Tropical Style

Northeast Gardener's August Checklist

The final month of summer is bittersweet, even though I’m swatting mosquitoes left and right as I weed in my shade garden. With significant rains in the Northeast in June and July, the mosquitoes are especially awful in August. Many homeowners are visiting the harmful effects of storms dirt driveways that are partly washed out, […]

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Tropical Style

Fantastic Design Plant: Coreopsis Tripteris

On occasion a garden that’s filled with crops of similar heights, especially those lower than 3 feet, can become drab. Add flair with tall tickseed (Coreopsis tripteris), a long-blooming, heat-loving, butterfly-calling skyscraper. Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens Botanical name: Coreopsis tripterisCommon name: Tall tickseed, tall coreopsisOrigin: Native in areas from the central and southern Great […]

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Eclectic Homes

Cool Tip: Mimic Stain Using a DIY Color Wash

Very few folks dislike the look of stained wood. It enriches the beauty of the grain and above time patinates into a rich sheen that entices you to run your fingers throughout the wood’s surface. However, the process of applying an oil-based stain is really a chore. First you will find the fumes, which need […]

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Color

13 All-White Bathrooms With Clean and Classic Style

Baths will be the lowest priced rooms in the home for most of us. In addition they need the maximum upkeep and cleaning. That is part of why white is so seductive in a bathroom: It produces an awareness of space, and it looks bright and clean. But there are additional reasons to appreciate the […]

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Decorating Guides

Weekend Project: Reinvent a Wine Crate

Sometimes a large DIY project just isn’t what the day requires. Should you want a quick DIY fix, look no further than an affordable wine cage. Imagine what you can do using a neat little box that may have traveled from abroad and smells of walnut. Here are the steps that led me. The trepidation. […]

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Tropical Style

Monochromatic Garden Magic Done 7 Ways

Does your lawn resemble a jar of jumbled jelly beans — wildly colorful but with no true awareness of cohesive layout? Try toning things down with a monochromatic color scheme. Select just 1 color but utilize an assortment of tints, shades and hues — for example, light blue, rich cobalt and blue-purple. Far from being […]

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Crafts

3 Easy Crafts for a Glittery Woodland Holiday Display

We’d been eyeing designer candles in patterned metallics annually when we realized we can make our own for a good deal less. Simple white pillar candles in glass jars in the grocery store and leftover pieces of Christmas tree trunk are perfect candidates for a vacation overhaul. For some extra colour on your display, treat […]

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