From the Wild, Home: Components of a Landscape of Experience

The real experience of nature teaches us some strong lessons when developing our home gardens. From the wild, meadows of tawny orange broom sedge at the autumn, boulder-laden streams which meander around gnarly sycamore trees and round tapestries of bluebells, ferns and geraniums have no demand for irrigation systems, fertilizers or tractor-trailer loads of mulch. …


The Way to Pick a Mulch — And Your Soil Wants It

The word “mulch” has fallen to common and nearly exclusive use as the descriptive name for shredded bark or wood merchandise; the reality is that mulch is an umbrella term for any merchandise — inorganic or organic — that functions as a topdressing for soil. A 2- to 4-inch layer of compost during your planting …


12 Home Stages That Place on a Fantastic Show

Within our technology-saturated world, we often turn to the TV, the computer or even the video game console the moment boredom strikes. Although those screens have their conveniences, being your own supply of amusement might help spark creativity and up that all-too-rare household time. If you are a fan of household jam sessions, karaoke parties …


Community and Family Art Merge Within an Architect's House

The beauty of California’s Ojai Valley has attracted countless artists who’ve turned the area into a hub of imagination with laid-back appeal. When architect Jeffrey Weinstein and his wife, Wendy, were looking to get from Los Angeles and find a place where they could increase their own boys, Ojai came calling. However, the city’s allure …


Creative, Art and Travel Layering Mix at Vancouver

When couples join their possessions and lives under one roof, their personalities don’t necessarily match up. Compromises occur; sometimes arguments ensue and somebody is forced to sell their beloved items or infect them in storage. This was not true for Randy and Heather Zieber, nevertheless, who met while traveling through London in 2005 and later …