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3 Landscape Design Ideas to Add Instant Maturity to a New Home

We’re sharing a trick, a tip, and a design approach we used in the landscape design of this new home that makes it feel instantly elegant, stately and mature. One year before these beautiful LUXE magazine photos were taken, neither this house nor its garden existed. Because it’s on a corner lot in a very established neighborhood, we are frequently […]

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5 Truths and Tips for Amazing Container Gardens

‘Tis the season for gardeners to plan and dream, so we’ve collected some of our best insights, practical tips and design truths about container gardening to inspire you.   1. Color Isn’t Everything The eye sees form before it sees color. You can make a container just as exciting (and often more so) with a contrast […]

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4 Garden Design Ideas for Better Outdoor Living

In our before/after story, we’re sharing four ideas you can use in your own garden design to transform your experience of living outdoors. A little-used pool occupied too much space at the home of this suburban family. Instead of swimming, they wanted easier access to their property and the opportunity to use it for large-scale entertaining. To redesign […]

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A Mother’s Day Garden Story

Senior gardener Deanna Buvala shares a meaningful (and beautiful!)  Mother’s Day tradition along with tips on how to do it yourself. Many years ago when we moved into our new house, I felt compelled to purchase some spring bulbs. I wanted to try some Crocus with the little Tulipa tarda in my back yard. As it goes, […]

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Garden Blues

  Blue and white is the primary color combination for the décor and display gardens at this year’s CBG Antiques, Garden and Design Show  starting this week.  It felt both classic and trendy to us (think of the timelessness of gorgeous Chinese porcelain and the Grecian key motif that is springing up everywhere today.) The […]

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3 Tips for Outdoor Decor That Will Survive Winter

For those of us in northern Illinois, decorating and gardening outdoors in the unpredictable and harsh winter months is a real challenge. I’m always tempted to use lots of exotic greens, in and out of doors, for something different. But this inevitably disappoints me when a severe cold snap freezer-burns them all before the holiday season ends. […]

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