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Choosing Exterior Paint Day 71 The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith
It's time to start thinking about painting the house, and there are so many choices. They say an ecofriendly house can't be built in 150 days for a $150,000, and I say it can. I'm Allen Smith, join me as I push the limits with time, budget and creativity with the Garden Home Challenge, exclusively on eHow Home. I can't believe that it's already time to start thinking about paint for the exterior, but the day has arrived. And we got some beautiful weather ahead of us, so Paige and the gang our pushing me to make decisions on color,.
Which is actually pretty easy. Because I want the house, this house, this little cottage to feel like the big farm house on the hill. So, that is not paint of the brick on the farm house. That's actually a lime wash, which was a very old way of coloring masonry or brick. And we applied it to the house soon after the brick was up, and then we painted the trim because all the trim around the house was wood. And the trim here will also be painted white. So what I'm doing is I'm looking at this sort of buttery yellow to match the farm.
House. Really liking this color a lot. And also, just trying to pick just the right white, a white that will actually work with these windows. Since the windows are already prepainted, you know, they come with a warranty. I would really rather not paint this finish. So I'm trying to come up with a white that'll work really well with this, and I think I'm getting pretty close. Now, what you want to do when you paint is you want to make sure that there's not much moisture in the air, if you can. If you're painting in the fall and the early.
Spring, you know, you can have extreme changes in temperature. So, you want to make sure you're painting when it's above at least 40 degrees. Otherwise, you're going to end up with a really bad paint job, and you may have to redo it. What I like to do whenever I'm choosing paint and I'm having to make a big decision, and this is a big decision, because once I choose a color that's going to be it. Because they're gonna custom blend it. So, what I will do is have a quart of this color made and I will take and apply to a big board.
Out here, maybe one of these pieces of OSD board, so I can get a sense of the color. And I want to move it around the house at different times of day because the light will play on it. And I'll actually take a couple of other samples and put them side by side, so I can see the subtle differences, and then I'll make my decision. As far as applying the paint, you know, I'd like for it to put brushed on rather than it being sprayed. So we're working on that. In the interim, while we work out the colors, the guys have already.
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What that means is you get a lot of highend features without a lot of cost. I feel one of the things that we do build is a home that stands the test of time. In not only construction and durability, but also in the architectural end of it. Most of the homes we build are timeless. When people see the Oz sign, I want them to think of quality. I want them to think, This is an awesome company. I've built a lot of homes for a lot of different people and.
Virtual Makeover for a Detached Garage At Home With P. Allen Smith
Watchv9DL5pKPT1Rk 9DL5pKPT1Rk I received a photograph from someone named Brian, in Wisconsin, who's dealing with an area at his home that's between the garage and the house. So, as you can see, this is a long corridor. We have a distance of 15 feet from here to here. And then to the back, all the way back here, it's about 35 feet, almost twice the length. So the idea is how do we get from the front to the back, through this narrow corridor. To the back is the south, so it gets more sun. Up here, less so. So, what I'm wondering about here, since the architecture.
Feels very traditional, what we might do is think about coming across here with some sort of a fence, a low picket fence to here to here to this corner, with some sort of evergreen here, like a Columnar 'U' and a 'U' here, because those do well in Wisconsin, where it's very cold. This would be a picket fence that comes across with some sort of scalloped gate, like this. This could be underplanted here with Hosta, which would have big, large leaves in the growing season. And I definitely would bring this path of gravel, connecting.
The gravel here, putting down some sort of edging, Brian, along this way, and then carry this path all the way through to the back, back here. And what you've done is you've created a sense of entry into this space. There's a door here where you can come in off of this gravel path into this door. And by doing this, you've set in place two beds, one here and one here. So then we need to think about what goes in these beds, and I would keep it very simple. And make sure that you have enough evergreen weighed against.
The deciduous. Currently, you've got one evergreen here and everything else is deciduous so in the winter, it's not that attractive. What I would do is come in here with a Rhododendron on this end and a Rhododendron done here on this end, again, to sort of frame this idea. There could be a focal point placed out here somewhere, where there could be a tree like a large red Maple, that would be gorgeous in the fall. Do a pair of Rhododendron here you could come up into this corner and put a Rhododendron on this side. There's certainly.
Not room here. Then in these beds, I would fill them with perennials, so you don't have to plant them year after year. And I would use things that can take the shade. So toward the back, I would plant ferns a big, wide bed of them here and the same on this side. Then in front of the ferns, I would plant something with a contrasting leaf like a Hukra or a Choral Bell. In front, all the way down, solid planting. And then in the corners, I would big groupings of Hosta to match what you have here. You see, using a limited plant.
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Gtgt THE NORTH CAROLINA GOURD SOCIETY BEGAN IN 1937 WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS AND RELATIVES IN CARY. gtgt THE STORY WAS THAT THEY DIVIDED THE GOURDS FROM ONE BIRDHOUSE THAT FELL DOWN AND BROKE AND AGREED TO GET BACK TOGETHER AND SEE WHAT THEY HAD GROWN. AND SO THE THEORETICAL FIRST GOURD FESTIVAL WAS WHEN THEY ALL BROUGHT THEIR GOURDS BACK TO SEE WHAT THEY HAD COME UP WITH. gtgt AND EXCEPT FOR A HIATUS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR, THE FASCINATION OF GOURDS HAS CONTINUED. gtgt 70SOME YEARS LATER, WE'RE STILL HAVING A FESTIVAL TO SHOW.
OFF WHAT WE DO WITH THE GOURDS THAT WE'VE GROWN OR THAT WE'VE PURCHASED OR THE NEW SKILLS THAT WE HAVE. SO THE GOURD SOCIETY'S BEEN AROUND A VERY LONG TIME. IN FACT, IT'S THE ALPHA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN GOURD SOCIETY. WE WILL ACTUALLY HAVE THE HISTORIC GOURDS THAT HAVE BEEN COLLECTED THROUGH TIME FROM THE GOURD SOCIETY MEMBERS. SO THEY BRING IN THEIR PIECES THAT NORMALLY YOU CAN'T SEE ALL AT ONCE IN ONE PLACE. gtgt ON DISPLAY ALSO ARE WINNERS IN OVER 70 CATEGORIES OF COMPETITIONS. gtgt YOU'RE GOING TO SEE CATEGORIES FROM GROWING FROM THE.
SMALLEST TO THE LARGEST TO GOURDS THAT HAVE BEEN DECORATED AS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS, AS BOWLS, BASKETS. IF YOU CAN THINK OF IT, WE CAN DO IT WITH A GOURD. gtgt IF ALL THIS INSPIRES YOUR INNER ARTIST, YOU CAN PICK FROM A VARIETY OF RAW GOURDS TO CREATE YOUR OWN GOURD WORK. AND IF YOU NEED MORE THAN INSPIRATION, THERE ARE WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE IN THE ART AND CRAFT OF WORKING WITH GOURDS, LIKE MIRIAM JOY SAGEN'S WORKSHOP ON HER WAX CRAYON TECHNIQUE. gtgt I LIKE THE CRAYONS, AND I LOVE THE TEXTURE OF IT.
I LOVE THE 3D EFFECT THAT IT GIVES TO IT. NOT ONLY THAT BUT THE COLOR. AND I FOUND THAT I COULD APPLY IT TO THE GOURD AND IT STAYED RATHER REALLY WELL. AND I HAVE ALL THESE BRIGHT, WONDERFUL COLORS, JUST LIKE PINK. AND YOU CAN MIX AND MATCH AND DO ANYTHING YOU WANT AS WELL. gtgt THE VERSATILITY OF THE GOURD MAKES IT A WONDERFUL MEDIUM TO WORK WITH FROM BEGINNER CRAFTERS TO SEASONED ARTISTS. gtgt IT'S PRETTY AMAZING THE VARIETY OF TALENT WE HAVE HERE. WE HAVE MANY PEOPLE WHO ALSO SELL IN GALLERIES, SO IT IS UP.
TO THE ART LEVEL NOW FOR PLAYING WITH OUR VEGETABLES. gtgt THE GOAL OF THE COMPANY WAS TO CREATE JEWELRY OUT OF NATURAL THINGS. GOURDS ALLOW YOU TO CREATE ANYTHING YOU WANT. IT'S A VERY EASY MATERIAL TO WORK WITH, AND YOU CAN PAINT IT. YOU CAN CUT IT. YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT. YOU CAN CREATE ANY DESIGNS. THE ONLY LIMITATION THAT YOU HAVE WITH GOURDS IS YOUR IMAGINATION. gtgt AND IF YOU LIKE TO HAVE YOUR IMAGINATION INSPIRED, THERE'S NO BETTER PLACE THAN THE NORTH CAROLINA GOURD FESTIVAL.
Autumn Tablescape With Rebecca Robeson At Home With P. Allen Smith
There's lots of choices around here, Rebecca, for making this table look the way you want it to, so we just have to decide. You think you wanna use those plates I do I think they bring in the color of the sofa. Yeah, well, they're better than the white Kinda pulls the room together. That's just too boring. Yeah, I think these are good. Okay, now listen, the closets are full of stuff around here. I know. So we'll just go through and drag out whatever you want to make this come together. Let's pull together an amazing table. Looks.
Like we're just about ready for guests. I think so. It came together beautifully. You know, just using what you had, and even things in the garden, I think we did pretty well. It looks so abundant and full it's be perfect for a holiday. You know, can you imagine for Thanksgiving this would be awesome. And this is something that people can do themselves. You know, it is. I mean, you should look around to see what you have and build it from there. That's what we did here. Yes, now, not everyone has gourds you can pick those up but.
Just the leaves. And these are the fig leaves, right Right. You based it with that. You took those off the big fig tree and then sort of laid up a base, and then on top of it, just placed pomegranates and some of these gourds and things from the supermarket. It's amazing what you can pick up at the grocery store. It is, and I think it's also so bountiful it's gonna make people feel good when they come to sit here and eat and enjoy a nice meal together. Well, that's the whole idea To comfort and just enjoying the conversation.
And company of friends. I really like the way these plates work with the white plates. The napkins you choose, I think, look really great. You got these color echoes going with all the different golds, these different flowers and napkin colors. And one of things I use a lot when I do my tables is I put a votive candle in a different kind of container, but they're all the same. And each what it does is it makes each plate separate and special and it makes it light up, especially at night. But I also use candles in the daytime. Yeah.
Do you I do. And it illuminates it. And when they get ready to sit down, you can just move it over. Move it on over. And it becomes part of the tablescape itself. Yeah, good job. Yeah, right back at you. I love how the arrangements turned out, and just using three, that's really all you need. It's perfect. Simple, stylish and homegrown. Listen, we'd love to have you subscribe to eHow Home, where we teach you, every single day, something new you can use. If you learned something here today that you can use in your own home or you have an idea.
Craftsman Cottage Virtual Makeover At Home With P. Allen Smith
WatchvusGQWQvTbCM usGQWQvTbCM Welcome to my studio. This is the part of the show where you send me photographs, and we take a look at it and come up with ways to improve your landscape. And today, we have a project, a small cottage, that is in need of some style ideas for the exterior. You can see, this is about a 1910, 1920 craftsmanstyle cottage. Stucco that's been painted. The brick has been painted. And the idea here is how do we improve this bed along the side of the house. One of the first things I would do is take this trellis, which is slightly too.
Short for this space, and mount it on here, up like this. This garden is Zone 7, so I know that something like Carolina Jasmine could grow up here it's an evergreen vine, and it blooms yellow in the spring. So I would mount that here, because you get partial shade. You can see this Oak tree here and this tree over here is bringing some shade here. So on this trellis, we would plant a vine that would bloom here, but it needs to be mounted on the backside of this fireplace. Next, what I would do is look for the opportunities for.
Some evergreen, some flowering plants, and also remember that some things are gonna be deciduous. For instance, here, I think this would be a great place for Hydrangeas over here, Hydrangeas. So we're falling underneath each one of these windows with Hydrangeas. But here, I would use a little, smallleaf Azalea. It's evergreen here, and then come under these windows with the evergreen Azalea here, of the same variety. These Hydrangeas could come on over to this space, fill in there like that. Now, here on the front of the house, I think you could do a Camellia here. And at the end of this house, I can't.
See it, but one could bring another Camellia over here, and you could even put one on this corner here. Then in this area here, under the tree, where you have shade and where you have potentially dry soils, I think we should go with a ground cover. Something very simple. This whole bed should be filled with ground cover, up to a certain point here, so this is all ground cover. It could be English ivy, it could be Vinca Minor, it could be Winter Creeper. And here, I'd just add some Hosta under here. And then along in front of the.
Hydrangeas, one could plant seasonal color here. For the shade, I'd recommend maybe some of those Rockapulco Impatiens that you could plant here those double ones that look like little roses. That would be perfect here. So you would have the perennial Hostas here. And then in this space, you could add either ground cover, and in this space ground cover of a different type for contrast, or this could be ground cover as well. But what you have in place here is structure You have evergreens, evergreens, evergreens down here.
You have the Hydrangeas, the Hydrangeas. Azaleas and Azaleas. And then, across the front or the edge of this would be some kind of ground cover or seasonal color. For this particular one in the shade, one might go with Ajuga or Carpet Bugle it has a beautiful little purple flower on it. And the same down here. It's very low and easy to take care of. So, Mary Ann, thank you for sending in your photograph hope this is helpful and good luck with your landscape project. Now, if you have photographs of an area that you need some help with, whether.
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