Porch living room

Outdoor Living: A 3-Season Porch Living Room

Transform a plain porch into a party-ready oasis with these easy, colorful decorating ideas.  Paint and a new floor played their part in refreshing this outdoor room. Now see what new furnishings…

Screen Porch dining area

Outdoor Living: A 3-Season Porch Makeover

Like others in its 1970s suburban neighborhood, this home featured a tacked-on, three-season porch that was uninviting and underused. We quickly transformed the space by repurposing furnishings and updating materials, all wrapped…

Annual poppies

Gardening: My Grandmother’s Gift of Poppies

Pass-along plants and seeds can have more meaning than you ever thought possible. So share those extras from your garden and you may create lasting memories for yourself…

four adults watching a movie outdoors

Entertaining Ideas: Host a Backyard Film Festival

Warm summer evenings tempt us outside for barbecues and banquets, but why stop there? Bring back the pleasure of a night at the drive-in theater with a backyard…

Eureka Old Town

Weekend Getaway: Eureka and Redwood Country

Head to Northern California’s Humboldt County, where the redwoods reign supreme then, visit historic Eureka and experience the charm of Victorian architecture, quaint shops, and stunning scenery. Eureka…

Petaluma

Weekend Getaway: Antiquing in Wine Country

Wind (and wine!) your way through Northern California’s scenic byways, small towns, and vintage-rich shopping. Well known as outstanding wine country, it’s a can’t-miss area for seeing magnificent…

Containers on porch

Gardening Solutions: Top Tips for Container Success

Keep the beauty quotient high for potted plants with these can’t-fail ideas for container success.   Bigger is better. Because plants can grow more roots in big pots,…

Open Potting Shed with cottage style landscaping

DIY Garden Project: Decorate an Open Potting Shed

Open to the elements, this small yet roomy potting shed brings workspace, storage and decorative cottage charm to the garden while blending it into the scene. We built…

Finished Open Potting Shed

DIY Garden Project: Build an Open Potting Shed

No more excuses. If you’ve always wanted a small shed but thought you couldn’t swing it, think again. A trip to Lowe’s, a few handy tools and willing…

Door potting bench with tools and flowers

Gardening DIY: Create a Repurposed Potting Station

Assemble a unique potting area using architectural salvage and repurposed artifacts. Give it personality by adding items you’ve collected and make it pretty with a profuse planting of…

McCoy planters

Creative Collections: McCoy Pottery

McCoy’s midcentury art pottery adds shapely style and a burst of color to your shelf, potting bench, or windowsill.   In the 1920s, the Nelson McCoy Pottery Company…

Quick filler plants

Gardening Solutions: Plants That Fill In Fast

Choose from among these vigorous and fast-growing plants for a lush-looking garden that will flourish all season long. Pictured are our favorite varieties of each plant type.  …