Expand Your Growing Season

20 Jan

Expand Your Growing Season

My grandma had a cold frame. It was a long rectangular box angled to catch the sun with a sliding glass shirt, situated along the south facing wall of the garage. At the time I didn’t understand what it was, but now I have assembled one of my own, just outside my kitchen, made of […]
15 Jan

6 Branches and Berries to Spruce Up Holiday Decor

When business comes and I want to create some atmosphere using a table structure, I eschew the offers in the local supermarkets and opt to swing through my own gardens, snipping branches, gathering what I need to make an artful centerpiece that takes minutes to prepare. Woody trees and shrubs with interesting bark or even […]
11 Jan

Tour the Best for a Desert Spanish Colonial

Prepare to go into a luxurious Spanish colonial home built with every detail beautifully executed. “We had a budget where we can use the best of all on this house,” says interior designer Josie Fratantoni. But “I love to reveal to customers of all budgets, to ensure they may be motivated and show me exactly […]
6 Jan

A Jersey Shore Beach House Breaks Free

Not many people could have imagined any expectation with this dank and obsolete bungalow beyond tearing it down, but the homeowner and her interior designer, Sheila Rich, could. “My customer has a great eye for simplicity in style and managed to see the potential in this aged midcentury beach bungalow,” says Rich. Her customer had […]
2 Jan

Top 5 Trees for Fall Color in California

Such as the myths that everybody in Silicon Valley is an entrepreneur and every server in Los Angeles is an actor, people say that California has no seasons — and no fall foliage. But look about in fall. A number of great garden trees which dependably brighten areas and public spaces using colorful fall leaves […]
29 Dec

The Way to Pick Tile for a Steam Shower

Steam is significantly more invasive than plain water, thus a steam shower requires more care to build than the average shower. There’s far more to the equation than simply including a steam generator and control pad. Building a steam shower calls for a new and complete system — from the drain to the ceilings to […]
25 Dec

Great Design Plant: Cabbage Tree

Garden sculptures and decorations are treasures in the landscape, but they can have big price tags. To get a more affordable alternative, let us proceed to the botanical world, where there is an architectural summer-flowering tree that fits the bill. Cabbage tree (Cordyline australis) is a low-water, sun-loving New Zealand native impaling landscapes with color […]
22 Dec

3 Overlooked Spaces With Great Garden Possible

It is all very well for those of us with lovely, light airy spaces where we can create our ideal outdoor backyard, but what about others that have only a drafty side accessibility or a utilitarian stairway — how can you produce a semblance of a garden? Since many of these areas are initially unattractive, […]
17 Dec

Novel to Know: 'Barclay Butera: Sitting on the Coast'

‘The aesthetic of seaside homes reflect a magical alchemy between the native and the exotic, the traditional as well as the whimsical, the mysterious and the recognizable.” — Barclay Butera Butera captures this magical alchemy in his new book, Living on the Coast (Gibbs Smith, 2012) and reveals how to make it. He divides beachfront […]