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Home-Buying Millennials are Obsessed with Lawns and Gardens

The U.S. Census Bureau says homeownership is up over last year. In their words, “the national homeownership rate has risen to 64.4 percent.” And Realtor Magazine says that jump is “largely attributed to the rise in new, first-time homebuyers.” These first-time homebuyers are millennials and they don’t care about a fancy eat-in kitchen. Instead, they’re […]

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How to Allergy-Proof Your HVAC System

Allergies and asthma are a growing problem. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says, “More than 26 million people in the US have asthma, and allergic asthma is the most common type, affecting around 60% of people with asthma.” Improving your home’s air quality can reduce common symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath. Start […]

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5 Ideas for Using Rustic Lighting in the Backyard

Rustic chic accents were practically made for the backyard, as their bucolic feel fits well with a natural setting. And if you want to add some instant rustic ambiance and class to your backyard, the fastest way to do it is to add outdoor rustic lighting using string lights.

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Comps 101: How Comparables Can Help You Sell Your Home

So you want to sell your house. You know there are some key things you need to do like stage the interior and work on your curb appeal. You might think, especially if you’re hiring a real estate agent, that everything else is handled. But that leaves out one of the trickiest parts of home […]

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How to Share a Bathroom (and Keep the Peace)

As far as house drama goes, the bathroom has got to be one of the most common key players. With real estate at a premium and more people than bathrooms, sharing can definitely land you in hot water — and not the soothing kind.

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Bathroom of the Week: Design Evokes Shimmering Snowflakes (7 photos)

Every Friday evening in the winter, this young Massachusetts family hops in the car and drives three hours to ski in Stowe, Vermont. “They told me that when they walked into this home after the drive, they wanted to feel like they were checking into a stylish boutique hotel,” says interior designer Teri...

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How to Select the Right Gravel for Your Garden (15 photos)

There are a number of reasons to choose gravel for your garden: the satisfying crunch it makes underfoot, its relative low cost compared with other hardscaping materials, the environmental benefit of preventing runoff and erosion, and the fact that it looks good with almost any landscape style.
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How to Design a Kitchen That’s Easy to Clean (9 photos)

The kitchen tends to be the room in our home that needs the most cleaning. The good news is that, with a little planning, you can have a design that makes cleaning a breeze and allows you to spend less time mopping and more time enjoying your space. Check out these expert tips from Eva Byrne of Houseology;...

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9 Gorgeous Sidewalk Garden Designs (15 photos)

It’s easy to forget about planting areas that fall outside of what we typically think of as a front yard. However, planting the skinny street-side area beyond the perimeter fence, or the parking strip next to the sidewalk, can both boost your home’s curb appeal and act as a gift to the neighborhood....

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How to Choose a Ceiling Fan for Comfort and Style (9 photos)

Ceiling fans make great additions to the home year-round. They cool us down in summer and warm us up in winter. New features and technologies mean they’re more energy-efficient than ever, and design updates have led to some pretty stylish models.
Personal preference plays a big role when buying...

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9 Kitchens Where Open Shelving Rules (12 photos)

Open shelving is a hot topic when it comes to kitchen storage. Maybe you are a fan of the trend and enjoy using open shelves to show off your styling chops. Or perhaps you feel that they are simply a clutter magnet. Either way, they’re a storage option that homeowners weigh when designing their...

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London Oasis Has Space for Relaxing and Entertaining (14 photos)

Landscape designer Tom Howard had to tackle a couple of challenges in transforming an overgrown London backyard into an easy-to-maintain space where the owner could relax and entertain: He had to incorporate two beautiful mature trees and muffle noise from the nearby train.

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How to Create a Blue-and-White Color Scheme (8 photos)

Some color pairings go beyond trends to become true style perennials. Blue — from deep navy to palest duck egg — and white is one such combo that works in urban and country settings alike. Here are some tips and tricks for introducing blue and white elements and the different effects they can achieve....

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My Houzz: Eclectic Farmhouse-Inspired Style in Florida (20 photos)

Mary Beth and Josh Tatum lived in a concrete masonry teardown in Destin, Florida, for seven years, enduring a less-than-perfect living situation, as Mary Beth says, “to save for the opportunity to create something we loved.” They purchased a lot in nearby Miramar Beach and sat on it for a year. Then,...

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Patio of the Week: Smart Space Planning for an Atlanta Backyard (7 photos)

After years of neglected maintenance and overuse by the family’s pets, this Atlanta backyard was ready for an overhaul. The homeowners turned to design-build firm Boyce Design and Contracting to enhance the yard’s design and aesthetic appeal, as well as to address more practical issues, including drainage...

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New This Week: 3 Warm Kitchens That Mix Blue, Green and Wood (7 photos)

Since most people consider their kitchen the hub of the home these days, it makes sense to create an inviting, comfortable design. That feeling doesn’t always come easily with an all-white color scheme, which some people find a little cold and sterile if not done right. But if you incorporate rich woods...

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Kitchen of the Week: Zones Work Best for This Busy Family (16 photos)

A confluence of events prompted the full renovation of this 1980s kitchen in Littleton, Colorado. The homeowner, a mother of two high schoolers, needed to replace some major appliances about the same time she got a gander at her neighbor’s open-concept kitchen renovation. She realized that she too wanted...

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10 Small and Stylish Outdoor Kitchens (11 photos)

If adding a new outdoor kitchen or revamping your current setup is on your landscape makeover wishlist, take a look at these designs serving up fresh ideas for al fresco cooking. These 10 projects from around the globe also make the most of the moderately sized patios, decks and backyards they occupy,...

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Houzz Tour: A Dream House Built to Stand the Test of Time (27 photos)

The goals for this Australian dream home were many. The client, who is a builder and masonry specialist, wanted a house that utilized concrete and stone as the main exterior materials and that referenced midcentury modernism on the interior. He also wanted the home to stay relevant as the family grew,...

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40 Laundry Rooms to Love (40 photos)

Since washing and drying clothes are parts of life that are hard to avoid, you might as well make the experience as pleasurable as possible. And if this collection of 40 inspiring spaces is any indicator, a laundry room or even a small laundry closet can be pretty, practical and, perhaps, even fun.

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Your Guide to Midcentury Style (10 photos)

Whether you’re working with a designer to bring your project to life or decorating on your own, it’s easier to get started when you have a clear sense of your favorite style. If you love clean lines, graphic patterns and iconic furniture...

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How to Remodel Your Kitchen (11 photos)

You’ve decided to remodel your kitchen. Now what? Not knowing where to start, many homeowners start by looking at kitchen appliances. Others collect inspiring kitchen...

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How to Add an Outdoor Bar

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. Summer is about to kick our outdoor time up a notch. And you know what that means: drinks al fresco. And yes, sure, you probably have a few bars […]

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The 10 Commandments of Painting

Who doesn’t love paint? It’s luscious and creamy and comes in every color imaginable. Regardless of the sheen — flat, eggshell, satin or gloss — painting is a great way to either radically or subtly transform your environment.  Your color choices are important because they can either stimulate the senses or create a sense of calm. However, […]

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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

18 June 2019

  • 2019 Seminar Schedule at a glance
    FRIDAY, March 1 12:00 Debra Lee Baldwin – Success with Succulents Author Debra Lee Baldwin shares insights on selection, using and caring for succulents. She will have her popular books on succulents available for sale and signing both before and after her presentation 1:00 Steve Harbour – Hire the RIGHT Landscape Professional and Save Money […]
  • Seminar Speaker Biographies
  • Debra Lee Baldwin
    Success 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 […]
  • Steve Harbour
    Hire the RIGHT Landscape Professional and Save Money Steven Harbouris a California native with nearly forty years of professional experience as a landscape designer and horticultural expert. He is an APLD Certified Landscape Designer, and has also served as an ISA Certified Arborist and CAN California Certified Nurseryman. His designs have garnered accolades and awards, […]
  • Tony Gurnoe
    Garden Up with Low Water Hanging Plants Tony Gurnoe, Director of Horticulture at the San Diego Botanic Garden, oversees and coordinates all collection development, horticultural management, and conservation projects at the garden. Tony’s background is in sustainable horticultural crop production, ecological restorative planting, and ex-situ conservation of California natives, cycads, and threatened subtropical species. His […]