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How to Avoid Overcrowded, Overpruned Shrubs

Go for a more natural look that’s easier and less expensive to maintain by giving your plants the right amount of growing room Full Story
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Here in Arizona we have what I term "lollipop" trees. Over pruned trees in a circle with a trunk for the stick. Silly! Every piece of landscaping is pruned to death here. Only some of the daring will let there shrubs grow to beautiful blooms. They prune in the excessive heat thus stressing the shrubs and trees even more. I had fallen to that practice but after two years now WILL NOT prune during the excessive heat and have chosen the natural look for the most part. Keep the fruit trees low enough to harvest the fruit and keep the wall bushes from going over to the other side and I am good from there. Perfectly clipped and we miss the color that nature works so hard to give us.
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ilovepaper
I'm laughing at all of the photos because I know they're all from the Valley of the Sun in Arizona! If you use a yard crew to keep your property in shape, they will ALWAYS want to sculpt every plant and tree that they see! I found the only way to avoid it, after asking them many times to not do it, I only allow them to mow the grass, edge, and blow patios and walkways.
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Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens
Great read, Noelle, thank you for speaking on this topic.
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6 Ways to Cool Off Without Air Conditioning

Turn off that cash-guzzling, energy-hogging A/C — these methods of cooling your home and your body are cheaper and kinder to the planet Full Story
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goatpro
Live where temps are going to 115 this next week. That being said we placed a swamp cooler in our garage window and a screen door on the garage man door so that during those times of the year we can use it to cool the house. Also during the times when humidity is to high for the swamp to run we installed a screen over our attic hatch in the garage and run the fan only to blow the hot attic air out the roof turbines. I have the lowest ac bill in the hood. Ac thermostat set at 80 degrees. I do not use oven or laundry during the day. I think it makes a huge difference as evidenced by my utility bill.
July 20, 2014 at 6:40am     
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ptmatthews
Ugly ceiling fan tip: paint the blades, or even the whole fan, to match the ceiling and the fan becomes much less noticeable. I will be trying several of the tips from the comments section. I would be interested to know exactly how people use the frozen packs when going to sleep.
last Tuesday at 3:36pm   
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Connie
ptmatthews: I wrap a freezer pack in a pillowcase, and stick it down by my feet. I guess like in the olden days when they used bedwarmers from the fire to warm themselves. cooling your feet or hands is one of the best ways to cool down quickly (although I do know a trick with an ice-cube- but that's for another forum) ;)
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Great Design Plant: Texas Ranger Explodes With Color

If purple is your passion, embrace Leucophyllum frutescens for its profusion of blooms and consider the unfussiness a bonus Full Story
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goatpro
Rabbit and deer resistant? I ask due to the fact that I have attempted to plant and over night the plants ever thorny cactus are chewed to death.
July 20, 2014 at 6:25am   
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tsudhonimh
Hammerhugger ... Yup, that's Texas Sage ... I can't tell what variety.
last Friday at 4:28am   
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tsudhonimh
ROFL!!!!! Around here (Phoenix) "Mexican sage" is Salvia leucantha (cute but needs more water and less sun)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_leucantha

and "Texas Sage" or "Texas Ranger" is Leucophyllum frutescens

Which is why we have scientific names. Because they are both grey fuzzy leaved plants with purple flowers.

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We have quite a few Leucophyllum frutescens varieties, most of them small ones, and NONE of them get supplemental watering. They don't bloom as often, don't grow real fast, and only get pruned every few years.
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Room of the Day: Playing Up Color in a California Lounge

Candy-licious stripes and splashes of other lively hues show that this hangout for teens and their parents is ready for fun Full Story
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goatpro
Now here are parents that understand if you give them a cool place at home to hang with friends, you don't have to wonder who and where. AWESOME space and great vision on the part of the parents to give them the space.
July 20, 2014 at 6:15am     
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Robert Branson
I like the overall look of the room. The colors are delightful. I think the sofa looks dingy next to them. The color should have been crisper.
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marytonyhome
Absolutely beutiful .
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Budget Beach House: A Trailer Gets Ready for Summer Fun

Punchy prints and colors star in a creative approach to Jersey Shore living Full Story
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goatpro
Where does she store said porch and all the furniture and accessories? In the trailer or does she have a storage unit?
July 20, 2014 at 6:11am     
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halleycomet
OK--Everybody--Repeat after me--

In Jersey--where I am FROM---we NEVER say:::: Going TO the shore

WE say:::

Goin' DOWN tha showahh

IT is permissable--but JUST--to actually pronounce this in the Queens English.

But why reveal you are NOT from there????

And NO it doesn't matter WHERE the shwoahh is FROM your starting point. You ARE going DOWN tha showahh.

And once you get there don't miss the Mussels in Hot Marinara. And tha beah. And the hahd (hard) rolls---found nowhere else BUT Jersey and not limited to the showahh. And Taylor Ham. Jersey Breakfast--Taylor Ham on a hard roll eggs optional.

We have "converted" many to our Taylor Ham habit and now some local stores here in far northern Upstate New Yawk stock it for all of us ex-pats and converts alike!
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halleycomet
We are actively looking for an older either self contained or tow-behind trailer for both retirement and (for now!) weekends and guest house use. This re-do ROCKS and gives me TONS of ideas for what to do with what will surely be a dated and in need of major overhaul in decor! Sooooo happy to see the painted cabinets and re-done fabrics!

And yes so odd to see how the RV manufacturers still lag so FAR behind in terms of color options--one of the reasons I WANT to re-do one. That and the chance to make it MINE--without the tiny and annoying "booth" eating area; the overly large and yet strangely annoying fold out couch; (I have my eye on some leather chairs from Orvis--but will have to remember to buy and INSTALL them before we close 'er up!!!!)----I see no reason to NOT be as comfortable in an RV that we are going to LIVE in as we are in a house on a foundation. My only "issue" is that we need to be able to take our rather large motorcycle WITH us---so either we have to be able to tow that (we already do for some events) or put it inside (toy hauler). We have seen some pretty bare bones toy haulers ---mostly made for bare bones weekends with snow machines or moto cross kids---but I could def see buying one used and doing what was done here inside. But THIS is a great start!!!!!!

One thing I like on the older "Class A" types (the ones you drive but that do NOT require you to sleep over the steering compartment!!!) is where the bathroom is; the toilet was on one side of the "hall" and the sink and shower were on the OTHER side. There were pull-=across doors that spanned the hallway and you could make a MUCH larger space for taking a shower or dressing etc if wanted; or you had doors to close to take a shower in the small space and have the toilet able to be used in PRIVATE. This is something I am looking for as the newer bathrooms---with either a huge bathroom that wastes a LOT of space ----or has a "tub" so tiny my husband could not even get his FEET in--and I NEED a shower seat as I am handicapped and need to sit----Well for some reason these RV makers REFUSE to consider that the people that can AFFORD these huge rigs are A. Not getting any younger and B. Usually are not as spry as we once were! Yet the steps are so high you need to buy a mounting block from Tractor Supply to get IN or OUT; the ramps on the Toy Haulers are SO STEEP that that some of the TOYS cannot actually get UP them--much less mere mortals!!!--and the oversize slides and full featured kitchens--really--WHO is cooking for a platoon in there?? Who is SLEEPING a platoon in there????

Well they just are out of touch!
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Budget Decorator: 10 Ways to Deck Out Your Patio

Hang a vintage sign here and some inexpensive curtains there, for a patio or deck that looks polished and pulled together Full Story
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goatpro
I don't know about the termites and or if they could even live on the pallet wood since the chemicals are so hazardous that they are coated with. I would think that a termite would be smart enough to stay away. JMHO
July 19, 2014 at 12:54pm   
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stefan venter
1. if you have a problem with strong winds use a sleeper piece of wood to keep door open. nice and heavy, kids dont pick it up...and dogs dont chew on it like those stupid plastic stops. ad a rope for convience.

2. old paletes as a frame with a steel plate painted with chaulk board paint. it magnetic and nice and handy in the kitchen for messages etc. i used a set of old spoons that we never used...but you can what ever you want.
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gusmom61
Thank you pursekeys for the info on the chairs! I love the Windsor type back on them. We have some of the same type of spring rocking chairs made of iron and love them for their comfort, durability, and beauty. But ours have a squared back with a knob on either side. I can't tell you how many times I have bent over and nearly knocked myself in the head on one of those knobs! Thank you again!
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Great Design Plant: Beavertail Prickly Pear Wows With Color

The dazzling magenta flowers of this cactus will snag your heart — just beware the bristles that can stick in your skin Full Story
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goatpro
Brought pads from Texas to Arizona, rooted and grew for two years in the house. Was outgrowing the pot so put outside and sprayed with rabbit off. Rabbits ate through the main stalk. Game over!
July 17, 2014 at 8:44am   
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These pink flowers would look beautiful mixed in with both my peach and yellow ones! Some of our mounds are almost as big as a VW bug! Will have to see if I can locate any of this variety at the local nurseries. Ours just grow wild on our hillside and they only get watered when we are lucky enough to get some rain. While they can be considered a nuisance, if you consider how important prickly pear can be for ranchers during times of drought as an emergency feed source and also for hydration, it has been a symbol of survival here in Texas for many years. I have friends who were cowboys when they were young and they still talk of some of the serious droughts when they had to burn the spines off the prickly pear so the cattle could eat them. And cattle actually like them enough to eat even with the spines.

I recently researched how to clean them of stickers for making jelly thinking that would be a fun Christmas gift to send to our relatives in Oklahoma and Michigan. For anyone else interested, this method seems to be the easiest I found, but I cannot testify yet because I haven't tried it:

We made jam last year: http://mostlyphotos.wordpress.com/2009/08/29/prickly-pear-jam. This year we picked a bunch of fruits, washed them, then froze them. The next morning, we put the fruits in a colander lined with cheese cloth, as the fruits thaw they turn to mush, the juice just starts dripping out of them. With a little smushing you have juice galore. To be on the safe side we ran the juice through a coffee filter. Then I froze most of the juice in icecube trays for later use, the rest I made into syrup.
July 18, 2014 at 3:36pm   
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Feeling Knotty? Add a Little Rope to Your Decor

Neutral, natural and often unexpected, rope is an all-purpose accent on land or sea Full Story
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goatpro
Probably would not pass code but then there are many who don't check and just do, all in the name of design not in the name of safety and code. I see it all the time as a building inspector in my locale and then are surprised when I call it off as non compliance.
July 13, 2014 at 8:17am   
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goatpro
Just to ad, not just design errors but also remodelers and so best to do your own due diligence prior to commencing any major remodeling effort and check with your local building code officials.
July 13, 2014 at 8:19am   
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Angie Wilson
To me, this would get old very quickly - and yes, to me it cheapens it, but I don't want to hurt the owner's feelings - to each her own! It seems like an ok idea for the beach or lake. I'm not really into "themes" such as nautical, etc. - I think they get tiring...but lots of people like this type of thing. I also absolutely hate (sorry everyone) all these signs people now put up in there houses - things like "Simple" or "Fresh" in the kitchen or "Keep Calm and Carry On" in the family room....I really hope this trend passes by fast. I remember when I first saw it a few years ago and thought, "this will go away fast" - and it hasn't yet. I always feel like "use ropes" or "use buttons" or all these signs are all about someone who wants us to buy all this stuff...get tired of it...and then buy something else in 5 years. Maybe that shows my age!:)
July 15, 2014 at 6:47pm     
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Susan McFarlane
Angie, I agree. I think some of these rope elements might look really nice in a beach home with a nautical theme. But if the owner is happy with their room, that's all that matters.

I didn't want to hurt anyone's feeling either, which is why I didn't say which photos I didn't like. I actually found some of these interesting.

I see signs at spas and such, and I don't mind that. I don't understand people painting words on their walls, or hanging signs. I don't know anyone that does this, but I have seen them in magazines, HGTV, and online.

I still really love looking at other peoples' decorating style. I'm sure to a lot of people, my home would be quite boring.
July 15, 2014 at 7:25pm     
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My Houzz: Boho Flair for a 1920s California Tudor

Frumpy furniture gets the boot in favor of eclectic pieces that appeal to the travel-loving homeowner Full Story
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goatpro
Doesn't that stove on all the time make the kitchen area extremely warm all the time?
July 13, 2014 at 7:51am     
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jlwms123
Confession time... when I first read the title I was afraid I would find a massacred tudor with painted woodwork and Moroccan poofs everywhere. Not only was I surprised, I was stunned by the brilliant marriage of styles that flow effortlessly through this home, one of my all time favorites. It's classy but not stuffy, current but not overly trendy, and warm without being too dark. Gorgeous!
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Absolutely love the seating area and curtains.
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Kitchen of the Week: Orange Splashes Add Personality in Kansas

Bursts of color and a better layout make cookie baking and everything else more fun for a Midwestern family Full Story
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Greyhorne Int: I don't consider your pic "a little splash of color"! Having said that, I love the lights in this kitchen and would put them over my large kitchen island in a minute and I live in the desert! I also like the radiator mesh inserts in the cabinetry. It is much better than glass IMHO as I think we I all hide a few sins in our cabinets. It lends a textural element to a room full of smooth finishes.
July 13, 2014 at 7:15am     
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Kitchen Studio: Kansas City
chenbuck the color of the range is called Traffic Orange and it is one of Blue Stars many color choices. Thank you for your question!
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halper
Very unique and cool! Not the colour combination I'd use in my own kitchen, but I like that it looks white at first glance but has a little twist. I love things that make you look twice! And not that it matters, I guess, but I'm not surprised that saying the TV was 60" was a mistake. If you look proportionately at it, those are probably 36" uppers (not including the moulding) and the TV is about as wide as those cabinets are tall. I'd guess that it's more like 40" or so.
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You Said It: ‘Jump in a Lake’ and Other Houzz Quotables

Design advice, inspiration and observations that struck a chord this week Full Story
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goatpro
I call my decorating style the "RE" style. Repurpose, reuse, remove, repaint/refinish, redo, and finally relax.
July 8, 2014 at 6:08am   
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Becky Harris
@zweiback, too funny. Who can resist that cat? Apparently none of us!
July 11, 2014 at 9:08am   
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prem
Nature is god and god is nature,think of it again and again you will understand it better,each time.
July 11, 2014 at 9:28pm   
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My Houzz: Highlighting Farmhouse Roots in a Seattle Suburb

New and old mix with DIY touches in a remodeled 1928 home for a family of 6 Full Story
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goatpro
There is a lot to love about this home. I love the repurposing that as done. I think though that there might be some chilly winter nights with only fireplace heating.
July 8, 2014 at 5:23am   
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kimberlytaylor
Thank you mdlang- I must say I've never felt "cold" in a white bright space. :) As for cool nights- we have never found the house cold goatpro but we do live in a part of the country that doesn't get very cold.
July 8, 2014 at 1:59pm   
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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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goatpro
If you live in Arizona low desert you let go of your lawn quickly for rock as The cost of water is very expensive. Had lawns in the Midwest and Colorado but here, not a blade of grass for me. I'd rather keep the water bill costs for the fruit trees and a shower now and then.
July 7, 2014 at 7:24am     
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goatpro
Athano: just a question, after raising goats for over twenty years I wonder about folks that say they need to keep the goats out, I kept mine IN. Just wondering?
July 7, 2014 at 12:17pm     
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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
July 17, 2014 at 9:21am   
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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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How to Add a Backyard Shed for Storage or Living

Need a home office, a playspace or extra room for your stuff? Learn about off-the-shelf, prefab and custom sheds Full Story
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goatpro
Here in Arizona a "shed" conversion would need ac for summer time use as interior temps would be uninhabitable. I did not see any ac in any of these conversions so I have to assume they are all in northern areas.
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nancydrew45
great idea
July 18, 2014 at 9:11am   
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paulbusman
I built this Irish garden shed from salvaged materials, mostly found on the 40acre parcel I own. The walls are made of dried black locust rounds, the beams from white pine I squared with an adz. The brick floor came from an old outhouse, I just set them in sand. The double door from two other sheds. I bought some treated 4x4 for the rafters and bottom plates. Made two windows and found the third. Splurged on cedar shakes for shingles. Built 11 years ago and have needed no maintenance. We really like it.
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Objects of Desire: Beautifully Individual Concrete Floors

Concrete comes in more colors and finishes than ever before. See if these 6 floors open your eyes to the possibilities Full Story
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goatpro
Renee Archer: Why in the world would your builder require you as the homeowner to install a concrete finish that you did not want and would be required to remove and redo? Local building codes because otherwise My builder would do what I desired, they work for me! JMHO
July 7, 2014 at 7:07am     
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Hi Broquet, also one of the advantages of our product; very easy to clean, non slippery even not in the shower
July 11, 2014 at 1:09pm   
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invitedink
We have radiant heated concrete floors with 2 dogs and a cat in California. We have now lived here over a year, with a string of really hot and really cold days. My Gpa has threatened to move into our place (they live in the big house on the property, we live in 480sq feet, but after days of 100 degree weather, it topped out at 72 inside with just a fan on). The only draw back I find is that I tend to wear my 'house slippers' because it can be cold (I don't like to waste electricity, our floor is set at 62 degrees) and hard in the winter, but I have not once regretted the decision that I made on the floors.
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Houzz Tour: This California Cabin Is a Family Affair

Nearly the entire clan contributed to remaking this mountain hideaway; now everyone gathers, relaxes and plays there Full Story
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goatpro
To reenforce and properly secure parts of a "cabin" to make it safe is one thing but this lost the "cabin" feel with the remodel. Now the only thing to me that speaks cabin is the location. Beautiful remodel for sure but the updates took it out of cabin category for sure.
July 7, 2014 at 6:51am   
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Kim Furtado
Beautiful! Love Mike and Molly - he's my vet :) Happy they have such a beautiful place to spend time with family they treasure.
July 20, 2014 at 6:29am     
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piersca9951: The steel panels we used on the railing were savaged - one of kind find. But, we have created a similar railing system using punch plate products from McNichols metals http://www.mcnichols.com/viewer.htm
July 21, 2014 at 9:58am   
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Reinvent It: A Houzzer Turns Thrifted Pieces Into a Swinging Daybed

Snuggle up on this delightful porch piece and you'd never guess it's made of salvaged scraps Full Story
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goatpro
I love the bed but think that 700.00 just too much to pay for a some time use item. To each their own but most DIYers are operating in a much smaller budget. Again don't kill the messenger I love it just can't afford it.
July 7, 2014 at 6:47am   
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Peggy Tupper
The phrase "practical frugality" is used. There is nothing frugal about the daybed or the room. Don't get me wrong, the space is lovely but frugal, it is not.
July 7, 2014 at 10:08am   
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Your Favorite Room By Cathy Zaeske
Appreciate your comments Peggy and goatpro. Keep in mind that if you already had a mattress (which many people do) the price would be cut by $200! And I did NOT actually build the swing, had a carpenter do the construction and hanging. Should you yourself do the entire project start to finish, indeed the price would be quite nominal. Just saw a comparable swing for sale at Ballard for $800, plus shipping, tax and you still have to assemble and hang yourself! And it doesn't have the charm mine does if I do say so myself :)
July 7, 2014 at 11:21am     
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Kitchen of the Week: Bling Brightens a Luxe Florida Kitchen

Sparkly chandeliers and decorative iron rings dress up a streamlined cooking space filled with ebony and ivory hues Full Story
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goatpro
LOVE this kitchen! The repeat of pattern is a nod to great planning and design. The bling of the lights and also the tile insets is wonderful a fantastic reflective quality with the dark cabinetry. Job well done!
July 7, 2014 at 6:36am     
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Kitchen & Bath with TLC
Beautiful wood cabinets are a welcome change to the white kitchen trend for beach homes.
July 17, 2014 at 6:58am     
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arcelialarue
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July 17, 2014 at 11:22pm   
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My Houzz: Artistry and Personality Color a London Flat

A photographer’s Holland Park home does much better than just get by with a little help from friends Full Story
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goatpro
Love the wall finishes in the kitchen and bath. My only concern is photos in the kitchen with cooking grease. Maybe she is a more careful cook than I but I seemingly can get cooking film into adjourning rooms without even trying. The sheet music on the wall is a really nice touch and for those of you admonishing her house keeping, try owning a successful business. It is not a 9-5 therefore you let go of some things in the name of business. OCD housekeeping is one of those things. Your home is your sanctuary to relax and decompress. Friends don't come by to inspect your cleaning, they come to spend time with YOU! Nice job!
July 6, 2014 at 6:06am     
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charlotteleigh
I so love seeing a space that is loved by the one(s) that live there. This is obviously true for Cara. Having lost my mom, also, I know that particular heartache on a personal level; but am able to find comfort in the things in life that I know she would have cherished. I don't know Cara, but it seems that she intuits that her mom would approve of and love the home that Cara has created. That alone makes this home beautiful.
July 12, 2014 at 7:18pm   
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Tanya Hajduk
I would feel completely at home here! It's wonderful!
July 15, 2014 at 1:09am   
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Can You Handle That Fixer-Upper?

Learn from homeowners who bought into major renovation projects to see if one is right for you Full Story
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goatpro
First rule of thumb on purchasing a fixer, NEVER be in love. Inspection, renegotiate and be willing to walk for any reason. There are WAY too many homes out there looking for love. My DH and I have only purchased homes needing love. Some more than others but NEVER were we willing to compromise on findings of inspection (willing to walk) if necessary, our price (willing to walk) if necessary, work done previously without permits (willing to walk) if necessary among other reasons. You needed to be sure of the costs of repairs that will be done by others and those you are fully capable of doing. Not every man is an electrician and not every woman can use a paint roller.
July 6, 2014 at 5:47am     
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ganguli6
Great article, but Houzzer's comments are invaluable! Thanks everybody!!!
July 8, 2014 at 7:46am     
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Sayra Adams
Wake up! Dreamers. $400 will not get you far. Paint is $28, and up per gallon. We rehabbed a 900 sq ft house recently, and it soaked up thousands. Be realistic!
July 9, 2014 at 8:51am     
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Grow a Garden of Succulents for Easy Beauty

Low-water plants in a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes? Sign us up — and check out our faves here Full Story
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goatpro
It seems the rabbits eat EVERy thing I plant,the more stickers the better. I had a pad cactus that I had brought from Texas two years ago babied and finally was too big for the container. Planted it in the yard and within two weeks the rabbits had chewed it to death. Now mind you, I could not walk by the darn thing that I wasn't reaching to the magnifying glass and the tweezers. I need to have SOMETHING that the darn rabbits don't thing is buffet choice. HELP, suggestions?
July 6, 2014 at 5:30am   
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goatpro
Btw I am low desert just outside of Phoenix.
July 6, 2014 at 5:31am   
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TRU Landscape Services
Great ideas for using succulents. They're great for our environment here in Orange County. Here's a vertical succulent wall the homeowners put up on one of our latest projects. They are assorted varieties, but the customers also had pots of jade throughout the yard.
July 18, 2014 at 2:02pm     
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Kathy Dunn
I would love to have a succulent wall planter on the side of my garage, but have some concerns about dampness between the planter and wall that might cause mildew or even deterioration of the wall surface. What is your experience with this??
July 18, 2014 at 7:56pm   
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15 Ways to Ready a Summer Home on the Cheap

Set up a comfy getaway where stress goes down the drain, without sending wads of cash along with it Full Story
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goatpro
Railing on pic of striped stairs? Also, just sold our vacation home in Texas. Purchased it furnished, then paired down that I did not want and filled in from there from our permanent home. Linens are expensive, no matter what, so bring what you can to your vacation home. It will look different in the new space. I know mine did! We all have plenty, so share the wealth with your new vacation home.
July 6, 2014 at 5:21am   
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1taylor1
To: PWBennett - thanks so much for your information regarding your lake rules sign. Would it be possible to share your Etsy contact? I would love to customize one for our lake house in Virginia.
July 7, 2014 at 3:54pm   
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Laurier Blanc
RE: Seating...we feel your pain! Another great and inexpensive look are these acrylic chairs, this installation has them with sheepskins and we have a faux polar bear that we use as well for adding texture (which is washable!). Something fun and different.
July 8, 2014 at 6:28am     
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Travel Takeaways: Decorating Lessons From a Lavish Paris Hotel

Bring Belle Époque style home with rich colors, courageous patterns and textures, and an unmistakable sense of individuality Full Story
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goatpro
The whole is the sum of the parts as they say. I enjoyed the article and know that there are pieces and parts that we all can take and use in our own homes. Decorating is a personal area but if we look not and the whole but at the parts, there are things that enlighten us, stimulate our senses, or just make us more awakened and by which we can then encore orate those possibly into our homes, cabins, campers etc
July 4, 2014 at 6:10am   
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sammyk1ns
Thankyou - I couldn't live with this kind of style everyday, but I am inspired to make my next dollhouse project L'Hotel all the way. I can already imagine how much fun it will be to create marble and grand ormolu mirrors and wallpaper everywhere.
July 7, 2014 at 7:24pm   
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S A
I loved our stay at L'otel for our honeymoon and ever since then have searched for more inspiration from the interior designer of the hotel, Jacques Garcia. Recently, whilst lusting after some images of a new hotel that has opened in Manhattan called The Nomad (picture attached), I realised I had stumbled across another gem by the same designer. A little more pared back but the sensibility is the same! Can't wait to stay there too!
July 8, 2014 at 6:09am     
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The Unexpected Color That Goes With Everything

Move over, beige. Green is staking its claim as the freshest neutral around Full Story
     Comment   July 3, 2014
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goatpro
The green in the world is a wonderful color that we have enjoyed outdoors and now, through this article and others hopefully will be able to bring what makes us happy outside, into our homes, the color green. One caution, remember that color has an undertone, it is either blue or yellow. Colors with the same undertone go great together, colors with opposite undertones may make the room look a little circus like. Now having said that, if circus is the direction you were headed then go for it. JMHO
July 3, 2014 at 7:02am     
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everdebz
geejay, If you're craving brighter than 'all the green' I wonder still about bringing a slightly brighter, more striking, version of your colors, but in an area rug, sort of like this [cause there's only pattern at the windows? or maybe a bright bed pillow? ] :
July 12, 2014 at 10:47pm   
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LIFESTYLE DESIGN
Thank you for this article. Green has been my neutral for years. Imagine living in Rainy Seattle, WA and painting a room beige or, heaven strike me, grey. Perhaps in another region where the sun is intense. Green is the color of balance and nature. It helps us concentrate and even helps us heal. Long live green. Let's all take a lesson from nature and use more green. The world would be a happier place
July 15, 2014 at 10:13am     
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To-Dos: Your July Home Checklist

Get your safety and housekeeping ducks in a row so you can splash into carefree summer fun Full Story
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goatpro
If you have rust stains from patio furniture legs, purchase water softener cleaner. It is granular and can be used on patio pavers, concrete, tubs, tile toilets and other solid surfaces that have rust stains. Just wet the surface, sprinkle, spread and lightly scrub if necessary with a stiff bristle brush. Viola, rust stains gone. I have been using this technique on my patio surfaces for years without damage.
July 2, 2014 at 6:16am     
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goatpro
Some water municipalities do not for the collection of rain water due to the face that it becomes a breeding ground for Mosquitos. If your water municipality does allow the catch of rain water be sure to add the tablets that kill the larvae. We all know we don't need any more West Nile virus cases
July 2, 2014 at 6:22am     
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goatpro
Sunnie2day, I don't know where you live that waste water is coming through your sprinklers?
July 2, 2014 at 11:52am     
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alibonelli
I'm happy to report I am all up to date on this
list. First time that has ever happened! Off to enjoy the sun:)
July 6, 2014 at 11:56am   
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sunnie2day
@Louise Gibbons, I have friends in the Southern Hemisphere (NZ and Oz), they print the articles and comments to read and apply at the time right for their areas.
July 7, 2014 at 1:38pm   
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Houzz Tour: A Bark-Covered Floating Getaway on Lake Union

If the unusual siding doesn’t clue you in to the fine craftsmanship in this floating home, the handmade handrails, lights and furniture will Full Story
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goatpro
I'm sorry exterior not my cup of tea. Would probably fit better in the woods. Interior beautiful though!
July 2, 2014 at 8:39am     
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gs1938
If you ever have a survey how happy people are in their new homes I would say those in the houseboat must be very happy and content. it is just beautiful and has to be loved by people and a dog. I wonder if they have a real dog how long it takes him to make friends with the one on the roof.......................
July 10, 2014 at 12:18pm   
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G Little Construction
Thank you for all of the great comments about this floating home. It was a real pleasure for us to have the opportunity to build this home.
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8 Savvy Ideas for Kitchen Carts

Want more kitchen storage and options for entertaining? Get the ball rolling with a mobile cart Full Story
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goatpro
Carts of course are not just for kitchens. Raskog works well in bath and guest rooms.
July 2, 2014 at 7:45am     
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donaflor
I have a kitchen cart with wood block top very similar to #7. I have used it for purely practical purposes - extra prep space, coffee/tea station when I have overnight guests, etc, and it folds up and can be stored away out of sight if need be. It is practical and sturdy. But I dream of having the chic black lacquered bar cart with the Chrystal decanters of brandy, etc on silver trays. I should have hit my prime in the '30's.
July 5, 2014 at 8:08am   
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Yoshan S'pane
i want have home like this
love this picture
July 7, 2014 at 6:33am     
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