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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living
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    Houseplants may be the single most important element of interior design: when deployed effectively, they can add depth, height, and airiness to any room. Here are 10 ingenious ways (culled from our archives) that houseplants can make any room look bigger: Repeat a Theme The same idea, with a different twist: a potted plant cleverly […]

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    The Remodelista editors spent the week uncovering the freshest new interior design trends for fall. Here are a few of their favorites: Mattress in a Box With our sponsor Casper, we’ve put together tips and inspiration for Ask the Expert: The Dorm-to-First-Apartment Transition (with help from an expert who just furnished her first post-dorm-room bedroom). Bentwood […]

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    An upcoming book signing and 10 more things to know about this weekend. Remodelista readers: Julie will be at Field + Supply in Kingston, New York, next Sunday; stop by to say hello (and get your book signed). Composting is the new black. Cherry blossom season is underway… in Australia. British rock star gardener Sarah Raven on […]

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    Move aside, fronds, grasses, and seedpods. Just when it looked as if wispy foliage had taken floral arrangements hostage for the season, we noticed something surprising: blowsy billows of hydrangeas. Hydrangeas are the comfort food of flowers. Impossibly frumpy and fusty, these bobblehead pompoms are the antidote to the slender, the desiccated, and the severe […]

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    Interior designers (and self-proclaimed Japanophiles) Roman and Williams got their start in Hollywood, and still bring a set designer’s critical eye to every product they choose for both their online shop and their downtown Manhattan Guild emporium and restaurant. We’re currently craving a hand-forged folding Japanese gardening knife they came across on their travels in the Banshu region in […]

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    (In her monthly column for the Wall Street Journal, Gardenista editor Michelle Slatalla tackles interior and exterior design challenges. In this installment, she wonders how important it really is to unplug in nature. Hear her out (and see the original in the Wall Street Journal). It’s very cold and lonely in the middle of the […]

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    Watching people pass by from the safety of your balcony is one of the great joys of urban life. But when people start watching you back, it’s less fun. The solution? Potted plants—and also a privacy panel. Here are 10 we like. For more on privacy panels see our posts: 10 Easy Pieces: Instant Privacy […]

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    Recently on Remodelista, Margot took us through the guesthouse of Jacky Winter Gardens, an artists’ residence and informal showroom for the work of partner artists. The cottage has undergone a masterful redesign, and the gardens are changing, too: Photography by Rhiannon Taylor. Says Mueller, “I share this garden with a tribe of native friends, and have been […]

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  • 10/03/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Switchgrass
  • Switchgrass, Panicum virgatum: “Tall Panic Grass” If you are a resident of the East Coast, the much-lamented loss of North America’s tallgrass prairie may be a vague concept. It is almost impossible for those of us not in on plains with distant horizons to imagine what 250 million acres of open grassland looked like. It […]

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    I’ve always known in theory that if you plant spring-flowering bulbs (such as tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and alliums) you can fill your garden with successive waves of color for three months while you wait for summer. But in my garden, after the spring flowers on the azaleas and rhododendrons fade? Nothing—until June.  I eye my […]

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    Squirrels make it look so easy. But digging a deep, narrow hole to plant bulbs can be a challenge. Bulb planting tools reduce the hard work by grabbing dirt in a cone when they are pushed into the soil, creating a bulb-ready hole. The simple rule of thumb I was taught is that bulbs need to […]

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    High levels of arsenic and lead in the soil, a decrepit factory building, a courtyard roofed over with half-rotted plywood and tarpaper, a courtyard paved in concrete—we’ve all heard this Brooklyn story at least once. But surprise, there’s a happy ending for one garden on an industrial block in East Williamsburg. When FABR Studio + […]

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    Golden hues, textured walls, and sink-into-comfort seating are just right for the cocooning season ahead. See five of the Remodelista editors’ favorite design ideas for an autumn palette: Paint Splatters Kristina spots a trend; see more in 10 Ways to Decorate with Paint Splatters. Coral Bed Linens “With soulful interiors and floaty, romantic curtains,” a […]

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    Catch us at Field + Supply tomorrow—and read on for what else is on our weekend calendars. Julie and Margot are at Field + Supply in Kingston, New York, this weekend; stop by the Rough Draft tent tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. to say hello (and get your Remodelista, Gardenista, or Organized Home book signed). Plus: don’t […]

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    A garden shed should be a sanctuary. Your safe space. At its most modest, a shed is the little building in the backyard, preferably covered with vines, where you can slip off on your own to hang your hat on a hook, re-pot an overgrown scented geranium, and organize all your sharp-edged tools. Or your […]

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  • 10/08/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Coleus
  • Coleus: Plectranthus scutellarioides Is coleus a plant you have to learn to love? Garden trends ebb and flow—and bright, dramatically colored foliage can be an acquired taste. I used to dismiss these tropical plants because I thought their brightly tinged leaves screamed gaudiness and were unbelievably hard to mix with other flowers. No longer. Now I think […]

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    “Last season, this was a bare plot,” says farmer Stephen Lamberti. “There was nothing here.” Thirteen months later, this half acre on Zingerman’s Cornman Farms is a splendorous green patch with a bounty of black bell peppers, fist-sized onions, footlong summer squash, and a dozen other varieties of vegetables. For the last 36 years, Zingerman’s, […]

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    Landscape edging is the paintbrush of garden designers—and one of their best-kept secrets. Just think: Where would a Roberto Burle Marx garden be without edging? A buried strip of metal or rubber edging (preferred over breakable plastic) keeps garden beds, lawn, gravel, and pathways defined and intact. Here are our favorites. (N.B.: Want to know […]

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    Purple has presence. It’s the color of courage on a military medal awarded for a soldier’s bravery. It was the color of power, on emperors’ royal robes in ancient Rome. And in the garden? Purple is the first color to draw the eye, focusing attention on its deep, rich warmth. Mix and match it with as […]

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    Winter’s greatest luxury? Flowers in bloom. Forced bulb season is officially underway. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up 10 flowering bulbs—including snowy paperwhites, amaryllis, hyacinths, and tulips—to coax into early bloom by the time the holiday season arrives. (All of our choices will arrive pre-chilled and ready to flower.) For tips about how to persuade bulbs […]

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    You know how no one ever tells you the messy truth about pregnancy and childbirth? That’s also how I feel about gardening. No one ever explained to me how physically hard it can be or how weeds don’t go away completely just because you pulled them out by the roots. And definitely, no one ever […]

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    This tweet just in, from the hungry birds in your garden: What’s for dinner? One answer they may not be expecting: apples. We’re admiring a Scandi-designed simple brass hook called the Apple Holder, which makes it easy to dangle fruit from a tree limb or an eave. Maybe you are wondering if birds actually like […]

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    In the dead of winter is there anything more uplifting and satisfying than the sight of the first spring bulbs poking up through the lawn or in a few pots? If you add the delicate dwarf Iris reticulata to the mix, not only will you have flowers from late January, you also will have a […]

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    This week the Remodelista editors explored trends in kitchen design (and collected tips for getting their own kitchens in order ahead of the holiday entertaining season). Here are five ideas to steal: Oversized Pendants Julie has been noticing “statement-making oversized pendant lights in some of our favorite kitchen/dining projects.” See more in Trend Alert: 7 Oversized, […]

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    It’s an ideal weekend to visit an orchard. Plus, check out our new guide to garden sheds and these 11 other things to know about in mid October. Breaking news: the long-awaited book from Terrain is out this week, at last. We’re planning to read it cover to cover. Mowing a lawn this weekend? Safety gear […]

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    Amid rumors that Prince Harry and Megan Markle are about to move into a 21-room apartment at Kensington Palace, the royal couple may be on the verge of trading a walled garden at Nottingham Cottage (where Harry once slung a hammock) for much grander views. The castle grounds may be somewhat grander than yours or […]

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    Glass garden cloches are tiny portable greenhouses you can plop atop any plant that may need extra warmth to weather the coming winter. Popular in England since the Victorian era, metal-framed garden cloches also add a sculptural element to the garden. We’re currently admiring lidded glass cloches on offer from UK garden shop Crocus. N.B.: […]

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    You would not know from walking down Roupell Street that this quaint London lane on the southern side of the Thames River was marshland in the 18th century. Lined with two-story row houses built in the 1820s by an enterprising businessman named John Palmer Roupell, the block is now considered “an immaculately preserved enclave of […]

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    An outdoor faucet needs to be durable. It must stand up to direct sun, dry weather, wet weather, and snow—year after year. So it should be made of solid metal, something non-corrosive like stainless steel, and have a utilitarian appeal. We also prefer outdoor faucets to be on the lower end of the pricing spectrum, […]

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    Move the garden indoors this winter, with terra cotta planters on metal stands. “Sometimes in life, the simple things are best,” notes retailer Rockett St George. The trio of planters will show off to great advantage vines, climbers, and trailers. Let the foliage drape gracefully to the floor, like a skirt on a ball gown: […]

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    For an object lesson on how to create a charming first garden on a tight budget, we take you to a small backyard in London’s Crofton Park neighborhood. There food writer Mina Holland and musician Freddie Denham-Webb have created an oasis in the city—complete with an American-style Big Green Egg grill. What prompted the American […]

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    Our town is what many would call quaint. With a population of around 25,000, it’s not small, but it still manages to have a small-town feel. When a Starbucks moved into our village center last year, there was a lot of hand-wringing and calls to support our local businesses. It’s that kind of place—where people […]

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    Garden shears are an essential tool. Whether you’re shaping a boxwood ball into an ethereal cloud or simply trying to tame the blades of grass alongside a driveway, a sharp pair of long blades is the key to success. Here is a list of our favorite garden shears and trimmers for precision clipping: See our newly […]

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    In a historic neighborhood just southwest of Boston, the grounds of a Mediterranean-style estate had much to recommend them. A sweeping lawn, mature specimen trees, a quiet reflecting pool, and a quaint pond all enhanced the stately atmosphere of the early 20th-century home. But the landscape had none of the transitional areas prized by modern […]

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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 […]