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Aquascaping: the addictive hobby that's making gardeners grow underwater

When James Wong was growing up in Singapore, aquariums were the norm. “Having fish as pets is just a thing that people do,” the botanist, broadcaster and Gardener’s Question Time regular says. “I grew up in an environment where 90 per cent of people don’t have gardens. But even if you had a tiny …

Gardening

How to create a rock garden

Here's a budget-friendly way to turn a steep slope or tiny lawn into something beautiful.<p>Does your yard have a hard-to-mow slope? Or, if you have a …

Cozy charred-timber home offers front row seats for viewing autumn colors

If relaxing by a cozy fire and watching the beauty of the changing seasons sounds like your cup of tea, you’ll love Tinkerbox. Designed by Studio MM …

A Green, Prefabricated Home With A Living Room And Water Views

Waterfront properties are rarely not impressive. No matter how small or simple a house is, if it has great views than a unique perspective can be …

This Prefab Cabin Was Built in 10 Days for Only $80,000

The cabin is in Russia, but the builder is now accepting pre-orders in the U.S.<p>Nestled in the woods of Kazan, a city in southwest Russia, sits a 1,184-square-foot DublDom, one of several DublDom modular prefab homes designed by the Moscow-based architect firm, Bio Architects.<p>What makes the DublDom …

The 10 Most Beautiful Candy Shops Around The World

<i>For</i> Architectural Digest<i>, by Elizabeth Stamp.</i><p>There’s no outing sweeter than a trip to the candy shop. With colorful treats from floor to ceiling, candy stores bring out the kid in every shopper, whether they grew up in the era of penny candy or the latest outrageous confection. These shops also …

Meringue ice cream and iced coffee recipe

The Spanish ice-cream treat blanco y negro always impresses but is so simple to make<p>A kind of Spanish version of affogato, the Italian dessert of vanilla ice cream doused in hot espresso. Here the ice cream isn’t vanilla but is called “leche merengada”, or “meringued milk”, a wonderfully easy ice …

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Glass house by Santambrogio Lacks Privacy, Charms With Coolness

Garden trends for 2017

The urban jungle<p>Smaller houses, more people renting and an ironic passion for Seventies kitsch has led to a trend for indoor plants.<p>Instagram allows hipsters the opportunity to boast about their cheese and rubber plants, often displayed in macramé hangers. John Lewis’s annual shopping habit report …

Gardening

Absinthe Truffle Recipe - Great British Chefs

Paul A. Young brings together an exciting flavour mix in these alcoholic truffles, with fragrant peppermint oil and potent absinthe for contrast. If …

Recipes

Your chance to learn the skills for profitable ‘urban’ farming

I only have one thing to say: If you want to learn how you can make a good living growing food on small acreage, don’t miss the return visit to New …

10 Best Garden Design Apps for Your iPad

The iTunes store is not making things easy with its mind numbing array of garden design apps–all of which promise to change your life. We sifted …

Stunning modern house in Brazil's rain forest has cozy sunken living room, green roof

Absolutely gorgeous<p>What brilliant person would have ever thought to place a conversation pit in a house set in the jungle? That would be the folks at Studio MK27, the São Paulo-based firm led by Marcio Kogan behind the Ramp House and a penthouse lined with bookshelves. Though it’s more of a …

Modern Christmas Trees For The Minimalist Man

Christmas is steeped in tradition. From stockings by the fire to cookies left out for Saint Nick, the holiday season is filled with enduring …

Decorations

Hunting Lodge Inspired Aluminum Wall Lamps Grow Antlers When Switched On

You don’t have to be a hunter to appreciate a well mounted buck. Nor do you exactly have to be a design nerd to appreciate these handsome Animal …

This Bookshop's Design Is So Stunning, It’s Rumored To Have Inspired J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Locations

Flip through rare books in an unbelievable setting.<p>The Livraria Lello, in Porto, Portugal, is often featured as one of the world’s most stunning …

Landscaping

Easy (and fabulous) Chinese recipes to make at home

The new Chinese year, The Year of the Monkey, begins on Monday 8 February 2016, with festivities kicking off the day before New Year and continuing until the 15th day, when the Lantern Festival takes place.<p>Plenty of time, then, to get together with friends and family and celebrate by making great …

Food & Dining

Want clean air? NASA says these are the best house plants for filtering out chemicals

In today’s modern world it can feel really hard to have a safe space where the air is clean and healthy. Especially if you live in a city it is …

Lemony hasselback potatoes

SERVES<p>8<p>INGREDIENTS<p>8 medium roasting potatoes, washed and skins left on<br>• 1 lemon<br>• 8 cloves garlic, skins left on but squashed<br>• 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked<br>• Plenty of good olive oil<br>• Maldon sea salt and black pepper<p>METHOD<p>Preheat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/425F/Gas 7.<p>Place a potato on a chopping board …

Recipes

Michelin star for Singapore noodle stall where lunch is half the price of a Big Mac

Queues at Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle are growing after award from prestigious food guide<p>Queues are not a strange sight at the Chinatown Complex. It is Singapore’s largest hawker centre – an open-air food court – where everything from craft beer to claypot rice to satay is …

Chocolate flowers cake decoration

Use chocolate buttons and raisins to create this elaborate floral showpiece.<p><i>25cm diameter</i><p>Chocolate frosting<p>Thornton’s praline flower melts<p>Thornton’s caramel melts<p>Chocolate raisins<p>Giant dark chocolate buttons<p>White chocolate buttons in two sizes<p>Milk chocolate buttons<p>Nestlé Vice Versas<p>Galaxy …

Dessert

Shopper’s Diary: Secret Herb Garden in Scotland

“A big glasshouse stuffed full of flowers, herbs, cake, and vintage furniture— well, that’s my idea of paradise,” writes blogger Jen Chillingsworth …

Gardening

47 Amazing Outdoor Kitchen Designs and Ideas

You know, not too long ago the only spaces in your home that you had to worry about designing were those that are inside. But, that’s simply not the …

Landscaping

10 Absolutely Wonderful Tree Stump Landscaping and Decor Ideas

If you are thinking to do some landscaping or decorate your garden with something unusual and unique then how about making use of tree stumps? In …

Landscaping

Tree Shaping is an Art of Turning Trees into Living Works of Art

Tree shaping uses living trees and other woody plants as the medium to create structures and art. There are a few different methods used by the …

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