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Wedding Wows

When it comes to desi weddings, ‘the bigger, the better’ still holds true. But the decor is adding a twist to the tradition. With chalkboards, banjos, hanging jam jars – wedding decor is getting more fun. Design expert Sabah Sheikh, who owns a wedding design and bespoke company, says that the big decor theme is ‘greenery’. Tablescapes, centre-pieces are all using green against a neutral palette. “Unconventional settings like picnic tables, gingham cloth, rustic low seating, dream-catchers are big trends,” she adds. Her other picks: Moroccan colours from dark pinks, oranges, purples, fuchsia, deep corals and magentas.

A GRAND SHOW

Wedding decor is becoming more theatrical – especially at the entrance. Ajay Modgil, CEO of a wedding planning firm, notes that the entrance gate is getting grander with made-to-order gateways and panoramic terraces. “With people moving away from stereotypical venues for rare locations, the decor has to have a once-in-a-lifetime feel,” he says.

HANG IN THERE

Hanging accents — from lamps to dream-catchers to flowers to swings — are still trending. They get noticed immediately and add that wow factor. Sonali Thakore, owner of a wedding design company, says, “Hanging decor creates a mood of grandeur, lushness and romance.”

SILK, SNAPS AND SIPS

Thakore says, “Hand-dyed silk runners have a lovely ethereal look that add a beautiful softness to table settings.” The traditional shaadi photo booth gets a new spin: with slo-mo videos and animated GIFs that can be shared instantly on social media. Instagram video edits are a popular package option from videographers. There are also more coffee and lounge areas at the wedding venue to survive the hectic celebrations better.


IMAGE COURTESY: F5 Weddings

Article source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/home-garden/wedding-wows/articleshow/60321512.cms

Local gardening column: Container gardening

Most people feel the only way you can have a garden is if you live on a farm or have a huge yard.

Not so.

Container gardening is becoming increasingly popular. You can do this on your patio, deck, balcony or porch.

What do you need to start container gardening?

You need containers with good drainage, quality potting soil with fertilizer, herb or vegetable seed packets, water and sunlight. Fertilizer is a plant’s food to help it thrive. So be sure your soil comes with fertilizer or you will need to add some.

As far as containers go, make sure the size of the container is big or small enough to give you the yield that you want. Flower pots, hanging wooden baskets, 2-liter soda bottles, glass mason jars, milk jugs, etc., almost anything can be used as a container. Simply add soil to your container, follow the instructions on the back of your seed packet and wait for your yield.

You can, however, start your herb or vegetable garden from seedling starts that you purchase at your local nursery, or various stores. The yield from these will be much faster since someone already has begun the work for you.

As a suggestion, if you are a beginning gardener, you might want to start off with basil, mint, rosemary, thyme or parsley as they are the easiest herbs to grow, but make sure they stay in a sunny spot.

The easiest vegetables to grow would be spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, bell peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, radishes or squash. You can use big containers for these vegetables so that you can plant more, and if you are like me with a large family — f boys, a husband and myself — you do want to get a big yield.

Melitta Crowder is a master gardener volunteer with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County. Look for more gardening tips in the Observer-Dispatch or online at www.cceoneida.com.

Article source: http://www.timestelegram.com/news/20170902/local-gardening-column-container-gardening

This week’s gardening tips: last chance to cut back poinsettias before winter bloom

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5 garden tips for this week, Aug. 19-25

Morning watering is best

Hopefully we all know that judicious watering is absolutely essential this time of year. Keep in mind that container plants dry out quickly, and citrus and avocado trees need regular soil moisture for fruit to develop properly. It’s always best to irrigate as early in the morning as possible so water has a chance to seep into the soil. Try never to water on a hot or breezy afternoon, because much of it evaporates without helping your plants.

Harvest time

Harvest late stone fruits, midseason apples and various grapes. Late peaches and nectarines are especially yummy. Thompson Seedless grapes are super sweet by now; so are Concords. The second round of figs is beginning to ripen also. Check and harvest daily to outdo the green fruit beetles, which are harmless to humans and pets but feast for a few weeks on soft fruits, and there is no way to stop them — short of catching them yourself.

Great grapes

Keep an eye on ripening grapes to make sure you get your share before the bees and birds do. Of course, they are wonderful fresh fruits, but you can do other things with grapes as well. For instance, separate individual berries of seedless types and put them in containers in the freezer for great frozen treats. Control excessive or unwanted growth by pruning the longest shoots back part way now.

Color your world

Now is the best time to select colorful flowering trees for your yard, while they are flowering and while there is time for the roots to get acclimated before winter settles in. Summer blooming trees include Crape Myrtles, which come in many colors; Floss Silk Tree (Chorisia speciosa) with its fragrant rich pink hibiscus-like flowers; Gold Medallion Tree (Cassia leptophylla) with bright yellow blooms; Jacaranda with blue flowers; and Magnolia with fragrant white flowers.

Summer showoffs

“Naked ladies” have awakened from summer slumber and can be seen dancing in many gardens throughout Southern California for the next few weeks. Known officially as Amaryllis belladonna, these pink trumpet-shaped blooms emerge almost overnight in late summer atop 18-inch-long stems with no foliage to cover their graceful form. What’s more, they’re full of perfume and have a wonderful fragrance. Not long after these flowers die, long green leaves emerge and stay throughout winter and spring. Then they go completely dormant in early summer, and that’s the best time to transplant them.

Article source: http://www.sbsun.com/2017/08/16/5-garden-tips-for-this-week-aug-19-25/

Garden Tips: Growing garlic is all about the when, where and how – Tri

If you have ever wanted to try growing garlic but were just a bit intimidated, there’s something you should know: It is not hard to grow this pungent cousin of the onion.

Here are a few basic tips and tricks.

When to buy: If you have not yet purchased certified garlic seed from local nurseries, you should do it soon. Certified garlic seed has been checked and certified to be disease free. Do not plant cloves obtained from another gardener or from the grocery store. These can look perfectly healthy but may still carry white rot, a fungus disease that can persist in the soil for many years and make it impossible to grow garlic, onions or their relatives for years to come.

You can find a number of Northwest nurseries online that offer “certified” garlic seed, but their seed is “certified organic,” not “certified disease free.” Look to your local nurseries for certified disease-free seed. By state law, it is illegal to ship or bring garlic seed that is not certified disease free into Benton, Franklin, Grant, Adams, and Klickitat counties. This regulation is in place to protect the commercial onion and garlic industry.

When to plant: About four to six weeks before cold weather arrives, or sometime during mid- to late October is the best time to plant garlic in our region. This allows time for the cloves to develop the roots needed to sustain growth in the spring. Keep in mind that during the period after planting and before the soil cools or freezes, the cloves will need water for growth. After cold weather persists in November, cover your garlic bed with about 4 inches of chopped leaf mulch or compost to protect the young plants from severely cold winter temperatures.

Where to plant: Like most vegetable crops, garlic grows best in a sunny spot that is well drained. Before planting, the soil should be loosened and mixed with some quality compost.

How to plant: Seed garlic is simply unpeeled cloves of garlic that are broken off of a bulb. Right after breaking the bulb apart, select the largest cloves for planting and place them in a hole or trough with their pointy end up. The largest cloves tend to grow into the largest bulbs.

Cloves should be planted so that their tips are 2 to 3 inches below the soil surface and spaced 4 to 6 inches apart in rows at least 12 inches apart.

Know your garlic: There are two main types of garlic: hardneck (aka stiffneck) and softneck.

Hardneck garlic tends to have more pungent flavor than softneck, but it does not store longer than six months under ideal conditions. Hardneck garlic grows best in colder areas with longer winters because it needs more chilling to stimulate bulb growth in the spring. As the name implies, hardneck garlic has woody and rigid necks, making it unsuitable for braiding. Its bulbs usually have 4 to12 cloves, with the woody stalk in the center.

If you typically buy your garlic in the grocery store, you are most likely getting softneck garlic because it stores well (up to nine months under ideal conditions) and has a milder flavor. Softneck garlic is the type of garlic used to make garlic braids. Its bulbs commonly contain eight or more smaller cloves, with a clove in the center.

There are many different cultivated varieties of garlic with varying shapes, taste and pungency. I prefer the strong flavor and biting heat of some hardneck varieties. It is important to note that growing conditions will affect the taste of any variety. Did you know soils with higher sulfur levels will produce more pungent garlic and onions?

For more detailed information, check out the WSU Factsheet 162E on “Growing Garlic in Home Gardens” available at http://bit.ly/2wU1bd9.

Marianne C. Ophardt is a retired horticulturist for Washington State University Benton County Extension.

Article source: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/living/home-garden/marianne-ophardt/article170582587.html

Alan Titchmarsh’s tips on creating a Mediterranean garden

Mad about the Med? Top plants to recreate that Mediterranean feel…

l Fig trees – plant a fan-trained fig of a reliable outdoor variety such as Brunswick or Brown Turkey against a warm, south-facing wall and prune to shape every January when fully dormant and you should get good crops.

l Citrus trees – grow the hardiest kinds such as kumquats, Meyer lemons and Seville oranges in pots. Stand them on the patio in summer but keep them in a bright room or frost-free conservatory for winter.

l Olive trees – keep in pots while they’re young and bring in each winter; big plants are hardier.

l Conservatory plants – Bougainvillea, oleander and jacaranda are best grown in tubs and brought outside every summer, from early June to late September, then kept in a frost-free conservatory for winter.

l Pelargoniums – grow zonal types in pots in summer. They’re good for full sun and quite drought tolerant.

l South African daisies – Osteospermum, gazania, lampranthus or mesembryanthemum have a very South of France air. In containers, they thrive outside during a hot, dry summer.

l Agaves and aloes – have striking foliage and architectural shapes. For pots, they need frost-free conditions in winter. Evergreen herbs, especially rosemary, sage, thyme, bay and lavender, create authentic ambience in hot sunny spots. 

l Sun-loving shrubs – Acacia dealbata, olearia, yucca, Chusan palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) or dwarf fan palm (Chamaerops humilis) make a good year-round screen, specimen plants or large container specimens (use bottomless pots so they can root through, which means less watering). 

Article source: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/garden/848344/How-to-create-a-Mediterranean-garden

Home Design Embraces Cozy Fall Fashion

This Week’s Top Story

This fall, runways are flush with rich colors and textures—fabrics and tones that can only be described as cozy. Red and chocolate brown are making a comeback, replacing blah greys.

Chicago interior designers Melissa Lewis and Cari Giannoulias, principals at Lewis Giannoulias Interiors (910 W. Van Buren St., Ste. 603, lg-interiors.com) love to translate fashion to their interior worlds, and for recent projects, they’re embracing much of what they’re seeing on the catwalk.

“People like to feel current—no one wants their home to look dated,” says Lewis. “Most fashion trends are recurring, except maybe neon, so find the ones that speak to you and slowly incorporate them.”

The duo likes using velvet “because of the comfort it exudes,” says Giannoulias. “It’s pretty much a staple for us and always feels current.” Holly Hunt Great Plains has beautiful velvets from which to select. They are also “obsessed” with plaid, “so we were very excited to hear it’s making a resurgence this season. It can make any room feel approachable just by being itself,” says Lewis. Their favorite plaid blankets are found at Hinterveld.

For those doing their own redecorating, Lewis says: “We suggest shopping at vintage stores, but if time is of the essence, Web surfing will do as well!”

Interior Intel

Roche Bobois (222 Hubbard St., roche-bobois.com) is collaborating with Japanese-French designer Kenzo Takada for its Fall/Winter 2017 Collection, and new items have just arrived to the showroom. His take on the classic Mah Jong sofa composition is exquisite.

Check out men’s clothier Thom Browne’s new designs for The Rug Company (320 N. Clark St., therugcompany.com). Rugs come in Cable Knit White and Cable Knit Grey, as expected. Don’t worry, they’re not short (as many of his cropped signature suits are).

Anyone looking for a sectional but having a heck of a time finding the right shape, color, or size? Check out Burrow, a new company that specializes in modular, customizable couches. Create your dream sofa on its website, and it’ll be delivered to your Chicago-area door in two to five days in compact packages that can be easily dragged up your stairs and assembled in 10 minutes—no tools required. They even have built-in power outlets and USB ports. Prices range from affordable $550 to $1,150, plus you get $50 off with the code LABORDAY.

Sales

They may be jumping the gun, but online-only furniture brand Interior Define is having its annual fall sale from September 1 to 20. Get 15 percent off the entire collection of pretty much anything soft you can sit on. They’re going heavy on the fall fashion trend, too, with rich, luxe textures like velvet and warm hues like reds, browns, and mustards.

There are loads of other online Labor Day Sales. A few of our favorites this weekend include: Overstock (up to 70 percent off); Wayfair (same); Home Depot (up to 40 percent off appliances); and AllModern (up to 65 percent off, plus an extra 20 percent off with code WAVY).

IRL, this weekend only, Walter E. Smithe is hosting its Labor Day Sale, from September 1 to 4. Everything is 30 percent off, including clearance items, and they’re also offering 12 months of no-interest financing. Freshen up your space with new furniture, fabrics, and finishes that you can find at one of the 11 showrooms around Chicago.

Events

First, Misen brought affordable, acclaimed chef’s knives to the market through Kickstarter (they raised more than $1 million toward a $25,000 goal). Next week, Misen will launch its second Kickstarter to fund a new line of cookware that will ship by early 2018. Early “investors” can get a Starter set or the Complete 12-piece set that includes everything you need for a fully stocked kitchen. Go here to sign up on September 6.

Get your tickets in advance for September 8’s River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk. Get inspiration as you tour showrooms that will exhibit vignettes from some of Chicago’s top designers. Most of the events are free (from 4 to 9 p.m.), though you can hit up the parties for a small fee if you sign up here.

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Article source: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Home/August-2017/Home-Design-Embraces-Cozy-Fall-Fashion/

Heirlooms, antiques stand tall as objects d’art in gardens – The Register

Adding antique garden ornaments to the landscape blends horticulture with history. One-of-a-kind pieces will personalize your property, and over time may grow into something richly rewarding — financially as well as artistically.

“Really outstanding good old pieces such as a swan bench, unusual large decorative urn or piece of sculpture will continue to go up in value, but really more important to my client is the same artistic pleasure that placing a certain piece in their garden gives to them,” says Aileen Minor, owner of Aileen Minor Garden Antiques Decorative Arts in Centreville, Md.

Some of her garden antiques have been installed in the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and in private collections around the United States, Germany, England and France.

The definition of “antique” is somewhat elastic but generally applies to objects more than 100 years old.

“What makes a piece worth collecting? I would say rarity, design detail, all original parts and age,” Minor says.

Garden antiques are most commonly made of wicker, metal or stone, and range from pergolas and gazebos to cemetery headstones and fountains, from ironwork, fencing and gates to outdoor furniture and windows.

Family heirlooms certainly qualify.

Each person has his or her own idea about what constitutes a collectible, says Troy Rhone, owner of Troy Rhone Garden Design in Birmingham, Ala. “Typically, I look for pieces that are over 120 years old and have a unique history,” Rhone says. “I’m not as concerned about the price because I’m usually looking for a specific item for my gardens.”

Rhone studies each piece to determine if there are markings to determine who made it, signs of wear and tear, and areas that might deteriorate quickly.

“Not many pieces can stand the test of time when exposed to weather, so using pieces that have proved their sustainability is something most people are drawn toward,” Rhone says.

Many people shape their garden antique collections around a theme. Some may want to match a Victorian-era setting, highlighting the looks of their home and neighborhood. Others simply want practical antiques spotted tastefully around their landscape.

“Collectors do collect pieces based on forms such as antique hitching posts or interesting sculpture,” Minor says. “But more often they are looking to find unusual pieces such as a fountain for a focal point in a garden, or are looking for an attractive antique or vintage bench or settee for seating in their garden.”

Estate sales, auctions and antique dealers are good places to look, Rhone says. “They can be a great resource when searching for a specific item. Most of the time it’s pretty easy to have shipping arranged.”

Living at a time when so much is mass-produced, it’s nice to have something that no one else has, Rhone says. “That is easily accomplished with an antique that was handmade,” he says. “No one else is likely to have that exact piece so it allows a space to have individuality, which is what makes one garden stand out from the rest.”

Secure them, though. High-end antique pieces are prime targets for thievery.

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Antiques stand tall as objects d’art in gardens | Weekend | Eugene … – The Register

Adding antique garden ornaments to the landscape blends horticulture with history. One-of-a-kind pieces will personalize your property, and over time may grow into something richly rewarding — financially as well as artistically.

“Really outstanding good old pieces such as a swan bench, unusual large decorative urn or piece of sculpture will continue to go up in value, but really more important to my client is the same artistic pleasure that placing a certain piece in their garden gives to them,” says Aileen Minor, owner of Aileen Minor Garden Antiques Decorative Arts in Centreville, Md.

Some of her garden antiques have been installed in the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and in private collections around the United States, Germany, England and France.

The definition of “antique” is somewhat elastic but generally applies to objects more than 100 years old.

“What makes a piece worth collecting? I would say rarity, design detail, all original parts and age,” Minor says.

Garden antiques are most commonly made of wicker, metal or stone, and range from pergolas and gazebos to cemetery headstones and fountains, from ironwork, fencing and gates to outdoor furniture and windows.

Family heirlooms certainly qualify.

Each person has his or her own idea about what constitutes a collectible, says Troy Rhone, owner of Troy Rhone Garden Design in Birmingham, Ala. “Typically, I look for pieces that are over 120 years old and have a unique history,” Rhone says. “I’m not as concerned about the price because I’m usually looking for a specific item for my gardens.”

Rhone studies each piece to determine if there are markings to determine who made it, signs of wear and tear, and areas that might deteriorate quickly.

“Not many pieces can stand the test of time when exposed to weather, so using pieces that have proved their sustainability is something most people are drawn toward,” Rhone says.

Many people shape their garden antique collections around a theme. Some may want to match a Victorian-era setting, highlighting the looks of their home and neighborhood. Others simply want practical antiques spotted tastefully around their landscape.

“Collectors do collect pieces based on forms such as antique hitching posts or interesting sculpture,” Minor says. “But more often they are looking to find unusual pieces such as a fountain for a focal point in a garden, or are looking for an attractive antique or vintage bench or settee for seating in their garden.”

Estate sales, auctions and antique dealers are good places to look, Rhone says. “They can be a great resource when searching for a specific item. Most of the time it’s pretty easy to have shipping arranged.”

Living at a time when so much is mass-produced, it’s nice to have something that no one else has, Rhone says. “That is easily accomplished with an antique that was handmade,” he says. “No one else is likely to have that exact piece so it allows a space to have individuality, which is what makes one garden stand out from the rest.”

Secure them, though. High-end antique pieces are prime targets for thievery.

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Backyard ideas that kids and parents will love

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She shares the home with husband, William Tell and the couple just welcomed their first baby.

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Conrad has quite an impressive real estate portfolio and owns several properties. She purchased the Brentwood home in 2013 for $4.68 million, so she stands to make a decent profit.

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Conrad has always been known for her sense of style, so it’s no surprise that her interior décor is gorgeous. The six-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 1959 and is set back on a quiet street.  

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The dine-in kitchen features stainless steel appliances and marble benchtops.

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Lauren has offloaded two other properties recently, including a Beverly Hills apartment and a home in Pacific Palisades. She still owns two homes in Laguna Beach – her hometown.

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A Perth couple have transformed trash into a stunning eco home, using every inch of the 200-square-metre plot of land. 

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Made almost entirely of rubbish and salvage materials, the usual designer home is located in Highgate, Perth. 

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Hidden behind a rusty gate, every piece of the home tells a story; from a salvaged front door from one of Alan Bond’s mansions to a retro bath from Adelaide. 

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As the video above shows, the materials for the home were sourced from all over Australia. 

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Inside, a double-height mosaic of windows salvaged from old cottages floods the home with light. While the kitchen bench was sourced from an old Melbourne pub. 

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On the roof, things take an innovative turn, with a self-filtering two-level green roof. 

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Building designer Carla Karsakis for her sister Tania and her partner Peter. Minimal environmental footprint. Even the walls are recycled rubble.

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The three-bedroom, two bathroom home is also super energy efficient, using no gas or air-conditioning and is powered by rooftop solar panels. 

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And if you weren’t convinced about trying something like this beautiful home already, Tania and Peter’s last electricity bill of $60 for the month might change your mind. 

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After a long winter cooped up indoors, we’re ready to fall back in love with outdoor entertaining and everything that makes Australian homes beautiful and unique. From stunning indoor/outdoor spaces to Federation homes with contemporary details, our best designers (including William Smart and Arent Pyke) always provide beautiful interiors inspiration. 

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Belle Beautiful Australian Homes Volume II, lifts the curtain on the country’s most envy-inducing residences. The uxe coffee table book, will give readers an exclusive access to 40 breathtaking abodes, from timeless to contemporary to the truly cutting edge.

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In anticipation of the book’s September 2 release, here’s a sneak preview of our favourite featured homes. 

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Also featured is the stunning Southern Highlands weekender of Melissa Penfolds. 

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Take a tour of the property

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Belle Beautiful Australian Homes Volume II available from 2nd September 2017 from leading Australian book stores for $59.95.

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