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Garden Visit: At Home with Architect Kelly Haegglund in Mill Valley, CA

When Mill Valley, California-based architect Kelly Haegglund designed a modern farmhouse for her own family, she married contemporary and classic …

Landscaping

Dear Diary: A Gardener’s Journal

Seems like everybody we know is journaling (when did this word become a verb? Discuss) these days.<p>And with back-to-school season underway, we’ve been …

Gardening

A Visit to Somerset: Temperley’s Cider Brandy

“There is no better pleasure than to be out-talented by your own family,” says Julian Temperley, the renowned cider brandy maker from Somerset, whose …

Somerset

10 Easy Pieces: Canvas Weekend Bags

Between my husband and me, we own one perfect weekend bag. When we travel, it turns into a tug of war (it’s too small to accommodate both of us). …

Clothing

Escape to Alcatraz: Go Directly to Jail to Tour the Gardens

Who knew that for decades San Francisco’s famous Alcatraz prison harbored not only notorious criminals, but also a collection of lush gardens?<p>The …

Gardening

Shopper’s Diary: That Flower Shop in Shoreditch

London’s “it” florist Hattie Fox recently moved her Shoreditch studio, That Flower Shop, from a nearby former blacksmith’s digs to a street-front …

London

Black Magic: Architects’ 8 Top Paint Picks

You love black houses; we love black houses. Easy to admire but a bold move to make, not just any shade will do. We’ve asked architect and designer …

Decorations

The Ultimate Travel Scarf by Las Coleccionistas

I’ve never really mastered the art of tying a simple silk scarf. Do I tie it in a knot? A bow? The perfect twist and tie eludes me, but I have a …

Fashion

A Bucolic Shepherd’s Hut in France

A rustic shepherd’s hut, once used to make cheese, has been restored into a simple, bucolic mountain retreat.<p>In 2004, Austrian Frederick Pfeffer …

Architecture

Luxe Urban Camping: The Hotel Daniel Airstream in Vienna

Kitted out by a professional yacht interior designer, a 1952 Airstream at the Hotel Daniel in Vienna offers luxe minimalism for the urban camper.<p>For …

Hotels

A Fern of a Different Color: Hardy Blue Fern

Identified: A sturdy houseplant that manages to look delicate. The Hardy Blue Fern (Phlebodium pseudoaureum) got my attention last spring, and I’ve …

Flowers

A Magical Glasshouse Garden in Pasadena

Rainy days can be the best time to visit a garden, as photographer Laure Joliet reminded us when she and her mother recently visited the collection …

Landscaping

5 Favorites: Travel Watercolor Sets

In case your fall travel plans inspire the painter in you, we’ve collected five travel watercolor sets that are just the right size for toting.<p>Do you …

Painting

Garden Travel By Boat: Swamp Edition

When Henry David Thoreau wrote, “…if it were proposed to me to dwell in the neighborhood of the most beautiful garden that ever human art contrived, …

Gardening

Brit Style: Flower Farming on Wheels

You might think of flower farmers as folk who tend to stay put–people who are rooted to a particular plot of land. Not so for everyone. British …

Flowers

Fall-Blooming Anemones for Autumn Color

I know we’ve officially turned a corner when my morning walk begins with me buttoning up a lightweight jacket. At any moment, leaves will begin to …

Flowers

Plants & Seeds

Plants & Seeds<p>Crocus species Mixed<p>£7.99GBP from Crocus<p>Plants & Seeds<p>Zinnia Giant Wine<p>$4.95USD from Floret Flowers<p>Plants & Seeds<p>Zinnia Candy …

Gardening

The Romance of the Homemade Candle

In the colonial era, enterprising New Englanders quickly discovered that the wax produced by boiling the prolific gray berries that grew along the …

Candles

Green Tomato Chutney

Move to the country and make jam: it’s a bit of a cliché but I did it, before realizing that I was useless at making jam. Besides, there are many top …

Cooking

Tried and Tested: How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer

We’re not so naive to think cut dahlias will stick around forever, but we’re ready to do what it takes to keep them alive just a little bit longer. …

Flowers

10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ White Exterior Paint Picks

At the risk of stating the obvious, it’s hard to find the best paint color for your house’s exterior. White is a classic, but choose the wrong shade …

Decorations

Shopper’s Diary: Daughters by Floral Magic

“My work is actually really messy, disguised by the overall look of controlled chaos,” says florist Josephine Lau, co-owner of Daughters by Floral …

Flowers

10 Easy Pieces: White Hanging Planters

You can never have enough hanging planters. I prefer to hang mine close to a window, which keeps the plant happy and makes for good conversation …

Home Decorating

Required Reading: The Wildlife Gardener

“Imagine a world in which blades of grass tower above you,” writes Kate Bradbury in <i>The Wildlife Gardener</i>. “Where trees are giants and flowers big …

Gardening

What’s the Point of Wasps?

The picnic is ready. The weather has been kind and dietary requirements taken into consideration. The drinks are being poured. And then? A wasp looms …

Gardening

10 Easy Pieces: U-Pick Orchards

The chill that creeps into the air signals the arrival of apple and pear season. Bushel baskets of pink, green, and red apples will appear at …

Horticulture

You Pinned It, We ID It: A Stylish Collection of Houseplants

Love at first sight is a daily occurrence around here. Pinterest doles out plenty houseplant inspiration (and envy). Every time we refresh our …

Gardening

A Rooftop Garden for All Seasons in Rotterdam

In 2002, landscape architect Astrid Hölzer and her husband bought a two-story apartment in a typical Dutch “herenhuis” (circa 1909) in Rotterdam. The …

Gardening

Wheelbarrow Chic from La Mule

The French word for “mule” is easy to translate (la mule), rather like “le weekend,” which is when you are most likely to use La Mule. As its name …

Design

The Top 10 Gardening Apps You Need Now

Perhaps you saw a pair of blue jays conversing in the pear tree and realize it’s time to get serious about your spring garden. Or, like my husband, …

Gardening