Annie Thornton


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My favorite style:
Thoughtful design 
My next house project:
Learning how to furnish on a budget 
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An Urban Greenhouse Overflows With Edibles

Making meals just means stepping into the yard for a San Francisco couple who revamped an old orchid house Full Story
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hangmyhat
Well this fella could be doing a lot worse with his spare time!
Being outdoors, getting some exercise, peaceful surroundings and good food, now that a great use of spare time! More people should improve their lifestyle with alittle dirt and sunshine.
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Evans Woodworking Inc
I love that permaculture is getting more notoriety, keep the gardening posts coming :)
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Carolyn Tran
Awesome!
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Ania Moniuszko
Beautiful healthy plants. Thank you for the inspiration. I'll try planing a cherimoya in the Castro, so we'll have two in San Francisco.
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Marie Ryan
overgrown bushes, crabgrass for the lawn and a hill out bagck with a ton of leaves, and weeds that need to come out.
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charleee
We had sod installed last year and OMG it's still alive! It looks so much better than the mud and crabgrass we had. And we created this boardwalk Easter Sunday, all I have left to do is put the clear coat on.
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There’s a Party in the Backyard, Says a Houzz Landscaping Survey

Entertaining, growing edibles and solving problems are goals for homeowners planning to revamp their yards Full Story
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Annie Thornton
I'm looking forward to seeing all of these outdoor renovation projects uploaded to Houzz once they're completed.
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Sunny Bears
We have 4 young children and a dog. We grow fruit and vegetables and will continue to do so. The kids love it, and it's a great educational tool. I've read that kids are more likely to eat what they help grow so that's another benefit. The kids love to pick them (sometimes they don't always pick them when they're ready though :)).Like anything, we learn more each time so that makes it a little easier. We use a lot of native plants, and our backyard is a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat (along with our city).
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FireFly Design, LLC
A fire bowl is a great way to add to backyard area...perfect for all seasons. FireFly Design offers authentic cast iron fire bowls and cast iron grill grates with hand forged stands.
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This Hillside Garden Succeeds on Multiple Levels

Once a kids’ playspace, this terraced backyard now has a hot tub, dining area and other lounging spots for grown-up fun Full Story
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tsudhonimh
Awesome use of the hillside.
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Houzz Products: A Special Spring Tea Party

Have your friends over for the loveliest tea party yet with fun serving pieces, tableware and accessories from our Products section Full Story
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Adela Osterloh
Whoa!!! My cup of tea.
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6 Ways to Harmonize Different Home and Garden Styles

No need to play a matching game. Unify your landscape and architecture by creating links that tie them together Full Story
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Jay Sifford Garden Design
Great pointers, June. This piece will be very useful to a lot of people.
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comfy by design
Well done, June. This piece gives several ways to bring harmony to any style. Thanks for taking the time to write it for us Houzzers.
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Annie Thornton
See more info. about this house in the featured article.
April 16, 2014 at 5:34pm   
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Japji Keating
Love it! Very simple, elegant and understated. I like the thoughtful placement of lighting too.
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risa boyer architecture
Yes, it's Terrazzo.
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HI gustafsss, this is walnut. Check out more info. on this house remodel here:
April 16, 2014 at 5:33pm   
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Inside Houzz: Setting a Midcentury Mood in Portland

Wanting to keep their home’s 1950s vibe but lose the outdated functionality, a couple finds help on Houzz Full Story
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Lauren Elyse Fine Art, LLC.
Nailed it! It surprisingly looks more authentic mid century after they work done. Thumbs up!
April 15, 2014 at 3:10pm     
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wuff
Groovy baby!!! Excelent
April 15, 2014 at 3:28pm     
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Jade West
I love the couple's attempts at executing their vision; Boyer stepped in and enhanced it beautifully.
April 15, 2014 at 3:37pm     
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Charlene Earl
Love all the new changes. Thanks for all the before & after photos! I love the new terrazzo floor too.
April 15, 2014 at 3:46pm     
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rmnathan
Karen that's a good question: Several reasons: 1. Oregon is quite gray in the winter and the floors made the house very dark. 2. That is Brazilian chestnut naturally finished and as you can see tile was removed from the kitchen and it would have been virtually impossible to match the color if we tried to put in hardwoods. 3. Anyone who has had dark hardwoods can attest they are nearly impossible to keep clean, particularly with these....
April 16, 2014 at 7:50am     
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Great Native Plant: Grow Wild Quinine for Its Unique Clusters of Blooms

Get connoisseur cred and unique blooms with this uncommon plant. Bonus assets: It’s low maintenance and drought tolerant Full Story
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salex
I've never seen this plant, but in the photos it appears similar to a western native, pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), which is in the same family as quinine. Just thought I'd mention it for the Westerners among us!
April 11, 2014 at 11:39am     
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April 10, 2014
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How to Build a Raised Bed for Your Veggies and Plants

Whether you’re farming your parking strip or beautifying your backyard, a planting box you make yourself can come in mighty handy Full Story
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Annie Thornton
Beautiful garden, Marilyn!
April 10, 2014 at 8:13am     
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nanajag
I want to build this some day
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Christian Swann
Love
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April 9, 2014
Annie Thornton is following Ashton Kutcher
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Shea Studio Interiors, Inc
How about a cool airplane inspired desk! And a burnt orange super groovy sofa.
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Shea Studio Interiors, Inc
Btw, you don't need ideas. You need someone that can conceptualize, design and implement a cohesive plan that you love.
I'm interested in being that someone!
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How to Help Your Town’s Beneficial Birds and Bugs

Make a habitat using local materials to provide a home to the creatures that help our gardens Full Story
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Malissa Babe
I see a family project in our near future!!
April 12, 2014 at 5:44pm   
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cprice03
Yep, hummers are back in NC. Also bees. Trying to plant some flowers for them. Hummer loves our red azalea and, of course, the feeder.
April 13, 2014 at 3:22pm   
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Houzz Tour: Curves Ahoy! See a Unique Floating Home

It appeared on ‘Portlandia,’ but it doesn’t take a camera crew to see how special this home on a river is Full Story
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Annie Thornton
The shot that shows the wall that looks like a tree trunk cross section is amazing. That detail is perfect.
April 7, 2014 at 10:14am     
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lisadoll
Some people are just so damn talented.
AND they want to please the clients ,FOREMOST ?
UNBELIEVABLE?!
My dream home would be in Tiberon,CA. But NOW, it might be a floating home..... Okay I've amended my dream.. I guess I could " settle" for Sausalito. Lol!
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kellandd
Love this, unique but beautiful!
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How to Farm Your Parking Strip

Get an up-close look at a thriving street-side edible garden, one of many sprouting up in Seattle Full Story
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sartarehare
In response to another post, the City of Seattle (I don't know as much about Portland since I didn't own a home when I lived there but certainly see plenty of this) actually ENCOURAGES you to use your parking strip for this and for planting trees. You can contact them for times to pick up FREE trees for your neighborhood. Yes, technically they can dig it up if there's a sewage problem, etc, but you can look up property records for easements in the planning stage. All in all, there shouldn't be any problem. There are permits required for planting trees in the strips though and YOU are responsible for maintaining them, not the city (unless they interfere with power lines, etc, though they likely won't permit such specimens). Sort of a catch there......
My only suggestion: if you are planting in a public right of way, PLEASE don't top your trees and shrubs. It is unhealthy for the tree, looks HORRIBLE, causes the tree to regrow MORE shoots that look worse over time. And if you live in my neighborhood, I'll rat you out to the city until they knock on your door and fine you, since it is illegal to top trees on city property. Yep. And yeah, I've done it more than once.
March 25, 2014 at 2:23pm     
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dragonends
Riverside California recently hosted a local ag summit and had a former Seattle city councilman speak. The hell strip parking was one resident side but originally ha resistance from the city. The resident and councilman worked to change city codes and ordinances to allow this type of planting. The councilman said in his press station and Grow Riverside that the city requires a permit, which is free, and that if you are on a corner you have to keep planting a under 3 feet tall, 30 feet from each corner. There is nothing to stop any other city in the country from doing the same thing. Talk to your local elected leaders and educate them on the importance of local ag and the many other benefits like community engagement that projects like this bring. Local goverent will not make these types of ch ages on their own, you have to bring the ideas to them.
April 5, 2014 at 12:46pm     
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At-Risk Teens Get a Well-Designed Home and Real Hope

Designers and other volunteers create an apartment to keep older foster kids off the streets, off drugs and on a path to a better life Full Story
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Annie Thornton
Thank you for clarifying that point, Charmean. Everyone involved worked extremely hard to make this day, and this program, a long-term success.
April 6, 2014 at 12:49pm     
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sjf_1911
Inspirational
April 7, 2014 at 2:11pm     
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Maggie Bocanegra
What a wonderful project, I hope more of these are created all around our country, we are in dire need of them. Very inspirational! Many Blessings!
April 8, 2014 at 9:15am     
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Houzz Tour: A Do-Over Addition Brings in Light, Air and Views

Double-height glass solves a host of the problems that plagued the previous add-on in this Washington, D.C., bungalow Full Story
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Annie Thornton
I love how they left the small portion of the floors and wall opening unfinished – I don't think I've ever seen that before.
April 2, 2014 at 3:13pm     
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denold
I like what they've done, from opening up the floor plan to adding big windows. The only thing that really makes it look unfinished to me is the unfinished floor and chipped edges of the wall they knocked down. I know they want this to be some kind of an artsy statement but I think most people won't see it in that light. To "ordinary" people this looks like an unfinished project. Other than that, love the renovation.
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flipwiz
Loved the reclaimed wood on the staircase and the back window wall. To me, it would have made sense to pair the kitchen bench with a table to create a dining area and use what is now the dining area as a family room -- much easier to keep an eye on kids. I was also not crazy about the new roofline. It felt very early-70's contemporary to me with a portion jutting up to accommodate the clerestory windows.
April 13, 2014 at 7:31am   
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acouch
Where can I purchase this wire basket?
April 1, 2014 at 11:01am   
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Annie Thornton
I suggest contacting the designer Lauri Kranz to ask more about this basket. ediblegardensla@gmail.com
April 1, 2014 at 10:42pm   
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Hi @kc1313, read more about these garden houses in this ideabook. Lauri Kranz uses them as very successful deer deterrents.
April 1, 2014 at 10:41pm     
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kc1313
thank you!
April 2, 2014 at 9:20am     
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How to Grow Your Own Cocktail Garden

Conceivably, anything edible could find its way into a cocktail. Why not make the route rather short? Full Story
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christymcd
I make basil lemon drops that are wonderful. I put some basil in a sealed contained with chopped basil to get an infused sugar for the rim of the glass and then muddle some basil with vodka, sugar, and fresh lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Cheers!
April 4, 2014 at 8:01am     
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AccentPositives Home Staging
very fun and interesting piece with some great ideas to try out!
April 4, 2014 at 9:09am     
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My Houzz: 2 Tools + 1 Resourceful Guy = Lots of Great ‘New’ Furniture

With scrap wood and a hands-on attitude, a San Francisco renter on a tight budget furnishes his bedroom and more Full Story
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Annie Thornton
I love these simple wall-mounted shelves and would love to incorporate something like them into my apartment. It's a great idea for someone renting on a very limited budget. I have a quick question. Are they all on the studs? How much weight can the desk hold?
March 31, 2014 at 5:36pm     
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stevedenver
I really like seeing how innovation and prioritization works in this small space. Houzz can often feel like the domain of those who have unlimited resources. I prefer Hoff's unlimited vision.
April 9, 2014 at 1:19am     
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farnaz_mhb
Fantastic,so beautifull
April 15, 2014 at 2:45pm   
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Grow a Kitchen Garden in 16 Square Feet

Got a sunny 4-by-4 space? You can make meals more interesting with your own vegetables and herbs Full Story
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Knuck1es
Those are cherry tomatoes, which are great in a small space. i've had success with Sweet 100s.
March 30, 2014 at 10:24am     
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Spring Garden Ideas From Colonial Williamsburg

Discover old-time resourcefulness — how gardeners worked the land, used local materials and more — to apply to your landscape today Full Story
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jhm7025
Inspiring, beautiful article! Thank you!
March 30, 2014 at 7:39am     
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smeconomy
Loved this article and all the photos are stunning.
March 30, 2014 at 5:15pm     
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Itrydiythenusuallybuy
Williamsburg, VA and Old Salem, NC both have beautiful gardens which maximize small plots and combine beauty with function. Colonial williamsburg has undergone a lot of transformation, the gardens along the river are some of my favorite areas. The pictures are from last fall where not much is currently in bloom.
March 30, 2014 at 8:06pm     
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Belle Chaise
My daughter attended the College of William and Mary. We visited every spring and the gardens are just beautiful. Thanks for the memories!!
March 31, 2014 at 7:04am     
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Advice on Canyon Farming From L.A.'s Vegetable Whisperer

See how a screened garden house and raised beds help an edible garden in a Los Angeles canyon thrive Full Story
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Annie Thornton
@seashell27, these photos are of the fall/winter garden. Thank you for all of your comments and advice on edible gardening and canyon farming. I will be sure and check with Lauri Kranz about more of the specifics for this garden.
March 30, 2014 at 10:42pm     
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dreamdoctor
Also do not use treated lumber in or near water - the reason it does not rot is because it is poisonous to life. Railroad ties count as treated lumber - any form of treatment. If using reclaimed wood older than say thirty years check it for lead content if it has any remnants of paint on it. If you are planting next to a structure that is over 30 years old (or if there was ever a structure there that is now "gone") check the soil for lead - the plants will absorb it. By the by - if you are in a dry area consider using stone mulch - a "trick" I learned in Arkansas - went back after almost thirty years and the plants are still doing fine (unattended). Planting next to a side walk or the like has some of the same benefits.
April 1, 2014 at 10:18am   
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boohoo789
I really like the idea of screening in a small vegetable garden when the critters are taking over. Thanks for the idea!
April 8, 2014 at 12:39pm     
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10 Expert Tips for Growing Edibles in Containers

Get glorious veggies and fruits on your patio with a pro’s guidance — including his personal recipe for potting mix Full Story
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Nigel Rollings Landscape Design
Thanks for great article... it confirmed a few things for me just as I'm about to install a vertical edible garden on my south wall ! However, some of the soil ingredients are going to be hard to find ! I'll keep the top layer of soil cool and moist with a light layer of shredded cedar mulch and my drip system will deliver water twice a day in the scorching heat of our increasingly hotter N.Y.C. summers. Very helpful story I will pass on to students at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
March 26, 2014 at 9:44am     
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Hello, Honey: Beekeeping Anywhere for Fun, Food and Good Deeds

We need pollinators, and they increasingly need us too. Here, why and how to be a bee friend Full Story
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Earl Stigler
I bought my first bee hive last year and was truly amazed the return on that small investment.

The honey we extracted last year had a very distinctive taste and was gone (as gifts to neighbors and friends) before we knew it. I hope to extract 120 lbs this year.

I am adding two more hives this spring, one by the garden and the other by the fruit trees. My neighbor was so impressed he's buying two hives himself. I have people already asking when it's going to be ready...lol
March 25, 2014 at 10:38am     
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Realstone Systems
Cathiesvillano, one of our friends in a suburban neighborhood where the houses are very close together and with small back yards, had the same problem. He installed a hive on the roof of his sun porch and no one was the wiser. Once he had a harvest, he went to his neighbors with a gift of honey and informed them the hive had been within a 5 yard radius of their homes for the last 6 months. No one objected and he is now helping tutor two of them with their own backyard hives.Good luck!
March 26, 2014 at 8:35am     
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