Casserley and her husband named their home Casa Alegre because it is splashed in bright shades of yellow and green with brilliant blue and red accents. They were inspired by the Nutterville homes in Westport and the Painted Ladies of San Francisco.
Kitchens of any vintage can look great with colorful walls. Pumpkin, cobalt and deep Prussian blue enhance all kinds of wood, whether you’re working with 19th-century pine, Craftsman-era oak or midcentury walnut.
The country of Morocco absorbs elements of surrounding cultures: France, Spain and Portugal. It is also strongly influenced by the Mediterranean, Africa and Persia as well as traditions of Islam. When all these cultures, colors and traditions mesh, an unusual style emerges.
Clothes dryers cause 2,900 fires in residential buildings each year, resulting in five deaths and $35 million in property damage. The majority are a result of lint buildup inside the dryer or the pipe that vents it to the outside.
Burnt out on summer? Start thinking fall - vegetables, that is. It seems like summer just started, but it's time to begin work on the fall vegetable garden, too. Transplant seedlings for broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and celery. Indoors, plant seeds for leaf lettuce, chard, kohlrabi and other fall crops, to be transplanted later. Sow seeds for head lettuce, parsnips, rutabaga, beets and turnips directly in the ground. The warm soil will get them off to a fast start.
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With summer in full swing, I think everyone I know is making the most of their vacation time. Although I manage to get away with my family a little too, the nature of my work allows very little down time during these peak gardening months. I don't mind though. I love my "work." Many times I have to remind myself that traveling to beautiful gardens is technically a big part of how I earn my living.
Lighting your kitchen properly has many rewards. Reason No. 1 being so you don't cut your finger when chopping things, but also for the overall look and feel of your kitchen, proper lighting is important. Even interior designers are seeking the help of lighting designers to help them provide functional and beautiful lighting for their clients' kitchens.
Q: I read with interest your article on venting a bathroom fan. I live in Austin, Texas, and my daughter lives in Illinois. The builder told her there are no codes concerning the venting of the bath fans and he is unwilling to make the repairs under the home's warranty. Her fairly new home has mold buildup on the ceiling and outside wall where the bath fan is located and I'm worried about the health of my granddaughter. The builder simply placed the fan's hose in the roof's overhang and I know it is not venting properly. I am an engineer and I can't find any information to help me in my battle with the builder. Can you help?
Q: Dear Ed, we recently purchased a home that was perfect, except for the kitchen. We plan a complete remodel and since I love to cook, I want my new kitchen to be more professional. Can you please give me a few tips to so my kitchen looks like a pro chef can cook in it?
My life changed the day I visited a friend who had downsized into a charming home perched on the perimeter of a little lake on the outskirts of Kansas City, Mo. I fell in love with the quiet community of small, unassuming homes built decades ago around a sleepy lake. After commuting a few hours a day between our Atchison, Kansas, home and my store, Nell Hill's Briarcliff in Kansas City, Mo., I was ready for a close-in location where we could stay when in Kansas City. Within days, my husband Dan had found a little fixer-upper on the lake and, ready or not, we began our downsizing adventure.
My client and I stood before a massive old pampas grass in her backyard. This giant grass from the Argentine blooms with big, white feather dusters above the nearly 10-foot tall mass. "I want to get rid of it," she said. "That's not going to be easy," I replied.
As Southern California's summer rental market continues to heat up, at least one member of the Los Angeles Dodgers is looking to get in on the action. Newly listed for rent in San Diego-area community of La Jolla is the home of All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who is asking $20,000 a month to lease his sprawling estate.
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