Are Your Christmas Lights Murdering Your Plants?

ChristmasLights

Is that the most click-baity headline ever? Anyhow, the short answer to that burning question: maybe. The problem with old school, incandescent holiday lights (don't send me hate mail for that, people use them for Hanukkah and Yule, too) is that they give off a fair bit of heat. Where this becomes a problem is that during winter, your plants take a nap. They're dormant, … [Read more...]

Top 5 Holiday Gifts Under $100 for the Grill Lover in Your Life

BBQ Gift Ideas

Are you stumped and looking for last minute gift ideas for someone who loves grilling and cooking outside? I live to serve! Here are ten great gifts that will make you look like a hero to that special griller: 1. Where There's Smoke For my birthday two years ago, MJ got me Where There's Smoke by Barton Seaver (Amazon affiliate link), an absolutely amazing resource for … [Read more...]

Speaking in “Tungs” on Kickstarter

TungShapeLighting

It's been said that I have a flair for the dramatic. When decorating a space, what better way to add drama than with lighting? I see too many examples of yards where lighting is strictly functional. Lighting can (and should) be so much more than a couple of uplights on the birch trees and a row of runway lights down the sidewalk. Poking around on Kickstarter, I came … [Read more...]

An Outdoor Cocktail Cart – for Gettin’ Sauced at the BBQ

Beverage Cart

It seems that all things go in and out of fashion on a cycle, and spirits and cocktails are very in right now. That's a great thing - one of my clients is opening a distillery - but it means entertaining has gotten more nuanced. When I was 23, a bottle of TGI Fridays mudslide mix, a bottle of vodka, and a bag of ice were the ingredients for a night in. Things have (thankfully!) … [Read more...]

A Steampunk Water Feature? Yes, Please!

Steampunk Fountain

No matter how attractive they are and how much we love the effect, there's no escaping the fact that water features follow cliches. You have the bubbling vase, the bubbling rock, the bubbling millstone, and the bubbling puddle. New England's Rock Art Studios created a one of a kind water feature, one they call "Steampunk Call to Prayer." Every piece they do is custom so you'll … [Read more...]