Give Your Porch Some Rustic Fall Style

Fall is here, and with it a fresh season of action as a prelude to the holidays. If you can find a free afternoon, spend just a couple hours sprucing up your porch or patio with seasonal soul before your trick-or-treaters arrive.

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General Fall Porch Style

Natural textures layered next to found items can make a comfy outdoor seat for seeing the leaves change. Employing a hay bale as a temporary coffee table is an inexpensive and functional approach to cozy up your outdoor area. Try using a little tray or basket as a solid, level surface to hold a drink or book.

Here, a rustic chair doubles as a side table to get a vintage cola crate holding pink mums.

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Make more tin cans with paint and fill them with your favourite seasonal flowers. A generous neighbor let me select these from her garden. Utilize your order to freshen up any space, from an entry to a tabletop.

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A wood crate provides additional display space and storage. A stack of old paperbacks reinforces some mini pumpkins. Lavender sprigs in a vintage milk jug add a nice aroma and elevation to a wooden-crate-turned-side-table.

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Straightforward Burlap Pillow Cover

Burlap or linen sacks make for an easy pillow cover throughout the vacations. This little burlap sack was among the “I will find something to with this one day” items that found a brand new (and temporary) function as our porch swing cushion. If you don’t own one, you can simply cut some burlap to length and sew up one.

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Stuff your pillow to the sofa and tuck leftover fabric to the open end, hiding the pillow inside.

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Wrap a ribbon around the sofa and tie it. Obviously, if you are using an indoor pillow as the filler, then bring your pillow indoors if the weather gets too damp.

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How are you currently sprucing up your porch this year? Let us know and discuss a photograph in the Comments.

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Landscaping Magic Fixes a Dangerous Sloped Yard

Landscape architect Michael Glassman usually has to walk a home before he starts to analyze a site’s challenges. However, when he visited Larry and Beth Goldberg’s home in Sacramento, California, he was not out of the car before the problems became evident. “I could not find somewhere to park,” he says. “The home is on an incline, and the road goes up a hill, which people race down. You take your life in your hands out of your car if you park on that street.”

Here’s how Glassman opened the landscape and made it function for the family.

Before Photo

The driveway had been heaved up by A large hapberry tree. Weeds had taken over the yard. The home itself was a “bizarre yellow shade, and that I didn’t have any clue where the front door was,” Glassman says. “There clearly was a hokey stucco wall, definite measures, stepping stones over there, weeds everywhere and erosion issues.”

See this sloped yard’s transformation

AFTER: Glassman first addressed the parking situation. He created an ingenious parking bay that allows guests to pull right up into the front part of the home, safely off the road. And because guests didn’t know where to enter the home before, frequently drifting into a driveway-side entrance instead of the front door, Glassman established a clear route to the entryway.

Steps today lead directly from the parking bay to the front door, and there is a terrace with a water feature. To take care of the erosion issues, Glassman installed acid-stained-steel retainer walls that terrace the landscape. He then took the Goldbergs on a trip to the nursery to hand pick plants trees and blossoms for the home.

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The tree on the right is a crape myrtle, the only one on the house. On the left of this is a purple smoke tree. Reddish barberry plants operate their way.

The grayish tree on the far left is a fruitless olive, among three. The spiky dark bronze plant below it is a flax. The green pots hold kangaroo paw, sedum, succulents and Red-Hot Poker.

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The tree nearest the parking bay is your myrtle, revealed here. The one to the right is another fruitless olive. A little ollie and an ice-blue shore juniper adorn the steel corner in the foreground. Ornamental grasses fill from the remainder. The plants repeat in odd numbers throughout the raised beds.

See this sloped yard’s transformation

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Kitchen Storage Solutions for Every Nook

Today’s smart kitchen designers have storage options to fulfill every nook and cranny in a variety of kitchens. These helpers can allow you to take advantage of every inch.

When you are grappling with backsplash material choices, consider something that can help you snag some excess storage, also. This stunning kitchen includes a secret that warms up the storage possibilities without taking away from its tidy look.

The designers put shelving and installed sliding doors in the marble backsplash behind the stove. The beauty of the technique is that you can achieve the best of both worlds — a beautiful backsplash and storage.

Hint: You’ll need to have enough space in your walls to make this work, which means you’ll need to get this discussion quite early on with your contractor.

Glenvale Kitchens

Corner dividers are a excellent alternative to the lazy Susan. Cut on a diagonal, they simply pull out like standard drawers to make use of an otherwise hard-to-reach corner space.

Have your drawers made in varying sizes to keep things organized. Pot lids and smaller items may go in the smaller drawers, and containers and pots and pans at the larger drawers.

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If you would rather a cabinet door in the corner of a pedestal cabinet, and you don’t like Susans, sliding and rotating shelves might help you access corners with ease.

Unlike corner drawers, these pullouts may be installed in both upper and lower cabinets.

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Even the toe kick area wasted space, can be utilized for storage when you add a shallow drawer for smaller items.

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Hint: you’ll have to bend a whole lot to get a toe kick space, so look at storing items here you’ll need to access only one or two times a year — such as serving dishes, chargers and holiday napkins.

Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Open shelving is often the most budget-friendly method to deal with the space left in the ends of upper and lower cabinets. If custom cabinets are in your finances, shutting those shelves with a curved doorway is a great way to keep things neat and clean without installing two separate doors to cover the corner.

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Go beyond basic shelving for your foundation cabinetry. Today’s kitchen organization additions come in every kind imaginable to help you form and store your belongings. Utilize a mix of slide-out drawers and shelving to get heavy items, and custom pullouts to house mixers, spices, cutting boards and baking sheets.

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The end cabinets in a kitchen layout get fitted with a doorway facing for a look. The homeowner has found a smart space for keys, a pegboard and a dry erase board for notes and to-do lists, and installed slats for magazines and cookbooks.

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I’ve written before about laundry room envy, however laundry rooms that pull double duty as office spaces, potting areas, wrapping stations and more take it to a whole new level.

It makes total sense to squeeze some additional use in the laundry space, as it is most likely designed for durability and already outfitted with plumbing. And if you’re fortunate enough to have an island for folding, they can moonlight as flat surfaces for wrap presents, arranging flowers or doing almost any other job you can imagine.

Have a look at these laundry rooms have enlarged their role with grace.

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Mudroom. What is more efficient than having a washer and dryer at precisely the exact same room where dirty socks, wet gloves and soiled jackets land? This attractively incorporated space does a decent job of keeping the laundry stack to a dull roar. Bonus points to get that gorgeous sky-blue ceiling, a trick borrowed from the traditional front-porch technique.

Linen cupboard. Tucked into a shore home, this laundry room also houses towels and other gear for days at the sand and surf.

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Office. Do your laundry while you pay bills or response messages, and you’re going to check two tasks off your list at the same time. The cushioned benches are an extra-nice touch — you could stretch out and read or rest while the washer spins.

Crisp Architects

Potting room. Make the most of the pipes lines set up and put in another sink for watering plants, washing empty containers and draining garden tools.

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Wrapping channel. It can be challenging to find a flat expanse of space large enough to allow for wrapping gifts easily. Laundry rooms lend themselves to roomy countertops for both wrap and folding.


Breakfast nook. What a wonderful beginning to the day: a cup of coffee and a muffin or scone in this light-filled space, with the comforting scent of clean laundry in the air.

Whitten Architects

Pantry. The interior design in this combination laundry room and pantry makes for an especially smart utilization of space.

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Pet area. This laundry space incorporates a custom dog shower, convenient if you have the square footage. However, you don’t need to be that elaborate. Just add a comfy dog bed, litter box or other designated place for your furry family members.

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All-purpose room. This lovely, comfy laundry space adapts nevertheless it is needed — as a butler’s pantry, potting channel and much more. It is so attractive that I would probably just hang out in there with a novel while the laundry was going.

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Electricians refer to the rigid pipe that electric wires and wires run through as conduit. “Conduit” has lots of different definitions too, all associated with channeling; it can be an enclosed duct to transfer liquids or even a individual or vessel that communicates a message from one spot to another.

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Electrical conduit is typically visible only in houses in which the walls are masonry or in which the ceiling and flooring are one unit (that is, the ceiling of a room is also the flooring of the upper room), leaving no room in which electric can hide. The electrical conduit inside this kitchen runs across the underside of wood beams.

Envi Interior Design Studio

In wood-framed constructions, holes are drilled through wood studs along with the electric cord is pulled. Nail plates are inserted on the outside of the stud prior to any wallboard is put up, to avoid anyone from hammering nails into the electric cable.

Rodriguez Studio Architecture PC

Conduit protects and conveys electrical wires to all outlets and fixtures requiring electricity. The electricity starts at the utility business, travels via a meter at every home and enters the house in the circuit breaker. Individual circuits distribute electricity in 100 or 200 amps across the house with a series of junction boxes and panels. The main breaker is a change that can turn off all electricity, and indivdual circuits command smaller regions of the house. Circuits automatically turn off if overloaded, to reduce the risk of fire.

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Industrial and commercial architecture often uses electric conduit because the the walls are strong CMU (concrete masonry blocks), making outside electricity inevitable.

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Exposed ducting and electrical conduit are also typical in urban attic spaces, in which exposed brick walls don’t have any inner wall through which the mechanicals can be routed from perspective. A junction box is a metal box in which wires are tied together. The faceplate of the junction box is removable, providing access to the wires.

Monticello Custom Homes and Remodeling

Conduit has an industrial appeal. Conduit may or may not have been necessary to put in within this entryway, but it fits in with the edgy raw materials.

Robert Kaner Interior Design

Electrical conduit is routed around the large windows of the painted brick room because there is nowhere else to run the plumbing. But a little color coding makes the pipe work with the design of the room.

This light fixture is created out of electric conduit and junction boxes.

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4 Gorgeous Garden Appears for a Narrow Planting Strip

The savviest home gardener can fight to see the possibility in a narrow planting strip, and also when that pocket garden is on the outside of this fence, is it even worth bothering about? The challenges are many: difficult to water, reflected heat from the sidewalk, careless feet and often poor soil.

Yet these perimeter plantings can act as a picture frame for the interior garden and home beyond. When you examine how these architects and designers treated their pocket gardens, you could be tempted to rethink the positioning of your own border fence just to take advantage of the unique design opportunity.

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1. A Romantic Border

A classic white picket fence festooned with fragrant roses — what can be more romantic? The beauty of the one is that passersby may enjoy the flowers, because they’re implanted on the outside of the fence.

Key design features:
Restraint in the colour and plantsRepetition of colors and plants down the whole borderGaining height by using the fence to support climbing rosesColor notes:
A restrained palette of pink and blue is accented with chartreuse.The deeper shades of purple provide depth, ensuring that this combination will still turn heads even in summer time. Plant selection:
Climbing ‘Mary Rose’ offers height and fragrance.Billowing mounds of golden creeping Jenny(Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’) and May Night salvia (Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’) type the decrease tier.These perennials are tolerant of water, inadequate soil and warm sun.

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2. A Contemporary Home

The strong geometric lines of contemporary architecture call to get a foliage-focused planting, and this narrow roadside border delivers.

Key design features:
Restraint in colour and plant varietyLinear planting that echoes the flat lines of the home’s siding and fenceEmphasis on foliage over flowersColor note:
Muted earth tonesPlant choice:
Grasses and succulents are suitable for contemporary landscape design, as they rely upon their strong form instead of colorful blooms.These plants require minimal water and maintenance.The grasses add a bright note to the dark stained fence panels.

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3. An Entry That Establishes a Theme

A garden entry should create a feeling of anticipation, setting the scene for what is beyond. Plantings on the road side of the lattice fence do that.

Key design features:
An intriguing blend of textures and heights makes this tiny planting pocket look much larger than it actually is.Several of those plants may also be glimpsed within the primary garden. Color note:
Subdued tones of tan and pink permit the eye to move through the garden entrance. Plant choice:
This can be a particularly hot, dry border, so these plants are chosen due to their tenacity. Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima), feather reed grass(Calamgrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’)and sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’) provide long-term interest.More on this Fantastic garden plant combination

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4. Planting Strips That Link Multiple Homes

Planned communities such as this one in Kirkland, Washington, have their own challenges, not the least of which is abiding by homeowners association regulations.

These planting strips permit identity while maintaining a cohesive design.

Key design features:
A narrow planting strip adjacent to the sidewalk is located beyond each homeowner’s split-rail fence.Several plants have been replicated through all the gardens, while there’s still space for some unique choices. Shade note:
Shades of blue, green and lavender are replicated throughout. Plant choice:
All the plants are lower compared to the elevation of this split-rail fence; allowing the fence to be glimpsed the whole sidewalk gives the illusion of a constant border.Each plant typically has a mounding habit, creating a feeling of uniformity.Lavender(Lavandula spp)and sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’) are implanted throughout these pocket gardens as well as in the adjacent communal garden areas. Bronze-colored coral bells (Heuchera hyb.) And daylilies (Hemerocallis spp) are also used. More:
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Architecture Details Can Make All of the Difference

“God is in the details,” a quote famously attributed to Mies van der Rohe, means a layout’s idea must be thoroughly and always represented through the entire fabric of the design down to its smallest details.

I received a superb email the other day by a girl who had been occupying areas for interesting architecture. She had stumbled upon one of the houses designed by my architecture firm and wrote, “What I have mostly seen has been in the arena of ‘has potential,’ ‘a near miss’ or ‘completely missed chance.’ Until today.”

I believe the has-potential and near-miss houses are often due to poor detailing. I remember the first time, as a pupil in Michigan, I walked through a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Of course the house was impressive, but what struck me what I recall most — was that the consistency of the thought, how Wright taken his architectural thought (substances, rhythms, geometries) through to the smallest details. The house had integrity and depth, like a novel with wonderfully deep and meaningful characters. One may have a terrific idea for a story (has potential) but when written with bad character development, the story will drop flat (a near miss). A poorly detailed home is similar to a novel with shallow characters.

These five jobs help exemplify the importance and potential impact of architectural information.


1. This is a tremendously well-detailed house. Nothing about this endeavor, from top to bottom, is poorly considered. A number of substances come together with a symphonic result — that isn’t easy to do. A considerable amount of thought and work goes into a project to ensure it is clean and simple.

My favourite detail within this endeavor (which probably goes most unnoticed) may be the small recess where the outside wall and the roof link, creating a shadow line that highlights the floating nature of the roofing. Had the recess been too small or too big, or had the fascia been overly thick or too thin, this detail could have failed.


Horizontal lines emphasize the tide of the wall on precisely the exact same project — a potential near miss that instead hits the goal.

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2. Another well-detailed, well-thought-out project. Every detail, connection and material chosen furthers the overall idea, creating credibility and consistency.

The overhead door expands on the industrial semblance, as do the exposed steel trusses, woven steel fabric and metal.

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3. Material selection is key to appropriate detailing. The project shown here has beautifully chosen materials for its circumstance. The thin fascia, wooden beams and wooden columns are appropriately sized, and the links aren’t overdesigned.

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The interior of the exact same endeavor continues the detailing with exposed beams, linear windows and wood flooring.

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A well considered detail above the garage doors creates a rhythm, a lyricism.

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4. Sometimes a detail can be enlarged into something special.

From the Sonoran Desert, color is vitally important. A trellis offers shade and may be designed or detailed in a million ways. Here the trellis is comprehensive in such a manner that it becomes its own work of art without veering in the overall aesthetic thought of the house. Still authentic, still consistent.

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The parts of the trellis move in the breeze, making shifting shadows.

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5. Much like the opening pages of a novel, this entrance sets the point, offering a hint, a foreshadowing of what is to come. The entrance is simple, nothing extraneous: a rusted metal column, beam and cover. Nothing is wrapped in stucco; there are no extra layers.

To the right is a speech marker: 16 ft of rusty metal bolted to an exposed concrete stem wall with 12-inch-tall water-cut numbers. The sunlight shines from beneath the speech marker, casting a shadow of the numbers streetside.

This small detail sets the stage for the house, which is modern, tidy, linear. The speech marker points to the total idea.

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Finally, while detailing, one ought to think about the convergence of substances. Here we have sand-finished charcoal-gray stucco converging with stainless steel and decomposed granite, substances often utilized in the desert. Color and texture combine to paint a simple mosaic. Details finish the thought and meet the design’s guarantee.

A project that’s well thought out, in which every detail is carefully considered, will have an integrity that’s often lacking in architecture.

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Expert Pruning Secrets for Exquisite Roses

After the danger of frost has passed, struck on the garden armed on your toughest garments and sharpened pruners to your yearly job of cutting back the roses. While gardeners may share different insights on the craft of rose pruning, 1 thing is sure: Even though roses’ winter dormancy stays, it’s time to prune, ensuring a prolific bloom and wholesome plants in summer and spring.

Cynthia Chuang, president of the Santa Clara County Rose Society at California and an ardent rosarian since 1994, believes this routine crucial to the health of her award-winning roses. The majority of her January days are spent outdoors, pruning and pruning her 200 roses. And each May the area and she love the bounty.

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Why prune? Pruning is regenerative. It stimulates new growth and will enhance and start up the form and form of the plants, Chuang says. Additionally, it eliminates dying or diseased portions that can damage the overall health of a backyard. Roses are sturdy and pliable, and will be fitter plants because of it. As you may not prune absolutely every time, it’s always preferable to prune than not to prune.

When to prune. Prune roses throughout their dormancy, before they ship out new growth. In moderate climates, this means mid-December through February. In more extreme climates, wait until the final danger of frost has passed. Otherwise you run the risk of damaging canes.

Revealed: Hybrid tea rose Rosa ‘Gemini’

Tools and equipment. Chuang spends roughly 20 minutes pruning every tree. Be sure that you’re comfortable and well equipped. You want to enjoy the time you spend outside in preparation for spring.
High-quality rose pruners (sharpen often; Chuang applies WD-40 weekly)Loppers (for larger-diameter canes)Pruning saw (for older canes and canes too large for loppers)Scissors (for detail work)Heavy-duty glovesEye protectionA long-sleeve shirt and pants made of a sturdy materialKnee pads or bench (discretionary)Pruner holster (optional)Hint: Sanitize instruments with rubbing alcohol after contact with diseased plants.

Here Chuang has pruned 1/4 inch over a thick, healthy and outward-growing cane. The cut is vented in the path of expansion and will encourage an open, rounded plant.

Create the cut. Rosarians may disagree on how much to prune, when to prune and what to prune, but they agree that the cut itself is important in promoting improved wellbeing.
Cut 1/4 inch over an outward-facing bud eye. Locate an outward-facing bud eye onto a thick, healthy cane. A bud eye happens just above the junction of a leaf (Chuang suggests five-leaflet leaves) and the cane — or at a twisted eye. The twisted eye is really where a leaf used to be and looks like a swelling band. Leaving the leaves on the bush before the conclusion of pruning makes it easier to spot where to cut. The cut indicates the bush to ship water and nutrients to that part of the bush. New growth will emerge in the bud eye at the direction of the cut. Cut at a 45-degree angle with the management of foliage growth, away in the bud eye. This is the direction where the new growth will emerge, so you’ll be promoting an open and outward-facing shrub. The angle also directs water and sap away in the bud eye, and naturally seals the cut. (Some rosarians indicate sealing cuts wider than a pen with a sealant like Elmer’s Glue to prevent borers.)

Chuang’s husband, Chi Ning Liu, dismisses a woody, fundamental cane during its origin. This enables younger, healthier canes to flourish and opens up the middle of this rosebush, promoting circulation and airflow.

How to Prune Roses

While expert demonstrations, extensive reading and preparation are helpful preparation for pruning, nothing educates you enjoy hands-on experience. You may prune too much or too small, but roses are resilient, and they’ll grow back.

Leave healthy, important canes. First, cut off dead or dying canes to their source. Get in there with the saw if necessary, says Chuang. The sure sign of a wholesome cane is a rich green bark and a strong white core. Older rosebushes can get woody, so pick and choose the canes that you would love to maintain. The American Rose Society proposes leaving four or five big canes for hybrid teas and grandifloras; more for floribunas. Cut off dying canes, even though healthy canes shoot off them.

That you want to ensure a healthy rose plant, over all. Then you want to think about shape. Chuang says she will cut canes smaller than the diameter of her pinkie finger. New growth will be thinner than its source, so thin stems will produce even thinner, weaker stalks, not able to support the weight of this rose.

Hint: If you cut healthy canes off, put the stem in the ground and stake it. The stem can sprout roots and form a secondary plant.

Remove suckers. Lots of roses are grafted onto a root stem of another rose type. Under the joint (bud marriage) is the root stalk, and over is the rose variety you’re growing.

Every once in a while you will find a vigorous straggler growing right from the root stalk — those are suckers. Suckers have different leaves and a different form compared to the bush and need to get yanked in the base as soon as possible. The rose bush will waste precious energy onto the undesirable sucker.

Hint: When pruning, keep an eye out for Y-branches. Chuang uses these as spacers between stalks that are near crossing as a guide for receptive expansion (see next photograph).

A spacer opens up the base of this plant

Maintain an open form. Whilst pruning, think about the final form of your rosebush within an upright, open hand or vase. You need canes to radiate up and out of the middle, ensuring airflow and circulation, and preventing mildew and disease.

Canes that cross the middle of the plant or cross a second, healthy cane ought to be pruned. Thin out parts of the plant that have become overly dense, all of the while recalling the pinkie rule as well as the outward-facing rule. This is your chance to guide the form of your plant.

If a lot of stems arise in the same portion of the cane (Chuang states three or even longer), or when you see too many pops and previous cuts in the cane, cut them back again.

Avoid having a lot of this rosebush in the colour — even its colour. Ideally, plant rose bushes 3 to 4 feet apart. Think about sunlight pattern when trimming; if you need to decide between keeping among two canes, cut on the one that will spend more time at the colour.

Cut one off or one-fourth off the surface. While there is not a steadfast rule, Chuang states she aims to cut off a third to a fourth of a bush general height when trimming.

She says that she often sees roses cut too short, which may inhibit the bush’s capacity to regenerate or regenerate, since a lot of its energy was removed. Alternately, if you prune too small, the plant won’t rejuvenate, and you’ll get a spreading, unkempt plant that won’t produce also.

Strip leaves once you prune. Some rosarians strip renders before pruning, but Chuang says leaving them till after pruning makes it easier to identify the path of expansion when making your cuts. Removing leaves eliminates pests or diseases that may be growing on the plant. If you notice mould or rust after in the year, simply strip the leaves to avoid spreading.

Revealed: Hybrid tea rose Rosa ‘Barbra Streisand’ before pruning (left) and after (right)

Clean up. Remove all fallen leaves and surrounding plant debris. Rose debris is typically not composted, as it does not break down quickly, and residual disease and fungus can still live on the leaves. Discard the debris.

Things to Do After Pruning

Spray. Chuang says two sprays after pruning are crucial to a wholesome plant over winter and into spring. Spray the canes greatly all of the way to the floor and even the surrounding ground. Spray in the top down and let the spray blanket the tree.
Employ a dormancy spray when you are going to have three or more days without rain and at least 24 hours without freezing temperatures. Dormancy oil is a horticultural oil that smothers pest eggs that can survive on last year’s leaves, canes and the surrounding soil. Follow the directions on the package. While it’s not essential to spray immediately after pruning, the sooner you do, the sooner you will remove potential pests.One week after, apply a combination of dormancy sulfur and oil. Fungus spores will be smothered by the sulfur. Fertilize 1 month afterwards. Chuang puts a ring of a fertilizer blend around the bottom of every bush, comprising:
Alfalfa pellets3/4 cup slow-release fertilizer4 to five cups chicken manureWater well after fertilizing.

The first blossoms emerge in Chuang’s backyard in mid-April, with the huge show coming in mid-May. If you are still lightly prune through the year, Chuang states, you can expect up to five repeat blossoms per rose a year, depending on variety.

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Growing Sally Holmes Rose

Tips for Particular Rose Types:
Climbers: Bend and tie the canes, arching slightly below horizontal, during dormancy. This will produce prolific blooms. Adhere to the pinkie rule and don’t cut back the key canes if they’re still generating. Old garden roses: If they are single-blooming species, then prune after blooming. Repeat-blooming roses can be pruned similarly to contemporary roses but more lightly. Mini roses: Clean up the inside, creating an open, radiating tree to promote good airflow and circulation. The stem-diameter rule doesn’t apply, but remove any thin, spindly stems. More: Things to Do On Your Garden Now

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Readers' Choice: The 10 Most Popular Living Rooms of 2012

The varied tastes of subscribers come in the most popular living rooms of 2012. Some of the rooms veer toward traditional, others feel distinctly modern, and a few mix in elements from nearly every style. Some of those spaces and a palette added touches of color, but stuck together.

Here are the living room photographs added to the most user ideabooks in 2012:

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1. Gray and yellow at the San Francisco Bay Region. Gray and yellowish continued to be a popular color palette for homes in 2012, and ers loved the inspiration that this living room supplied. Soothing gray tones help tie the entire room together even though several different patterns are used by the room.

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2. Open floor plan. Rustic beams help separate this spacious living space from the adjoining kitchen and dining room. This picture was spared by ers for its particulars and noted the smooth color transitions throughout.


3. Stunning stone fireplace. users loved this traditional stone fireplace and contrasting mantel using corbels for the flexible layout; it might work nicely with a different stone or mantel material.

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4. Blue built-in cabinetry in Denver. Built-ins were anyplace on this season, including inside this popular living room. The cabinets that are blue include depth, but their undertone retains the color scheme simple.

Siemasko + Verbridge

5. Summer. This waterfront pool house has a smartly designed living room that could accommodate summertime wear and tear. Its vinyl rug and tile flooring, for example, can stand up to wet towels and feet. A sleeping loft is ideal for naps on a warm afternoon.

Kim Woods

6. Southern California shabby chic. A beadboard backsplash, a white wood ceiling and casual furniture give this house a subtle shore house vibe. This picture was spared by ers for its sunny, cozy and warm look.

Ownby Design

7. Bold and modern Arizona living room. Browns, grays and blacks tie this living room together effortlessly. The set of furniture created this chamber worth saving, and ers noted the well-designed layout as well.

Erin Hoopes

8. Soft and soothing Virginia area. A cozy sectional manages to divide the spacious kitchen and living room in this house, without producing too much branch. Complementary tans and gray-blues subtly tie together with the 2 spaces.

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9. Upgraded traditional Pennsylvania home. Despite each the stunning furnishings in this area, the stunning coffered ceiling is what initially drew many readers to this living room. However, the mixture of designs and prints — from zebra to paisley — is another inspiring touch.

Kendall Wilkinson Design

10. Artistic San Francisco high-rise. Set within the magnificent St. Regis Hotel, this modern living room manages to incorporate daring black accents without overdoing it. Shelves, lined with easy displays, bring about the gallery vibe.

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Minimalism Suits an Arizona Ranch House

A dab of black in a sea of pink and white, this Phoenix ranch house stands out from the audience with a decidedly contemporary take on desert style. Cynthia Steinman came across the outdated and termite-infested ranch house and immediately envisioned a contemporary desert home she could market. With the help of architect Eric Spry, it evolved into a robust and clean layout. “We just wanted to clear the dance floor,” says Spry of the house’s new look.

Steinman adored the house so much, she moved right in. “I am not supposed to get emotionally connected,” she says. “But when it had been done, we put it on the market, and a week after I just couldn’t sell it”

in a Glance
Who lives here: Cynthia Steinman
Location: Phoenix
Size: 1,500 square feet; 3 bedrooms

Photography: Christopher Barr Photography

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When Steinman and Spry initially saw the house, they knew right away that the website dictated a fresh, contemporary style. The black exterior was motivated by a house Steinman found in a magazine. Rusted steel, including a water-cut address plate, provides the only colour out front.

Before Photo

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The renovation began as an exterior makeover, however, the degree of the necessary repairs was so good that it soon turned into a full remodel. Although this house is in a prime area of Phoenix, no other renovators had been prepared to get it. “It just needed some love,” says Steinman.

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Spry kept the new house as easy and streamlined as possible. Anything that wasn’t absolutely necessary — including shingles, bulky columns and trimming — was removed. “I stuck with that which wouldn’t dismiss in a hurricane,” says Spry.

The entryway is composed of a single column, a steel beam and a plate at the top to get a portico. Fundamental pavers carve a path to the front door.

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The chambers were split from the original design. Spry had four walls knocked down and turned into the main space into this open great room. They redid the ceiling construction, but the majority of the exterior walls are exactly the same — no square footage was inserted, which helped keep the budget in check.

The fireplace wall was already there. A second drywall layer behind it and light in between produce a subtle shine. Originally Spry simply refinished the drywall, but after the project was done Steinman wanted some texture in the space. Natural stone helps brighten up the contemporary lines of this fantastic room.

Fireplace surround: Idaho quartzite; floors: ceramic tile; light fixture: Cost Plus World Market

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Every material and merchandise from the house is made from the U.S.. A muted, neutral colour palette reigns in each room. “I’d rather the people who come in be the pops of colour,” Steinman says. “Along with the outdoors: the pool, pool etc.”

Sinks: Decolav

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Spry gutted the kitchen and put in new windows with a view to the backyard and pool.

The island has a unique seating arrangement that promotes gatherings. Rather than the typical-bar style island where those seated have to appear sideways, this island has seating on all three sides to produce direct conversation simpler.

Countertops: Corian; light fixture: Exeter 16 Jar, Pottery Barn

Before Photo

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The pool had been left without water and attention for some time, causing quite a lot of harm. Originally, Steinman didn’t like the form of the pool because it didn’t go with the house’s clean lines. However a complete redesign or fill-in would have put them far over budget, so they refinished it instead.

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A brand new Pebbletec surface and concrete decking tie the pool to its slick surroundings. As from the front yard, the backyard landscaping is also minimalist. “We wanted each bush and tree to be its surprise,” says Spry.

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Spry designed a sculpture of metal panels and exterior light to hide an unattractive part of a neighboring block wall. The panels also hide an electric transformer and pool equipment.

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