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Garden redesign is the best of old and new

IT’S NOT OFTEN a landscape architect gets another shot at a garden he designed years ago. But when horticulturist Sue Nicols was hired to come up with a fresh plant palette for an aging Capitol Hill garden, she asked Brooks Kolb to collaborate with her on the project. And it turns out that Kolb, along with his partner, Bill Talley, had renovated the garden in 1997 for an earlier owner.

Present owners Don and Marty Sands bought the 1932 brick Tudor three years ago. They remodeled it inside and out, then turned their attention to updating the garden. The couple appreciated the dramatic entry gates, as well as the maturing Japanese maples, Korean dogwoods and Hinoki cypress from the earlier renovation. Marty loves how the garden wraps around the house “like a little haven.” And she calls the majestic copper beech that dominates the scene “a Grandfather tree.”

But the corner property was pretty much all lawn and rockery. “There we

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Smoke and Mirrors: A Glittery New Cocktail Bar in SF

In SF’s most hipster neighborhood, the Mission District, a new bar aims to avoid design clichés. It’s called ABV (Alcohol by Volume) and was opened by three restauranteurs with serious Bay Area cocktail creds (Beretta, Dalva, and Bourbon & Branch), along with a chef who hails from local favorites Bar Tartine and Commonwealth.

The stake they claimed is a former 75-seat sushi restaurant that has undergone a modest redesign—expanded drinking space, shrunken kitchen, and aesthetic updates. But before anyone picked up a hammer, the founders vowed that they would keep the interior trend free: no Edison bulbs and reclaimed wood here. Their bar would be practical, comfortable, and affordable. As they told spirits blog Alcademics, ”There’s not going to be a uniform, and it’s not like everyone is going to wear a certain kind of hat.” 

Above L: At night, the mirrors and sconces have a warm sheen. Phot

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Designing a Nursery for The Cake Boss

I don’t know about yours, but our family (especially our 10-year-old daughter) is in love with The Cake Boss. Buddy and his passionate fondant-rolling, frosting-piping New Jersey clan have us riveted, hungry and chuckling every week.

So as you can imagine, we were over-the-moon excited to learn that our own Nursery and Kid’s Room Design Contributor, Sherri Blum, would be creating a space for Buddy and Lisa’s new baby!!

That’s right! Tune in to the one hour Cake Boss Baby Special, tonight Sunday, March 6 at 9:00 PM/8:00 PM Central as Sherri Blum, owner of Jack and Jill Interiors helps Buddy and Lisa design their baby nursery!

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HOMEGROWN Life: From September Rains to Holiday Radishes, Farmer Bryce Traces How Marginal Land Could Furnish America’s Christmas Dinner


Ah, yes. A rainy September morning.

It’s one of the glories of the annual cycle of seasons on the farm. Here in western Missouri, fall planting has commenced. Lettuce and spinach and radishes and other leafy and rooting plants are in the ground. But right now they’re just sitting there, waiting for calming temperatures and moisture. After a burning August (I’m not complaining; 2014 had some good and timely rains), we’re hoping for the heat to break and the fall crops to take off.

They need to get going soon if we’re to have a harvest in the next few weeks. The sun is rapidly retreating. The soil is still pretty dry. And yet, even knowing those conditions, we hope things will work out. Maybe the fall will be long and mild. Maybe the temperature will be in that magic 65-degree high, 45-degree low range until Christmas. Maybe.

It’s all relative, though. I count myse

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Summer Spring Cleaning and Redecorating – Out with the Old and in with the New?

With winters taking a departure and the colourful spring around the corner, most homeowners would be looking forward to getting busy with some home cleaning and decorating. It is the perfect time for some to part of with the old look along with the winters and welcome the new season with a fresh new look. Spring season brings along many bargains and seasonal sales on home decorating accessories. However, not everyone might find the offers that exciting to break their monthly budget and get new furnishings, especially the redecorating junkies. For the hard-core redecorators, it is the time to come up with new ideas and enliven the existing things without breaking the bank or extending their monthly budgets.

For those who want to save money without sacrificing on home styling, here are some DIY tips that would surely help out.

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Dream Home Filled with Everything You Ever Wanted

This home has everything: a hanging egg chair, a porch swing, a hammock, a suspended fireplace, outdoor living rooms, a living green wall, an interior courtyard with a tree, outdoor sphere lights, modern furniture, rooftop terraces, and a panoramic view – the only thing missing is a pool. You get the impression that the designers read Trendir daily. Casa Jacarandas in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico was designed by Hernandez Silva Arquitectos to take advantage of the warm climate by creating zones that are located both inside and outside of the home at the same time. The 3-storey vertical garden is the main feature of the indoor-outdoor connectivity, starting just behind the open carport and continuing past creating a feature wall for the outdoor corridor in the center of the home. Read full post…

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Make Mod Solar Lamps for the Garden

My girl Shelly never ceases to amaze me. Usually my amazement stems from her fabulous upholstery projects, but, in this case, it comes from inflatable balls and string. This particular project started with DIY salvage (string globes and plumbing pipes). Shelly decided to marry them and create a trio of glorious glowing solar lamps for her garden. Items you’ll need to make them from scratch include the following (it isn’t a short list, but most of it you’ll probably have on hand):

  • Three ¾-inch by 4-foot plumbing pipes
  • Three ¾-inch to 1-inch reducer couplings
  • 3 solar landscaping lights
  • Three inflatable plastic balls
  • Decoupage liquid (aka: Mod Podge)
  • String or twine
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Marker
  • Circle pattern (4-inch to 5-inch in diameter)
  • Plastic container
  • Metallic exterior spray paint
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Foam paintbrushes (optional)

BTW, these globes look fabulous nestled inside vessels too. P

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