A friend recently asked me about plants that he could install in a desert environment. Certainly, a large variety of plants could fill the bill, but he gave me a caveat — whatever plants I suggested would need to rely on naturally occurring water, not irrigation. That makes a world of difference in selecting the proper variety for this region.
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"Color speaks all languages." — Joseph Addison (1672-1719), English dramatist, The Spectator (1711)
Perhaps you have stood in the paint aisle staring at the paint chips on display, wondering what to do next. Well, you are not alone. For many homeowners, choosing a paint color is one of the biggest and most controversial decisions relating to a home purchase. Paint chips are intended to provide a visual sample so a homeowner or renter can take a sample of the color with them and see how the color looks within their space without taking the plunge by having to purchase a pint or can of paint. The issue in many instances is the paint chips are too small to give the purchaser a true prediction of whether or not the color will be a winner or flop.
Beautiful wood furniture is an essential ingredient of a well-decorated home. But for too long, the old rules of how to decorate with wood pieces have hampered our creativity when we are curating our living spaces. Ask any of the nuns who had the misfortune of teaching me in high school: I love to break rules. Here are three long-held maxims we can tell goodbye:
Jimmy James, the self-proclaimed man with two first names, loves bringing smiles to the "insanely creative."
The Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive, is getting a new community garden, but Patrick Gaffey, cultural program supervisor for Clark County, said it wasn't his idea.
Q: I took your advice and am treating pill bugs in my garden like slugs. I have drowned them with beer but they keep coming back. My neighbor is giving me his old cans of beer. I had to dig up the rhubarb plants and put them in pots. This is sure a frustrating year.
O ne site is designed to resemble a massive 70,000-square-foot mansion at the posh, sophisticated Tivoli Village on Rampart Boulevard. There, you can take in high-end bedroom, office and other home displays highlighting a furniture offering built with a sense of rustic charm. Enjoy a glass of cabernet from the wine bar as you contemplate your next purchase for your home.
“Empty nesters flock to downtown Las Vegas” read a recent newspaper headline that caught my attention. The article explained that “walkable, culturally rich urban centers are a huge draw for baby boomers who are bidding farewell to the kids and entering a new phase of their lives.” It explained that “many cities are reporting a trend among buyers who are selling their suburban homes in favor of condominiums in hip, urban centers such as downtown Las Vegas.”
Q: With temperatures averaging 110 degrees Fahrenheit, how much and often should I be watering my shrubs and trees?
Summer is a good time to examine our eating habits. What we consume, how much and how fast we eat not only affects our health and family budgets but also contributes to our personal CO2 emissions as well as our water footprint. We can do more damage or good to our precious home, planet Earth, through our daily diets than we can in other areas of transportation or consumption.
Remember when black and mauve was the hot color combination and when mirrors were all the rage? Well, in case you are too young to remember, those were some of the staples of ’80s home decor. The ’80s were the decade of opulence, marble, gold and mirrors.
They came north out of Mexico into the Desert Southwest with the Spanish, though nobody knows their actual point of origin. It’s because so many pre-Columbian cultures, including the Aztecs, utilized the great blue agave, so it had been spread all over Mesoamerica in this early cultivation. A plant so useful was highly valued as a source of fiber, living fencing, food and, of course, the ancient fermented beverage called “pulque.”
It’s a small world — especially when it comes to home design. Those retailers, designers and architects seeking cutting edge, forward thinking in form, materials and color, sometimes artisanal or bespoke, are more frequently heading to international destinations. Perhaps the most significant design shows in diversity and style are in Paris, Milan, Cologne and Frankfurt.
Walker Furniture is holding an event at 10 a.m. Saturday to honor the 10 recipients in the company’s 2015 Help for Heroes program. The event will be held at the Painters Union Hall, 1701 Whitney Mesa Drive, Henderson.
A key word for interesting design has to be texture. As room decor becomes more monochromatic, it is important to add texture to a design wherever possible.
The perfect decorating touch, natural wood accents are very much in style. Kitchen or bathroom cabinetry, wainscoting, chair rails, beadboard paneling, crown molding and built-in shelving add character and interest to your home.
Being “green” is not a new idea. Our ancestors recycled and reused precious pieces of fabrics, broken dishes and glass, iron, tin and more. Textiles often were woven on a loom at home until the mid-1850s.
Whew, it’s hot out there. Inside our homes, we have the option of turning on the air conditioning, but what about outside?
It’s never too early to cultivate a sense of style, though whether a baby’s introduction to furniture and ambience has any permanent imprinting effect remains to be seen.