A few years ago, I had a row of Little Gem Magnolias planted along the side of my driveway to serve as a screen for the garage area. I have been anxiously awaiting the day when these small trees would mature into a somewhat reasonable size. The first spring they did pretty well for a newly planted tree. Then, lo and behold, this past winter, a buck that loves to visit my yard nearly sheared one of these babies completely in half. (I call him Uncle Buck – because he is like the family member that you dread to have visit). 🤣
Please Don’t Eat the Daisies!
I noticed that there seem to be a lot of articles out there to educate people on which plants are resistant to deer, but not so much on telling which plants to avoid. (As in, the deer will eat these to the ground). So, I decided that it is time to put the warning out there. Now, obviously deer will eat a great deal of different plants, and how picky they are changes with how many options that they have – i.e, during the winter they could eat just about anything. But if you want to know which plants are certain to cause the neighbors to believe that you have gone completely mad (something that is sure to happen when you run outside flapping your arms, screaming like a maniac,) then continue to read.
One of the most difficult decisions that I faced when designing my kitchen was deciding what type of microwave that I wanted, and where exactly I wanted to place it. It is such a large and yet important appliance; still many people struggle with this decision. Which is best? Countertop? Drawer? Convection? Over-the-range? And where exactly is the best location? It’s enough to cause a major migraine. Well, the simplest answer is that there is no one correct answer. So instead, let’s just break down the pros and cons for each.
One of my favorite design elements is the use of wrought iron or other metal art to make a decor statement. I love to see it used in unique ways, as accent pieces, and in combination with wood. It can make an otherwise drab area stand out as a focal feature, or it can take an already stately room and turn it into something magnificent.
Iron As An Insert
In my piano room, I felt that this wall was just crying out for something unique. So, I decided to have an insert made from wrought iron. It has an oil rubbed finish that matches the stair railings in the house. I also had a second identical insert placed at the top of the stairs on the knee wall.(Stairs can be seen in the background of the photo). The insert gives a feel of a more open space. FYI – that is one of my girls sitting in the chair. She likes to be involved in everything. 😉
The ceiling is just another wall….
During the course of designing my home, I knew that I wanted to make sure that the ceilings were not ignored. So early on, I had the architect include a combination of vaults, trays, and coffered ceilings in all of the main rooms. Everywhere else, I made sure that the ceilings were raised to around 13 feet. Of course if your home is already built, changing the ceiling height is probably not an option. However, you can still have a designer ceiling. Here are some things that can be done to add some character to your ceilings.