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What Size Lantern is Right for Your Home ??

Posted by Bay Chapman on

Sometimes finding the perfect replacement light fixtures for your house is an easy choice…but then…WHAT SIZE DO YOU BUY? What if it’s too big, or too small? How do you pick the perfect one?

First step is to measure the front door. The height of your door will help determine the height of your lantern or outdoor fixture. PROPORTIONS ARE KEY! Your lantern should be between one-quarter to one-third the height of your door.  If you are just using one lantern (located on the handle size of the door), the piece should be about one-third the height of the door. If two lanterns are used, one on either side of the door, they should be about one-quarter the height of the entry way.

If you are still worried, make a template of each lantern size and tape them to the front of your house!

 

Charles is helping us out because we believe visual aids are always a great tool when making a decision.

If you are adding/updating all the exterior fixtures around your house, Your front door lanterns should almost always be your largest. This means that your side entry & any fixtures near your garage should be smaller in size. 

Exterior lights can really warm up the entrance and give an inviting look to your home!!

 

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What Size Lantern is Right for Your Home ??

Posted by Bay Chapman on

Sometimes finding the perfect replacement light fixtures for your house is an easy choice…but then…WHAT SIZE DO YOU BUY? What if it’s too big, or too small? How do you pick the perfect one?

First step is to measure the front door. The height of your door will help determine the height of your lantern or outdoor fixture. PROPORTIONS ARE KEY! Your lantern should be between one-quarter to one-third the height of your door.  If you are just using one lantern (located on the handle size of the door), the piece should be about one-third the height of the door. If two lanterns are used, one on either side of the door, they should be about one-quarter the height of the entry way.

If you are still worried, make a template of each lantern size and tape them to the front of your house!

 

Charles is helping us out because we believe visual aids are always a great tool when making a decision.

If you are adding/updating all the exterior fixtures around your house, Your front door lanterns should almost always be your largest. This means that your side entry & any fixtures near your garage should be smaller in size. 

Exterior lights can really warm up the entrance and give an inviting look to your home!!

 

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Our Favorite Blues

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

Pantone’s color of the year for 2020 is Classic Blue. Blues have been around in the interior scene for years, but this year they got the big nod they deserve. I love to use blue for walls, cabinets, upholstery, rugs or accent décor. It goes with almost any neutral and does well as the only pop of color or mixed with other brights.

Blue paint colors can be tough, but I have a few favorites.

For a Blue Green, Benjamin Moore’s Galapagos Turquoise is hard to beat. It is a rich deep tone that will warm a small room or give your favorite chest or cabinets new life.


If you want a lively navy that packs a great punch look to Van Deusen Blue from Benjamin Moore. This historical color looks darker on the chip than on the wall. It finishes a beautiful “bright navy”.


Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue is a tried and true navy blue. I used it for exterior doors and shutters on my own home. It also adds drama to walls or cabinets. 


When it comes to blues try not to over think it . Go with the shade that speaks to you!

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Our Favorite Blues

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

Pantone’s color of the year for 2020 is Classic Blue. Blues have been around in the interior scene for years, but this year they got the big nod they deserve. I love to use blue for walls, cabinets, upholstery, rugs or accent décor. It goes with almost any neutral and does well as the only pop of color or mixed with other brights.

Blue paint colors can be tough, but I have a few favorites.

For a Blue Green, Benjamin Moore’s Galapagos Turquoise is hard to beat. It is a rich deep tone that will warm a small room or give your favorite chest or cabinets new life.


If you want a lively navy that packs a great punch look to Van Deusen Blue from Benjamin Moore. This historical color looks darker on the chip than on the wall. It finishes a beautiful “bright navy”.


Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue is a tried and true navy blue. I used it for exterior doors and shutters on my own home. It also adds drama to walls or cabinets. 


When it comes to blues try not to over think it . Go with the shade that speaks to you!

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The May Rule

Posted by Andrea Howell on

Why are my (fill in the blank) NOT blooming??? 

The most common reason you missed your favorite shrub’s blooms this year is poorly timed pruning. While it isn’t true 100% of the time, following the MAY RULE may help you stay on track with pruning. 

MAY RULE....... 

“If a plant blooms BEFORE May 1st, prune immediately after flowering has ended. If a plant blooms AFTER MAY 1ST, prune during dormancy or wintertime." 

Here are a few examples.... 

Blooms before May

  • Azalea
  • Spirea
  • Forsythia
  • Camellia
  • Flowering Quince
  • English Dogwood
  • Japanese Magnolia
  • Tea Olive
  • Winter Daphne
  • and Many More...

Blooms after May

  • Hydrangea (except Oakleaf)
  • Crape Myrtle (but do NOT Crape "Murder" them!)
  • Vitex
  • Rose
  • Grape
  • Confederate Rose
  • Pyracantha
  • Liriope
  • and Many More...

 

Pruning Tips

  • Always make sure your tools are sharp and clean
  • Choose the right tool for the job
  • Do not prune in Fall--it risks freeze injury
  • Do not shear only.  Make cuts inside the canopy to promote leaf growth on the inside of the plant--also hides ugly, cut stems
  • Consider the natural shape and size of the plant.  Work with it or consider removing the plant and choosing one that is better suited
  • Consult with a landscape professional or extension agent before starting for advice
  • Take your time & remember the May Rule!

 

Good Luck and Enjoy your Colorful Garden!!!

 

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The May Rule

Posted by Andrea Howell on

Why are my (fill in the blank) NOT blooming??? 

The most common reason you missed your favorite shrub’s blooms this year is poorly timed pruning. While it isn’t true 100% of the time, following the MAY RULE may help you stay on track with pruning. 

MAY RULE....... 

“If a plant blooms BEFORE May 1st, prune immediately after flowering has ended. If a plant blooms AFTER MAY 1ST, prune during dormancy or wintertime." 

Here are a few examples.... 

Blooms before May

  • Azalea
  • Spirea
  • Forsythia
  • Camellia
  • Flowering Quince
  • English Dogwood
  • Japanese Magnolia
  • Tea Olive
  • Winter Daphne
  • and Many More...

Blooms after May

  • Hydrangea (except Oakleaf)
  • Crape Myrtle (but do NOT Crape "Murder" them!)
  • Vitex
  • Rose
  • Grape
  • Confederate Rose
  • Pyracantha
  • Liriope
  • and Many More...

 

Pruning Tips

  • Always make sure your tools are sharp and clean
  • Choose the right tool for the job
  • Do not prune in Fall--it risks freeze injury
  • Do not shear only.  Make cuts inside the canopy to promote leaf growth on the inside of the plant--also hides ugly, cut stems
  • Consider the natural shape and size of the plant.  Work with it or consider removing the plant and choosing one that is better suited
  • Consult with a landscape professional or extension agent before starting for advice
  • Take your time & remember the May Rule!

 

Good Luck and Enjoy your Colorful Garden!!!

 

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What is your new year’s resolution for your home?

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

Your surroundings really do affect your mood and productivity.  At this time of year, we are all making resolutions to better ourselves in the coming year. Don’t forget that your home should be part of this plan. 

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What is your new year’s resolution for your home?

Posted by Rebecca Marsella on

Your surroundings really do affect your mood and productivity.  At this time of year, we are all making resolutions to better ourselves in the coming year. Don’t forget that your home should be part of this plan. 

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Adult children & the greatest Christmas present in the history of the season! 

Posted by Elsa Hoffman on

Adult children & the greatest Christmas present in the history of the season!

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Adult children & the greatest Christmas present in the history of the season!

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