"HOLDING FISH" by Amy Burnett — Studying color, I wanted to combine bold, aggressive colors with bold and aggressive shapes and subjects to see how far I could go without creating too much anxiety.

Color Conclusions

Conclusion without examining intent is arrogant at best. Color, more than any other design element, is complicated with many diverse variables. Form, space, line and texture may be considerations, but color is generally one’s initial focus, the elephant in the room. Making blanket … read more

Conserve and Save Money, Too!
Abigail's Corner

Conserve and Save Money, Too!

This spring, I had a chance to spend some quality time with an energy-efficiency consultant, who also happens to be my brother-in-law. But that’s neither here nor there. Anyway, I was able to pick his expert mind about what average homeowners can do … read more

The New Victory Gardens

The New Victory Gardens

Victory gardens during World War I and II sprouted up on any vacant lot, in front and back yards and anywhere there was a spot to grow nutritious fruit and vegetables. Today a new movement is underway to grow victory gardens once again. … read more

The kitchen in this photograph combines recessed can lights, pendant lights and under-cabinet lighting, providing layers of lighting that can be added or subtracted at a flip of a switch. (Photo courtesy Stone Lighting Design)
The Basics of Lighting and Lighting Design

Let There Be Light

Light, be it natural or artificial, impacts productivity, safety, moods, as well as the sense of aesthetics. You can design a beautiful home or landscaped yard but if it is not properly illuminated, it may all be for not. The following is an … read more

One of the summer greenhouses is chock full of petals and such.
The Brothers Greenhouses

Plants and Proprietors with Local Roots

A cool Northwestern day is the perfect time to duck into a greenhouse, replete with the warmth of solar energy coming through the walls, pleasantly humid as plants exhale pure oxygen, and fragrant with the earthy perfume of rich soil. Greenhouses can be … read more

Get The Dirt — Bean Aphids

Get The Dirt — On Home Gardening

Aphids • Storm Water Solutions • Garden Clubs...

Aphids There are approximately 4,000 species of aphids in the world but only about 250 species are serious pests; only 1,350 species live in North America. Are you feeling better yet? Aphids range in length from 1/16 inch to 1/4 inch and come … read more

Pantone Color of the Year 2014 — Radiant Orchid

Pantone Color of the Year 2014 — Radiant Orchid

An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink...

According to the color experts at pantone, Radiant Orchid is uplifting and bold without being overpowering, re-energizing almost any color palette and providing a unifying element for diverse spaces. They recommend sprucing up interior spaces by incorporating … read more

Orchard Mason Bees

Orchard Mason Bees — Fascinating Creatures

The orchard mason bee, or blue orchard bee, is the western native pollinator that appears each year in late winter and early spring to pollinate all the early blooming fruit trees and flowers. Its scientific name, Osmia Lignaria Propinqua Cresson, describes the insect … read more

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