Laura Gaskill


Location
Providence, Rhode Island, United States 
About me:
Houzz Contributor. Visit me at Lolalina http://www.lolalina.com/ where I blog about all things warm & cozy. 
My favorite style:
Scandinavian, vintage, modern, handmade. 
My next house project:
Building a new coop for our 4 backyard hens and planting the spring garden. 
Laura Gaskill commented on an ideabook

Step Away From the Wallpaper: Why Decorating Risks Are Overrated

Want to find your signature style? Try staying inside your comfort zone Full Story
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@andigrace - YES! I totally agree...and I also happen to love wallpaper :)
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@John - Interesting question -- I'll be keeping that in mind for a future ideabook!
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jessegee
Refreshing and very helpful, I'm stuck on a blank canvas at the moment, this has opened my mind a bit.
Part of the problem is finding one good thing to base it all on.
After reading this I am going to worry less. I've always preferred furniture on the outside of the room, keeping the middle of the floor clear and spacious to move around, I know it looks better to group etc, but its so awkward!
Can we have a " freedom of feet Act " ?!

Does anyone else " crave " a colour?
I used to crave green, almost drink it in with my eyes, fields, grass, trees etc.
Now I crave blue and live by the sea, very happy.
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scarbowcow
elbit, thanks for what you wrote. I've been noticing something that I'm sure I would never have realized if I hadn't been reading Houzz for a few years.

I'm definitely traditional. There's no question about it. I grew up in 100-year-old (or older) houses (the oldest 'family home' in my family goes back to the 1600s in Massachusetts). I've always loved the rich, high-quality details of older homes. I think every room should have an interesting ceiling: pressed tin, plaster medallions - something besides flat squares with no personality. I love soft, cozy chairs and sofas and beds. There should be the warmth of wood and every piece of furniture should have a story behind it (as they did in all the homes of my extended family growing up). 'Home' to me means warm, soft, comforting - a 'nest' I can snuggle into and feel absolutely safe.

And yet... in the past few months I've noticed that when I look at such homes on Houzz, I get a hemmed in, claustrophobic feeling and my dominant thought is, 'Who has to dust all that stuff? How do you keep all that stuff clean?' I think of vacuuming and housework, not home and comfort.

Stranger still, I'm finding myself drawn to clean, open, airy, modern spaces. I don't LIKE modern. The idea of a polished concrete floor, for example, sets my teeth on edge and makes me think, 'cheap, cheap, cheap.' I don't like sofas and chairs with no arms (looks like furniture for the robot in the Jetsons cartoon). The whole mid-century modern trend makes me laugh: that was considered cheap, factory trash furniture when I was growing up. Everyone I knew - who lived with high-quality antiques or hand-built furniture - sneered at it as rubbish that would fall apart before you finished the time payments on it. Fine for a young couple starting out who needed cheap stuff and who admired what was trendy. But eventually we grow up and learn to discern quality - and we inherit or can afford antiques.

And yet... I look at those clean open, airy spaces and all the clear surfaces and I feel peace and calm and rest.

I don't know what's bringing on the change. Maybe I wanted that rich, traditional, nest-like environment to give me a sense of 'home' that I didn't have. Maybe now I'm at home with myself and don't feel a need for my external environment to provide that. Maybe now what I need is simplicity, not a lot of work connected with home, so I can live more simply. I don't know. I just know that if I created one of those clean, spacious, modern settings for myself, everyone I know would look around bug-eyed and wonder if they ever really knew me.
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7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Bathroom

We feel your dread. That’s why we’ve broken down cleaning and decluttering the bath into daily, manageable tasks Full Story
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@kathleen MK - LOL!
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charleee
There are two things in the bathroom that are my cleaning nightmares - the little plastic hinge that holds the toilet seat to the toilet, and those dang caps and bolts that hold the toilet to the floor. Aside from a toothbrush and lots of liquid spray, how do you keep those clean?
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lailastrand55
Hahahaha! Just read this article, scrolled down to read the one about wine storage and thought, perhaps if one uncorked a bottle of wine, drank a glass or two, then tackled cleaning the toilet used by those who have a poor aim, it might make the task easier!!! ;-)
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My Houzz: Breezy Beauty in 750 Square Feet

High in the San Francisco hills, a family of 4 chooses a view over space — with enviable results Full Story
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tatina
Niños
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nortun
Am I the only person who hates the sectional? Love the rest of the house though. Awesome!
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Guest Picks: From India With Love

Use the bright colors and pretty patterns of India to give your rooms a hit of happy energy Full Story
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@bhavana - Yes, John Robshaw's prices are high, but at least his company makes a point of paying a living wage to the craftspeople who create the products (unlike much of what we might find for sale here in the States that is made in India), and this is reflected in the final price.
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taureg
I, too, have been to India many times, and am a textile collector. My complaint against John Robeshaw is not only the absurdity of his prices but, much more seriously, that he cuts up antique tribal textiles to make pillows. I am talking about authentic, made for tribal use textiles.

Pillow makers, in general destroy the world's tribal heritage - but to have a company that touts its do gooder credentials do it systematically is very problematic.
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monicamelsness
I have made a list of the most important things to consider before buying a headboard
http://gettinspirations.blogspot.com/2014/03/how-to-choose-right-headboard.html
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Laura Gaskill published an ideabook

How to Choose the Right Solar Lights

Learn about different types of outdoor solar lights, where to use them and why you might want to avoid the bargain bin Full Story
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psngwms
After our lamp post light quit on us -- and we didn't want to dig up the landscaping in front of our house to find the problem/rewire the lamp -- we bought a big, solar lamp post light from our local box store to use with our existing post. And we love it!! High output LEDs provide 100 Lumens and lasts for 10-11 hours, which is plenty for our cul-de-sac front yard. (We also have wired lanterns at the front door and garage.)
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szrick
I believe I know the one you're referring to. Here is a photo of a high quality solar post lantern sold at Home Depot. It employs a monocrystalline solar panel, lithium batteries, and is rated 135 lumens.
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Laura Gaskill published an ideabook

21 Free Ways to Give Your Home Some Love

Change a room’s look or set a new mood without spending anything but a little time Full Story
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beverlyf
Love this idea book! It,s all about enjoying your life and your home regardless of budget. After a busy week, I love putting on some music, lighting a candle even if it is light out, pouring a glass of wine and cooking. Sometimes for family and friends and sometimes just for me and my husband.
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Shellie Miller Claiborne
I call this Shopping From Home. Everything ends up Murphy Oiled, in a new spot and a feeling of rejuvenation.......all without spending my hard earned cash.
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Laura Gaskill published an ideabook

8 Reasons to Jump Off the DIY Bandwagon

You heard right. Stop beating yourself up for not making stuff yourself, and start seeing the bright side of buying from others Full Story
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sunnie2day
LOL! TSHome, I was single for about 12 years after a 20 year marriage ended and I swore to my friends who tried to set me up that I was looking for a certified plumber-electrician. I remarried in early 2011 - my new husband is a retired historic building conservationist who firmly believes DIY is best done by...

A professional, lol!
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Great for loft
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Laura Gaskill published an ideabook

Simple Pleasures: Cultivate Everyday Joie de Vivre

You can’t be on holiday all the time, of course, but you can enjoy that same carefree feeling right at home, right now Full Story
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Thank you so much for the nice compliments, Titiac. Would love to hear (and see) Lucca's story - please email info@lalunecollection.com. Rocky and Lucy have their own stories - they were both on their last day of "death row" at a shelter when we brought them home. That was over 7 years ago and every day with them has been a treasure.
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melindahoover
Great article! I try to do many of these things already, and will try a few more. When my husband and I retired, we moved to a charming town. We have commented many times that the things we enjoy doing on trips are the things we have right here in our new hometown, like enjoying a meal outside at dusk, listening to good music being performed on the corner, or sampling a new ice cream flavor at the local gourmet ice cream shop!
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Bath of the Week: A Lovely Update for a Victorian Tub

Adding a walk-in shower and other modern amenities makes a tiny bathroom beautiful and user friendly Full Story
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Laura Gaskill
LOVE the wallpaper! What a creative makeover!
April 10, 2014 at 7:24am     
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tammy8395
We just use a textured silicone suction mat on the floor of our claw foot tub when we shower. Then we rinse and hang it over the side to dry until the next shower. I definitely can see where showering with that stool taking up half the room in the tub could be part of the problem.

The new renovations to this bathroom are nice, but I really prefer the other better. There is a lot of extra stuff taking up floor space, like a nightstand? Probably there for storage, but it seems to be right in front of the sink. If more storage was needed, couldn't they still have raided that linen closet for space? Or some nice shelves on the wall?
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palepink
I would have kept at least one accent wall of the original Victorian tile, if they had to get rid of it at all. It did look awful because someone already messed with it years ago and put up fake tin or whatever that was on the walls and just left a tiny bit around the sink. I would have kept the little sink in the corner or even reused it. Looks like one of those nursery sinks that you find between a child's room and a master bedroom. Hope they salvaged the sink at least!!
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Laura Gaskill published an ideabook

Nature’s Color Wisdom: Lessons on Red From the Great Outdoors

Dab some of Mother Nature’s rouge around the home for an eye-opening look Full Story
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Carl Hedleston
Something about the yellow in the painting is off...nothing there to accent the red pillows. Recommend...
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Every room deserves a jolt of it
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Laura Gaskill published an ideabook

10 Great Outdoor Chill Zones

Whether you have a huge poolside deck or a sliver of a patio, these ideas will kick stress to the curb all summer long Full Story
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mmjmurphy
My cushions are sunbrella but my small decorative pillows are bold prints sprayed with Thompson Waterseal (fabric seal) going onto the third summer they stay dry, and keep vivid colours in the West Coast BC rain, humidity , hot sunny. Good fabric and outdoor foam is worth every penny for durability.
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Simple Pleasures: Savor the First Spring Day in the Garden

The birds are chirping, the bulbs are blooming and the air is inviting. How will you answer the call of the garden? Full Story
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Peggy Aronson
Ahhhh, I don't think I've ever enjoyed spring weather more. We're having a warm and dry April in the Seattle area after the wettest March on record. I went out and moved some landscape plants and put in some veggies. Our black dog lay in the sun.
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My Houzz: Casual, Organic Elegance in California

Textural, nature-loving decor joins new floors and a more open kitchen for a relaxed vibe in a 1940s home Full Story
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rdot
Where did you get that awesome tree swing? Beautiful home! Unlike most posting I love the angle of the couch! Looking at mine right now & thinking 'haha i'm not the only one' :) '
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Thank you for your comment! To be honest the living room felt too static and rigid with the couch 'straight' and once angled a little the energy flowed much better and was more relaxed! For me this also worked better as the fire place is at an angle and I wanted to embrace it. The tree swing came from Anthropologie online...choice of two color options!
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How to Survive an Epidemic of Walking Dead

Tips to use around the house and garden to prep for the zombie apocalypse Full Story
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Laura Gaskill
Love this, Becky! Just added The Walking Dead to my Netflix queue :)
April 4, 2014 at 10:17am   
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lilion
Right there with you Becky! Smart network, starting Game of Thrones the week after Walking Dead ends.
April 6, 2014 at 5:45pm     
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Laura Gaskill published an ideabook

7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Entry Hall

Take your entry from scuffed up to spiffed up, restoring total cleanliness and order in just a week Full Story
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gracey999
I always have too many pairs of shoes/boots/sneakers in the hallway. I have no place else to put them. Everyone just takes them off and leaves them where they land.... so messy. There is only a very narrow hallway (about 3 feet maybe) so there isn't room for a storage unit and the front closet is packed with winter coats and tool stuff at the bottom and top of the it. I have no answers for decluttering except to have my basement and attic refinished. But these are very nice pics and ideas for others. :)
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amcgaw
We love the wall color. What color is it?
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Laura Gaskill published an ideabook

Revive Your Room’s Look in Just 5 Steps

Not in total-makeover mode? Give your space polish and a pulled-together look with this easily doable plan Full Story
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houscom
Bonnie when I was a little girl a friend of my grandmother's gave me an old wicker dolls pram, even as a little girl I loved it and felt honoured it was given to me but it had to live at my grandmother's home (for various practical reasons) but I knew even then it was mainly so I'd have some thing to play with at my grandma's and even then I think I knew if it came home to live at my house I'd lose interest in it straight away and not make use of it? (pretty sure I would have been told this too).
I tend to think the dictionary and stand is best left in your home for now for the reasons you initially presented, that you gain great joy see your grand children rushing to use it, its an actively for them at your home - its a win win for all.
I still have the pram and can't say my daughter when young appreciated that much, again maybe because she had access to it all the time by then? Or maybe I've been too precious about it because I was raised to be that way? - which leads us back to the whole de-cluttering of emotional items. . . . . Its one of those items its hard to know what to do with now?
It is very good to be able to discuss this topic in an open forum.
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bonnieinflorida
houscom -- thank you for your advice about the dictionary and stand. Thinking about it after reading your experience with the doll's pram puts it into perfect focus.
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7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Living Room

A task a day sends messes totally away. All you need is a week to get your living room in tip-top shape Full Story
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Lisa Rogers
Depending on our schedules, I do what Wallner Builders does either before I go to bed, or first thing in the morning. I love going around the house and fluffing pillows, making sure all dishes are in the dishwasher, recycling items in the garage container, dirty laundry or decide what needs to be laundered today, etc.
Dusting days usually involve 4-5 rooms so it's consistent on each side of the house, same goes for vacuuming. No pets here, but a husband who is rather oblivious to small details. Love him to pieces though!
April 8, 2014 at 8:37am     
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titiac
I agree with Liz and Lisa., There are just some things which make an immediate difference.
For me - no leaving the house for work in the morning without :
1 ) Making the bed,
2) Unpacking the clean dishes from the dishwasher and putting the morning's dirty dishes in - close the door!
3) Hanging the damp bathroom towels outside or somewhere in the sunshine
4) Cleaning the dog bowls once they finished eating and filling up the water bowls.
5) Straightening the throws and fluffing the pillows on the couches.

OK - so that's why I get up an hour before hubby - but it's worth it. Nothing is more depressing than walking into a kitchen with dirty dishes and a bedroom with an un-made bed, when you return from a long day's work. By doing these simple things I get to spend a bit more quality time with the dogs in the evening before I start cooking and doing the washing! Now I must just get hubby to follow suit! Why is it that ( most ) men can not be bothered by these things!
April 8, 2014 at 11:35pm     
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Laura Gaskill published an ideabook

Nature’s Color Wisdom: Lessons on Yellow From the Great Outdoors

Let the sunshine in. These ways to use yellow will cheer up your interiors and make Mother Nature proud Full Story
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higginsborn1955
Pratt and Lambert color Popcorn/Soufflé is a light soft yellow. It is just cheerful enough. I painted my foyer and long dark hall this color 3 years ago. Plan to use is in my breakfast room, it is easy on the eyes.
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krlyszak
I just finished painting my vaulted bedroom ceiling with Sherwin Williams Lemon Meringue. It's a nice pick me up to the gray walls. Happy and comfy room.
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Simple Pleasures: Put Pen to Paper

Note writing a lost art? Not when you have a pretty selection of papers, a dedicated spot and the right frame of mind Full Story
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Sumit Malhotra
Hello guys this is 2 pic from my entry or living room in Flat please suggest some good help ???
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??? help
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Guest Picks: Kick Back in Your Own Surf Shack

Beachy boho goes upscale with furniture and accessories as artful as they are relaxed Full Story
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b_rawan
This is an amazing collection of pieces!
March 30, 2014 at 9:23am   
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David Galan
Love it
April 2, 2014 at 9:40am   
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Budget Decorator: Let’s Go Thrifting

Dip into the treasure trove of secondhand pieces for decor that shows your resourcefulness as much as your personality Full Story
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Marcia
Your suggestion for displaying the mannequin legs reminded me of a lawyer I knew years ago. He bought a very old house and restored it for his law firm, not surprising since his lovely home had originally been a one-room schoolhouse. He loved the character of older places. Anyway, in his private office there was a closet in which he kept a nude mannequin. Depending on who his visitor was, he'd leave the closet door open just enough to startle his visitor. He was quite a character and would have been pleased to know that design later became my career.
April 10, 2014 at 8:30am     
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So fun to see our repurposed door on this ideabook!
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15 Ideas for a Children’s Discovery Garden

Pique curiosity and encourage creativity by adding play features that appeal to kids’ imagination and senses Full Story
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serradee
I love the idea of sandboxes, but if you have cats wandering free around your neighbourhood you probably want one you can cover up, or you've just created one giant litter box!
March 28, 2014 at 6:32pm     
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Grand kid adventures
March 31, 2014 at 9:14am   
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Make a Cool Plant Shelf in an Afternoon — No Saw Needed

Give your houseplants a happy home by a window with this easy DIY shelf Full Story
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Laura Gaskill
Thank you for this!!! I have been looking for a way to make a very simple sofa table and I think this will work beautifully. Lovely project,
March 24, 2014 at 7:22am     
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mmmc98
And here I thought my children were the only ones who chewed on furniture ;-) Mine liked leather belts too! LOVE the shelf. Very simple, easy to make and looks nice, thank you!
March 29, 2014 at 8:57am   
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Cyndie Birdsong
very cool - but careful with too much weight on top as this structure might collapse with no supporting brackets on the bottom. Most tables like this will have additional support to keep the table from leaning over to the right or left - could easily add these with cheap $2 furring strips to the inside back of the piece, maybe 6" down from the top, and another strip 6" up from the bottom. (could even spray paint those gold as well)
April 1, 2014 at 10:17am   
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Simple Pleasures: Grow a Cheery Indoor Garden

Let houseplants work their magic on your rooms and you. These ideas will get you growing Full Story
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My dear, do you haul that great big beautiful tree in and out every time you want to water it? You're not only a good plant person, but a strong one. Professionals use the double-potting method, in which the plant in its grow pot is placed inside a waterproof container. I'll give you a link to a video talking more about it at the end of this post. You water enough to leave a runoff in the liner, the depth of the runoff depending on size of the plant and the amount of light. The objective is to give your plant sufficient water until the next visit ( 1 to 3 weeks), at which time the water in the liner should be gone and the soil moisture level be low enough for the plant to be watered again.
The other professional method is to use self-watering containers. There are several on the market. There are good things and bad things about them, maybe another time we can discuss more.
Here's the video about potting methods.


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April 8, 2014 at 12:21pm   
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Maria Smith
@Ficus Wrangler, thanks for this, I will check it out. This plant is double potted, it is in a plastic pot that fits in the ceramic pot, but I think the ceramic pot drains also, so I may need to think about that, maybe next time I can line the ceramic pot with plastic and set the plastic pot inside. The ceramic pot is a cherished gift that I love in this room. Any tips on ficus pruning and shaping?
April 8, 2014 at 1:29pm   
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10 Ways to Boost Creativity by Doing Less

You heard right. Sometimes the best way to refill your creative well is by taking a step back Full Story
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I loved reading your "less" list.....I do try to do these things and I do think they are my key to sanity sometimes when life/work is busy....thanks for summing it all up....less is definitely more!
April 8, 2014 at 2:16pm   
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penneelane
Amazing. I'm so down and out right now and a lot of it has to do with the overwhelming amount of stuff going on in my brain that is a cause and/or result of researching, analyzing, attempting to perfect, keeping in touch with everyone, second-guessing a wall color, etc. I am going to print this out, highlight each tip, and stick it to my mirror and back of my front door. Thanks again !!
April 9, 2014 at 3:24am     
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Laura Gaskill published an ideabook

13 Extra-Cool Things to Do With a Backyard

Sure, you could just plop down on a blanket. Or you could create a dragon’s lair, a mosaic gallery, a party in a jungle ... Full Story
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Laurel Ennis
Bravo, Apartment 46 for the Home! Well put. We don't look at these pictures because we'd really like to live like the characters from Roseanne. We'd like to live in these beautiful houses. To dismiss this as "not a real home" is from someone who has a limited world view. No matter what style you like, or what size home you have or desire to have, beautiful will always be preferable to ugly, cozy will be better than generic, efficient trumps disorganized, spacious will be better than cramped and clean tops sloppy any day of the week. I'm a decorator (retired) and I don't consider a glue gun a decorating tool.
April 4, 2014 at 5:00pm     
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Sandra Miner
In regards to the bamboo can you winter it? Just wondering what zone would it be?
April 4, 2014 at 5:24pm   
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Spring Party Primer: 20 Ideas for Fabulous Fetes

Roll out the green carpet. On a lawn or in your living room, your spring party will be a hit with these tips and ideas Full Story
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monicamelsness
Potterj .... look at Amazon.com
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Surrounded by lush outdoor colors, chose simple white dinnerware that won't distract or look too busy. Urban Nature and NewWave dinnerware collections combine modern architectural shapes with nature-inspired flowing curves... great for a minimal yet formal tablescape or a casual alfresco party...
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March 20, 2014
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March 19, 2014
Laura Gaskill published an ideabook

10 Fun Decorating Projects for Spring

Give your home a fresh and bright look for the new season with these simple, low-cost DIY projects Full Story
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monicamelsness
These cleaning solutions are safer for kids, pets, and the environment, and they'll leave your home sparkling and beautiful.

http://gettinspirations.blogspot.com/2014/04/spring-natural-cleaning.html
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Reviews by Laura Gaskill (1)

Review for D. S. Brennan Photography:

Diana's nature-inspired art photography is gorgeous. From small nature study prints to the oversize works on canvas, each piece tells its own little story. I ha...
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