14 Rooms Abloom With Modern-Day Chintz

Chintz can be tricky. Its daring, old-fashioned flower prints may so easily tip into fusty English bed-and-breakfast if you’re not careful. But if you’re careful, it can add colour, texture and a touch of timeless elegance to your decor. Perhaps it’s chintz’s recent unpopularity that makes it an superb antidote to too trendy, high-minded design. […]

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9 Holiday Farmsteads Offer a Taste of Country Life

Forget posh resorts in the hearts of bustling shopping districts and downtown cores. Fast-paced urban living is hardly what flying is all about. That is why overworked travelers are reveling in agritourism, heading for remote hills and valleys in search of rustic farmhouses where they could delight in rolling greenery and landscapes and maybe milk, […]

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Northeast Gardener's March Checklist

Swings of temperate weather have attracted patches of exposed ground, liquid puddles and tender expanses of sand which freeze and thaw, but winter’s grip is still with us. On mild days it’s possible to get out into the landscape, but it’s important to go slow and approach spring chores with a cautious eye as moist […]

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5 Historic Arts and Crafts Homes With a Twist

The Arts and Crafts movement is often recognized as the architectural movement that was contemporary that was global. With each country having distinct names and variations of this style, Arts and Crafts prospered equally in Europe, Britain, the USA and Australia. When Arts and Crafts appeared in Australia in the late 19th century, the country […]

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3 Exotic Flowers From the Southern African Wild

About a decade ago, fresh from school and recently empowered by a summer of gardening work, I put off to get an internship in the famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, in Cape Town, South Africa. I might have returned totally broke and overly tanned, but this three-month remain proven to be unforgettable. For this day […]

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Stretch Your Design Possibilities With Polyester

This substance surely has its upsides though polyester has gotten lots of flack before. While we often associate it with ’70s-style clothing, today’s polyester is used for everything from outdoor fabric to pillow stuffing to window panes. You’d be amazed at the pros of polyester — find out here, and see more about that which […]

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Shower Lights Bathe Bathrooms in Brightness

Shower lighting generally gets little attention compared with lighting in the remainder of the house. But don’t make this mistake — even the easiest lighting may add such pleasure and glow to your everyday routine. The ideal light can break or make a toilet, and too often the topic is given no more idea than […]

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Fantastic Design Plant: Noell's Grevillea

While grevilleahails out of Australia, Grevillea ‘Noellii’ calls California home. This fine-foliaged evergreen shrub thrives in hot, coastal and arid locations and keeps a tasteful and airy garden existence year-round, displaying petite floral ornaments soon after holiday decorations are stowed. Monrovia Botanical name:Grevillea ‘Noellii’Common names: Noel’s grevillea, hummingbird bush, California grevilleaUSDA zones: 8 to 10; […]

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