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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living

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    Classic roll-arm sofa, check. Proper bedside reading light, check. A new, soothing shade of paint from Farrow & Ball on the walls, check. The Remodelista editors embraced English influences in interior design this week. Here are five ideas to steal: Bedside Reading Light Light layering is crucial in a bedroom, writes Janet: ” Dark bedrooms are […]

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    Gardens take a darker turn as we head into our All Hallows’ Eve week. Here are 13 things to know about this weekend: Just in time for Halloween: IVs for dehydrated houseplants. On our reading list: Terrain’s new book will be published October 23. Psychedelic desert: an exhibit at the Phoenix botanical garden shows cactus […]

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    First, a disclaimer. No houseplants were harmed in the creation of this post. Well, at least not fatally. But we did force them to dress in creepy costumes for Halloween, despite knowing they’d rather be growing outdoors in their native climates (for most of them, that would be the tropics). Tough job, being a houseplant. […]

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    Opera singer Lina Cavalieri had a face that haunted Italian artist Piero Fornasetti, prompting him to put it on more than 500 of his designs. You can see her looking back at you from wallpaper, dishes, and scented candles. And now she also can gaze at you, unblinking, from a porcelain vase sitting on your […]

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    Seen from the street, a gingerbread Victorian cottage near Melbourne, Australia hides its secret: a streamlined rear extension with a sleekly modern silhouette. The challenge for landscape architect Ben Scott of Ben Scott Garden Design was to create a garden to connect the two faces of the facade. The result is a front garden with irresistible curb […]

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    Good for locking up a storage shed or side gate, the hasp latch slides shut and secures with a padlock. Like most hardware that we like, our favorites come from classic companies like Sugatsune and marine supply sources; here are our 10 picks. For more on garden gates and gate latches see our posts: Hardware […]

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    Bittersweet vines, a smothering menace of unsuspecting American gardens and woodland edges, has a cousin at Oxford University. Celastrus orbicalutus has been adding medieval atmosphere to the hallowed quads of Magdalen College for many years. They are referred to by head gardener Claire Shepherd as “monsters,” their gothic shapes enhanced through creative cloud pruning. Let’s walk on […]

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  • 10/24/18--01:00: 10 Easy Pieces: Pitchforks
  • In addition to being an excellent accessory for your Halloween devil’s costume, a pitchfork is the perfect tool to turn compost or to toss a mulch of straw onto your edible garden. A pitchfork’s slender, curved tines are better suited to tossing than to most digging chores. (See Best Tools: 10 Favorite Garden Forks for […]

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    Let’s talk about biennials. A few springs ago, I planted a couple of foxglove plants. If you’ve been reading my Garden Decoder or Your First Garden posts, you know that plants, in general, don’t seem to like me very much. But those foxgloves, man, they adored me. They grew fast and strong, presenting me with […]

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    To the genius who invented the idea of bringing flower bulbs indoors to force them to bloom in winter months: Thank you for figuring out how to fill the house with color and scent in cold months. Maybe your forced bulb of choice is amaryllis, hyacinth, paperwhite, or tulip. In any case, nothing could be […]

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    This week the Remodelista editors went to the dark side. Here are five favorite design ideas they found: Bewitched Brooms “A humble household object, bewitched in fairytales, becomes display-worthy decor in a few of the homes we’ve featured over the years,” writes Kristina. See more in The Witching Hour: 10 Times a Broom Doubled as Decor, […]

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    A few years ago I called Francis Mallmann, the eccentric Argentinian chef who lives on an island in remote Patagonia, from my office in New York. The interview was supposed to be about pasta—a chorizo and gnocchi dish he’d created for Food & Wine—but Mallmann kept coming out with wisdom about how to live a […]

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    How to use every part of your pumpkin, a dark DIY bouquet, and eight other things to know about this weekend. Take note: ‘Tis the season: toasted pumpkin seeds, three ways. And: a DIY black thistle bouquet for late fall. A new kind of biodegradable paper designed with bees in mind, honey flower seeds included. Plus, 5 […]

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    In case you are wondering, the weather on Mallorca can be quite pleasant in October. In November too. Enjoy it vicariously with a visit to the sunny gardens of a 300-year-old palazzo in Felanitx, which has medieval architecture dating to the 1200s (and is a 10-minute drive from Portocolom and one of the area’s loveliest […]

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    To be filed under clever design ideas: a galvanized-wire topiary frame with hinged panels to make it easy to train a shrub to grow into a cone shape: See more tips for care and pruning at Boxwood: A Field Guide to Planting, Care & Design and some of our favorite evergreen alternatives to box in our […]

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    We have the 19th-century Parisian urban planner Georges-Eugène Haussmann to thank for our ideas about how a Parisian balcony should look:a  graceful filigree railing set against a facade of cut stonework, with sweeping views of the grand boulevards below and pretty potted plants spilling over with flowering vines. Haussmann’s vision of an airy Napoleonic city […]

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    I’m known for being color-averse, particularly when it comes to things in and around my home. It’s all white linens and black steel lights and concrete patio furniture. Then I traveled through France and Italy for five months and started a love affair with the color sage green. It all started with the iconic Fermob […]

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    There’s a reason you cannot walk past a florist’s shop in Paris without tripping over a metal flower bucket or two. The galvanized pails are weather-resistant and available in a variety of shapes (there’s a perfect size for every stem).  Here are five of our favorites: Looking for a vase? For more of our favorites, […]

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  • 10/31/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Basket Grass
  • Basket Grass, Lomandra: “Your Best Mate” I’m not much for tough guys; I prefer the sensitive artist type—except when it comes to perennial grasses. I admit to liking leafy ones that can hold their own, take care of themselves, not fuss and can just…deal. This is why I use Australia native Lomandra in so many […]

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    We have a beautiful dogwood in our front yard. Like the other few plants on our property that are actually thriving, this tree was here long before we arrived—and long before I started gardening (or what I like to call, killing plants with my good intentions). Trouble is, an arborist recently told me that our […]

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