Before I recommend any plants to customers or friends I always test them in my backyard. On my travels to Japan, I was inspired by the many bamboo forests to plant bamboo in my own backyard to see if it could survive the Canadian winter so I could recommend it. It dies back a little bit during the coldest months but always shoots back up during Spring. This is a great plant for adding some character to your backyard and giving you some privacy.
Fargesia Robusta is native to the Sichuan province of China but has been exported all over the world. After being so amazed by bamboo on a recent trip to Japan I had to find a local grower and try it out! This Ontario Bamboo Greenscreen comes from Grimsby.
INTERESTING FACT: Fargesia Robusta is a favourite and important food source for the famous Giant Panda.
Japanese Forest Grass takes patience as it doesn't reach a mature size for three years but it's worth the wait. It gives my front garden vibrant golden yellows and brightens my front walkway. It's very important to keep the entire landscape in mind when choosing plants. If you have some difficult choices to make regarding plants let me know, I'd love to help!
Having the day off means a day with the @ridgidpowertools wet saw. We are so close yet so far to finishing the floors. We decided against changing the footprint in the kitchen so that helps. Tile on friends, tile on. Can we also talk about how I've been living in these jean shorts?! LOVE!
I know how to find just the right investment property, I have many connections to get the job done but everyone needs to have a cut off point; like this one right here - buddy not a good investment. #fixerupper#investmentproperty#cabinlife
The exterior of this home underwent a dramatic transformation and now it pretty much takes our breath away. The traditional red brick was painted white, the front door facade and lighting were updated and now this 1989 house feels new and up-to-date. #curbappeal#timelapse#lovethehomeyoulivein 📷: @TheHeimsPhoto
it is so much harder to choose exterior colors than interior. does anyone else feel this way? we've waited over a year to replace the pale yellow trim (swipe to see) on our home + it's getting there. I was so scared I wouldn't be happy with the dark bronze I chose but so far so good 👏 now to get those bricks painted + this girl's facelift will be complete! #homereno#homeexteriors#oldnewhouse
Knowing what you want before you begin house hunting is very important. Make a list. But be sure it's very clear what are wants and what are needs. Without separating needs from wants the list of possible houses will be too small to find the right deal.
On The Blog Today: A Step-by-Step Guide To Building Your Own Fire Pit by landscape expert Jason Hodges from Better Homes & Gardens and brand ambassadors for @adbrimasonry! So read the simple DIY with photos on the blog, link in Instagram profile, to build your very own stylish fire pit and make the most of your gardens and backyards this winter.
Choosing between black or grey-beige for our front door color on the blog today! Also narrowed it down to 3-4 exterior color combos and would love your vote! I'm searching for the perfect pale grey-green-beige for the main color and it's hard to choose!
Would you go with a dramatic and beautiful black front door even if it was kind of tucked in shadows?? 🤔 Or a greige in a shade or two darker than the house??
This image by @studiomcgee
Here's the back view of our Halifax project that we've been installing all week! We're so happy how the outdoor paint job turned out! If you've watched our stories I'm sure you've seen the stunning views from the house. Almost every room in the place has lake views! #leclairhalifaxproject
I am SO so excited that we're planning for painting the exterior of our #stanley90sreno this summer! Haven't picked the color yet and it's hard! It's not a grand house and I don't think it could pull off a dark color, and is surrounded by 90's and 00's pastels. We want something that will be good for resale someday but also something we love!
Jason won't let me paint anything else white for a while... 😫 so I'm thinking of a pale grey-green-beigey color with white window trim and maybe a black door??
Have you had your home painted?? Where did you look for inspiration?!
I saw this pretty house with the gorgeous blue hydrangeas in the window boxes on a walk. I love to see all the colorful window boxes popping up in Chicago--they add so much color and beauty to our streets! More about urban window boxes on my blog today.