• Swimming Pool Design

    Missing summer already? Check out swimming pool that won 2021 ‘Dream Design’ award

    Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dream about days lounging by the pool, drink in hand. A high-end Irving hotel won the 2021 “Dream Design” award from Aquatics International, an industry trade magazine. Overlooking Lake Carolyn, the Omni Las Colinas completed a $13 million renovation in 2020. Its outdoor area includes an expansive swimming pool, a hot tub, and a pavilion with bars, cabanas and restaurants. It also has three event lawns, game courts and fire pits with seating. Aquatics International said the hotel sought to entertain business and leisure travelers but also attract local  

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  • Garden Design

    Home & Garden: Summer Blues

    by Georgeanne Davis Tuesday, August 3, 2021 10:25 AM Whether you pick your own, rake your own, or buy them from roadside pop-up vendors or your favorite farmer, Maine blueberry season is in full flood. This year, as with many crops, berries began ripening about two weeks earlier than usual, but the crop is bountiful. Blueberries, in addition to having outstanding antioxidant properties, are the perfect fruit: when used fresh in a cake or muffin, they hold  

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  • Garden Design

    Barry Fugatt: Hardy hibiscus a gorgeous summer favorite | Home & Garden

    Hardy hibiscus Dark Mystery has dark cabernet foliage that provides a stunning backdrop for delicate pink flowers and a bold cherry red eye. While hardy varieties of hibiscus may overwinter outside, the tropical varieties like this Hawaiian Sunset need to be brought inside. Barry Fugatt Garden World Azalea and dogwood blossoms in April, roses in May, our gardens faithfully bless us with moments to celebrate regardless of the season. But what, you may be wondering, is worth celebrating during the steamy dog  

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  • Garden Design

    Don Davis: Tips for controlling weeds in summer months | Home & Garden

    Don Davis is a retired Virginia Cooperative Extension agent. He can be reached at dodavis2@vt.edu. Don Davis Weeds thrive in summer. They really love hot weather. Q. I am looking for help to identify this plant which just started growing in my backyard flower garden. I just cannot figure out how it got started in this spot. The area was all pasture, forest and farmland when we built our home in 1986. I would appreciate any help you can provide. — L.C., Madison Heights A. The plant came from China in 1834 and it goes by names such as empress  

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  • Garden Design

    Home & Garden: Summer and Strawberries

    Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language,” said Henry James. We had our first taste of a real summer afternoon this past week: warm enough for a dip in the local quarry, followed by hot dogs on the grill eaten around a weathered table on a deck overlooking the garden, now approaching blowsy perfection. The pastel lupine and and columbines and mop-headed peonies of springtime are being ushered out by bolder blooms of hotter summer days: by brilliant orange poppies and deep burgundy rugosa roses, yellow California poppies  

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  • Home Improvement

    5 affordable home improvement ideas for summer 2021

    As we all prepare to spend most of our summer outdoors and in our backyards, it might come as no surprise that we’re starting to notice all of the things that could use some fixing up: a chair that could use some repainting, some bushes that need to be trimmed or a garden that could use some more signs of life. For this week’s Tune It Up Tuesday, award-winning interior designer Kristy Kay stopped by the 3rd Hour of TODAY to share some easy and affordable ways to give your outdoor living space a much-needed refresh without needing to splurge.  

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