Mike Dirnt, bassist for the band Green Day, is ready to beat it out of two coastal California neighborhoods. He's put homes in Newport Beach and Montecito on the market for $3.8 million and $4.8 million, respectively.
It looks like it would gobble up an unsuspecting pollinator but instead the pouch called a labellum is simply nature's method of getting a pollination program underway. The pollinator flies into the pouch and most likely finds it a little work to escape all the while either picking up pollen or making a deposit before finding freedom. This wonder of nature occurs in lady slipper orchids which is a spectacle that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
The English cottage garden began as a worker's garden. These were country folks who served on grand estates or farmed small plots in the countryside. In this incredible climate, the workers planted everything they thought beautiful, oblivious of horticultural fashion of the day. Inevitably, they selected flowers that brightened life after the long English winters. Annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees that produced the most glorious color were the most favored. This suggests that at our human roots lies a need for flowers as solace to the disappointments of life.
In the realm of good-looking grasses, Miscanthus has long held a certain pride of place. In 1893, the cover of Gardening magazine, published in Chicago, featured a border of hardy grasses – variegated Japanese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'), zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'), fountain grass (Pennisetum) and giant reed (Arundo donax).
You can see why Stuart McLeod didn't give up on this prime slice of Kirkland real estate: On the water side, skinny sailboat masts bob like dancing exclamation points all along glittery Lake Washington. On the street side, it's a leisurely mere-minutes commute – on foot – to the two downtown restaurants McLeod owns, Hector's and Milagro Cantina.
Looking for a fun, easy and chic DIY? Well look no further! Transform your white coffee mug into a one-of-a-kind statement piece. Here's a super easy technique that will transform it with a trendy faux marble look.
From flowers to fashion and home furnishings, spring is a time for soft, muted colors. Pastels are a popular choice, whether pink, blue, green, purple or yellow. What is appealing to many homeowners about pastel colors relates to the soft, soothing environments they help create. Pastel colors also pair well with other colors, especially neutrals such as cream, white, taupe, brown and even black.
Great storage solutions are born in one of two ways: in a frantic effort to make sense of an ever-expanding universe of things, or as a surrender to the knowledge that space is, in the end, limited. In the case of most of our houses – and particularly our kitchens – that limitation seems to be more stringent than ever. There are only so many pots, pans, paring knives and gadgets that can fit.
Dan and I love to entertain at our home. When we lived in our grand old Greek revival in Atchison, Kan., welcoming large groups was no big deal. But our snug little lake cottage where we live now just doesn't have the space for big gatherings. So when we renovated the house, we decided to make the most of our outdoor spaces so the party could spill outside.
Q: Dear Ed: We're planning to remodel our tiny kitchen. We can only fit a smaller size one-bowl kitchen sink, but I'd like to have some extra features. I remember reading your past articles where you mentioned adding a filtered beverage faucet to your kitchen sink. I like the idea of having filtered water for beverages and cooking, but I don't want to clutter my small sink area with two faucets. Do they make versatile kitchen faucets that also work like beverage faucets?
Increasingly minimal interiors have been dominating decor trend reports for a while now, but as we all know, the pendulum always has to swing back the other way at some point. We started seeing a glimpse of this shift in aesthetics on NYFW's F/W 17 runways and predicted interiors would follow suit. In the last month, this sentiment has only been confirmed with the proliferation of ultra-cool traditionalist interiors popping up everywhere.
The color purple has evolved well beyond links to Barney the dinosaur to become a favorite color for politics, hair and flowers. It's little understood as a hue because royal purple is not the only shade offered. In fact, purple has two faces. It runs hot and cold. It is the high frequency child of two primary colors.
This house, with its smooth white stucco walls, circular auto court and blood-red metal sculpture at the entrance, is a love letter to international modern design. It's also a psalm to minimalism and open-concept living.
There is an inferno of color this spring coming from a coleus that has a lot going for it. The Inferno coleus is relatively new, but already it has heads turning especially when you consider that in the University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, and Michigan State trials it was total perfection.