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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living

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    A February thaw teased the Remodelista editors with visions of spring—and spring cleaning—this week. And why not? With a little sleuthing, the mundane can be elevated to magnificent. See our editors’ favorite design-worthy dish soaps, trash cans, and tips for patching and painting nail holes. Goodbye, Nail Holes Nail holes, begone. How to get back to […]

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    Sempervivums, which are a type of succulents, are the topic today as we continue on our mission to keep our succulents alive and happy indoors and out. The first step to taking good care of a houseplant is to identify it—and in our previous installment of our Succulents Explained series, we vowed to go beyond […]

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    What we’re taking note of this week, from a master class with a gardening rock star to a luxurious plant-fiber scrub towel and more. Now you can take design lessons from landscape designer Piet Oudolf himself, plus get a bird’s-eye view of his most well-known work: New York City’s High Line park. Alexa’s late-winter obsession […]

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    With a remodel and a garden design project under way, I’ve been researching how to simplify garden maintenance and cut back on water usage. And I keep hearing more and more about the advantages of decomposed granite. Why? It turns out that in many ways decomposed granite (or DG, as it’s commonly called) is the ideal […]

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    Whoever invented the window box deserves a Nobel Prize, even if it means creating a new awards category. A simple wooden planter mounted on the wall is equally useful to an urban gardener with no other outdoor space and to the owner of a sprawling estate: Who doesn’t like to look through the window to […]

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    Buttermilk biscuits with chive butter, egg salad with ribbons of tarragon, iced tea with fresh mint. There are many reasons to love fresh herbs. Sadly, as a city dweller living in a Brooklyn apartment without bright sun, I always figured that I wouldn’t be able to grow my own. Welcome to Throwback Sundays: Readers’ Favorite Posts […]

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  • 02/25/18--23:00: Gardening 101: Hyssop
  • Hyssop, Hyssopus officinalis: “Ancient Herb, New Friend“ Hyssop is not the most commonly grown herb. Others such as oregano and mint usually win the popularity contests. But that doesn’t have to be. A perennial herb, hyssop has a beautiful dark green color and a compact, bushy habit. With small, pointed leaves and charming flower spikes, […]

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    Eggs already come in what is surely one of nature’s most inspired versions of packaging. But how to create a container that improves upon the familiar pulp or plastic carton? Catherine (Caity) Delphia is a Johns Hopkins–trained medical illustrator and graphic designer who also is a passionate chicken farmer. She and her partner, Aaron Dunn, […]

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    In 2014 when Chris Adjani and Aria Alpert Adjani stumbled upon a forgotten and unloved former vineyard on Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg, California, the couple knew they’d found the perfect place to create a new kind of membership-based modern farm. The idea behind Noci Sonoma was simple: to celebrate the land by planting gardens and a […]

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  • 02/26/18--23:00: Gardening 101: Chamomile
  • Chamomile, Matricaria chamomilla: “Calming Companion” Chamomile is truly a plant with a purpose. Dating to ancient times, its usefulness as a medicinal herb is well documented. And while most people immediately associate chamomile with the calming tea made from the herb, the plant’s cheery, daisy flowers make it a rewarding ornamental plant in a garden bed […]

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    Winter doesn’t have to mean turning from your fresh herb garden to the dried herb section at the market. Be your own Spice Islands. Preserve your own herbs with one of the oldest methods around: drying. Here’s a roundup of our favorite herb drying racks. N.B.: Ready to design and plant a spring herb garden? […]

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    A plant-based diet is good for anybody. And who better than chefs to know the ins and outs of incorporating edibles into any garden design? From the idyllic eight-acre gardens at the restored Cape Dutch farm and hotel Babylonstoren (as shown above) to a newly planted courtyard garden in Berlin (below), we’re gleaning tips and […]

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    Our favorite outdoor kitchen design of all time? We devoted a chapter in our Gardenista book to Netherlands-based WWOO Kitchens (now available in the US) and here’s why: Dutch designer Piet-Jan van den Kommer and his business partner, Martijn Vree, have created a thriving enterprise around a streamlined design for a plein air kitchen made […]

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  • 02/28/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Dill
  • Dill, Anethum graveolens: “Ancient Aromatic” I can’t count how many times I have stood over a green, ferny plant and asked, “Is this dill or fennel?” The solution is to pinch off a leaf and smell it—a telltale giveaway. Dill’s feathery leaves resemble fennel but —thank goodness—its flavor is very distinct. Dill, to me, has […]

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    “Vegetable-based pasta” is technically a misnomer. The word “pasta” has etymologic roots in a 19th-century Italian description of wheat paste, after all. But that hasn’t stopped hordes of plant-based alt-noodle brands from cropping up, their boxes adorned with lofty promises like “twice the protein” and “half the carbs” and “you’ll kick this rigatoni addiction yet, […]

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    Terroir-blazing forager and botanical alchemist Pascal Baudar has written a thirst-quenching new book. The subtitle of  sums it up: Creating Unique Drinks and Boozy Concoctions from Nature’s Ingredients. The pages are dedicated to feral, inspired libations and are alive with the spirit of his first book, The New Wildcrafted Cuisine, which introduced readers to the […]

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    The beauty of steeping tea in a glass pot is manifold: You’ll always know how strong your tea is, you can see how much you have left, and—as illustrated in today’s story on Tisanes—you’ll get get to watch as mint, orange peel, lavender, or pansies transform plain water into a colorful, delicate brew. Here are […]

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    The world’s first cup of tea was a fluke. Emperor Shen Nung sat beneath a Camellia sinensis shrub on a windy day in 2737 B.C., and when he looked down into his boiling water after a particularly hearty gust, he noticed that several leaves had blown in, creating a home-grown infusion—or so the story goes. […]

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    If you want to get technical, the reason a classic picnic table looks the way it does—with splayed legs and cross braces— is because the original was designed to support the weight of attached benches. We like the splayed look but prefer to have the freedom to pull up benches or chairs as needed. (In […]

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    This week the Remodelista editors borrowed ideas from Berlin and beyond. Here are five of their favorite German design trends to import: German-Made Kitchen Tools Cooktops on Wheels Euro-Style Floor Finishes Hardwood floor owner, take note:  For a “European-style” finish, apply a light coat of oil or an oil-wax product. (The formula is based on natural oil—such […]

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