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Simple Pleasures: Savor a Starry Evening

See how magical moonlight can be by relaxing outdoors after the sun goes down Full Story
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Salvage Style: A DIY Upholstery Project Makes a Grand Entrance

See how to turn a recycled coffee table into a stylish bench for your entryway Full Story
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Love that idea just handy for sprawling after lugging down the groceries
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Great idea,will try this for sure
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Turn a Beat-Up Bar Cart Into a Thing of Beauty

Found a cast-off cart or table? See how to transform it into a stunning accent for your home Full Story
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Amazing work, very inspiring.
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Two dollars?? That's awesome! I've never had to buy bedroom suites new because I have had so much great luck finding beautiful wood pieces that just needing refinishing or painting. I'm sure I've saved thousands over the years. The only furniture items I won't skimp on are dining room sets and living room furniture.
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Glam Home Offices for Go-Getters

Get motivated to do your best in a home office that looks its best Full Story
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Looking forward to working on Phase 2!! Thank you Susan!!
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I'm so into glam offices - why make your conference table boring? Why not put your logo in the middle in 22 k gold leaf? Here, I've tried to create a Monet-ish glass table using verre eglomise old master techniques mixed in with some modern products. Contemporary but with a thousand years of character!
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Edible Gardening Essentials: Watering Tips Worth Soaking Up

To give your edibles just what they need, get water-wise with these guidelines for how, when and how much Full Story
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Lilion,
clean empty tuna can and dig it in the garden soil . Make sure the top edge of the can even with the soil level. Start evenly watering that area. When the can is full of water - you just provided an inch of water to the garden.
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Make your gardens even more beautiful with edible and visual embellishments. Mosaic bird baths can be placed at the end of a raised bed or a mosaic mural leaning against a wall.
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Patio-Perfect Berry Bushes Like You’ve Never Seen

Small enough for pots but offering abundant fruit, these remarkable bred berries are a boon for gardeners short on space Full Story
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Laurie
I almost picked up the raspberry bush and the peach sorbet blueberry this spring at my local nursery. I opted not to, mostly due to the price, but I wasn't sure how they would fair in the North Texas heat. It gets really hot here over the summer. I do have a blackberry plant in an earth box that is growing well so maybe these would too. I'll have to look for them again in the spring.
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Thanks for the feedback and information. I bought a variety of 6 of these plants which were under $30 each in Winnipeg at a local nursery. I got a few raspberries from one bush and look forward to the others all fruiting next spring. In November we'll cover them up well for the winter as we're in zone 3 here. By the way there was a bumper crop of wild blueberries in the boreal forests of eastern Manitoba this summer and we even picked a few of the remnants in the damper shady areas last weekend!
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11 Japanese Maples for Breathtaking Color and Form

With such a wide range to choose from, there’s a beautiful Japanese maple to suit almost any setting Full Story
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Hi terpak. I do not believe that those branches will ever leaf out. If you break a branch and it is very brittle and snaps, it is dead. You'll then need to prune the tree the best way you can. Japanese maples don't handle extremely cold weather too well. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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Great Design Plant: Butterfly Milkweed, a Beacon in the Prairie

Vivacious orange flowers for you, nectar for the butterflies and bees. Asclepias tuberosa is worth planting for more reasons than one Full Story
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We only have a few lady bugs here, not nearly enough to kill the tons of aphids on my plants unfortunately.
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I typically like to let the bugs go knowing that it's all part of the circle of life, but... my milkweed have been saturated in aphids for the past month (all along the stems, under the leaves, on the seed pods). So when I watered last, I took the hose to the aphids as well, and that seemed to do the trick. I did first check to make sure I wasn't hosing down any caterpillar larva or ladybug eggs. I still feel a little guilty about it but much better than a chemical alternative I like to tell myself.
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7 Low-Maintenance Lawn Alternatives

Turf isn't the only ground cover in town. Get a lush no-grass lawn with clover, moss and other easy-care plants Full Story
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auntkathy
Thanks sacpuntaslapioz. I have tried the smelly smelly sprays. Yes they work until the next rainfall but the smell lingers more than a few hours., sometimes days. I think I need a dog. I thank you for the suggestion, keep them coming.
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I live in Norfolk, Virginia. USDA cold zone 8. Average 46 inches of rain a year.

several notes

Any variety of Liriope MUSCARI is a clumping version of monkey grass. Any variety of liriope SPICATTA is a spreading, thickening version of monkey grass. (Liriope SPICATTA is most likely the liriope shown in the picture in the article.) Muscari will increase in clump size and mound height over a 3 year period, but Spicatta will spread and fill in in a nice even pattern in 3 years and choke out everything but occasional tree seedlings. Sidewalks or a bed edging that goes down a few inches should be enough to keep Spicatta in bounds. It's also tough as nails. We use Spicatta in the backyard in a 20' section of the shrub bed.

Vinca minor is a good ground cover with a good ability to choke out weeds in shade to part shade. It needs to be watered after 3 weeks.

A wonderful controversial ground cover is *Variegated* (and ONLY variegated) ivy. The whites and yellow ivy varieties are beautiful and reasonably slow growers (for ivy). If used just as a ground cover, it should not produce seeds. I only need to eyeball ours a few times a year, when it starts creeping up a few trees. I keep it off of them so it doesn't become a problem.
Green ivy will run amok very quickly. Please don't use it.


Under an oak tree and dogwoods, we have a 20' wide apron in the front yard of warm season grass, St Augustine var. Palmetto.
It is enough to separate the shrub beds from the sidewalk and frame the house. We keep it mowed at 2.5 inches. Takes 15 minutes to mow. Looks good up to early January and greens up fully by late April. It's soft on your feet (unlike var. Floratam) and a nice medium to dark green. We only water it after 3 or 4 weeks without rain, depending on heat and cloud cover. When we do water, it's just as much for the trees and flower beds as the strip of lawn.

We have completely removed the rest of the lawn on our 50'x100' lot. The backyard is a 28' round patio and 5' wide cobble walkways with shrub beds. The front yard shrub beds next to the house are 23' deep at the farthest point of each half circle. The front bed half circles are bordered in 5" wide slate.


One thing to keep in mind when replacing the scruffy lawn with gardens,. You can pay any kid in the neighborhood to cut your scruffy grass mixed with random weeds down to the same height. But you will probably need a professional (or you) to maintain a nice looking garden.
(and it's just not going to look good year round, period, if you use mostly beautiful flowering perennials)
A ratio of at least 40% evergreen shrubs or ground cover to 60% beautiful flowering perennials will make it look half way decent in the winter. Using formally sheared or tightly growing evergreens and nicely hardscaped walkways helps carry it over till next spring.

Another concern is growing kids. They will most likely be better off with scruffy grass to play on. Almost all of the alternatives listed here won't work at all, or will end up looking even worse than the worn scruffy grass.

Our garden has host plants for caterpillars, flowering plants for butterflies, lots of fairly safe tall shrubs for nesting birds that can be pointed out to kids, and a tiny pond with a few goldfish, lots of dragonflies that eat mosquitoes, and toad tadpoles and baby toads.
All of this is cool stuff for showing kids when they come over and definitely has some merit.
But having a place to just be able to run around and play is kind of the point of living in the suburbs with kids.

A final concern is all that wonderful nature. It includes nearby raccoons and possums coming from the woods and drinking from the pond, mice in the fall, an occasional snake, and lots of mosquitoes harbored in the shrubs and small trees.
For the past 6 years, we keep 6 of the 12x12x4 rat boxes you find behind the supermarket spread throughout our greenery. My interest in "nature" pretty much stops after the
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Grow Your Own Privacy: How to Screen With Plants and Trees

Use living walls to lower your home and garden's exposure while boosting natural beauty in your landscape Full Story
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Upon buying my home I soon realized that one of my neighbors did not use any type of window covering at all (most of their rooms face into my backyard)...and the cedar fence was much too short to give any sense of privacy. I quickly planted Monterey Bay Eugenias for privacy. They grew in and now offer complete privacy. The only thing to note is, until they are established they can quickly grow and become top heavy if not trimmed.
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Anne
We're moving...Yay!! From 7500ft in the Rockies where NOTHING grows (for long!) to the Hill country of Texas, where everything grows for most of the year!
Downsizing from an acre+ to a small (55+ Community) home, where neighbors are a little closer!
Back yard has live oak, and not much else, and is north/east facing. Any ideas for screening shrubs/trees that might grow to 5-7 feet?
Thanks
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7 Great Trees for Summer Shade and Fall Color

These landscape-pro faves straddle the seasons beautifully. Could one enhance your own yard? Full Story
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rmorelock
Pyrus calleryana is a terrible tree! This species has become a scourge on the landscape with an overly dense habit combined with extraordinary weak wood. If you like cleaning up branches or even whole trees that have snapped off after a summer storm, go ahead and plant them. Otherwise, there are PLENTY of other choices that will provide seasonal interest and shade where you want it that are far superior to this ill-conceived cultivar.
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Jennifer, my folks in Fresno County, have beautiful, but quite large Ginkos. Their fall color is incredible. I make sure I make a trip at the right time just to stand on their golden carpet. You might consider a chitalpa, a cross between a dessert willow and a katalpa. They bloom all summer long, but as they are sterile there is no pod drop. Crepe Myrtle love the heat and aridity and come in shade tree sized versions, Just not sure how fast they grow. Good luck.
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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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I also live in the Finger lakes, not all the Goldenrods here are invasive, there are many well behaved species and cultivars but you are probably referring to Solidago canadensis which can be aggressive -especially along roads or in abandoned farmers fields. Goldenrods have sticky pollen that is transported by insects and does not spread through the air but flowers at the same time as as many plants that do use the wind so the poor Goldenrod gets the blame.
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great overview of fall flowers - I love the masters for fall bloom and the bees (honey, humble and orchard) love our masters here in the foothills.
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6 Plants That Beat Butterfly Bush for the Wildlife Draw

It's invasive, a nonnative and a poor insect magnet. Check out these better alternatives to butterfly bush in the garden Full Story
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Saying that nothing goes on the buddleja is simply a load of crap !!! That couldn`t be further from the truth ... I do not see Asclepias Incarnata in your list ,, it is,,as a matter of FACT,, the only other nectar source that I have seen come close (actually it is better but very close ;) ) to the buddleja !!! I really hope that your blog does not encourage people to do stupid things like rip out their butterfly bushes ... That is just nuts !!! You would be far better off encouraging the lawn keepers and hostas growers to plant some native shrubs and flowers instead ... You can bet that most people planting the butterfly bushes are putting more of an effort in to help the situation out than lots of the champion Itoh peony gardeners are ... Also,, calling the buddleja "invasive" should be labelled ( "in some small areas of the world" ) It most certainly isn`t invasive here and seems most other people telling of their experiences say the same thing ... They do not re seed and do not spread so I don`t get the invasive bit .... Anyone who really wants a good nectar source might plant some native milkweed ,, funny he doesn`t list any of them :D :D .. all he wants to do is hate on Buddleja !! Funny how so many pictures of monarchs are taken on them :) .. PLANT BUDDLEJA !!! do not listen to this B.S. in this blog !! .. Plant more milkweed ... put that on the list too !! :p
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We have a white-blossomed butterfly bush that we inherited from the previous homeowners. I did not realize it wasn't native for several years; but while I wouldn't plant more, getting rid of this one has not been a priority - namely because it does not seem to reproduce at all. Several times per season I "deadhead" the blackened inflorescences, but I've never seen it go to fruit. I've wondered why this is - is it diecious? Is it a sterile hybrid? I was surprised to read here that it re-seeds so readily as mine never has. It's been on my "not-native-but-not-so-bad" list for some time, but now knowing this I may yet rip it out and plant a button bush or the like for the sake of educating our neighbors.
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7 Native Wildflowers to Make You an Awesome Butterfly Host

Offer the leaves of these and you’ll get more butterflies than with flower nectar alone Full Story
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Thanks, Trilliums.
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Thank you for your articles. With spring around the corner, I have time to prepare a list of plants I want to purchase instead of waltzing into my neighborhood garden center with no thought in my head other than "shade" or "full sun, drought resistant." Thank you.
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Attract Hummingbirds and Bees With These Beautiful Summer Flowers

U.S. native plants: Roll out a welcome mat for pollinators to keep your landscape in balance and thriving Full Story
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Incorporating plants that attract pollinators makes a garden dynamic whether it's bees, moths, butterflies or hummingbirds, hours can be spent observing them fluttering and buzzing about the garden.
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Laurie
Not the first plant that will come to mind for hummingbirds or probably on most people's lists, I had hummers at my tomatoes this year. They also liked my sunflowers. :)
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Great Garden Combo: 9 Plants for an Intriguing Entrance

Layer trees, flowers and shrubs around an archway to create the feeling of a year-round doorway to adventure Full Story
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Glad this was helpful stilllearning1. It is a garden that inspires me every time I visit
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Susan Quatrini, you'll find lots of ideas on Houzz including several articles of mine on trees suitable for smaller gardens
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7 New Plants to Grow for Beautiful Foliage

Add color, structure and interest to your garden with these recently introduced plants that sport exceptional foliage Full Story
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These plants are beautiful..and since, God, has made over 70,000 species of plants - we will be discovering new plants everyday. One Question to IDlANG, besides spray what is a good way to get rid of wasp? Every year in July, I have them they are a nuisance.
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What a SUPER article, and with a nod to fellow-houzzers, equally intelligent and informative questions and comments! Proud to be part of such a smart and savvy community - Ty all! :)
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6 New Plant Varieties That Beat Out Their Parents

With better resistance and fewer demands, these garden beauties are worth a spot on your wish list Full Story
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bnmnelson
Is sneezeweed an allergen? I remember reading about a plant the early settlers called sneezeweed which did in fact cause those sensitive to have sneezing fits. Beautiful flowers but not at the price of needing to use antihistamines all summer!
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Sneezeweed was used to make snuff. Put powdered just about anything up your nose and it will probably make you sneeze. At least it isn't Ragweed - what a lovely name. Just about anything is an allergen to someone - even Astro Turf (more of a chemical sensitivity). I live in the middle of 20,000 sq miles of corn (conservative estimate) and when it blooms the thought process is compromised noticeably.
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10 Perennials to Extend Your Garden's Summer Color

Revive summer-weary gardens with outstanding late bloomers such as toad lily, Russian sage, blanket flower and more Full Story
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You can always view your favourite flower or scene in your own back yard regardless of water restrictions. Here are some examples. www.nancee.net
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Top 12 Summer-Blooming Perennials for Deer-Resistant Drama

Can you have garden color, fragrance and exciting foliage with hungry deer afoot? These beauties say yes Full Story
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Deer in highly populated suburban areas are not afraid of motion. They don't even move when a car is coming directly towards them. They are very adaptable to their surroundings!
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4 Elements of a Stunning Fall Garden

Late summer is a good time to look beyond trees to create an autumn landscape that draws the eye and stirs the soul Full Story
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April Barry
This is my husband's flower garden in the woods in fall--it does a great job of camouflaging our raised-bed septic tank all summer.
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While fall leads us into shorter days and lower sun, to me gives me the chance to tweak what's going on in my gardens. What went crazy over the summer? What is showing different color now? What is blooming and what will extend my blooms into the colder, shorter days when a little brightness goes a long way? What do I have that might release a scent as I brush by or can be caught on the wind? I loved this article for the other thoughts I gives me to consider. Thank you.
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8 Elegant Ideas for a Stairway Wall

Turn an awkward area into a graceful scene with low seating, a pretty wallpaper, just-right tables and more Full Story
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Dear Christine: Great article, wonderful images and interesting ideas. There are several areas in interior spaces that are almost always awkward and challenging to solve in an elegant way. We look at these areas as great opportunities to be creative. You have shown here many ways that designers have artfully made something beautiful out of a problem. And ---- Thank you for including our work in your article!!!! We appreciate that so very much. Look forward to seeing more of your writing! All the Best, Tom and Amanda. Also, here is another awkward stair space that we recently did......
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Chicago Mosaics beautiful work. I don't know how anyone could choose between them, heck I will take one of each for different rooms. Thank you for sharing!
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Gardening Solutions for Heavy Clay Soils

What’s a gardener to do with soil that’s easily compacted and has poor drainage? Find out here Full Story
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Big redkate, just work the top layer, put gypsum, then commercial compost mixed with bought topsoil, then plant, then put a thick layer of broadsheet newspapers between the plants, cover all with mulch.
Going forward,make and use your own compost. If on a tight budget, use the lasagne method above. Depends if there is a drought, how expensive straw/hay is. Price can go up if the farmers are buying it in. Soil may be cheaper then. Sawdust may be cheaper than straw. Don't put uncomposted materials touching the plant stems.
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Thanks Chook that is pretty much what we have done and it has worked brilliantly, but as Benjamin says tilling the soil is bad, I want to learn how he plants without tilling.
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11 Ways to Make Your Sleeping Porch Even Better

Turn off that air conditioner and tune in to the delights of slumbering in the nighttime breeze Full Story
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The shed in the woods (11) is what I want!
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I live in Georgia where the summer humidity is high, but we do have some less humid nights. I have an outdoor sofa that is so comfortable that some of my best nights sleep has been out on the porch. The prime time is spring and fall though, when the weather is awesome!
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10 Top Plants to Grow Indoors

Brighten a room and clean the air with a houseplant that cascades artfully, stretches toward the ceiling or looks great on a wall Full Story
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Laurie
@ Curt D'Onofrio - Sprinkle Red Pepper in the beds. Use a good amount and they will stay away. You will have to reapply it often so get the restaurant size bottles. It won't hurt the cats or the bushes.
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Laurie
I moved from a house with big windows and lots of light to a 1966 Ranch with small windows and a lot less light (and space) and I have had a hard time with plants ever since. My living room faces west and the windows are shaded by the porch and large trees. I can hardly grow anything, unless I put in the kitchen (east side). I miss my old house (for a lot of reasons!). I have a few of the plants on this list but many won't do well in my dark home.
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What to Know About Adding a Deck

Want to increase your living space and enjoy the open air more? Learn the requirements, costs and other considerations for building a deck Full Story
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I can't say much about actually building a deck but I know I enjoy mine immensely. I can, however, suggest a way to embellish a deck or courtyard wall, an outdoor kitchen that faces a deck , add a water feature, all with mosaic art by Chicago Mosaics.
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Wow! your work is reminiscent of Gaudi. Very cool!
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10 Tips to Make a Small Bedroom Look Great

Turn a compact space into a brilliant boudoir with these decorating, storage and layout techniques Full Story
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siouxxie
Love #7! elegant, reminiscent of a tiny Paris apartment.

For those thinking about storage units as head boards for kids....kids love to read in bed, whether a book, Kindle, lap top, etc. or even playing. leaning against a hard bookcase headboard (even with a flimsy pillow) is just not that appealing. we should remember, even tho ADULTS usually only sleep in their rooms, for kids, it's their sanctuary to get away from parents/ sibs, etc. Utilitarian is great, necessary, but comfort should be included too!

(btw, for me? forget those 8" mattresses! I've slept on thin European mattresses in 7 countries, and have never really had a good night's sleep. I'd much rather take up some visual space with a proper mattress (they look more inviting too!)

I also second the fact that some of these beds would be hard to make, especially for kids.

Micki, i love those blue chairs!
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great tips
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Bulletproof Decorating: How to Pick the Right Kind of Paint

Choose a paint with some heft and a little sheen for walls and ceilings with long-lasting good looks. Here are some getting-started tips Full Story
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Glennis Houston
An interior decorator advised that the Ben grade, from Benjamin Moore, is sufficient - it's about mid-grade I think (not 100% sure). It was ~$50/gal, and had I had my painter purchase it, it would have been less yet. For ~$300 to paint almost my whole house with good-quality, colour-dense paint, I consider it good value.
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I disagree with the use of Behr paint. The very light colors seem to be ok, but the darker colors are awful. Our neighbor had a professional painter paint her living room wall a burgundy color. It took 5 coats to get it to look correct. He said he never used such horrible paint. My husband painted a room a darker blue and the paint actually ran down the walls in layers. He had to go back and sand the whole wall after it dried. My husband started painting homes with his father at 12 years old. He knew what he was doing. A professional painter once explained to me that he will only use Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore. He said with the box store paints, they could be good one year and terrible the next. They send out bids for the paints to put their name on. Some years, the paints may have more water added to them so they can come in at a lower cost. Makes sense to me. This is just my opinion that comes from my experiences
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Designer Tips for Creating a Better Bedroom

In the dark about bedside lamps? Waffling over pillows at the store? Try these ideas for a more comfortable bedroom Full Story
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@elizfuller I am STILL laughing in total agreement regarding your Chicago Mosaics comment.
@Somnium Your comment about "Your mattress should match the rest of your home" is ridiculous. Your mattress should match the needs of your sleep habits, such as support, medical requirements, size, etc., and personal preference.

@mschil9 - I love the color eggplant in my bedroom. I've had it for years. In my upcoming bedroom it will be paired with blue.

@pbsch I suspect you and my 8 y.o. would get along well. I would consider putting your hamper next to your bed and then putting on clean clothes the next day. Now the books and newspapers could go in a basket under a side table.

As to this article, it did have some really good suggestions. Unlike others, I didn't find it to be all beige. I enjoyed seeing the blue and the black and the green. I loved the view of the ocean bedroom. But I do have to agree that most of the bedrooms were not very warm and inviting. Fortunately, none of them included the serial killer mosaics!
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@jillybeansisme Thanks for reading our comment and for leaving a reply. Sorry you misunderstood what we were saying.

Our point was that mattresses actually allow you to address your needs quite specifically -- whether those needs are medical, physical or philosophical or you simply want to express your style or solve a design dilemma. In the past people thought of mattresses as a purchase of necessity; mattresses can do so much more for you if you do some research.

If living in a LEED certified home is important to you, you can find a mattress that was designed with environmental considerations in mind. If you have allergies, you can find mattresses with removable and washable covers that keep the dust mites away (typically the bedroom's biggest source of allergens).

Face a design dilemma because a normal American mattress size doesn't fit the space? Have one custom made or try a European size! We make them right here in the US.

One of our customers once told me that she loved our lightweight mattress because it offered the spring support her back craved but was light enough for her to be able to lift the mattress to tuck the sheets even though she had severe arthritis in her wrists. It really made me appreciate the value of lightweight products in a whole new way.

Mattresses can do more than just offer great (ideally zoned!) support.

They should be a match to what you want and need - just like the rest of your home.
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