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7 Common Weeds & How to Get Rid of Them

Ugh, weeds. You put a lot of work into your yard with the hopes of helping it look its best so you can relax and enjoy it this summer. Then you spot a weed and all that relaxation goes out the window. Suddenly, you’re on the offensive, prepping to battle an invasive species. Fortunately, you […]

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What is a Transitional Kitchen?

Transitional is the most popular kitchen design in the National Kitchen + Bath Association’s 2019 kitchen design trends. In fact, 65% of kitchens designed in the past year were transitional, more than double the kitchens that were traditional, contemporary or farmhouse, according to Tricia Zach, Market Research Analyst at the NKBA. Why are transitional kitchens […]

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These are the Most Popular Rooms to Remodel – And the Cost for Each

A new report by Houzz reveals that kitchen renovations are still the most popular remodel – and also the most expensive. In 2018, the kitchen was the top interior room renovation among homeowners who renovated last year. The report also notes that costs are rising. “Last year’s 10 percent increase in tariffs on imported building […]

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Follow These 4 Tips To Stay Organized When You’re Moving On A Short Deadline

Moving is never easy, but when you have to move quickly, it can feel like a much more difficult task. With that in mind, we’ve brought you four tips on how to stay organized when you’re moving on a short deadline. Whether you’re moving for a new job that’s starting soon or because you want […]

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Porthole Windows: They’re Not Just for Ships and Boats

Porthole windows are standard on ships and boats. However, they’re now showing up in residential homes. Just as garage doors aren’t just for garages anymore, porthole windows are being used in other applications. And since porthole windows are available in a variety of materials and sizes, they can add a completely unique touch to your […]

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8 Cabins to Dream About This Summer (22 photos)

One lovely way to spend part of your summer is at a cabin — whether it’s lakeside, by the beach, in the mountains or at the desert. So kick back, relax, and let these eight projects take you on a virtual getaway. They each have different styles, but all are strong on restfulness and beauty. Perhaps you’ll...

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Kids’ Bunkroom Rocks a Retro Look (4 photos)

After deciding to make her Arts and Crafts house in Washington, D.C., her forever home, this single homeowner made plans to transform her third-floor attic into a bunkroom with a full bath. The retro-inspired space now regularly plays host to her many nieces, nephews and friends’ children who stay over...

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How to Tell if Your Houseplant Needs Water (9 photos)

Keeping houseplants happy and healthy can often feel like a guessing game, particularly when it comes to how much water they need. Sure, the label might say “water once a week,” but how much water? There isn’t a clear-cut answer, since it’s different for every plant and specific to your home’s light...

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Stop Fighting the Patchy Lawn! (4 photos)

I’ve met with more than one client while standing on a struggling lawn. “I keep trying,” they tell me, “but the grass won’t grow.” I tell them that maybe this means there’s another option, something even better than a lawn. Maybe it’s time for a garden. And it’s as if I’d just told them the secret to...

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3 Design Pros Create Their Own Sustainable Homes (10 photos)

The design professionals who live in these homes are committed to sustainable practices not only for their clients, but also for themselves. Living and learning by example, they’ve crafted homes that are sustainable and energy-efficient. And their firsthand experiences have made them better equipped...

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Makeovers Create More Usable Living Space in 7 Front Yards (19 photos)

A front yard can be a great design opportunity — though it can sometimes feel like a daunting challenge. Its prominence calls for a one-of-a-kind design that can add valuable outdoor living space, but its size and exposure can make it feel unusable, especially if you live on a busy street or are surrounded...

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10 Essentials for a Cozy and Stylish College Dorm Room (10 photos)

Dorm rooms tend to be small and somewhat sterile, but a little design magic can make one feel warm and inviting. Consider these 10 ideas for making a dorm room more cozy and functional. Do you have kids heading to college? If so, let us know your tips for making a dorm room feel more like home....

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Pros and Cons: Painted vs. Stained Kitchen Cabinets (12 photos)

Kitchen cabinets are largely about the finish. Whether you’re buying cabinets for the first time or you’re a seasoned kitchen remodeler, it probably didn’t take you long to realize that stain and paint are two totally different slices of pie. Not sure which one you prefer? Here’s the scoop on the perks...

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New This Week: 5 Living Rooms Designed for Conversation (7 photos)

If you’re looking to encourage conversation during a house party, the last thing you want is a TV tempting guests with the latest ballgame score or reality show finale. If you’ve got the space, relocating the big screen from your entertaining space to somewhere else in the house is the first step. But...

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Kitchen of the Week: Renovated to Wow in White, Wood and Red (9 photos)

Having lived in their Victorian house for more than a decade, this married couple of attorneys with two young kids were ready to fix their awkward kitchen layout without losing some of the existing details they loved. Designer Jodi Swartz and her team at KitchenVisions reworked the space by removing...

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Watering Tips for a Bountiful Edible Garden (12 photos)

Watering is essential for any landscape, but it’s at the top of the to-do list if you’re growing an edible garden. Most edibles require regular watering. If you live where summer rainstorms are common, Mother Nature might provide enough to keep everything happy. If you live in a dry climate, or are facing...

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50 Beautiful Ways With Porch Swings (50 photos)

These 50 porch swings won’t make back-to-school, the end of summer and the return of fall any less real, but they may help us forget they’re coming — even if only for five minutes. Take a seat and enjoy a mini break from real life with this favorite summer icon.

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Before and After: 5 Dramatic Bathroom Transformations (13 photos)

Bathrooms are among the most popular rooms to remodel, according to Houzz research, and it’s fun to see the before-and-after transformations. The following five bathrooms, which range from 40 to 135 square feet, each got a dramatic makeover. Which one most inspires you?

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Your Guide to Mediterranean Style (11 photos)

Having a good sense of your favorite style can be a great help, whether you’re working with a designer or selecting decor yourself. If you love a casually elegant, earthy look inspired by the sun and sea,...

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Houzz TV: Animals, Love and Color on a Florida Farm (26 photos)

“I learned a long time ago that I have to make whatever space that I’m in my own,” Gany Lalo Bernal says. “It has to say something about who I am.” That philosophy was paired with Gany’s lifelong dream of living on a farm. When she came across a blog post nine years ago about a woman who had moved from...

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A Lush Cottage Garden in a Small Urban Backyard (19 photos)

Wildflower meadow plantings, a meandering path, wisteria, foxglove, the gentle tinkle of water just out of sight — you’d never guess this garden belongs to a 1970s home in the city. “I like to call the style ‘urban cottage,’” designer and homeowner Amanda Shipman says.
The lawn in the original...

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7 Tricky Questions to Ask When Planning Your New Kitchen (14 photos)

Some of the questions you ask when planning a new kitchen are obvious, such as, “Do I want white cabinets or wood?” and “Do I want stainless steel appliances?”
But there are many design decisions that you might not even know to consider until the project is well underway. To help you avoid surprises...

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Houzz Tour: Nature-Inspired Refresh for a Lakeside Retreat (8 photos)

These Chicago homeowners wanted their vacation house in Michigan to be a hassle-free retreat without fussy decor but with enough charm and warmth to make it feel like a home. They reached out to designer Devon Grace to help them update the space and visually draw the lush natural surroundings indoors...

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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

20 August 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 […]