Travel Guide: Vancouver for Design Lovers

This scenic coastal Town, one of the Very densely populated in North America, is nestled between the North Shore Mountains and the Pacific Ocean in British Columbia, Canada. At its heart Vancouver is home to around 600,000 people — two million if you include the surrounding areas.

Consistently voted one of the most livable cities in the world, Vancouver is a melting pot of cultures and thoughts. It exudes diversity, has a strong creative community and is punctuated by new and old layout, such as historical heritage houses, illustrations of West Coast modernism and buildings which show a movement toward a more sustainable urban environment.

Vancouver’s nickname, the “City of Glass,” is taken from the title of Douglas Coupland’s travel publication; it cites the steel and glass structure which dominates the skyline.

“Vancouverism,” a term originally credited to famous local architect Arthur Erickson, captures a metropolitan architectural movement rooted in a profound respect for nature that has been embraced throughout town planning process. The glassy low-rise buildings are meant to encourage thoughtful development.

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If you’re traveling by airplane, you are going to have the pleasure of touring the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Canada’s first airport to install a green living wall. This striking display is 18 meters high and 12 meters wide (59 by 39 feet); it was designed by Sharp Diamond Landscape Architecture and homes 28,249 human plants. The airport also shows a spectacular collection of Pacific Northwest native art and totems.


Vancouver Convention Centre
Price: Free to tour indoors; occasion entrance varies
Location: 1055 Canada Pl.
Noteworthy: Accredited LEED Platinum, thisbuilding boastsCanada’s largest living roof: 6 acres, such as 400,000 indigenous plants along with four colonies of bees.

Have a waterfront stroll round the building and take from the oceanfront views of Stanley Park and the North Shore. In the convention centre, a world that’s 18 feet in diameter is suspended from a background of wood-paneled walls made from 6,000 planks of neighborhood British Columbia sustainable hemlock.

The Interior Design Show, aka IDSWest, calls the centre home; at 2013 the series is September 19 to 22. The venue has also been chosen as the host for its 30th anniversary of this TED2014 conference.

More info: Vancouver Convention Centre, IDSWest, TED2014

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Vancouver Art Gallery
Price: About $17 for adults; entrance by donation on Tuesdays after 5 p.m.
Location: 750 Hornby St.
Noteworthy: The front steps are a popular public gathering place. They spill onto Robson Street, a busy shopping area.

This building was originally constructed as the main courthouse for Vancouver. It was declared a heritage site and retains the original walls and judges’ benches. The gallery is home to a group by Canadian painter Emily Carr, famous for her depiction of British Columbia’s forests and totems.

The present exhibition, Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life, charts the evolution of hotels architecturally, geographically and socially. It runs until September 15, 2013.

More info: Vancouver Art Gallery

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Vancouver Public Library
Location: 350 W. Georgia St. (Library Square)
Noteworthy: Walk through the steel and glass atrium to get a Feeling of the construction’s centrifugal design.

A layout contest decided the last appearance of this building. The people voted for architect Moshe Safdie’s design, which surprised officials, because the surrounding buildings are more traditional.

More info: Vancouver Public Library


Stanley Park and the seawall
Location: The south end of Lions Gate Bridge and downtown
Noteworthy: Stop at the English Bay, Second Beach or Third Beach or check out the gigantic Stanley Park hollow tree, a western red cedar that’s 700 to 800 years old.

Stanley Park is Vancouver’s largest urban park in 400 hectares (988 acres), and it is home to many historic landmarks as well as the Vancouver aquarium. The paved seawall surrounding the park is 22 km (13.6 miles) and is popular for walking, jogging or riding a bike.

More info: Stanley Park, seawall

Historic Gastown
Location: 43 Powell St.
Noteworthy: Check out Vancouver’s legendary flatiron-style building: the Hotel Europe, built in 1909.

Gastown is the town’s oldest neighborhood and a national historical site. It was recently voted the fourth-most-stylish neighborhood by Complex magazine and is home to many style and interior furnishings boutiques as well as bars and restaurants.

Having a statue of heritage father and saloon owner Gassy Jack (1860s) in its epicenter, Gastown is a special pocket at town where you can shop, eat, drink and stroll along cobblestone streets. There are many furniture showrooms, such as InForm Interiors and Montauk Sofa. Additional must-stops such as home furnishings include Parliament, Old Faithful and Orling & Wu.

If you’re seeking a coffee or a cocktail, then try Nelson that the Seagull or The Diamond overlooking Maple Tree Square, respectively.

More info: Gastown, Inform Interiors, Montauk Sofa, Parliament, Old Faithful, Orling & Wu, Nelson the Seagull, The Diamond

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Museum of Anthropology
Price: Around $16 for adults
Location: 6393 Marine Dr.
Noteworthy: The Great Hall (shown) features 15-meter (49-foot) walls of glass.

Beloved Canadian architect Arthur Erickson designed the museum; he’s said to have been inspired by the post and beam structure of Northwest Coast First Nations people. Like the majority of his work, it’s made primarily of concrete.

More info: Museum of Anthropology

Museum of West Vancouver Modern Home Tour
When: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Price: $100; registration required
Location: Check in at the museum: 680 17th St., West Vancouver

Select for a self-guided tour or join the bus tour to visit some classic cases of West Coast modernism. Shown here is a home featured on the 2012 tour. If you are unable to make it to the tour this summer, take a look at photographer Selwyn Pullan’s publication Photographing Mid-Century West Coast Modernism or take a look at the movie Coast Modern.

More info: Museum of West Vancouver, West Coast Modern Home Tour

Tacofino Commissary


Tacofino Commissary
Price: Appetizers about $4 to 12; tacos from $5
Location: 2327 E. Hastings St. (Hastings-Sunrise)
Noteworthy: The light installation is made from copper cable and blown glass.

Grown from humble food truck starts, Tacofino currently has a restaurant place with an interior layout by Omer Arbel, a Vancouver designer and creative director at light company Bocci. The restaurant also features potted cacti and succulents created by Olla Urban Flower Project.

More info: Tacofino Commissary

Salt Tasting Room

Salt Tasting Room
Price: Around $16 for tasting plates
Location: 45 Blood Alley (Gastown)
Noteworthy: Create a tasting plate from daily chalkboard menus and pair it with wine, beer or sherry.

Salt is located behind Gaoler’s Mews, Vancouver’s first jail, on Blood Alley, which gained its name from becoming a home mostly to butcher’s shops in the past. Gaoler’s Mews along with the neighboring buildings are believed to include one of the most haunted areas of the city. The restaurant charms with exposed brick walls and polished concrete floors.

More info: Salt Tasting Room

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Price: Entrees about $15 to $17
Location: 1509 W. 12th Ave. (South Granville)
Noteworthy: Glue the “heirloom” popcorn or an aloe cocktail while perusing the menu and taking from the pleasure vintage produce advertisements adorning the walls.

Heirloom functions modern vegetarian cuisine in a space on an old apartment block. The eclectic, homey restaurant has been designed by Evoke International Design and features a mix of vintage bits, commissioned cabinetry and original artwork.

More info: Heirloom

Rodney’s Oyster House
Price: Seasonal pricing
Location: 1228 Hamilton St. (Yaletown)
Noteworthy: See during whenever the low-tide specials are available (Monday through Saturday, 3 to 6 pm) and ask your server for daily specials.

Being coastal, Vancouver offers many seafood options. If you’re an oyster aficionado, check out Rodney’s, located in a former industrial area with historical brick warehouses-turned-lofts. Yaletown is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in town and is home to many nightlife and dining options.

More info: Rodney’s Oyster House

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The Keefer Bar
Price: Beverages about $10 to $14; food about $7 to $16
Location: 133 Keefer St. (Chinatown)

Housed on the narrow and long ground floor of a turn-of-the-century warehouse, the more Keefer takes a exceptional way of cocktails. Its apothecary-style “remedies” or “cures” are hand made from Asian-inspired ingredients.

Three stylish loft suites with a fourth-level penthouse are all over the bar, and they comprise a huge private patio complete with a glass-bottom pool visible from inside the suites. Sad to say, the Keefer building is currently privately owned and no more available for rentals.

More info: The Keefer Bar

Örling & Wu

Must-Visit Shops

Orling & Wu
Location: 28 Water St. (Gastown)

This boutique home furnishings retailer often features first-in-Canada products chosen by creators Fredrik Örling and Julie Wu. The shop is a mix of modern, vintage and traditional styles. The team also specializes in wallpaper and upholstery services.

More info: Orling & Wu

The Cross Decor & Design
Location: 98 Homer St. (Yaletown)
Noteworthy: The owners also offer interior design services.

Located in a 1914 tradition building, The Cross boasts 5,000 square feet of retail space supplying textiles, furnishings, candles, books, jewelry and much more. Owners Darci Ilich and Stephanie Vogler wanted to deliver a relaxed yet elegant European style to Vancouver.

More info: The Cross Decor & Design

Location: 1849 Main St. (Mount Pleasant)
Noteworthy: If you’re feeling thrifty or looking for that one-of-a-kind piece, check out ReFind. The owners supply everywhere, bringing in preloved furniture, lighting and antiques. They are also up for hunting for that special something you have been on the lookout for.

Main Street is home to many antiques and vintage clothing shops. There are some great dining options and galleries. If you’re looking for a bit from the upcoming great Canadian artist, check out On Main Gallery, an artist-run space that shows work by both new and established Canadian artists.

More info: ReFind, On Main Gallery

Mint Interiors
Location: 1805 Fir St. (Armoury District)

Mint is at the Armoury District (recently named after the nearby Seaforth Armoury), that is now home to many of Vancouver’s architects, designers and suppliers. This home furnishings store carries global finds and also offers its private-label custom furniture.

More info: Mint Interiors

Rosewood Hotels


Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Price: From about $217
Location: 801 W. Georgia St. (Downtown)
Noteworthy: The hotel has hosted famous guests, such as Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, Katharine Hepburn and British royalty.

Once the hotel opened in 1927, it was called the town’s most elegant retreat. It relaunched in 2011 as Rosewood Hotel Georgia and is located right across from the Vancouver Art Gallery. Head up to the rooftop Reflections Lounge for a drink next to outdoor fire pits, cabanas along with a waterfall feature.

More info: Rosewood Hotel Georgia

The Burrard
Price: From about $98
Location: 1100 Burrard St. (Downtown)
Noteworthy: Free cruiser bike rentals to explore the city with

A decorative redo, the hotel once called Burrard Motor Inn originally opened in 1956; at 2011 the renovations paying homage to the past were completed. The courtyard is a superb oasis if you’re seeking comfort in the center of the city.

More info: The Burrard

The Fairmont

The Fairmont Pacific Rim
Price: From about $227
Location: 1038 Canada Pl. (Coal Harbour)
Noteworthy: The Lobby Lounge features live music seven days per week and can be a happening spot for happy hour.

Across from the new Convention Centre, the Fairmont boasts amazing views, particularly of the North Shore. It’s luxuriously appointed with natural stone and wood finishes.

More info: The Fairmont Pacific Rim

Opus Hotel
Location: 322 Davie St. (Yaletown)
Price: From about $153
Noteworthy: The rooms comprise iPads, Frette bathrobes and Herman Miller ergonomic chairs.

Opus is a stylish boutique hotel amid Yaletown’s historical warehouses. Its sleek and lively jewel-toned rooms were designed by Robert Bailey and feature local artists’ contemporary artwork. The hotel is within walking distance of all Yaletown’s restaurants and shops.

More info: Opus Hotel

Local Tips

Have a drive over Lions Gate Bridge. This suspension bridge spans Burrard Inlet and joins Vancouver in Stanley Park to North and West Vancouver (the North Shore). Named after “The Lions,” two notable side-by-side peaks of the North Shore Mountains which are visible once you’re crossing the bridge northbound, it was completed in 1938 and is a notable feature, particularly when lit up at night, of Vancouver’s skyline.

If you plan to devote a few days in town and wish to venture outside downtown, perhaps over to the North Shore or up to Whistler, a rental car might be your best bet. If you are staying near downtown and would like to abide by public transportation, you can easily get around through bus or skytrain. To get a cruise round Stanley Park try the many bike, inline skating or scooter rental stores in the foot of Denman Street (in Georgia Street).

Section of Vancouver’s transit system, TransLink, the SeaBus is an alternate way to cross between the city and the North Shore. Hop on from either side and take in the opinions.

More info: Translink

Grouse Mountain

If you’re into the outdoors, hike the “Grouse Grind” trail on Grouse Mountain, dubbed “The Peak of Vancouver” for bird’s-eye views of town, Burrard Inlet and the Georgia Strait out to Vancouver Island. You can also take the gondola.

For great north-facing city views, head up to Queen Elizabeth Park and the Bloedel Floral Conservatoryor the adjacent Quarry Gardens.

More info: Grouse Mountain,Queen Elizabeth Park; Bloedel Floral Conservatory

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Must-Know Modern Homes: Eames House

Charles and Ray Eames are just two of their most influential designers of the 20th century, having made a number of iconic pieces of furniture that many contemporary houses cannot function without. The husband and wife team did not limit themselves to furniture, though. They produced movies (the most famous is Powers of Ten), made toys and games (House of Cards), and even designed multimedia environments (IBM Pavilion at the 1964–’65 world’s fair). Of interest here is your house and studio that have been an extension and impetus for much of their successful output.

If very little is discussed about the structure of the Eameses aside from their very own home, it is because they made very little architecture besides their very own residence. Frustrated with the work of design and the cancellation of a couple projects, they abandoned structure in favor of furniture soon after their home was completed. Nevertheless their home and studio are as influential in architecture since their seats are in the world of furniture design. The structures simultaneously embody the universal and the personal, pointing the way to how the steel and glass of contemporary architecture could be vibrant, creative and, most important, dwelt in.

Eames House in a Glance
Year constructed: 1949
Charles and Ray Eames
Location: Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles
Seeing info: Reserved self-guided exterior tours only
Size: 1,500 square feet (home) and 1,000 square feet (studio)

More: 10 Must-Know Modern Homes

The complete title of the job is Eames House, Case Study House No. 8. Charles began designing the home in 1945 with Eero Saarinen, when they were commissioned by John Entenza, the editor of Arts & Architecture magazine. The Case Study House program conducted until 1966 and saw the realization of 23 modern houses that embraced industrialization.

Eames and Saarinen’s first design positioned the home and studio volumes in an L-shaped plan atop a mountain on a 3-acre site in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, overlooking the Pacific. The home was dramatically cantilevered from the mountain, away in the neighboring Case Study House No. 9 (planned in precisely the same period and made by Eames and Saarinen), but by 1947 the Eameses (no longer functioning together with Saarinen) simplified the plan and tucked the house to the hillside along a long retaining wall.

The home is hidden among the trees within this aerial. Many of them were implanted in a new mound constructed from the home’s excavation, helping to block the views between No. 8 and No. 9.

Basically what Charles and Ray did using the next plan was to simplify it while still using the same standard steel construction that was arranged prior to the redesign. This opinion of the west facade indicates the 12-inch-deep joists that support the roof and therefore are exposed inside. The home is organized around 71/2-foot-wide bays that are 17 feet high and 20 feet deep; one bay is out around the west, but the rest are enclosed.

Both house and studio are aligned along a retaining wall around the north (left in this photograph), together with the studio on the east, the home on the west and a courtyard in between. The far east and west ends characteristic double-height spaces. Here we’re looking into the living room’s two-story space on the west.

This view from atop the retaining wall looking west reveals the east side of the home facing the courtyard and studio. Notice how it is more powerful than the west facade. This is because the Eameses placed the service areas across the retaining wall around the north but also across the courtyard, in effect freeing up the ends for the double-height spaces. (A floor plan is seen at the conclusion of this ideabook.)

The courtyard divides the home and studio (the studio served as a home office until 1958, when the office was transferred to Venice, California), but in addition, it provides some relief to what would have been a bunch of service spaces if this were just one long building. The courtyard was designed to be covered but was built as an open space, enclosed on three sides.

Eames saw the home as a progressive means of extending wartime industrial production to the problem of the housing shortage. In this way the job was regarded as a prototype for future houses scattered throughout the country, but it’s clear upon coming to the home that it is highly idiosyncratic. Reyner Banham humorously described Charles as having a “hot-rodder mindset into the elements of building,” customizing standard components in unexpected manners.

First glances can result in comparisons with Piet Mondrian’s paintings, however James Steele, in a book-length analysis of the home, talks about your home as a personal expression of a specific style. In their short film on the home from 1955, the Eameses present the building via snapshots of flowers, toys, trees, architectural details — just about everything but the wide-angle views of architecture we’re used to today. The focus on details and moments in the movie finds a parallel in the moments of colour experienced about the facade and within the home.

This last opinion of the Eames House reveals how the duo actually dwelt in the home and used it as a casing that comprised and worked with their possessions and furniture. The home was not a container to be kept minimally furnished. It was a total environment, where the smallest artifact was as critical as the largest parts of architecture. It arouses the Eames style at all scales.

The exterior of the Eames House could be visited with reservations. Interior tours are available for members of the Eames Foundation.

Banham, Reyner. Age of the Masters: A Personal View of Modern Architecture. Harper & Row. Banham, Reyner. Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies. The Penguin Press, 1971. The Eames FoundationFrampton, Kenneth and Larkin, David. American Masterworks: The Twentieth Century House. Rizzoli, 1995. House After Five Years of Living. A short film by Charles and Ray Eames, 1955.
Steele, James. Eames House: Charles and Ray Eames. Phaidon, 1994. More:
Eames on Film: The Architect and the Painter
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Brick Floors: Could This Durable Material Work for Your Residence?

There is something very cozy about brick floors — they imbue a home with a storied, old-world feel and emit a feeling of relaxation and nostalgia. Bricks unite the durability of tile or stone with the warm colors of wood, and they are able to work with almost any home design. Yet for all those positive features, they stay a relative desktop player on the grand stage of floor coverings.

If you’re thinking about brick floors for your home, keep these concerns in mind.

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Experts of Brick Flooring

• Style flexibility. As with tile, brick’s modular character lends itself into an infinite number of patterns. Running bond (staggered), basket weave, herringbone and others are classics, but you can make a customized motif or a mosaic-style therapy. Brick also lends itself well to paint or epoxy, if you would prefer a radically different color than the typical earth tones.

• Sturdiness. Recall the Three Little Pigs? There are good reasons brick has been a building stalwart for centuries: It’s tough to ruin, it doesn’t rot. Also it will not require sanding or painting. Brick withstands extreme circumstances and weathers heavy foot traffic effortlessly, and it’s also heatproof. Individual bricks can crack or chip as time passes, but they are relatively easy to pry out and substitute.

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• Affordability. Since brick used for inside design is usually in paver or tile type, it’s thinner and less costly than exterior brick. On average you will pay less than $10 per square foot, uninstalled. Unless you’re a very skilled DIYer, you will want to factor in professional installation prices (typically around $500 to $700 to an average-size room), as brick can be difficult to put properly.

• Sustainability.
Clay brick is made chiefly of natural substances, such as shale, kaolin and minerals. Additionally, bricks from older or demolished structures could be salvaged for new programs — especially nice if you’re aiming for a vintage effect.

• Slip resistance. Left pristine, brick has a slightly rough, textured coating that offers traction underfoot. However, if you seal it with a slick or waxy coating, then you are going to have to take different measures to prevent falls.

• Cosmetic appeal.
One reason people love brick is its own inherent conventional warmth, which few different substances can replicate. It evokes a feeling of the past and feels like a powerful, reassuring holdover from bygone days. Natural variations in its own coloring provide it a beautifully nuanced palette.

Cons of Brick Flooring

• Hardness. Durability includes a cost: Brick is unyielding under the feet. If you’re using it in a kitchen or a different space where you spend long periods of time standing, then look at incorporating a cushioned mat or a thick rug to ease the strain on your thighs and back.

• Unevenness.
The best-laid brick floors are not 100 percent level, so you may want to compensate for slipping shims under pads or furniture under precarious breakables.

• Weight. As you would imagine, bricks are heavy, even in paver form. As a result, they are often impractical to get a home’s second or third story; it’s very hard to reinforce the floor enough to support all this weight.

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• Moisture damage. While bricks onto a vertical surface resist water well, bricks onto a horizontal surface are another story. Moisture can accumulate and penetrate the mortar, and whether the bricks are porous, it can seep beneath their face too. You’ll want to apply a sealant occasionally to guard against mould, mold and cracking.

Tell us : Have you utilized brick floors in your property? What tips would you share?

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Great Lakes Gardener's February Checklist

Fantastic Lakes gardeners may be feeling like winter won’t ever end. What’s a gardener to do, other than head south? Fortunately, the days are becoming longer, winter is on the wane and there are a couple of flowers in the garden to cheer the spirit. February provides a last opportunity to get things done from the garden before the coming of spring, and an opportunity to get a jump on next season’s garden. It’s only 28 days; it’ll be over fast.

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Look for early-flowering bulbs. Flowers outdoors in the winter from the Great Lakes garden aren’t necessarily the product of a cabin-fevered mind. The oldest of the small bulbs, for example Winter aconites (Eranthis spp) and snow crocus (Crocus chrysanthus) sprout and blossom when not buried in snow.

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Snowdrops (here, Galanthus elwesii) peek their heads over the snow.

Planting these oldest of bulbs in a hot microclimate will ensure reliable February blossoms each year.

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A number of the witch hazels (here, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Sunburst’) begin unfurling their own strap-like petals on warmer days in February. Some varieties are fragrant. Espaliered against a wall, witch hazel can blossom even sooner.

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Enjoy indoor blossoms. Even when the garden does not cooperate, there are indoor blossoms to dispel the February blahs. All those forced bulbs brightens up last fall ought to be in full bloom today, such as this blended pot of ‘Synaeda Amor’ tulips (Tulipa) and ‘Flower Record’ crocus (Crocus vernus).

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Plan for spring. You will find things gardeners can perform inside this month to plan ahead for the gardening season.

Purchase The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program directory to organize visits to outstanding local gardens. Park Place at Barrington Hills, Illinois, shown here, was open to the public for only one day each in 2011 and 2012, and it would have been a shame to miss it.

Purchase seeds today so they arrive in time to get them started six to eight weeks before the last frost date. Procure seed-starting gear as well so that will be ready in March.

Unusual, hard-to-find perennials may be arranged online today, with a requested ship date for April, to ensure your choices aren’t sold out.

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Prune woody plants. Gardeners itching to do something out from the garden can sharpen up the pruners. February is the perfect time to form up dormant woody plants.

Without foliage, the crossing branches of the crabapple tree (Malus x ‘Prairiefire’) are plainly visible, making pruning much easier.

Winter pruning is not advocate for trees which “bleed” from the winter, for example as maples (Acer spp) or to get plants that bloom on old wood, for example magnolia, forsythia and lilac (Syringa vulgaris).

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Shape clematis. Type III, late-flowering or Clematis viticella hybrids, such as this Clematis viticella ‘Betty Corning’, which bloom on new growth, may be cut back today. Cut the stems back to 1 foot from the ground. Instead, where the blossom is outgrowing its space, it may be cut all the way to the ground. It is prudent to wait to cut back dead foliage until fresh leaf buds look on Type II, ancient, large-flowering clematis (usually in March).

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Force flowering branches inside. While you’ve got the pruners in hand, snip several branches of forsythia or other early-spring-blooming shrubs, such as flowering quince (Chaenomeles sp) and pussy willow (Salix sp) to force into bloom indoors to get a spring trailer. Branches could be forced when the flower buds have begun to swell.

Put the freshly cut branches in warm water, then in room-temperature water the next day, and change the water daily.

Forsythia generally will blossom within two weeks of cutting, but as with almost any forced woody plant, the closer it is cut to blossom time, the earlier it will open.

Hang in there, spring is nearly here.

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Create a Traditional New Holiday Wreath the Easy Way

Whether on front door or over a mantel, few things communicate the holidays better than a new wreath. Tracy Goldman of Sabellico’s Florist breaks down the process of making a wreath of mixed greenery into eight simple steps, ideal for beginners. Follow along to produce your very own new front door adornment.

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Mixing common lemon leaves, available year round, with seasonal greens like huckleberry, incense cedar and boxwood creates a textured look that is just right for this time of year. Vibrant red Ilex berries add just the right pinch of color.

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To create this wreath, you may need greens and berries for example:
Lemon leavesHuckleberryIncense cedarBoxwoodIlex berriesYou may find these in your neighborhood florist; five to 10 stems of each ought to be enough for one wreath.

Additional materials and tools:
8-inch metal cable wreath, clamp-style form (available at a crafts shop or florist)Stapler1 1/2 yards of 2-inch-wide ribbon ScissorsPruning shearsGardening glovesHammer

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1. Lay your alloy wreath form flat and layer the lemon leaf stems in first for a sturdy base. Trim the ends of each piece.

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Twist the greens between the built-in clamps, with a generous amount for the base of your wreath, fanning the leaves into the outside around the whole frame.

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2. Insert a layer of huckleberry greens. Utilize garden shears to trim the pieces to your desired size.

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Use one generous piece of this huckleberry for every clamp. This may add some nice texture without overpowering your own design. Continue all of the way around the wreath.

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3. Cedar is prickly, so you might choose to use gardening gloves for this step. Trim the plaster into bits and set the pieces around the wreath inside every clamp. Feel free to play amounts to receive your desired look. Cedar adds a nice seasonal look, and the odor is fantastic.

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4. Divide the boxwood nto pieces, beginning with larger tufts and then moving on to bigger ones.

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Tuck the boxwood more toward the middle of the wreath form to fill it in. Use the larger tufts first, then use the smaller pieces to fill in any gaps.

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5. Choose your reddish Ilex berries for long-lasting, festive color.

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Trim the berries and twigs to about the span shown here.

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6. Carefully place a little branch of berries in each clamp. They are sometimes fragile, so take extra care when working together.

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Your wreath should begin to take form and seem like this as you add all of the greens and berries.

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7. Feel throughout the greens to obtain each clamp and then bend both pieces together. Use a hammer for any clamps which are more challenging to close. Make sure all the greens are in place before shutting the clamps, so nothing falls out. Tuck in additional greenery as required to cover the clamps.

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8. Cut approximately 1 1/2 yards of ribbon for the hanger.

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Wrap the 2 ends of the ribbon around the frame a few inches apart from each other.

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Staple every single ribbon end with each other to secure the ribbon into the frame.

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Cut the ribbon in half at the top of the loop and tie a bow using the 2 ends. (View the first image for the final result.)

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This wreath will create the perfect greeting on front door. Be sure to take it inside during any storms to keep it in great shape throughout the holidays.

More wreath DIYs:
The best way to make a wonderfully twiggy All-natural wreath

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A Bedroom Lets Go to Gain Elegance and Serenity

Jane Lockhart has noticed an alarming trend: When it comes to decorating, her clients are now paying the least attention to their bedrooms, even though they spend a fantastic portion of their time at home in them. “In the end of a very long day, it’s easy to close your eyes and leave the mess and chaos to be sprinkled on a second evening,” she states. With this undertaking, Lockhart helped her customer purge excess furniture, including inherited pieces, and a hodgepodge of styles. Even though the designer remained well within budget, one big splurge set the tone for a cool, calm and elegant refuge: a new custom bed.

Who sleeps here: An empty nester who’s also a working professional
Location: Ontario, Canada
Size: 176 square feet
Style challenge: Helping the customer downsize her furniture and decor

Jane Lockhart Interior Design

As with any bedroom, the most significant piece of furniture in this client’s room is the bed. Lockhart replaced the springy 10-year-old mattress with a firm pillow-top version with hypoallergenic and ergonomic attributes.

Lockhart created a custom platform bed frame and reupholstered the headboard in charcoal gray faux suede fabric by Robert Allen Design; the custom touches add a sophisticated and tailored touch to the bedroom. The gray hue sets the cool and neutral colour palette for the space.

Hint: Lockhart highly recommends adding molding to interiors. Molding is an easy architectural detail but adds so much elegance and style to a room. Here, Canamould’s lightweight foam molding created for an easy cut-and-caulk installation.

Wall paint: Pure White, Martha Stewart Living; molding paint: Winter Snow, Benjamin Moore; window colors: Hunter Douglas; draperies: Drapes & More; lamps: Ikea

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Before Photo

Jane Lockhart Interior Design

BEFORE: This photograph shows some pieces the customer donated or sold.

“We kept pieces that had plenty of sentimental significance and layout purpose,” Lockhart says. “Eventually we got to a location that was empty enough for me to start sourcing new pieces and to incorporate existing favorite antiques and private things.”

Jane Lockhart Interior Design

AFTER: This bedside corner image showcases the room’s new palette of warm white, soft gray and bits of pink. Lockhart warmed up the area, which faces Lake Ontario, with lavish fabrics, soft throws and satin pima cotton sheets and bedding.

Hint: Small cabinets and classic or classic occasional tables create fairly and practical night tables. Lockhart spruced up this classic find with a new drawer pull and a darker blot.

Jane Lockhart Interior Design

Large windows allow plenty of natural light into the space — as well as the calming sound of waves crashing at night. Here, sexy silk drapes stitched on top of light-diffusing blinds and a wool rug are warm and touchable in a room that occupies long Canadian winters.

Hint: The designer layered the lighting in the room by blending natural light with LED bulbs in floor and table lamps. “I used a few bulbs on dimmers, which adds a romantic glow to the distance,” she states.

Chair: Jane by Jane Lockhart in Robert Allen Design fabric; framed prints: Windergarden

Jane Lockhart Interior Design

A dresser from HomeSense made of walnut with antique brass hardware provides storage space. It’s also flexible enough to be changed out to the living room or dining room area.

Hint: “Mirrors are usually inexpensive and come in all kinds of different styles,” says Lockhart. “You can use them outside of their practical purpose as ever-changing works of art — and they’ll reflect light and the gorgeous things you have added to your room”

Clock radio: Tivoli

Jane Lockhart Interior Design

Lockhart’s customer personalized this dressing table tray by lining its removable Plexiglas bottom with scrap fabric left over from the custom cushions.

Tray: FHE Group

Jane Lockhart Interior Design

Hint: Keep trays handy to encourage breakfast in bed and never underestimate the design ability of cushions and throw pillows.

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Bewitching Halloween Entryways by ers

ers, you answered our call! Thank you for sharing your creative Halloween entryways with us. I’ve been using a ball checking out all of your decorations, from inviting harvest displays to decoration made to frighten off the most intrepid visitors. Here’s how you all are spicing things up this October.

Lighting plays a major role in a lot of ers’ Halloween entry schemes. Garrison Hullinger has the expertise to make a great Halloween glow and spotlighting for his favourite holiday.

Hullinger also includes some toil and trouble brewing on the front porch, giving the place a layer of fog that is unexplained.

Mary Prince Photography

Photographer Mary Prince submitted this beautiful Halloween driveway; autumnal landscape islands are topped off by pumpkins.

Lynda Quintero-Davids of Focal Point Styling has highlighted the vertical with branches and bright fall foliage.

consumer rgillenwater’s display can readily be de-Halloweened on November 1.

This entry transforms after dark, when consumer safbham flicks on creepy luminous cat eyes and flickering orange lights.

Julie Ranee Photography

Gourds and pumpkins are such a wonderful way to decorate for both Halloween and fall generally. The further disfigured and wartier, the greater.

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This picture, sent by consumer cindyp106, is the one that made me laugh the hardest. Apparently, Pumpkinbum is in need of a good belt.

Smalls Landscaping

If you would like to work that Halloween curb appeal beyond the stoop area, use a window box or deep windowsill like Smalls Landscaping includes here.

You might think that this is just a pretty entry decorated for maximum fall curb appeal, but look closely… it seems the house might have landed on the Wicked Witch of the East.

Mary Prince Photography

As striking as pumpkins intricately carved with Van Gogh paintings or lace designs are, I prefer to be fulfilled with old-school jack-o’-lanterns with character like those.

It’s difficult to believe that consumer Deborah Price isn’t done with this entry yet. She promises to reveal the finished design on All Hallows’ Eve. You can follow her progress in her Halloween 2012 ideabook.

Front lawns –turned–graveyards are becoming increasingly more elaborate. This one is from consumer shannon; the next one came in from consumer sunflowerbecky.

consumer Kevin writes,”L-O-V-E Halloween! Here’s what we do with our entry but we do a lot more with the yard. We get almost 600 trick-or-treaters every year. So enjoyable!” Kevin’s pumpkin-head ghouls look more menacing at nighttime (next picture ).

Here’s a close-up of Kevin’s pumpkin-head ghouls at nighttime. Pretty scary things — I am astonished 600 trick-or-treaters brave their way up to the door.

consumer tenthmile writes,”Here is the first year I have really done anything for Halloween, so no laughing.” No laughing ; I am batty over this smart garage door dressing.

Edgar Allan Poe brought out the goth in consumer donnasue65, who used his poem”The Raven” as inspiration for a black, white and red scheme.

consumer ksflygirl makes certain her beautiful fall entryway doesn’t get eaten by local Kansas varmints by shining her up gourds with some lacquer.

Mary Prince Photography

I certainly would not take the apple this witch in Boston’s Back Bay is offering!

Sunflowerbecky didn’t forget a detail on this creepy hanging skeleton bride, complete with a veil and a black rose. “We go all out for Halloween… we are living in a 140-year-old house and we attract the children and parents through the house with each room decorated to be somewhat haunted,” she writes. Does anyone else get the feeling from this it’s not so mild? I would really like to check it out.

consumer Melissa Hedges knows the power of giving people the feeling that there’s something frightful hovering overhead. One look up in this need to produce a terrified gasp.

consumer tomnkat has silhouettes in every window of the house.

“I looked for contours that I liked and sketched them black fadeless bulletin board newspaper,” writes tomnkat.” [I] cut them and taped them up! I really like them and my daughter begins asking me to place them on October 1st — they are a hit in the area!”

consumer sarelle23 makes sure the little ones aren’t scared off by those spooky skeletons and spiderwebs. “We are called the Halloween House in our neighborhood,” she writes. “We replace the white bulb onto the porch with reddish, which really glows supporting the cobweb at nighttime. The skeleton on the right is on a sensor and makes moves and noise when people walk by. We can observe the trick-or-treaters out of our kitchen window — if they’re young, I answer the door and it is less frightening. If they’re older, my spouse places on a monster hands and opens the door, scaring the elderly children — they love it!”

At first glance, consumer flippingartist’s front porch doesn’t seem all that scary, until you observe those creepy eyes peeking out of the”hole” in the steps.

Don’t be intimidated by elaborate decorations; consider just how charming something as simple as consumer ikwewe’s jack-o’-lantern lights can be, day or night.

Please check out the Opinions section of the original Halloween call to see more great decorating ideas. Additionally, please keep sharing your decorations in the Comments section below!

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Integrated Kitchen

The term”integrated” means that lots of individual components combine in a means that makes a unified whole. Kitchens are one of the hardest-working rooms at a home, and good design makes the room efficient and pleasant to be in. The goal of an integrated kitchen is the appliances are imperceptible elements; they are either made to appear to be cabinetry or made to be flush with the cabinets, with all the visible controls removed.

CWB Architects

Wall pantry or fridge? This integrated refrigerator has the same frame and panel face as the rest of the kitchen cabinets. It is regarded fully integrated.

RWA Architects

Flush surfaces are also utilized within an integrated kitchen. Appliances do not stand out or sit recesses; they are in line with the rest of the cabinetry.

Andre Rothblatt Architecture

For a few sticklers of integrated design, integration ensures the appliances are completely hidden and unidentifiable. Even the small controls with this dishwasher give away the fact it isn’t a cupboard, but it is a small detail that many could live with. This dishwasher could be considered partly integrated.


Technically this fridge isn’t integrated, since it’s controls on the outside and doesn’t have the same millwork confront as the cupboards. Incorporating it in an armoire of sorts was fairly clever, though.

Palmer Todd

Having an integrated kitchen is quite desirable within an open-floor-plan home, as the kitchen can be viewed from many rooms, and mismatched appliances and finishes are not very attractive. Stainless steel appliances are generally most expensive; adding a cabinet face to a appliance can be a cost-saving measure.

Jane Kim Design

High-gloss gray surfaces conceal the prospective appliances within this pastoral modern integrated kitchen, inducing one to possibly ask, Are there any really appliances in there?

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5 Ways to Plant a Kiss of Red on Your Landscape

The Scarlet Letter. Scarlett O’Hara. Few colors connote passion and play quite like the colour red. In the scene, as in literature, this fiery hue cranks up the heat, stimulating energy, confidence and enthusiasm. Whether you wish to make a bold statement or accentuate a focal point, here are five ways to landscape with red.

Windsor Firms

1. Command Attention

Just like a stop sign, red makes us all pause. Make the most of this bold hue from the landscape to direct the eye where you want it. Here, swaths of red impatiens funnel focus into the door.

Rely on reddish to highlight focal points, including urns, fountains and planters.

Pacific West Tree Company

Use red blossoms to bring vibrant energy into an otherwise neutral landscape. Because a tiny red can go a long way, this sexy colour is ideal in warm climates, where crops are scarcer.

Windsor Firms

2. Layer for Effect

Red appears to come forward in the landscape, which helps make a large garden feel more amorous.

Wallace Landscape Associates

Plant reddish toward the end of a destination, like a very long walkway, where its vibrant color will lure guests down the road.

Wallace Landscape Associates

Few colors extend as warm a welcome as reddish. Tap into its friendly soul by planting strands of red flowers up front steps or flanking front door with them.

Raymond Jungles, Inc..

3. Choose Shades of Difference

Red-browns and terra-cotta reds offer a warm, autumnal appearance. Look to foliage selections for this earthy scheme.

Locate plants with reddish foliage at the plant guides

Wallace Landscape Associates

Dark reds (and deep purples) are one of the initial colors to glow in waning light. Restrict them if you would like to enjoy an evening garden.


Red and yellow are a timeless summertime garden colour combination. Provide a broad range of blossoms in these colors then; therefore, they look best in bright sunshine.

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4. Play It Cool

Temper red’s bold nature by pairing it with complementary green.

Exteriorscapes llc

Somewhat red, like in this Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’) may go a very long way. Team it with serene blues, grays and greens for a refreshing appearance.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers

Fantastic plant companions, such as airy red yarrow and scattering purple salvia, showcase a winning combination of sexy and trendy colors.

5. Utilize Focal-Point Flowers

Sure, you can catch attention with impatiens and geraniums, but other more sudden specimens abound. One chance: kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos ‘Red Cross’).

Terra Nova® Nurseries, Inc

Another energetic candidate value a closer look is Mukdenia ‘Crimson Fans’. Somehow this plant blurs the line between flower and foliage.

An old favourite from South Africa, Bright Eyes Montbretia (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora) is a gorgeous plant that may stand alone as an accent plant or blend in with additional hot-colored summer bloomers, such as daylilies.

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Pot War: When and How to Use Chemical Herbicides

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, it is time to bring out the big guns of weed management: the compounds. Think carefully before using chemical herbicides on the landscape, and make certain they are part of an integrated pest management approach that includes:
Identifying the particular problem plant.Understanding the plant’s life cycle. Can it be an annual or a perennial? Does it spread by seeds, seeds or both? If it spreads by seed, when does this germinate? Using cultural (growing conditions that discourage weeds) or mechanical way of command, whenever possible. Recognizing when and the way the weed invasion may cause catastrophic damage to a natural habitat, either harvest or structure.Once you’ve determined that an herbicide is the proper step in handling your weed problem, you can evaluate the options and select the right product for your circumstances.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers

First, let us get familiar with the terminology. Herbicides act as pre-emergents, by inhibiting plant seeds from germinating, or as postemergents, which means they operate on actively growing plants.

Some are nonselective and affect any crops they contact, while some are selective and will control only particular crops.

Contact herbicides impact only the plant cells on which they are applied, while systemic Compounds are absorbed into the whole plant and plant system.

Chemical controls may be natural or synthetic. Ideally, all herbicides must be applied by a certified pesticide applicator.

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Natural Herbicides

The active ingredients in natural herbicides come from minerals or plants. These products are subject to government regulations for private and environmental safety. Read all product labels thoroughly and follow along with care.

Corn gluten free meal. The protein component of a corn kernel is a selective, pre-emergent herbicide most commonly utilized to control annual weeds — including as oxalis, purslane and spurge — in lawns. It is also about 10 percent nitrogen, therefore it helps promote nutritious turf. Corn gluten meal is most successful when applied two times a year. Apply it before the seed germinates and forms a root. A dry period after germination is also vital. Find out more about timing corn gluten meal programs here.

Vinegar. It is a nonselective, postemergent and contact herbicide for annual weeds. Apply horticultural vinegar alternatives, which have less than 20 percent linoleic acid, as a spray into the weeds’ foliage. The acid acts as a contact desiccant (“burning” the foliage but not the roots) and can be most successful when applied to annual weeds in the heat of summer.

Soap. Horticultural soaps, derived from fatty acids, which are nonselective, postemergent, contact herbicides. Sprayed about the weeds’ leaves, the item smothers the foliage, inhibiting the crops’ growth. Horticultural soaps are most effective in young, actively growing, annual weeds.

Iron. The newest kid on the block employs a 1.5 percent option of FeHDTA (a iron chelate) as its active ingredient. A selective, systemic, postemergent herbicide, the applied iron dose is toxic to a number of common broad-leaf weeds but does not have a detrimental effect on turf grasses.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers

Synthetic Herbicides

Synthetic herbicides have artificial elements subject to government regulations for private and environmental safety. Remember: Read and follow product labels carefully.

Glysophate and glufosinate ammonium. All these nonselective, systemic herbicides could be effective on poisonous perennial weeds like field bindweed, myrtle spuge and quackgrass. Research shows that a very particular application regime — the time of year, the phase in the plants’ life cycle, and also the method of application — is vital to the most efficient and beneficial use of this herbicide.

2,4-D and Tryclopyr. Both these chemicals are selective, systemic, postemergent herbicides useful for controlling many annual and perennial broadleaf weeds like puncturevine, kochia, Canada thistle and orange hawkweed. They are effective on weeds in lawns and round conifers.

Your local Cooperative Extension Office will have significantly more research about the best way best to identify and manage the weeds in your region.

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