Vanessa Allwardt


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11 Ways to Create a Bright Space with Dark Furniture

Reinvent the look of a dark sofa, bed or chair with the right backdrop of color and light Full Story
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Anita Henson
Thanks this was very helpful,I have dark espresso leather sofa with a red rug and light furniture.
August 11, 2013 at 7:04pm   
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cktansy
Correct color
March 6, 2014 at 5:04pm     
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Big Foliage for Small Spaces

Use bold, large-leaved plants to create intriguing contrast in a garden where they’re least expected Full Story
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mleighmiller, according to Monrovia and other online sources, asparagus fern and foxtail fern is exactly the same plant (asparagus densiflorus), so I'm not sure of your point... please clarify. I try not to identify plants in photos that are not my own unless I'm pretty sure of the ID. Most people who post photos don't ID plants. Nonetheless, my point remains the same.
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sharonsalloway
Look for this plant. Is a zone 3
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Houzz Call: Are You Letting Go of Your Lawn?

Many facing a drought are swapping turf for less thirsty plantings. If you’re one of them, we’d like to hear about it Full Story
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Kim Oliva
We use to have the prettiest lawn on the block. That was, until the city came in and tore up our street to put in bigger drainage pipes. When this was done, it raised the street level at least 2 feet higher than our lawns, which cause quite a bit of flooding that pooled our lawns and driveways instead. That was quite a few years ago, but the outcome of repaved street and drainage pipes have left us with one ofthe ugliest lawns on the block. Everyone on the street had to end up having their driveways and sidewalks raised, which the city did do, but the remnants of having low flowerbeds, walkways, lawns and landscape curbing to hold our gardens in, were all left fir us to contend with. Due to how low that left us, they periodically would drop a load or two of river sand to help us build up our front yards again. Unfortunately, this riversand was filled weed, crab grass and every other kind of junk seed that we have been battling with ever since, and never been able to conquer. We had to raise everything except the shrubs and plants that were established in the garden. Even our walkway up to our house had to be raised. Due to the city having to replace multiple driveways, a neighbor down the street had to have her charming pavestoned circular driveway repaved by the city to which they poured her a cold colorless concrete one in its place. It was unfortunate for her add she was an elderly woman who was stuck with quite a remnant of pavers to which she said we were welcome to if we came and removed them from her property. Fortunate for us, it helped solve the walkway issue. My husband and I were able to use them to bring our walkway up to the level it needed to be, even allowing us extra to extend the walkway where there was only lawn before. Her loss was our gain, as we were able to recycle her old driveway pavers into a new charming walkway to our home which we love.

We painstakingly raised everything with riversand and was able to follow our old walkway by laying the pavers on top of where our old concrete one was now buried. We have less lawn than we had before, but are still left with the hideous grass on the block. Laying new sod wasn't even successful. All of of grass since, front and back is nothing more than a weed/ crab grassed filled lawn.

A few months ago, we had a pergola built in the back. We tore up a rotting deck and extended our patio space by replacing the deck with new pavers. Our area needs fill every few years due to sinkage. We learned from our mistakes and ordered clean river sand this time. You have to specify, as some companies will sell you the junk sand as the city had given us years before. Our new pergola covered patio area has taken up some of our ugly lawn space and we love it. We still have weedlawn, but we are intending on lessening it more and more as we add on to our paved patio by extending it further into the yard. We also put in a new garden alongside a bare yucky fence which lessens our grassy space even more. Yea! The garden is filled with an assortment of low maintenance perennials which have just really taken off, so much that I may have to move a few of the shrubs that we planted before they get too big to move. We lost a beautiful crimson bottlebrush due to the addition of the new pergola. We tried desperately to save it after we had to move it, but it didn't survive. I loved the humming birds, bees and butterflies it attracted, so much that we planted two more. It's amazing how fast they grow and flourish.

We salvaged some good parts of our old deck by cutting it into smaller squares to use on each side of our shed (another problem area, temporarily solved). The salvaged deck squares provide an area just for my potted plants, barbecue pit, bench and a steady spot for a fountain that never had solid ground to keep it from leaning and sinking into our marshy soft land.

Love having less ugly lawn and intend on creating other areas as well by rebuilding
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Sandra
@kdohermann I live near Sacramento. Recently, I added pea gravel to my raised vegetable bed walkways. I really like the look, but never thought about the temperature of the rocks. So, I just tested it with the palm of my hand - it's hot at the current temp of 89 degrees. Fortunately, the area is fenced off from my pets and I never go barefoot. As for keeping it clean, I've been able to rake or blow off the oleander leaves and flowers that fall. Our front yard is a xeriscape and is covered in walk-on fir which I really like. The downside is that my cat occasionally gets a splinter in his paw. Maybe he should give up going barefoot too. ;)
July 17, 2014 at 4:44pm   
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Decorating With Antiques: Set the Stage With Lighting

Complete a vintage scene or create contrast with lamps, sconces and chandeliers that have traveled through time Full Story
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redryder60
Fantastic article! I am not an expert on lighting but I know what I like -- antique lighting! Luckily, I have a friend who used to sell antique lamps, etc and I was able to get most of what I needed from him. My desk lamp is a gorgeous cut crystal and brass beauty, with an elegant shade.

Knowing where and how to use fabulous antique lighting was the best part of the article. And all the gorgeous examples!! Oops, I think I just drooled on my keyboard....
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Shanghai Green Antiques
I loved the way Mike Dietrich used the antique Chinese ginger jar; by changing it into a functional lamp. It gives a modern home a nice oriental twist. The Green Antiques Design Team has implemented this type of “east meets west” antique lighting idea into many different home projects. In a beach house project we re-purposed antique Chinese lanterns for use as functional lights over the island bar in the poolside kitchen.

Vero Beach Florida - White Surf Beachside Home

We did something similar in very different style home, where we used antique Chinese lanterns in the downstairs recreation area where we used exterior brick and lanterns in the hallway to create the impression of being outside of a house in a Chinese garden - where you pass through a typical vase shape doorway to enter the home - funky.

Design Project - Dream House - Shanghai China - Green Antiques

You can see more details of these interesting houses and additional antique Chinese lighting ideas in the following ideabooks:

Ideabook: White Surf - Designing the Ultimate East Meets West Beach House

Ideabook: Dream House - Frank Lloyd Wright with a Twist in Shanghai China
July 10, 2014 at 3:35am   
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13 Upgrades to Make Over Your Outdoor Grill Area

Kick back on your patio or deck with a grill that focuses on fun as much as function Full Story
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hughclench
Terrible to see all these gas barbecues! The only proper barbecue is charcoal - otherwise you may as well cook in your kitchen and bring it outside as you won't get any of the uniqueness of cooking on a barbie. Gas barbecues are for lazy people who only play at outdoor cooking. There are only a couple here worth the name - number 7 is great, most of the rest are designer tosh! Some even have basic design errors - number 1 for example - would you sit comfortably at that bar or would you have to sit sideways to avoid skinning your knees?
July 2, 2014 at 12:36am     
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