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I am a freelance editorial and wedding photographer based out of Hershey, PA. My photography and design work has been featured on a variety of outlets including the Nate Berkus show, Garden Design Magazine, Zest Magazine, Hobby Farm Home,,, Fine, Design*sponge, Apartment Therapy and more. I blog about design, food, photography and the occasional personal insight over at 'A Nest for All Seasons' -- come say Hello!
Hershey, PA US 
Amy Renea 
Hershey, PA  
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Old School Green Design: Add Texture With Grass

Ornamental grasses capture the breeze and ripple like water in the landscape Full Story
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Amy, what you identified as pampas grass are actually pink muhly grass. a native of the northeast US.
March 17, 2013 at 12:54pm     
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15 Creative Backsplashes Full of Character

You’ll find personality aplenty in these distinctive backsplashes — and lots of inspiration too Full Story
     Comment   July 13, 2014
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We wanted to be able to have spices readily available and save space in our limited cabinet storage. We had planned on tiling the backsplash integrated with strips of steel, but found someone who painted backsplashes. It was a perfect solution to our desires. We love it!!!
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Susan Beecher
Honestly, most of these backsplashes must belong to people who either: never cook or have someone to clean for them!
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10 endroits inattendus où faire pousser des légumes

Balcons, pots, terrains en pente... Voici une sélection d'endroits saugrenus où pousseront allègrement vos légumes. Full Story
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Roots of Style: Does Your House Have a Medieval Heritage?

Look to the Middle Ages to find where your home's steeply pitched roof, gables and more began Full Story
     Comment   July 2, 2014
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I was brought up in a home that was built by my great grandfather in 1905. It had 5 entrances. 3 doors into the large kitchen, 1 into the basement with stairs going up to the kitchen, and 1 door which we called the front door but was rarely used. We all liked to go into the kitchen because that is where life happened.

We also had 2 sets of stairs, the front and back. The back stairs were in the kitchen and the front stairs were at the 'front door' which was great because we could sneak up the front stairs if necessary with out anyone seeing us.
September 8, 2013 at 9:39am     
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I grew up in a house with three front doors--the orig very early 1700's Dutch Door (house was an early Hudson Valley NJ Dutch swoop roof) a slightly later add-on kitchen and second floor addition gained a different front door mere feet from the Dutch Door--and a very narrow and twisted staircase with built in storage and ice box built into and underneath---this was over the basement entrance so the space was odd but very well utilized!

And then there was the newer addition to the house which had a fairly formal paneled door that was more than 3 INCHES thick--whoever hung the thing tho knew exactly what they were doing as even after 200 years in the North East it was plumb level and the hinges were perfect. We had a key that was hand cut and no matter who tried they could not duplicate one to actually work in the hand made lock!

There is however but one back door! Oh and lets not forget the hidden Underground Railway exit/entrance that went under the yard to a stream and thence to the Hackensack River---

Miss that house everyday.
September 22, 2013 at 8:25pm     
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halleycomet- houzz needs to do a photo shoot of THAT house! What wonderful history!
October 3, 2013 at 6:51pm     
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Hang Your American Flag With Etiquette and Style

Show your patriotic pride with a flag on your home’s exterior for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July or all year round Full Story
     Comment   June 30, 2014
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I love the look of American flags hung on houses - that's something I don't think I've ever seen in the UK, with the exception of certain events like the Jubilee. But then I don't know whether I'd fly an English flag or a Union flag!
June 4, 2014 at 9:52am     
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I'm proud to fly the stars and stripes in all 4 seasons here...
June 15, 2014 at 5:59am     
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My dad lived to be 91, and was a WWII vet. He was peace loving, and staunchly opposed to war, calling it " unspeakable".
I never knew my dad to fly the flag until the last 15 yrs of his life, when he was probably too tired , and just caved in to my mom's need to conform.
I remember asking him why he never flew the flag.. His answer as far back as I can remember was always the same: " we live in America, of course we're American.. I'm a bit suspicious of people who fly the flag.. Makes me wonder if they're communists or something!"
June 30, 2014 at 7:29am     
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We fly our flag all the time.
June 30, 2014 at 7:44am     
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Cording Landscape Design
Elegance through simplicity!
June 30, 2014 at 7:51am     
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Zest for Orange Stays Strong in Fall 2012

From pumpkin to tangerine, this hue is still hot stuff on walls, rugs, furniture and accessories Full Story
     Comment   June 28, 2014
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We live in a mid-century BC redwood style cedar home with an open lobby with a lot of cedar - cedar stairs and railings, cedar door and cedar partial ceiling - and have recently removed the artwork we have been living with for years and replaced with a large IKEA Mongstad (on sale at $88) orange framed mirror and have added the Malm occasional table identified above as our table for keys etc. - it has completely refreshed the area and has added a wonderful retro coolness factor. Now to paint the bench a shiny black and find a suitable piece of art to replace the green mirron on the wall......
October 7, 2012 at 1:38pm     
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You Said It: ‘The Birds Will Thank You’ and More Houzz Quotables

Design advice, inspiration and observations that struck a chord this week Full Story
     Comment   June 27, 2014
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Becky Harris
By "duly noted" i meant that it has been read and remembered for the future and didn't need to be repeated and re-argued twenty more times, which seemed to be where things were headed. Mistakes happen. Beating people over the head with a stick about them for days is not something I'm going to put up with, in my own life or in a Houzz comments section. Duly noted? ;)
July 7, 2014 at 5:50am     
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“What seems small to one person can feel like a palace to another.” — Mitchell Parker
This one made me giggle regarding a camping trip with my husband a few years ago. We had a fairly large RV and were waiting in line at the dump station as we were preparing to leave the campground. We had pulled up behind one of those tiny Casita campers. We are both fairly tall so a discussion ensued about how crowded that little camper would be even though we spend most of our camping time outside. As we continued to discuss the issues while we moved closer in line to the dump station, the owner of the trailer hopped out to get her equipment ready for when she pulled up to the dump. And she was a midget! Well then... suddenly we realized that Casita had plenty of room! It's all relative! The perspective completely changed as we giggled (honestly, not mean-heartedly at all) over how roomy it was with high ceilings, HUGE kitchen, etc...

We have since downsized our camper to one that is about half the size of the previous one. We bought it from a friend who is a CPA. She did some accounting work for a couple who are mural and sign painters. They paid for her services by painting her camper for her. The cowboy in the first picture has a real spur attached to his boot and the bucket beside him has plastic Miller Lite bottles cut in half and attached along with acrylic "ice" cubes glued around to look like the beer is being iced down. The huge margarita glass has glitter "salt" around the rim. We sure get some looks, waves, and thumbs up while we are going down the road!
July 11, 2014 at 10:13am   
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   Comment   June 26, 2014
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In the article, a comment was left that IDs it as a bananaquit. From what I have read, that fits the habits and characteristics this bird and its mother exhibited.
June 26, 2014 at 10:05am   
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Right. The Kiskadee has a thicker, straighter beak!
June 28, 2014 at 7:51am   
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Bring on the Birds: Natural Habitat Ideas for Gardens of All Sizes

Provide nesting, watering and perching spots inspired by the Costa Rican jungle and watch the birds flock on over Full Story
     Comment   June 26, 2014
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Just one note to those concerned about the rescue birds in Costa Rica. They were very happy and well fed and in the wild, they would be eaten within minutes due to injury. I think I would prefer their life to a predator's mouth.
June 26, 2014 at 7:28am   
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I liked this article if only learn different birding techniques and I've never seen a bananaquit before!

I've become quite a birder with my half acre out in the country. There has been a learning curve as to seeds and what feeders, etc. I could type lots and lots lol! I will keep it to two tips from the comments...1) try using safflower seed to keep grackles and squirrels at bay rather than any corn/millet based seed and 2) putting a water wiggler in your bird bath will keep the water from standing and attracting mosquitos.
July 2, 2014 at 6:48pm     
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Oh! Ha. I had a party for my bday and my Mom noticed my dirty slider and windows in the room where my feeders are outside of. I told her I don't wash them b/c when they're dirty, birds don't fly into them. :).

I also slant my blinds so there is less of a reflection and put the feeders in places that don't allow them to get top flight speeds. It's working so far...putting the blinds up when we moved in helped too (nothing had been on them).

Love birds :)
July 2, 2014 at 6:53pm     
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