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Ho, Ho, WHOA! Simple Christmas Table Setting Ideas That Make Yours Memorable

You don’t need to be Martha Stewart to put together a fabulous Christmas table. A little creativity, some supplies and inspiration from these amazing Christmas table setting ideas should make your holiday modern, merry and bright. 1. Use fruit to deck out the Christmas table setting Pomegranates, pears, apples, lemons or grapes can all be […]

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Horse Barn in Phoenix Becomes Contemporary Glass Residence

US-based studio The Construction Zone converted a former horse barn in Phoenix, Arizona, into a contemporary home. The upgraded residence features floor-to-ceiling glass walls with black steel framing for a powerful visual contrast. Outdoor spaces for entertaining, a barbecue area and a swimming pool add to the welcoming feel of the property. A charming rocky pathway built between […]

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Industrial Residence in Belarus Shatters Design Stereotypes

Dmitry Sheleg and Zrobym Architects designed an industrial-style residence filled with eye-catching details in Minsk, Belarus. The interior has a total living surface of 280 square meters (3,014 square feet) and combines a variety of textures and finishes. “This home attempts to shatter the stereotypes associated with industrial-influenced interiors while still embracing the features,” the architects said. “It […]

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Remarkable Vacation Home in Japan Built on Stilts

This original Japanese holiday retreat is located at the base of Mount Bandai in Fukushima, Japan. Dubbed “One Year Project,” the residence was designed by studio Life Style Koubou with sustainability in mind. The main material used in the construction is wood, which was harvested from the site. To balance deforestation, trees were planted on the property […]

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Lush Life: 26 of the Best Bar Carts Under $300 and How to Trick Them Out

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. Ready for some adulting? Nothing says sophisticated more than a chic bar cart stocked with all the right libations. Even if you don’t drink, the best bar carts are […]

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Our Houzz: New Mexico Oasis Expands Horizons for 2 Generations (23 photos)

As a kid, Cindy Thomas dreamed of one day owning a house with a yard. She had always lived in apartments with her mother, Francine Pisani, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia soon after Cindy was born. “I really can’t imagine what that must have been like for her,” Cindy says. “She worked really hard...

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Show Us Your Hanukkah Decor (3 photos)

When you get together with family and friends to light the menorah for Hanukkah, do you do it with elegant dinners or more informal gatherings? However you celebrate the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, which begins this year on Dec. 12, we would like to see pictures of your holiday decor.
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Cabinet Paint Colors That Are Anything but Neutral (10 photos)

Whites, soft grays and warm woods have dominated the kitchen style arena lately. But there are those who want to amp up the color in their kitchens. While some wade in with soft blues, others want to make dinner surrounded by hues like a sunny yellow or an electrifying cobalt. If you’re considering a...

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How to Design a Sleek, Modern Bathroom (17 photos)

While modern style is not for everyone, those who like it appreciate the beautiful simplicity of sleek, minimalist furnishings and clean surfaces. And this look works especially well in a bathroom. Whether your whole home is a modernist’s fantasy or you just want to dabble in this style for your dream...

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Houzz Tour: From Fixer-Upper to Country-Style Estate in Sydney (22 photos)

A “hidden gem” or a “house with potential” are descriptions that would easily fit this historic home before its renovation. When Joel and Clare Barnett bought the 100-year-old dwelling, it was in a state of decay and disrepair; little had been done to maintain or improve it over its lifetime, and it...

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How to Avoid Dryer Fires During the Holidays (4 photos)

With the holidays around the corner, we can look forward to snow, hot chocolate and cozying up indoors with extra blankets and sweaters. But many of our favorite things about the holidays can have negative effects on dryers, heightening the risk of sparking a fire. Here are five dryer-safety concerns...

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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, bookcase wreaths and DIY decor — and get your home in the holiday mood, no giant tree required.

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A Buyer’s Guide to Kitchen Counter Seating (9 photos)

Counter seating is popular in modern kitchens, which inevitably raises the question of what stools to pair with your work surface. Since kitchen stools often get more use than dining chairs, they need to be sturdy, good-looking and just the right height. And although buying a few good...

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Spotted! Homes That Let the Sun Shine In (17 photos)

With creative thinking (and the help of knowledgeable professionals), your home can bathe in the sun. If you crave natural light and are planning to remodel or build a house, take inspiration from these spectacular glass-enhanced spaces.

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Do You Recognize These 5 Common Side Effects of Remodeling? (5 photos)

Living through construction isn’t easy. Even if you’ve planned every last detail, the reality of having builders and decorators in the house for months on end can drive anyone slightly mad. Here are five side effects of going through a renovation project, along with tips on how to come out the other...

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So Long, Lawn: 6 Walkable Ground Covers to Consider (8 photos)

A ground cover plant that can replace a traditional lawn grass often has to satisfy a wide range of criteria. Primarily, the plant must be walkable: It has to be very resilient, able to recover quickly from being trodden upon and also have a flat, low-growing habit — ideally without large clumps...

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Black Friday Favorites by Style (184 photos)

This collection makes shopping easy, particularly if you have a specific look in mind. Browse below for seating, decor, hardware and other products for every room.
Sale ends November 26, 2017.

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My Houzz: Inviting Farmhouse Charm in Connecticut (28 photos)

Lauren and Pat McBride realized it was time to move out of their small condo when they learned that Lauren was pregnant with their second child. The home they found in Madison, Connecticut — decorated with dated wallpaper and paint in every color of the rainbow — didn’t fit their dream of an airy farmhouse-style...

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Redesign Blends Old and New for a Collector and Antiques Lover (12 photos)

Armed with her favorite antiques and collections, this empty nester was ready to move across the country, downsize and embrace a whole new look for her new city life. After living in Colorado for years, she’d bought a condo in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood. Interior designer Nikki Dalrymple...

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Before and After: Clever Kitchen Redesign Draws a Crowd (8 photos)

It was a classic case of the cobbler who has no shoes: A building contractor was so busy helping others build and renovate their dream homes that he waited 17 years to finally remodel his family’s own kitchen. During that time, the family grew, and before long it was clear that their cramped kitchen...

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Get Some Sleep! And 5 More Ways to Make the Most of This Weekend (6 photos)

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and a fresh new month on the calendar, this weekend is a good time to make plans and create some breathing space in your schedule. Stock up on cold-weather necessities, wrap up a few gifts and catch some extra z’s — the rest of your to-do list won’t look so daunting...

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How to Choose a Dining Table Light (15 photos)

The chandelier or pendant above your dining table isn’t always the only light fixture in the room — designers actually advise against having a single light source — but it probably will be the most visible and make the biggest impact. “Dining table pendants really center the...

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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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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 […]