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Everything You Need to Know About Using Textiles in Interior Design

Too often in interior design, textiles are seen as an afterthought. People view them as a finishing touch rather than a crucial component of the design as a whole. In reality, however, you can’t design a room without them. That’s why we’ve dedicated this piece to textiles. Read on to learn how they contribute to […]

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Fall Wreaths Your Front Door Can’t Live Without

There's a quick and easy way to infuse instant seasonal curb appeal to your door and entrance: fall wreaths. If you choose wisely, you can get a lot of mileage out of fall wreaths.

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Micro Apartments are the Next Big Thing

For fans of tiny houses, there’s a new way to live small and affordably – even in the biggest, most expensive cities. Micro apartments are hot in many cities with developers busy building entire buildings of them in places like New York City and San Francisco. Read on to learn more about micro apartments and where […]

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30 Modern Radiator Covers and Cabinet Ideas That Hide Your Old-School Pipes

Is your home or apartment heated by old-school radiators? They’re a good heating option, especially if they’re heat-conducting cast iron. But these radiator units take up considerable wall space and, in many cases, they’re unsightly. Fortunately, you can cover them up using modern radiator covers or radiator cabinets without affecting their heating capabilities. First off, […]

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15 Awesome Foodie Gift Ideas for Your Friends

Finding the perfect foodie gift is a matter of taste. Though your foodie friends may share a love of all things food, their gift needs go way beyond picking up a tray of something at the grocery store on the way to their party.

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Houzz Tour: 2-Story Paris Apartment Has a Garden Feel (25 photos)

This Parisian couple moved into a new apartment after their children had left the nest. To ensure that they would get exactly the home they wanted, they reached out to interior designers before starting on their property hunt. Because they had been dissatisfied with a previous designer, finding the right...

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7 Ways to Get Your Container Garden Ready for Winter (9 photos)

Summer and fall containers probably are winding down as winter approaches, but that doesn’t mean you need to put your container gardens away for winter. Some plants will need to be removed, while others, like evergreens and hardy shrubs, may just need a boost to keep on looking good through the winter....

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Cooking Up Color: 5 Ways to Bring Blue Into the Kitchen (10 photos)

Many ingredients go into designing the perfect kitchen. One that’s often overlooked or not considered early enough in the design process is color. It’s perfectly fine to prefer a neutral kitchen, of course, but many homeowners default to everything in white, beige or gray simply because they feel overwhelmed...

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Beautiful Decor Ideas for Celebrating Diwali (20 photos)

It’s almost Diwali — that time of year we awaited eagerly as kids because it meant unlimited sweets, bright new clothes, sparkling lights, noisy firecrackers (although I hated them) and a pervasive joie de vivre. I also remember, albeit with less enthusiasm, having to clean and paint the house as part...

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An Interior Designer Makes Her Dream ‘She Shed’ (8 photos)

Six months ago, Amy Mitchell realized her burgeoning interior design business needed a new home. She was operating her one-person firm, Home Glow Design, out of her family’s kitchen in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. “I was bursting out,” she says.
Fortunately,
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3 Landscape Designs That Beautifully Mix Old and New (4 photos)

When starting a landscape renovation project — or any remodeling project — it’s a natural impulse to want to wipe the slate clean, removing most if not all traces of “before” from the space. In reality, the budget, amount of time and other circumstances can prevent starting from scratch. While it may...

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Small Cedar Home Reigns Over Farm-Field Landscape

Salmela Architect recently completed the design of a charming contemporary home located in Door County, Wisconsin. The 1,093 square-foot crib reigns over a farm-field landscape and takes in the peacefulness of the surroundings. The small cedar home design caters to the expectations of a bohemian client named Beth. “House for Beth is a narrow three-room building with stepped […]

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Fall Head Over Heels for These 16 Headboards

Your bedroom is probably the room in your home that your guests see the least. That doesn’t mean it should be ignored, though. You spend a good part of your day in your bedroom, and you want to be able to wow the occasional guest who walks through. Fortunately, a single addition to your room […]

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How to Visit Your New Home Construction Site

After months of prep, your new construction home is finally starting to take shape. You’re excited, and you understandably want to track your home’s progress from top to bottom. Visiting your construction site is a great way to stay connected to your home throughout the process, but popping in unannounced could do more harm than […]

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What Classifies a House Style: What Makes a Cape Cod Home?

Cape Cod homes have been around for centuries, yet they continue to enchant us. This type of home, which is now synonymous with beachy style and weekends away, comes from very humble beginnings but still remains popular. That popularity led us to a question. What exactly is it that makes a Cape Cod-style home so […]

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Past the Pumpkin: 5 Ways to Decorate with Produce This Fall

One of the best things about the fall season is gathering with loved ones as the weather cools. You share stories, glasses of wine and mugs of cider. It’s a cozy time of camaraderie. At least, that’s the idea. If you’re the one hosting, fall get-togethers can be a little stressful. The daunting task of […]

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What to Know About Growing a Wildflower Garden From Seed (15 photos)

In nature, wildflower fields seem to emerge as if by magic, covering bare ground or a grassy slope with a soft haze of green growth followed by masses of delicate flowers. The blossoms, followed by seed heads, often attract native bees, butterflies and birds, welcoming life to landscapes.
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Hurricane Michael: How You Can Help (2 photos)

One of the most powerful hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S. intensified quickly and hit hard Oct. 10. The Category 4 hurricane was the worst storm on record in the Florida Panhandle, where it swept away homes, destroyed infrastructure and devastated towns. The storm also damaged parts of Georgia...

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10 Spooky Halloween Decorating Ideas to Try in Your Garden (14 photos)

Cheerful pumpkins placed along a walkway, smiling ghosts hung above garden beds and a well-lit, inviting entry are some of the decorating approaches you can take for Halloween. Or you can tap into a slightly stranger, creepier style.
There are plenty of scary decorations available to buy, but...

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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 November 2018

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  • 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 […]