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Have you tried Houzz?

What is a Houzz ideabook? Well, once upon a time, long before there was Houzz … before there were so many ways to bookmark and share your ideas on the web instantaneously and effortlessly … there were ideabooks: binders with plastic sleeves for saving magazine clippings and writing down our ideas for our remodeling projects or our dream houses. Now you can make an online ideabook at Houzz.com and it’s really easy. Read on for more about the houzz format and how to get your own houzz ideabooks.

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My Hometown: Color Hunt in the Rain

Even when Nature is putting on her less-brilliant winter colors, there is color if you know how to look. When the rain comes, go outside with your eyes and your camera — take a closer look at the subdued landscape and you’ll see a tapestry of brilliant colors. Here’s something I might have missed if I hadn’t been looking where I was stepping today.

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Art and Science Smash-Up: Milk Swirls Paintings

The coolest thing happens when you dab a little dish soap onto the surface of 2% or whole milk that has some food coloring drops on it! The colors expand away from the cotton swab that it looks like small explosions of colorful swirls. The science of this art project is what makes it really interesting. And the results are well worth photographing — maybe even printing enlarged copies and framing these fun works of art. Try this with kids of any age. It’s super easy and takes few ingredients.

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July Garden Variations and Color Combinations

Midsummer is a glorious time for a garden. Our garden is filled with little vignettes of beautiful colors, textures and shapes. The bees are hard at work collecting nectar from the many insect-friendly flowers. After our rainy June, this month is hot and sunny, just right for sensual flowering — and nectar gathering among the colors.

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Paint Sample Art — Butterflies Celebrate Summer Solstice

Find out how to make an easy, do-it-yourself art project from free paint samples, paper punches and a large piece of foam core. This colorful butterfly swarm is a kid-friendly activity. We made it in a couple of hours, including time to get the paint samples at Home Depot.

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Water Conservation in the Garden: Principles of Xeriscaping

March 22 is World Water Day. In honor of water conservation world-wide this article hopes to give you inspiration for adding a waterwise garden to your home landscape, or re-thinking your landscaping if you have a water-guzzling garden.

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Looking to nature for inspiration

Halprin is by no means the only architect/landscape architect or designer noted for beautiful, appropriate and celebrated water features. But he is one who influenced me, influenced the way I design and the way I look to nature for guidance, for ideas, for inspiration.

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Water Features in the Garden: How to Visually Connect Them

Two or more water features in your garden can be visually connected with a dry stream bed … if you are using a nature-inspired style in your garden, take some design clues from the way water behaves in it’s natural environment before you start construction.