No matter where you go this summer the tropical look will be hot, and one of the key ingredients for this Caribbean style garden is the elephant ear, the drama queen of the landscape. With leaves that defy logic for their size and proportion vs. other plants it's not hard to see why this plant is so loved by Southern gardeners. It is not uncommon to see 6-foot tall plants with 3-foot leaves on petioles reaching 4-feet.
HIGH POINT, N.C. - Meghan Trainor may not have been singing about furniture, but her hit "All About That Bass" turned out to be prescient at the recent spring High Point Market. Across the 11.5 million square feet of home furnishings showroom space in 180 buildings, it was evident bottoms are tops.
LAS VEGAS - The brothers are outside shootin' hoops and talkin' trash, like guys in most any suburban backyard across the U.S. - or even Canada. Because these guys are the "Property Brothers," Drew and Jonathan Scott, 36-year-old identical twins from British Columbia who have become HGTV's hottest property as they salvage cast-off dumps for TV clients.
LOS ANGELES - Leading man Jason Statham has bought the family home of fashion designer Jenni Kayne and her husband, real estate agent Richard Ehrlich, for $12.995 million. The Beverly Hills house was on the market for only five days before the action star clinched the deal.
Floor poufs are one of my favorite trends right now. They are a fun option for extra seating or a comfy place to rest your feet at the end of the day. A pouf done up in bold colors is the perfect accent to any room. In pink ikat florals, orange geos and an appliqued elephant, this pouf really pops!
Lots of people planted their front-entry and patio pots recently. I wasn't one of them, but I've started buying plants and thinking about how I'm going to combine them to make this year's container gardens my best yet.
Years ago I wrote a column about critters like reptiles and rodents climbing into drain piping systems and ending up in toilets. After that I received lots of letters from homeowners sharing similar experiences. I recently stumbled across that long lost pile of letters and thought it would be fun to occasionally run some of these stories. So please enjoy Ed's "Tails from the toilet."
After a long day at work, my bedroom is my retreat. I snuggle up in bed and lose myself in a good book or the latest decorating magazine. The key to turning your bedroom into an oasis that fills you up is to start with a dreamy bed. Too often, when we decorate we spend all our time and budget making the more public spaces in our home lovely, but then short change ourselves when it comes to decorating our own bedrooms. But I've found that waking up in a beautiful bed is the ideal way to start and end your day. Here, are the four steps we always follow when we make our dream beds:
Q: I need to replace the steps in my garage to sell my home. I can do woodworking, but I need to know how to meet the safety standards the buyers are asking for. The house floor is three concrete blocks higher than the garage floor. Is this enough information?
A planted dry streambed is the perfect alternative to lawn, but if you don't understand the natural process behind rivers, yours will never look great. Thanks to technology, Google Earth allows everyone to study real river bed models from a bird's-eye view. Aerial imagery in the dry Western states shows in real terms the dynamics of water flow and the way it influences how erosion creates the dry riverbed.