8 Perennials for Great Fall Colour

Out here on the prairie, trees have been relegated to cities, cities and river bottoms. Stand upon a bluff overlooking the Missouri River valley in eastern Nebraska, and the tree color is magnificent well into late October and early November. If you squint just tough enough and trick back some warm apple cider, then you […]

Dutch Architects Balance the Familiar and the Avant-Garde

The avant-garde Dutch architecture firm MVRDV (an initialism of the names of the founding members, Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries) has handled a wide selection of projects, by a doghouse and individuals houses to entire sections of cities in and outside of the Netherlands. Research is the consistency in the company’s […]

11 Ways to Wake Up a Walk-in Pantry

Do you ever open your walk-in or closet-style pantry and believe, “I am so uninspired”? Add some vibrant character to this pantry and you might end up opening up the doorway in an entirely different frame of mind. Even the best-laid-out pantries could be a missed layout chance if they are all white. Sure, white […]

10 Things to Ask Your Contractor Before You Begin Your Job

Remodeling or building a new home is a large financial and emotional investment. Additionally, it may be a large investment of your time if you want to be closely engaged in the decision-making. Knowing what to expect before the project gets started will help you better prepare for the process. Here are 10 questions you […]

8 Ways to Present Your Entryway Summery Goodness

Coming home to some new, inspiring entry with signals of summer on screen is a fantastic way to downshift from a hectic day or even week. Embrace that simple, summery feeling the minute you step through the door by making a few adjustments to your entry. Here are eight methods to do just that. Chango […]

Research Jim Olson's Art in Architecture

Architect Jim Olson has long researched and enhanced the diverse connections between home and nature through art and an artful approach to architecture. His strategy has made him among the Pacific Northwest’s most significant architects, well worth a career retrospective and companion publication. The exhibition Jim Olson: Art in Architecture runs through June 9, 2013, […]

Salvage Spotlight: Warehouse Windows Become a Storage Screen

Designer Michael Stout and his roommates had a love-hate relationship using the original windows in their loft, at the East Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York. “I loved the variety and uniqueness of every pane, in addition to the feeling of history embedded into them,” Stout says. So did place scouts; along with drawing retailers […]

13 Strategies for Making a Large Room Feel Comfortable

It’s easy to pine for a larger space when you’re living in a teensy one, however, big chambers pose a few of their own challenges, and that’s what we will be handling today. Whether you live in a loft, possess a living space with extremely substantial ceilings or merely have a great deal of space […]

House, Meet Landscape: How Integrated Gardens Came to Be

While I think of this sway British garden layout has had on gardens across the Western world, cottage gardens and Arts and Crafts gardens come to mind. But the origins of some contemporary garden features can be traced even further back — to the 18th century and the English landscape landscapes of William Kent, Humphrey […]

Great Design Plant: Catalina Ironwood

Native to the dry, lonely islands off Southern California, Catalina ironwood is similar to a shaggy, well-worn page out of California history. It is a striking tree with the peely-bark look of an antique relic — perfect for a low-water, natural landscape. But at a much more formal, amazing setting, it’s as out of place […]

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