy...
Everything You Need to Know About Farmhouse Sinks
Anne Ellard | February 6, 2015 112
Being from Ireland and having included the beautiful Belfast farmhouse sink in many traditional country and farmhouse kitchen designs, I have a bit of a soft spot for farmhouse-style sinks. The farmhouse sink originated in a time when there was no running...
Shop Houzz: Origins of Hollywood Regency Style
Houzz | February 6, 2015 25
In honor of the Academy Awards, recapture the plush luxury and glittering glamour of Tinseltown’s glory days with this Houzz Shop collection. We’ve curated pieces with gilt finishes, tufted upholstery and mirrors to help you get Hollywood Regency...
Kitchen of the Week: Elegant Farmhouse Style on the Water
Becky Harris | February 6, 2015 145
A downsizing retired couple realized their lifelong dream of living on the water with this home on the picturesque Rideau River near Ottawa, Ontario. And they wanted the decor in their new home to complement the views they loved so much outside. Because...
That Gap Under the Deck: Hide It or Use It!
Courtney Olander | February 6, 2015 35
At last you’re ready to install the deck of your dreams. Before you begin construction, it’s important to consider how to address the underside of the deck and accompanying staircase. If the deck will extend from the second story, this can be quite...
How to Choose the Right Tile Layout
Yanic Simard | February 5, 2015 93
Whether you’re splurging on a rare natural stone or standing by classic porcelain, choosing a tile type is only part of the design decision. The way the tile is installed also matters. To help you figure out the best layout for your kitchen, bathroom...
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