What Does Warm Decor Mean to You?

With invigorating cool weather coming to our part of the world, were thinking about feathering our nests, making our homes comfortable for the fall and winter months. While exploring online room images for inspiration, we are often thinking of the descriptive phrase warm and cozy. Today, we we excited to share interior spaces that give us decorating ideas to make our homes comfortable and filled with visual warmth. What does warm decor meant to you?

This big city apartment entryway is warm in color with rug, furniture and decorative accessory choices that welcome guests (and family members) in style.

With a lovely mix of color and pattern, this space is a lighter version of warm and cozy decor.

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New Headquarters Space of Online Platform SoundCloud by KINZO

New Headquarters Space of Online Platform SoundCloud by KINZO

KINZO created this dynamic and artistic headquarters space for the online platform SoundCloud. Staying true to its holistic design approach KINZO designers turn this old brewery building in Berlin into inspired office space that emanates and encourages innovation and creativity. With a hint of industrial ambiance, retained from the former factory, the space offers flexible and multifunctional areas that can meet the dynamic needs and fast grow of the young company.

The architectural approach is flexible and allows potential multiple usages of spaces –reception-bar-cinema-meeting area, retaining the high-quality acoustic concept of the design. T

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5 Ways to Improve Your Garden

With the long, light days and warm evenings, now is the perfect time to take a look at your garden and think about how you can improve it. If it’s currently a bedraggled wasteland, scattered with cracked pots, tatty furniture, leaning fences and questionable paving, or even if it just needs an injection of colour, now is the time to fix it. To help you out, here are five ways to transform your scruffy little garden into a space that will make you proud.

Flowers

Now is the time to be completely ruthless about your borders – are they truly beautiful or do they look a little ragged around the edges? If in doubt, pull them out and start from scratch. A c

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Cycle infrastructure expenditure in the UK and Holland

Cycling infrastructure in Amsterdam (left) and London’s Battersea (right)

  • The UK spends £2/person/year on cycling
  • Holland spends £24/person/year.
  • So Holland has better cycling infrastructure.
  • The Dutch spend times as much on cycling as the British and they have ten times as many urban journeys/person (30%+ vs 3%+)
  • It figures

To make up for years of neglect, the UK should spend £50/person/year on cycling. When UK cycling infrastructure is as good as Holland’s, this can drop back to £25/year. Just think, about this quotation from a Sky report on The British Cycling Economy. The

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Summer Garden Checklist

Weve finally reached Summer!!  Here are some basic things to do in your garden to maintain it and extend the color.  Happy Gardening!

Mulch:  Spreading a 2-inch-deep layer of mulch over your soil is one of the best things you can do for your garden. The mulch blankets the ground, shielding the soil from the sun. This keeps it cooler, so your plant roots are happier, and prevents moisture loss from evaporation.  Happily, theres not a single best type of mulch. Anything made from organic matter shredded wood, pine straw, a mix of grass clippings and shredded leaves, etc. is going to help your soil in the long run as it decomposes and adds to your soil structure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weed:  Many pesky weeds love summer heat and quickly take the jump from tiny to gigantic. Its important to pull them from your garden, because weeds steal moisture and nutrients from your plants. Many weeds also encourage insect pests and diseases to pop up in your garden.  Weeds are easiest to pull when theyre young and small. They also come out of the ground easiest when the soil is moist. Another reason to get them while theyre young: You can stop weeds from producing seeds. A single dandelion plant can produce 2,000 seeds in a year. A weed such as lambs quarters can produce 150,000 seeds in a year. Thats a lot of future weeding you can save yourself from doing!  Remove spent blooms from many of your annuals and perennials, and you might see more flowers! Called deadheading, this process prevents plants from producing seeds so they put more energy into beautiful blooms.  Deadheading cuts back on future efforts, too, for plants that self-seed. Perennials (such as columbine, coneflower, cup plant, false sunflower, garlic chives, and verbena) and annuals (such as datura, flowering tobacco, kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate, larkspur, and spider flower) can self-seed to the point of being weedy in the garden.

Watch for Pests:  Like weeding, keeping an eye on pests and diseases in your yard should be done all year. But midsummer seems to be particularly popular for these gardening obstacles.  Some of the more common midsummer problems to watch for include:

  • Black spot
  • Cucumber beetles
  • Grasshoppers
  • Japanese beetles
  • Powdery mildew
  • Rust
  • Squash bugs
  • Tomato hornworms

Try some of our Natural Solutions to common pest problems

Water:  If you experience dry summers, or a dry weather pattern, you may wish to water your garden to keep it looking its best.  Most common garden plants prefer an average of 1 inch of water a week. Its best to apply that inch all at once to encourage plant roots to sink down more deeply in the soil.  When watering, apply water directly to the ground rather than getting a plants foliage wet; water sitting on the leaves can lead to disease. Soaker hoses are great for this!

 Add Color with Summer Annuals:  Once summer heat arrives, many spring-blooming annuals such as pansy, viola, and osteospermum fade. Make your yard look its best by pulling out the spent plants and replacing them with heat-loving varieties such as angelonia, lantana, ageratum, coleus, pentas, portulaca, salvia, sweet potatoloving annuals grow quickly in warm temperatures and will soon provide a beautiful burst of color.

Plant Summer-Blooming Bulbs:  Summer bulbs such as calla, canna, and dahlia are surefire ways to add color and drama to your landscape all summer long. These varieties are tender, so if you live in a Zone where theyre not hardy, plant them after all danger of frost has passed. Once temperatures rise, they grow quickly.

Pinch Mums and Other Late Perennials:  Keep mums, sedums, asters, and other fall-blooming perennials standing tall by pinching the top inch or two of new growth. You can do so up to the Fourth of July.  Pinching the tops of the plant typically gives you a more compact, sturdy specimen. It may also give you more blooms from the sideshoots that develop, though the blooms are typically a little smaller and appear a couple of weeks later.  Other perennials that you can pinch in May and June:

  • Balloon flower
  • Bee balm
  • Goldenrod
  • Joe Pye weed
  • Perennial sunflower
  • Phlox
  • Russian sage
  • Remove Faded Flowers

Raise Your Mower:  Raise the height of your lawn-mower blade if you have cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, or fescues. More leaf surface keeps the plants healthier during hot, dry weather.

Start a Fall Vegetable Garden:  Vegetables fall into two basic categories: Cool-season and warm-season. The warm-season varieties tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, cucumbers, summer squash are all going now. Once temperatures cool, these plants will fade.  Enjoy continued harvests by planting cool-loving vegetable seeds including broccoli, carrots, kohlrabi, lettuce, and spinach now so you can enjoy fresh, delicious harvests this autumn.

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