Remembering a Garden Star — If you’ve visited Botanica for any particular event, you’ve probably been greeted by its biggest cheerleader, a teddy bear of a man with a sweet broad smile under which he might slide a persuasive pitch for supporting the Joyland merry-go-round restoration at Botanica.
Hunting orchids reminds me a lot of hunting arrowheads. You have to find a couple and your eyes get trained to the goal or objective. I have treasured these moments as I climbed through rain forest or cloud forest on the Dutch island of Saba and in the National Park on the French island of Guadeloupe and the majestic El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico.
Perhaps you have heard of the expression "man cave," the affectionate term for a man's private space. Women need their own private spaces, too. If your home allows, instead of having a universal office, consider an office just for her.
Momentum sometimes makes promises it cannot keep. It builds and builds and builds, until you're midway through a major home project, and the plans are drawn, and the framing is done, and the plywood is up, and the lease on your transitional rental is almost up, and ohmygosh everything's moving along so incredibly awesomely.
We just got back from the spring High Point Market, the largest home furnishings industry show in the world, where we were dazzled by the newest looks in interior design. While I'm still flying high, I had to tell you about my favorite trends for 2016.
LAS VEGAS - Making furniture that gets people talking is one way to create a buzz. At the Winter Furniture Market, Toobre, BoBo, Christopher Guy, Glassisimo, United Strangers and other manufacturers did just that.
There is no shortage of books on gardening or on travel, but Vivian Swift's book "Gardens of Awe and Folly: A Traveler's Journal on the Meaning of Life and Gardening" (Bloomsbury, $17.99, 176 pages) is a breed apart.