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Surprising Playroom in London Inspired by Renaissance Painting

Studio Ben Allen completed the design of a creative playroom for two children inside a London apartment. The owner of the flat needed an interactive space where his kids could do their homework, play and sleep. “Inspired by the painting St Jerome in His Study by Antonello da Messina, our departure point was to create an […]

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Should You Hire An Interior Designer? Ask Yourself These Questions Before Taking the Plunge

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.  Shop a similar look: Cork Bowls | Throw Pillows | Sconces One of the questions we get asked all the time is whether it’s worth it to hire an […]

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Decorating With Color: Shop Plum and Wine Decorating Ideas for a Cozy Nest

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. Shop a similar look: Throw Pillows | Rug Plum or wine has many names — aubergine, currant, merlot, deep cranberry, burgundy, eggplant, berry and plum spice. The latest fashionable […]

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Masculine Attic Bedroom in Poland Exudes Character

Welcome to a contemporary attic bedroom that exudes personality. The owner, a young lawyer, decided to convert the empty attic of a building in Sopot, Poland, into a quiet place for relaxation. Studio Raca Architekci began by changing the geometry of the roof to make more space inside the new bedroom. A peaceful ambiance was achieved […]

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10 Best Apartment Sofas and Small Sectionals to Cozy Up On

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.  If lounging is a favorite past time, your small living room space doesn’t have to cramp your style. We’ve got 10 of the best apartment sofas and small sectionals […]

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This Is What the Last 100 Years of Landscape Design Looks Like (11 photos)

Designed landscapes are omnipresent, but it can be easy to walk through, drive by or look down on them without even noticing they’re there. They can feel less designed than buildings, more subtle, but their unique ability to shape communities and affect the environment means landscapes should be noticed,...

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How Your Home Can Help You Get 8 Hours of Sleep (10 photos)

Getting in a good eight hours of sleep promotes good health and longevity, according to Matthew Walker, founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science, at the University of California, Berkeley. And yet many of us are scraping by on a whole...

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Saving for a Bath Remodel? Pick 1 Update to Get You By (8 photos)

Though we may crave the beautiful bathrooms of our dreams, our budgets often bring us back to earth. The truth is, many of us are still saving up for that needed bathroom remodel. But that doesn’t mean our spaces can’t get prettier in the meantime. Here are seven ideas for refreshing a bathroom when...

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How to Make the Most of Your Kitchen’s Back Side (11 photos)

Your kitchen island may be functional, full of cabinetry and topped with your favorite countertop material. Your family sits around it, your guests congregate by it, and you may feel like you spend more time standing in front of it than anywhere else. But how does its back side look?
The rear...

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We Want to See Your Creative Fall Container Gardens! (4 photos)

By now, parts of the garden have started to go to sleep for the season. Front doors, patios, paths and decks are still on display, maybe even more so with holidays on the way. Container gardens, whether evergreen or designed for fall, dress up these outdoor spaces.
We’d love to see photos of...

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What You Should Know About Composting in Winter (9 photos)

Just because the weather has turned chilly — or even downright icy and snowy — doesn’t mean your outdoor compost pile needs to hibernate for the winter. After all, you still have kitchen scraps, leaves and other materials to get rid of.
It’s relatively simple to keep composting outside over winter,...

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Highest-Rated Area Rugs (100 photos)

These rugs have earned high marks for making a space feel comfortably chic. Bring out your signature style with this collection of favored patterns, materials and colors.

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7 Ways to Make the Most of This Weekend (7 photos)

It’s a good weekend to check off a few tasks (like getting your knives sharpened) before the holiday season begins in earnest, add some cozy comforts around the house and hang a wreath on the front door. Also, with Veterans Day coming up on Saturday, Nov. 11, show your gratitude for veterans’ service...

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DIY: 1 Tablecloth, 2 Great Holiday Looks (9 photos)

Whether you prefer artfully applied bold color or streamlined Scandinavian-style black and white, with freezer paper stenciling you can make a unique Hanukkah or New Year’s tablecloth that will adorn your home this holiday season and for years to come.
Once you get the hang of applying designs...

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How to Get Your Kitchen Storage Under Control (10 photos)

Having an organized kitchen saves time and makes cooking a pleasure, since everything is easy to find and access. It also promotes safety and saves money. We asked Cathy Player, organizing expert at Australia’s Howards Storage World,...

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Highest-Rated Bar Stools (181 photos)

Outfit your kitchen island with stools that have the accolades of Houzz shoppers. With options in every style, items in this collection will win you over too.

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Jump-Start Your Kitchen With These Minimalist Essentials (17 photos)

Whether you’re setting up your kitchen for the first time, downsizing or just aiming to simplify your life with a more minimalist kitchen setup, this guide is a good place to begin. If you own only the 22 items on this list (we’ll assume you’re starting with a can opener) you’ll be in good shape to tackle...

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Get That Calming, Minimalist Feel With Any Decor Style (17 photos)

As a professional home organizer, I work with many clients who are on a quest to pare down their possessions to create a tranquil home where they can relax and recharge. Often, we look together at inspirational photos of minimalistic homes with floor-to-ceiling windows, clean-lined furniture...

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Your Guide to Energy-Efficient Home Heating Systems

Heating the home in winter is one of the biggest household expenses. According to the EPA, 42% of the energy we use at home is for heating. While energy costs have risen, the improved energy efficiency of today’s heating systems offset those energy prices. There are plenty of energy-efficient home heating systems available for every […]

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Freshome Finds, Edition 4

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.  Are you having end of the month calendar shock?  It’s hard to believe this is the last weekend of October.  We hope you are prepared for a spooky and […]

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Country House in Italy Becomes One with the Landscape

Zanon Architetti Associati worked on the interior renovation and expansion of a country house in Treviso, Italy. The design of the new extension, made from glass and weatherized steel, aims for a seamless indoor-outdoor transition. “From the outside, the glass volume reflects the surrounding landscape and becomes part of it,” the architects said. “From the […]

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Reese Witherspoon Is Crate and Barrel’s New Ambassador and You’ll Love Her Tabletop Collection

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.  Crate & Barrel has named actress/producer Reese Witherspoon as its first-ever spokesperson. In a series of commercials that launch nationally October 29, Reese spoofs her “hostess with the mostess” […]

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Pick of the Litter: 40 Modern Pet Products for the Design Fanatic

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.   If you’re a design purist, the everyday dog bowl or cat scratcher doesn’t work in your modernist home. But wait till you see this roundup of some of the […]

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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 […]