Home & Garden HEADLINES
During a recent home remodel, Diane Wright decided the stairway leading to her garage needed some perking up.
In a room with wide bay windows, ceiling rosettes, hand-stamped molding, a pressed-metal fireplace and a posh billiard table, Sally Hopkins is sandpapering the ceiling. High on a scaffold, clad in paint-stained jeans and surrounded by dust sheets, she’s patiently scraping down a dozen layers – and decades – of paint.
The beginning of April is always going to be somebody’s heartache. Spring can be a flirt but the nights are still cold. If you fall madly in love with a gorgeous but tender young thing at the nursery, you will risk losing the entire plant after one frosty night.
I don’t know what I’d do without Joe Ponessa, the Rutgers professor emeritus who, time after time, for as long as I have been writing this column, has stepped in to bail me out of my ignorance.
Every day Larry Schweber can see his 8-year-old daughter come home from school, even while he’s at work. He gets a text message with a video clip every time someone walks through the front door of his home in Georgia’s Ansley Park neighborhood.
Spring and summer color in the Pacific Northwest is as easy as picking the right plant for the right place. If nature sings with flowers you can create an entire symphony of blooms just by placing plants in the perfect location.
Stenciling has gotten sassy.
The conversation often starts with, “Where are your shoes?”
Question: I am redoing my kitchen. I have lovely delft tiles I installed as a backsplash in 1981. I am now moving everything from one side of the room to another and want to reuse the tiles.
Spring is here, but you still need to protect your flowers. Don’t get too confident and think you can start planting warm-season crops.
We focus so much energy turning a house into a home, we sometimes forget to aim our decorating genius in another notable direction: the office cubicle.
Spring means your garden is waking up and it needs nourishment. The third week of March is the best time to fertilize established roses, lawns, and small fruits such as blueberry, raspberry and strawberry plants. As the plants awaken and the days lengthen, the foliage tells you that these plants want food now.
Nalley’s Pickles may be gone from Tacoma, but a new pickle brand is quickly greening up the city. Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles formed just one month after Nalley’s closed up its Tacoma shop in July 2011. The start-up just expanded its all-natural sweet and sour pickles to a national audience.
It’s that place in your home that’s always dirty. Maybe it has funky windows and no insulation. Or it leaks. But hey, it’s four walls, a roof and a floor – and so it has a lot more potential than just hosting your car.
You don’t have to squash spring fever anymore; this is the week to get busy. It’s time to plant cool-season vegetables and add some instant color with early blooming perennials.
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