Garden Seventeen, a new nursery in north-central Austin

July 31, 2020

It’s a happy day when a new nursery opens north of the river, especially if within a quick 10- or 15-minute drive from my house. So my head snapped up with interest when I heard about a new nursery opening — during a pandemic, no less — in the Brentwood-Crestview area just off North Lamar Blvd.

I popped over on a drizzly afternoon last weekend to check out Garden Seventeen, which sports a brightened-up industrial vibe thanks to the old manufacturing building that’s been converted into a garden shop. There’s a nice collection of houseplants in the airy main building, which is cooled by a Big Ass fan (beloved by Austinites).

Leafy murals add color around the room. You may be wondering, as I did, what “Seventeen” references. A salesperson I spoke with told me jokingly that Garden Seventeen was the 17th name they’d come up with. More seriously he added, “Seventeen is a special number for Rodney.”

Owner Rodney Stoutenger is also the founder and lead designer of Native Edge Landscape, a full-service design business that he started in 2008. Check out Native Edge’s blog, by the way, where you’ll find monthly posts

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25 Stylish Fall Mantel Decor Ideas

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Come fall, you might be inclined to decorate with layers of texture, transition your home’s color palette from energetic hues to earth tones, and even carve out a cozy nook that’s perfect for lounging. Autumn presents an opportunity to make the most of more time spent indoors, which means finding ways to make your home more cozy and welcoming. Believe it or not, this doesn’t mean you have to blow your budget. One of the best places to start? Your living room mantel.

Fall mantel decorating is all about being creative, whether you choose to bring in the outdoors by incorporating foliage or stick to classic accessories like vibrant pumpkins and candles. Browse some of our favorite fall mantel decor ideas that showcase the beauty of the season.

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Colorful Halloween Mantel

Put vibrant pumpkins in pink and orange on full display, and finish the look with a playful black pennant banner.

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Artichoke Decor

Footed artichoke decor can bring a playful touch to your fall mantel display. Choose a white design to brighten your space.

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Rustic Wood Decor

Keep it simple with wooden decorative pieces that

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Best Stock Tank Swimming Pools

There’s nothing like jumping into a pool to cool off on a hot summer day. While home swimming pools come in a range of designs and sizes (some can even cost more than $20,000), there’s one particular type that’s currently trending on Pinterest—stock tank pools.

The stock tank pool, which is shaped like a tub and typically made of galvanized metal or plastic, draws inspiration from the country lifestyle. They’re fairly compact and affordable, with most designs retailing for under $500. Just keep in mind that you’ll likely need a pool net to keep bugs at bay and a pump to make filling it up a breeze. Plus, you’ll have to be mindful of rust if you choose a tin design. Luckily, you can easily purchase rust-proof products to protect the pool.

If you’re ready to give a stock tank pool a try, see some of our favorites on Pinterest right now. Any one of these trendy pools would be perfect for enjoying the remaining days of summer.

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Read This: Spirit of Place

July 30, 2020

The Garden Conservancy preserves significant American gardens and shares all manner of interesting gardens with the public via its beloved Open Days program, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year despite the Covid-cancellation of all tours. I’m a big fan of their work, particularly because their outreach goes beyond the catered-to garden corridors of the coasts and into Texas and other states. So when I heard that the Conservancy’s former director of preservation, Bill Noble, had written a book about his own garden in Norwich, Vermont, I was intrigued.

Photograph from Spirit of Place courtesy of Timber Press

I picked up Noble’s book Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden (Timber Press, 2020) this summer, the Coronavirus Summer during which we Americans are largely housebound and investing financially and spiritually in our own gardens as refuges from disease, depressing news cycles, and boredom. Noble, a self-taught gardener, garden designer, and preserver of historic landscapes, introduces his book as a “story of the pleasures and challenges, both aesthetic and practical, of creating a garden that feels genuinely rooted to its place.”

Photograph from Spirit of Place courtesy of Timber Press

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Revamping the Circle Garden, again

July 29, 2020

The summer doldrums, I call it. When it feels like a sauna outside, and it won’t rain, and yet the plants and especially the weeds grow like Jack’s magical beanstalk until the garden feels suffocated by vegetation. That’s where I was a couple weeks ago, with tree limbs drooping over paths, shrubs outgrowing their space, and early-summer flowers looking spent — and with me hunkered down in the A/C, looking out the windows and wanting to whack it all back.

So that’s what I did. I sprayed myself with Off! and sunscreen, put on a brimmed hat, got out my electric trimmers, and just went at everything: Mexican buckeye, bamboo muhly, pale pavonia, autumn sage, Mexican honeysuckle, ‘Peter’s Purple’ bee balm, tall verbena. Whack, whack! Even the spring-revamped Circle Garden, pictured above, got a major cut-back.

The Circle Garden in early June

Looking back, oh how I’d loved the colorful blowsiness of the Circle Garden in spring and early summer! And how I hated it by midsummer, when the Verbena bonariensis had faded, its lanky stems collapsed across the path, and ‘Fireworks’ gomphrena towering spindly-legged over the potted agave.

Speaking of which, I don’t think I’ve

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20 Creative Aesthetic Room Ideas

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Regardless of whether you’re decorating a teen’s bedroom or a small dorm room with just enough space for a twin-size bed, there’s no reason to skimp on style. You can still exercise creativity by choosing bold color schemes, graphic wall art, and eye-catching accessories.

Lucky for you, aesthetic room ideas are currently trending on Pinterest. To save you time, we’ve rounded up some of the best aesthetic room images on the platform so you can easily adopt some of the decorating tricks in your own kid’s space. We’re pretty sure any of these decor ideas will make you the cool parent in their eyes.

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Posters Galore

If you have a poster collector on your hands, showcase their best designs right next to their bed.

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Subdued Neutrals

A calming bedroom that’s filled with neutrals can benefit from layers of texture, including a rattan pendant and a jute rug.

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Cozy Reading Nook

Encourage your teen to read more or adopt a more stylish approach to lounging by topping a saucer chair with playful throw pillows.

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School Pride

If your child is proud of their university, go ahead and make it a

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