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Renovating with a Green Perspective: Tips for Keeping an Eco-Friendly Mindset

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Renovating with a green perspective presents a unique set of considerations and challenges. However, for those passionate about taking charge of their effect on the environment, doing so is well worth […]

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Get the Look: Best Small Patio Products for Summer Entertaining

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Don’t shortchange your small outdoor area. If you have a tiny terrace, balcony, outdoor entry or patio, you can create a fresh and inviting space for entertaining and outdoor […]

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How to Weigh Your Fixture Options and Create the Look You Want

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. When designing a kitchen or bathroom, every element counts. Since these rooms are so utilitarian, each piece does double duty in terms of providing a function and adding to […]

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Free Up Counter Space with These Small Kitchen Organization Ideas

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Is cooking and entertaining in your small kitchen difficult? A studio-size kitchen is a challenge to work in, but a few small kitchen organization ideas and a couple of hours of your time can […]

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40 Sublime Swimming Pool Designs for the Ultimate Staycation

Nothing is more relaxing than lounging by a stunning pool and going for a swim. Many of us have to travel for that luxury but a lucky few have a backyard getaway featuring the latest swimming pool designs to “staycation” in. We’ve rounded up 40 of the most sublime swimming pool designs for you to enjoy. No sunscreen required. […]

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Houzz Tour: Nordic Decor Brightens Up a Barcelona Rental (17 photos)

Not wanting to invest too much in a rented apartment, Jordi Martín, owner of the interior design shop Nordicthink, and interior designer Cristina Pons had to come up with clever design solutions. They managed to pull off a record-time face-lift, turning this apartment in Barcelona, Spain, into a dream...

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The Rules of Summer: Entry Edition (8 photos)

From the sound of waves at the beach to stargazing at night, there’s an easygoing vibe that permeates summer, even when we’re not on vacation. Bring some of that summer spirit home starting at the front door with these eight rules of summer that strike a balance between...

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How Climbing Plants Can Improve Your Garden (10 photos)

Climbing plants, also known as vines, grow naturally in tropical and temperate forests. Some use tendrils to anchor themselves to supports, while others — such as English ivy — use suckers to grip. Many climbers need to be trained to grow on trellises or wires, often with plant ties or twine to keep...

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A Contemporary Aerie in the Appalachians (9 photos)

Perched on the edge of a mountain ridge, this new contemporary home looks out over North Carolina’s Lake Fontana and the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountain ranges. The carefully crafted home creates as much energy as it takes in thanks to its tight envelope, thermal windows, small footprint, water...

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There’s Nothing Cagey About Tomato Cages (8 photos)

Tomatoes are a favorite summer treat for gardeners. There is something about the taste of a freshly picked tomato, ideally eaten with a leaf of basil, that truly signals summer in the garden. Prolific, easy to grow and suited to patios as well as full-size gardens, tomatoes are understandably...

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Shop Houzz: Up to 75% Off Eco-Friendly Rugs (118 photos)

Dress up your floors with rugs that are in touch with their natural side. These eco-friendly options — which include jute, sisal and hemp — are as lovely to gaze at as they are to trek across. And at up to 75% off, their prices are friendly too.
Sale ends June 14,...

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Room of the Day: Cheerful and Bright Laundry Room in Toronto (7 photos)

Interior designer Cynthia Soda knew the issues with this laundry room all too well because she grew up in this house. In addition to a seriously awkward layout, it had green tile counters with pink grout. When her parents were finally ready for a remodel, they gave her full freedom in the design. “My...

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How You Should Be Storing Your Old Home Movies (3 photos)

In this new era of recording our memories on our phones and posting them to Snapchat and Instagram, many of us have left our film, tapes and VCR recordings from the past to rot in old boxes. However, there is a lot of value in your old home movies, not only for you and your family, but also for the general...

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7 White Kitchens That Make the Case for Painting the Island (7 photos)

You’ve found the right white paint for the kitchen walls. The white cabinetry looks stunning, and the white countertops gleam. But maybe you feel like something is missing. It could be a little color. And if you’re wondering where to put it, look no farther than the island.
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These Houseplants Love North-Facing Windows (11 photos)

North-facing windows can be a challenge when it comes to growing houseplants. Fortunately, some longtime favorites, and one up-and-comer, are happy with less-than-bright sunlight. They also generally have a tough nature and are easy to care for, especially if you’re new to houseplant care.
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Room of the Day: A Preppy-Meets-Farmhouse Family Room (7 photos)

“The first time my family looked at this house, we breezed right through the first floor out to the backyard, which is a little slice of heaven,” interior designer Lauren Clement says. At the time of the tour, the interiors of the house were not so heavenly. The family room was darkened by paint, heavy...

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Shop Houzz: Up to 75% Off Traditional Rugs (118 photos)

Dress your floors in one of these time-honored area rugs. Featuring intricate designs, rich colors and an assortment of durable textiles, this collection favors lasting style over trends. Shop these on-sale picks to decorate your room with enduring character and sophistication.
Sale ends June...

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Houzz Tour: Breezy Decor Lifts Up a Modern Maine Farmhouse (11 photos)

Fussy is not a word in the lexicon of Chad and Shanna Perreault. So when it came time to build their first house, they committed to a style that would be easygoing and relaxed. They outfitted the simple structure with repurposed furnishings and pieces from big chain stores for a style the homeowners...

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Make an Entrance With a Dramatic Front Door (8 photos)

Front doors can be much more than just a passageway into your home. When chosen well, they can complement your interior and exterior, or even show off your personality. Here are six beautiful doors, each in a distinct design style, that point the way.

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Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use. Gardening is considered to be a relaxing activity for many people.

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San Diego Spring Home/Garden Show

  • Garden Masters Judges
    Each year the San Diego Horticultural Society invites a panel of judges for the garden displays who are experts in their fields of design and horticulture. This year the panel includes:
  • Steve Gerisher
    Pacific Horticulture Society Steve Gerischer, an award winning landscape designer, teacher, and former president of the Southern California Horticulture Society, has been gardening locally since childhood. He has appeared on HGTV’s ‘Landscaper’s Challenge (where his was the design chosen and installed) and formerly worked and lectured at Smith & Hawken in Beverly Hills, and Hortus, in […]
  • Nate Magnusson
    Nate Magnusson has over a decade of experience in landscape architecture. His work includes residential facilities, parks, commercial/industrial projects, and urban landscape design. Mr. Magnusson has extensive experience in project management, production, graphics, drafting, site design, layout design, grading, cost estimation, and construction details. He has managed numerous private and public projects in Southern California, […]
  • Nan Sterman
    A Growing Passion California native Nan Sterman is host and co-producer of the award winning public TV show, A Growing Passion, which celebrates all the ways that San Diego “grows,” from farms and nurseries to backyards ands schoolyards, to native habitats and more.  Nan is author of California Gardener’s Guide vII and Waterwise Plants for […]
  • Stacey Sturnot
    Terra Pacific Landscape CLCA San Diego Chapter President Stacey is a self-confessed “Plant Nerd” with over 23 years’ experience in the Green Industry, beginning her journey installing yards for her father’s home building business in high school. She furthered her passion in high school with Horticulture classes that included Garden Design and Plant Production. This […]