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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Critics' Picks from the 2016 Architectural Digest Show

June 22, 2016 2:27 am

Trends in architecture and interior design come and go. For residential design, it’s important to note the trends that have real staying power—ones that will serve the needs of homeowners well beyond the year-long design cycle.

So, what’s hot, what’s not, and what trends are most practical for homeowners? We look to some of the critics’ picks from the recently-held annual Architectural Digest Design Show:

• Architects-ToyBox.com was among many exhibitors highlighting Sony’s Life Space UX, technology that provides “transformative sensorial impact” of lights, sounds and visuals applied in unexpected ways. On-trend products include:

- LED Bulb Speaker ($239), combining a dim-able LED light and speaker into an ordinary light bulb;

- Glass Sound Speaker ($799), a wireless speaker with ambient LED illumination; and

- Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector ($999), capable of throwing a 22- to 80-inch image onto walls, tables, or any adjacent surface.

• Luke Lamp Co. displayed its sought-after rewired industrial light fixtures, which are currently endorsed by the likes of Twitter and Urban Outfitters.

• Jenn-Air also earned top marks from critics for its Wi-Fi-enabled wall oven and Obsidian refrigerators.

Based on critics’ takeaways from the show, interior design is generally gravitating toward dark, saturated shades (eggplant, navy blue), light finishes (blond wood, copper), and rounded elements (arc-shaped sofas, circular lamps). As expected, eco-friendly products remain top-of-the-heap.

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How-To: Start a Container Garden

June 22, 2016 2:27 am

Container gardening is ideal for inexperienced gardeners, or those who have limited space to plant (or inexperienced gardeners with limited space to plant!).

Container gardens add life to a landscape without requiring extensive care, says Claire Watson, spokesperson with Wave Petunias.

Wave and Watson recently teamed with HGTV star Kelly Edwards (“Design on a Dime”) to offer up container gardening guidance. Their top tips:

Look for “personality” planters. Whether you appreciate bold patterns, textures (think ridges) or zingy colors, select planters that suit your personal style—and with adequate drainage!

Remember the one-inch rule. No matter the sizes of your planters, leave one inch of space between the potting soil and the top of the container before planting. If you’re using oversized planters, pad the bottom with plastic water bottles before adding soil.

Mix-and-match plants. Before planting, plan which coordinating species will fill which container. Break up the container visually with plants of varying colors, heights and textures.

Avoid water-logging. Overwatering can stunt growth. To determine when it’s time to water, place your finger into the soil; if it feels dry, it’s time!

Keep in mind, also, that container gardens are just one component of an outdoor space, adds Watson. Your new container garden may complement an existing outdoor space, or inspire a whole new design.

Source: Wave Petunias

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