In the last half of the 1920s, what became known as the Art Deco style invaded coastal California and southern Florida, where there was a concentration of wealthy homeowners with lavish lifestyles that reflected the influence of the new film industry. Eschewing the embellishments of the previous beaux arts period, architects were designing houses with sleek exteriors and were incorporating synthetic materials into the specifications for windows, doors and exposed surfaces.
It is summer in the South — hot, muggy, with the ever present threat of pop-up afternoon thunderstorms. These quick, drenching rains are a welcomed break from the otherwise dry conditions. Often, however, these summer storms can leave mild to moderate tree damage in their wake.
When the sun falls below the horizon, a skinny beetle named Photinus pyralis wakes up and takes to the air. We know it as the firefly, or lightning bug, an insect that transforms the sultry summer evening into a veil laced with sequins.
Summers were spent with my grandmother in a rural area near Lynchburg, Virginia. Her grape arbor, chicken coop and vegetable garden were my playground. Decades later, I still fondly remember those gardening summers. Now, I hope to pass on that same love of gardening to my two grandkids in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
As summer approaches, homeowners might be giving thought to outdoor kitchens or barbecue islands and other outdoor entertaining options. But these amenities sometimes require power, and you don't want to be running an extension cord to the backyard. What can you do to accommodate outdoor electrical needs for the summer?
Life is sweeter when we allow ourselves simple indulgences every day. For me, it's starting every morning quietly, with coffee in a cup made by my great niece, watching the sunrise reflect on the lake. It's melting into a hot bubble bath after a long day. It's filling my home with treasures that brighten my heart and make me smile, like beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers.
SEATTLE - You work and work, imagine and plan, launch your son into adulthood and then ... It Is Time. Time to build your very own grown-up Dream Home. Pavel Lobanov and Mila Lobanova were there: They had a divine high-up site in View Ridge (which did not earn its name accidentally). They had a highly recommended architect (design principal Rick Mohler of Mohler + Ghillino Architects). And they had a budget for building (though it was tight).
Dear Angie: We live on a golf course and golf balls always hit our house. We need to replace the siding, but it doesn't make sense to do it with the same product that'll get damaged over and over again. Is there a product that won't crack or show damage when hit by a golf ball?