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7 Homes Brimming With Modern Cottage Character
Grab a cup of tea and settle into a comfy spot while checking out these charming homes with cozy blended style
Classic and cute, the typical cottage has been part of our design vernacular for years. As far back as medieval England and cemented in American design from coast to coast, a cottage signifies a cozy home. It is a smaller space, without pretense and...
Line Up for Intriguing Horizontal Elements in Design
A horizontal line might be the very first line humans were aware of. As our ancestors watched the sun set over a flat, straight horizon, they were introduced to a classic design motif that never gets old. Let's look at some new ways designers are accenting...
Mid-Atlantic Gardener's February Checklist
February in the Mid-Atlantic is when winter really shows up. It is icy and cold, and the snow blows in drifts, then for a few days there is a break and the whole earth thaws. Of course, that means, slushy, muddy gardens and sad, waterlogged plants....
5 Ways to Go Bold With (Almost) All White
You've heard it all before. Add color for punch! Give your space life with color, color, color! White is boring! Though the sentiments may be true for many, there is always a place for white. White is refreshing, relaxing and the classic perfect...
What You Need to Know Before Buying Chicks
Ordering chicks for your backyard coop? Easy. But caring for them requires planning and foresight. Here's what to do
You might not think of baby chicks in the dead of winter, while the ground is frozen over and icicles are dangling from the eaves. Cold as it may be, winter is the time for ordering chicks, particularly if you are going to order rare-breed chicks...
Discover the Big Benefits of Tiny Tables
Don't juggle drinks on a lap or litter a floor with books when a regular table won't fit. Small tables easily pull more than their weight
Used well, tiny tables can make a space function better and add a bit of fun. Used incorrectly, they can just add clutter. Nobody needs more little unused tables to clutter up a space and more furniture pieces to move while cleaning! You might, however,...
Mid-Atlantic Gardener's January Checklist
Scatter berries while ye may, be kind to your fair-feathered friends and try a time-saving compost trick that will keep you out of the cold
January is not a particularly pretty month in the Mid-Atlantic garden. Few plants are in bloom, there's barely any green in sight and there are months of snow-covered bareness to look forward to. Chilly temperatures are settling in for a long winter's...
Mid-Atlantic Gardener's December Checklist
Let winter's slower pace set a relaxing rhythm — allowing your garden to rest now can be good for both of you
The weather outside is frightful, and the plants are fast asleep, but that doesn't mean that gardening is dead in winter. A few remaining tasks — from cleaning and prepping to fun little potting chores — will make those cooped-up winter days a bit...
Outdoor Lighting to Make Your Home and Landscape Glow
Let your home be a beacon at night with exterior lights for pathways, pools, trees and, of course, the front door
There is something about a house at night, glowing from within, that beckons you home. Translate that effect to your yard and you can gain extra outdoor rooms all night long. Start with the front door to welcome visitors at night, add a few...
Glorious Purple Blooms Bring a Crowning Touch to Gardens
Royally beautiful but mingling well with the masses, plants with purple flowers or foliage are worthy of homage in any garden
Purple may possibly be the perfect garden color. It is the color of royalty, which is obvious when you see it reigning supreme over the rest of the garden. At the same time, it's a great mediator. It blends well with the cool side of the color wheel...
Roll Out the Red Carpet for a Garden That's a Smash Hit
Unabashedly attention getting, red flowers and foliage perk up lackluster gardens faster than you can say, "Action"
I went through a red phase when I first started decorating my own apartments in my 20s. After about five years I fell out of love with the hot hue and went headlong into a love affair with green and sometimes the slightest hint of blue. Perhaps that...
Mid-Atlantic Gardener's November Checklist
Winding down for winter means prepping, potting, piling and picking an indoor solution for daily compost
November in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. is a time to wrap up gardening for a while, finish up those lingering to-dos and start enjoying cozy fires and seed catalogs indoors. It is also time to start thinking ahead and prepping for next year....
Mexican Design to Inspire a Home Anywhere
Brimming with courtyards, churches and creativity, the Yucatan Peninsula is a fountain of ideas for design lovers
From the city lights of Cancun to the small-town charm of Valladolid and a host of tiny villages in between, the art and design of Mexico inspire me. From colonial towns to ancient Mayan ruins, Mexico is bursting with fascinating designs. This fall I...
5 Foolproof Steps for Fresh Fall Tablescapes
With this simple approach and materials you've already got, you can make a gorgeous natural arrangement in no time
Instead of having the same setup of fruit and candles on your dining table this fall, get creative with what you have in your home. You can create a basic tablescape with fresh produce, flowers (or weeds!) from your backyard and a few kitchen supplies....
Open a View to Your Backyard's Wildlife
Enjoy an eyeful of birds, deer, chipmunks and other creatures with natural outdoor habitats that include a hidden vantage point
Wildlife can be a key part of your everyday life at home if you let it. Feeders and natural habitats can invite birds and chipmunks, for example. And when they come, how can you get the best views of them up close? The key is to create safe habitats near...