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You Said It: ‘Put It Back’ If It Won’t Help Your House, and More Wisdom

Highlights from the week include stopping clutter from getting past the door, fall planting ideas and a grandfather’s gift of love Full Story
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Becky Harris
Taylorcraft, the milestone was the 4 millionth photo posted on Houzz! Apparently, I never got around to telling you like I promised I would. Sorry about that!
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Thank you Becky. You kept us in suspense!
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5 Ways to Pare Down Your Stuff — Before It Gets in the Door

Want to free up some room around the house? Rethink gift giving, give yourself a shopping mantra and just say, ‘No, thank you’ to freebies Full Story
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susanporch
When I'm out shopping and I see something I "want", I ask myself "do I "need it", or do I just "want" it?...............another trick I use when I'm contemplating a purchase, is to say this mantra; "When in doubt, go without"!
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cajunsma
While I do know I have a problem with paper, I'll be moving into a smaller home soon thus I will be DELETING a lot of everything very soon. So very happy about this move. :D
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Insulation Basics: Designing for Temperature Extremes in Any Season

Stay comfy during unpredictable weather — and prevent unexpected bills — by efficiently insulating and shading your home Full Story
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chrsull
broquet, adding insulation to uninsulated walls is quite feasible, but if you've already got insulation in the walls, improving it is hard. As Kipnis says, a good option is to add it on the outside, under new siding, if you are putting on new siding anyway. If new siding is not of interest, the best bet is often to improve other areas:
1) Seal air leaks.
2) Thicker insulation in the attic (blown-in cellulose).
3) Insulate the foundation walls, which are often uninsulated, e.g. with EPS foam, on the interior or exterior.
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Thanks, Chrsull and Kipnis. We'll probably end up doing the residing in a couple years, so we'll check into adding the insulation then. In the meantime, we'll plug leaks and check the roof and foundation insulation.
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Want a More Colorful, Natural Garden? Try a Perennial Meadow

Spend less time tending and more time taking in the sights by improving on Victorian and prairie garden designs Full Story
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Love it! I want to experiment using this style with drought tolerant plants in my Southern Cali yard.
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Great Design Plant: Sensitive Fern Shows Its Strengths

Wondering what will thrive in your wet, shady garden? It’s Onoclea sensibilis to the rescue Full Story
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Jay, I'm a fairly experienced gardener, but I've never grown a fern. I have a space that seems perfect for something like this one and am feeling adventurous. How do I find a good source for ferns? My local nurseries don't have much.
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The fertile fronds are very attractive! I will often cut them after they have darkened and bring them inside to add to a container or flower arrangement.
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Great Design Plant: Wild Bergamot, Friend of Foragers

Nourish butterflies and other winged creatures with the tubular flowers of Monarda fistulosa, a pretty pink native Full Story
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Ruth
I bought a red bergamot (monardo) but the leaves kept mildewing so I pulled it all out. I did have too many other tall plants around it. I will try the wild bergamot and plant correctly. :)
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Jere Jackson
This plant grows wild in deep shade under poplars and pines here on our farm. It will do so if the water supply is adequate. It is invasive like any mint if the soil is good and water is plentiful. Planting in poorer soil and a drier area will slow its invasiveness. This plant seems hardier than the red. Here in Alabama it won't tolerate full sun, poor soil, and dryness. Here it needs frequent water, though constant dampness will increase mildew problems. I doubt it will do well in a hot dry rocky yard in zones 8 and higher. Also what grows here doesn't bloom thru the heat of summer.
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Sound Advice for Designing a Home Music Studio

How to unleash your inner guitar hero without antagonizing the neighbors Full Story
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This was the best informational article I have read in a long time. I don't do music but I love learning interesting things. Thank you for being so thoughtful and insightful in your writing! Bravo
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Daniela Rodríguez Zarza
Excellent information, a lot to think about this article!
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Great Design Plant: Painter’s Palette Knotweed Adds Color in Shade

Use bold and colorful Persicaria virginiana for an artistic touch in a darker garden Full Story
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that is Fallopia japonica 'variegata'...it has two common names; Japanese knotweed and Fleeceflower, so it gets confused with Persicaria (same family, different Genus). Another pretty plant with, I believe, similar cultural requirements. I had this plant for awhile, but it died out. Maybe it's time to try the Fallopia again...I forgot how pretty it is! :)
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maile78
I planted two cuttings (from a friend's garden) along the foundation of my house where there are no beds and where the grass wasn't growing well. It's filling in the spot nicely, even after a very HARD winter which killed a few of my newer plants. It does tend to grow where it wants, so careful where you put it.
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12 Ways to Get a Luxe Bathroom Look for Less

Your budget bathroom can have a high-end feel with these tricks for choosing tile, stone, furniture and more Full Story
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beartrack1
For those interested in solid surface, like swanstone, quartz, or other for walls--

Be careful to design or use floor that can be replaced without destroying your wallls. If you use a fiberglas pan and solid surface comes down over the edge of it, you may find it expensive to fix if fiberglass pan becomes etched or stained in the future.
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daisycoffee
How to have a spotless glass shower door:

tell your daughter that her brand new zebra bathroom will become YOUR bathroom if YOU have to clean it !!

It works !!
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9 Questions to Ask a Home Remodeler Before You Meet

Save time and effort by ruling out deal breakers with your contractor before an in-person session Full Story
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Very helpful article with beautiful pics. These 9 questions seem to be must asked questions to the home remodeler. Thanks for sharing this informative post.
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Gerald Lorentz
Good article. . . just one thing to add to the list. . .

Before anything happens (and after these questions are answered) ask for their schedule of your project on an Excel spreadsheet showing the cash flow and completion projections.
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Cooking With Character: 13 Personality-Packed Kitchens

Not a fan of sleek, modern kitchens? Then try these eclectic cooking spaces on for size Full Story
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sirella
In the monochromatic kitchen, there is a small pop of white on the black side. I would have liked to see a pop of black on the white side. A well placed all black mixing bowl or vase or platter would have caught the eye.
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alibonelli
That one sink, my goodness a grown person could take a bath in it! That was my favorite.
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Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Radishes

Fast growing and bright, these easy-care veggies are great for kids and bring plentiful color to a fall or spring garden Full Story
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Sheila Schmitz
Bala Sugavanam, the edible garden section is still here and it's growing. Click the link at the top of this story, or go to Ideabooks > Outdoor Living > Gardening > Edible Gardening
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Bala Sugavanam
Sheila, Houzz app was upgraded, now there is no outdoor living. only Outdoors> . and no edible garden
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Bathroom Workbook: The Right Height for Your Sinks, Mirrors and More

Making some bathroom upgrades? Here’s how to place all your main features for the most comfortable, personalized fit Full Story
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victoran
Another height idea for a shower is to have a rain shower (heaven) that has a bar connecting it to the wall on a sliding ring. In France, many showers have this as well as the Presidio in San Francisco. Sorry, no photo.
It was wonderful, as being short, I just moved the bar down to my height while my husband moved it up to its full height. The shower also had not only rain shower, but also traditional hand held shower. Nice to have all the options. When we move, we will have a walk-in (wheelchair roll in ) access with seat and rain shower and hand held...Comfort is the #1 issue in a good shower design.
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Thank you all for the kind words and comments about my first Ideabook! I will definitely keep them in mind for future posts.
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Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Salad Greens

From arugula to radicchio, greens have taken a top spot on the table and in fall and winter gardens. See how to start growing them now Full Story
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aimeetrayser
I live in the Virgin. Islands and have had a hard time growing any kind of salad green as the temperature is too high. Any suggestions?
September 2, 2014 at 5:57PM     
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tsudhonimh
Aimee ... If I can grow lettuce in Phoenix, AZ in July you can do it. I was growing it in the shade of a tree, but it was tasty.

Read the seed catalogs and look for heat-resistant strains, "slow-bolting" strains. Thicker-leaved crops, like spinach and chard, hold up better to heat than fluffy lettuces.

And there are heat-tolerant plants that can be used instead of the common lettuce, etc. "Malabar Spinach" for leaves, "Armenian cucumber" for the cucumbers, "Purple Hyacinth Bean, or Lab-Lab" for beans and leaves.

Put the European crops where they will get afternoon shade, mulch well and pay attention to watering. Plant successions of crops so when one batch bolts and goes bitter you have young ones coming along.
September 3, 2014 at 9:32AM     
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Give Your Kitchen a Café Vibe

Re-create the look of your favorite café with a menu board, bistro chairs, vintage artwork and other key ingredients Full Story
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zweiback
Oh for a swinging door! Been thinking about putting one in since I moved into my house 4 years ago - maybe its time!
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Me gustaría un sitio así
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Great Design Plant: Dwarf Blue Indigo Offers Carefree Beauty

Drought tolerant and a bumblebee magnet, spiky Baptisia australis may be the easiest plant you ever grow Full Story
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A. Watkins
Many years ago, my mom bought baptisia for each of my sisters and I and herself, to plant at each of our homes in memory of a great big wonderful family dog who had passed. Mine is by far the biggest and thickest - it has really thrived! It's planted in lousy sand & clay, facing southwest. Completely hardy and quite showy! I think sun and soil conditions contribute to the floppier / more wispy versions in the family. This one loves where it's at. I've never watered it, never protected it (we are in northern MN, harsh winters, zone 3) Mine has started a few new shoots over several years, but they are easily pulled and definitely not invasive. It's one big round bush. Some years with bad storms I have had the stalks splay out a bit, especially when they've become heavy with seed pods. But this year in particular it's thick and sturdy. A fantastic, hardy plant.
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Where can I order this?
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Kitchen of the Week: The Calm After the Storm

Ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, a suburban New York kitchen is reborn as a light-filled space with a serene, soothing palette Full Story
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Phillip Solomon
This has instant appeal. Great work and good for the family. Would love to be able to implement a similar design in our Brownstone....Ugh!
September 8, 2014 at 12:52PM   
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joanorchid
Please Phillip Solomon, ...If you have a beautiful Brownstone, it deserves much better than this. It deserves a sense of history and melding of the old with the necessary upgrades. It should have bit of quirkiness, not the mundane. If you need an example, (only an example, not exact) please watch the modern version of the Sherlock Holmes tv show called, "Elementary" on CBS. The set decoration is superb, and has many interesting ideas to use in a Brownstone.
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Great Design Plant: Foamflower Cushions Shady Garden Areas

Try evergreen ground cover Tiarella cordifolia for a soft look all year — one the rabbits and deer won’t mess with Full Story
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Curtis Adams
I did some searching at mail order nurseries and many are sold out now. I will be checking at the native plant sales this fall for more of the running variety. Price-wise, in my experience, they are priced about the same as other perennials.
September 1, 2014 at 2:05PM   
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roxieks
Hostas are more common where I live, but these plants are being introduced. Lovely
September 1, 2014 at 4:52PM   
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Great Design Plant: Snowberry Pleases Year-Round

Bright spring foliage, pretty summer flowers, white berries in winter ... Symphoricarpos albus is a sight to behold in every season Full Story
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Hi mrsobbs, that's a great question! I simplified for this article, as most readers are seeking cultural, not taxonomical, information but actually, there are two varieties: Symphoricarpos albus var. albus, (called the "Atlantic" type, native from the Hudson Bay to Alaska, south to California and east to North Carolina) and Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus (the "Pacific" variety, found from southern Alaska south to California, Montana and Colorado. Clearly, there is some geographic cross-over between the two. Apart from minor morphological differences, the most distinct difference in growth/habit I've seen described is a heavier fruit set in the west coast form. Back to your question: yes, it's possible that one form grows more vigorously in certain settings than the other, but I have not yet seen that described in the scientific literature. And, of course, just because a plant is not native, does not mean it will be invasive, of course. Many non-natives can barely be kept alive, and some natives are "invasive" -- here in the PNW, you must be careful bringing native Geum, Epilobium (fireweed), thimbleberry, and many other natives into cultivated gardens. In the case of snowberry, I mostly suspect moisture levels. More thoughts on this are most welcome!
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Technically, native plants are "aggressive" not invasive, since they belong in the regions they are found in. An invasive plant is not native to the region, and lacks the predators & diseases that would keep it in check in its natural environment.
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15 Ways to Make Your Home Speak Spanish

You won't need a translator to appreciate the beauty of Spanish-style ironwork, tile, architecture and more around the home Full Story
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My Spanish bathroom
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Decorative Pool Tiles
Add some Colorful Spanish pool tiles at the waterline!
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20 Favorite Flowers for the Fall Landscape

Vivid blooms and striking shapes make these annuals and perennials a delight in autumn gardens Full Story
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Here are other examples of Black Eyed Susan, Coreopsis Moonbeam, Magnus Coneflower, and Russian Sage!
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What is the best flowers to put under a tree in Chicago that's going to come back every year
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Review for Ron Conte Construction:

He and his small team do beautiful work and he is a very nice person to work with. His screen porches are works of art. I recommend him over any of the larger ...
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