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The Most Awesome Dining Table Ever + Some Stuff About Imperfection

I’m not a person who would ever use the word “rustic” to describe my style. I would probably never (never say never) buy something described as “barn …

United Kingdom

10 Decorating Habits to Break

We love this list from Glo on common decorating mistakes, and how to remedy them. They hit the nail on the head with these 10 stumbling blocks which …

Home Decorating

Gardening 101: How to Sprout a Seed

Launch a stealth attack on winter by sprouting seeds indoors (to get a start on your edible garden). It’s simpler than you may think.<p>Photography by …

Field Guide: Rosemary

Rosemary, <i>Rosmarinus officinalis</i>: “The Brain Teaser”<p>For a plant believed to boost memory, rosemary is hardy enough to be forgotten–that is, until …

Gardening 101: Peony

Peony; <i>Paeonia</i>: “The Mistress”<p>Peonies can be shrubs or they can be trees, and one of the only sad things about living in a warm climate is it’s …

DIY: Instant Indoor Herb Garden

Your duty, as a summer guest, is to admire your hosts’ overflowing herb garden without betraying envy. Instead ask sweetly if they would like to …

How to plant out courgettes

Our 90-second gardener Sarah Raven shows you how to get your courgette crop started<p>1. Your can tell when your courgettes are ready to plant out when there are white roots coming out of the bottom of the pot.<p>2. A sunny but sheltered spot is the best place for them: courgettes have huge leaves and …

Gardening

Killer GARDENS

my industrious new friends are working hard to make this world a little greener!<p>I have a few thousand new pets. A couple of weeks ago, two lovely …

10 Easy Pieces: Hanging Window Boxes with Brackets

We like power drills as much as anybody, so long as they’re whirring away in someone else’s hand. And we’ll definitely put up with the attendant …

Morning Eye Candy: Last Firecrackers (May 24, 2014) "The daydreamy colors of the Azalea Garden’s spring bloom have peaked and are on their way back down. The last of the fireworks aren’t at all quiet, of course." http://bit.ly/1jtEDxq Rhododendron ‘Hinomayo’ – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Required Reading: The Edible Balcony

I used to live in a basement flat near London’s King’s Cross, with a little courtyard. It was full of pots and was lovely really, except for two …

Gardening

How to plant summer flower containers

Our 90 second gardener shows you how to plant a colourful container of pelargoniums<p>1. The end of May is a good time to start planting your containers for the summer. I like to use an old galvanished trough - knock some holes with a hammer through the bottom, so there's some drainage.<p>2. Put in a …

Gardening

Thorny problems: will cutting back my box hedge kill it?

Our green-fingered guru answers your garden questions. This week: box hedging and a speedwell invasion<p><b>A better-looking hedge</b><p><b>Q:</b> We inherited a leylandii hedge 6ft high by 12ft long that screens our conservatory from a busy bus route. The hedge is becoming broader every year. We are in our 60s and …

Gardening

June means roses, and with the promise of summer blooms just over the horizon, we're ringing in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden's most picturesque days with the latest event in our Summer Full of Festivals! Next Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, hop up to the Garden for our Rose Garden Celebration, featuring live music, plant care demonstrations and tours with expert rosarians, and light summer refreshments in the shade of the garden's overlooks. Feel free to wear an enormous garden party hat—it's definitely your best opportunity. Head through for ticket information and a full rundown of events and activities! http://bit.ly/SVfNRv

Edging: it's a facelift for your lawn

It may seem like a faff, but edging your lawn will make your garden look neat and well-loved, writes Lia Leendertz<p>Every now and then I like to indulge my inner Hyacinth Bucket and edge my lawn. This is one of those faintly ridiculous pastimes, something akin to the stuffing of a mushroom. Who has …

Britain's best gardens to see irises

Irises were everywhere at the Chelsea Flower Show 2014. Here are some of the top places to see the flowers at their best<p>Alliums were conspicuously absent, probably thanks to the warm spring; even aquilegias seemed more low profile than usual, but irises took Chelsea 2014 by storm. Tall bearded iris …

Plants

9 Tulip Arrangements You Have To Try At Home

The stunning springtime flower snapped by some of our favorite tastemakers on Instagram.<p>Fashion designer Tory Burch placed an abundance of coral tulips on a stack of her favorite fashion reads.<p>Display tulips inside a funky, patterned vase like textile designer Madeline Weinrib.<p>Interior designer …

Tulips

10 Easy Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Get your outdoor space ready.<p>Get your outdoor space ready for spring and summer with these quick and easy design ideas.

Top Pin of the Day: A Bright White Dining Room

Today's top pin is a white dining room with electric accent colors. For more inspiring photos and ideas, follow us on Pinterest.<p>Electric colors bring zest and zing to a 1960s-inspired beach house in New Jersey. The starting point was the dining room table: designer Mona Ross Berman based her …

8 Ways to Decorate with Stripes

Interior Design

57 Kitchen Light Fixtures That Make an Impact

Go beyond track lights and fluorescent fixtures with stylish options that make a statement.<p>If you want to update your cooking space without shelling out serious money, invest in one of these fixtures that will serve as the focal point in your room, enhance your existing design and brighten your …

Kitchens

6 Gardening Hacks For Those Missing A Green Thumb

Blooms that don't require water or sunlight.<p>Towering Hollyhock by Livia Cetti. <i>Photography by Addie Juell, courtesy of Abrams</i>.<p>Born without a green thumb? If you're even the slightest bit crafty, you can make paper flowers (the newest gardening phenom!) blossom. Paper florist Livia Cetti, of The …

Sale Shopping Guide: The Best Deals in Design, Week of May 19, 2014

Sales from 10-50% off at West Elm, Wisteria, DwellStudio, and more.<p><b>This week's home design sales from around the web:</b><p>10% off full-price furniture purchases $750 and over with the code FURN10 at Z Gallerie.<br>• 15% off select outdoor furniture, lighting, and accessories at Design Within Reach.<br>• 20% off all …

Organizing Hacks! 22 New Ways to Store Beauty Products

Even a small amount of makeup can make your bathroom or vanity look messy and cluttered. Here are 22 unconventional ways to organize your beauty products using things you probably already own. Who knew a mini loaf pan could be so useful?<p><b>1. Use a spice rack as a shelf for your perfume bottles.</b><p><b>2.</b> …

Nina Campbell's Peaceful, Garden-Inspired Bedroom

The legendary British designer clearly knows how to make a bed especially relaxing — and she has a new bed and bath line for Stein Mart.<p><i>Photo: Simon Brown</i><p><b>Barbara King: Your room has a softness that makes me think 'peaceful sleep.'</b><p><b>Nina Campbell:</b> It is quite calming with all these gentle pink and …

7 Unbelievable Furniture Makeovers

Leslie Pritchard, owner of Dallas-based furniture shop Again & Again, revamps some vintage finds.<p>Leslie Pritchard, owner of Dallas-based furniture shop Again & Again, revamps some vintage finds.

Top Pin of the Day: A Breezy and Relaxed Poolside Spot

Today's top pin is a breezy and chic poolside spot. For more inspiring photos and ideas, follow us on Pinterest.<p>Gauzy curtains give the pool area a breezy tropical feel in a Florida house decorated by Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman.<p>Pin it now.<p>Tour the easy breezy Florida house.

Guess the Year: A Bright Screened Porch

It's Throwback Thursday! Which year do you think this photo of a screened porch was featured in House Beautiful? Tell us below in the comments — we'll announce the answer tomorrow!<p><b>Answer: This photo was featured in our May 1963 issue. Stay tuned next week for another Guess the Year!</b><p><i>For images from</i> …

A Standard Pink Girls Room Gets Sophisticated With THIS Color

A peek at one of our favorite makeovers from this week's American Dream Builders.<p>On Sunday night's episode of Nate Berkus's new show, <i>American Dream Builders</i>, we were introduced to a Victorian home with a poor layout. Designer Elaine Griffin took on the girls' room, which started out as a cute but …