Home Design with Garden

December 8, 2014
Garden Home Designs With

“Modern Living: Scandinavian Style” (teNeues) is an exploration of Scandinavian design, and the best part about it is the diversity of looks. Sometimes — on this side of the Atlantic, at least — the Nordic design approach is interpreted as white floors with white walls and scattered bold-colored items. In a series of chapters organized by room, author Claire Bingham does a nice job of explaining what the style is (simple and uncluttered) and how different people implement it. The DIY projects listed in each section are hit or miss, but the large photos, some of which spread across two pages, are striking.

“A Touch of Farmhouse Charm” (Page Street Publishing Co.) by Liz Fourez, the woman behind the Love Grows Wild blog, is for those who don’t necessarily want to sit down and read, but instead want to do. The book includes 70 DIY projects at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Some projects require the ability to wield a saw or a nail gun, but for others, knowing how to use a paintbrush is the only skill needed. The book is not much more than a list of projects and pictures, and it’s kind of great that it doesn’t try to be.

If it’s not so much the interior you’re looking to explore, “Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces” (Artisan), by Michelle Slatalla and the editors of the Gardenista blog, is right up your alley. There really is something for anyone interested in horticulture and outdoor living — stylish gardens and exterior spaces, DIY projects, a shopping guide to top products, and expert tips. Bonus: Several Cape Cod gardens are featured.

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HGTV fans will no doubt be familiar with designer Nicole Curtis, the host of the show in which Curtis spearheads the renovation and restoration of old homes to their former glory. Her book, “Better Than New: Lessons I’ve Learned From Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me), ” documents behind-the-scenes moments from these projects, but pairs them with lessons from her life — from her time as a waitress at Hooters, as a cleaning lady, as a home flipper, and as a TV-show host. The photos are a bit small, and the writing is not quite eloquent, but fans — and there are a lot of them out there — will love getting to know Curtis’s life in relation to the houses from her show.

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Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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