Home & Garden

Better Homes and Gardens is the fourth best selling magazine in the United States. The editor in chief is Stephen Orr. Better Homes and Gardens focuses on interests regarding homes, cooking, gardening, crafts, healthy living, decorating, and entertaining. The magazine is published 12 times per year by the Meredith Corporation. It was founded in 1922 by Edwin Meredith, who had previously been the United States Secretary of Agriculture under Woodrow Wilson.
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  • Serge Ferrari Enhances Stamskin Top Collection With Addition of Rich, Modern Colors
    seattlepi.com

    Serge Ferrari Enhances Stamskin Top Collection With Addition of Rich, Modern Colors

    Indoor/outdoor upholstery delivers a unique blend of contemporary colors with high-performing durability Serge Ferrari has refreshed its popular Stamskin Top collection with a sleek, modern color palate. The indoor/outdoor upholstery delivers a unique blend of contemporary colors with high-performing durability so that furniture will not only stand out, but the fabric will stay beautiful even in the most demanding environments. The elevated color line includes 24 new colors for a complete range of 33 colors overall. From clean neutrals to bold primary colors and a variety in between, Stamskin Top is a standout component of any application from contract furniture, yachts and boats, to high occupancy

  • Posh living in Marina District view home
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Posh living in Marina District view home

    The glamour of a New York penthouse meets the Marina district's elegance at 112 Mallorca Way, a five-bedroom contemporary with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and outdoor spaces on all four levels. “High-end designer finishes, grand scale rooms, all day light and sweeping views have been masterfully blended to create an unparalleled residential experience,” said Tracy McLaughlin of the Agency, who is listing the home for $4.995 million. Rebuilt in 2006 and recently renovated, the Marina district residence offers high ceilings, a flowing floor plan and chic finishes throughout. Gold-plated fixtures and designer wallpaper adorn a powder room on the main level, while the owner's suite enjoys a marble

  • Hot Property: Original redwood details abound within Berkeley Craftsman
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Hot Property: Original redwood details abound within Berkeley Craftsman

    Professional photographers routinely use wide-angle lenses when shooting a home's interior for marketing purposes. The resulting perspective visually widens a room, but that technique wasn't necessary in the owner's suite at 1409 Bonita Ave. in Berkeley, because the expansive room requires no embellishment. “That bedroom upstairs is enormous,” said Jeanne Lengsfelder of Red Oak Realty, who is listing the Craftsman in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto for $1.395 million. “They didn't have to use a special lens to show how big it is.” That bedroom, near a bathroom with a jetted tub, is part of the second-floor addition completed in the 1980s. The firm behind the home's upstairs expansion, Abrams/Millikan

  • The It List: The Endy Pillow
    canada.com

    The It List: The Endy Pillow

    The product: The Endy Pillow and The Endy Sheets Why we love it: The new year is a perfect time to adopt the out with the 'old and in with the new' mentality. Especially when it comes to bedding. If you haven't updated your sheets and pillow in recent years, now's the time. And the Canadian bed brand Endy, may have just the options to update your sleeping situation. In addition to offering an alternative to spring mattresses with its unique made-in-Canada foam creations, the company also offers pillows that feature shredded bamboo charcoal memory foam as filler. The filling can be removed in custom amounts to create the perfect firmness, which our tester loved. (No neck cramp — hoorah!) The pillows

  • Living With Flair: Benefits Of Home Pickup And Delivery
    Pacific Palisades, CA Patch

    Living With Flair: Benefits Of Home Pickup And Delivery

    One of the greatest time and money saving conveniences Flair Cleaners offers is their Home Pickup and Delivery, especially for those in the greater LA area who are always on the go. 1. Convenience By far, the number one benefit is convenience. Flair Cleaners picks up your dirty clothes and household items once or twice a week and returns them to you sparkling clean. And, there is no need for you to wait. Just put them in your designated pickup and drop-off location. There really is no more efficient way to have your items dry cleaned and laundered. 2. Savings Eliminating or cutting down on your home laundry saves you money and potentially space. You'll save on gas, electricity, water bills, and

  • You can now install a new designer kitchen with a few clicks
    Fast Company Magazine

    You can now install a new designer kitchen with a few clicks

    Havenly's team designed a Parisian-inspired kitchen, with gold fixtures, marble backsplashes, and white cabinets. Remodelmate customers can now install this exact kitchen in their own homes for $24,530, a fraction of what a typical designer home renovation costs. But this is way more complicated than it seems at first blush: Remodelmate will take care of ordering supplies, managing logistics (including any necessary permits and insurance), installation, and payment. The customer will not need to find or manage contractors or workers. This is part of a growing trend in the world of renovations. Block Renovations, a startup recently launched by a former Casper executive, allows customers to pick

  • Dramatic Edina garden is fit for European estate
    Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

    Dramatic Edina garden is fit for European estate

    West cen­tral Edina is ram­bler coun­try, where low-slung houses sprawl across spa­cious lots, shaded by ma­ture trees. It's not the usu­al hab­i­tat of Ju­li­et bal­con­ies or front en­tran­ces flanked by classic statu­ary — ele­ments that make Brian Ellingson's home feel like it be­longs along the Medi­ter­ra­nean rather than in Minnesota. Even more sur­pris­ing than Ellingson's state­ly vil­la is what hides behind it: a for­mal ter­raced gar­den lined with brick-pav­er and crushed-lime­stone paths, neat hedg­es and a tow­er­ing pa­vil­ion over­look­ing a lake. The grand scale and sweep­ing views re­sem­ble the grounds of a Eu­ro­pe­an es­tate. Ellingson's European-inspired garden is one of

  • 15 home upgrades you won't believe are this easy to install
    San Francisco Chronicle

    15 home upgrades you won't believe are this easy to install

    You've looked around your room and decided it's time for some upgrades. After getting some inspiration online and even seeing how your furniture or decor will look in your space, the new piece arrives at your door. The fun and games are over now. While the thought of a new couch or shelf is always exciting, the actual installation process is usually no walk in the park. It might require more tools than you expected or ones that you don't even own (but should), or contain convoluted instructions that just lead to frustration. We found furniture pieces and decor that take minimal effort to put together but still dazzle with maximum effect. No one would ever guess that it took you less than half

  • What Marin's landscape pros plan to do in their own gardens this year
    Marin Independent Journal

    What Marin's landscape pros plan to do in their own gardens this year

    Three of Marin's most talented landscape professionals, like so many of us, have made New Year resolutions for themselves when it comes to their own home gardens. So what are these landscape pros planning for themselves in 2019? Eric and Silvina Blasen, Fairfax Eric and Silvina Blasen, principals of Blasen Landscape Architecture (blasengardens.com) in San Anselmo, a company that has designed both commercial and residential projects for more than 25 years, have lived in Fairfax for almost as long. Their lovely garden was featured in the 2017 book, “Private Gardens of the Bay Area” (Monacelli Press), but it's still an ongoing process for the Blasens. “Our New Year resolution is a continuation of

  • How to be a help to our native bees
    Marin Independent Journal

    How to be a help to our native bees

    When I heard bees were in trouble, I wondered if there was anything I could do to help them. Turns out there are a lot of things we can do in our gardens to make life better for the bees. Gordon Frankie, at the University of California at Berkeley, has created an experimental bee garden that serves as a research facility and outreach tool for advising gardeners on planting gardens that will encourage bees and other flower visitors. It's not just what you plant, but how you plant. When pollinators spend their day foraging for pollen and nectar, they sometimes play favorites, a behavior known as flower constancy. This is particularly true for honey bees and bumblebees. Flower constancy is displayed

  • Growing berries class among upcoming garden events
    Marin Independent Journal

    Growing berries class among upcoming garden events

    Marin Gardening classes: The Mill Valley Public Library offers free seasonal gardening classes most Saturdays and occasionally on Sundays. Call 415-389-4292 or go to millvalleylibrary.org. Garden club: Novato Garden Club presents monthly meetings at the Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1560 Hill Road, Novato. Email gardenclubnovato@gmail.com or call 415-898-0444. Workshops and gardening classes: Armstrong Garden Center in Novato offer free classes to gardeners of all skill levels most Saturdays. Call 415-878-0493 or go to armstronggarden.com. Workshops and seminars: Sloat Garden Center has five Marin County locations that offer gardening workshops and seminars on a weekly basis. Check sloatgardens.com

  • DW Design & Decor llc in Croton Featured in National Designers Today Magazine
    Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow, NY Patch

    DW Design & Decor llc in Croton Featured in National Designers Today Magazine

    Award winning design firm DW Design & Decor llc based locally in Croton on Hudson was featured in the January issue of Designers Today Magazine, a national trade publication for Interior Designers and the home furnishing industry.  The highly regarded magazine with a print and digital subscription rate of over 25,000 readers ran a two page story highlighting the design work of Denise Wenacur, principal and lead designer at the Croton firm.  The feature titled “30 Years New” focuses on the complete renovation of a 950 square foot condo located in White Plains that Wenacur transformed and brought back to life.  Dramatic before and after photographs detail the updates in every room and showcase

  • Leveling a bathroom floor to put down tile
    Boston.com Real Estate

    Leveling a bathroom floor to put down tile

    Q. I am renovating a bathroom in my house, and have a question about floor depth. I removed the tile and a concrete-like material to get to the subfloor, and discovered the thickness of the “concrete'' and tile is 1.5 inches. I'm not sure what this concrete-like substance is: It is gray, breaks apart easily, and is clearly thicker than thin-set. My plan was to replace the floor with cement board and tile, which together will measure only ¾ of an inch in thickness. This causes problems for the toilet height and for the marble threshold in the doorway. What should I do to address the difference? H.H. A. It sounds as if you had a mortar thickset or “mud job'' underlayment. A mud job tile installation

  • Everything you need to successfully grow weed inside your home
    Daily Hive

    Everything you need to successfully grow weed inside your home

    Legalization has been an ongoing experiment in public policy, but one of the more interesting new privileges given to Canadians is the ability to grow their own cannabis at home. Federal laws say we're all entitled to grow at least one, and up to four, cannabis plants within residences — though Quebec has enshrined laws that challenge this, banning all person cultivation. For those of us who can grow legally — or our Quebec friends who chose to cultivate an outlaw image alongside a few stalks of cannabis — the process of getting started can be intimidating. There is a glut of information about what it takes to get up and running with your own small garden, and the equipment required can leave