What's Your New Year's Resolution for Your House?

January 1 provides us with a proverbial blank slate, but it frequently brings an accompanying sense of dread. It is time for New Year’s resolutions, but instead of dealing with yet another diet or costly gym membership, deliver your resolutions home this year. Committing to enhancing your home (and we’re not only talking about decluttering) could dramatically improve your quality of life.

We would like to know: What New Year’s resolutions are you making for your property?

Molly Brandenburg

Maybe you only need to appreciate your home more and feel genuinely happy in it. That could mean eventually picking a new color for your living room.

Molly Brandenburg

Is peace of mind high in your list? Something as straightforward as getting a fresh key rack to keep your house keys in the exact same spot could cut down on stress. Or perhaps you would like to be sure to have a safer house this past year. Installing fresh smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and updating your disaster kit may be great ways to begin.

Finances are often a big area of overhaul in a brand new year — how are you going to make yours work for your property? For many, it will mean using rebates; for others it will mean turning the water heater a top notch and taking ecofriendly considerations into consideration.

Molly Brandenburg

Of course, there is the nonresolution route too. Selecting not to do something can be as effective as doing something. Maybe it’s deciding not to spend some more money on your own living space, or creating a conscious decision to not worry about the little things, and allowing the home get somewhat messy during the week. It might only be a matter of sitting back, relaxing and trimming your house (and yourself!) Just a slack.

Which are your house resolutions for next year? Share them in the Remarks section below — your thought may wind up in a featured ideabook.

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The Easiest, Most You StandMake

Should cake have all of the fun? Cake stands can display a number of different foods, such as fruits, snacks, candy and cupcakes, serving as great sandwiches and figurines to your own parties. So if you’re hosting a holiday resort, birthday party or baby shower, or simply have a celebratory event, repurpose your secondhand or flea market finds into a delightful way to elevate your yummy treats. All you will need is a hot-glue gun along with some sturdy dishes to mix and match. Below are four stand styles.

Rikki Snyder

Bold colours and Fun Shapes

Utilize your cake rack to display fresh seasonal fruit. Add bright color to a tabletop or a room by choosing vibrant colors. Try using unexpected contours, such as oval platters.

Rikki Snyder

Materials:

Glue gun
Extra glue sticks
Inexpensive bowls and platters of various shapes and fashions

Tip: make certain the bowls you select are wide enough to support your dish, therefore it’s going to be sturdy and can support the weight of their meals.

Rikki Snyder

Apply a thin coat of glue on the bottom rim of this bowl or mug (the base of this cake rack). Work fast; hot glue dries fast.

Tip: You can take your cake stands apart again later, if you wish. Just place them in the freezer for a half hour to shrink and harden the glue, which makes it effortless to peel off. You might even use craft putty as a temporary, reusable option.

Rikki Snyder

The moment the layer of glue was applied, center on the base the plate or platter that is going to be the cover of the cake rack. Press lightly and maintain it for a few seconds while the glue is setting. Permit the glue to dry for at least a half an hour prior to using or moving your cake rack.

Rikki Snyder

Experiment with platter shapes and heights for variety across your desk.

Tip: The glue should maintain your cake stand together for several celebratory occasions if you take care of the piece correctly. After use, carefully wash the rack with warm water.

Rikki Snyder

Soft, Muted Colors

Trendy color combinations like this muted chopped yellow and grey provide a blank canvas for the treats.

Rikki Snyder

Cupcakes and cake alike will glow on these impromptu cake stands. Combine your favorite colors to make an enticing palette to your dessert table. These colors nicely complement chocolate frosting.

Rikki Snyder

Blues and Whites

You would not use your grandma’s precious china, but put flea market finds to good use by mixing classic cups and plates at a color scheme of your own choice.

Rikki Snyder

A massive plate to the base will provide additional sturdiness in addition to more room for treats. You can experiment with stacking additional tiers without glue; just be certain the plate can support the food things.

Rikki Snyder

If your event comes with a theme, decorate with an intentional color scheme, such as this yellow, white and blue one used for a buffet-style tea station. Utilize your tiered cake rack to display cookies.

Rikki Snyder

Rikki Snyder

Classic White

Using a wide-mouthed bowl since the base for this cake rack creates a simple but sleek look. Use tall glasses paired with curved bowls to display colorful snacks in your next birthday party.

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Find the Ideal Cooktop for Your Kitchen

When designing the work places in the kitchen, having a cooktop that’s separate from the toaster or toaster allows for greater flexibility. Choosing the right cooktop takes some study, however. Gas and electrical have been the two normal offerings, and while traditional gas cooktops stay a favorite choice, you may choose to look beyond them along with the familiar electrical coil alternative and consider electrical or radiant warmth. You could also search for different sizes, from streamlined 30-inch ranges to ones that are 48 inches or larger, in addition to different bells and whistles. Last, you can even set up individual modular cooktops that permit you to personalize your installation or create a separate place for steaming food or cooking with a wok.

In my opinion, it is really hard to compare gas and electric cooktops, because they’re such different cooking encounters — it is like trying to compare a grill into a griddle. But no matter what your taste, here’s a simple guide to the options.

Darren James Interiors

Induction and radiant electric cooktops. It can be hard, or even impossible, to tell the difference between an induction cooktop and a luminous electric cooktop by simply looking at them. They frequently look exactly the same, with sleek ceramic glass surfaces rather than vulnerable coil rings.

The main difference between the two is how they provide warmth. An induction cooktop uses an electromagnetic field that heats the cooking vessel rather than the cooktop itself. Induction cooktops heat up instantly and offer very precise temperature control. Induction-compatible cookware is usually necessary for induction cooking.

A radiant cooktop heats and cools down slowly, similar to a traditional oven. It doesn’t need specialized cookware. Even though it is not generally as well-known as a gas cooktop, lots of professional cooks favor it.

Thermador Home Appliances

Masterpiece Series Induction Cooktop

Circles indicating the place of these “burners” are often found on both the induction and radiant cooktops, even though there are sleek options in which the black ceramic glass appears to have no markings in any way.

Luck Stone Center

Gas cooktops. Traditional gas cooktops are still preferred by most, because using a visible flame lets you control the heat output more precisely. Another difference between gas cooktops and electrical ones is that gas cooktop power is measured in BTUs (British thermal units).

Lowe’s

KitchenAid 30-Inch 4-Burner Gas Cooktop – $999

Drop-in gas cooktops. Drop-in gas cooktops sit on top of the counter. They traditionally have control knobs at the top also. Most drop-in gas cooktops have sealed burners and are not as strong as their range-top alternatives. They’re usually 30 or 36 inches wide and offer a burner choice simply, not the integrated grills or griddles that can be found in range-top options.

Mike Smith / Artistic Kitchens

Gas range shirts. A gas range top is different from a drop-in cooktop since it appears like a range that’s overlooking the oven. They traditionally have control knobs on front apron rather than on top. Gas range shirts are often more powerful than their cooktop counterparts, using much more BTUs.

Range tops typically include the same cooking surface structures as their range alternatives. A 30-inch model generally includes four burners, exactly like a typical range will, while larger sizes offer more options, such as griddles and grills. These components frequently offer a particular simmer burner too. Some manufacturers permit you to pick from open or closed burner options.

Range shirts with griddles or grills included usually start at a 36-inch dimensions and move around 48- and 60-inch versions. The arrangement of these burners is usually customizable. A 36-inch range top has a 12-inch griddle, whereas a 48-inch or larger one may have the choice of a 24-inch griddle.

AJ Madison

Wolf SRT484FX 48-Inch Pro-Style Gas Range Top

A couple of manufacturers offer a 48-inch range top using a French shirt, which has concentric rings involving the burners. These rings disperse heat across the entire area they occupy, with the hottest spot in the center and the cooler regions on the borders. This allows you to simmer, cook sauces slowly and have a couple of distinct pots on the outside at the same time.

BlueStar

BlueStar Heritage Classic Range Top

This range shirt has a exceptional characteristic: a raised griddle and broiler in a single. It is a fantastic choice if you want both options without giving up the leftovers.

SH insides

Modular cooktops. Independent, single-function cooktops are wonderful for smaller kitchens and also allow for more flexibility at a larger kitchen. They generally come in 12-, 15- or 24-inch sizes. Options include standard gas burners, a wok stove, grills, induction burners and steamers.

Gaggenau

Gaggenau Vario Cooktops

You can combine independent cooktops to produce your own custom large-scale cooktop or separate different elements into independent cooking channels.

Just one countertop steamer is very popular with those looking for healthier cooking options.

Sub-Zero and Wolf

Wolf 15-Inch Integrated Cooktops – $1,570

Another steamer, grill or induction cooktop in addition to a traditional gas range is many a home cook’s ultimate dream installation.

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Goth Glamour for Halloween and Beyond

When I think of gothic, three things immediately come to mind: Dickens’ Miss Havisham in her tattered wedding gown, Morticia from The Addams Family and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Goth design is dramatic and dark. It laughs in the face of death by adopting it. Think skulls crows and specimens . There’s definitely something creepy inside.

But it isn’t all eerie. It is also sophisticated, artistic and tasteful. It has a great sense of style and humor. And it does not need to be overdone. There is no need to paint everything black and hang red velvet curtains. Only a bit here and there adds a little refined ghoulishness to a room. Perfect for Halloween and outside.

Emily Winters

Skulls, Crows and Other Specimens

To embrace the dark side, you need to embrace the symbols of darkness, foreboding and death. This workspace is totally dim and old fashioned (can’t you picture Edgar Allan Poe writing here?) . Along with the crow perched on the wall is the cherry on top.

Mary Prince Photography

These taxidermy birds give this space a 19th-century conservatory feel. As in, Miss Scarlett with a candlestick in the conservatory.

Schwartz and Architecture

This wall of specimens floating in jars includes a menacing beauty to it. If you are not quite ready to go full-on Dr. Jekyll, you could achieve a much less shiver-inducing effect by filling the jars with leaves, acorns, stones and other nonanimal products.

Beth Dotolo, ASID, RID, NCIDQ

A customized skull pillowcase. It shows you are dim but you like to get.

Just one sketch one of a collection of art of a skull. It is dark but not obsessively so.

Wallpaper Collective

I adore this delicate skull wallpaper in the Wallpaper Collective. It comes in black also.

Seriously elegant eek element. Perhaps just for Halloween.

Thorson Restoration & Construction

Gothic Arches

This lovely salvaged window is a true gothic touch. The ornate chandelier ups the play factor also.

Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

This room is modern and spacious, however, the gothic arches along with the classic wooden doorway give it a little goth shadow. When you can’t place your finger on the reason why a room feels a little eerie, start looking for pointed gothic arches. Works every time.

Pursley Dixon Architecture

The high ceilings, taxidermy and contemporary fireplace give this space a creepy old-manor feeling. It is lovely, but there are most likely ghosts in this.

RAFAEL DAVILA

Dark Drama

This chamber includes important goth credibility: dark old paintings, religious art, a big chandelier, low light and dark furnishings.

Cravotta Interiors

The dark wood paneling helps, however, the dining table full of candles is what actually attracts the goth. Seance, anyone?

Duroque

Big, dramatic draperies in thick fabrics add puzzle (what is hiding behind them) And an 18th-century lushness to this room.

Lucid Interior Design Inc..

Blackness and Night

When in doubt, go with black. It is elegant, dramatic and not for the faint of the heart. Black is the color of death.

Thos. Ryan Design LLC

Even a bit will do. These black-framed windows add a somberness to the room. The painting that is dark and candelabras don’t hurt either. It is not creepy, but it’s also not to be trifled with.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

This bedroom has modern goth splendor: It is dramatic, it’s black and it’s coated in thick drapery. Unless you just happen to get a pet bat, it doesn’t get any better than that.

NICOLEHOLLIS

Another spacious, bright modern goth room. It is not just the black accents that give a bit of the dark side, it’s also the dramatic form of those oversized velvet chairs.

Koo de Kir

Candelabras and Chandeliers

Nothing ups the play of a space just like a big, bold chandelier. The more a chandelier or candelabra looks like it came out of an old gothic church, the greater. This stairwell isn’t particularly menacing, however, the enormous, spare chandelier adds significant play. Can not you just hear the organ music?

Tommy Chambers Interiors, Inc..

This bathroom has gothic arches in the cabinetry, but it also includes those castle-wall candlestick sconces helping its goth flair.

Laura Martin Bovard

A standing candelabra provides this room just a bit of the dark and striking.

Elad Gonen

A large, black chandelier. Elegant but not cheery. Morticia would l-o-v-e this.

Du Bois Design Ltd

Another black chandelier. Imagine if this light fixture were a white globe — that the room would have a completely different mood.

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Pacific Northwest Gardener's October Checklist

I am a fair-weather gardener. I like to sit down in front of a log fire enjoying my winter through the windows, rather than donning full rain gear and Wellies to deal with soggy perennials. This means getting ahead during those agreeable early-autumn days.

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Time to plant spring bulbs. Begin with the fun stuff! Most of us like planting to weeding, and this really is the month to get spring bulbs to the ground.

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To many people, daffodils are the symbol of spring. They look better when massed in the garden, so try planting them in drifts along a walkway — or tuck them between late-flowering perennials, for example black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp). Since the bulb foliage dies down, it will be hidden by those emerging perennials.

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It is possible to achieve a similar effect at a shade garden with bluebells implanted near hostas.

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Consider your general garden color scheme when choosing spring bulbs. Our front garden is planted in blue and silver, so I repeated this with white daffodils, white crocuses and countless periwinkle windflowers (Anemone blanda). Enchanting.

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Plant fall container gardens. Refresh your container gardens with a selection of winter-hardy evergreen shrubs, perennials and seasonal color spots.

Small conifers, bright spurge (Euphorbia spp) and citrus sedums are simple candidates for containers — particularly if dressed up with a few cheerful pansies.

Do not forget to add bulbs into those containers for an additional layer of attention next spring. Dwarf daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses are just a few of these possibilities.

Revealed: ‘Princess Irene’ tulips are stunning with ‘Peach Flambe’ coral bells (Heuchera).

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Focus on exciting foliage to make color containers as vibrant. Brightly variegated Aucuba, coral bells (Heuchera), evergreen ferns such as the orange-tipped autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosa) and variegated grasses beautifully around out shady container gardens.

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‘Pink Frost’ hellebore is a summer celebrity, blooming for many months with flowers in every shade of pink — all in precisely the exact same time! You might even include snowdrop bulbs in partially shaded pots.

Niki Jabbour

Extend the harvest. Many vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts and parsnips, endure even harsh frosts. Cover more tender carrots and lettuce with a floating row cover (such as Harvest Guard) or a cold period to prolong the growing season.

Natalie DeNormandie

As you’re from the vegetable garden, take out the last of the summer crops, such as tomatoes and herbs that are tender. (I expect that your ginger did better than mine this year.)

Make certain to remove fallen leaves from under the apple trees — particularly if your trees suffered from apple scab. Why do not compost these leaves. I replace the top inch of soil with new mulch as an additional precaution to prevent fungal infections from spreading.

The Garden Consultants, Inc..

Normally tidy up. Soggy hostas aren’t the most attractive design statement. Cut them down together with other exhausted perennials and grasses, but make a couple of seed heads from coneflowers (Echinacea) and grasses as winter food for the birds.

C.M. Jones Incorporated

Split and multiply! October is a fantastic time to divide many perennials, such as hostas and false spirea (Astilbe). A swift slice with a sharp spade does the trick for most plants.

I also have to dig up my bearded iris plants, divide them and replant with their knuckles observable. Overenthusiastic mulching has buried them too heavy, so that they did not bloom well this year.

Bonin Architects & Associates

Play at the leaves. Consider leaves nature’s gift to the garden. All you have to do is get them into the ideal place. Those on your yard can be shredded with the lawnmower, then either added to your compost bin or place back on the garden as a mulch. Do not cover crowns of perennials, however, since they could rot.

Home Ecology

MVP Complete Compost Bin, Large – $220

Make composting simpler. We’ve got a large garden, and also the compost bins are some distance apart from several planting beds and borders. We therefore have many cable pliers for compost hidden behind evergreen trees, however, a portable frame such as the one shown here would also work.

I rake the leaves to those and leave them to break down before spreading the rich mulch back on the garden the following year. It conserves moving the leaves twice.

Enjoy the season. Crisp atmosphere, sunny days, the odor of sweet apples out of katsura trees and the everchanging, vivid display of autumn leaves depends upon us. Enjoy nowadays and the chance to be outdoors.

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Excellent Design Plant: Milkbush

Succulents are architectural and clean-textured garden accents, adding modern funk and humor to a planting palette. Milkbush (Euphorbia tirucalli), also known as pen tree, takes that description to the extreme. Using its spacious structure and rubbery, cartoon-like branches, it is eye-catching and exotic — in the domain of succulents.

Caution: make certain to avoid direct skin contact, as this plant’s milky sap is toxic.

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Botanical name: Euphorbia tirucalli

Common names: Milkbush, pencilbush, pen tree, Indian tree spurge

USDA zones: 10 to 11 (find your zone)

Water requirement: Minimal; drought tolerant

Sun requirement: Complete sun

Mature size: Can reach up to 30 feet tall (much more likely to be kept little)

Benefits and tolerances: Drought and coastal Limits; flowers attract bees and birds; used by birds for nesting

Seasonal attention: Evergreen; flowers are insignificant

When to plant: Propagate by cuttings. Caution: When trimming, planting or hauling milkbush, wear gloves and long sleeves, and also consider goggles to avoid direct contact with the toxic white sap. After pruning the plant or trimming cuttings, let the stems to dry out or seal them to include the sap.

Distinguishing traits. The most apparent and obvious characteristics of this succulent tree are its own habit and colour. Whereas other succulents form tighter rosettes, milkbush branches and spreads. Imagine the shadow it casts.

Milkbush is a freely branching, upright shrub or tree. While in its native African setting it reaches sizes of up to 30 feet tall, it tends to be much smaller in domestic cultivation.

Sticks on Fire, revealed here, is a popular milkbush cultivar. Colorful foliage turns bright yellow in summer and contributes to a vibrant reddish. Because these cultivars lack the amount of chlorophyll of the straight species, they’re also slower growing.

Photo by Wikimedia Commons consumer Derek Ramsey

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The best way to use it. Treat milkbush as an architectural accent in the backyard — the form contrasts other rosette-shape succulents along with the rubbery texture adds foliage structure. Milkbush adds visual diversity in an all-succulent backyard and textural and structural shape to mixed foliage beds.

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Glenna Partridge Garden Design

Planting notes. Plant it directly in the floor, in containers or even inside, if conditions are dry and warm.

Far Out Flora

Plant it in well-drained soil which will stay mostly dry. It is very tolerant of wind and salt and will develop right along the shore. It is not very hardy — just to about 30 degrees Fahrenheit — but you could always bring it inside if your winters are cold.

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Great Design Plant: Astilbe

It isn’t simple to find a showy plant that thrives in shade and looks great even as the flowers die. That’s why I’m such a fan of astilbes. These gorgeous plants possess feathery plumes that make them look spectacular en masse and let them stand out in a combined garden.

Astilbes originated in Japan and China in the 1800s, and German and Dutch botanists could not get enough of crossing them producing new cultivars and brightening up their color. While astilbes today come in a range of pinks and purples, we’re going to look at the very first astilbe colour the Europeans saw back in the 1800s: white.

Botanical name: Astilbe chinensis or other special variety
Shared name: Astilbe, false spirea
USDA zones: 4 to 9 (find your zone)
Water requirement: Regular watering. Soil ought to be moist, so rich in organic material and well drained.
Light requirement: Light to medium shade; filtered light or three to four hours of light each day are ideal.
Mature size: 24 inches high up to 18 inches wide
Benefits and tolerances: It is a brassy shade plant that thrives in moist/damp lands. It cannot tolerate drought or sun. Astilbes are mostly insect resistant, such as deer and rabbit resistant. The exception is that the black vine weevil.
Seasonal interest: Beautiful base of leaves in summer; gaudy summer blossoms. The spent blossoms seem good in the fall and the dried blossoms can decorate the house.
When to plant: Mid-spring or after the last frost

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

Distinguishing traits. Astilbes possess delicate, feathery plumes that blossom over the base of the leaves in June or July, based on your zone.

When not in bloom, the plant’s fernlike leaves are appealing. The flowers are fragrant and attract butterflies.

Summerset Gardens/Joe Weuste

Since the blooms begin to fade in the fall, their structures still add a unique texture to the backyard that a lot of individuals find lovely. Actually, astilbe is known to be a blossom.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC

Astilbe is a versatile plant. Here are the best ways to use it:
In a combined perennial gardenIn a cutting garden (those were originally grown in Europe for because of their worth as cut flowers)In all-white gardens, such as moon gardensFor foundation plantingsIn an all-astilbe border gardenEn masseAs a woodland border

Planting notes. Astilbes prefer neutral or acidic soil. Add organic material to any soil that’s lacking in nutrients. Space 12 to 18 inches apart; dig holes as deep as the container or about 6 inches deep for bare-root specimens.

Keep plants watered and soil moist; extremely hot weather and shortage of water will quickly kill astilbes. Otherwise, they are quite tolerant and powerful.

Split every three to four decades.

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11 Shutters to Enhance Every Window

The architectural detailing of standard shutters can boost the exterior and interior of a home. Often custom made, shutters offer you full privacy with the capacity to manipulate the person louvers to the down or up position. Shutters can insure any window or door, let in as much or as little light as needed and also serve as a spectacular companion to any fabric best therapy. Full of personality, shutters are durable investments which can boost a home’s resale value.

Jennifer Orne

Arched Top Shutters

These tall contemporary living room windows have plantation shutters (dividers with individual louvers which are 2 1/2 into 4 1/2 inches wide) using the specific same styled shirt.

Style suggestion: Don’t be scared to use different styles of dividers on different windows at the same room. In this picture, full-height shutters mix with partial-height shutters.

Baysix Design

Painted Shutters

Beautiful black painted shutters create an instant focal wall within this comfy family room.

Design suggestion: Have your shutters painted in a neutral color that is suitable for your home’s interior. Use a gloss sheen to reflect light and catch the eye.

Soorikian Architecture

Café-Style Shutters

Café style dividers protect half of this window, offering privacy while still allowing the light.

Design suggestion: Use shutters made from plastic from the kitchen — this substance is very easy to clean.

Picture Perfect Interiors

Clerestory Shutters

Windows found high above eye level are referred to as clerestory windows. Place shutters on such windows as well as their kin to attain a single cohesive look throughout your home.

Design suggestion: Use dividers with of the windows in a room for a very traditional, Cape Cod–such as feeling.

Melbourne Plantation Shutters

Contemporary Shutters

Often shutters have a more traditional feel — but maybe not at this kitchen. The simple fact that this shutter goes all of the way into the ceiling produces this window treatment feel very contemporary.

Design suggestion: The bigger the louver, the more light you can let in.

Clifford M. Scholz Architects Inc..

Door Shutters

A shutter is the ideal remedy to any doorway with a full glass panel. Inside this bathroom, the shutter permits for privacy when the room is occupied and permits light in when it’s vacant.

Design suggestion: Safe the louvers at the closed position for continuous privacy.

Visbeen Architects

Toilet Shutters

These dividers are more of an architectual component than a functional window treatment within this bathroom. The horizontal lines the person louvers create is soothing to the eye.

Design suggestion: Use vinyl shutters in the bathroom to prevent warping because of steam and moisture.

Diana Rodriguez

Transom Shutters

Many doors have smaller windows on top called transom windows. Transoms can be difficult to cover, but those were medicated with custom-made shutters that match perfectly.

Design suggestion: The louvers of those transom shutters have to be exploited one by one to either an open or a closed position. Adjust them into the center position so that they block just partial mild — then you’ll not ever need to adjust them.

Pepe Calderin Design- Modern Interior Design

A Wall of Shutters

however big or small your dividers are, shutters from floor to ceiling and wall to wall make the look of a slatted wall.

Design suggestion: This program is another way to take a more contemporary approach to window dividers.

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Paneled Shutters

These folding dividers have solid panels set up of conventional operable louvers. The panels fold back on themselves when they’re in the open position.

Design suggestion: Replace traditional hinges and hardware using more decorative options in your preferred finish to accentuate the camera’s uniqueness.

Modern Shutters

This modern take on the timeless shutter was attained by replacing human louvers with tree branches.

Design suggestion: depending upon your own design style, insert other things instead of branches. Try colored glass painted dowels or coordinating fabric.

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Grove

A grove is a small grouping of trees, yet striking in its appearance due to the absence of undergrowth. A grove could be found naturally in the landscape or planted as an orchard or portion of a designed landscape feature. From the U.K. that a grove is a circular road, similar to a cul-de-sac.

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What makes a grove different from a woods is the absence of undergrowth: scrub, weeds, bushes and saplings.

TRG Architects

A blanket of bark mulch covers this hillside grove.

Landscape d.o.o. Slovenia

An orchard is the greatest grove, where undergrowth is removed to ease access to this fruit.

Designs Northwest Architects, Dan Nelson

This grove sets a dramatic backdrop for the backyard seats and provides a wind barrier to your own flame pit.

David J Frank Landscape Contracting Inc

An ivy ground cover is planted onto a berm with a grove of trees, forming the centerpiece of a circular drive.

Cul-de-sacs or streets, as shown on this map, are known as groves in the uk.

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Frame Your Garden

This garden arbor is simple to build and has a beautiful end result — the very best of both worlds for a do-it-yourselfer. The foundation of this arbor is made up of simple structure which can be as simple or as elaborate as wanted, and also the piece may be utilised in many ways outdoors. Use it to showcase a walkway, create a transition from 1 place to another, pay for a bench or gate, or frame a stunning view.

Meg Padgett

Our arbor was both inexpensive and easy to build — to not mention that it’s a beautiful addition to our lawn. It cost less than $150 and took us to construct, such as concrete drying period.

Materials:
(4) 4-by-4 10-foot-long pressure-treated posts(two ) 2-by-6 8-foot-long bamboo planks (1) 2-by-4 8-foot-long bamboo plank (3) 2-by-2 8-foot-long pressure-treated ballusters(two ) Premade wooden ladder trellises(8) 60-pound bags of concreteRustproof deck screwsGravelMeasuring tapeLevelShovelScrap 2-by-4sLadder

Meg Padgett

Plan the Website and the measurements for the arbor. We built a 2-foot-long, 5-foot-wide and 7 1/2-foot-tall arbor at the end of our winding pathway.

Mark the center of the four pole holes. Start with one corner of the arbor and then assess the width and length with that corner. Make sure your holes are perpendicular using either a T-square or a 3-4-5 or 6-8-10 triangle. The diagonals should be the exact same length.

Dig four pole holes based around your marks to a depth of 2 1/2 ft — dig a few more inches deeper to permit dirt — and one foot in diameter. This depth will offer a solid foundation for the arbor.

Meg Padgett

Build a service which will keep the posts standing straight, plumb and square while the concrete sets. We built ours with four 2-by-4s and attached them to one another with deck screws so that they were easily adjustable.

Don’t overlook that the holes have been measured center to center, so when you are building the service make certain to include the added width of the posts. We added 3 inches to every dimension because we used 4-by-4 posts.

Meg Padgett

Next, add about 3 to 4 inches of gravel to every hole. Place the posts in the holes against the corner of every service. Make sure that all posts are the exact same height; remove or add gravel if necessary. Check again that are level, plumb and square.

To maintain the posts plumb, attach two scrap 2-by-4 supports with screws to the bottom of every post, as revealed. Again, check that are level, plumb and square.

Measure the outside dimensions of the article and make sure all the corresponding measurements are equal, such as the diagonals. Adjust as needed. Use one of the 2-by-6 cedar boards to make sure all of the faces are flush to one another by placing it against every pair of posts.

Meg Padgett

After the posts are set, add concrete to the holes. Follow the instructions on your bag of concrete for special mixing recommendations. We mixed ours at a wheelbarrow and added water in small increments. We lasted blending and adding water till it reached the consistency of crumbly cake.

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Fill each hole with concrete and confirm that everything is level, plumb and square one last moment. Let the concrete dry and fix for the suggested time as listed for your concrete bag.

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Next, prepare front and side cross-pieces. Cut the boards to a preferred length. Ours were 7 ft long for front and back cross-pieces, and 43 inches long for both side cross-pieces.

Add interest to the arbor by making a layout cut on each end. There are lots of design options to pick from — such as the simple dog-eared style, which could be cut with a circular saw, to a cut like the one , which requires a decoration. Use a template to ensure your cuts are the same. Sand every piece until it is smooth and even.

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After the concrete has cured for 24 hours, then attach front, side and back cross-pieces, beginning with the sides. Start by attaching one side cross-piece 4 1/2 inches in top of the tallest post — due to settling, the posts may not be the exact same height. The space from the end of the cross-piece to the outside of this post should be equal. This will ensure that it is centered. Check that the cross-piece is level and attach it to the pole using deck screws.

To make sure that both side cross-pieces are level, rest a leading cross-piece on the attached side cross-piece and correct the unattached side piece till it reads level. Mark this place. Place the side cross-piece on the mark and attach it together with deck screws when it’s centered and level.

Note: The cross-pieces look best when they are to scale with one another. We attempted to utilize cedar fencing which we had available for the sides, but the board seemed too thin compared to the 4-by-4 posts and 2-by-6 boards, so we swapped the fencing out for 2-by-4 cedar, that gave the arbor a cohesive look.

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Next, attach the front and back cross-pieces by resting each on the side cross-pieces. Make sure that both are based and level and that they extend over every article. We used rustproof deck screws to attach the front and back cross-pieces. Typically, lag screws have been used.

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Together with the cross-pieces set up, cut the 2-by-2s to your preferred length. We made two top rails with 45-degree angles on each end out of one 8-foot-long balluster. To do so, mark the balluster at 47 1/4 inches and then cut away from that mark at a 45-degree angle. Cut each end’s angle to reflect the very first cut, making sure to cut on from the end to maintain the span intact.

Use a miter box and a hand saw or miter saw to cut the angles, unless you are adept at cutting edge angles together with the circular saw.

Twist the best railings perpendicularly to the top of the front and back cross-pieces with deck screws. For an open texture, place the top rails farther apart, and for a cozier feel, place them closer together. We mounted six 47 1/4-inch-long top railings 1 foot from each end and one foot away from one another on center.

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Feeling inspired? You may try your hand at building your own trellis. Then attach a premade trellis to every side of this arbor with galvanized nails.

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While the building of this arbor is finished, the overall finish remains open to personal preference.

Consider staining or painting the arbor to match your home or other garden decor items, or leave it as is for a more natural and weathered look as time passes. We stained ours together with Behr’s Premium Weatherproofing Semi-Transparent Stain at Cordovan Brown to match our deck.

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To utilize the arbor’s trellised sides, then put in a climbing plant like this climbing hydrangea.

Don’t be discouraged if your plant is not climbing as fast as you would like. Newly planted climbing hydrangea vines are slow to grow and blossom but make up for this when they attain maturity with beautiful green leaves and aromatic, lacy blooms.

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Add evergreen hanging plants, like this creeping myrtle, for a yearlong increase of color. Complete the look off with a stainless-steel outside lantern to illuminate the arbor at nighttime.

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