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‘Two Halves’ Residence in Australia Ensures Both Privacy and Connection

Moloney Architects completed the design of a contemporary residence in Australia. Named for its split monolithic architectural form, Two Halves House is distinguished by two pavilions that appear to stand alone, but in fact live hand-in-hand. The 240 square meter (2,583 square foot) home was specifically envisioned for a family who needed both privacy and […]

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Brick Bungalow in Canada Becomes Modern ‘Flipped House’

Flipped House is a two-story residence with a modern, turnkey design located in a neighborhood dominated by more traditional architecture. The team at Atelier RZLBD renovated an existing brick bungalow in Ontario, Canada, and added a second level to the structure. The project gets its name from its unconventional “flipped” layout. While a typical dwelling keeps […]

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How to Plan Your Next Remodel Like a Pro (Without Going Nuts in the Process)

Anyone who’s ever tried to manage a remodel can tell you that it’s a huge undertaking. Between trying to stay on time, on budget and on top of a thousand moving parts, it can feel like another full-time job. It’s far from impossible though. In fact, with a little prep work and organization, you can […]

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Minimalist Villa in Beijing Envisioned as a Spatial Narrative

Wonder Architects Studio redesigned a traditional villa in Xicheng District, Beijing. The project features an unconventional layout, minimalist arrangements and a creative indoor-outdoor interplay. “Beijing is a city that lacks architectural variety,” the architects said. “From modern apartment buildings to traditional villas, architects decorate this huge void city with limited building types. As a result, people living […]

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What to Look for When Shopping for Accessories

If you’ve been an interior design aficianado for any length of time, you know that including the right accessories can make or break a room. However, beyond giving that initial piece of advice, most design sites are vague in terms of how to find the decorative items that will complete your design. That confusion stops […]

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30 Creative Backyard Retreats From Around the Globe (38 photos)

Whether you need to house an aging parent, prefer a separate space for guests or crave a quiet spot of your own to write that bestselling novel, it may be time to reimagine your backyard. As these inspirational outbuildings from around the world reveal, backyard retreats come in all shapes and sizes....

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Add Warmth and Personality to Your Kitchen With a Runner Rug (24 photos)

Laying down an area rug is a great way to bring warmth, color and personality to any room in the home, especially those with hard floors that can benefit from a little softening. For this reason, a runner rug can make a great addition to your kitchen — yes, your kitchen — as long as you approach it the...

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Throw Pillow Master Class: How to Choose and Style Like a Pro (13 photos)

Brightly colored and patterned pillows are a fabulous way to jazz up your sofa or bed, but getting the combination just right can be harder than it looks. Mixing patterns, hues and sizes in a cohesive way is an art in itself, whether you’re decorating a casual living room or a more formal space. Sarah...

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What to Plant Instead of Heavenly Bamboo (13 photos)

Heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica), also known as sacred bamboo, is a commonly used landscape shrub native to Asia, from India to Japan. The attractiveness of Nandina is in part its adaptability to a range of conditions, as well as the number of its available cultivars, seasonal fall foliage...

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Highest-Rated Bathroom Vanities (166 photos)

You expect a lot from your bathroom vanity. In addition to good looks, the piece must meet your storage needs — on the counter and underneath — to earn a place in your home. Each of these pieces feature distinctive style and plenty of space for your washroom essentials.

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How to Stop Fighting About Household Chores (10 photos)

Opposites attract — it’s true — but that doesn’t always make life easy. If one of you is a neat freak and the other, well, less so, resentment can soon start to simmer. Before you know it, the wet towel on the bed, those discarded socks next to the laundry hamper or that ever-present clutter by the front...

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10 Ways Your Home Can Help With Your Resolutions (11 photos)

Some New Year’s resolutions, such as climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or learning to fly a plane, definitely require you leaving your house. But for many common resolutions that focus on your body, spirit and mind, there’s no reason to leave the comfort of home. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions and ideas for...

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Up to 75% Off Bathtubs and Showers (139 photos)

With shower stalls, soaking tubs and more, this roundup has all you need to create a spa-like bath retreat. And with everything up to 75% off, there’s no better time to update your bath.
Sale ends January 17, 2018

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7 Ways to Create Open Pantry Space (9 photos)

In my opinion, one of the most contentious kitchen design ideas in recent years has to be open shelving. Some people love the way open shelves break up the wall and showcase pottery, art or a nice set of dishes. Others detest the extra dusting, and the potential for clutter, that open shelves involve....

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How to Clean Your Fireplace Surround (7 photos)

There are few better ways to spend a chilly winter’s day than in front of a cozy fireplace. But even if you use your fireplace only once or twice a season, it still needs to be cleaned and cared for correctly. Of all the things you can clean with just soap and water, soot is not one of them. Cleaning...

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Houzz Tour: A Tokyo Apartment Plays With Light and Shadow (16 photos)

A couple who work in design-related professions chose this Tokyo apartment for its size and convenient layout. They had been looking for a place with about 540 square feet (50 square meters) and liked that this apartment had several functional rooms, rather than one big space that would not be optimally...

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Give Yourself a Break: 9 Resolutions That Are Easy to Keep (10 photos)

Juice fasts, decluttering, organizing finances and making the bed every day — these are the kinds of resolutions we, full of determination, typically come up with to kick off a new year. But they aren’t always easy to keep, and we can end up feeling bad and letting them all go. Let’s give ourselves a...

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Historic Chapel in Belgium Converted into Architecture Office

This historic chapel in Belgium was recently converted by Studio klaarchitectuur into an unconventional office space. Dubbed Waterdog, the project aims to transform architecture work into an almost spiritual experience. “Due to the chapel’s status as a listed building, the renovation project was bound by several limitations,” the architects said. “For instance, it was vital the […]

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The Latest Front Door Ideas That Add Curb Appeal, Value to Your Home

One of the first things about a house that a guest or home buyer notices is the front door. If you want to make a statement, upgrading or revamping your front door is a smart move that isn’t all that expensive. According to Realtor.com, it’s the second best return-on-your-investment renovation. Ready to get inspired? Here’s […]

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Incredibly Well-Planned One-Room Apartment in Stockholm

This small, one-room apartment in Stockholm, Sweden, is incredibly well planned. With the home at just about 344 square feet (32 square meters), it features a fully equipped kitchen and spacious living room that doubles as a sleeping area. A small entrance hallway guides you toward each entertainment space, while the light gray walls brighten […]

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Here’s a Look at the Hottest 2018 International Furniture Design Shows

They’re the incubators where design starts. The international furniture design shows are where young and established designers and brands display their latest offerings in the hopes that the biggest retailers in the world will buy them — and bring them to you. Here are the most important international furniture design shows for 2018. Trendset Munich, […]

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Fashionistas, Brace Yourself! Chanel Opened a Private Women’s Club in NYC

Coco Chanel, famous for her black-and-white signature fashion and accessories, may be long gone but she would love the latest venture in her name: the Coco Club. The private, invitation-only club is the first for the brand and opened in the Soho neighborhood in New York City. Coco was always a feminist. She embraced men’s […]

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What We Love (and Don’t) About New Year’s (9 photos)

Happy New Year, everyone! As we welcome 2018, here are a few of our favorite things about New Year’s Eve. And, just for laughs, our not-so-favorite things. What are some of your favorite and least favorite things about ringing in the new year? Let’s celebrate and commiserate in the Comments.

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Tuck Into These 8 Cozy Backyard Sheds and Studios (13 photos)

You may be inspired to find another home for your garden tools after taking a look at these sheds and studios turned into snug backyard retreats. Warm wood, soft lighting, layered quilts and other cozy details set these outbuildings apart from the pack. From a shepherd’s hut kitted out as a guest cottage...

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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 […]