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The Biggest and Best Outdoor Amenities for Your Backyard 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. The latest trend in backyard design is blending the lines between indoors and out. From kitchen cabinets that rival the look of interior versions to smart grills that alert […]

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Navy Is the New Black: How to Incorporate 2017’s Navy Trend Into Your Home

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.  Usually, when we talk about neutrals, blacks, whites and grays steal the spotlight — and for good reason! They go with everything, they’ve been around forever, and, frankly, they […]

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Moscow Flat Remodeled with Marble and Wood

Alexandr is a remodeled flat located in Moscow, Russia. This remodeling project, by Geometrium, is for a young family, including their 2-year-old son and Russian blue cat. The clients wanted their home to be a reflection of their lives and interests: the wife works at home and needed space to complete her work, as well as […]

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33 of the Best Tree House Ideas Ever for Grown Kids

You’ll feel a little tree house envy when you see this round up of the best (and wildest) modern tree house ideas around. And if you’ve got tree house plans in the works already, take a look at some of these incredible designs first. Enjoy! 1. Mirrored Black Box Tree House 2. Oasis in a National Park 3. […]

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Black is Back as the 2018 Color of the 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.  PPG, a global supplier of paints, coatings and industrial materials, announced its 2018 Paint Color of the Year: Black Flame. Some might think that black is the absence of […]

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Bar Stools With Free Shipping (163 photos)

A smart set of perches underlines your style at a kitchen island or bar. This collection of stools is ready to create a laid-back spot to eat, drink and socialize.
Sale ends July 23, 2017.

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Let’s Talk Tile: An Alphabetical Guide to Tile Terminology (18 photos)

Don’t know your terra cotta from your travertine, your bullnose from your bicottura? All trades have their jargon — a language that professionals understand but that can bewilder consumers — and the tile industry is no exception. Although buying tile doesn’t require a degree in tile talk, it’s...

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8 Ways to Make the Most of This Weekend (8 photos)

From treasure hunting at one of the country’s largest and most beloved antiques fairs to hanging up a porch swing or eating alfresco, here’s your weekend lineup of “could-dos” to make the most of your time off. Read our eight ideas, then let us know in the Comments what’s on your weekend...

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Houzz Tour: A Limestone House in Sweden for Life and Work (18 photos)

When Sofie Nordenberger started looking for a house in Gotland, an island off the east coast of Sweden, she was hoping to find a place to spend the summers. “I was born in Visby [a town on Gotland], and I had been living in Stockholm for a couple of years when I came across this big house online. I had...

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8 Things You Didn’t Know a Black Feature Wall Could Do (16 photos)

Creating an accent wall in black can be a smart choice because the color is surprisingly flexible. Black can conceal unwanted elements or highlight special attributes. Its elegant nature can make either a minimalist statement or a decadent one, depending on your interior design goals. See eight ways...

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Room of the Day: Master Bath Embraces Its Nature Views (7 photos)

This bathroom on Canada’s Vancouver Island had spectacular views of the Salish Sea and the coastal mountains, but its drab 1980s finishes were detracting from the scenery. “My clients wanted to make over their home to be bright and white and not overly ornamented — just pleasingly simple,” says interior...

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10 Trends From Popular New Powder Rooms on Houzz (10 photos)

A powder room is usually the smallest room in the house, but it’s often the biggest design opportunity. Because it hides behind a closed door, it’s a chance to do something starkly different from the rest of the home. Here are the 10 most popular powder room photos uploaded to Houzz from April to June...

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A Sociable Urban Garden With Imaginative Plantings (16 photos)

Garden designer Kate Gould is passionate about turning our cities green. And, as her gold-medal-winning creation for the recent Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show 2017 in London proves, you don’t need a huge space to make a big difference. The three-story...

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13 Fresh Ways With a White Kitchen (16 photos)

White-on-white kitchens have been a classic look for many years. Why does this trend endure? For starters, white connotes cleanliness, makes small spaces appear larger, and brightens rooms that are naturally dark.
Although many all-white kitchens are just lovely, some can appear a bit stark or...

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11 Foolproof Storage Solutions for Corner Kitchen Cabinets (27 photos)

In an L- or U-shaped kitchen plan, a question often comes up: What do I do with that corner cabinet? Corners can provide a lot of storage, but they don’t always make items very accessible. That juicer or bread-making machine you tucked away may never see the light of day again simply because you don’t...

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Your Summer Laundry Strategy in 8 Easy Steps (8 photos)

It’s summer — the birds are singing, the pool is calling and there’s a tall iced tea with your name on it. The last place you probably want to be is stuck in the laundry room with a mountain of sandy towels and grass-stained shorts. Read on for eight ways to make your laundry load a bit lighter, so you...

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How to Clean Your Bathmat — and When You Just Need a New One (5 photos)

When was the last time you cleaned your bathmat or even gave it much thought? If you can’t recall, it may be time to add it to your to-do list — perhaps somewhere near the top. Luckily, it’s not a difficult task, and if you do routinely clean your bath rug, it will last longer. Michael Silva-Nash,...

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6 Trends From the Most Popular Sunrooms on Houzz (10 photos)

It’s a nice time of year to enjoy your sunroom. And if you don’t have one, now is a good time to start making plans for one, as these window-lined rooms are a real treat to spend time in when warm summer days seem like a distant memory. Called “Florida rooms” by many, they are filled with sunlight and...

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High-Tech Bulbs Give You More Control Over Your Lights (5 photos)

Smart home technology is the future, but that doesn’t mean you have to outfit every appliance, fixture or gadget with an automated system. Instead, consider making just an element or two of your house a little more high-tech.
One element to think about is your home’s lighting. In fact, you’ve...

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Houzz Tour: A Ranch House Revisited in Southern California (12 photos)

The original house was the ranch style “you see all over Southern California,” architect Lauren Moss says. Her clients, one of whom works at home, wanted to open up the floor plan and modernize the house — and make sure the ceiling heights would accommodate the husband’s tall stature. The...

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Shade-Loving Hostas Shine in the Garden (13 photos)

Hostas prove that variety is the spice of life, at least when it comes to their role in the landscape. Their large leaves come in a range of colors, shapes and textures and last for years. With thousands of hosta species to choose from, there’s sure to be something that will work in the shady spots of...

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9 Design Mantras We Sometimes Fail (and Why That Can Be OK) (9 photos)

Have trouble decluttering, sticking to a budget or avoiding impulse buys? We all have picked up valuable tips over the years about how to renovate, decorate and maintain a house, but putting them into practice is another matter altogether. Here are some design mantras you may be struggling to follow...

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Adding More of a Good Thing to a Midcentury Modern Home (15 photos)

I love how midcentury homes often fit beautifully into their neighborhoods. Many are only a single story, with low-pitch roofs and subdued color palettes. The homes also tend to be small and are often in need of enlarging to accommodate contemporary households. Fortunately, designers have come...

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Discover 100 of the Most Beautiful French Homes on Houzz (100 photos)

July 14 is Bastille Day in France. The holiday, instituted in 1880 during the time of the nation’s Third Republic, marks the 1789 storming of the Bastille prison during the French Revolution, an event that symbolized the end of absolute monarchy and of a society based on class and privilege. Bastille...

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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 […]