A Garden Tour of My Property. It might be Spring, but You should be thinking Winter Interest when Planning your Garden

Evergreens provide Year-Round interest in the Garden, Plant them First

Evergreens provide Year-Round interest in the Garden, Plant them First

After getting over a Winter here in upstate New York that was snowier and colder than recent years past, everyone I know is soo glad it’s finally getting warmer and signs of Spring are showing up. All the garden folk that I’ve come across just can’t wait to be outside to start the preparation for the growing season soon to come.

It is still much too early to plant annuals, and perennials are just starting to show signs of coming back to life, but when the ground has warmed up and dried out a bit more, evergreens and deciduous bushes and trees can be planted in the garden.

When a person is thinking about gardening, especially here in the north-east, they should not just put attention onto annuals or perennials that are seen for 5 or 6 months a year, but think about evergreens in the garden and around their property that provide something to look at 365 days a year.

Here at Whimsey Hill House, I’ve put a lot of thought into placing all different shapes, sizes, colors and heights of evergreens and deciduous bushes and trees on my property so I have something to look at, out through every window in my house, or while outdoors, during the coldest and darkest days of Winter when nothing is growing. This post is a garden tour of my property, right after the beginning of the Spring cleanup, which shows how I’ve placed evergreens on my land. The evergreens are the stars of my garden from November until almost May, but as perennials start to emerge and annuals are added to the garden beds, they have a way of stepping back and going from star to supporting cast. Continue reading

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The color BLUE, the Next Decorating Trend

Move Over Radiant Orchid, BLUE is Easier to Decorate with!

Move Over Radiant Orchid, BLUE is Easier to Decorate with!

Recently I was looking through all the different “shelter” magazines at my local super market, and I think I spotted what might be the next interior decorating trend. Every magazine I picked up had the color BLUE, as either the predominate color shown on the cover of the magazine, or BLUE was a focal point / major factor in one of the homes featured in that month’s issue. Continue reading

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Picking Paint Colors for a Small House, Condominium or Apartment

Neutral Paint Colors can Trick the Eye into thinking Your Home is Larger than it really is.

Neutral Paint Colors can Trick the Eye into thinking Your Home is Larger than it really is.

Buying your first home, or moving into your first apartment should be a fun and exciting period in your life. One of the first things that you will most likely want to do is pick new paint colors, and change the colors of the rooms so they say you. Even the slightest color change, because you choose it, makes all the difference psychologically. (If renting contact your landlord to see if changing paint colors is OK).

Picking paint colors for a small place or open concept spaces is really quite simple. You want to pick colors that make the spaces look airy and larger than they probably are, by tricking the eye into thinking there is more space in your new place than there really is. Continue reading

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Today Fred Gonsowski Garden Home.com reached the point of having 500,000 Page Views/Articles Read

img351 img358Today February 21, 2014 at 8:01PM, Fred Gonsowski Garden Home.com reached another milestone; having had 500,015 page views/ articles read. When I first started this blog in October of 2010, I had no idea or premonition of ever getting to this point. The reason I started this blog was not that I liked or wanted to write, but to let out a lot of things about decorating and gardening that I had inside of me, and not that many places to apply.

For my followers and casual readers who don’t know about it, WordPress is how I get an article, drawings, and sometimes photos from my home in upstate New York out onto the internet for you to find. WordPress is kind of like a middleman that I upload articles to, and through them they end up on the internet / domain. WordPress is quite a remarkable entity. They do all the counting of articles read by my readers, and provide me daily with the numbers and even countries across the world where readers came in from. Continue reading

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How to Pick the Perfect GRAY PAINT…. A Popular Color choice of the Moment

The color Gray, one of the most popular interior decorating trends of the moment, you see it on everything from paint, fabric, carpeting and on painted wood furniture.

The color Gray, one of the most popular interior decorating trends of the moment, you see it on everything from paint, fabric, carpeting and on painted wood furniture.

If you look through interior decorating magazines, go to show houses, or even watch reality shows on TV, you will see gray interiors everywhere. Gray, be it light and silvery or dark and slate toned has taken the place of the colors gold, red and green which for years were used constantly. I think with the national obsession for all things that look Pottery Barn, gray has become the perfect new neutral color for a person who wants something different from the classic colors of the past.

Looking at the different colors of gray.. Continue reading

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Arranging Furniture in a 12 foot wide by 24 foot long Living Room

Some ideas for arranging furniture in a long and narrow living room with many entrance doors, archways and windows

Some ideas for arranging furniture in a long and narrow living room with many entrance doors, arch ways and windows

If you possibly are the inhabitant of a row house or town house that was built somewhere around 1890, you could now have a living room that measures about 12 feet wide by 24 feet long. Your living room, back in the day, most likely started out as two 12 foot by 12 foot rooms. One of the rooms was a formal parlor and the other one was a living room. Those two spaces were probably once divided by a non-load bearing wall with pocket doors, or there was an archway. In one or both of the rooms could have been, or still is a wooden or marble mantelpiece, which is a decorative non-working fireplace. I have found that many of my readers have rooms like that which also have many doors and windows cutting up the wall spaces, which makes it a challenge arranging furniture. For this post I’ve come up with 12 possible ways of arranging furniture in the space, and I hope one or more of them you can apply to your home. Continue reading

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A look at the Hand Painted Doors here in my House

Hand Painted Trompe l'oeil Doors add visual interest to my Home

Hand Painted Trompe l’oeil Doors add visual interest to my Home

I love my house, but don’t love the hollow core doors that came with it. I live in a 1950’s split level styled house that has big spacious rooms, tons of natural light that streams in through many large windows, and my house has a combination of both cozy and airy spaces. The 1950’s were also a time when builders of mid-century modern styled buildings were into minimal ornamentation when it came to things like kitchen cabinets, woodwork, crown molding, fireplace mantels, and both interior and exterior door styles.

Over the years, here at Whimsey Hill House, I’ve come to realize that my soul needs craves details, ornamentation and color to feel more at peace. Continue reading

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