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Great Design Plant: Quaking Aspen for 3-Season Beauty — on Its Own Turf

If you have seen groves of quaking aspen from the wild in full fall glory, your likely query is,”Can I grow them at home?” The quick answer is yes, if you live where the trees grow naturally. If not, developing an aspen in a house garden is nearly as difficult as raising a rainbow trout Read more about Great Design Plant: Quaking Aspen for 3-Season Beauty — on Its Own Turf[…]

Efficient Architecture Suggests a New Future for Design

Why is something effective? Merriam-Webster defines “effective” as “effective without waste” Apple’s senior vice president of design, Jonathan Ive, applied the idea of efficacy to layout when he sought to eliminate anything that was not absolutely necessary. The notion of an efficient home has increased in popularity during the past ten years, largely in the Read more about Efficient Architecture Suggests a New Future for Design[…]

Basement of the Week: Clever Details Update a Lounge

A classic 1960s knotty pine basement with a gargantuan wet bar caught this homeowner’s eye years ago and had stuck in his mind as his ideal basement ever since. When it came time to renovate his own basement, his growing tastes and collaboration with the designers in Princeton Design Collaborative resulted in a brand new, Read more about Basement of the Week: Clever Details Update a Lounge[…]

6 Wonderfully Easy Roses for Any Gardener

Calling roses “simple” may seem like an oxymoron, but there are several varieties which are low maintenance. Many roses are susceptible to black spot, aphids and fungal infections and require a decent amount of spraying and fussing to keep them healthy, but these roses scoff at all that nonsense. Take a look at those easy-care Read more about 6 Wonderfully Easy Roses for Any Gardener[…]

Guest Groups: Sweeten Your Home With Art Evoking Valentine's Day

I love to collect artwork, and I’m always looking for bright and beautiful paintings or prints to include in my home. I’ve been eyeing all things pink recently, and since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I’d place a group of my very favorite pieces of Valentine’s Day–motivated artwork together. They may Read more about Guest Groups: Sweeten Your Home With Art Evoking Valentine's Day[…]

8 Modern Hamptons Homes Buck Convention

The Houses at Sagaponac, a community of 32 modern homes, was intended for 70 acres in the Hamptons, New York. It railed against the bloated pseudohistorical structure of much of the Hamptons, with the notion of offering compact homes on small websites for approximately $300,000. The project was launched in 2001 by developer Harry “Coco” Read more about 8 Modern Hamptons Homes Buck Convention[…]