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Winter Projects for Your Home

Posted by Andrea Howell on

Winter is just around the corner, so I thought it might be a good time to talk about the bones of your landscape.  It is easy to add a new pot of annual color or colorful shrub border, but sometimes you need to look beyond to make your garden come to life.

  1. Look UP.  Look for trees that need to be removed or limbed up to provide a better view of your home or let more sunlight in.  As trees mature (and decline) they can shade shrubs underneath and make them appear scraggly or thin.  Always look for a reputable tree removal contractor who is insured when working near your home.
  2. Mailbox that Delivers.  An interesting mailbox box bed full of Iris, Boxwoods, and maybe a clematis vine can ad instant curb appeal!  Consider upgrading your mailbox too.  There are so many interesting options from Copper, Traditional, and mid century modern, etc.  Look to your home’s dominate style to lead you to the best choice
  3. Front Door Redo.  Everyone wants a front door that pops!   Matching planters are a great way to accent everything, but consider a new front door.  Changing from a solid 6 panel door to a door with glass can change the whole feel of your space...or maybe just a fresh coat of paint is the answer.  From Black to a vibrant Green can liven up an entry!
  4. SEE the difference! Low-Voltage or Solar Landscape Lighting is an easy way to change the look and feel of your home at night!  It can make dark areas more safe and inviting for entertaining.  Also consider new accent lighting on your home.  Lights that are the wrong size or style can make your home look dated.  Also, notice the light color—always opt for warm shades of light over blues.

 

As always, we can help you LIVen up your space!!

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Winter Projects for Your Home

Posted by Andrea Howell on

Winter is just around the corner, so I thought it might be a good time to talk about the bones of your landscape.  It is easy to add a new pot of annual color or colorful shrub border, but sometimes you need to look beyond to make your garden come to life.

  1. Look UP.  Look for trees that need to be removed or limbed up to provide a better view of your home or let more sunlight in.  As trees mature (and decline) they can shade shrubs underneath and make them appear scraggly or thin.  Always look for a reputable tree removal contractor who is insured when working near your home.
  2. Mailbox that Delivers.  An interesting mailbox box bed full of Iris, Boxwoods, and maybe a clematis vine can ad instant curb appeal!  Consider upgrading your mailbox too.  There are so many interesting options from Copper, Traditional, and mid century modern, etc.  Look to your home’s dominate style to lead you to the best choice
  3. Front Door Redo.  Everyone wants a front door that pops!   Matching planters are a great way to accent everything, but consider a new front door.  Changing from a solid 6 panel door to a door with glass can change the whole feel of your space...or maybe just a fresh coat of paint is the answer.  From Black to a vibrant Green can liven up an entry!
  4. SEE the difference! Low-Voltage or Solar Landscape Lighting is an easy way to change the look and feel of your home at night!  It can make dark areas more safe and inviting for entertaining.  Also consider new accent lighting on your home.  Lights that are the wrong size or style can make your home look dated.  Also, notice the light color—always opt for warm shades of light over blues.

 

As always, we can help you LIVen up your space!!

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Vanity of Vanities

Posted by Elsa Hoffman on

BUT all vanities are NOT created equal--especially when it comes to choosing one for your home.This is where form meets function.

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Vanity of Vanities

Posted by Elsa Hoffman on

BUT all vanities are NOT created equal--especially when it comes to choosing one for your home.This is where form meets function.

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Fall Color in Your Landscape

Posted by Andrea Howell on

As we watch the changing color of the leaves this fall, we are reminded of how dramatically everything in our lives has changed.  

 

And perhaps there is a hopeful message in this year’s leaves: that change is cyclical, inevitable and magical and nature is painting a whole new canvas for us to create our new lives: we are in sync with nature.

 

In the past many of us took road trips to the mountains or forests to celebrate the fire of fall, but this year many of us will be staying closer to home which will allow us to stay even closer to nature as we create our own beauty.

 

Trees and shrubs are the best ways to add fall color to your landscape. 

Be a little selective with the types you choose in order to extend the color in your garden to its fullest. Color palettes  run from bright gold to warm reds, and you can set the right tone for cool fall temperatures. 

Perhaps, choose 1 or 2 tree types and  try to group 3 or more of the smaller trees and shrubs around them for maximum impact. 

Large Trees include  Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Bald Cypress, Tulip Poplar, Ginkgo, River Birch, Hickory, and Beech 

Small Trees and Shrubs include Japanese Maple, Crabapple, Smokebush, Witch Hazel, Blueberries, Red Twig Dogwood, and Redbud 

Let me know your favorites and if I can help you place a few of these beauties in your yard, I would love to do so!..

 

With fall warmth...

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Fall Color in Your Landscape

Posted by Andrea Howell on

As we watch the changing color of the leaves this fall, we are reminded of how dramatically everything in our lives has changed.  

 

And perhaps there is a hopeful message in this year’s leaves: that change is cyclical, inevitable and magical and nature is painting a whole new canvas for us to create our new lives: we are in sync with nature.

 

In the past many of us took road trips to the mountains or forests to celebrate the fire of fall, but this year many of us will be staying closer to home which will allow us to stay even closer to nature as we create our own beauty.

 

Trees and shrubs are the best ways to add fall color to your landscape. 

Be a little selective with the types you choose in order to extend the color in your garden to its fullest. Color palettes  run from bright gold to warm reds, and you can set the right tone for cool fall temperatures. 

Perhaps, choose 1 or 2 tree types and  try to group 3 or more of the smaller trees and shrubs around them for maximum impact. 

Large Trees include  Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Bald Cypress, Tulip Poplar, Ginkgo, River Birch, Hickory, and Beech 

Small Trees and Shrubs include Japanese Maple, Crabapple, Smokebush, Witch Hazel, Blueberries, Red Twig Dogwood, and Redbud 

Let me know your favorites and if I can help you place a few of these beauties in your yard, I would love to do so!..

 

With fall warmth...

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LIVing with Pumpkins

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

Interested in preserving your pumpkins through Thanksgiving? Let LIV Design Partners show you a step by step tutorial. Washing and drying the pumpkins and then spraying with a clear spray paint protects them from the elements. Decorating with natural pumpkins can make a beautiful table fall arrangement or thanksgiving or fall front porch display.

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LIVing with Pumpkins

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

Interested in preserving your pumpkins through Thanksgiving? Let LIV Design Partners show you a step by step tutorial. Washing and drying the pumpkins and then spraying with a clear spray paint protects them from the elements. Decorating with natural pumpkins can make a beautiful table fall arrangement or thanksgiving or fall front porch display.

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Online Watercolor Class

Posted by Bay Chapman on

It is amazing how so much about learning gets left behind once we leave school...

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Online Watercolor Class

Posted by Bay Chapman on

It is amazing how so much about learning gets left behind once we leave school...

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