Can Desert Roses Recover From Frost?

Grown for its intriguing trunk form and branching habit, in addition to because of its showy pink to crimson flowers, desert rose (Adenium obesum) is native to Africa. It rises at U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10a through 12. Desert rose is damaged by temperatures below 35 degrees Fahrenheit but above 32 F, [...]

Modern Architecture Brings Fall Color Home

In many regions of the Earth, autumn is signaled by leaves changing color before they fall to the floor. Greens give way to reds, oranges and yellows, which makes the passage of time noticeable and beautiful. These autumnal colors may also be inspiration for a house’s outside, as the illustrations reveal. Within their embrace of [...]

A Manhattan Studio Gets a Bright Future

This Manhattan mat welcomes you with bright yellow walls and a good deal of natural light streaming from windows that are adjoining. But the compact area did not necessarily have such a joyous disposition. In the house’s previous life, guests walked into a studio filled with a hodgepodge of walnut furniture and first saw… a [...]

If Desired Composers Designed Homes

My studio has to be full of music when I’m sitting at my drawing table. Nothing beats drawing and designing into the sounds of music. Even though some may listen to rockothers to blues and others to country, I discover that classical music is exactly what I work best to. The music of Mozart, Bach, [...]

3 Fragrant Storage Spots

A space that’s maximized effectively is a work of art, and people that are in a position to do it with ease are what I like to call “spatial artists.” For many folks, this gift comes naturally. But for people who find it more of a battle, don’t worry — there are tons of tried-and-true [...]

Designer Sketch: Jean Dufresne

Jean Dufresne of SPACE Architects + Planners at Chicago knew he wanted to become an architect if he was only a child, begging his mother to go to open houses in his area. A love for building homes has certainly been there since the beginning, but more importantly, he loathed the long-lasting impact his layouts [...]