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  • Petite Plantings: Container Gardens
    Requiring minimal maintenance in full sun it contrasts nicely with almost any other plant or flower Golden Hakone Grass Providing beautiful gold foliage from April through October this perennial will return to your container year after year It s ideal for shady areas Golden Creeping Jenny Another perennial this eye catching gold toned plant drapes beautifully cascading over the sides of a container It s easy to grow but needs to be watered frequently during hot summer months Calamint A member of the mint family calamint s tiny white flowers are often mistaken for baby s breath The big difference The smell of mint Simply walking by this plant one gets a waft of a pleasant minty scent says Cording Bees love calamint he warns so plant it in a container away from any sitting area Recommended Reading Past is Present A Historic Find Made Modern Rozanne Geranium This perennial is a champion in containers Cording says Its pretty blue purple flowers start blooming in late May and continue nonstop until early August The plant will mound up in a container as well as cascade over the sides he says It s a real knockout Southern Comfort Coral Bells This attractive blend of peach amber and purple foliage lasts literally year round even surviving frost During summer months pretty white flowers bloom above the leaves Lemongrass A genus of some 45 species of tall grasses lemongrass is used to make citronella oil Plant it generously anywhere because it wards off mosquitoes Click to enlarge images Angelina Sedum Rozanne Geranium Daylilies and autumn bride coral bells fill an antique pot A collection of pots filled with seasonal flowers and plants Read more Home Garden Jersey Living articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to

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  • Greys' Garden: Planting a New Life
    Together the couple started attending plant auctions It became what we did on weekends she says Often they came home with 30 shrubs in their pickup truck Ruthann joined gardening clubs and horticulture societies keen to network with other members to learn more When not researching the couple worked tirelessly With Daine as her right hand man Ruthann dug and carted and planted Every single shrub bush and flower all the grasses we brought it in everything except the property s many old trees she says The couple used their pick up to haul in load after load of stones We dug the pathways edged the pathways put the plastic down and shoveled the stones in the pathways she says The garden developed slowly with mistakes along the way I m sure that a third of what I planted died Ruthann says The first season deer ate every single azalea That fall Daine a college professor who enjoys woodworking built a fence around the 4½ acre perimeter then another fence around each individual garden If you want a lush garden in Hunterdon County you really need to fence it in Ruthann says She eventually discovered hellebores a hosta like plant that deer won t eat She planted hundreds of them Recommended Reading Red Ripe and Ready The New Jersey Tomato Ruthann also learned that creating her own soil makes a big difference Mixing native soil with sand and peat moss and in subsequent years compost she put down rich fertile beds With the compost I don t need much fertilizer she says Daine meanwhile dug trenches and put in underground pipes that lead to eight separate sprinkler stations scattered around the yard He also built the sheds and garden archways Whatever she wants built he says I build Ruthann says it requires about 10 years to achieve a mature lush garden with wonderful plants and flowers It takes patience she says It took me years to understand how the sun came into the garden Even now Ruthann is still learning and enjoying every minute I actually work out here every single day March to November she says I m very happy with the solitude and the peace part of it Says Daine I would not be exaggerating if I say that when I leave for work in the morning Ruthann is outside When I come home she is still outside The Greys often marvel at the change in their lives We were all about museums and jazz clubs We were very oriented to the city Daine says Then we made the decision to come to the country I think that stepping out of our comfort zone has been the most enriching experience of our lives Country living also gets the thumbs up from Ruthann and Daine s six grandkids It s such a pleasure to have the grandkids visit says Ruthann It s been a powerful transition adds Daine I have a wider perspective of what people can do It

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  • A Healthy Obsession: Homegrown Food Makes a House a Home
    started thinking about getting a larger place In fact they had their eyes on a 3 ½ acre property just half a mile from their home When it became available in 2005 they bought it The spread had once housed a grist mill The main house circa 1735 was originally known as the Davidson Mill House With the exception of a Greek Revival addition in the 1810s the original farmhouse was largely intact Though well taken care of it needed renovation The pair had the old floors and joists replaced and reclaimed barn wood floors installed all while preserving the integrity of the historic structure The grounds had been perfectly groomed and maintained by the previous owners avid gardeners who primarily planted flowers Hoffman s first priority was to begin converting the garden from flowers to food Recommended Reading Paul Hobb Wine Dinner and Tasting The first thing we did was add the vegetable garden she says Then we added fruits Now we re adding nuts like hazelnuts Two acres are now cultivated yielding such crops as raspberries strawberries blackberries rhubarb asparagus onions a variety of lettuces and herbs and much more Hoffman puts in countless hours each season wielding spade and hoe First it s for food then it s native ornamental then it s ornamental non native such as perennials then it s annuals This garden is not just for show SPREADING THE WORD Hoffman doesn t obsess about food just for her own benefit One or two days a week she volunteers as a chef at Elijah s Promise a New Brunswick based soup kitchen and culinary school that endeavors to serve only healthy unprocessed freshly prepared meals There are a bunch of us who changed the culture there from saying poor people will eat anything to saying we all should eat healthy food she says I m absolutely passionate about it Hoffman also teaches classes through the organization My specialty is whole foods and vegetarian cooking she says I believe in farm to table eating New Jersey Monthly honored Hoffman for her volunteerism at Elijah s Promise with a 2012 Seeds of Hope Award When not gardening cooking or teaching Hoffman spends the majority of her time creating custom tiles in her studio formerly the grist mill s barn She named the business Sacred Tile she says to evoke the sensibility not just in her tile work but in all her endeavors The common qualities she says are care and attentiveness respect generosity and love She draws a tactile parallel between food baking and creating tiles A lot of the functions are similar she says citing the rolling of dough and clay the glazing of surfaces the magical transformation effected by firing in an oven Hoffman displays some of her favorite tiles around the house and the two art forms join on the face of the custom built wood fired outdoor pizza oven One of Hoffman s specialties she often cooks for friends is fresh grilled

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  • Peony's Envy in Bernardsville
    2 000 tree peonies are the first to open in early May Then the herbaceous coral petals bloom followed by the pink white and magenta varieties of yesteryear The garden continues to blossom into the second week of June when new intersectional hybrids put on their show I especially love peonies because of their resilience deer resistance and beauty says Gagan a linguist and international corporate communications consultant turned farmer Peonies are an old flower with a strong legacy Some hybrids from the 1600s and 1700s are still the standard bearers having been divided shared and passed on for generations She adds When I was young I had the privilege of gardening with my grandmother It was serious business I was only three years old but I vividly recall picking raspberries spotting my first hummingbird and watching ants crawl upon the peonies Today my grandmother s decades old peony tubers reside in my own garden and they are so special to me Recommended Reading Anthropologie Early Spring Picks Since weather dictates the schedule the garden sometimes opens or closes earlier than planned so it s smart to check before heading to the farm Gagan advises signing up on their website for weekly messaging that describes exactly what s unfolding Garden access is 5 per person and visitors may purchase potted peonies and cut flowers from the nursery Click to enlarge images The 7 acre Bernardsville garden is open to the public Farmer Kathleen Gagan cultivates peonies aplenty Read more Style Shopping articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange

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  • Soothing Spaces: Home Meditation Rooms
    the fabrics and textures says Nally In the yoga room bookshelves were kept bare Someone came in a highly regarded figure in the world of yoga and she suggested to have the room as bare as possible to heighten the experience O Shea says She pointed to the books and said they would be a distraction She wanted the space to be clean O Shea couldn t be happier with the makeover While she continues to teach Kundalini yoga at Ma Yoga and Meditation in Mahwah her home is her personal practice space And she isn t the only one who uses the yoga area My husband uses it and two of my four children do she says I hope my children take this with them Recommended Reading Court Street School Fortified Students for Anything My experience in this space is it really supports strengthens and nurtures my practice I feel like I m going into a different world I can move into that meditative mind effortlessly because of this space she says It really enriches my experience Lighten Up Mare Insabella admits she was in a dark place so dark that the bedroom she shares with partner Denise Petrizzo in their Holmdel home had full length blackout drapes covering every window the furniture was hefty and masculine and everything in the room was dark brown I was definitely not going through a bright period Insabella laughs now It was a cocoon for me It was Petrizzo who had the idea of creating a meditation room in an unused space adjacent to the bedroom to help Insabella get out of her funk Fortunately for the pair Insabella s cousin is interior designer Beth Insabella Walsh who immediately knew what to do The space was so cave like and everything was so massive says Walsh I wanted it to be more feminine and to lighten it up To transform the space into a light filled bedroom and meditation room Walsh focused on an all white palette with a mix of textures At first glance it may seem monochromatic and flat it s actually anything but The space is soft and glittery and stone and cowhide all in creams and whites says Walsh Walsh brightened the bedroom by upholstering walls in white vinyl hanging flowing white silk draperies and adding all white furnishings The meditation room is a soothing mix of tones A single wall is covered in a sparkly mother of pearl mosaic wallcovering A chaise for two in butterscotch colored faux leather sits aside a petrified wood side table and a cowhide rug adds warmth The two sided fireplace adds ambience while a water feature is a source of tranquility Everything sits fairly low to the ground encouraging occupants to take a seat cross legged on the floor atop a silk pillow facing Buddha Insabella now meditates in the room daily a form of Buddhism she explains which is a practice of looking within It s about connecting with yourself

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  • New Jersey Residents Install Spectacular Wine Cellars To Accommodate Rising Consumption In The State
    s like a pool Some buyers want one and others do not says Christine Haley a Realtor with Ocean Pointe Realtors in Sea Girt It will add value in that it s a quality amenity but ultimately a wine cellar should be installed for personal enjoyment It absolutely adds value to a house says Dahl but most importantly a wine cellar adds value to day to day life Red White and Cool Curt Dahl of Joseph Curtis Custom Wine Cellars 908 337 2204 josephandcurtis com offers these tips for starting a collection and storing wine Identify your wine drinking patterns Are you buying wine that you re going to drink in the next two to three months If so you don t really need a cooling system he says Wine racks work fine and are available in a plethora of shapes styles and prices On the other hand if you re exploring complex vintages and want to wait and drink the wine when it s ready start off with a small cellar or even a wine fridge Many under counter wine refrigerators fit in the space of a dishwasher and hold 50 some bottles for about 800 Recommended Reading Exclusive Inside Bridgegate What s your space situation and how many bottles do you want to store Dahl and Kline have built cellars in a china closet under a staircase in a home office and more They ve built them for as few as 100 bottles and as many as 100 000 bottles My wife recently said We don t use the living room let s make it a wine cellar So we re slowly putting it together says Dahl It ll be a cross between a wine cellar and a tasting room a destination spot for people to sit drink and relax Hire a professional to do it right Yes you can buy a wine cellar kit online but it still needs to be installed correctly Proper insulation is the single most important feature of a wine cellar says Dahl It s not air conditioning it s refrigeration What s behind the walls is really important Proper temperature is also important You should cool the whites and the reds Most people drink whites too cold and reds too warm Dahl says He suggests the reds be stored at 60 degrees and the whites at 55 degrees If space doesn t allow for separate zones set the temperature at 60 degrees and put the whites on the bottom racks since cold air sinks Resources Architect John Lederer AIA Lederer Wright Partnership Bay Head 732 892 0020 Builder designer Joseph Curtis Custom Wine Cellars Watchung 908 337 2204 Builder designer Robert Klaus Freehold 732 625 8188 Builder designer Cellars this page Joseph Curtis Custom Wine Cellars For more information here are a few websites we found helpful Wineinstitute org Wineenthusiast com Wineracksamerica com Winecellarinnovations com Vintagecellars com Click here to return to the Jersey Wine landing page Click to enlarge images Wine

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  • Bathing Beauties: Three Outstanding Bathrooms
    preteen She s not a girly girl says Capodieci Quinn She s sporty and energetic Our goal was to make the space fit her personality Located in a turreted wing of a stately Wyckoff home the bathroom had fine architectural details but not the desired oomph when Capodieci Quinn signed on The owners had built the home five years earlier creating a sprawling bathroom for their youngest child the only girl among four siblings They designed her a spacious bath with a separate shower and a soaking tub as well as a closed off toilet closet A bank of cabinets provided more than ample storage below and a broad countertop above Large windows faced east letting in morning light But while the owners paid attention to details like moldings columns and stained glass windows they did little to make all those features pop In fact the entire room was painted pale blue All the architectural details were there Capodieci Quinn says but it lacked character It wasn t very exciting She changed that Photos by Jeffrey Totaro For starters Capodieci Quinn developed a vibrant palette of bustling blues and greens with pops of vivid orange using three different shades from Benjamin Moore Once painted she brought in other accents including colorful hardware for the existing cabinets and custom shades for the original sconces She painted and reupholstered the vanity bench and selected bright color coordinated towels The result is a fun effervescent room fit for a fun effervescent kid Recommended Reading Setting Priorities Restoration Tips Though perfect for the preteen the look will keep its charm for years to come Plenty of open counter space provides room for the trappings of any teenage girl This space will grow with her Capodieci Quinn says Puckishly she adds Eventually it can maybe be for someone else A new coat of paint she jokes could make it the perfect mother in law suite High Class in Hoboken Photo by Peter Kubilus Historic Preservation Renovating a 100 year old home presented challenges for designer Robert Jenny such as refurbishing the plaster crown moldings and restoring the stained glass windows It s an urban example of old meets new The owners of this historic three story brownstone in Hoboken busy executives who divide their time between New Jersey and Miami appreciate the character of the century old home but wanted an up to date bath reflecting their love for contemporary design Determined to retain the brownstone s exposed brick walls original beams and fireplaces and in the master bath the original stained glass windows they hired designer Robert Jenny whose design build firm pulled it all together with panache These are adventurous clients willing to mix old with new says Jenny The gut renovation involved literally every room in the home including a repurposed third floor master bath a space that had previously been a bedroom We added modern touches but returned the space to its historic roots Jenny says The room was ideal to

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  • Home Brew! Coffee Products for Your Kitchen - New Jersey Monthly
    at Williams Sonoma stores Courtesy of the manufacturer Whip It Good Use these mini frothers to foam milk for any café style beverage 8 97 for a set of three at World Market in Livingston 973 533 7439 Courtesy of the manufacturer Vivé la France A cute as you please French press in one of Bodum s candy colors offers a cheery lift before the brew is even ready to sip 21 99 at wayfair com Courtesy of the manufacturer For the Beans The Hario ceramic crank mill produces course fine or extra fine grinds A cork top seals it for storage 65 at Sur La Table in Wayne 973 812 0281 Courtesy of the manufacturer Lick Your Habit Leccare Lollipop s coffee inspired flavors will satisfy your yen sans the caffeine 14 for 12 at leccarelollipops com Courtesy of the manufacturer Caffeine O Meter Track your caffeine consumption with the free UP Coffee smartphone app which tells you how much of your caffeine intake has been metabolized and when you can get some shut eye Read more Style Shopping articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium Augusta Feb 05 Feb 28 The Beach Boys Morristown Feb

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