As you know, I like peeking in other people’s windows. I’m not creepy, just curious. When I spotted Myers Constructs’ tasteful kitchen remodel in Main Line Philadelphia, I had to find out more. Myers co-founders Tamara Myers and Diane Menke were kind enough to tell me more.
What were the main items on the project wish list?
Diane: The clients wanted to maintain the vintage charm and scale of this modest home while making big improvements. Very high-quality custom cherry cabinets and high-end Wolf appliances and finishes were at the top of their list.
What would you say were the biggest obstacles?
Diane: Staging this project was tough because the house is small, and there is no garage. We literally took up the entire first floor with materials and products to be installed into the kitchen. We maintained the client’s privacy using plastic dust barriers and having workers use a separate entrance.
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This week has me looking outdoors for inspiration. Lately my eye is drawn to the ground…to flagstone, rock, and pavers. Sometimes they’re orderly, square, and modern, like in the shot below. I love how the concrete paver shape echoes the squares on the door, the clean lines of the fence, and the boxy mailbox. Can one say that? Boxy mailbox?
I also like pavers in a more commercial setting, like these… I love the romance of the cobblestone pavers, complete with a simple border around the edges. The lighting and giant outdoor curtain doesn’t hurt in the romance department either…
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The famous columnist Doug Larson once wrote, “A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.”
They say new gardeners learn by trial and error, but learning from an online community like HGTVGardens is one of my favorite ways to get the best tips and tricks to getting plants, flowers, and all things green to grow where you want them.
The surest way to help your garden soar to new heights is to add some structure. I’m not talking about building a full-on gazebo or a cabana or anything like that. There is something to be said for keeping it simple, and affordable. Anybody can erect a trellis, and still easier, raised garden beds to spruce up and beautify the backyard.
Here are my top three faves:
A pergola is a shade structure that you can incidentally grow climber plants along. Basically, this arbor forms a shaded walkway, passageway or sitting area using vertical posts or pillars that support an open lattice. Woody vines and bougainvillea are especially nice on pergolas. They’re also great for grape vines or other veggies and fruits.
If you don’t have the coveted thumb of green, fake it with lights, Chinese lanterns, or all-weather streamers. DIY Network has an amazing array of imagery and projects you can tackle. Learn how to make one yourself, thanks to HGTV Gardens. Hunky carpenter not included…
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Choosing a paint color can be difficult, but choosing a paint’s sheen is just plain confusing.
Here’s how I think of it…
A paint’s sheen will determine how reflective the surface will be. The higher the level of gloss in the paint, the more light will be reflected and the more vivid your paint color will appear. Although some companies create special names for them, here’s my quick guide to the most popular sheens.
Even though it’s February, I find myself drawn to looking out the window, into the garden and the backyard. It’s a hopeful feeling as I’m planning, thinking about plants and things I might want to try this year.
Last year I did a little research on growing food. I must admit I don’t love every vegetable on earth, but learning about growing them has given me a new appreciation and taste for what certain veggies taste like when they’re straight out of the ground.
Have you grown a tomato plant at home? I haven’t always liked eating tomatoes. I tend to pull them off most sandwiches, because they’re squishy and so many of them have very little taste.
My foray into backyard edible gardening started three years ago with a Roma tomato plant and a yellow squash. The squash wouldn’t STOP growing, and after watering, tending, and generally over-loving that tomato plant, it gave me the juiciest, reddest tomatoes I had ever tasted.
I fell in love with a book by Mel Bartholomew called Square Foot Gardening – where you carefully amend your soil to support more plants in a small space than you could in a normal garden – and you create raised beds to ensure that your plants have their best chance.
So this year, I’m taking matters into my own garden. I’ve spent the entire winter plotting and planning and I’m planning edible world domination! I started a gallery of some of the photos from last year’s garden over at HGTVGardens’ new site. Go look if you have a sec. I’ll share some photos too of the cedar planter boxes I built for the yard.
Leave a comment and share what you’re planning to grow this spring!