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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living
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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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    A small newspaper ad caught the eye of art dealer Judith Pillsbury 45 years ago while she was hunting for an apartment in Paris. Truthfully? It would have gotten anyone’s attention. The ad in Le Monde described a sprawling four-bedroom flat, on the ground floor of an 18th-century stone building on the Rue du Bac on […]

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    This week the Remodelista headed to France to celebrate all things À La Française. Here are five design ideas they brought back just in time for the holiday entertaining season: Brass Light Switches See more in Beautiful Basics: The Brass Light Switch and More by Meljac. Vintage-Style Lamps French designer Sarah Lavoine’s work channels “a cosmopolitan Parisian spirit.” […]

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    Earlier this week, Meghan Markle elevated muck boots to an art form, wearing a rubber pair to muck around New Zealand stylishly. (Read on to see the pair she picked.) Of course gardeners have long loved Wellies. Whether you’re tromping through rain, snow, mud, or crowds of well wishers throwing bouquets at you while you’re on […]

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    Recalling a Parisian garden that reflects the sky, and TK other things on our minds this weekend. Have a look: What do you mean, you’ve never visited the oldest surviving example of a Dutch saltbox frame house in America? Peak leaf peeping in Chicago is… today. Also going on today: Succulent Planting Party by Fair […]

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    Hytte is the Norwegian word for cabin, and more than a quarter of all Norwegians own at least one of these rustic getaway homes, notes Oslo-based based architects Mork-Ulnes Architects, who recently designed a tiny, 900-square-foot model for an American couple who moved abroad seven years ago. For clients Scott Young and wife Christine Griffin […]

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    Amsterdam-based designer Jonael van der Sloot describes his terrarium pendant lights as tiny “sustainable worlds.” The collection from Spruitje (which means “little sprout” in Dutch) combines plants and moss inside glowing glass orbs to create “self-sufficient raw nature.” “Please note that the lamp included in the terrarium has little to no effect on the plants but is shouldn’t be […]

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    How complicated could it be to keep a houseplant alive? (This is the question you ask yourself in the plant shop when you buy your first succulent, cactus, fern, or fiddle-leaf fig tree.) Why didn’t anyone tell me how complicated it is to keep a houseplant alive? (This is the question you ask yourself a […]

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    A soft coconut fiber door mat isn’t for everyone. For something more indestructible, effective against muddy boots, and vintage-looking, turn to the wire mesh or industrial metal doormat. Here are our 10 favorites. For more doormats, see our posts: 10 Easy Pieces: Non-Slip Doormats 10 Easy Pieces: Glamorous Black Doormats 10 Easy Pieces: Coconut Fiber […]

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    Gardeners tend to have strong opinions about their tools, maybe because their favorites develop personalities after a season or two of use. Personally? I could pick out my own pair of Felco pruners in a police lineup. Probably so could Cape Cod gardener Sheila Bonnell. When we visited Sheila to shoot photos of her garden […]

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  • 11/07/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Boston Ivy
  • Boston Ivy, Parthenocissus tricuspidata: “Gentle Tendrils” The first thing to know about Boston ivy is that it is not Virginia creeper. Don’t confuse its lobed, glossy leaves which end in three points with Viriginia creeper’s five-fingered leaflets (the hint is in the name: P. tricuspidata versus P. quinquefolia). Boston ivy vines systematically spread over verticals and horizontals, while […]

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    When you’re watering a garden, smart irrigation controllers take away the guesswork. They even check the weather forecast in your neighborhood before deciding how much water to give your plants. The newest generation smart controller from Rachio is a stylish, easy-to-use model: Save water and make plants happier. With a smart irrigation controller, technology allows you […]

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    White Ash, Fraxinus americana: “Biltmore Ash” If you are a sports-loving person, you have no doubt enjoyed the bounty of the American ash tree which for generations has provided the raw material for ubiquitous sports equipment such as baseball bats, particularly the famous “Louisville Slugger,” as well as tennis racquets, bowling alley floors, hockey sticks, […]

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    This week the Remodelista editors experimented with color—and discovered the warming powers of the perfect shade of gray. Here are their five favorite design ideas for adding warmth with a dash of gray: Gray Kitchen Cabinets See more of this kitchen in Steal This Look: A Modern Brooklyn Kitchen, Ikea Cabinets Included. Classic English Pottery In […]

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    Put down that cup of tea, throw on a coat, and head outdoors to take a good look at your house from the street. In the weak light of November, do you see room for improvement? Here are 11 foolproof ways to add curb appeal and make your home look welcoming from now through winter: […]

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    A zero-waste cooking event on the streets of Paris to a four-hundred-year-old garden for sale, here are TK things to know about this weekend. 41 make-ahead recipes for Thanksgiving. (No, it’s not too early.) For sale: a four-hundred-year-old garden. Today at Wave Hill in New York: a workshop on edible ornaments for birds. In Paris? Don’t […]

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    Does composting have a dark side? Let’s just say I’ve made a few mistakes. There was the time, for instance, when my husband and I decided to mix the materials in the compost bin to speed up the process. I held the lid open as he jammed in a pitchfork. Imagine our surprise as a […]

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    If you live in an apartment, you can make compost on your kitchen countertop (your house plants will thank you) with an odor-free compost bucket made of bamboo: What scraps can you turn into compost: Vegetable and fruit peels, cores, and rinds; moldy bread, leftover grains, tea bags, coffee filters, expired spices, and egg shells. […]

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    A houseplant vine can become curtains on a window, or add a layer of texture to a bare brick wall, or inject life into a sterile, tiled bathroom—if only you can convince it to actually grow indoors. Some will climb. Others will trail. Here’s a guide to growing and training our favorite vines to behave […]

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    After a visit to London’s Kew Gardens earlier this year, there’s one scene that stands out in my memory: A brilliant flash of yellow garden hose snaked through the glasshouse floor while jumpsuit-clad gardeners kept their temperate plants hydrated. The yellow hose had such an impact that I went on the search for other colorful […]

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    Do plants need blankets in winter? Ideally not. “The true time to assist a plant that can be hurt by cold is before you plant it,” the gardening columnist Henry Mitchell believed. What he meant by that was you should choose plants suited to your climate, give them well-drained soil, and protect them from overhanging […]

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    Cape Rush, Chondropetalum Cape rush may be what you are looking for if your garden calls out for a plant that looks like an ornamental grass, but doesn’t behave like one at season’s end. Maybe you want the upright, loose structure of a clump of perennial grass, but cutting it down to a sorrowful stub in wintertime sounds […]

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    The notion of putting a garden to bed for the winter really resonates me. I’m not someone who has sleep issues, but the quality of my slumber is hugely affected by whether I’ve adequately prepared for bedtime. On the nights I’m able to follow through on my normal routine—brush teeth, shower, put on crisp cotton […]

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    Made of borosilicate laboratory glass and blown by mouth, a watering bulb from Italy-based design house Ichendorf Milano will mesmerize you when the sunlight hits at just the right angle. Added benefit: It delivers a calibrated drip to a favorite houseplant. The price of perfection is a mere €12. “In the hands of Ichendorf master glaziers, […]

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    Chef Dan Barber has a thing for gourds—and tubers, and peppers, and … well, just about any vegetable he serves at his sustainable-foods restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York’s Hudson River Valley. For the recent launch of Row 7, his new seed company, Barber worked with nearly three dozen other chefs nationwide to […]

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    In the rush to embrace technology, we sometimes forget that new does not always mean improved. This week the Remodelista editors prepared for the upcoming holidays by reacquainting themselves with some tried-and-true favorites for the kitchen. Here are five modern design tips to steal for old-fashioned feasts and festivities: Lazy Susans See more in Kitchen […]