The Wife, The Flu, and the Ecstacy of Entering a Gardening Dream State

The Wife, The Flu, and the Ecstacy of Entering a Gardening Dream State
Cincinnati, Ohio January 23, 2020 Dear Marianne, What a treat it was to receive your letter dated January 22nd. And so publicly too! What fun. Despite myself, I somehow got caught up in flights of fantasy borne from your descriptions of your bucolic existence in the benevolent hills far enough west of D.C. to be out of the gridlock and yet still safely within the outer rings of its wealth. You have a good life there by the fireside with your Jack Russell, your garden (which I imagine to be picture perfect), and your former marine (whom I imagine is likewise). Here’s our dog. He’s a spastic, old, not so smart and mostly blind mutt at the end of a long line of people handing him off to other people. He’s a total pain in the butt, but he has a heart of gold. In the end, however, … Read More

IKEA Hack: DIY Over the Fridge Cabinet Organizer for Cookie Sheets and Cutting Boards

IKEA Hack: DIY Over the Fridge Cabinet Organizer for Cookie Sheets and Cutting Boards
Organize the cabinet above the fridge to fit cookie sheets and cutting boards with this easy IKEA kitchen cabinet hack. These DIY over the fridge cabinet organizer dividers are removable, adjustable, and easy to customize to fit any type of cabinet. When it comes to kitchen organization, clever storage ideas abound. For our kitchen, that means we have a baking drawer instead of a pantry of supplies and our beloved IKEA cabinets are home to rollouts that we organized with our favorite pantry containers. In this video, we’re showing you a recent IKEA kitchen cabinet hack: how to install a DIY over the fridge cabinet organizer. DIY Over the Fridge Cabinet Organizer Click here to subscribe to our channel for more IKEA hacks and home organizing projects.  How to Make Your Own Above-Fridge Organizer The space above the refrigerator is one of the trickiest kitchen cabinets to organize. Some opt … Read More

Mad for Madison – GardenRant

Mad for Madison – GardenRant
Madison private garden We’re not exactly known as “fly-over” states, but some of us in the Great Lakes area have to try harder to convince out-of-towners we’re cool. It shouldn’t be necessary. Thanks to, in part, glacial activity, we’re blessed with spectacular scenery. Thanks to the inland seas we surround, we have abundant access to fresh water. Thanks also to those inland seas, as well as other factors, we have rich farmland and warm summers—in addition to lake effect snow in winter.  Grounds of Epic Systems If you live in Buffalo, as I do, you’re all too familiar with this narrative. Buffalonians have managed to overcome it, to some degree, by defiantly redefining ourselves as a garden destination. Partly because of that struggle, we’re sympathetic to the other underdogs throughout the Great Lakes region. Cleveland is a great city, for example. Not only does … Read More

Howard Elliott names new sales director

Howard Elliott names new sales director
Addison, Ill.,-based Howard Elliott Collection has hired a new director of sales. Stephen Becker, a 22-year veteran of the home furnishings industry, will serve as director of sales for the designer, manufacturer and importer of decorative mirrors, accessories, accent furniture, artwork and pillows. He comes to Howard Elliott from Majestic Mirrors. “I am looking forward to working with the Howard Elliott team and continuing to work with my friends and customers in the industry,” Becker said. “I’m excited to have access to such a broad selection of home accent products and working with a company that has such a strong reputation for partnerships.” Howard Elliott President Brian Berk said Becker’s tenure in the industry would be beneficial. “As we continue to grow the company and develop new programs for our customers, Stephen’s experience and relationships in the industry will be a tremendous asset,” he said. “Colleen Daly (vice president) and... Read More

Replacing the Hated Arborvitaes with Crossvine

Replacing the Hated Arborvitaes with Crossvine
Arborvitaes failing to screen my view of the parking lot. When I wrote last September that “I hate my arborvitaes” because several of them DIED during a drought (they’re not as drought-tolerant as I wished/hoped), commenter Marianne Willburn wrote, “I hate your arborvitae hedge too. And before some of it died. How about some medium grasses?” I replied that in order to block my view of the parking lot, plants need to be at least 6 feet tall, and that space is very limited. But a better, quicker solution to my screening problem seemed possible, as I wrote in that post: Or how about just constructing a privacy screen and skip the plants altogether? Well, there’s good news on that front because the co-op has recently approved a process for custom-designing and approving screens! Well, turns out that didn’t happen after all, and I won’t be allowed to build a … Read More

Sunny Yellow Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Sunny Yellow Kitchen Decorating Ideas
Give your home a burst of sunshine with bright yellow kitchen decorating ideas and inspiration! From yellow cabinets to yellow decorating accents, learn to use bright yellow in a modern beautiful home decor setting. If you want more tips and DIY ideas for decorating, we’ve got tips for working in more yellow, a way to change up your countertops for $30, and more ideas for adding color in the kitchen. Why add yellow into your kitchen Hello again! Dawn here, from AD Aesthetic, and I’m back with another mood board for your decoration inspiration. I don’t know about you, but I just love time of year, when the days start to get a bit longer and everything suddenly seems sunny and bright again. If I’m being completely honest, yellow is one of those colors I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with. I seem to always be … Read More

Kitchen Equipment & Necessities

Kitchen Equipment & Necessities
Gardening From contemporary lighting equivalent to lamps and candleholders to artistic equipment like vases and mirrors, find hundreds of residence décor alternatives that can assist you personalize each room. Tickets: $60 for Trustees member and $seventy five for Non-Trustees Members.Members must carry their present member card and number. Be part of The Trustees and save! Members save between 20-40% off all lessons in The KITCHEN. Relating to food, Italians know best. Join us in The KITCHEN at The Boston Public Market for a seasonal & native twist on the normal flavors of Roma, Italia at our Farm-to-KITCHEN fingers-on cooking class! Chef Juli will lead this cooking class emphasizing the basic recipes she learned while instructing farm-to-desk cooking courses in Rome. Juli’s recipes will awaken your senses and introduce you to new choices for flavorful meals at house. Cooking at residence may be an inventive activity or a easy way to... Read More

Preaching among the choir – GardenRant

Preaching among the choir – GardenRant
Lurie Gardens, Chicago If one more person asks me if I have heard of or read books by Doug Tallamy, I’ll …. Well, I guess I won’t really do anything drastic. I’ll just say “yes,” and perhaps mention that I read his first book when it came out in 2007, and that, over the years, I’ve posted commentary and interviews here, here, here and here. (There were actually more, but a few posts were lost in a server migration, which also explains the broken image links you’ll see.) Other Ranters have also posted—just one example among many. It is to the entomologist’s credit that his message about biodiversity and the necessity of creating habitat has spread so successfully among gardeners. Most of the gardeners I speak to have heard of him and are stocking their beds with all the native plants they can find. There does … Read More

Atlanta Market: New product peeks

Atlanta Market: New product peeks
Check out our product stories from the Thursday edition of our Atlanta Market daily. With products from Jamie Young, Surya, Zuo, Napa Home & Garden, Blue Ocean Traders, IMAX Worldwide Home, ELK Home, A&B Home, Currey & Company, Port 68, Regina Andrew, Ethnicraft, Revelation by Uttermost, Classic Home, Sagebrook Home, Uttermost, Safavieh, Amity Home, Elisabeth York, Native Linum, Ann Gish & The Art of Home, FORM Design Studio for Global Views, Abigails, Foreside Home & Garden, Allstate Floral, Olivia Riegel and Chelsea House Source link … Read More