A handsome four-poster bed is the focal point of the master suite of Southern Living‘s Athens Idea House. Plaid silk bedding and silk drapes add luxurious softness to the dark furnishings. The blue walls and warm vanilla armchairs repeat the colors found in the home’s main gathering areas.
A home is supposed to be a comfortable abode for both you and your guests. To make your house comfortable, you can buy accessories that match your furniture, your budget, and of course, your sense of design.
One of the most popular accessories to buy for any home is Throws and pillows. These can be draped or placed on beds or cover sofas to add life and colour to any living space. Use a throw to cover the sofa so that it remains clean and lasts a longer time; they’re also ideal for hiding any stains or marks.
In the process, they can also add some additional colour to your living room or bedroom. Read more…
A few years ago my in-laws moved into a new construction home in a new neighborhood. The house and yard are fabulous. Off the back of their house, they have a lovely covered porch that opens up to a nice deck. On the far end of the deck, there are a few stairs that lead out into the yard. It’s a great space to sit and enjoy a drink and some appetizers, but at night, it was a little unsafe. The neighborhood they live in doesn’t have a lot of street light that spills over into their yard, so when the sun goes down, it’s dark. You can barely see the stairs that lead to the yard, until we urged them to add outdoor deck lighting.
Sure footing is important in any space, but when it involves older people or children and changes in elevation, it becomes even more important. When
Winter is the perfect time to think about planning your garden. It won’t be long before spring is in the air and flowers will be blooming. Whether you’re looking to add beauty, curb appeal or a habitat for song birds and butterflies, using native plants is the way to go.
- They contribute to biodiversity and a balanced ecosystem. By using native plants, you provide food and habitat that support populations of our beneficial insects (honey bees, butterflies and other bugs), as well as birds and other wildlife. When invasive plants take over and push native plants out, there’s a lack of food for beneficial species. This leads to a reduction in their populations which, in turn, leads to more pest problems.
- Native plants and biodiversity protect water resources and soil, absorb pollution and help the environment recover from natural and human disturbances. Native plants are well-suited for your region and require less maintenance and water. Plus, they typically don’t need any chemical additions like fertilizers.
- Native plants and grasses can replace non-native turf grass that consumes vast amounts of water, fertilizer, weed-killer and pesticides. Plus, the shallow roots of grass lawns contribute to storm-water runoff where chemical applications run off lawns into our waterways and cause numerous problems. Native plants and grasses have deep roots that allow rainwater to be absorbed into the ground where it can replenish our depleted aquifers.
- Rain Gardens
- Shady, Woodland Gardens
- Sunny Meadows
- Butterfly/Hummingbird Gardens
- Formal or Informal Gardens
A great resource is PlantNative.org where you’ll find a directory of native plant nurseries, regional plant lists and tutorials that teach how to create a native landscape. You’ll also find a list of community service organizations and professionals to help you create the garden of your dreams.
A good place to shop is at your local nursery/garden center, and I’m not talking about the big box stores, as they have very limited selections of native plants. You can also purchase small plants and seeds online. The Arbor Day Foundation offers low prices on trees and shrubs, most of which are native.
For Pennsylvania residents, free landscape planting plans are available through iConservePA. Their website displays helpful garden templates, showing types and arrangement of plants.
Another rewarding way to learn about native plants is to volunteer for your local arboretum, botanical garden, university, organization or company that specializes in native plants.
The head office of this agency is articulated through modular elements, glass partitions and integrated furniture. The facilities include offices, classrooms, workshops and a multipurpose hall.
This foundation is located on the central business district of Beijing. The center, hosting administrative and cultural activities, has a simple character combining form with colorful elements.
From the entrance, where the reception desk and a waiting area are located, the spaces are arranged along a central corridor defined by varying ceiling heights. The natural eastern light is softened through translucent glass partitions and doors.
The materials used in the project include light wooden floors and neutral plaster on walls and ceiling.
What’s that old saying? Necessity is the mother of all invention? In this case, the necessity was ‘erasing’ a chandelier that had fallen out of favor with its owner, Amanda. Ultimately, she embraced her inner inventor and turned a hula-hoop into a barrel shade to cleverly hide the chandelier. Besides the hoop and her sewing machine, Amanda used a section of burlap, some wire and ribbon to create the new shade. Very clever! To see how to she did it, visit Burlap and Denim to see the entire tutorial.
Before they are even born, we are planning their own little domains. The all important nursery colours! Do we choose pink or blue ?With a lot of new parents not wishing to know the sex of their new child, this is an all important decision. Why not plump for the most timeless and versatile colourwhite.
The nursery is usually one of the smallest bedrooms in the home and as everyone knows white enhances both the overall feeling of size and wellbeing. A range of white furniture suitable for all the new arrivals needs is not only practical but easy on the eye. Any additional colour is offered to the room by the huge numbers of cuddly toys always present!
As baby grows, his needs change in many ways. Primarily, his sleeping arrangements change too. He will need a bigger bed and this may have been easily converted from his young cot.