Illuminating Your Yard

There are a number of reasons for illuminating your yard, such as security, safety, and ambiance.

Gardening 101: Calendula

Pot Marigold, Calendula officinalis: “Faithful Companion” I really want to be that type of gardener who plants by scattering seeds, but I struggle with getting them to successfully germinate. Exce

Maria Bergström’s DIY Plant Wall Made from a Broomstick

How to make room in tight quarters for all the plants you want to welcome in? A few years ago while housesitting, Maria Bergström discovered how much she loves living in a jungle. “My motto is: The

Outdoor Lighting | Better Buildings Initiative

Accelerate the adoption of high-efficiency outdoor lighting and improve system-wide replacement processes.

Reasons for Illuminating Your Yard

There are a number of reasons for illuminating your yard, and this article explains why.

Top Benefits of Houseplants

Health Benefits of Houseplants Even though the Colorado ground is blanketed in snow, you can still grow interesting plants inside your home. If you love nurturing plants in your garden during the

Cactus and Succulents at Prick in London

Prick, a boutique devoted not to fashion or flowers but cacti and succulents is turning heads in London. And now owner Gynelle Leon has written a new book full of tips about how to choose and design s

Ways to Extend the Outdoor Living Season, via Richmond American Homes

Ways to Extend the Outdoor Living Season, via Richmond American Homes With fall upon us, it’s easy to withdraw indoors. These simple tips from our partners at Richmond American Homes will help exten

Almost Private: A Secret River Garden in Central London

Since the 12th century there has been a ‘”Great Garden”‘ next to the River Thames in central London, originally occupied by the Knights Templar. Lawyers quickly followed, easily outlasting the

Unconventional Wisdom: 8 Revolutionary Ideas for Your Garden from Thomas Rainer

When you meet landscape architect Thomas Rainer he comes across as a pleasant, mild mannered fellow… not at all the type to be traveling around the world, as he does, spouting revolutionary ideas ca

Gardening 101: Crassulas

Crassula, Crassulaceae: Stone Crops When I see Crassulas, I think of the Philadelphia Flower Show. If you’ve ever been courageous enough to brave the crowds, you know that one of the joys of that

Hardscaping 101: Gabion Walls

From the banks of the Nile to your backyard, gabion walls are a boon to the landscape. Used for thousands of years by military and structural engineers, gabions provide an attractive, effective, and i

Outdoor Lighting | California Lighting Technology Center

Advances in outdoor luminaires and lighting controls save energy while enhancing visibility, safety and security, protecting dark sky habitats, and improving light distribution outdoors. CLTC develops

Object of Desire: Wooden Ladder Bookshelf for Plants

The writer Anna Quindlen once confided that she “would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” I seco

Secrets of an English Head Gardener: How to Transplant Shrubs and Perennials

For a novice gardener, moving perennials or shrubs once they’re in situ can be daunting. But when you are starting a garden or reinventing one, it’s almost impossible not to make the occasional pl

A Day in the Life of ARTS Awards Nominee Pamela Tresp – A Superstar Sales Rep!

The distinguished judging panel selects winners for categories including Manufacturers, Retailers, Product Designer, Interior Designer, Sales Representative and the Green Award. The 29th annual ARTS A

10 Easy Pieces: Herb and Kitchen Scissors

Secret weapon, with holidays ahead: a pair of versatile kitchen scissors capable of snipping everything in sight. We’ve rounded up 10 pairs of kitchen scissors that will come to the rescue—whether

Bringing Plants Inside For The Winter

Give Your Plants A Vacation Do you have plants that you set outside for summertime and then bring them back inside for the winter? Many people keep their plants year around, but it takes some special

Preparing Your Lawn Equipment For Winter

What Am I Forgetting? Now that November is here, you can finally relax and take a break from diligently working on your Denver landscaped property. We’ve already had a little snow and some freezing

Spot the Coastal Trend – NEW Video!

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Watering Trees After Frost

Tree Care in the Late Fall At this point in the year, most people in Colorado have already blown out their sprinkler system in preparation for the winter months. Depending on the amount of moisture yo

Fall Landscape Lighting Ideas for the Holidays

Reasons For Outdoor Lighting This time of year, darkness is winning the battle between day and night. We lose two minutes of daylight every day during the fall season and by the winter solstice, we on

Tips for Building an Outdoor Fire Feature

Where to Locate Your Fire Pit Once the sun goes down along the Front Range of Colorado, the temperature drops quickly. If you are like me, you’re not ready to give up enjoying your backyard and out

Security Lighting Tips For The Home

A security lighting system is a great deterrent. It illuminates the intruder, exposing them to vulnerability. While it is no guarantee to preventing criminal activity, crimes will be far less likely w

October Outdoor Projects – From Soil To Sprinklers

First Freeze Is Coming Soon The month of October in Colorado brings about thoughts of changing weather, raking leaves, and preparing for the holiday season. The idea of wintering your yard, even thoug

Fighting Fall Allergies Against Ragweed

What Is Making Me Sneeze? You would think that since most blooms have faded and plants are going dormant, that there wouldn’t be as many allergens floating through the air. Wrong! Experiencing itchy

Controlling Wasps In The Fall

This time of year wasps and bees are very active in Colorado, almost to the point of becoming a nuisance. They are attracted to water, flowering plants, and especially my doorway! As the nights are ge

Office Lighting Tips For An Efficient Workplace

Guest post by Arthur Smith of | September 22nd, 2017 The best way for any company or organization to improve their overall performance is to improve the work conditions for their employ

Your Ultimate Ceiling Fan Guide

By Clarissa Allison | May 27th, 2016 Choosing The Perfect Ceiling Fan Before purchasing a new ceiling fan, there are several factors to consider in order to ensure it will be the right fit for your ho

Directional Spot Lighting

By Clarissa Allison | February 26th, 2016 By now you’re aware that lighting sets the tone for any space it inhabits. Dimension can be added depending on the direction  and color temperature of spot

Make Nursery Lighting Functional And Fun

By Clarissa Allison | May 15th, 2015 When you prepare for a new baby, it’s easy to become too preoccupied in making the nursery aesthetically pleasing. As you get to know what your little one needs

How to Pull Off the Edison Bulb Trend

By Contributing Writer Clarissa Caouette for | August 4th, 2017 The vintage look of the Edison bulb is all the rage right now. With the orange, candle-like glow these bulbs cast and thei

Common Lighting Terms Explained

By Clarissa Allison | September 18th, 2015 Shopping for new lighting fixtures for your home or business can be exciting. Most of us are preoccupied with thoughts of how the lighting fixtures will perf

Striking Lighting Under $150

By Clarissa Allison | July 14th, 2017 These days the potential we have to personalize our spaces is almost a competitive sport, and there are endless options illuminating our screens as we scroll thro

Transform Your Space With These 5 Pendant Lights

By Clarissa Allison | July 7th, 2017 Redecorating the home can seem like a daunting project to undertake. If you’re on a budget like many of us, the search for items that are functional, economical,

Solar Lighting – The Green Solution!

  By Clarissa Allison | August 28th, 2015 If you are a homeowner considering outdoor lighting, then you have probably heard about solar landscape lighting. In addition to being environmentally frie


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