The way New York designer Markham Roberts sees the world is large, bold, colorful and highly personalized, a sensitivity he attributes to the most influential person in his life - his late grandmother Harriet Greathouse Cain. In her houses in Indianapolis, a city where he grew up, as well as her vacation homes, he observed how to live comfortably and entertain, rather than be surrounded by staid stage sets for show. "I learned so much from the joy of being in those houses, whether I recognized it or it was subconscious," he says.
Members of the aster family can be described by a lot of wonderful adjectives, but "lush" and "tropical" are typically not among them. Yet that is the case with the giant leopard plant. Botanically speaking, I am referring to Farfugium japonicum 'Giganteum,' and though it is found growing on rocky cliffs in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, it is turning some of the squares here in Savannah, Ga., into visions of garden paradise.
LOS ANGELES - Although most of us know about architect John Lautner through iconic works such as the circular Chemosphere house or the Silvertop estate, his first official commission in Los Angeles was a modest 600-square-foot guesthouse, a refuge that has the peaceful feeling of a cabin with warm wood floors and paneling, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking an Echo Park canyon.
A changing climate challenges every gardener to rethink the way we grow vegetable gardens. Everywhere the extremes of the growing season are hotter, colder, wetter and drier, and nature is responding in ways we never anticipated. Bugs don't die and their eggs or pupae live into a second year to infest plants. Abnormal cold late in spring or early in fall shorten the growing seasons so some crops can't mature fully. Drought stresses plants so much their normal resistance to heat, pests and disease is diminished. Only one thing is for sure: Unpredictability is the new normal.
Chevron patterns are all the rage and they are not going away anytime soon. No, they are not new, but they are definitely on trend right now. The chevron pattern is strong and bold and can be used in a number of spaces from living rooms to bedrooms and even bathrooms. Pair the pattern with solid colors or even other patterns!
Parents of young children often ask me if it's possible to have a beautifully decorated home and to have children at the same time. The answer is a resounding YES! Here are the two steps I follow when designing spaces that are both kid-friendly and lovely to look at:
Q: Hi Ed, I have an older tub and shower unit with problems. First, the rusted chrome valve trim, tub spout and handle all need to be replaced. Second, the tub drain lever does not work and water will not stay in the tub. Third, the showerhead is full of water deposits and the flow is weak. I don't know where to start and I'm ready to give up. But, before I call my plumber, is there some legwork I can do to lower the cost of this job?
Q: This is the first year I have noticed a drip line rut in the yard below my gutters. Is this because of the heavy rains? Are my gutters too small? I have standard sized gutters, and when I checked the gutters and the drains they are not clogged.
LOS ANGELES - Just as Tobey Maguire's comic book character has spidery senses that kick in when danger is near, the "Spider-Man" actor may have a bit of extrasensory perception working when it comes to real estate dealings. He just sold his house in the Brentwood neighborhood of L.A. for $10.4 million - nearly $2 million more than he paid 15 months ago.