Gardening and Landscaping

6 Steps to Get a Garden Away to a Vibrant Start

Gardening is not for the faint of heart. Beyond the physical labor and hours of care a mature garden requires, there are many decisions that need to be made. Bring home 10 new plants from the nursery and you have 10 choices to make. Where should they proceed? Will they clash with that bush from the side garden? Will the plant’s shape match the irises about it? Will the plant die from a lack of sunlight? One easy article can’t negate the work involved with designing a garden from the bottom up, but now I will offer you a couple of actions to begin. Don’t be overwhelmed; proceed step by step, learn the”sedum secret,” and before you know it, you are going to be starting your garden from the bottom up. Amy Renea 1. Begin with a foundation plant. These aren’t your normal foundation plants as in”three green bushes planted…

Eclectic Homes

Guest Picks: Whimsical Winter Decor

It’s officially the start of winter! What I love most about this year — besides cozy Pendleton blankets and hot cocoa with marshmallows — is the gorgeous white decor which emerges. Here are a couple bright, whimsical and white-washed suggestions to maintain a house fresh and in season. — Morgan from Pepper Design Blog Etsy Snow Bokeh Tree Wall Art by Marianne LoMonaco Photography – $23 I tend to switch out artwork around my house based on this season, and this photo is simply magical. It places me in the mood for fireside hot chocolate, and it would look good framed on the mantle or mixed in with additional wall art. Anthropologie Margherita Serving Papers, Moderate – $18 All these are so creative! Add a gorgeous silver serving paper as a financing for dishes and platters to serve yummy appetizers or desserts. They are a festive way to decorate your…

Decorating Guides

International Textile Icons: Batik

Beloved for their daring patterns by tastemakers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Jonathan Adler and Nate Berkus (and seen all within their spring decoration sets), batik fabrics discuss the cultural textile trifecta with ikats and suzanis. Batik originated in Java, Indonesia, spreading and morphing in design as it reached other countries like India, Malaysia, China and parts of Africa. Even though the designs and application techniques have changed and modernized to integrate block-printed batiks for mass production, the wax-resist way of producing batik cloth has more or less remained the same: Melted wax is painted onto cloth, after which the cloth is dyed, with the components covered in wax resisting the dyes. Because of Indonesia’s important role in global tourism and the prevalence of cultural fabrics in the design world, various iterations of batik cloth have made their way in North America, including unmistakable splashes of pattern, texture and color…

Fireplaces

The Two Faces of Homes

In the superb book Body, Memory, and Architecture — currently 35 years old — authors Kent C. Bloomer and Charles W. Moore discuss Frank Lloyd Wright’s Winslow House (1894) in terms of the contrast between the formal street front and the asymmetrical back. They quote Nathanial Hawthorne: “The greater picturesqueness and reality of backyards … compared to front which is always fitted up for the public eye” A contemporary word for the latter would be “curb appeal,” but the entrance remains public and formal, while the back is private and casual. This ideabook collects varied examples of how the front and back of a house are expressed differently, although not always as discernibly like the Winslow House. The focus is on modern and contemporary dwellings, but the exact same idea can be implemented to residences of any style. CONTENT Architecture This house by the Content Architecture of Houston introduces an…

Color

Design Tastemaker: Amy Butler's Playful Patterns

Amy Butler designs vibrant, playful patterns which adorn everything from cloth to background into scrapbook paper. The core of Butler’s business is sewing and fabrics patterns, but over the years that she has licensed her layouts, so that they are currently available for many areas of the home. Fans of Butler’s designs love her fun routines, which range from abstractions into’70s-style florals into 19th-century-inspired motifs. Each of Butler’s layouts are offered in a unique palette which frequently contains fresh, surprising color combinations (think chopped yellow with a soft blue-gray). Amy Butler’s layouts collected here feature , so go ahead and investigate her vibrant world. Erika Ward – Erika Ward Interiors For this garden-inspired woman’s room, designer Erika Ward upholstered a headboard at Amy Butler’s Love Trumpet Flowers cloth. Atypical Type A A fairly print makes organization decorative. Here Alicia of this blog Atypical Form A has utilized an Amy Butler…