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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living
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    Update your summer house—or make your regular house feel more like a summer retreat—with a few well-placed upgrades. This week the Remodelista editors discovered design ideas to create a summer palette. Here are a few of their favorites: Japanese Glassware Meredith discovers Japanese Glassware in Summer Hues from the Primary Essentials. Pink Pendant Light We deconstruct […]

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    In their first flush, allium flowers add to the joyous rite of spring. Although they are overtaken in color and height by midsummer flowers, their striking spherical silhouettes continue to hold their own, nestled among green herbs or the featheriness of fennel. When cut, a semi-spent allium adds weight to an ephemeral summer bouquet. Ornamental […]

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  • 06/29/18--23:00: Current Obsessions: Heatwave
  • Onto July—and the Fourth. Kick back with a cold drink and read up on our latest finds. One of our favorite New York City haunts has been transformed into a garden oasis. Stop in. A Fourth of July DIY. Minimize waste on moving day. Travel obsession: an inn on the English coast, color edition. Michelle […]

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    In the garden July is a month with a split personality: we look back wistfully (at the successes of spring) and forward with trepidation (can this garden be saved, to withstand the August heat that’s ahead). Here are a quick garden fixes that will pay off next month (and in September): Clean Up the Strawberry […]

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    When New York-based designer Fawn Galli’s clients asked for a remodel of their Upper East Side townhouse in Manhattan, the request included the overgrown backyard. The family, avid nature lovers, wanted to spend as much time as possible outdoors during warmer months. Galli teamed with garden designer Lili Herrera to create three distinct “rooms.” The […]

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    Trend alert: Lately we’ve been noticing garden tools, totes, and togs in soothing shades of dark green (mirroring an interior design trend which the Remodelista editors noted recently). Here we’ve rounded up 10 olive garden favorites: See more of our favorite canvas gardener’s tool bags in 10 Easy Pieces: Soft Garden Totes. Stocking up on garden shed […]

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    “A great alternative to gravel, crushed clam or oyster can be used on paths, patios, courtyards, driveways, and even bocce ball courts (the shells don’t hold water or imprints from shoes and balls),” writes Janet As the shells are walked on or driven over, they break into smaller pieces that disperse evenly, creating a stable […]

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    Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia: “Prairie Daisy” Black-eyed Susans are native prairie flowers. If you grew up in Illinois, and your kindergarten teacher said to draw a flower, it is likely that you reached first for a yellow crayon (for the daisy petals) and next for the black (to color in a round center. I drew a […]

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  • 07/03/18--23:00: 10 Easy Pieces: Flagpoles
  • In 1777, the U.S. Continental Congress made an important design decision: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” It’s a color scheme we still honor today. To fly a star-spangled banner on the Fourth of […]

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  • 07/04/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Opium Poppy
  • Opium Poppy, Papaver somniferum The notoriety of Papaver somniferum, the “sleep-inducing poppy,” is only partly to do with its outlaw family. Opium poppies are grown for their edible seeds and for pharmaceutical uses. The type that you see in gardens—whether your own or in the medicinal section of a botanic garden—is the legal relation, not toxic enough […]

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    The plants that grow around a swimming pool landscape can add privacy and create a serene, inviting landscape if you choose wisely. But pool environments are notoriously harsh on plants. A heated pool will raise nearby humidity levels. The reflective surface of the water also intensifies sunlight, and chlorine or chemicals (from splashing) can be a concern. […]

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  • 07/05/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Pencil Cactus
  • Pencil Cactus, Euphorbia tirucalli: “Sticks on Fire” I am not usually a person who throws caution to the wind, but despite the numerous warnings about the toxicity of euphorbia’s latex sap, I still admire and use this striking plant in many of my container designs. Please keep reading to learn why you should still plant […]

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    Retaining walls are the unsung heroes in many a landscape. On a slope, they prevent erosion, control rainwater runoff, and create terraced levels for patios and garden beds. In an ideal world, retaining walls do their jobs quietly, focusing attention on the plants and other hardscape elements they support with their quiet strength. Gabion walls, […]

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    This week the Remodelista editors celebrated the start of summer by rounding up easy design ideas to update a beach house, weekend retreat, or woodsy getaway. See five of their favorite ideas. Painter’s Drop Cloth Bedspreads See more in 8 Easy Low-Cost, Low-Commitment Summer DIY Projects with Painter’s Drop Cloths. Bedside Fans Annie rounds up stylish […]

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    This weekend, after the holiday, a moment of respite. The best new gift for gardeners and houseplant lovers (or yourself): a subscription to the Plant Parent Club, new from The Sill, including a surprise plant delivered to your door each month, plus access to online plant how-to workshops, and more. (See also: Houseplants for Beginners […]

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    Landscaping a swimming pool area is a different challenge for everyone, just as the design of any existing house and garden is different. However, when it comes to choosing pool landscape plants there are some universal must-haves: easy maintenance, privacy, safety, the right size, and scent. Many swimming pool owners aren’t sure where to start […]

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    For anyone hankering after European formality—only a touch, we’re not asking for Versailles—Le Jardin Plume in Upper Normandy is just the ticket. Influenced by more recent movements involving perennials and grasses, the former orchard is nevertheless firmly rooted in French garden tradition, including plenty of neat clipping and evergreen hedges. When Patrick and Sylvie Quibel […]

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    The submissions are in (more than 2,000 photos of gardens, patios, and design-worthy outdoor living spaces included)! Our panel of design experts has selected the finalists, and now it’s up to you to choose the winner. Vote now for your favorite finalists in the 2018 Considered Design Awards, and read on for everything you need to know. When […]

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    Tuteur is the French word for tutor, and in the garden tuteurs teach plants valuable lessons. Whether you’re training night-blooming moonflowers or papery-thin clematis, climbing vines and flowers will flourish with a little support from these pyramidal structures. We’ve rounded up 10 tuteurs to add an air of French insouciance to your garden: See more Garden […]

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    Frenchwomen, it’s universally known, have a knack for effortless beauty, from the way they dress themselves to the way they outfit their interiors. (Case in point: the beautiful-without-trying-too-hard interiors in How to Decorate Like a Frenchwoman.) So how do Frenchwomen infuse their unfussy, chic vibe into their flower arrangements? We turned to the expert: French florist Laetitia […]

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    In summer nothing beats the feel of sand between your toes. Unless, of course, you happen to be inside. Sandy floors (or worse, sheets) are the bane of every beach cottage. But, as this native Cape Codder has discovered, there are ways to keep the sand at bay. Here are eight solutions to stop sand […]

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  • 07/11/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Petunias
  • Petunia, Petunia x atkinsiana Once again it is time to give a salute and thanks for the many stalwart garden plants we have inherited from our southern neighbors. Beauties that we commonly choose for dependable color and interest in our landscapes such as passionflower, fuchsia, nicotiana, nasturtium, alstroemeria, and many orchids all were originally discovered growing […]

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    Neither the British nor French would like to admit that their mutual preoccupation is often based on admiration. Although certain elements of style are openly coveted and praised, this is balanced by rivalrous declarations of contempt. The French have never been able to turn their back on the islands across the Channel while for the […]

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    Feather Reed Grass, Calamagrostis A connoisseur of ornamental grasses may be able to identify a particular species at a glance. But I need a cheat sheet to tell feather reed grass (Calamagrostis) and many other perennial grasses apart. It doesn’t help matters that some Stipa grasses also are called feather grasses or that Miscanthus has feathery plumes […]

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    Happy Bastille Day. In honor of the French national holiday, the Remodelista editors spent the week discovering new interior design ideas on the streets of Paris (and in the countryside). Here are five ideas to steal from France: French Scullery Staples “Every time we look behind the scenes in French kitchens, we discover an arsenal […]

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    Transformed from corrugated chicken coop to a rustic luxe cabin, on a former pheasant farm—must be France: Photography by Ricardo Labougle and styling by Loreto López Quesada, courtesy of Isabel López-Quesada. Join us for a grand tour of the French countryside: 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from France Le Jardin Plume: A Modern Impressionist Masterpiece in […]

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    On the heels of our Vive La France issue—and to celebrate Bastille Day (and the upcoming World Cup final)—we’re taking note of a few French goings-on. Read on for some outtakes from the issue, plus what we’re up to this weekend, in Paris and beyond. First: the submissions are in (including more than 2,000 original […]

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    Over lunch one day at the very wonderful Honey & Co. in London’s Fitzrovia with a contingent of Remodelista editors, we cooled off with glasses of orange-blossom iced tea. Very sweet, no ice. And delicious, but like a cocktail at noon, there are just so many of these that you can drink before feeling “unusual.” It got us to […]

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    Few of us are immune to the allure of the country estate – the sweeping views and bucolic vistas across miles of countryside, the sense of space and fresh air and, of course, the joy of no near neighbors. It’s a pipe dream for most but we can still learn from the landscaping tricks that […]

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    A garden in crisis greeted designers Harriet Farlam and Ben Chandler of Farlam & Chandler in 2016. Dingy concrete paving slabs and a completely overgrown garden set a sad tone in the long, narrow space in the heart of the English harbor town of Whitstable, Kent. “Unnecessary low brick walls enclosed borders planted with two tall bay […]

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  • 07/16/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Olive Tree
  • Olive Tree, Olea europaea: “The Beauty of Age” By planting an olive tree on top of a hill in ancient Greece, the goddess Athena got a city named after her. Or so that story goes. Thousands of years later, there is still a gnarly olive tree growing on the acropolis. And although it is probably not […]

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    A fence is an important safety feature if you have a swimming pool; you don’t want anyone drowning. Legal requirements for swimming pool fences can vary depending on municipal or state law. But no matter what the rules are where you live, you can install a swimming pool fence without sacrificing style for safety . […]

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    Jute is a jack of all trades in the garden. A natural fiber, jute is used to make burlap or hessian netting and landscape fabrics. These problem solvers are  tough, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly. (Unlike plastic, jute is biodegradable.) Do you need to control erosion, suppress weeds, create a trellis for a climbing edible plant, […]

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    Face it, gutters are boring. But they’re important. Unless you live in the desert, you need gutters to keep rain from pouring off your roof and onto the foundation of your house, or into your basement or crawl space, causing water damage faster than you can say “five-figure homeowner’s insurance claim.” But we have good […]

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    Our judges have chosen the finalists, now you choose the winners. Vote for your favorite projects in our 2018 Considered Design Awards, once per day in each of the Gardenista and Remodelista categories. Voting closes at midnight on August 3, and winners will be announced on August 6. Below, browse the finalists in the best Curb […]

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    When it comes to pollinator gardens, not all are created equal. In fact, we were surprised to learn that many plants advertised as “pollinator-friendly” actually do more harm than good, either because they do not support the entire life span of pollinators and threaten native species that do, or because they are grown with toxic […]

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    Chinese Fringe Flower, Loropetalum chinense While boxwood, pittosporum, and hebe may be hogging the shrub spotlight, loropetalum can put up a fight when it comes to competing for a leading role. In fact, Chinese fringe flower soared from relative obscurity to plant fame (becoming widely available) in less than five years, an incredibly quick ascent […]

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    Rambler roses often get overlooked for their more showy relatives, but they deserve better. Although many ramblers bloom only once per season (there are some exceptions), they continue from June and into July providing masses of flowers and scent—and for relatively little work. You can use rambler roses to solve many landscape problems: to create […]

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    Summer, meet style. This week the Remodelista editors rounded up their favorite design ideas to transform their interiors into seasonal sanctuaries. See five of their favorite design ideas to steal: Campaign Chair This week’s Object of Desire is The British Campaign Chair by Way of Texas. Cooler Culture See more classic campsite essentials in this week’s […]

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    Our judges have chosen the finalists, now you choose the winners. Vote for your favorite projects in our 2018 Considered Design Awards, once per day in each of the Gardenista and Remodelista categories. Voting closes at midnight on August 3, and winners will be announced on August 6. Below, browse the finalists in the best Hardscape […]