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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
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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!
last Friday at 8:57pm     
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feathercd, your kitchen is beautiful! We're remodeling our kitchen right now and I'm searching for a back splash. My new cabinets are white and my wood floors are similar in color to your kitchen floor. And, I think blue and white is a perfect color combination for a kitchen, or any room really! Could you please tell me the name of the back splash you used in your kitchen? I love it :) Thank you!
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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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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   July 3, 2014
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In the midwest we take down the bird feeders in the spring when nature begins to green else the black bears will get at them. The closer to the house the more dangerous it gets. Last summer a woman only had the screen door closed for ventilation while she was canning and a bear came into the kitchen, she ran to the bedroom and called for help. The police couldn't get the bear to come out so they shot it in the living room, what a mess and alot of damage. She was lucky the bear didn't knock down the bedroom door. I also plant for the butterflies. Each year I seem to plant more. In the afternoon I walk out and there seems like millions of butterflies rise up out of the garden to greet me, actually I think they are curious and don't really want me intruding, but I can't describe how beautiful and varied the butterflies are. At night we catch a few fireflies in mason jars to light our way in the yard and turn them loose when we go inside. The birds in the spring love the seed heads left over from the fall on the hydrangea bush and are they loud and completely cover the bush until they have eaten all the seeds. Did you know that in the past all open porch ceilings were painted sky blue to discourage birds, bees and spiders from building their homes on porches. They thought it was the sky and they were afraid of predators.
June 30, 2014 at 12:14pm     
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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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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
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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
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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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