Spring is here in full force and summer will be around the corner shortly. This is your friendly reminder that now is the time to begin assessing your property for fire hazards. Continuously keeping your property manicured and well maintained is an endless, thankless task but is part of the price we pay for living in such an amazing setting.
Given the volatile weather this spring, we all need to be prepared for all conditions, all of the time. Boots, umbrellas, coats and hats pile up the minute you and your family bound through the door, so if you don’t already have a mudroom, it’s time you did. A mudroom brings order to chaos, and creating one — even in a tight space — is possible with a few smart purchases and some organizing know-how.
Bathrooms were once the quintessence of utility and raw function in a house. Now, though, a well-designed master bathroom is revered as luxurious and, at times, even palatial with marble and exotic stones adorning every wall and floor surface.
When it comes to household chores, we’re all guilty of playing favorites. Even Becky Rapinchuk, who has made a career of sharing housekeeping tips on her blog Clean Mama (cleanmama.net), says there are tasks she loves and tasks she loathes.
All right, spring is here and we’re about to go full throttle in our growing season, but before you get too far ahead of yourself, it’s important to get a few things ready. Irrigation season, for those who rely on the canals, is about to start soon and I’m going to help you prepare when they kick on.
Over the last few weeks, it has been fun to watch the snow recede back to higher elevations and to see soil present itself once again on the valley floor. My personal Facebook feed is filled with photos of friends who, like busy little bees, are working continuously on planning and planting their future gardens.
Knowing when aphids, leaf miners and other pests are likely to emerge means we can better monitor or control pests early on, rather than later, after they've multiplied and have become a serious problem.
I like to buy vintage light fixtures — sconces, lanterns, pendants and chandeliers — for my decorating projects. I find that vintage fixtures are often better-made than new fixtures, I prefer their patina, and I appreciate the distinctive, one-of-a-kind quality they add to rooms.
The snow in most places has melted away, leaving behind a landscape that seems almost barren and asleep. However, for many native plants, it this act of freezing and thawing that awakens them and actually increases their ability to survive and reproduce.