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Why It’s Time to Go Monochrome

When it comes to redesigning a room, the first decision is usually, “which color?”. And sometimes, that can be the hardest choice of all. I can’t be the only person who has excitedly walked into a paint store, then left a short time later, overwhelmed with a thousand similar-but-different options. Who knew there could be […]

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Houzz Tour: Step-By-Step Additions Enhance a New Zealand Gem (19 photos)

Like the cobbler’s children who are never shod, an architect’s (or builder’s) home is often never quite finished. Too many good ideas, too many loves: That’s what Tauranga, New Zealand, architectural designer Colin Davis and his wife, Vicki, have learned while renovating their 1920s-meets-’60s-meets-’80s...

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10 Ways to Create a Secret Garden (13 photos)

No matter where your plot of land is — in the heart of a bustling city or down a quiet lane — there’s an opportunity to make your garden feel like a secret, secluded space. The best secret gardens not only feel private, but they also have a certain magic about them, evoking the sense of being removed...

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Shop Houzz: Up to 65% Off Rustic and Industrial Bar Stools (145 photos)

Working in a busy kitchen can feel a little like running a factory. Play up this vibe with hearty industrial bar stools that complement rustic, farmhouse and even modern spaces. With different finishes and shapes, this collection features pieces that offer support and help define your style.
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9 Tips for Creating an Inviting White Kitchen (9 photos)

An all-white room isn’t as simple as it may seem. If not done properly, the room can feel stark or boring. This is especially true when it comes to kitchens. There are so many hard surfaces in this space — countertops, flooring, appliances, cabinetry — that a white kitchen can end up feeling sterile....

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15 Favorites for Your Summer Edible Garden (15 photos)

One of the toughest parts of growing vegetables and fruits is deciding just what to grow. A good place to start is with favorites from beans to zucchinis, all of which have stood the test of time in edible gardens. Novice gardeners can begin with tried-and-true favorites, while those with more experience...

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Get Set for Happy Hour With a Stylish Bar Closet (11 photos)

Bar carts and bar cabinets are great, but if you really want to add a splash to your happy hour, perhaps a bar closet is right for you. Whether you convert an old closet or have a new one built, bar closets can be designed across the style spectrum. Let these 10 hidden gems provide some inspiration....

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5 Trade-Offs to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen (8 photos)

It would be great to have an unlimited budget for a kitchen renovation. But the fact is most of us do not. And that’s OK. Compromises of one form or another are part of the process, even for the rare homeowner who enjoys a bottomless budget and expansive square footage.
But how, exactly, do you...

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Kitchen of the Week: A Bright and Happy Family Space (8 photos)

“These homeowners wanted their kitchen to feel light, bright and colorful,” says interior designer Robin Giese. “They are all about using color and pattern, which isn’t all that typical here in New England.” But there was no need for a total gut job, as the layout worked well for the young family, and...

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Shop Houzz: Highest-Rated Furniture (190 photos)

Whether you’re going through a remodel or you’re just browsing for inspiration, your spaces require proper furniture to feel complete. As you contemplate your room design, look for pieces that have flair and offer function too. This collection features favorites for every space....

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We Can Dream: A Palm Springs Paradise Awash in Art and Views (11 photos)

When two design-minded artists decided to move from Pennsylvania to Palm Springs, they asked architect Brandon Newell and his team for “a very modern house, with thin lines, high ceilings, large expanses of glass and places to showcase not only their own art collection, but also works from local artists...

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New This Week: 3 Laundry Rooms With Joyful Style (3 photos)

Laundry is a fact of life. There’s no getting around it. And while there’s some joy to be found in washing, drying and folding the precious garments of our loved ones, whenever there’s opportunity to increase that joy, we should seize upon it. One way to do that is by creating a space with style that...

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5 Kinds of Rugs for Busy Households (10 photos)

Finding the perfect rug can be time-consuming. Given the endless choices of textures, colors and patterns, sorting through them to locate a good fit with your furniture and accessories may require some trial and error. Add to that the goal of finding a family-friendly rug, and you’ve got even more requirements...

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What to Do for Mom Around the House on Mother’s Day (11 photos)

My mom still laughs about that Mother’s Day in the mid-1970s, when the whole family spent the day scrubbing out the aboveground pool. It was memorable, if less than ideal. But there are a lot of better ways to spend special time at home with Mom.
After talking with a bunch of mothers about what...

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10 Elements of the Pale and Pretty ‘Country Chic’ Look (10 photos)

Can’t decide between a simple Scandinavian interior and a pretty country style? Why not have the best of both worlds? “Pale country chic” is an interior style that blends the two, combining the pared-back simplicity of a Scandinavian home with the rustic whimsy of a country one. So if you have a penchant...

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Room of the Day: A Master Bathroom Gets the Spa Treatment (7 photos)

Over the years, this Calgary, Alberta, family has updated their home, room by room. Now that their kids are grown, a couple of new empty nesters have the opportunity to remodel the master bathroom. This doctor and educator also love to spend time outdoors and try to limit their impact on the environment....

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Houzz Tour: A Dark Spanish Colonial Goes Glam (11 photos)

This Spanish Colonial home had wonderful architectural features, but the interior felt dark, lacked cohesion and didn’t fit the spirit of a family that loves to entertain. Interior designer Heidi Feliz-Grimm helped give it a transitional style that feels harmonious with the original...

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How to Grow a Happy Ficus (5 photos)

There’s a reason that ficus, or weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is one of the most common houseplants around. When it has settled into place, and you’ve figured out what it wants, it’s a fairly low-maintenance yet stunning houseplant. It’ll thrive for years, given the right conditions.
But...

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Shop Houzz: Summer Decor Makeover (133 photos)

As summer rolls around, it’s hard to miss the change in spirit. Flowers have cropped up everywhere, and children’s end-of-school-year cheers are hard to ignore. Bring that sunny feeling into your home with a makeover that will tempt you to spend your vacation days indoors.

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Trending Now: 10 Refreshing and Stylish Front-Door Entryways (10 photos)

With a side entrance to your home, you can be a little more forgiving when it comes to messes. But with a front-door entry, through which you and your guests get a first impression of your home, you’ve got to be a little more on top of your style and storage game. The following are some of the...

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How to Grow a Flower Garden for Bouquets (26 photos)

Imagine stepping out into your backyard — vase and clippers in hand — and snipping fragrant stems of sweet peas, delicate peonies and sprays of lilac. If you’ve dreamed of trying your hand as a backyard flower farmer, let this be the year you make it a reality.
Here’s how to get started, including...

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How to Hide Your TV in Plain Sight (8 photos)

There are a lot of fancy new ways to hide your TV today: Motorized picture frames, electronic mirrors and compartments that pop up from the foot of your bed are among the latest features. But all you really need is a little black paint or stain and some well-considered placement, and you can...

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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 […]