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An Aerie Of An Oasis

“Labor of love” is an oft over-used term, but no other phrase will do to describe a Columbia couple’s elegant 21st-century reimagining of a majestic 1980s home. “We put our heart and soul into recreating this space. It is a beautiful…

Grow-How!

5 Podcasts Download or subscribe to these free podcasts. A Way To Garden With Margaret Roach One of America’s best-known garden writers, Margaret Roach shares organic gardening, garden-to-table cooking and nature topics on this show…

Water Features 101

Water features have taken off in popularity within the last eight years as more homeowners have decided to stay put and enhance existing homes by creating their own beautiful, natural retreats, say Anne and Josiah Crousore, the…

Grow Native

You’ve probably driven or walked past a neighborhood or subdivision and thought, “Whatever were those homeowners thinking?!” The yard seems riddled with rangy plants sprouting sporadically in no apparent pattern, giving off an unkempt…

Wall Covering Comeback

Wall coverings have been making a comeback ever since the 2008 recession, but their popularity has really popped within the last year, says Vicki Wren-Eultgen, interior design consultant with Johnston Paint & Decorating. Wren-Eultgen…

History Lesson

It’s always a conundrum: how to honor the original bones of a historic home while ensuring the redesigned spaces meet the expectations of a 21st-century family. This give-and-take is playing out beautifully in the three-story Colonial…

‘ELEMENTS-ARY’

Anne K. Moore, owner and president of D&M Sound, offers advice on planning and buying a backyard sound system that best meets your needs. Homeowners want the same flexibility many enjoy indoors — zoned entertaining that offers the…

Garden Glamour

Add character and make a statement with these gardening trends and pieces that will make your garden grow into every bit as much a destination living space as your artful interior. Hanging Gardens These vertically mounted botanicals may…

The Mighty Acorn

Before most of us start digging in flowerbeds and garden boxes at our homes, farmers are busy reviewing records from the previous year, attending regional grower conferences, ordering seeds, and preparing beds to plant. Columbia Farmers…

A More Perfect Union

Last year, we shared progress on the renovation of a stately Old Southwest home tucked into the woods that abut the MKT Trail. The yearlong project, completed in January, surpasses everything the preservation-minded homeowners hoped it…

Great Neighborhoods

Columbia boasts 82 neighborhoods and more than 70 homeowners associations. Not every city block falls into these organized boundaries, and there is some overlap between the two. But there is one universal, says Bill Cantin, Neighborhood…

A Handcrafted Holiday

 PHOTOS: L.G. PATTERSON Some of the most cherished handcrafted holiday treasures are made out of construction paper and pipe cleaners, and there's nothing sweeter than an ornament constructed by a preschooler. But when the occasion…

Saving The Tomato

In the 20th century, victory gardens were an effort in a homestead campaign for wartime success. For the Victory Gardeners, the trio of Laura Flacks-Narrol, Curtis Hess and Jordan Casey, the victory gardens are now a hometown effort in a…

Down the Garden Path

L.G. PATTERSON It’s high summer and life is beautiful — especially in a 5-acre paradise just off West Broadway. For the past 40 years, Columbians have found respite in Shelter Gardens, a botanical oasis nurtured by its corporate owner in…

The Salads of Summer

BY SCOTT PATRICK MYERS PHOTOGRAPHY Take advantage of abundant, fresh, seasonal produce at its most delicious and nutritious this summer. When recipes are this colorful and tempting, it’s easy to fill your diet with low-calorie,…

The Rose Zone

Roses have been cherished for their scent and beauty for centuries, and they can become the centerpiece of your garden. Columbians interested in growing roses should pick varieties that do well in USDA planting zone 6a. Another thing to…

Breakin’ It Down

There’s no denying that composting is great for both the garden and the environment, but how does a person get started? Steve Callis, a master composter and volunteer compost educator, strongly recommends attending one of the free…

Help Your Outside Match Your Inside

Not too many decades ago, the humble picnic table was the epitome of outdoor furniture. But those days are long gone. “Outdoor dining has always been around, but now it’s more about options and seating,” says Jerome Rackers, owner of…

20th Century Renovation

The stately home at the end of Westmount saw a city blossom all around her, but as Columbia grew and thrived, the home eventually was vacated and left standing empty for more than a decade. It was built in 1931 by a dentist named Clifton…

Man Cave Must-Haves

In 2012, Merriam-Webster added the term “man cave” to its dictionary. The definition is listed as “a room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for…