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15 Gorgeous Kinds of Lilies to Grow for a Beautiful Garden

Lilies are one of the most popular flowers for gardens. Lilies come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes, making it possible to find a variety that will fit any garden setting. Some common lily varieties include Asiatic hybrids and Oriental hybrids. If you’re looking to grow some gorgeous lilies, this post is for you! [...]

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20 Plants For the Office to Increase Your Productivity

Looking for the best plants for the office? You can increase your productivity – and boost your overall health – by growing some of these most popular options. Whether you’re working from a home office (and if you’re looking to revamp your home office space you can check out our fab DIY ideas here) or [...]

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5 Ways To Use Wood Ash In The Garden + How to Store it

Wood ashes are a product of burning firewood, whether that be from a fireplace, wood-burning stove, campfire, or anywhere else real wood is burned. These ashes may not look like much, but they actually have a wide variety of uses if properly implemented. So, before you clean out and dump your excess ashes, make sure [...]

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20 Garden Cloche Ideas to Protect Your Plants (Many Upcycled Ideas)

Picture this – you’ve just planted your garden, and you’re standing back to admire your hard work when your phone chimes. You step back from your perfectly manicured rows of seedlings and check the screen – it’s a weather alert. There’s a late-season frost coming in tonight. Oh no! All that hard work, wasted? Not [...]

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16 Tips for Growing Hydrangeas + Control Their Color

Hydrangeas are one of the most popular flowering plants in North America. These bushes bloom with a wide variety of colors and shapes, but they’re not always easy to grow. They need specific amounts of sun and water, so it’s important to know how to keep them healthy year-round! Also quite popular in the gardening [...]

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Upcycled CD and Tin Can Wind Chime Garden Decoration

If you love wind chimes as much as I do, then you are going to adore this upcycled CD and tin can windchime! It’s a gorgeous addition to any porch, garden, or outdoor space and couldn’t be easier to make. This upcycled craft can be fun for kids and adults alike. Use the easy step-by-step [...]

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The Ultimate Guide to Potato Towers For A Great Potato Harvest

Potatoes can be a wonderful addition to any garden that you would like to plant. They store well, last a long time, and can be added to any type of meal you would like. However, they do take some time to grow and may not give the best yield each time. This is where the [...]

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11 Expert Tips to Prune Tomato Plants Like Professionals

Just because your tomato plants are firmly rooted in the ground and beginning to set fruit, that doesn’t mean your tomato gardening work is done! No, in addition to fertilizing, watering, and weeding, you also need to make sure you are taking the time to prune your tomato plants. Pruning tomato plants is a good [...]

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How To Grow a Giant Lemon Tree Absolutely Anywhere

Have you seen citrus trees and wondered how you could have one too? It’s not so hard to grow a giant lemon tree. The caring, planting, maintaining steps and instructions below are going to make this a possibility that you are going to love harvesting! Believe it or not, you don’t have to live in [...]

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11 Plants That Thrive in Shade and Dry Climates

As a general rule of thumb, plants require a decent amount of water and sunlight; however, if you live in a dry climate and have a heavily shaded yard, don’t give up on your garden dreams just yet. While you may have some limitations when it comes to planting options, there is still a decent [...]

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Master Bathroom Refresh

*this post is brought to you in partnership with PaintCare. It’s been a few years that I’ve wanted to give this bathroom a refresh but finally got around to completing phase one! I started with a design plan two weeks ago, ordered all the materials and fixtures, then installed them all last week. I decided…
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Brass Wall Sconces: 1, 2, & 3

I’m nearing completion on my bathroom remodel. I’ll be featuring that next on the blog after I finish the grouting then install the new light fixtures. I spent a lot of time in my search for the perfect bathroom vanity fixtures comparing styles, finishes, and prices. The lighting and the hardware is the jewelry so…
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Weekend Reading 4.4.21

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you’re spending your day relaxing and celebrating with your family and/or friends. My stepdaughter and her boyfriend are in town, so we’re meeting for dinner downtown. I don’t have to cook or set a table this year, such a nice treat! I’ve been working hard on a bathroom remodel these…
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Destination Design: Riviera Maya + Tulum

The destination design series slipped my mind in March so it’s back for April, and this month’s feature is the Riviera Maya on the east coast of Mexico. I visited a few years ago with a cousin, she invited me to stay with her in the Grand Sirenes resort and it was a blissful experience.…
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Patterned Outdoor Rugs for Spring

I had a very productive weekend, I primed some cabinets for a bathroom makeover in progress. I prepped a wall for a new backsplash and did some gardening too. I propagated some succulents from the rear yard and placed them in new pots, then gave the front porch a quick refresh. I ordered a playful…
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Weekend Reading 3.27.21

I attended a funeral yesterday. They are always a reminder of the impact people have on each others lives, how quickly life moves and how fleeting it is. The takeaway for me each time I go to a funeral or memorial is to appreciate the moments we have while we still have them, and to…
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Vertical Stack Bond in the Shower

I’m remodeling three bathrooms and a kitchen this month and next, just like the saying goes, when it rains it pours. I’m rounding up all the materials for these spaces and in all three, they require new tile in the showers. In at least one I’m installing tile in a modern stack bond pattern. There…
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The Best Ways to Propagate Garlic with Professional Growing Guide

Garlic is a staple ingredient in many homes and is known for its pungent taste and smell that adds a strong flavor to any dish. While pasta may be one of the most common uses for garlic, it can also be used with meat, soups, sauces, dressings, or just eaten by itself as a vegetable. [...]

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How to Do Proper Soil Blocking for Indoor Seedlings

When you are looking to get started with gardening, there are a lot of different techniques and methods that you can try out. Some promise to be the number one way to help you start your garden and see amazing results. Some of them are successful and others are more work than they are really [...]

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How to Distress and Update Painted Furniture {22 Photos}

Do you have an old table, dresser, or chest of drawers that is already painted, but you want to make it just a bit unique? You can easily update an already painted piece of furniture with a simple distressing technique. This gives those ordinary pieces of furniture a unique farmhouse look. A bit of change [...]

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20 Most Common Seed Starting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Starting seeds indoors is a great way to improve the yield, health, and success of a garden. Not only will you wind up with a larger variety of plants, but you’ll also have better control of how your plant is grown from seed to harvest You can save a ton of money, too. After all, [...]

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Weekend Reading 3.15.21

I spent the weekend up in the mountains in Lake Tahoe, it was a spontaneous trip but oh what fun! The skies were blue and the snow was fresh and I finally got to ski after too many years away from the slopes on a perfect spring day. I was wiped out from the socializing…
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Architectural Trend: Arched Niches

I’m not a fan of the senseless niches that were part of the design of so many subdivision homes built in the 1980s and 1990s. I prefer to close them off like I did in this remodel. It’s my opinion that a niche really has to serve a purpose, it can’t be random. However, if…
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Pendants in Natural Textures

My eyes are glazed over with the hours I’ve spent researching light fixtures for bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and dining. I shared a glimpse of the interior of the investment property I’m remodeling on my Insta stories over the weekend and I’ll share more as the project progresses from start to finish. The dining room (as…
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25 Beautiful Flowers to Grow Under Trees with Success

If you live in a wooded area, you might be wondering how you can grow a drool-worthy garden while also maintaining the natural beauty of the surrounding forest. It can be downright frustrating to try to garden beneath a tree. Trees can shade understory plants and make it more difficult for them to grow not [...]

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21 Flowers You Can Plant In Your Vegetable Garden

When you’re planning out your gardens for the year, you might think that you need to have clearly defined spaces for each type of plant. Vegetables go here, flowers go here, and shrubs go here….right? Wrong. A smart planting technique involves planting flowers inside your vegetable garden. Not only will it look spectacular, but growing [...]

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17 Expert Tips for How to Have a Weed Free Garden

There’s nothing quite as enjoyable – or as rewarding – as growing your own garden. Whether you are planting flowers or vegetables, there’s something to be said about enjoying the fruits of your labors. However, nothing gets in the way of a beautiful garden more than a pile of messy weeds. Weeds not only interfere [...]

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50 Best Low-Maintenance Flowers to Grow: No Green Thumb Required

Working in the garden presents a myriad of health benefits. It’s a great form of exercise, plus there’s nothing like reconnecting with the great outdoors. Unfortunately, sometimes working in the garden becomes exactly that – work. You should be able to enjoy your garden from time to time, too! Growing plants that more or less [...]

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20 Things You Should Never Do in the Vegetable Garden

As a new gardener, you might be nervous about all the things you should and should not do to maintain a healthy, productive growing space. Whether you have a green thumb or not, vegetable gardening requires a fine combination of talent, knowledge, and experience that is difficult to acquire – at least at first. Your [...]

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10 Common Plants to Avoid if You Have Dogs

There are some common plants to avoid if you have dogs – here is an overview. While some dogs may be more likely to cause harm to your plants than your plants are to the dog, there are some plants that are toxic and are best avoided if you have dogs. While there are many [...]

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Do it yourself, also known as DIY, is the method of building, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals. Academic research describes DIY as behaviors where "individuals engage raw and semi-raw materials and component parts to produce, transform, or reconstruct material possessions, including those drawn from the natural environment (e.g. landscaping)".[1] DIY behavior can be triggered by various motivations previously categorized as marketplace motivations (economic benefits, lack of product availability, lack of product quality, need for customization), and identity enhancement (craftsmanship, empowerment, community seeking, uniqueness)

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