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Stop And Smell The Roses

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Saturday, May 11, 2013, In : Flowers 

The best way to freshen up your home and decor, at little or no cost, is with flowers. If you have them in your yard, as so many homes I've seen over the past few weeks do, just clip a few and bring them inside.

All you need is one in a bud vase on your night table. If it happens to be a rose, the subtle, delicate fragrance will float through the room and give it a fresh, clean, scent. Not only that, your room will look redecorated and alive!

You can also just clip a few from your garden and pl...
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Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Garden 

On the quiet part of Solano Avenue in Albany there lives a nursery that has been there for years. It was a sleepy little spot with nothing unusual going on until...Voila! Three years ago Carly Dennett bought this little nursery and turned it into a magical spot... the new Flowerland.


With her background in professional gardening, her lifetime love of nurseries, and her merchandising experience, she continues to morph this place into more than a nursery; a place for creative ideas, beautiful ...

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Don't Do It!

Posted by Janelle Renée on Friday, June 17, 2011, In : Garden 

Whenever I come across a yard that has a toilet or tub planter, I cringe and then wonder many things. For example, I love claw foot tubs. How is it that a claw foot tub can look luxurious and beautiful in a bathroom yet look cheap and tacky in a yard planted with even the prettiest flowers? 

The Design Salon Blog is all about re-purposing and re-using items in creative ways that may not necessarily be the original purpose. We promise to NEVER support you in creating something like this! 

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Create A Tropical Paradise In Your Own Backyard

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, May 27, 2011, In : Garden 
It is actually fairly easy to grow a tropical paradise in your own backyard. Despite the fact that it does not feel very tropical here in Berkeley, it is moist here and temperatures rarely dip below freezing. If you have even the smallest south facing exposure, you have what you need to create a tropical paradise in your Bay Area backyard!

Hawaii is one of my favorite places, mostly because of the weather, the plants, the water, and the pace.

You find incredible colors as well as a...

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The Pits!.....(Turn Pits Into Pretty Platters)

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

Do you remember the garden fire pits that were all the rage a few years ago? It sounded wonderful and warm for one of those spring or summer evenings in the garden under the stars. Some people still use theirs, but I think for most, it was just a little too much trouble for not enough warmth, not to mention the risk of instant hair loss while trying to warm your hands over the fire.

Actually, I never purchased one, but a friend of mine who was one of the first to purchase hers at Smith and Haw...

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As an Interior Designer, I am constantly looking for new ways of re-purposing and re-using what people already have as well as finding new resources for affordable furnishings. This is just a place to share great resources, ideas, information about the trades, and ways of doing things yourself to help make your own home fabulous! 

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