Laura Lambert

7 Landscaping Mistakes Professional Landscapers See All the Time
Here are seven errors that really stick out for three Los Angeles-area landscape designers and architects.
Jan 15, 2020
40 Home Projects to Remember to Do, And When to Do Them
There are smaller things we know to do—clear the lint tray, clean the disposal weekly, scrub down the inside of the fridge—but what about all the big stuff, the kind you don’t see every day?
Sep 30, 2019
9 IKEA Hacks for Your Entryway You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner
Because we ask a lot of our entryways.
Sep 23, 2019
3 Landscaping Projects Experts Recommend Doing Before It Gets Cold
To the uninitiated, fall might seem like downtime for your yard or garden—just rake the leaves and keep mowing until the snow comes. But it’s actually high season for landscaping-related projects.
Sep 13, 2019
This Inexpensive Material Is Your Key to a Stylish Decor Hack
The half-moon dowel is more or less having a moment.
Sep 12, 2019
8 Cult-Favorite Home Items from Costco
Come for the $4.99 rotisserie chicken; leave with a cart full of home goods you didn’t know you needed—and which you now can’t live without. At least, that’s the way most of the Costco members I asked feel about certain cult-faves. What’s interesting to me is that, with rare exception, it’s not the name-brand that matters.
May 23, 2019
We Still Haven’t Recovered from These Popular Trends That Went Way Too Far
It’s a simple truth: The eye tires of seeing the same thing over and over. That’s why trends come and go—first, a detail, color, shape, or form feels fresh and new because you’ve never seen it before. Then you’re seeing it at the mall and your aunt’s house, and finally, like with skinny jeans, you’re just… done. It’s a natural evolution, sure.
May 17, 2019
The (Free) Tool Renting Option You’re Not Using
Maybe you need a power snake to clear your drains after a heavy rain. Or a weed whacker in early spring. There’s always that one tool you need desperately for one job, but it isn’t anything you’d really want to buy—or worse, store. If you’re lucky, you know someone who knows someone who might lend you a tool for a weekend. But in our wondrous sharing economy, there’s another solution: tool libraries.
May 15, 2019
Here Are the Home Trends Reddit Thinks You’ll Regret
Ah, Reddit. You can always be trusted for unfiltered opinions (and a lot of snark). When Redditor tomandjerry0 posted a question about the home trends we’ll regret in 20 years in the ever-popular r/HomeImprovement subreddit, some 2,400 posts came in fast and furious. Setting aside the topic of PEX, some consistent themes and hot topics emerged. (Shiplap, for one, still had enough defenders that it didn’t quite make the list).Another DIY that should be a DIY-don’t?
May 12, 2019
We Rated the Top 10 Houses From HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’
After 79 episodes of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper,’ we’ve seen a lot of what Chip and Joanna Gaines have to offer. Typically: a big, open-concept floor plan; a kitchen island; exposed brick and beams; barn doors… and shiplap. Lots of shiplap. The transformations make for good TV, but a few homes truly stand out.
Apr 30, 2019
These Wall Murals Require Zero Artistic Skill
Mural, mural, on the wall Who is the fairest of them all?Answering that question right now is a tough challenge. Fantastic, design-forward murals are all over the interwebs—and the right one can seriously elevate your space. Plus, retailers are working directly with independent artists to create affordable, large-scale murals. That’s a nice bonus for us wall-art size queens who lack the means to buy originals.Even better: Modern murals are easy to apply and even easier to take down.
Apr 11, 2019
Here’s the Truth About Those Fancy Pot Fillers
I remember my first time—seeing a pot filler, that is. A couple years back, I walked into the freshly remodeled kitchen of a friend, who also happens to be an incredible interior designer. It had all the drool-worthy bells and whistles: the butcher block-topped island, a gorgeous marble backsplash, ceiling-height custom cabinets, and a breakfast nook with statement lighting. And a pot filler.What is that for? I asked.
Apr 10, 2019