Guest Picks: Pottery Pleasers

Ceramics are similar to individuals. They have a character all their own, with so many different colours, shapes and textures. They have the ability to become slick, funny, refined or unique. They also make for the perfect gift (even if it’s really on your own ). Listed below are a couple of things I believe are directly up kiln it!
— Kristin Guy in The Cuisinerd

Have You Met Miss Jones

Shirt Front Plate – AUD 50

Hey, you have food in your shirt.

(I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist.)

This shirt plate is most certainly a conversation starter and perfect for celebration hosting or host gifting.

Design Museum

Memories of Falmouth Salt and Pepper Shakers – GBP 37

This sailboat salt and pepper shaker is a beam of sunshine. It is happiness. Would you float over some pepper, please?

Jayson Home

Farmers Market Baskets – $20

I have an absolute love affair with all the cardboard green originals, but these ceramic berry boxes are beyond cute. My mind is racing with all the potential things I could store in these — none of these is fruit.

Bauer Pottery Company

American Modern Celery Tray – $40

Give your spoon a swanky place to break its head. The colours and shape are deliciously brightly colored inspired, and the quality is remarkable. I already have these, but I am already trying to figure out if it is absolutely ridiculous to possess two. Likely, yes.

Heath Ceramics

Espresso Cup & Saucer – $34

The rich color! The handles! There is a whole bunch of right happening with those espresso cups. Morning coffee is all about to receive a makeover.

Manyana Breakfast Plate

I’ve been around a Southwest style kick lately. Wait, what am I saying? I’m always on a Southwest style kick. This festive pattern gets super sweet with a lady-like color pallet. Adore!

Ingrid Tufts

Beynon + Tufts Coffee Cup – AUD 36

Paper no longer! This hand-thrown coffee to-go cup has a lot of delicate and feminine allure. BYO hasn’t been more appealing. I suddenly wish to throw a pair of colorful cashmere gloves and go for a walk when holding it.

Fishs Eddy

These floor plan dishes are equivalent parts classic and comedic. I want to serve specific food groups contained into individual chambers. Peas in the room, anyone?


Mano Storage Jar Medium, Blue – $79.95

Warm wood paired with icy blue makes a swoon-worthy combination. This is just one handsome storage container and can be 100 percent countertop accepted.

caroline swift

Bone China Spoons – GBP 65

I am really going to have to reconsider which cup to use for the morning java. These delicate and regal strands would roll their eyes in my Royal Wedding mug.


Perch! – Beak – $48

Do not these pitchers look like canary songbirds to you? They are just darling, and I wouldn’t ever restrict them to just orange juice. Just think how cheerful they could be vases or as holders for your wooden spoons.

Ferm Living Shop

Ferm Living Bowl – $24.95

Each time I take a look at this line of dishes from Ferm Living, I hear”Rah, rah, sis boom bah!” And a confetti cannon goes off. It is just like a tiny ticker tape parade just skipped onto your table for lunch.


Wedding Cake Topper with Uunicorn Groom and Deer Bride by Melabo Wed – $50

If you are going to go all out and find a cake topper, it better be a showstopper. Artist Megan Bogonovich is an specialist in whimsy and certainly will make an impression in any wedding. When all the cake has been eaten, this deserves a place in your house — or in my case, in my desk.

Gretel Home

Big Crinkle Cup – $13

I’m a massive supporter of designers turning mundane, disposable products into posh, funny collectables. This crumpled ceramic cup has just won over a massive part of my heart.


Herb by Nick Fraser – GBP 28

Stop. You had me at multifaceted terracotta.

Kathleen Hills

Vintage Decanter – GBP 70

I’m in love with this play on delicate translucent glass paired with strong white ceramic. These would make any bar cart sing. My only problem is choosing which decanter to actually purchase — I want them all!

Jonathan Adler

Pig Canister – $98

Jonathan Adler makes it right each and every time. I love everything he touches, and this particular pig jar is no different. I particularly love the modern color palette used for the stains that gives it a classic twist. This little piggy is going to”weee weee weee” all the way home with me.

Design Museum

My Egg and Soldiers Toast and Egg Holders – GBP 22

I’ve confessed to my secret love for egg cups before, however I think my crush is about to intensify. How adorable is this toast and egg collection? Talk about easily getting kids to eat their lunch and playing with your food is definitely okay.

Scandinavian Design Center

Season Pie Dish – $32.12

The Swedish can do no wrong. The seasonal line of home goods by Sagaform is just one more illustration of the entertaining, colorful and lively design. How excited would you be if you received a dish and discovered that this fiesta in the bottom of the dish? Extremely excited.

Orange and Pear

Ladies Who Lunch Wine Stopper – $22

She is one classy wide — that lunches. I love the demure quirkiness to this particular bottle stopper; you can’t really tell if she’s inviting you for a glass or to get your hands from her rosé.

Next: Gilded Gourmet

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Garden Design Essentials: Unity and Variety

“A work devoid of a unifying element is liable to seem haphazard and disorderly. A work that is totally merged, without a variety, can seem boring. Both of these fundamentals are interlocked,” writes Marjorie Elliott Bevlin in Design Through Discovery, a college art theory book I’ve never tossed out, thanks to its timeless instruction. Collectively, unity and variety may turn an ordinary space into something extraordinary.

Unity represents the control of variety, and variety stipulates the interest within unity. The ideal result balances both. These two guiding principles may apply to so many facets of design, interior design and the landscape.

Here are some excellent examples of the subtle but highly effective balance of unity and variety, used in outdoor settings.

More garden design components: Line | Rhythm | Shape and Mass | Space | Texture | Color

Bosworth Hoedemaker


The inside wall of this beautiful garden area is hung, gallery-style, with vintage maps. None is equally (variety), but with comparable off-white matte planks and dark eyeglasses, the general composition has triumphed.

Similarly, there is continuity between the blond wood flooring and chairs, as well as the armchair’s white slipcover and the snowy parson’s tables.

Studio Marcelo Brito

Blue, white and nautical topics unite this alluring vignette onto a covered porch. The varietyis expressed by three-dimensional nonframed items, such as the paddles, the fish and other discoveries in the sea. Their existence makes the grouping of framed prints even more interesting.


A research in terra-cotta illustrates how harmony of substance can be a unifying device. This three-dimensional mural uses a varied assemblege of shapes and types (variety). Since each piece is made from the same type of clay, there’s a general feeling of unity.

Carson Poetzl, Inc..

Unity may also be established with color. Verdigris green in a variety of software holds things together within this patio of mainly natural and neutral surfaces. The two oversize stars echo the doorway trim, which in turn echoes the planted succulents on the tabletop and the potted cactus.

Elizabeth Dinkel

Subtle yet gratifying, this outdoor seating area incorporatesunifying particulars like color: The wrought iron and the upholstery piping are both black; the olive pillows reflect the bay-green iron scrollwork. There is enough variety between substances, colours, textures and patterns, however they speak a standard, harmonious language.

Bright Green

A implanted picture of succulents, made by Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco, is framed as fine art. The many types of succulents, in colors ranging from blue-green to dark green to lime green, exemplify both unity and variety. Textures also contribute to the design’s range — and the overall composition is glorious.

Elad Gonen


Variety of materials is perhaps the first thing you notice upon approaching this home. Though their color palette is comparable, there’s lots of comparison between the mortared rock privacy wall and the smooth exterior stucco. But notice how the feeling of unity is expressed via hot, neutral finishes and a relationship between the horizontal lines of the window grids and the horizontally cut stone blocks.

Arterra Landscape Architects

The thought of comparison is expressed within this alluring outdoor living area. The smooth bands of poured-in-place concrete contrast nicely with the surrounding pebble and gravel mulch and the trio of reflective orbs. There is unity in the palette: The chocolate-brown furniture reflects the similarly dark fence; the plants are largely green and grassy. The general mood here is serenity and harmony.

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Seal the Deal With Fiber Cement Siding

Hardie plank: Nearly everybody who has considered re-siding their house or building an addition or a brand new home has heard of it. However, what’s Hardie plank, or more properly, fiber cement board?

Fiber cement plank in its current form was developed in the 1980s from the James Hardie corporation as a replacement for asbestos cement board. A blend of sand, sand and cellulose, it can be produced in panels, as lap siding and as trim pieces. As it’s durable (many manufacturers warranty the product for 50 decades and the finish for 15), low maintenance, available in many sizes and textures, and easily painted any colour, fiber cement is an perfect siding choice.

Art and designers have taken to the substance’s adaptability. Not only is fiber cement available as a flat lap siding for traditional-style houses, but it also comes in panels that mimic stucco such as Prairie and Craftsman-style houses, shingle panels for both Arts and Crafts-style houses and smooth panels for more modern designs.

Although the longest-lasting finishes are factory applied, the substance can be painted on-site such as wood siding. This makes for easy touch-ups and repairs in addition to the ability to change colour. Below are ways to make use of fiber cement board on home exteriors in a variety of fashions.

Shade it contemporary and daring. Available in large, smooth panels, fiber cement board is excellent for the outside of a contemporary house. The rectangular grid made by the joints between panels provides the outside structure and sequence. The capability to finish the substance in any colour allowed the architect of the home to pronounce each volume so that the layout of interlocked cubes is readily apparent.

Nic Darling

Use it in order to blend in. Fiber cement is a chameleon-like substance. Whether your site is a luxury suburb, a bucolic country field or a gritty urban zone, then it can be coloured and arranged to match the setting.

Resolution: 4 Architecture

The secret is in the joint. The fiber cement panels can be butted to each other or can be installed using a show between every panel. The James Hardie company has developed a very simple installation system when a show is desired. While this show creates a different shadow line that is perfect for a modern design, the joints between panels can be treated in a number of ways.

Blue Brook Architecture

Joints can be full of a contrasting colour to create a two-dimensional appearance.

AIA, Bud Dietrich

Panel joints can be coated with a contrasting colored fiber cement trim to create a Prairie-style appearance.

Beard + Riser Architects

Fiber cement trim also can be colored to match the panels for a modern aesthetic.

Mix it up. An especially powerful method of using fiber cement panels is to combine them with other substances. Or you can join fiber cement lap siding with fiber cement panels. The perpendicular and also gridded panels produce orthogonality using the lap siding.

WA Design Architects

The ability to combine this siding with other substances is one of its great features. It works in a sleek and machined look …

Stuart Sampley Architect

… and at a more rustic and vernacular approach.

WA Design Architects

The panels, that can be quite large, can be trimmed, stacked vertically or positioned horizontally into a stack bond pattern.

Great Neighborhood Homes

Make mine conventional. Most fiber cement board is utilized as horizontal lap siding, perfect for conventional and colonial-style houses.

M.J. Whelan Construction

Many newer houses with conventional styling use fiber cement siding. For a house with a massive exterior surface region, the substance can be utilized in a variety of textures in addition to for shingles at the upper gables.

Eck | MacNeely Architects inc..

It’s also offered in a board-and-batten configuration.

Candlelight Homes

The substance can be completed in a large choice of colors.

Bud Dietrich, AIA

One of my favorite approaches is to use both the lap siding and the panels at a Craftsman-style configuration. This can be particularly successful when re-siding an present house to create something unique.

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Designer Sketch: Danielle Wallinger

Danielle Wallinger’s interior design career began at the very unexpected place: the mall, in which she worked at a popular juniors’ store as the visual display supervisor. “It immediately became clear that I had a knack for arranging and rearranging things. My journey began when I had to determine how to flip my strengths into a career. Interior layout was it!” States Wallinger, who adds that after she began on the road to become an interior designer, she never turned back.

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What are you working on today?
Among my current projects is utilizing a geothermal system; it is very exciting to have customers that appreciate environmentally sound technology. It will be and I’m looking forward to the experience. I love doing something I’ve never done before.

Is everything on your design process electronic ?
The huge majority of my job is done sensibly, but that is a relatively new strategy. I discovered how to draw by hand and did so for several years until I relented. … I believe there’s still a fantastic value in the skill of hand-drafting. Same goes for picture and disposition boards. Now everything can be performed on the computer, but don’t underestimate the value of learning about the hand of a cloth.

Dayka Robinson Designs

Which professionals in your industry do you respect most?
The craftsmen who create my vision into a reality. How do they do everything?

The most significant thing on your work desk is …
My tape measure, since in interior layout, size does matter.

Which iconic interior designer or artist would you prefer to utilize?

Kelly Wearstler. She is not scared to take risks, and that is why all of us know her name today.

Bedding: Kelly Wearstler

Studio D – Danielle Wallinger

Your ideal client is …
Someone who isn’t scared to do something else that hasn’t already been completed. Someone with guts and who can trust in my expertise.

Can you describe your customer for the living space over?
This distance reflects my client’s renowned nature and relationship with the Western lifestyle. I mixed modern interpretations of classic pieces using textured finishes; the layout encapsulates the new direction of Western.

Studio D – Danielle Wallinger

Who would be your layout inspirations?
An individual of inspiration for me is David Hicks. He was far ahead of his time, along with his ability to walk the line and successfully mix modern with traditional style is a legitimate talent. I find other inspirations everywhere, usually when I’m least expecting it.

Studio D – Danielle Wallinger

Where in the world do you wish to visit next?
I love to travel, and that I think being exposed to anything outside of your component can inspire you in unanticipated ways. I’d say top of my list would be Europe. There would be so much history and diversity to take in.

What inspires your work?
My customers — my job is all about them. Delving into their persona and translating that into a beautiful space takes patience, understanding and a real love for your craft.

If you could select 1 color in the world to reside, which would you select?
That is easy. I’d pick orange. I’ve always loved orange and always will. It’s hot, joyful and quirky — all of the features that I appreciate in my life.

Designer Sketch: Noel Cross

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Instructions for Installing Window Film

If you want to install window installation, you don’t always have to hire a professional to do it for you. You can easily install the film on your own.

You will need the following tools:

-Paper coffee filters or lint-free cloth
-Tape measure or ruler
-Razor blade (single edge)
-Utility knife
-Spray bottle
-Bottled water (don’t use tap water)
-Baby shampoo (no tears) or film aid applicant

The film is usually applied to the inner surface of the glass. In case you have a storm window, you have to remove it first before applying the tint on the surface of the pane furthest from the interior, and then reinstall the storm window.

While this is a simple process, you have to be patient and prepare adequately. If you are installing window film for the first time, try it out with a small film before you do the work on your windows.


Fill a solution of soapy water into a spray bottle, and add film-aid concentrate for pH balance and drying clarity. Avoid hard tap water because it leaves spots. This solution is supposed to lubricate the squeegee during the cleaning process.

For this job, you will need a number of utility single-edged razor blades. Trim the film after every 10 inches with a utility knife.

The squeegee will be used to press the tint on the window, avoiding creases in the process, and to remove the soapy water under it. The ideal squeegee blade should be between 6 and 8 inches wide.

To absorb the squeegeed water, use paper coffee filters or lint-free towels. Avoid the usual paper towels.

Get a wallpaper trimmer to trim the tint to size.

Important Points to Remember

-You can remove the film, but you can’t reuse it
-Make sure you are working in a dust-free area with the fans turned off
-Other than under direct sunlight, the film can be applied at any time
-If you have large windows, have someone to assist you
-Never use degreasing or concentrated detergents


Measure the Window

Get the dimensions of the window first. Measure, unroll and cut the window film. You can apply the film from top to bottom or side to side.

Clean the Window

Spray the cleaning solution on the window generously. Clean the windows with the squeegee and remove any caked paint or dirt and wipe off properly.

Cut the Film

Unroll and apply the film on a flat area close to the window. With a ruler guide, cut the window repair an inch bigger than the size of the window. If the windows are bigger than the size of the film, you will have to seam the film as you would do with wallpapers.

Wet the Window

Spray the solution on the windows to lubricate the film until you see soap water beads rolling down the frame. Apply when the window is still wet, or rewet the window.

Remove the Liner

Patiently and carefully remove the liner from the film. Attach pieces of tape to the back and front side of the film. Press them together and then pull them away to remove the liner from the film. Spray more solution to the adhesive side of the film now exposed, to reduce contamination.

Apply the Film

Having removed the liner and the window is still wet, apply the adhesive side of your window cleaning to the glass. Begin from the top, and gently lay the film down the glass.

Spray the Outside of the Film

Spray all the film side that faces you to keep the surface lubricated, and then squeegee it firmly but carefully to remove air and water from underneath.

Trim the Edges

Use the utility knife or razor blade to trim around the perimeter of the film. Spray more solution to the film and squeegee it off.

Different types of Stoneware Vase Markings

Potteries, designers and designers often mark their work to allow the world know who made the piece, and stoneware is no exception. Marks might contain stylized writing, miniature logos, symbols, emblems, collection names and even numbers, which usually refer to some repeated pattern or mold employed from the pottery business. Maker’s marks — since these markings are often called — help in figuring the vase’s value, especially antique vases, because of the adjustments to the marks through the manufacturing history of the business or artist.

Artist’s Signature or Initials

Most artists sign their work, especially for individually crafted pieces. But even if the stoneware vase is part of a manufacturing line, then you still might discover the artist’s signature, personal logo or her bows, especially if the artist also owns the organization. Oftentimes, even lead designers sign their pieces or at least use a different type of producer’s mark to identify a particular collection or line of stoneware vases.

Maker’s Marks

Business logos or emblems often change across the lifespan of the business, which is helpful once you want to identify the era of a stoneware vase and you have access to your website or a book that details these marks. When antique appraisers or collectors attempt to establish the value of a vase, for instance, that’s the first mark that they look for, usually found on the vase’s underside.

Collection Names or Molds

When a vase a part of a bigger collection of home decor items or some set of dishware, for instance, the layout or collection name may be imprinted beneath the producer’s mark or the artist’s signature. The state of origin generally appears at the foundation of the marks. Another mark typically found on stoneware vases is the mold number for your vase. An artist or designer generates the first piece from which a mold is made for mass production purposes. The mold number can often be traced in novels that collectors or appraisers use to identify and cost collector vases.

Country of Origin

Alongside the producer’s mark on a stoneware vase, potteries often incorporate the area or state of origin. Under section 304 of the 1930 U.S. Tariff Act, later updated, all things of foreign manufacture imported in america require a state of origin mark on the products being imported. This helps American consumers know where the piece originated when creating a buy. Stoneware and other ceramics often included this mark to identify the area or state before 1930, but not always.

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How to Determine Water Flow in a Fountain Spillway

Spillways add drama to fountains and guide water flow, helping minimize sediment and waste of fountain surfaces. In order to remain fresh and clean, all of the water in little fountain pools must cycle through the fountain each hour — larger pools must recycle every two hours. Your pump, rated to lift a quantity of water to a particular height to the spillway, gives you a hint about how much water flows — or should flow — over the spillway. Measuring the actual leak requires a bucket, a timepiece and a bit of arithmetic.

Locate a bucket of known quantity — 5 gallons is a good size. Many buckets are a bit larger than their stated volume, so utilize a gallon jug to fill the bucket with exactly 5 gallons of water and mark the degree using a waterproof marker.

Place the bucket under the spillway’s lip so that it catches all of the water passing through the socket and start the stopwatch. Hold the bucket steady so no water splashes over a tipped border.

Catch the water until the water strikes the 5-gallon mark, then stop the stopwatch.

Divide 5 gallons by the number of moments it took to fill to the mark.

Multiply the number of gallons per minute by 60 to find the number of gallons of water that fall over the spillway per hour — the gallons per hour, or flow speed.

Repeat the measurement at least three times and divide the gallons per hour by the number of trials to get an average flow for the spillway.

Measure all the spillways in this manner and add the flow speeds to get the entire water flow to your fountain.

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The way to Adjust an Eclipse Push Mower

If you possess an Eclipse push mower, you have part of history. The Eclipse Lawn Mower Company, founded in 1900 by Fred Adams of Prophetstown, Illinois, stopped producing them in the early 1950s, when it started producing motorized versions, and the Eclipse Business was acquired by Hahn, Inc. in 1961. Eclipse push mowers usually have rubber tires and a rubber-coated roller. They also have two adjustments — one for adjusting for the length of the grass and one for setting the height of the cutting bar, which determines the way easily and effectively the blades cut.

Placing the Cutting Height

Locate the two lock nuts on each side of the roller, that’s the wooden dowel that tracks behind the cutting bar. They are on the inside of the frame that holds the roller and about 2 inches over the roller.

Turn both nuts using a wrench. If they are stuck and will not turn, douse them with lubricating spray, then permit the spray to work for a couple of minutes, and try again. Loosen the nuts sufficient to enable the roller to slide up and down to the frame.

Push down the elbow to lift the blade and cut the grass more evenly, and pull on the roller up to shorten the amount of the grass. Ensure both ends of the roller are the exact same distance from the top of the frame, then tighten the nuts.

Adjusting the Cutting Bar

Locate the two nuts on each side of the leading bar holding it to the lawn mower frame. Contrary to the nuts holding the roller, these nuts are on the outside of this frame. Loosen them using a wrench, using lubricating spray, if they’re stuck.

Notice the curved rod attached to the middle of the bar. It goes above the reel and connects to your tie rod on the front of the mower by means of adjustable wing nuts. There is one wing nut beneath the connection point and one over it.

Reduce the edge of the outer blade related to the reel by turning the lower nut counterclockwise and then turning the top nut counterclockwise by the exact same quantity. This pulls the rear of the cutting bar up and lowers the leading edge. Turn the nuts in the opposite direction to raise the edge of the cutting bar.

Use a bit of paper to find out the right setting for the bar. Put the paper between the bar and reel, have a helper push down on the handle to raise the mower wheels off the ground. Turn one of the wheels counterclockwise by hand. The bar is adjusted correctly if the blade slices the paper cleanly.

Tighten the nuts on each side of the bar when you are delighted with the adjustment.

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Comfort and Comfort in a Minnesota Manse

The husband wanted a masculine home. The wife wanted a place filled with vibrant color. Short of calling a marriage counselor, what was the designer to do?

For interior designer Darsi Floersch, the solution was a neutral inside with splashes of color throughout. “It was a balancing act of finding the color in the marketplace, but not needing it over the top,” states Floersch, of Martha O’Hara Interiors in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Her clients — a professional athlete and a fitness trainer — built the 8,700-square-foot house for themselves and their two brothers near the shores of Lake Minnetonka, a popular resort area west of the Twin Cities. Regardless of the home’s huge size, the couple wanted it to look unpretentious and family friendly, and also to reflect the husband’s upbringing to a South Dakota farm.

“They’re down-to-earth,” Floersch states. “They wanted a place to entertain friends and family, and to reside in comfort. It was important to them to become more casual than dressy.”

at a Glance
Who lives here: A fitness trainer, a professional athlete and their two brothers
Location: Close Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota
Interior designer: Darsi Floersch, Martha O’Hara Interiors
Architect: Tritch Design
Builder: L. Cramer Designers + Builders
Size: 5 bedrooms, 41/2 bathrooms

Martha O’Hara Interiors

The owners opted to get a great room instead of a formal living room, and requested for an ottoman rather than a coffee table so they could put up their feet while watching TV.

Floersch used neutral colors on the sofa and chairs, then indulged the spouse’s love of color with the hot pink ottoman. “As long as the entire house wasn’t pink, the husband was willing to let her have that,” she states.

Your husband is a large man, and his wife is petite, therefore Floersch opted for heavier seats and added throw pillows, because you can always earn a chair smaller with pillows, but you can’t make it bigger.

Wool broadloom was trimmed and jumped to produce the area rug — a less costly option than purchasing an present rug.

Ottoman: Stewart Furniture, with cloth by Villa Romo; chandelier: Visible Comfort

Martha O’Hara Interiors

When is a formal dining room not a formal dining room? When it is supplied with a bleached, textured table surrounded by slipcovered necklace seats.

The owners are avid boaters and wanted some of the maritime feeling from the decoration. Floersch loved the curtain cloth and echoed the shade in the wing seats at either end of this table. “Going all around the dining table with it might have been a lot of,” she states.

Chandelier: Century Furniture; table: cFc

Martha O’Hara Interiors

The kitchen island is painted charcoal and topped with Argento granite; the counters at the back are Carrara marble. Upholstered stools supply an abrupt jolt of color and pattern.

Lanterns: Visible Comfort

Martha O’Hara Interiors

Folding barn-style doors, a homage to the husband of youth on a farm, offer access into the butler’s pantry in the hall.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

To produce the study flow with the rest of the house, Floersch eschewed stained millwork for striking charcoal paint. The hammered metal desk, paired with stainless steel counters, indulges the husband’s industrial aesthetic.

The yellow leather wing chair provides the requisite pop of color, but is trimmed with oversize nailheads to get a little machismo.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

Light floods the landing on the back stair, which features built-in window chairs where relatives can contemplate the view.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

Punches of aqua fortify the warm gray walls from the master bedroom. Tongue and groove paneling adorns the tray ceiling.

Paint: Winter Gates, Benjamin Moore

Martha O’Hara Interiors

Floersch obliged a petition for fun color in the laundry room with a cheery cherry paint and background, each of which extend to the home office.

Custom legs give the laundry room sink farmhouse appeal, while a bowed counter manages both laundry and children’s art projects with equal aplomb.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

The lower level contains a media room and pub. The floor is covered with 3- by 6-inch travertine tiles, designed to maintain up to celebrations and moist feet in the nearby pool.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

Rusticated stone behind the bar adds to the pub-like feel; the bell was a gift from Floersch.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

This foot rail was salvaged from a train track near the husband’s youth farm.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

The lower level also contains a game table illuminated by means of a custom light fixture. The pendants have been affixed to paths salvaged from a barn on the farm in which the husband has been raised.

“It meant a great deal to them to have their family legacy in the home,” states Floersch.

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5 Sensational Flowering Vines for Warm Climates

Love them or hate them, no tropical garden is complete without those wild and crazy vines. They move on where they do not belong, require persistent pruning, consume more space than they are ever awarded and will swallow a drop in a week if given the opportunity, but we grow them for one very good reason — the flowers, obviously. Here are a few of the showiest flowering vines you will see from late summer through autumn.

Cape Honeysuckle
(Tecoma capensis)

You will love this sprawling and rambling vine (more of a shrub, really) because of its profusion of vibrant orange flowers and its fine evergreen foliage. As you can tell from the bee at the photo, pollinators love it hummingbirds especially. The flowers that cover the plant in the summer and autumn include a gold orange to a deep and dramatic red-orange, so buy a plant when it is in bloom so you receive the type that works for your landscape.

Cape honeysuckle produces a big and untidy bulk of prolifically blooming stems, but it may be trained to develop trellises if you help it along by tying the rambling stems loosely to their support. Use it as a ground cover big hillsides or to restrain erosion, but be ready to give it plenty of room. It will spread.

Gardeners in colder climates will also be in luck. As long as you are willing to give it an occasional trim, cape honeysuckle works nicely in the container garden and may be kept upright with the help of stakes or permitted to scramble over the pot’s edge.

Where it will grow: Hardy to 20 degrees Fahrenheit (USDA zones 9 to 11; find your zone)
Water requirement: Low once established
moderate requirement: Total sun
Mature size: 6 to 2 feet
Seasonal interest: the largest flush of blooms is from late summer to fall.
When to plant: Spring through autumn

(Passiflora spp)

They come in all sorts of colours, ranging from the intense scarlet blooms of crimson passionflower (Passiflora miniata) into the pastel lemon passionflower (Passiflora citrinus) and white passionflower (Passiflora ‘Constance Elliott’). Not that passionflowers really need much else to warrant their use, but edible types — like the passion fruit (Passiflora edulis) and giant granadilla (Passiflora quadrangularis) — are delicious eaten out of hand, added to ice cream or juiced.

Passionflowers are invaluable host plants for butterflies, particularly the ones that are native to your region. Maypop is native to much of the eastern United States and has the bonus of producing edible fruits, and corky stem passionflower (Passiflora suberosa) is a fantastic selection for most of Florida. Another one to look for is incense passionflower (Passiflora ‘Incense’), that comes packed with a surprisingly strong odor.

They do not need much in the means of care, but passionflowers are ordinarily quite vigorous (some might use the word “weedy”) and might need to be heavily pruned or pulled up from time to time. In other words, if the butterfly caterpillars do not get to them first.

Red passionflower (Passiflora miniata) is among the more dramatic species offered and will occasionally bear fruit.

Where it will grow: Varies by species. Some are hardy to -10 degrees Fahrenheit (zones 6 to 11).
Water requirement: Typical
moderate requirement: Partial to full sun
Mature size: Varies, but maximum reach 6 to 8 feet
Seasonal interest: Summer through fall
When to plant: Spring through autumn

Gloriosa Lily
Gloriosa superba ‘Rothschildsiana’

This vining lily lookalike has flowers that are every bit as exotic looking as people of the passionflower, but with a twist. To start with of the flowers have twisted petals, and the blooms face down, looking much like comets or flickering flames as they switch from a light yellow to full-blown orange and crimson.

Plant the long and fleshy roots just as you’d bulbs, 2-3 inches beneath the soil surface from spring through the summer. Tropical gardeners and impatient gardeners in colder climates may add container-grown plants into the garden whenever freezes are not a problem.

Plant gloriosa lilies near a support such as a wire trellis or an informal shrub, so the distinctive tendril-like leaf ideas may grab a foothold. Resist the urge to prune errant stems, as doing this will kill back the whole stem into the ground and delay blooming.

Where it will grow: Hardy to 20 degrees Fahrenheit (zones 9 to 11)
Water requirement: Typical
moderate requirement: Partial to full sun
Mature size: Rambling blossom 4 to 6 feet long
Seasonal interest: Summer through fall
When to plant: Spring though summertime

Caution: All pieces of gloriosa lily are toxic if ingested, and handling the roots can be irritating to some, so plant it out of the reach of children and manage the roots using gloves as a precaution.

Pink Trumpet Vine
(Podranea ricasoliana)

Its cotton-candy-pink and trumpet-shaped blooms resemble those of the associated crossvine and trumpet creeper (that are also good choices too), but that South African native speaks in softer tones and ha finer foliage, which makes it ideal where a bit of subtlety is necessary. Oh, and did I mention it smells amazing?

Plant this one in the base of your tallest trellis, fence or pergola, since it has the potential to grow 20 feet tall when given the space. It’s also drought tolerant once established and requires little care if it is given enough room to roam freely. It might be suitable for containers, as long as you have pruning shears in the ready to keep it at scale.

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This pink trumpet vine is twining along a weapon.

Where it will grow: Hardy to 20 degrees Fahrenheit (zones 9 to 11)
Water requirement: Low
moderate requirement: Total sun; will require some color
Mature size: 15 to 20 feet
Seasonal interest: Flowers summer through autumn
When to plant: Spring through autumn where hardy

(Bougainvillea glabra)

Out of each of the vines in this ideabook, bougainvillea is the most frequent; it may be found in gardens everywhere from the shore of Florida to California, where it climbs scalp and stucco mansions. It naturally lends itself to Mediterranean design, with its muscular and winding woody trunks and rosy warm-hued blooms, or maybe it’s just because of its exceptional drought tolerance?

What most people consider that the flowers are actually papery and vibrant adapted leaf-like structures known as bracts that surround the real flowers, which are usually insignificant and white. The second most obvious characteristic is a bit more unpleasant, as the whole plant is generally armed with narrow and piercing thorns — certain to make any burglar’s day a memorable experience if it is planted along a wall.

Bougainvillea may be pruned back hard in spring, or you could remove the lower branches to reveal the twisting and fissured trunk for a piece of living sculpture. Just make certain to look but not touch.

Where it will grow: Hardy to 20 degrees Fahrenheit (zones 9 to 11)
Water requirement: Low
moderate requirement: Total sun
Mature size: Up to 40 feet
Seasonal interest: Summer through fall
When to plant: Spring through autumn

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