Programmable thermostats are not the holy grail of home heating, cranking up the furnace does nothing to heat a chilly house faster, and fireplaces used as heating sources literally suck paid-for warm air up the chimney.
Leave it to Ogon to be the most thrilling plants in the foggy landscape. Ogon, which means gold, is a great selection of Japanese sweet flag that seemed to literally glow through recent fog and mist, and it can do the same for your landscape. You no doubt have seen Ogon and probably thought it terrific looking ornamental grass, which is precisely how we use it in the landscape or mixed containers.
I am a stay-at-home dad and a role model to a community of children under the age of five. The decision to leave my career in pharmaceutical sales two years ago to stay home with our son (15 months at the time) was based on a desire to do what was best for him and for our family, which was embarking on a difficult journey as my wife began her medical residency. When I made the switch, I didn't give much thought to how it would affect the community, but I, and all of the other dads like me, are the male role models that my generation did not have.
There are those for whom interior design is all about the thrill of the kill. The hunt for the perfect table, chair, sofa, rug. And then the gathering of those pieces to create for themselves surroundings unique and most personal.
I just love how the color red brightens up my house during the holidays. This is more than a festive look for winter. Designers across the country are embracing red for home decor throughout the year. From wall color to accessories, the color is hot, hot, hot.
The holidays are a time of magic, and mania, aren't they? We are all so busy making merry, shopping for gifts for loved ones, baking and cooking, and entertaining, that we risk running ourselves ragged. Take a moment to stop and refuel yourself. Here are my top 5 refresh strategies:
Pantone, a company known for the color-matching system used in printing and manufacturing industries, recently announced its 2015 Color of the Year: marsala, as in the Italian red wine that's often used to cook chicken.
Q: Hi Ed, I plan to remodel my bathroom sometime next year. For now I'm just looking at fixtures and getting a little confused. I really like the idea of having a "glass" bathroom sink but need help choosing the right one. Is glass a good material choice and do glass sinks come in different styles, or just the traditional bowl-type design? - Bernie, Rhode Island
Hardwood flooring is considered a hallmark for floor covering. It has been used for ages and gives a warm and inviting look to any home. The reason I can say "to any home" is because these floor coverings range from elegant to rustic in the choices. You can install this flooring in a contemporary home as well as a traditional one. Wood always emits a feeling of hominess so covering the floor in wood will naturally create a welcome emotion.
Q: We have had such a bad time this year with the power going off and staying off that I've decided to buy a generator. I found so many different models. I was hoping you could provide some advice on what to buy.
I admit it. For years, the thought of growing orchids indoors was intimidating to the point I never tried. And I'm sure I'm not the only gardener who feels this way. But if so, how do you suppose our friends feel when we present them with the gift of an orchard?