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Published by Cape Gazette, 2018-10-03 14:53:16

Fall Home & Garden Guide

Celebrate autumn with home decor ideas, gardening tips and more.

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6 BE BOLD DENY HOWETH PHOTO heirlooms or your
Experiment with favorite figurine
color to vitality ON THE COVER: The Cape Region is known for its rich history.
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12 TRENDY DECOR create an eclectic neighborhood of historic homes remodeled with
New things are on many modern amenities. Milton and its seafaring past also has
the horizon, look for many old homes that have been lovingly restored. Building new is
shine and texture the preferred route for many, but there is something satsifying and
important about putting in the time and effort to refinish an older
22 TRANSFORMED home. If you take a walk down many of the well established streets
5 ways to add your in our area, you can find historical architecture elements. Living in
special touch to an older home can be full of pitfalls and not for everyone, but those
a new home who do say it is well worth it.

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28 FLIP TIPS 42 SWEET CITRUS 62 WINE & CHEESE Special Sections Editor
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into stunning actually quite easy to call for delicious
statement pieces grow indoors and easy spreads Home and Garden Editor
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Bold colors add vitality to homes


WHILE SOME COLORS may be synonymous with certain times of year, homeowners can employ bold colors in their homes all year long.
By embracing bold painting and decorating styles, homeowners can use fresh color palettes to make rooms more inviting and colorful.
These popular color combinations can provide inspiration. Deep blue and a splash of yellow hint at the nautical in this bedroom.

Whether it’s Independence Lavender, blue and an orchid pink FILE PHOTO
Day, St. Patrick’s Day or the are examples of such hues.
holiday season, the bold Turquoise and red work together, since
hues that are synonymous with these This cool, regal combination can they are often inspired by Asian influences.
events add a splash of color to rooms add femininity to a bedroom or even
that can use a little design lift. drama to another space in the house.

While some colors may be syn- If painting the walls dark blue
onymous with certain times of year, or lavender seems scary, opt for a
homeowners can employ bold colors neutral shade on walls and then dress
in their homes all year long. up the space with inky and violet
By embracing bold painting and
decorating styles, homeowners can Turquoise and brick red
use fresh color palettes to make Enhance the “wow” factor with
rooms more inviting and colorful.
These popular color combinations these bold colors. Although they are
can provide inspiration. striking, when they work together,
they also can impart a soothing feel,
Lavender and deep blue particularly since they are often
Analogous colors are three colors inspired by Asian influences.

that sit side-by-side on the color Paint the wall with a deep tur-
wheel and share a common denomi- quoise and add a bright red Asian
nator in terms of shade. style table.

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Bold colors time of the year, but, when com- Green and pink
bined with a gray, it’s toned down Colors on opposite ends of the
Continued from page 6 to be soothing instead of startling.
Feature a light turquoise sofa with This color combination is popular in color wheel will always complement
kitchens, nurseries and entryways. each other. Green paired with pink
red throw pillows. Have fun in the kitchen with mottled (a lighter shade of green’s opposite,
Or dress up meals with a red gray stone countertops, pale yellow red) calls to mind the great outdoors.
walls and canary café curtains. These hues can add a touch of floral
tablecloth on the dining table and spring sunshine even when that
turquoise, white and red, patterned Color can affect mood and trans- season has long since passed. Opt for
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ment of time and money. maximum impact. And don’t forget
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Yellow is a pick-me-up color any Homeowners can experiment finishing factor.
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Paint can make a strong impression

Changing paint colors is one of the products more difficult to dispose of. (HHW) and must be disposed of
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be used to protect homes and make paints are not considered hazardous dispose of paints, stains and varnish-
strong impressions. Painting projects waste, they should be recycled. Oil- es. It’s also possible to visit Earth911.
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Home trends to expect in the year ahead

Trends in home remodeling and DENY HOWETH PHOTOS
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popular right now.

• Texture Texture is a big compo-
nent of interior design. Furniture and
accessories featuring faux fur and
natural fibers are becoming popular.
Pieces adorned with cozy materi-
als can seem more inviting. Organic
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Continued from page 12 systems for the bathroom, wirelessly
terns may lean toward floral, tropi- operated Bluetooth devices that turn Home decor trends are always
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designs. phone and even fixtures that use and keeping armchair interior deco-
rators on their toes.
• Artisanal touches in accessories
It’s all about getting back to basics, DENY HOWETH PHOTO
with homeowners desiring pieces
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rather than mass-produced. were cut from.

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5 Ways to Give a
Room a Makeover

Does a room in your home need an pressive design. FILE PHOTOS
update? There are a range of projects • Overhaul lighting. It’s time to
from large to small that can help you SAY HELLO TO NEW fixtures that strike
transform any space for maximum say goodbye to boring, utilitarian the right tone and create ambiance.
utility and better design. lighting and say hello to new fixtures
that strike the right tone and create
Here are five great ideas. ambiance. This is one of the easiest
• Update flooring. When updat- updates that can create a big impact
ing your home flooring, consider – whether you are inspired by rustic,
some hot new trends – like turning to quirky or classic designs. You may
salvaged vintage lumber. choose to replace overhead lighting
More homeowners are including with floor lamps, swap outdated fix-
this in their remodel plans because it tures for on-trend options like chan-
looks great, gives your home a mark deliers or lantern-style pendants, or
of distinction, and is eco-friendly. add task lighting in key areas; just be
Another on-trend, low-mainte- sure to test out your arrangement to
nance option is cement. This ver- ensure it’s sufficiently functional.
satile material can be painted or
stained to give your room any look And while you’re making these
you want. Keep it simple or use changes, remember to use energy
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Transform spaces
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Cool weather often drives people to make a room seem more cozy is to AN AFFORDABLE AND EASY way to
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they do during the warmer months. can include throws and blankets. Re- fabrics and other accents.
Autumn is a time to winterize gardens, move place mats from the dining room
put away lawn furniture and prepare table and use them on accent tables or • Install a bookshelf and start a
for the holiday season. Autumn also an ottoman in the living room. Table book collection. Piles and stacked
provides the perfect opportunity to runners also can add a splash of color books can add warmth to any space.
begin home interior projects. to the top of bedroom dressers. Books evoke the hallowed halls of
schools and quiet nooks in the library.
Many people decide to redecorate • Play with texture. Look for Fill shelves with books interspersed
their homes to reflect each season. fabrics that boast texture and can add with additional design accents, and
When temperatures change, it’s time a tactile feel to spaces. When used on you will instantly make a room feel
to transition from the light colors and throw pillows or small accents, faux more inviting.
breezy fabrics symbolic of summer to fur can create that cozy cabin feel.
thicker, darker materials that evoke Draperies made from nubby fabrics or Continued on page 20
coziness. With some inspiration and those with grooves and ridges can add
a little know-how, any homeowner or dimension to a room as well. Even a
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• Practice layering in rooms. a space.
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Cozy retreats Thick area rugs add warmth to a room. Add architectural elements as a feature.
balance of lighting fixtures can in- • Add architectural elements.
Continued from page 18 stantly transform the feel of a room.
Create more warmth and a cozy feel Think about adding rich moldings to
• Choose dark paint. Do not feel by switching out bulbs from cooler crown the ceilings or to frame door-
nervous about incorporating deeper shades to warmer ones — those that ways. If you have the space for a nook,
shades in rooms. Dark colors give give off yellow and pink hues rather create a window seat beneath a picture
rooms a more enclosed feel than than cool blues. Accent lighting helps window or add a bench and cushions
lighter colors, and that can create a establish a comfortable space for in a corner for a nice escape spot.
warm and cozy feeling. This works curling up and reading a good book.
particularly well in larger spaces that Spot lighting, such as fixtures that are Use the colder weather as an oppor-
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• Invest in area rugs. While wood
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Should a pipe burst, the damage that An insulated bib dome also can help the house.
results can be extensive and costly. prevent frozen pipes.
• Increase insulation around where
Any pipe can freeze, but those that • Open cabinet doors to allow heat pipes enter the house. Use insulating
are directly exposed to the cold are to reach pipes inside of cabinets. foam to seal any drafts where pipes
the most vulnerable. Any pipes that Consider wrapping these pipes with enter the house from the outdoors.
run close to the outdoors through an insulating material as well, such as
uninsulated walls are in danger. Water heat tape or pipe sleeves. Frozen pipes cannot always be
expands as it freezes, and that expan- avoided. Therefore, it is important that
sion can place pressure on whatever is • Maintain a consistent thermostat everyone in the household knows how
trying to contain it — including pipes. temperature. Ensure the temperature to shut off the main water valve in the
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To avoid serious damage, homeown- 55 F. Use a programmable thermostat expensive damage to a home.
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• Drain water from swimming pools temperature to avoid frozen pipes.
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FIND FUNKY, COLORFUL throw pillows to create comfier living rooms. FILE PHOTOS Beautify drawers or cabinets by removing
dull, old handles and replacing them with
whimsical knobs.

Tips to Flip Furniture on a Budget

Save money by helping decorate personal spaces using these freshening up the exterior surface of
DIY tricks. Instead of buying new, you can turn used furniture old, worn furniture. Embellish the
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crack or chip.
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a multitude of countertop materials something new have many options.
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Design a more functional pantry

Many homeowners wish they had A KITCHEN PANTRY is the most desirable kitchen feature for new home buyers.
more storage space, and kitchens are
one area where people seemingly can at home daily, with nearly 50 percent homeowners are directing additional
always use more storage. cooking between three and six days attention to kitchen preparation and
a week. storage features.
Despite a desire for more kitchen
space, until recently, kitchen pantries In order to accommodate for In fact, one recent trend in kitchen
fell out of favor. Builders and architects spending more time in the kitchen, Continued on page 36
may have thought that close proximity
to supermarkets as well as multi-use
cabinets in kitchens would offset the
need for pantries. But according to a
recent survey from the National As-
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Ways to brighten up your kitchen

If your kitchen is bland or boring, FILE PHOTO
it’s time for an update. Consider those
home projects that add pops of color IF YOU HAVE LIGHT streaming in through a window you can grow a garden inside.
and beauty, inspiring you to do your
best culinary work. Here are three Experts point out that black finishes in the kitchen have reemerged as a trending design
beautiful ways to add new hues to any element this year.

For a verdant, fragrant and useful
pop of color, grow an herb garden
right in your kitchen. From lavender
to basil to chives, you can brighten
your kitchen with natural colors, while
adding some zest to salads, stews and

Evaluate your kitchen for direct
sunlight to determine the ideal size
and shape of your garden, then get
creative. Many people choose to create
a hanging wall garden. Others prefer a
tiered counter for the floor or pots for
the countertop.

Consider creating a focal point in
your kitchen in an eye-catching color
that adds vitality to the space.

One great way to do this is by focus-
ing on the heart of every kitchen - the
range. Experts point out that black
finishes in the kitchen have reemerged
as a trending design element this year.

So if you do choose black, you may
prefer to emphasize this selection with
a gloss finish, which can add a layer
of elegance, drama and sophistication
to the kitchen. Standard colors are of-
fered everywhere, but for something
more unexpected, seek out brands that
also offer customization in addition to
classic choices like gloss black, such
as ILVE.

Continued on page 40

Stainless steel and white are a sure way to Get cutesy
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Continued from page 33 or new constructions, walk-in pantries
renovations is creating custom-de- offer the most space and flexibility.
signed pantries.
Must-have features
Locate the appropriate space Pantries serve different functions in

Ideally, pantries should be in or In smaller spaces, reach-in cabinets are different homes. For the bulk shopper,
adjacent to the kitchen. But not every convenient and flexible. a pantry with plenty of room for large
home layout allows for this setup. and grabbed as needed without hav- items will be needed.
Some homeowners need to move ing to move too many things. Ideally,
storage pantries into the garage, the foods should be arranged in a single Lights can improve visibility when
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Various factors should be consid- and heights can accommodate items or other small appliances. Counter
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kitchen. What is the climate? Will food are ideal because they can be modified ers to unload groceries directly onto
spoil? Is there a possibility that vermin as foods change. Sliding drawers can shelves.
or insects can infiltrate the room and improve reach-in cabinets.
access food? These factors will dictate For pantries outside of the kitchen,
whether to have closed cabinets, air- In smaller spaces, French door-style built-in freezers can maximize storage,
tight bins or open shelves or if other especially for those who freeze-and-
modifications must be made to the eat after bulk shopping ventures.
room prior to building.
Pantries are popular features that
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Accessibility is essential in a pantry. ing on their storage needs and the
amount of time they spend in their
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By Alyssa Pepper Bees live outside, so to pollinate the flowers
Special to the Cape Gazette inside, you have to do it manually.

Picture this. You have just made
a delicious seafood dinner and
need a squeeze of lemon, or the
cocktail you just mixed is lacking a
lime slice, and you are out of both.

You walk over to a sunny window
and pick a citrus fruit off a tree and
slice it up!

Wait a minute, we don’t live in
Florida, how can you pick citrus
here? Citrus plants are actually quite
easy to grow indoors over the winter
in most homes with good light. This
can include oranges, lemons, limes,
kumquats, and grapefruits.

Let there be light FILE PHOTOS Kumquats look like miniature, oval oranges.
Citrus love full sun, consistent fer- They have a sour, citrus tang while the peel
KEEP IN MIND, the plant has be moveable is sweet and delicious.
tilizing, humidity, and good moisture when you pick the pot to put it in.
when they are outside in the sum- flowers will not get pollinated and
mer. They can be put outside after Size matters no fruit will form.
the last frost in the spring and would If your plant needs a bigger pot, it
like to be brought in before the first The flowers are extremely fragrant
frost in the fall. Slowly adjust them is best to do it in the spring or early and will perfume your whole house.
to more light before putting in full summer when it is starting to grow The plant will drop a lot of leaves
sun when you bring them out in the again. Keep in mind, the plant has be over the winter time due to shorter
spring. moveable when you pick the pot to days and lack of humidity.
put it in. So you might want to pick
Feeding frenzy something lighter as the plant gets Your plant can drop all its leaves
You can fertilize them monthly big. Make sure the pot has drainage. and still be alive. The more light
You can trim the roots and add fresh it gets inside, the less it will drop
with a liquid feed throughout the potting soil to keep it in the same leaves.
summer. A time-release fertilizer can pot. Trim some of the top growth as
be applied when you move them out- well. It will flush out flowers and then
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Getting to know succulents varieties that can survive freezing
temperatures. Still, for most suc-
culents, it's best if they are kept in
Succulents can be just what indoor According to the succulents warm, moderately sunny conditions.
gardeners need. Even though suc- resource Succulents and Sunshine, The DIY Network says succulents
culents are becoming more popular, most succulents prefer warm tem- grow best in bright light, but not
there are still some people who are peratures and are not very cold- always in full, hot sun.
unaware of their attributes. By learn- tolerant. However, there are some
ing more about succulents, people Continued on page 46

may become devotees of these
unique plants.
The word “succulent” brings to
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In fact, they get their mouthwa-
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Super easy succulents Continued from page 44

Agave: Agave succulent plants blossom in Echeveria: Many gardeners choose Echeveria Succulents also may attract garden-
bright and warm places, such as on patios, as their favourite succulent because of ers thanks to their diverse looks. Bet-
decks, and sunny windowsills. Some smaller the popular variations in color and shape. ter Homes & Gardens says that color
varieties, such as Agave victoriae-reginae and Echeveria shows its most brilliant colors dur- variations of succulents are quite
Agave parviflora, are also capable of flour- ing cooler months, and the plants typical- varied and include green, yellow, bur-
ishing indoors. Most Agave plants consist of ly flower during warmer months in shades gundy, white, blue-green, pink, red,
rosettes that have thick, rigid succulent leaves of orange, red, and pink. Some of the most and variegated combinations.
and minimal teeth. popular varieties include Echeveria albicans,
Crassula: Crassula is a succulent plant that Echeveria colorata, Echeveria ‘Dondo’, and Their shapes can be just as diverse,
many beginners love to grow. Ranging in size Echeveria agavoides. with many having pointy, rounded,
from an inch (2.5 cm) tall to large shrubs, spiky, or ruffled leaves.
Crassulas require good light and a soil mix
that drains well if gardeners want to main- People may be particularly familiar
tain appealing leaf colors and encourage the with one type of succulent: cacti.
plants to flower. Watering the plants regu-
larly during spring and summer is ideal, but These traditional desert-dwellers
Crassula plants generally require less water are prized for their water-retention
in the winter months. The plants are drought abilities, but some seem downright
tolerant, and they require cutting and shaping scary with their prickly exteriors.
to avoid becoming disorderly.
Adromischus: Native to South Africa, the While all cacti are succulents, it's
Adromischus plant is a small succulent shrub important to note that not all succu-
with oddly shaped leaves. The leaves feature lents are cacti.
interesting markings that are inconsistent,
offering gardeners aesthetic diversity. Less needle-like succulents include
aloe, jade, snake plant, and agave.
Hens and chicks (sempervivum) and
wax plant (hoya) are other succu-
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Garden Inside Include trees and shrubs to provide
year-round structure in the garden.
Plant now for next year Look for those with colorful or inter-
esting bark like red twig dogwoods,
By Melinda Myers paper bark maple and Heptacodium
Special to the Cape Gazette that provide year-round interest. Look
for flowering plants like viburnums,
Look for opportunities to add color, DENY HOWETH PHOTO St. John’s wort, summersweet and
texture, and a bit of bird and butterfly repeat-blooming lilacs. Set the fall
appeal to your landscape. Identify REMEMBER TO PROVIDE nectar for late- landscape ablaze with chokeberries,
areas in need of seasonal color, win- season pollinators. witch hazel and maples. And brighten
ter interest or screening to mask bad up the winter landscape with holly and
views. tures like long bloom time, attractive winterberry.
seedpods and fall color. Walker’s Low
Tuck fall-blooming annuals among catmint, threadleaf coreopsis, and Ro- Once the plants are in the ground,
other plants to provide instant color zanne geranium are a few examples. be sure to provide a bit of tender lov-
for your fall – and, where weather per- End the growing season with flowers ing care. Water thoroughly whenever
mits – winter garden. Hardy pansies like goldenrod, mums and asters, or the top few inches of soil are crumbly.
provide nectar for late-season pol- colorful foliage like perennial gera- Spread a layer of shredded leaves,
linators, and many will even survive niums, hosta and amsonia. Include evergreen needles or wood chips over
colder winters and return next spring. some ornamental grasses that add the soil surface to conserve moisture.
Dianthus, stock, snapdragons and motion and texture to the garden all Keep mulch off the crowns of plants
sweet alyssum also thrive in the cooler year round. and trunks of trees.
weather. Add these to containers or
use them to fill voids in the garden. Your efforts will be rewarded with a
beautiful landscape all year round.
Add perennial flowers for multiple
years of beauty. Consider those with Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening
several seasons of beauty and nice books, including “Small Space Gardening.” For more
foliage all season long. Look for fea- information, go to

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Birds need extra assistance in winter

Cold weather can be particularly help from their human friends. FILE PHOTO
taxing on many of the birds indi-
viduals discover in their backyards What and how to feed birds SUET IS A HIGH-FAT MEAL for birds who
throughout the year. Birds require high-calorie and high- need food in winter.

Although some species migrate to fat foods in the winter so they can
warmer climates each winter, many keep up their metabolism to generate
stay put and attempt to ride out win- warmth. Also, since birds’ feeding
ter in their normal habitats. habits vary depending on the type
of bird, it may be necessary to place
Birds that tend to stay put include feeders at varying heights to maxi-
finches, sparrows, titmice, jays, wood- mize access.
peckers, chickadees, and cardinals.
Feeders should be located out of the
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology wind and in an area that offers safe
says that, in much of North America, refuge from predators.
winter days can be windy and cold
for birds, and nights are even more The National Wildlife Federation
challenging. also says individuals should put out
sizable feeders and/or use multiple
In winter, birds no longer have feeders to provide ample food during
berries and lush vegetation to con- snow and ice storms. Feeders should
sume and insects have died or gone be checked regularly and kept full.
Consistency is also important be-
Since finding food can be especially Continued on page 52
difficult, and shelter may be scarce,
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