Nix the Labor-Day Blues
Summer's over but don't despair! You can still have a well-groomed lot and enjoy the outdoors well into the fall. There are even a few easy prep steps you can take now for a vibrant landscape come next spring. Here's your late-summer outdoor upkeep guide from the TOH pros.
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Keep Your Lawn Lush
Keep Your Lawn Lush. A picture-perfect lawn takes ongoing maintenance. This time of year, weeds aren't the only thing standing between you and the turf of your dreams. You've also got to watch for pests, fungal diseases-and even Fido. Find symptoms and remedies to help you troubleshoot 8 Common Lawn Problems here.
Attract Good Bugs
Attract Good Bugs. Your yard is crawling with insects-but not everything that buzzes, creeps, or wriggles is there to decimate your begonias. Some of these bugs will help make your landscape beautiful by serving as pest predators, plant pollinators, and soil aerators. See why you should Meet the Good Bugs and nix chemical pesticides.
Consider Adding These Late-Summer Bloomers
Consider Adding These
- This Old House Magazine | At Home – Fri, Sep 6, 2013 5:18 PM EDT
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- Country Living | At Home – Fri, Sep 6, 2013 1:28 PM EDT
In the newly renovated, wide-open front room of our 2013 House of the Year, we established two living areas above-one traditional; the other-laid back.
1. Let ceilings soar. Once-dark wood beams and rafters got an instant lift from Benjamin Moore's Decorators White paint.
2. Add opposing colors.
Shaw's recycled-hickory flooring, in a deep-brown stain, anchors the airy space and contrasts against the walls, painted Spring Mint by Benjamin Moore. Bonus: The purposefully distressed planks look as if they've been here forever.
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3. Strive for balance, not boring sameness. Note how the 8-by-10-foot jute rug (from Surya's CL line) is echoed by the round one on the right. A vintage Aero Studios floor lamp and a fig tree bring height, but in different ways.
4. Strive for balance, not boring sameness. Note how the 8-by-10-foot jute rug (from Surya's CL line) is echoed by the round one on the right. A vintage Aero Studios floor lamp and a fig
- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Fri, Sep 6, 2013 11:20 AM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
With a special event coming up, you may find yourself out in the yard, searching for the perfect bloom. Don't stop until you find it. Only the perfect flower will do for this friend's event, and it's right there in your garden.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Though having your nearest and dearest stay with you for a few days sounded great, the house is beginning to feel a bit 'intimate.' Come up with creative ways to get everyone out of the house. Why not eat dinner al fresco tonight?
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You're intrigued with a new book or magazine article about planting unusual items in your own home. Why not plant your avocado pit from last night's dinner? Or perhaps the top of the pineapple from your breakfast this morning?
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- TheNest.com | At Home – Fri, Sep 6, 2013 11:13 AM EDT
My latest obsession? Creepy crawly insects (that's right, bugs!) on throw pillows, lamps and even wallpaper. Here, 14 of my favs:Read More »from Trend Alert: Beetle, Dragonfly & Butterfly Home Accessories from Katie Anderson of Modern Eve
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Bugs and food don't usually mix -- unless you're talking about these fun party plates (great for dessert and apps). And yes, the elegant lamp is a splurge, but you'll keep it forever.
Natural World Dessert Plate from Anthropologie, $18
Crabrones Insect Plate at Jayson Home, $88
John Derian Red Beetle Tray at Neiman Marcus, $48
Christian Lacroix Butterfly Parade Dessert Plate at Gracious Home, $70
Fornasetti Printed Lamp from Farfetch, $1,144.70
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Want to get in on the trend without busting your budget? This collection of throw pillows starts at just under $25.
Threshold Beetle Toss Pillow from Target, $24.99
The Pillow Collection Nkan Dragonfly Pillow at Hayneedle, $61.99
Dermond Peterson Entomology Butterfly Pillow at AllModern, $168
Winged Fancy Pillow Set at Lulu & Georgia, $86.76 for two
Make a statement with a chic
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.We all have those friends. You know, the ones that seem to have it magically all together, all the time. They're constantly dressed to the nines, with nary a hair out of place, and never have to scamper to catch a train. Nowhere is a person's togetherness more evident than the second you set foot in his or her apartment. Upon entering, the sheer beauty of the place takes your breath away. There are no clothes strewn across the floor. There is actually a hook to hang your jacket. The focal point of the room isn't a tie-dye, Grateful Dead poster. When you see this heavenly space, you just know: You've entered an adult's apartment.
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For some of us, an abode of this magnitude is an everyday occurrence, but for others it's as elusive as the cronut. So, to make sure you always recognize this bastion of maturity, we're bringing you the vital signs you need to make sure your digs match the amazing,
- Babble.com | At Home – Fri, Sep 6, 2013 10:53 AM EDT
I have this wall - a big, blank, sad-looking, no-one-knows-what-to-do-with-this-wall wall. "The wall" as it's affectionately known has become the source of intense debate among residents and house guests alike. As the focal point of our living space, this wall is begging to make a powerful design statement - but how? With wallpapers out of the question and zero desire to try my hand at stenciling, I learned of the transformative design properties of vinyl wall decals. With endless design and placement possibilities, vinyl wall decals serve as an inexpensive and goof-proof alternative to wallpaper and paint. The best part: vinyl wall decals are easy to apply and completely removable without damaging the wall!
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- Babble.com | At Home – Fri, Sep 6, 2013 10:48 AM EDT
Bar stools, or counter stools, are one of those fun details that can really add a lot of personality to your kitchen. Choosing the perfect one can be overwhelming though; there are so many styles out there. I've put together 7 of my favorites that work in any space, whether you have a sleek industrial style or want to punch up your traditional country look with a little contrast. No matter which you choose, you'll love the fresh look they bring to your home!
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- HGTV Family of Sites | At Home – Thu, Sep 5, 2013 5:17 PM EDT
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It is no secret that we keep a well-stocked bar at our house. In fact, it's kind of our "thing." You know how some people are great gardeners? Well, we're really good at mixing cocktails. So when it was suggested around the office that there are uses for vodka that don't include a martini glass and olives, I was intrigued.
I should start with a disclaimer that no quality vodka was harmed in the making of this post. When using vodka for cleaning, always buy the cheapest stuff. My husband would call using anything else "alcohol abuse."
Who knew vodka could do this?!Keep Your Flowers Perky
Mixing a teaspoon or two of vodka and a spoonful of sugar with the water in your vase will keep your flowers looking fresher longer. I've tried this trick with several different types of flowers now, and it's worked like a charm. I also feel better putting this solution in vases around the house as opposed to that unknown powdery white stuff that sometimes comes with the flowers I buy at
Boldly colored. Drought-tolerant. With the wonderful world of succulents, you can mimic an underwater look with plants.
The faux ocean merges with the real one
Create a land-sea connection
Succulents are terra firma's answer to sea creatures, as jewel-toned as shells, sculptural as seastars, or fluttery as sea anemones. This garden, in Orange County's Corona del Mar, shows off succulents' wilder, more colorful side. The plantings create a spot-on connection between land and sea, as though they simply arose from the waves complete, like Venus on the half-shell, to their perch atop the bluff.Read More »from How to Create a Sea-creature Succulent Garden
When succulents expert and horticulturist Joe Stead saw Anton and Jennifer Segerstrom's patio, he wanted to edge it like this to set off the Pacific below. "As a kid, I explored tidepools down there," Joe says of the rocky coastline. "I marveled at the starfish and sea anemones. I wanted to bring that sense of wonder to this garden."
In beds around Anton and Jennifer's patio, Joe planted purple echeverias, orange "Sticks on Fire,"
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