Putting a patina on your home décor isn’t difficult. Adding antiques to your style, whether it is modern or minimalist can add flair and warmth to any room. Antiques continue to be a hot decorating trend for many reasons.
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Is it a weed or a garden plant? Garlic chives are among those plants — paulownia tree, Jerusalem artichoke, mint and anise hyssop are others — that can parade under either guise.
Clocks are not top of mind for most of us. It’s only at this time of year when we might turn our clocks back, and then again in the spring when we go forward, that we give them any thought. As an accessory and workhorse in our lives, poor clocks are not given their fair share of attention.
Q: I have two 20-year-old ash trees that appear to be dying. I have attached pictures. The smaller tree is a Modesto ash and it started losing limbs about a year ago. The bark is now separating and it looks like an old stump with a few sprouts. The other is a Rayburn ash. Its limbs started dying this summer, but the limb deaths are accelerating.
Two factors are responsible for a healthy landscape. First, put the right plant in the right place. Second, make sure your soil is healthy by providing the conditions and nutrients your plants and lawn need to thrive.
Furniture made from recycled workbenches and school lockers, or huge metal parts from factory machines is not a new idea. Our ancestors recycled clothing into quilts, tin advertising signs into patches for leaky roofs and cattle horns into Victorian chairs.
Q: The heavy door that leads from my house into the garage doesn’t close by itself anymore. What’s wrong with it? A: You have a hinge problem on your fire door, which is required to have a self-closing mechanism.
Events scheduled Sept. 13-20 to help you with your home projects.
Michael Amini creates furniture that connects people with their culture and heritage. As successful as he is, he is also smart enough to know that there are times to bring in other creative sources. He recently did this by collaborating with actress Jane Seymour on multiple high fashion furniture collections.
Watch out for fake antiques, especially copies of well-known pieces. In about 1820, some potters in England’s Staffordshire district made portrait figures of famous politicians, actors and athletes to sell in local shops. Remember, this was a time when there were no color images of people except paintings and few black-and-white photos.
Most of us are well-acquainted with dining table extensions, whether featuring wood, glass or metal tops, and with or without hidden leaves; along with night and side tables that contain hidden shelves located above the top drawer that slide out and provide additional tabletop space. We’ve seen these for years.
Q: I am hoping to plant two semidwarf crabapple trees on the west side of my house. Could you please tell me which cultivars will do well here? I am looking for crabapples that are good for raw eating, jelly and apple butter. I also need to know which are good for cross-pollinating each other.
Some may think my concerns are misplaced. But for those who follow the science and pay attention to actual facts, we are living in a time of extreme and rapid change. Nothing like this has ever happened before.
If you’ve lived in the desert Southwest for a long time, drab cinder block walls are a given. But there are homeowners who are tired of looking at them, and instead are opting for mountain vistas, beach scenes and gardens.
Dens are often designed to be “man caves,” but that doesn’t mean they can’t be family-friendly, too.
Instead of letting your summer vacation memories fade with your souvenirs into the back of a closet, make your travel mementos a part of your home decor. Here are some do-it-yourself ideas for giving your travel tokens a permanent place in your home.
Q: I have two pink dwarf oleanders planted in 18-inch clay pots that have very healthy-looking foliage but very few blossoms. One of my gardener friends says oleanders don’t like pots. Another says I’m watering too much. Do you have any suggestions that might get some me some blossoms?
Poison rings play a part in a lot of murder mysteries. Adversaries were removed with a flick of a ring cover over a glass of wine.
Think home technology begins with your wireless, programmable thermostat and ends with the high-definition, 3-D, Web-enabled flat-screen TV with surround sound? Think again. Whole home technology means using leading-edge devices to improve life in every room of the house, including the bathroom.
Fans of crisp, modern architecture and clean-lined shapes will love one of this fall’s strongest style trends: faceted décor.
Most of us have heard the phrase “keeping a roof over our heads.” For many homeowners, that’s a literal concern. Household roofs experience weathering, falling debris, and wind or water damage.
Coral bells (Heuchera spp.) is a plant that earns its keep even when not in bloom.
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