Awards of merit were also presented Friday to KSU Design + Make Studio and El Dorado Inc.; DLR Group, Marlon Blackwell Architect and Hight Jackson; and Gould Evans. Gastinger Walker Harden + BeeTriplett Buck won the People’s Choice Award.
Plenty of area shops carry holiday and all-season decor that directly affects the lives of the most vulnerable among us by funneling proceeds to nonprofit groups that provide training, fair wages, health benefits and other services for them.
West Elm, a subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, has committed to pay $35 million directly to artisans around the world through next year. Among them is a company in Nepal that creates a variety of felt holiday decor.
This is typically the time of the year I might tout hollies, conifers or even poinsettias, but as I was walking around a dark and dreary, rainy garden today it was a cluster of Color Guard yuccas that stood like beacons of welcoming color. If you are not familiar with Color Guard it is the best selection of the native Yucca filamentosa.
PITTSBURGH - With a huge red satin bow, the Negley-Gwinner-Harter house looks like a three-story Christmas present. Recently the Second Empire-style mansion was featured on a walking tour to benefit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
MINNEAPOLIS -A plan to build sidewalks in neighborhoods throughout the old and affluent suburb of Edina is erupting into a high-stakes fight about the city's future - and what kind of identity a suburb should have in the 21st century if it wants to thrive.
Giving the gift of home decor can be a bit of a gamble. Do you base your gift choice on your hostess' known love of garden gnomes? Or her devotion to home brewing? Would your present of a chicly framed Metallica poster kill grandma's mellow vibe? Or be brilliantly counterintuitive?
The holiday season is truly about entertaining and going all out. So why not add a little bit of sparkle and bling while still being true to the traditional spirit often associated with the holiday decor? When it comes to being creative, I suggest experimenting with some new materials this holiday season such as materials that have high sheen, tactile materials, reflective surfaces and non-traditional color palettes such as black and white.
Q: Dear Ed, We're planning to remodel a large bathroom and want a welcoming focal point for the room that will really get some attention. The issue is that my husband and I are not exactly sure what that main focal point should be. Any ideas on how we can create a wow factor as soon as you walk into the space?
You would think a girl who went to a Catholic high school dressed in a plaid skirt every single day for four years would shudder every time she saw a tartan. But while things like algebraic equations and American Revolutionary War battle dates have long since faded into the mist (sorry, Sisters!), one thing from high school has stayed with me: A deep and abiding love of plaid. And, this simple equation: Winter decorating + plaid accents = a home that's rich and beautiful. Here are four ways to wear a bit of plaid in your decor this winter.
In the 1960s, the palace of Herod the Great was excavated at Masada, Israel. There a container of date seeds found perfectly preserved in a sealed ceramic jar. Its viability was tested, and this 2,000-year-old palm successfully germinated into a Judean date palm that had been extinct for more 1,800 years. Though it is the same species as our contemporary date palm, Phoenix dactylifera, this unique variety carries an ancient genetic profile.
Q: When our home was built in 1989, the builder placed insulation in the garage ceiling, saying it would help if we ever planned to convert the attic to a bedroom. A few years ago we had the attic finished but the room seems to be cool and the floors are even colder. Do you have any ideas why this room is cooler than the other bedrooms and what we can do to change it?
As fall quickly turns to winter, temperatures are plummeting several weeks ahead of normal. Frost and snow blanket our landscapes. For annual plants, their non-hardiness is readily apparent. For them, putting the garden to bed is mostly a matter of cleaning and clearing out.
Dear Angie: I'm wondering why my concrete garage slab ended up blotched and discolored. The contractor poured two slabs on a day with a high temperature of 53 degrees and a low of 48. The finisher used 2 percent calcium for the slab that ended up discolored. The other slab, with 1 percent calcium added, looks fine.
Jeanine Singer and Chris Kopczynski had their hearts set on living in a Joseph Eichler home so much that when they finally bought one in Orange, Calif., in late 2012, they were willing to overlook one not-so-trivial detail: The home had no kitchen.