Whenever you disturb a lot of ground, there's an opportunity to sow wildflowers for beauty and erosion control. Flowers such as the red European corn poppy made the battlefields bloom bright red after the World War I armistice to germinate in a single massive display. The ground, pocked with excavated trenches, bomb craters and vehicle tracks allowed so much dormant seed to sprout that it became a symbol of veteran sacrifice. When your yard or property is torn up for any reason, that's the ideal time to sow not just for a spring flower show, but to help stabilize the soil against erosion by rain and runoff.
While some interior designers like Nate Berkus famously steer clear of trends when decorating, we still love to report on trends like we would baseball scores - much to the fascination of industry insiders and homeowners alike. But why are trends so fascinating to us? Perhaps it's caused by a fear of getting left behind by choosing a dark glossy floor for our next renovations when the trends are actually shifting toward light colors and matte shades. Or maybe it's because everything that's once new ends up feeling old - and conversely, everything that's old feels new again. So we turn to the designers and makers at the cutting edge of innovation to inspire us and make our tired decor choices feel new again.
Beige doesn't have to be boring. In fact, neutral color palettes can create the perfect foundation for a bold color palette. One of the reasons why neutral is so appealing is the colors blend well with other colors. Like a blank canvas, working with a neutral color palette will allow you to build a color story.
Q: Dear Ed: I am planning a new bathroom and want to include natural stone sinks in my budget. All I care about is the sinks are natural stone, so I am open to style suggestions. What types of stone bathroom sinks have you installed and what do you like?
My sister, Judy, and I were in our PJs, snuggled under Pendleton blankets, savoring steaming cups of coffee. It was a rare moment of post-holidays quiet, and we were thoroughly enjoying doing nothing but catching up on each other's lives.
HUNTS POINT, Wash. - At first glance, even from a distance, Mark and Daryl Russinovich's distinctive Hunts Point home expresses artful design: Dark steel joins sturdy stone, muted stucco and etched matte glass in a strikingly contemporary interpretation of midcentury-modern architecture, horizontal planes tossing straight-edged shadows beneath the relaxed branches of longstanding trees.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - La Casa del Camino in Laguna Beach has maintained the old-world charm that drew Hollywood celebrities looking for a beachfront retreat in the 1930s. The Spanish Mediterranean exterior, with cream-colored stucco walls and red tile roof, fronts South Coast Highway. Inside, the cozy fireplace, large wooden ceiling beams and old-fashioned chandeliers bring visitors back to 1929, when the hotel designed by city councilman and artist William W. Riddell opened.
Forget about fake news it's fake flowers that have my attention. Actually, they are not fake; they are the brilliantly colorful primula. Recently, the astonishing color and beauty had passersby gawking in amazement.
Q: I recently had a new fence installed, and I am pretty unhappy about it. The wood quality is terrible, as if they used seconds. The salesman said this is the way the fence should look. I have only paid half the total cost. Should I ask them to repair/replace anything before I pay the balance?
SEATTLE - You really shouldn't ignore a genuine light-bulb moment - that "Eureka!" shriek of insight and vision, a gift of rare inspiration. And when that moment materializes in the form of two black-and-white lamps, which actually hold light bulbs ... well. That is about as literal a nudge as you're going to get.
If you notice a burning smell when the heat turns on, your furnace might need maintenance. It could be something as minor as a dirty filter, but could also be a serious problem, like a broken electrical component in the furnace. Don't ignore it. Try to find the source to avoid costly repairs.