As temperatures drop and daylight is in shorter supply, three home design experts offer advice on how to keep things cozy while minimizing energy use this winter. Their suggestions range from the traditional (there’s a reason your grandmother hung those heavy curtains in winter) to the high-tech, including a thermostat that can talk to your iPad.
Kathy Cano-Murillo, artist and founder of CraftyChica.com, has some crafty holiday ideas:
Rose care for winter — Shrub roses usually don’t need it, but it’s good to give hybrid tea roses some winter protection to help them survive the winter. Some species originated in the warm climate of southern China, Ward Upham of K-State says. Mounds of soil or compost about 8 to 10 inches high around a hybrid tea usually are put on by Thanksgiving, he says.
If I plant gourds again (talk me out of it, won't you?), maybe I'll want to try something different from the dippers I've already grown. (They are definitely worth growing in a smallish garden — once.)
Q: I inherited my moms antique farmhouse table and hutch, which I love and want to use, but I have a fairly modern kitchen. Do you have suggestions for integrating them so they look like they fit in?
Fine fall weekend — So far, our autumn has had beneficent rains and fairly stable temperatures, but that may change next week. Let’s enjoy the remaining colorful foliage and green grass, and maybe get some winterizing tasks done.
Cold-hardiness of vegetables — As temperatures start to flirt with the 30s, you may wonder how much longer your cool-season vegetables will last.
Before we enter the Christmas-gift season, wed like to hear about your favorite local- or Kansas-made items that make good holiday gifts, so that we can share them with other readers by Thanksgiving time. Please e-mail the name of the item, along with a short description, where you can buy it, and your name and phone number, to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 15. Put local gifts in the subject line.
The first thing you notice about Kiera and Michael Kushlan’s one-bedroom Washington home is how they’ve pulled it together to be both modern and classic. The second is how spacious it seems.
Thirty-four tables will be decorated by local businesses, individuals, groups and nonprofits for this year’s Holiday Tables event at Wichita Center for the Arts.
Three elaborate playhouses will be the centerpiece of an awareness- and fund-raising event Nov. 9 for The Treehouse, a nonprofit that helps mothers and babies in need. At the end of the event, the playhouses will be auctioned.
While many of us display completely different sets of decorations for each holiday, there are ways to transition from one season to the next without a wholesale changing-out of items.
A Thanksgiving table can be a lot like the family sitting around it. For example, there’s the “Brady Bunch” table: the coming together of two serving-ware patterns. Or the “Modern Family” ensemble: an eclectic and quirky combination of dishware and decor. Or the ever-recognizable “Duck Dynasty” spread: a pairing of nature elements and cozy familiarity. Whatever shape, size or type of family graces your table this Thanksgiving, the following tips are sure to help make it a meal to remember.
Sheets get a whole lot of publicity. Most people put a lot of thought, and a fair amount of research, into finding sheets with the right thread count, softness factor and durability.
Open the door and say, “Ah.” Your master bath can be more than just functional; it can be a spa.
Wichita designer Teresa White likes kitchen decorations to do double duty, especially during the holidays.
There’s nothing like the fragrance of pumpkin pie or sugar cookies baking in the oven to convey the warmth of the holidays.
When people decide to replace their flooring and remodel, they will find new options whether they go for carpeting or a hard surface, Ben Henwood of Designer’s Home Gallery in Wichita said.
When it comes to putting together a guest bedroom and bathroom, Mitzi Beach of Mitzi Beach Interiors puts the emphasis on providing space rather than things.