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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living

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    Most of us want the entrance to our homes to let visitors know we’re glad to see them. But how do we achieve that? One way is by paying close attention to the design of the front stoop. The word stoop refers to the steps and landing before an entry door. Stoops came to America by way […]

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  • 09/12/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Gardenia
  • Gardenia, Gardenia jasminoides: “Heaven Scent” You know how certain smells can take you back to a specific (and I hope good) time and place? Gardenias do that for me. My grandmother lived in Pasadena, California, where as a child I visited with my family visited every summer. Near her back porch happily lived a row […]

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    Welcome to the Garden Decoder, a new column in which I define gardening terms, both rarely heard and commonly bandied about, that have me scratching my head. To call me a novice gardener is a compliment (see last week’s Your First Garden: What You Need to Know About Topsoil for proof), but I have a feeling […]

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    Calling all late-season loungers: A deck or patio will beckon in cool weather if it has versatile furnishings—such as a pair of folding canvas camp stools that can do double duty as seating or side tables. We recently admired the interiors of NYC interior designer Ellen Hamilton’s remodeled Martha’s Vineyard beach cottage on Remodelista. Now let’s take […]

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    The California coast beckoned, and the Remodelista editors found themselves basking in sun and surf this week. Here are five favorite design ideas they found to steal. Perfect Potted Plants See more ideas in 10 Easy Pieces: Perennials for the Seaside Garden and for more of this garden (and a look at interiors with what […]

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    We all should paint our dining rooms to match our gardens, especially during tomato season. That’s the first lesson I learned from this week’s beautiful harvest dinner envisioned by the team at David Stark Design. But the real genius of the latest project we’re publishing from the Stark Design team is its simplicity. Tabletop tomatoes stacked […]

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    From a legendary UK gardener’s visit across the pond to glamping in Sonoma, here are nine things on our radar this weekend. Terrain in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, is hosting legendary UK gardener Fergus Garrett, head gardener at the Great Dixter estate in East Sussex, at two events this upcoming week; get more info on the lecture […]

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    Moon gardening is an age-old technique based on a simple idea: The gravitational pull of the earth affects water levels in the earth as well as in the oceans. Just as tides rise and fall as the moon waxes and wanes, so do levels of water underground (and even levels inside plants), the theory goes. […]

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    Making use of scrap wood and scavenged reclaimed materials (including, when appropriate, leather from World War II gun holsters), Philadelphia-based designers Margaux and Walter Kent are neo-homesteaders who create the kind of products for their Peg & Awl line that they would use themselves. We particularly like their frontier-style garden journals, fashioned from hardwood covers, […]

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    Gardenista editor in chief Michelle Slatalla’s house has been begging for a paint job ever since the holiday season a few years back, when she used dabs of silicone to attach twinkly lights to the facade. (When the strings of lights came down, so did chips of paint.) Back-t0-school season is a great time to […]

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    As winter approaches and the storm season sets in, it’s time to install or upgrade your front door’s storm glass. Most readily available storm doors come in cheaper aluminum, PVC, or fiberglass, but it’s said that a well-finished wood storm door can last up to 50 years. Here are our favorite options, all fairly minimal […]

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    Here’s to all the hipsteaders who’ve gone back to the land to farm (and post on their Instagram accounts), as well as to all seasonal settlers and weekend escapees who’ve left city life behind part-time. From the Cotswolds to the Catskills to the California coast, they’ve changed our ideas about organic gardening, farming, and country curb appeal. Here […]

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  • 09/19/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Morning Glory
  • Morning Glory, Ipomoea, “Back-to-School Vine” Morning glory, with its heart-shaped leaves and delicate trumpet-shaped blooms, is such a familiar plant that it is easy to forget how useful and stunning it can be in the garden. Beyond that, it is almost effortless to grow and, except for the possibility of annoying reseeding (more on that […]

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    I don’t know why the volume of autumn leaves that fell onto our yard that first fall in our new home was such a surprise. We had moved to a town called Maplewood, after all—not to mention what had drawn us to the area was a noteworthy abundance of “grandfather” trees. When the first leaves fell, […]

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  • 09/20/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Oleander
  • Oleander, Nerium oleander “Oleander” rhymes with “I can’t stand her,” as anyone familiar with the lyrics of Steely Dan’s “My Old School” knows. Great rhyme, guys, and just so you know, I’ve been unable to get it out of my mind for the past four decades. So, thanks for the song. And thanks for the […]

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    Rustic elegance is on the Remodelista editors’ radar this week, as they visit modern homesteads to gather new ideas for showcasing old materials and vintage styles. Brick Backdrop With our partner Gobrick.com, we’ve come up with five new reasons to admire brick, and to consider using it as a building material: Durable, Sustainable, and Timeless: 5 […]

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    A family of four escapes the city to live off the land on a homestead complete with cows, chickens, ducks, pigs, and an overflowing edible garden. This is a familiar fantasy—you may have imagined it, and I do often, lying awake at night to name my fictive cows. But few of us turn the dream into reality by decamping to the country with children […]

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    A new way to get your Christmas tree, a tree farm transformed, and more, on our radar this week. The Olmsted Papers: how America’s greatest landscape designer got the idea for New York’s Central Park. Extreme landscape makeover (you’ll never recognize this former Christmas tree farm). Attention, Lakewood, Colorado readers: get your free mulch this […]

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    What’s on the horizon for outdoor and indoor gardens for fall 2018 (and beyond)? Here are eight landscape, garden, and floral design ideas we’re admiring: British Petunias Purple planting palettes are among our favorites (watch for our upcoming post on surprising ways to mix shades purple flowers in a garden bed). Thanks to UK-based plant […]

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  • 09/24/18--01:00: 5 Favorites: Rain Gauges
  • What’s in the weather forecast for this fall? Rain, we hope. Here in northern California we can’t get enough. How much water does your garden get? Whether you live in a wet or dry climate, it’s useful to measure rainfall. A low-tech rain gauge that will let you know if it’s time to adjust your […]

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