Friday, June 01, 2018 / by Brian Ness
4 Gardening Tips for the Lazy Landscaper
Keeping up with landscaping can take a lot of time and energy. Between weekly mowing, picking weeds, and tending to all of the plants it can be a lot of work for those who are busy. Check out these easy gardening tips for those who simply don’t have a lot of extra time for a jungle inspired garden.
1. Plant a Xeriscape
If you live near a metro area surrounded by a natural flush of trees, or if you simply like the look of plants but don’t want the hassle of watering them, consider planting a xeriscape. This kind of landscaping is composed of plants that require little to no irrigation and are easy to take care of. Plants that do well in a xeriscape include lavender, ornamental grasses, and coneflowers. If you don’t live in a drought prone region, consider planting those native plants that already do well in your area. Native plants will need less attention as they are used to the conditions of your area and gr ...
Monday, May 07, 2018 / by Brian Ness
With summer on its way, we are taking a look at what’s trending in high-end pool design. From large fire pits to unique water features, these innovative pools — designed by California Pools & Landscape — exude true luxury.
Bring the Fire — While fire has always been an important element of a backyard space, fire pits now often merge with pool design. An abundance of fire makes this well-lit pool perfect for night swimming.
Goodbye to Blue — Historically pools have been blue, and while most are continuing this tradition, some homeowners are getting creative. Gray, navy or even black bottom pools bring a more dramatic look to any backyard.
Blending In — Whether it’s using huge rocks or lush greenery, pools are increasingly blending into the natural aesthetic of their location.
Infinity Pools — While infinity pools are not a new addition to luxury pool design, they ...
Monday, April 09, 2018 / by Brian Ness
Neutrals no more! The main focus now in interior design is color, and it’s go BOLD or go home.
“People are craving more color,” said Anna Shiwlall, owner and principal designer of 27 Diamonds Design. The colors of the year in interior design represent the demand for more colors that convey deeper messages and ulterior meanings.
The colors of the year were caliente for Benjamin Moore, oceanside for Sherwin-Williams and ultra violet for Pantone. Caliente is a strong, radiant red, while oceanside is a more complex, deep color that balances blues and greens together. The ultra violet shade is an enigmatic purple that shows people’s yearning to understand the unknown.
“We’re really working with a lot of jewel tones,” said Laura Edge, owner of L. Ruth Interior Design.
For the spring, interior designers are looking to couple deeper tones with brighter colors. “In terms of your pops of color, coral is still kind of a fun mix in wi ...
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 / by Brian Ness
5 Home Projects to Tackle this Spring
March means the weather is (hopefully) warming up. It’s the perfect time to get ahead on home maintenance. Here are a few projects to focus on during a spring fling of home repair.
1. Wash away the winter
Power washing your home's exterior not only adds to its sparkle, but also blasts away any potentially damaging mold and mildew. Rent a power washer at your local home improvement store and hit your siding, deck and driveway.
2. Check your AC
Scheduling a tune-up for your cooling system now can save you big bucks in the long run. Change your AC filter and schedule a pro to come check your system before contractors get busy during the summer.
3. Go with the flow
Pull out a ladder and unclog gutters. While you’re up there, check that they're connected securely.
4. Bask in the sun
Catch some rays – and brighten your home – by cleaning your windows, inside and out. Use a squeegee instead of paper towels to ...
Thursday, November 02, 2017 / by Brian Ness
The holidays are coming – is your home ready for overnight guests? Follow these suggestions to create the perfect guest room for friends and family.
1. Offer reading material
A pile of recent magazines or a shelf of assorted books offers guests a way to wind down before bed.
2. Add flowers
A simple flower arrangement adds class and color to any room.
3. Provide seating
Make sure there's somewhere cozy for guests to sit if they need some alone time during holiday chaos.
4. Make wi-fi connection easy
Leave a piece of paper with your internet server's name and password on the dresser so guests can easily access your wireless connection.
5. Did they forget something?
Fill a basket with sample-sized containers of essentials, like toothpaste, mouthwash and shampoo.
6. Add a luggage stand
Put out a folding luggage stand where guests can prop their suitcases to avoid having to squat all the way down to the floor every time they need something.
7. Make the closet functi ...