Steel utility boxes from the hardware store make sleek, modern pots. Choose a range of shapes and sizes. Turn so that the side with holes is at the bottom, and plant with low-growing succulents, such as Echeveria 'Black Prince' (left) and Sempervivum; top with gravel. (We used no. 2 grade grit.) For an exotic centerpiece, arrange several in a tray filled with grit.
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Four divided trays, painted orange, become a layered jewelry organizer. Two trays lie flat along the drawer bottom. The remaining two, joined with wood glue, form the top shelf; it is elevated by strips of 1-inch square molding affixed to the inner sides of the drawer.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2009
Located stateside in the charming town of Washington, Connecticut, is a true gardening wonder: a quintessentially English garden.
Hollister House Garden, named after the 1760 house around which it is built, was created by art and antiques dealer George Schoellkopf in the manner of such famous English landscapes as Sissinghurst and Great Dixter: formal in its structure, yet rather wild in its style of planting.
For more information, visit hollisterhousegarden.org.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, May 2010
Formal but not at all fussy, ivy topiaries are living decorations that appeal to just about everybody. Andrew Beckman, gardening editorial director for Martha Stewart Living, showed how to assemble one on "The Martha Stewart Show."
For step-by-step instructions, see our Ivy Topiaries How-To.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, December 2009
Paperwhites are a favorite for the season -- until they grow too tall and flop to one side. To rein them in, root the bulbs in gravel with a solution of 1 part rubbing alcohol and 10 parts water. They'll stop growing at about two-thirds their usual height.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2007
If your upholstery has an unpleasant odor, fluff it up and air it out, or have it professionally cleaned (ask for a "chemical-free" treatment).
Before allowing pets on your furniture, cover it with towels. Change and wash the towels frequently.
SourceHealthy Home 2008, Spring 2008
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