• Garden Design

    The 2021 Best of Big D: Home & Garden Edition

    2020 Best Architects Laura Juarez Baggett, Laura Juarez Baggett Studio Adam Baldwin, Marek Architecture Bruce Bernbaum, Bernbaum/Magadini Architects Christy Blumenfeld, Blume Architecture Larry Boerder, Larry E. Boerder Architects William Briggs, William S. Briggs Architect Russell Buchanan, Buchanan Architecture Stephen B. Chambers, Stephen B. Chambers Architects, Inc. Will Clinton, Clinton + Company Architects Gary Cunningham, Cunningham Architects Richard Davis, Richard Drummond Davis Architect Mark Dilworth, MDW Studio Mark Domiteaux, Domiteaux Garza Architects Ralph Duesing, Ralph Duesing Architect LLC Dan  Eckelkamp, Eckxstudio for Modern Architecture Rizwan Faruqui, Far + Dang Patrick Ford, Rogers-Ford, LC Svend Fruit, Bodron/Fruit Wilson Fuqua, Fuqua Architects Robbie Fusch, Fusch Architects Maurie Gray, M-Gray Architecture Tom Hanahan, Tom…

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  • Home Improvement

    Contractor gets probation for home improvement fraud | Local News

    BARRE — A Woodstock man has been placed on probation for not finishing a job and taking thousands of dollars from a woman looking to remove lead paint from her building. Vincent E. Arbuiso, 45, pleaded no contest Wednesday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to a misdemeanor count of home improvement fraud. Arbuiso was given a sentence of 6 months to 2 years, all suspended, and placed on probation for two years. The charge had originally been a felony, but it was amended by the state per the plea agreement. James Pontbriand, who had been working as a detective with the Barre City police at the time, said…

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  • Garden Design

    Thorny vegetation is naturally repellent | Tony Tomeo | Home & Garden

    Roses might be more fun to grow and prune without their thorns. Blackberries are easier to pick from thornless canes. Thorny vegetation is simply unpleasant to work with. Some very desirable plants, such as roses and most blackberries, are innately thorny. The only alternative to contending with their thorny condition is to grow something totally different. Thorns and similar structures are as diverse as foliage, with a few distinct classifications. True thorns are simply modified stems, like those of hawthorn. Spines are modified foliar structures or leaves, such as those of cacti. Prickles, such as those of rose, are modified epidermal structures. Spinose foliar margins, like those of holly, serve…

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  • Home Improvement

    BBB CONSUMER TIPS: Tips for home improvement projects | News

    Whether you are remodeling your home, making needed repairs, or sprucing things up to put your house on the market, the following tips will help make your next home improvement project a success: • Come up with a budget and stick to it. Home improvement projects can get expensive, fast. If you don’t want to break the bank, create a realistic budget to figure out how much you can spend ahead of time. Be upfront with contractors you hire about how much you can spend on a project as well.

 • Think about the pros and cons of DIY projects. If time and motivation is no problem for you, you…

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  • Garden Design

    The multi-sensory desert garden | Home & Garden

    To appeal to smell, plant aromatic plants such as creosote, desert lavender, herbs, lavender, citrus, eucalyptus and sages. People with color blindness can still appreciate design elements such as shape. Plants with sculptural elements include many succulents and cacti. If you’re looking for something non-spiny, you can choose soft, flowing grasses. You can also pay attention to leaf shape — certain vines, passionfruit (Passiflora spp.) for example, can have unusual leaves and can twine around trellises or trees for visual interest. Palm trees also have a sculptural essence. And don’t forget about hardscaping elements, pots and garden sculptures, which can also add visual interest. If you’re focusing on touch, choose soft…

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  • Home Improvement

    Fairfield restarts its home improvement contest

    Entries are accepted until 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8, and winners will be announced in the fall. Each category winner will receive $500, and each category second-place winner will receive $200. Households can enter the two categories ― best interior improvement project and best exterior/landscaping project ― but can only win one of the two categories. Other rules include winning projects must have obtained all needed permits and inspections; have started the projects by Jan. 1, 2020, and finished by the time of submission, and include a before and after picture. “The city wanted to recognize and celebrate those who have invested their time and money in our community,” he said.…

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  • Home Design

    Home Design Ideas to Help Brighten Your Days With Lively Energy

    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As Long Island continues to celebrate its reopening this summer, folks are enjoying outdoor adventures again. Yet even as the pandemic ebbs locally, it seems that the notion of home as sanctuary – and more – won’t soon be forgotten. So, it’s important to maintain a happy vibe in one’s dwelling, with mood-boosting home design elements and personalized décor. Be fearless! Choose a color palette that speaks to you, let go of that cookie cutter mindset, and zhuzh up those white-on-white neutrals. Recently chosen as one of 15 Top Interior Designers on Long…

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