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25 Ideas for Christmas Decorations for Stairs

You’ve probably got the basics down on how to dress up your porch, decorate your Christmas tree and set your table for the holidays. If you live in a two-story home or loft, decorating your stairs for Christmas should also be on your list. It’s easier than you think and makes a huge impact. We’ve […]

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5 Minimalist Holiday Decorating Ideas

With the holidays coming, you probably have enough on your plate. Between sending cards, shopping for gifts, cooking large meals and entertaining guests, it can get to be a lot this time of year. One way to simplify your holidays is to go for some minimalist home decorating. With a few key design principles and […]

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Get a Nautical Holiday Theme Using Blue and White

If you want to go for a Christmas color scheme that isn’t the traditional red and green, the second most popular option on the list is a cool blue and white scheme. The icy blue and the snowy white go well with the tones of winter. One way to have a blue and white Christmas […]

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Here’s How To Light A Christmas Tree Like A Pro – In 10 Steps

If you look at the most beautiful Christmas tree displays, you’ll notice the trees are lit to the nines. Designers and visual display experts know that loads of lighting is what makes a Christmas tree magical. You’re about to get a crash course on how to light a Christmas tree in 10 simple steps. Your […]

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Tour a German Workshop Where Angels Take Wing (31 photos)

Grünhainichen is an idyllic village with half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets in the Ore Mountains, in the eastern German region of Saxony. The place would be a little sleepy and off the beaten track were it not for the Wendt & Kühn workshop, which has been producing world-famous wooden figurines...

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Chicago Church Becomes a Home for a Music Lover (12 photos)

Tim Gray’s living room was once lined with pews. Today, the recently renovated space has an open-concept lounge feel with exposed timbers and pops of rich color. But from 1920 until about 2004, the structure in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood was a church.
Though two owners worked...

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What Architects Want You to Know About Hiring the Right One (6 photos)

Long before any blueprints are drafted or foundations are poured for a new house or a remodel, a different kind of groundwork needs to be laid to find the architect best suited to bringing your vision to life. But how can you know which architect is “the one” for you? We asked the experts — the architects...

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Last-Minute Ideas for Stylish Winter Container Designs (9 photos)

From fragrant conifer branches and glossy evergreens to jewel-like winter berries and decorative baubles, winter container arrangements can be lovely additions to bare winter landscapes. With the holidays around the corner, you may have only enough time to hang a few baubles on a potted plant in your...

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5 Compelling Reasons to Mix Metals in the Kitchen (14 photos)

For those who love a matching look, the thought of mixing metals can be intimidating. But mixing metals is a wonderful way to layer in texture, help create a historical or collected look and make a room more interesting. Here are five reasons to consider mixing metals when choosing finishes for your...

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10 Ways to Decorate With Outdoor Christmas Lights (10 photos)

As anyone who has untangled a snarled string of lights or come up 5 feet short on the roofline can attest, the process of hanging holiday lights is more complicated than it looks. A satisfying result depends both on having the right products on hand as well as proper installation. Let us help take the...

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See 5 Architecturally Driven Outbuildings and Weekend Cabins (17 photos)

For a bit of backyard design inspiration, check out these five outstanding outbuildings and cabins, all of which showcase forward-thinking designs and cool architectural details. Each structure serves a defined purpose and offers smart design solutions for small buildings. Read on, and see how one building...

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10 Ways to Enjoy Nordic-Style Coziness at Home (10 photos)

Fall and winter are natural times to gather with friends at home, warm up around a fire and simply enjoy time together. In Denmark, the word for just that sort of feeling is hygge. Roughly translated, hygge (pronounced “huu-ga,” as in “huge") means enjoying a warm and cozy good time in...

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Houzz TV: Life, Love and Purpose Down on the Farm (27 photos)

The story of how landscape designer Connie Cunningham became a farmer and then opened a bed and breakfast has more twists and turns than a bumpy country road — but the telling reveals how love of home breeds perseverance and passion.
It begins with her mother, Patty Cunningham, a widow who raised...

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How to Enjoy Your Garden More This Holiday Season (12 photos)

Colder weather and shorter days tend to make us feel like hunkering down indoors, but a dose of fresh air can be just what we need this busy season. Whether you’re looking for ways to entertain friends out-of-doors or would like to escape the house for a bit of peace and quiet yourself, here are 10 ideas...

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20 Festive Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces (20 photos)

You don’t have to have a full-size tree to make your house feel like a winter wonderland. Take your pick from these 20 ideas — including a hot drinks bar and bookcase wreaths — and get your home in the holiday mood, no giant tree required.

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Make a Splash in Your Kitchen With a Waterfall Countertop (18 photos)

When waterfall countertops first arrived on the design scene about six years ago, many designers thought they would be an ephemeral trend. In fact, they seem to be gaining momentum.
Traditionally, a countertop is a horizontal surface that ends at the edge of the cabinets. With waterfall...

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Ideas to Inspire Your Hanukkah Table and Decor (10 photos)

In the hustle of the holiday season, a thoughtfully decorated home can be a place for comfort, calm and celebration. With the first night of Hanukkah arriving Sunday, Dec. 2, we looked back at the ideas we’ve featured in years past. Here are a few of our favorite sparks of inspiration to consider before...

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Houzz Tour: Roof Deck Enjoys an Eiffel Tower View (13 photos)

This one-bedroom apartment on the top floor of a nine-story 1960s building in Paris had never been renovated. The owner decided that it was time for a revamp, and not just on the inside. So she asked architect Raphaël Médard, who is experienced with roof decks, to create an easy-to-reach rooftop, rethink...

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5 Pro Tips for Choosing a Dining Room Chandelier (11 photos)

Lighting is often called the jewelry of the home, and indeed a beautiful chandelier can bring a sense of glamour and some sparkle to any space. But beyond its looks, a dining room chandelier should also add function that makes eating with friends and family a pleasant experience. Avoid expensive mistakes...

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Should You Decorate for the Holidays If Your Home is on the Market?

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but should your home reflect the joy of the season if you’re also trying to sell it? If you love to decorate for the holidays, missing out on this once-a-year opportunity might sound like torture. On the other hand, you don’t want to miss the chance to sell your […]

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How To Sell Your Home During The Holidays (We Promise It Can Be Done)

Unfortunately, the real estate market has a tendency to slow down during the winter months. However, that doesn’t mean you should lose hope if you need to sell your home during the holidays. There are ways to make your home attractive enough to buyers that they’re willing to brave the cold. We’ve listed our best […]

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How to Keep Pets Away from Holiday Decor & Other Hazards

To ensure that everyone has a holly, jolly, vet-visit free season, it's important to keep pets away from holiday decor and other seasonal safety risks.

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Here Are The Latest Non-Chocolate 2018 Advent Calendars For Home Decorating And Gifting

Treat yourself (or someone special) in the 24 days before Christmas with a 2018 Advent calendar. Some have become cult favorites that sell out the day they're released. Some are quite the splurge. Here are the best 2018 Advent calendars for home:

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8 Holiday Decorating Secrets You Need This Year

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.  Every year we tell ourselves that this will be the year we throw ourselves into holiday decorating by creating a Pinterest-worthy home for the holidays.  It can happen this […]

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Houzz Tour: Austin Transplants Get Their Dream Bungalow (13 photos)

When Vanessa Scotto and Mario Murillo moved from Miami to Austin, Texas, they put living in a quintessential Austin bungalow at the top of their list of home priorities. After they found a house that needed some work, they moved the hiring of an interior designer to the top of the list....

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How to Choose Your Bathroom Vanity Lighting (30 photos)

The bathroom vanity is a special part of the home, but one that can sometimes get overlooked. In a primary bathroom, it can be the central hub for many important parts of our self-care and the true workhorse for much of our daily routines. For this reason, bathroom vanities need carefully selected lighting...

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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

12 December 2018

  • Seminar Speaker Biographies
  • Greg Alder
    Fruit Trees: Selection, Irrigation, and Care Greg Alder started gardening in Africa while living there as a Peace Corps teacher. Greg and his wife now raise their children and much of their food on an acre just outside of San Diego. Greg volunteers as a Master Gardener in addition to growing a lot of avocados […]
  • Lynlee Austell
    Beautiful Landscapes with Far Less Water Lynlee Austell-Slayter, MBA, UCCE Master Gardener, Sustainable Landscape Expert. Lynlee inherited her love of plants and nature from both her parents and grandparents. Her mother was a botanist and science teacher. Her grandfather and father collected state fair ribbons for their horticultural talents. Her father also worked as a […]
  • Debra Lee Baldwin
    Designing with Succulents Whether your garden occupies an acre or a patio, succulents can serve as easy-care, low water problem-solvers. As Debra introduces these textural, intriguing plants–which come in every size and color–you’ll find inspiration and ideas to express your creativity and beautifully enhance your outdoor living spaces. Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored […]
  • Linda Bresler
    Carefree, Colorful California Gardens Linda is the owner of Living Designs by Linda, a landscape design and consulting firm that specializes in colorful, water-wise gardens that look lovely year-round. One of Linda’s landscape designs was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner, 2012 Garden of the Year, by San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine. She recently acquired […]