Fantastic Design Plant: Redtwig Dogwood

Each spring I find myself amazed and surprised by the newest growth and rebirth that happens on the exact same deciduous plants I was sure had been dead long since winter began. Pass a redtwig dogwood (Cornus sericea) in January, and also any lingering uncertainty that these crops are not still consciously living is instantly drop.

Cold hardy and water tolerant, redtwig dogwood is an especially elegant garden addition throughout the year. Its crazy growth habit, delicate blooms and vibrant winter colour contribute to it being the absolutely untamed, yet sophisticated, design plant.

Tom Debley

Botanical name: Cornus sericea (syn. Cornus stolonifera)
Common names:Redtwig dogwood, red osier dogwood, American dogwood, red willow, redstem dogwood, redosier dogwood, creek dogwood
USDA zones: 2-7
Water requirement:Moderate
Sun requirement: Full sun to color
Mature size: 7-9′ tall, spreads to 12′ wide
Tolerances: Deer, soil — such as moist soil and clay soil
Safety advantages: Fruit attracts birds and wildlife; flowers attract butterflies

Pete Veilleux, East Bay Wilds

Distinguishing attributes. Redtwig dogwood is a shrub for many seasons. Having a compact multi-stemmed arrangement for a foundation, ovate green leaves cover its sleek green stalks in spring. Leaves are linked with creamy white floral clusters in summer, followed by creamy white or blue berries.

Pete Veilleux, East Bay Wilds

Transitioning from summer to autumn, stems and foliage turn a brilliant red, persisting into the onset of fall.

U. of Maryland Arboretum & Botanical Garden

It is in winter is when redtwig dogwood is extremely noticeable, and it’s for this seasonal transformation that redtwig dogwood is named. The stems of the tree turned into a fiery shade of red before losing its leaves for the season. In Alaska and Newfoundland its winter colour is especially vibrant — starkly contrasted from a blanket of white snow.

The ‘Baileyi’ cultivar, shown here, is similar in colour but lacks the spreading look of the straight species.


The best way to use it. Consider adding a rain garden to your landscape to curb stormwater runoff. Found naturally in damp areas, redtwig dogwood is inherently suited wet conditions.

In a time of year that many crops are on hiatus, redtwig dogwood is in the peak of its visual attraction. A fast spreader and soil stabilizer, redtwig dogwood produces a fantastic hillside or bank room filler. Plant in mass to get a lush green display in spring and summer and a fiery red landscape accent in fall and winter.

U. of Maryland Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Keep it growing. Whilst redtwig dogwood transplants well and simple to grow, its rapid growth rate and spreading nature can sometimes take over the landscape. In order to restrain the spread of redtwig dogwood, cut back branches and roots that touch the earth, preventing suckers.

Following its seasonal display of colour, the plant goes dormant before leafing out again in spring. Take this opportunity to lessen the shrub so as to permit for new growth. It’s about the younger stalks that you will observe the most spectacular red color.

While the plant was proven to be susceptible to leaf and twig blight, maintaining air circulation and light penetration are two good ways to become proactive and preventative.

More great design crops:
Hens-and-Chicks | Snake Flower | Toyon | Black Mondo Grass | Feather Reed Grass | New Zealand Wind Grass | Red Kangaroo Paw | Blue Chalk Sticks | Catmint | Slipper Plant

Great design trees:
Manzanita | Japanese Maple | Persian Ironwood | Smoke Tree | Bald Cypress | Tree Aloe

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10 Ways to Make Decent Use of the Light of Winter

Fall’s sun is waning, and it’s noticeably chillier both indoors and out. Since heat is expensive (and it’s more fun to spend the amount on sledding excursions and hot chocolate anyhow), use what sun there’s left to warm up your property. Some of the very best changes are neither hard nor expensive; check out the following photos for inspiration. You may get a house that not just warmer, but more trendy, also.

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Make the most of your home’s smaller spaces. Because of the smaller square footage, sunlight streaming through the windows will maintain these spaces warmer for a longer period of time. If you work from home or have an activity that requires you to spend a lot of time in one spot, transfer it to one of your rooms. You’ll be comfortable and cozy.

ZeroEnergy Design

Set up seating areas around your windows. This may appear counterintuitive (we constantly hear about chilly drafts near windows), but if your windows are well sealed, there should not be a problem. This way you can enjoy a meal or read the paper whilst basking in the immediate heat of the sun.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc..

Place a sofa right in the front of your windows. It’s not ideal for every room, but if it works in yours, beams of sun will warm you when you relax on the sofa.

Sylvia Martin

Contemplate sheer curtains. People today feel the need to cover their windows with heavy drapery from the winter. While layers of fabric do include heat, they can also block out what sunlight there’s. Sheer curtains provide privacy and that same sense of heat without completely blocking the sun.

Celia James

Mirrors are a godsend when decorating for any number of reasons, such as their ability to maximize sun. Placing mirrors across from or adjacent to your own windows allows them to reflect warm sunshine throughout the space.

Rupal Mamtani

If you reside in climate that is usually chilly annually, you may want to put money into darker upholstery fabric, that feels cozy and may even keep more heat.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

If a full furniture makeover is out of your budget or just unnecessary, reach the same effect with accessories. The inclusion of dark throw pillows will add heat …

Globus Builder

… as will a few throws. Imagine how good you’ll feel wrap yourself in a throw that’s toasty warm from lying in a bright spot.

John Maniscalco Architecture

I don’t know about you, but my feet are almost always chilly from the colder months. A simple fix for this is really a rug at a dark shade — it’ll collect heat from any sunlight it may get during the day. Your toes will thank you.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

Another idea: swapping your summertime linens for dark ones. Not only is this appearance uber chic, but you are going to feel extra cozy when snuggled up on a winter’s night.

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Winter Makeover: Naturally Beautiful Christmas Décor

Taking a eco-friendly approach to holiday decorating may save yourself money, storage space, and also help save the environment on the way. Read on for some easy ideas that could give your home a festive look, the natural manner.

Christie Thomas

Decorating for the holidays can be time consuming and costly, and their non-recyclable materials frequently wind up in landfills.

Take an eco friendly approach having an evergreen garland. You can discover natural garlands in Christmas tree stands and farms make your own at a weekend. Gather evergreen trimmings out of your lawn and wrap long bunches with wire or twine, overlapping them to create long strings of pine, cedar or fir. String them together the mantle or banister.


Drape an evergreen garland round a mantel or bookshelf for an instant Christmas look. Accent with pinecones collected from a hike in the woods.


Do not overlook the exterior of your home and add some cheer to a front porch. Prep your mailbox or flower box using evergreen trimmings, berries, and a few candy canes.

Hydrangea Home

Wrapping an entire banister in evergreen boughs appear to be a hassle? Create a simple focal point in the base of your stairs with a swag of greenery wrapped in a festive decoration.

Michelle Edwards

If winters are hot where you live, take your holiday feast outdoors. Enjoy a meal in a table decorated with what is around you.

My Sweet Savannah

Put a candle on a glass pedestal and combine it with walnuts for an easy, tasteful seasonal centerpiece.

Do not forget about your washroom when decorating for the holidays! Put a few pine boughs round your bathroom sink or round your own mirror.

Sandra Howie

A bowl of acorns and garnish with red berries is a eco-friendly method to decorate your mantle.

When the holidays are completed, return to character to decompose. Enjoy your free and effortless decorating, and less clutter around your home!

Have you got any eco-friendly ideas? Share these below!

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13 Ways to Paint Interior Door

It’s possible to change the way your house looks by simply painting your interior doors. Add life to them, show off architectural detail, or earn a door less noticeable. Go somewhat dark on the paint, or simply take it to another level, using a daring or deep color.

Strategies for painting interior doors
Remember that any time you paint a doorway a deep color, you should take your time and prep well because the darker the paint, the more lines you’ll be able to see. Most doors and trims are painted semi gloss because it cleans easily and discreetly shines. If you want to go to get a more glistening look use a high-gloss paint, which when done well can look stunning, making the colour you use very deep and reflective. Prep well before painting and use substances referred by a paint specialist, so it seems smooth. When painting doors, start at the top and work your way down. And always brush at the direction of the wood grain on wrought iron doors.

Patricia Benson

Painting this glass door and trim the identical bold colour as the wall creates an illusion there’s absolutely no doorway, only panes of glass. I would really like to attempt this on a frosted door resulting in the basement. A doorway with a daring color is quite tempting to start to find out what pleasure lies beyond.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

If a doorway is at an awkward place or divides a little area, make it almost disappear by painting your door and trim the identical color as your walls.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

If you’re using stunning wallpaper in a room which has deep and light colours inside, use the dark color on the door , and the light color on the trim to get a dramatic feel.

Valerie pasquiou interiors + design, inc

Pick a soft gray or beige on your doors and trims for a stunning look that still feels light and airy. Why don’t you add a little bit of personality to doorways that have lovely weathered molding?

Paint your interior doorway a lighter or darker shade of same colour used on the walls. Bring out the door panels by outlining them in the exact same colour as the trim.

Carey Dodson

Create a chalkboard door using chalkboard paint.

Lisa rubenstein – actual rooms design

Outline your doors to get a comprehensive look. Utilize a profound paint colour on your own door trim only. If you have raised panels at the doorway, outline each groove in the exact same colour.

Isabel Beattie @ K Cabinets Oakville

Let the doorway stand out. By painting the doorway itself black and leaving the trim round it white, it becomes a highlight of this room, especially if you’ve got a doorway with a great deal of glass or intriguing architectural details.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Try out a decorative paint finish. Paint is not pricey, so have a ball!

Hint: You do not have to remove doors from hinges to paint them. It is faster to paint them attached, and the end result can be equally as fantastic. Regardless of what color/finish you’re doing, paint at the direction of the grain.

Peg Berens Interior Design LLC

Black or deep brown painted doors keep a contemporary space looking chic and clean. In this area there are no bright-white stark-feeling minutes. To acquire a fine end, take your time and prep well.

Visbeen Architects

Color code a doorway or two to remind both adults and small ones this chamber is a particular place (for doing homework or another activity).

Mark Dodge Design

This beautiful, glossy orange doorway leads into a gorgeous wallpapered bedroom. It is the perfect first impression.

Suggestion: whenever you’ve got a door painted a daring color on one side but not on the flip side, what color do you paint the borders of the doorway? I decide to paint the borders the colour of the side that opens inward, as in this photo.

Rachel Reider Interiors

At a house painted with neutrals, black doors pop with interest. You may just paint the doorways in the public areas and abandon the private chambers a creamy light white color.

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11 Ways to Produce a Multipurpose Office Space

If you are like a growing number of people, you do portion of your work from home. If you don’t have the luxury of a dedicated room for this, you may find yourself needing to create an office that’s really multipurpose. Here are 11 great suggestions for working an workspace into pretty much every other type of room, from putting your desk on wheels, to concealing your work in a cupboard, putting it on simple view, and more.

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1. Use your wall area for storing nearly everything. I can’t say enough about the benefits of the Murphy bed. More comfy than the ubiquitous sleeper couch, the Murphy bed gearing up against the wall would be the best option for obtaining that spare bed out of their way and providing you maximum floor area to your office. Notice that even the little side table by the bed will slip back into the display shelving on the wall. Wall storage over the desk provides you room for tools and materials to other activities without taking up floor area.

Angela Todd Designs, Portland, OR

2. Make your furniture mobile. Casters on this desk allow it to be rolled back so the floor mat can be rolled out for meditation or yoga. Use locking casters so your desk doesn’t roll around as you’re attempting to work — unless of course, you enjoy that type of thing.

I adore the profound blue metallic stria faux-finish on the walls is just as acceptable for promoting a calm place to work and a calm state of mind for yoga or meditation.

Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

3. Avoid the cubicle-farm look when picking your office furniture. Let’s face it, a lot of us decide to work in the home since we can’t withstand cubicle farms. So, why do you need your home office to seem like, well, a cubicle farm?

This office at a bedroom looks spectacular with a glamorous black seat rather than the typical office chair. They’ve utilized a handsome table lamp rather than the usual anglepoise desk lamp, and the desk itself is a beautiful piece of furniture. Note that there’s a lit mirror onto the desk too, so this desk doubles as a dressing table.

Scheer & Co..

4. Now it is an office, today it isn’t! Use simple branch to change the function of a room. It may take nothing more than a drape to literally save the entire office from view of the remainder of the room.

Can it hang luscious full-length drapery. When they’re closed, the remainder of the room may be an inviting guest room, a calm sitting room, literally, anything you want. Decorating the office space behind the drape to coordinate with the rest of the room guarantees it looks great even when the curtains are open.

Rossington Architecture

This office definitely looks like you, with its rolling ergonomic chair, adjustable desk lamp, etc. But just as in the prior case, the entire office can be hidden, this time together with folding doors. This office is in a closet in a dining room, but it works for any closet, even at a hallway.

Cravotta Interiors

5. If you can’t conceal the office, at least conceal the work. Not every room has a spare closet in which to conceal the office.

However, if you can fit everything you need to a secretary desk, then it’s possible to close up the desk itself and still conceal the office. This can work whether you’ve got a beautiful conventional room like this, or …

Elias Kababie

… a very modern room like this, or …

Cynthia Mason Interiors

… a more transitional look.

Cynthia Mason Interiors

Secretary desks come in all styles.

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6. Combine functions that are compatible. In the event that you typically match your office work with household chores, consider making your office area in the same area to save measures.

Case Design/Remodeling, Inc..

Seen from the other end of the room, this seems like it also serves the mudroom feature, so it is the ideal place to keep your eye on the comings and goings of children also. If you don’t need or want perfect peace and quiet to your office area, being at the middle of the daily household action can be very handy.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

7. Flaunt it. This photograph and the next two will be of an open-plan home where the office, living room, TV viewing area and dining room are all completely open to each other. Instead of attempting to conceal the office or to conceal the purpose of this, they simply design a workplace that’s so trendy it looks great from the open area.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

The light green Lucite display shelving doesn’t conceal the office, but it defines the distance so it feels set apart in the other activities in the room. The black office chair is a nice one and it works in the modern space. The built-in storage is all in the same wood and cabinetry style as the remainder of the space.

8. Be discerning about what you place on display. Though I think this is excellent advice even for a dedicated office with a door that you can close, it is extra important in a multi-purpose office area. With your office open to the main living space, you wish to be sure to conceal papers and cords which may look messy, so a few closed storage is a must. There are a number of books in the open storage over the desk, but just a couple. Hide that collection of dog-eared paperbacks.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

This angle shows the dining room beside the office space. The black seats work nicely with the black used in the office chair and the dark of this desktop shown in the prior picture.

Leslie Goodwin Photography

This office is also outside in the open at the center of the home. Using exactly the identical cabinetry style as the remainder of the home and very carefully editing items out on display help this office to match right in. This is a nice option if you want feel isolated working at a closed room all by yourself.

Venegas and Company

9. Consider combining your office together with the kitchen. That is such a favorite place for home office space that lots of builders are now including a built-in desk area. If you are a work-at-home mom or dad and will need to keep your eye on your kids or dinner because it simmers on the stove, then this can be the ideal place for your multi-purpose office area. Inside this kitchen the cabinetry to the desk is constructed in and they’re using an attractive seat that contrasts with all the barstools.

Designer Kitchen by Morgan

If all you want is a place to sit down with your laptop and a little desk area, the solution over could be all you need to create your kitchen office area. This would also be an ideal area for kids to do homework using a parent nearby to help.

Rossington Architecture

10. Think about combining your office with an area that’s never used at the same moment. For a lot of us, it will not get the job done well to be in a room in which other activities are going on at the same moment. It can be very hard to focus on the distraction of others from the area. At first glance, you may think putting a workplace at a game room would not be compatible. But if you work through the day, and nobody uses the sport room until the day, then the two uses for this particular chamber may work out perfectly.

11. Select furniture that can do double duty. Plenty of people turn their dining rooms into offices, then never have a nice place for a sit-down dinner. Using a dining table instead of a desk means all you need to do is remove the laptop, place the table and voila — it is a dining room again. Using all the upper wall area for storage means that they don’t need to fill the floor area with filing cabinets.

This chamber does not conceal its double intent. But if you wished to disguise the office seem when utilizing the space as a dining room, then matching the office built-ins into the wood cabinetry and producing closed storage to conceal the office supplies would do just fine. Oh, and there is no law that says you can’t use rolling seats as dining seats: I have seen dedicated dining rooms using this style of rolling seat all the way around the dining table.

So, let’s see, we have looked at offices sharing space together with all the kitchen, the bedroom, a yoga or living room, the dining room, a guest room, a laundry room plus mudroom, a game room and the entire living room. If you can think of any additional area and how to successfully integrate the office into it, I would love to hear from you!

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How to Prevent Carpet Mold

We can all agree that a carpet carpet cleaning Pasadena CA is nasty. Removing mold and mildew on hard surfaces is not easy and it’s even more complicated to remove them from the carpet. Moreover, they often have the tendency to appear at the back of the carpet, which is often hard to notice until it’s already too late.

Here’s how you can prevent them.

Why Clean Carpets?

It’s worth noting that if your carpet is clean enough, it’s almost impenetrable by mold and mildew, despite the conditions in your home. In a study where a clean nylon carpet was subjected to a high level of humidity and high temperature, no mold growth was noticed. Even those clean carpets that are known to have active mold spores remained mold-free.

Dirt on carpeting is prone to mold for two reasons – first, the dirt may have mold spores in them and second, the dirt itself has moisture, which encourages mold growth.

Preventing Carpet Mold

As it turns out, it’s relatively easy to prevent the growth of rug cleaning Pasadena in your carpet than to remove it.

Here are some ways on how you can prevent mold growth:

– Keep Humidity Low – A humidity that’s 65% and lower is the perfect level to maintain a mold-free environment. So try to keep your home’s humidity level at 65 percent or below. Consider installing a portable dehumidifier in order to maintain low humidity in your house.

– Keep Temperatures Low – The temperature is another factor that could contribute to mold growth in your home and 80 degrees Fahrenheit is seen as high. Effective HVAC can benefit you in two ways – it lowers the temperature and the humidity level in your home.

– Keep Carpets Clean at All Times – Although there’s really not an official definition of a “clean carpet”, in order for a carpet to be considered clean, it should be vacuumed on a regular basis. Vacuuming the carpet for at least once a week should be enough to keep it clean and inhibit the growth of mildew and mold.

– Install Man-Made Carpet Materials – Your choice of carpet is also a factor in mold growth. Carpets made from organic carpets such as wool are more prone to mold, unlike the manmade or inorganic carpets. So although organic carpets are more environment-friendly, if you want to prevent Pasadena carpet cleaning, it’s best to go for carpets made from inorganic materials such as olefin and nylon.

Carpets on Basement

Basements are often damp, which is why most homeowners avoid installing carpet in this part of their house. Even a light humidity that gets trapped in the basement has the ability to build up over time and will make the carpet to become moldy.

carpet cleaning Pasadena are not only unsightly. They can also be a hazard for health, especially if you or any of your family members has allergies. Furthermore, they can also get into the things that you have stored in your basement and could lead to costly damages. So try to avoid installing carpets in your basement as much as possible.

Houzz Tour: Eclectic Country Beach House

What do you get when you combine a love of flea market finds, a beautiful blank slate of a shore house, a walkable California neighborhood and eBay savvy? A comfortable and beautiful house that the designer and former proprietor, Kelley Motschenbacher, describes as “eclectic nation.”

By balancing her exceptional finds with white space and modern pieces, she made a house that was so inviting, someone purchased it from her fully furnished, right down to the tiniest knickknacks. So much for those design shows that let you clean out your house when staging it! Let’s take a look at all of the distinctive ways she infused this house with personality and charm.

Kelley & Company Home

Though built on a really narrow lot, the inviting house in Corona del Mar creates the most of its exterior spaces, such as this front terrace, a back terrace and magnificent roofdeck.

Kelley & Company Home

The living room, right off the front entryway, lets visitors know they’re in for a complex country treat. “This painting inspired the whole room,” Motschenbacher explains. It was painted by artist Jean Jack, along with the lime green tones on the pillows came straight from the painting.

The coffee table was fashioned from a wicker carrier-pigeon cage. Motschenbacher enjoys animal prints and utilizes them as accents. The leopard print is from Barclay Butera. “People either love or hate the zebra cowhide rug,” she says. “There is no in-between. Personally, I love it.”

Kelley & Company Home

The family room, a mixture of vintage textiles, antique pieces and a few new finds, is a fun spot for collecting.

Kelley & Company Home

Motschenbacher has a thing for antique ice-cream-maker buckets, and has gathered a group of these as well. They have been converted into lamps and topped with vintage fabric-covered shades. “I love to turn all sorts of things into lamps,” she says. “I will walk into my lamp shop carrying a strange object and since they know me so well, I simply hand it to them and they know exactly what to do.”

Kelley & Company Home

Between the slanted ceiling, the flat bar, and also the way the fans rotated, this ceiling fan was a challenge to hang, however, the results were worth the effort.

Kelley & Company Home

As it came to this very long, windowless wall, Motschenbacher quickly realized she was going to want something big to break up all the white space. Pressed flowers from the 1920s have been an eBay score (she purchased 40 of them for $100).

“To be able to showcase the botanicals, I framed them quite simply in green/gray barn wood frames without mats,” Motschenbacher says. “They belonged to a teacher who labeled each pressing genus, species, and place — they’re really unique.”

Kelley & Company Home

“We spent the vast majority of the time in this house in the kitchen,” Motschenbacher says. An individual can see why, with its open atmosphere, natural lighting, and enchanting vintage touches.

Kelley & Company Home

Motschenbacher enjoys to use indications as folk art in her designs. In fact, she’s pickers who keep a watch for great sign discovers for her, who will email her pictures from big antique shows like Brimfield.

Kelley & Company Home

Another Jean Jack painting hangs over a marble-topped Parsons table from Room and Board.

Kelley & Company Home

After Motschenbacher and her husband purchased the house, it had undergone a redesign, which makes it just like new. Thus, “the bathroom fixtures were all very boring and basic,” Motschenbacher explains. She remedied this by substituting them with fittings from Rejuvenation’s Jadeite Collection.

Kelley & Company Home

“Vintage postcards from the local community are a great way to add art to your house,” Motschenbacher says. The framed functions over the commode are vintage postcards of Balboa Island and Newport Beach. She had her framer add conservative black photo corners as a pleasure detail.

Kelley & Company Home

“This guest room is the only really romantic room in the house,” says Motschenbacher. She used lots of natural textures, Ralph Lauren fabrics and vintage textiles.

“The headboard is upholstered in a Ralph Lauren stripe, which we partially coated with a vintage French linen, showing off the detail of the embroidery as well as the monogram. We wrapped this piece with ribbon ties.”

Kelley & Company Home

Grasscloth is a feel that Motschenbacher used throughout the house. “I picked this specific grasscloth since it had a very fresh feeling to it,” she says. “Sometimes it can have a tough feeling to it.”

Hint: Make sure you hire an experienced paper hanger when installing grasscloth.

Kelley & Company Home

The painting within the little desk was yet another eBay find. “It was painted on masonite in the ’60s. I initially wanted to use it in a bathroom, but the scale was too big. It does a wonderful job of bringing a couple of beachy colors into this otherwise neutral color palette.

Kelley & Company Home

Hint: Feeling obstructed? Create a clean slate before trying to envision your space.

“This laundry room was so boring I had to pull everything from it in order to imagine what it might be,” Motschenbacher explains. “I called it my laundry room and started out there.” Now that the room is a location which truly makes one want to do laundry.

Kelley & Company Home

The master bedroom features a traditional base, which includes the Ralph Lauren four-poster bed, the bed, and also the customized cloth lampshades. Motschenbacher layered in a bit of modern style via the lamp bases along with a bit of Asian flair throughout the painted nightstands. Her love of botanical prints appears, in the form of three hand-tinted pictures, framed in light natural shades in order to bring out the color.

Kelley & Company Home

1 place in the bedroom is coated in grasscloth, and incorporates a wet bar and little sitting area. “The color of the turquoise table increases the Asian flair,” she says. Her hand-tinted botanicals look here as well, framed the same manner as the prints within the bed.

Kelley & Company Home

The family spent a great deal of time enjoying ocean breezes and sunshine on the roofdeck.

Kelley & Company Home

This house makes the most of the natural lighting, and opens to the outside in a simple, casual, beachy way.

Kelley & Company Home

On the opposite side of the house, this outdoor terrace makes the most of the narrow space with a fountain, a fireplace, and a little table for dining al fresco.

Kelley & Company Home

The kitchen is on the opposite side of the doorways, providing easy accessibility to the terrace.

Kelley & Company Home

Motschenbacher made the fountain. “We needed that little bit of drippy sound,” she says. Input three hand-thrown Greek urns, and antique spigots mounted on antique European tiles. The very small patio has all of the elements: air, earth, water and fire.

To find out more about the decorating she’s finished here along with her other new projects, take a look at her blog, The Polished Pebble.

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Getting the Room Right: Part I

We see beautifully designed rooms every day here on Houzz, and the rooms beneath aren’t any exception. Each is a shining example of exceptional design.

If you have already been working on your very own interior decor, but simply don’t appear to have the ability to get it directly, then you may have made one — or two, or even seven — of the top 10 decorating mistakes. Read on to see exactly what the first five of those mistakes are — and Houzz designers’ illustrations of decor done right!

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Look how beautifully these drapery panels allow the complete width of glass to reveal. Who’d want to cover one more inch of those beautiful windows and lovely view than they needed to? These draperies are perfectly sized and placed.

This avoids Mistake No. 1: Poorly placed or sized window treatments.

The remainder of this list may be in no particular order, but I admit that this mistake is my own number-one pet peeve and most likely the mistake I really do see most often.

Drapery rods end only at the edge of this window so that when the panels have been pushed all the way open, they nevertheless cover quite a bit of the glass. If you would like to maintain as much light as you can, use a pole that extends beyond the sides of your window from the complete width that the panels take up when pushed all the way open. That width is known as the”stack.”

How many inches wider than the window that your rods will need to be depends upon how wide the panels are, what type of cloth is used, and the type of attachment to the pole — grommets, metal or wooden rings, tab tops and so forth.

These fresh, white drapery panels are perfect. The sliding doors are most likely the normal 80″ height, but the panels are hung all the way up at ceiling height, drawing up your eye and accentuating the height of this space. They’re also the perfect length, only skimming over the floor so that they don’t get worn since they are opened and closed.

When the tops of the panels were hung as I often see them just over the top of the doorways — they’d draw the eye reduced and give the impression of a lower room height. For working drapery panels, they ought to only skim over the floor so that they don’t get worn opened and closed.

If you’re putting up ornamental panels which don’t move, then they can simply touch the floor, or if you like the appearance, you can puddle them liberally on the floor.

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This chamber using this little gal in her pink skirt looks casual, inviting and full of joy. What a cutie! It looks like the sofa is upholstered in a good excellent microfiber, which is nearly indestructible and very simple to wash.

This avoids Mistake No. 2: Choosing materials, finishes or furniture which will not hold up to your lifestyle.

Life really is too short to spend it fretting about each spill or sticky little hand.
Even though it might mean you have to give up the idea of a white couch, or invest more to get better quality and more durability, then it is worth the investment to select materials, finishes and furniture which let you relax and be yourself.

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Recall your four-legged family members when it comes to deciding on furnishings. Fur can be easily wiped off of leather, although you want to keep claws trimmed. The darkened area rug is a good choice around pets and kids, also.

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This chamber is an exceptional case of a well-lit space. Look at all the resources of light! There are ceiling lighting for general ambient light. Up-lights mounted on the wall send mild into the ceiling. The stair risers have lighting to make it simple to watch your step. Table lamps provide cushioned accent lighting and are a good height for reading too. There are spotlights on each and every piece of art.

You might also see that in the dining room, you will find spots set to graze the walls, highlighting its feel, plus a chandelier over the dining table and accent lighting within the display cases. And don’t forget the candles on the coffee table! The combination of all these lighting sources gives a richly layered appearance to the room.

This avoids Mistake No. 3: Inadequate lighting.

I often see houses which have all ceiling lighting, but no other light sources. Or completely no ceiling fixtures and only one or two table or floor lamps with dark colors. Neither situation provides all the light that you will need.

A great lighting plan incorporates surrounding light from ceiling or wall fittings as well as natural light from windows, plus job lighting which may be for reading or food prep if it is the kitchen. And lighting doesn’t feel complete without some accent lighting such as pretty chandeliers, decorative table lamps or lighting on art.

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This furniture arrangement indicates a comfortable conversation area. All the chairs is close enough so that you can sit and speak to each other comfortably. The living area is fairly narrow, yet each piece of furniture has a little breathing room. The couch has a console table supporting it permitting a few accessories to be placed there for interest.

The seats have been pulled forward enough to allow the drapes to maneuver freely. The narrow, oval coffee table allows lots of space between it and the chairs, while still being within easy reach to put beverages.

This avoids Mistake No. 4: Pushing furniture back against the walls and also far apart from each other.

A lot of people could have taken one look at this living area and shoved their couch back against the wall along with the seats all the way back into the drapes with a big coffee table in the center.

Rooms really look larger when the furniture is a little bit away from the wall — even though there is not enough space to walk behind the furniture. If your couch is shoved all the way into the wall, then put down your laptop, go pull your couch about 6″-8″ forward and see whether that doesn’t make the space feel somewhat better.

I’d rather use a rectangular or oval table and have my furniture a little further forward than to have a bigger coffee table together with the furniture tight against the wall.

Conversation can be more comfortable once the furniture is nearer into each other.

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Even once you have a very large room like this where you could have your furniture considerably further back without being against a wall, then pull your bits of furniture forward around the coffee table to permit people to converse comfortably. It will make the room feel much more romantic.

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The dining chairs in this stunningly lovely dining area seem very comfortable! The padded leather seats look soft, and the high, gently curved, fully upholstered backs look like they give lots of support. Fantastic for lingering to talk over dessert. I hope it is creme brulee!

This avoids Mistake No. 5: Uncomfortable dining seats.

Dining seats ought to be so comfortable that you can have a relaxing dinner, dessert and coffee without anybody feeling like they can barely wait to get up from the table since their rear or posterior has had enough of this chair.

The entire point of having a formal dining area is to have wonderfully fun meals with friends and family. If you’re uncomfortable before you have savored the very last bite, then your seats aren’t a deal at any price.

This is simply the first half of my list of most common decorating mistakes. Have a look at Part 2 for assistance on another five stumbling blocks to great design.

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How to Begin a Home Vineyard

If you love wine, the notion of sitting on your backyard, staring out in rows of vines while sipping homemade Cabernet may sound like paradise. And you don’t require a Napa-sized estate to do it. It’s possible to grow a case of wine everywhere you’ve got space for 45 vines — whether it’s in a suburban front yard or a bigger plot of land on a hillside. Individuals with smaller plots are pooling harvests to get enough juice to jar.

While having your own vineyard and creating wine sounds like fun, it’s also work. Pete Richmond, founder of Silverado Farming in Napa, helps vineyards grow and manage their websites to create the best possible wine and grapes. He does everything, from picking the website, creating it, picking grapes, and assessing water and soil requirements. When it’s a large or little website, the best thing you can do first is educate yourself, he says. Here’s what to consider before diving in:

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1. Choose your goal. “The most important thing to consider is your target,” says Richmond. “Are you really going to be landscaping? Doing home wine production? Selling fruit into a winery?” Knowing what your end result should be will help you narrow down the process.

It’s important to keep in mind that creating a successful harvest of grapes takes a while. Most grapes won’t yield fruit until the next year after planting. “They will have fruit before then,” says Richmond,”but it’s normally cut off so that the vines can grow quicker. Most vines will reach full production from the fifth season.” He averages a vine can yield one pound of fruit in the next year, 1.5 pounds in the fourth, and two to three pounds annually afterwards — and it takes about 45 pounds of fruit to make one instance of wine. Consequently, in the event that you planted 45 vines, you’d have enough to make a case of wine after the next year of planting!

In Los Gatos, California, Brad and Dana Krouskup have experienced their Pinot Noir harvest for three seasons, and it’s only starting to produce viable fruit. “I was a bit concerned that it might get too hot for Pinot,” says Brad,”but there are so many varieties, we were able to select one that’s a bit more appropriate for this climate.”

2. Do you want a specialist? The Krouskups opted to have a person come in to install and keep their vineyard. The professional vineyard manager usually comes out about once a month to test on the grapes, although it does are inclined to happen a bit more often at this time of year, since the grapes require more maintenance. While hiring a specialist definitely saves time, stress, and eliminates some of the guesswork, it certainly isn’t a necessity.

“Ask yourself this question,” says Richmond,”Can you choose a kitchen remodel yourself, or hire a builder? If you are a do-it-yourself individual, then you can plant a vineyard. The only basic skills you need to possess are muscle, and an adequate idea of how to put in irrigation.”

Los Gatos resident Rocco Falcomato’s vineyard is located on precisely the same hillside as the Krouskups. But, Falcomato decided to plant the vineyard on his own, putting Cabernet into the left and Chardonnay to the appropriate.

With a little plot of Chardonnay only outside his terrace, Falcomato shows how you don’t necessarily require a lot of space so as to plant a few vines. However, this tends to be geared more towards landscaping purposes, since more grapes need to produce enough for winemaking.

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“If you’re considering it from only a landscaping perspective, then life just got easier,” says Richmond. “You don’t have to be concerned about that which variety to grow in your area.  Disease gets less of an issue since it won’t be forced into wine.  However, I have discovered that most men and women start out saying they’ll only do it for landscaping, and then it becomes something more involved”

3. Understand what you are getting into. This is going to be an investment of time as well as cash. Ensure you recognize that a vineyard requires far more care than many landscaping does. Richmond suggests that you plan on heading out and maintaining each vine at least 15 occasions from January to November. If you multiply that by the number of vines you have (or plan on having), that’ll help you determine just how much of a time commitment that this will be.

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Which are the most common novice mistakes? “People have a tendency to plant way too much,” says Richmond. “Sometimes people leave fruit on the vines. Leaving fruit on in the first three years will harm the vines long term. Or they’ll under water. That’s important. Vines need approximately four gallons of water per week from May to October.”

A well-planned irrigation process is essential to a successful vine. Ensure that you have enough water on website to water your vines correctly. In case you’ve got 100 vines, then need to provide each vine with four gallons a week, that’s 400 gallons of water that you want to pump onto your website. Making certain vines are insect free is just another necessity. Richmond recommends that vines are sprayed every two months from May 1 to August 1 to eliminate mildew. “They are just like roses because respect,” says Richmond.

4. Do your research. There’s a lot to learn and understand about this wonderful vine. Learn about what it means to shoot cuttings, what makes great soil, and how to graft and prune. Research the different types of grapes, and which ones are best fitted for your website and your climate. There are a lot of hybrids and varieties, therefore there’s room for compromise too. If you are really set on a particular kind of grape, start looking into varieties that might be a bit more appropriate for your website.

Richmond also proposes looking to a college cooperative extension on your county, to see if they have a farm advisor that can help. Most state college systems have wonderful agricultural applications, advisors, and resources to point you in the ideal direction.

5. Pick your grapes. As soon as you’ve done the research, committed to the work, and determined on your plan of actions, it’s time to select a grape. While there’s a lot of back-and-forth concerning the ideal means to do this, Richmond has a fairly simple and practical suggestion:”If you’re aspiring to make wine out of this fruit, I would plant what you like drinking,” he says.  “As a rule of thumb, whites do better in cool weather and reds in warmer climates.  Whites are also easier to grow. Table grapes need lots of warmth, which is why most of them are increased from Fresno to the Mexican border. But other than that, grow what you like.”

Next: Two books to get you started.

Vineyard Simple: How to Build and Maintain Your Own Small Vineyard by Tom Powers – $19.95

If you’ve decided to not hire a professional (or even in the event that you do) Richmond recommends picking up a few beginner guidebooks to get your feet wet. Vineyard Simple couldn’t lay it out considerably clearer. With easy-to-understand diagrams, guidelines, and recommendations, author Tom Powers takes you through the process, step-by-step, until you’ve got a gorgeous harvest.

From Vines to Wines: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wi – $18.95

You know you’ve discovered a excellent how-to book when it’s being used as a textbook for agricultural schools. Jeff Cox’s From Vines to Wines is regarded as one the most complete guides for beginning winemakers. Cox takes you in the first cutting into the very first jar with illustrated and written directions.

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Idea of the Week: Customizable Dish Drawer

There are a whole lot of great organization methods for kitchen drawers, many needing custom work or help from a professional. A pegged dish stall, however, is something that you can set up yourself. The smart thought piqued our curiosity in a current Houzz User Kitchen of the Week, and we haven’t been able to get it out of our heads since.

If you’ve got a deep kitchen stall that’s turned into a rattling mishmash of dishes, then picking up a pegboard and dowels in the regional hardware store could provide you with the perfect solution. Have a look:


A deep drawer is a great way to put away dishes for people who want to keep above-counter shelving tidy — or to avoid shelving together. Obviously, the problem with trying to pile dishes neatly into a drawer is they can slosh around if you open and shut the drawer, inviting scrapes, chips and even breakage.

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Some cabinetry shops offer you a system very similar to what you find here. Additionally, it is a relatively easy DIY fix.

By installing a pegboard cut to the dimensions of your drawer and using wooden dowels using a dowel pin screwed into the base, you may make your own customizable dish organizer. The dowels keep the dishes set up and may be moved around as necessary.

This fantastic idea for keeping dishes was brought to our attention from the kitchen remodel of Houzz consumer Karen Heffernan. Inspired by a number of the last photographs, she implemented the dowel-and-pegboard system above in many deep drawers for easy, space-efficient dish storage.

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