Furniture Today, sister publications unveil Total Home Market

Furniture Today, sister publications unveil Total Home Market
HIGH POINT – BridgeTower Media, the publisher of Furniture Today, Home Accents Today, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Home Textiles Today, Designers Today, Home Furnishings News and Casual Living is leveraging the power of the home furnishings and gift industries’ leading brands to launch Total Home Market, a new media platform to connect buyers and sellers disrupted by the recent wave of market cancellations. “At a time when the industry is confronting unprecedented challenges and is finding it more difficult than ever to connect in person, we felt it was critical to provide a platform that offers critical product and merchandising information and simple, user-friendly ways to connect buyers and sellers,” said Robin Martinez, Group Publisher. The industries’ leading B2B brands will bring their respective communities together into one comprehensive network to provide product, merchandising and trend information along with access to product suppliers across a broad spectrum of home furnishings,... Read More

Superb Wine Chaser-The Gaura-Oenothera Connection

Superb Wine Chaser-The Gaura-Oenothera Connection
Collage by Mary Vaananen Mary Vaananen returns for her latest Guest Rant with some thoughts on the varying ways plants are anointed with their names. I am fascinated by the stories around the naming of plants. How is it that humans have come to know and name plants? From the beginning, we had a relationship with the natural world…a very deep relationship considering that we relied on plants for sustenance, shelter, and medicine …for our very lives. We could not live without them therefore we had to be very in tune with the plants around us. They were considered persons in their own right, having their own being-ness, individuality and personality. We still cannot live without plants–that has not changed– but our relationship to them, has. Indigenous peoples named the plants in their communities for their appearance, behavior or what the plant gave to them. Those names are not often... Read More

Arteriors reopening Dallas Design District showroom

Arteriors reopening Dallas Design District showroom
Home furnishings, accessory and lighting producer Arteriors will reopen its Dallas Design District showroom on Monday, May 18. The showroom, the company’s largest and one that serves design professionals and consumers, had been closed since March 23 when Dallas County initiated restrictions on non-essential businesses on March 23. “The safety of our employees, our clients and our community remain paramount, so we have taken our time in evaluating and planning for the re-opening of our Dallas location continuing to be measured and cautious. We have set up thoughtful ways of welcoming and engaging with clients during their visits so that we remain hospitable, while at the same time using best practice COVID-19 preventative measures,” said Steve Davis, president and CEO of Arteriors. “Our brand ambassadors are excited to be safely back in the showroom surrounded by all new product and eager to reveal this year’s assortment to their visiting clients.”… Read More

Lingering Springs, Bittersweet Memories and The Evolution of a Gardener

Lingering Springs, Bittersweet Memories and The Evolution of a Gardener
The latest in the on-going correspondence between Marianne Willburn & Scott Beuerlein. __________________________________ May 14, 2020 Lovettsville, VA Dear Scott, My heart aches for you and your family coping with the loss of your mother.  In a normal year it would be emotionally draining, but right now, with the ability to have less than ten people at the funeral?  I am deeply sorry you have had to cope and grieve while normal life is upside down – I cannot imagine.  It was this time last year that we lost my father, and that was hard enough. The arrival of spring has brought back a lot of that tension and sadness.   Memory adheres gently to seasons. For years I could not see pumpkins on porches and smell cinnamon in stores without experiencing waves of psychosomatic morning sickness brought on by having not one, but two, romantic Septembers. And now, Dad is... Read More

We Are Currently Unable To Present A Shopping Expertise For This Nation

We Are Currently Unable To Present A Shopping Expertise For This Nation
Furnishing Massive or small, sunny or shady – there are plenty of initiatives you can do in your garden to attract wildlife. Some one in the crowd loudly acknowledged that the lot across the street is a metropolis emergency heart. From my vantage level in the middle of Washington Lane, I may see the massive white metropolis trash assortment automobiles parked inside. The large lot held a number of different metropolis automobiles as properly. This location is a significant Metropolis Trash Recycling and Switch Station. It could accommodate a really great amount of individuals. The only question is, how can this facility take care of all these people who are in need of food, water, waste disposal, and plenty of different wants. I saw girls with young kids and babies… The elderly were here along with the sick and injured. What might anyone do to care for all these folks?... Read More

Don’t worry: plant bulbs – GardenRant

Don’t worry: plant bulbs – GardenRant
Tarda ‘Dasystemon’ species tulips: these have returned for me for years. That’s the title of a talk I gave recently for a suburban/rural gardening club, though maybe it didn’t apply. They all seemed like longtime spade-wielding warriors. Very few of them ever looked online for gardening advice; they just did things the way they’d always done it and seemed Ok with that. It was refreshing. What a contrast to my online gardening group, most of whom seem to worry about everything. But there are a few bulb rules I follow, some of which go against bulb wisdom found both online and in newspaper columns and some of which were new to the club members. They work for me, so I’ll share them here. Bulb tools are dumb, as you know if you’ve ever spent minutes pounding plugs of soil out of them. I use a sharp... Read More

Update on Replacing Perennial Bed with Turf, and the Public Reaction

Update on Replacing Perennial Bed with Turf, and the Public Reaction
Summer of 2019. Last year I wrote about the weedy mess of a perennial bed in front of my town’s most important historic building. In 1985. The space had originally been turfgrass, a continuation of the lawn on the other side of the sidewalk. So maintenance was easy – another minute or two of mowing. Then the city’s director of horticulture got ambitious (in his words), ripped out the lawn, and planted landscape roses, ‘Autumn Joy’ sedums and presumably other perennials that are long gone. He now regrets creating such a high-maintenance bed in such a high-visibility spot, and recommended that it be ripped out and the lawn restored. This month it was done, and already looks better to my eyes, though I’m hoping some low shrubs will be added to partially hide the ugly lighting fixtures. And our iconic bas-reliefs will get an overdue cleaning this winter. (By … Read More

Decor

Decor
Gardening From contemporary lighting reminiscent of lamps and candleholders to creative equipment like vases and mirrors, find hundreds of dwelling décor selections to help you personalize each room. Most individuals exercise nicely over an hour, and the physique can only deal with weight training for at most an hour. After an hour, the the hormone cortisol is released, which breaks down muscle tissue and puts the body in a catabolic state. Less is more and more is much less in relation to spending time lifting weights on the health club. Lighting can make or break a living house, and doubly so for the kitchen A kitchen with no home windows can really feel claustrophobic. Add in low-high quality gentle bulbs , and you may dread the time you spend cooking and cleansing. Luckily, there are some easy ways to dramatically enhance your kitchen’s lighting and make everyone who works in... Read More

Advice on When to Prune Shrubs – Mostly Wrong?

Advice on When to Prune Shrubs – Mostly Wrong?
In a recent post I mentioned hiring an expert to teach my coop to prune their (damn) shrubs and linked to the pruning instruction that resulted. The shocker to me and most gardeners, I’m betting, is this bit of advice from the professional pruners: she told us that euonymus can be hand-pruned any time of the year, and that almost all shrubs can be, too. But-but-but doesn’t EVERYONE tell us to prune flowering shrubs soon after they’ve bloomed, to avoid removing the next year’s blooms? For example, typical advice for azaleas is that “If you prune azaleas after the beginning of July, you may not get any flowers on the bush next year.” Yes, shearing would remove most or all of next year’s buds if done too late, but shearing azaleas is not advised, anyway. The expert we hired, from a 29-year-old company whose sole job is to prune shrubs,… Read More