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Archive for April, 2012

Indoor Outdoor Interior Design Trends Spring 2012

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

It’s spring and time to spruce up your outdoor environment.  A big fan of front yard edible gardens,  I consider them the most important design project you’ll take on this season.

You really don’t need a lot of space to create a front yard garden.  Here’s mine, next to the driveway to my garage.I’ve managed to include figs, butter lettuce, red oak lettuce, beets, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, kale, rosemary, parsley, zucchini, thyme, mint, lavender and sage in this tiny space.

These are my beets, these are my beets.  (Wasn’t that a rap song from the early 90s?)

Planted about 60 days ago, they’re almost ready to be roasted.

Delicious butter leaf sprouts.  The trick with lettuce is to plant a lot of it, week after week through April.

That way you have ingredients for fresh salad all summer long.

Red Oak  Lettuce ready for dinner tonight.

Start seedlings, like these tomatoes, inside.  Plant outside after two weeks.

Yellow Flowers will soon turn into gorgeous, red, tasty tomatoes.

This will be the  first tomatoe to my plate this season.

Snails and slugs love to eat cantaloupe and cucumbers, so either use an organic slug repellant orwatch your seedlings disappear.

Kale tastes great when it’s fresh- I swear!

 

Eggplant is a little hard to get started. I started mine inside for a few weeks, in eggcartons.

But if it makes it to a full grown vegetable, it’s delightful when it’s fresh.

Figs should be ripe in August and then it’s on…. JAM time!

Squash is easy, it basically grows itself.  Not only is it yummy, the pretty yellow vegetables look gorgeous in your summer kitchen.

Mint Lori Dennis Front Yard Edible Garden

My grandmother had huge mint patches when I was a kid. Everytime I walk by mint, it makes me think of her and smile. I make mint tea almost every night.

We use a lot of parsley at our house, so we’re constantly putting new seeds in the ground.

 

 

In Southern California rosemary, thyme and oregano grow year round and come back yearafter year.  These three plants started 5 years ago as a 6″ potted  trio from Trader Joes.Rosemary, salt and pepper are great on roasted potatoes and chicken, so is thyme.Meat sauce is heavenly with fresh oregano.

Compost Lori Dennis Front Yard Edible Garden

My compost bin, right in the front yard.  Wonder what’s growing in there?

Lemons Lori Dennis Front Yard Edible Garden

The lemons start in February and go through until July. I miss them when they’re gone.

Fresh orange juice is on the menu everyday at my house.

So if I’ve peaked your interest at all, please find a little spot, even a small potted garden if you’re in a condo or apartment, and try out your  gardening skills.

It’s pretty easy, tons of fun and good for you!

Plus, front yard, edible gardens have more benefits than just delicious tasting, fresh food.  They incourage you to get outside, getting crucial things like fresh air and vitamin D production from sunlight. You exercise your mind and body while tending to it.  It keeps you social, as folks love to stop by and discuss what you’re growing. Your friends will love receiving bags of fresh produce from your garden. Finally at $1.25 a piece for a medium sized organic tomatoe, you will save a fortune on produce the entire summer.

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Advice From Margaret Russell Editor In Chief Of Architectural Digest

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Like Margaret Russell, I attend a lot of events where cameras are constantly clicking.  At a highpoint party following my book signing, I asked Margaret, “how do you keep track of what you wear and what was photographed?”  She smiled and answered, “now you know why I always wear black dresses.”  I must confess,  I love color too much to go all black, all the time.  But then again, Margaret has had quite a few more photographs taken than I, and I may have to follow her advice in the future.

Interior Designer Lori Dennis (with Elle) and Mariel Hemmingway at Green Interior Design Book Signing

 

ASID Past Presidents Jean Pinto, Victoria Reitz and Lori Dennis at Green Interior Design Book Signing

 

Lori Dennis and Tracy Murdock with Sara Plaisted at Green Interior Design Book Signing

Influential Women in Design Interior Designer Lori Dennis

 

ASID Interior Designers Lori Dennis and Kim Lukasik at Barclay Butera Interior Design

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis and Barclay Butera Interior Design

 

Marta McKay and Interior Designer Lori Dennis at Barclay Butera Interior Design

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis and Legendary Hutton Wilkson at DawnridgeI

 

Los Angeles Celebrity Interior Designer Lori Dennis at Dawnridge

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis and Top Blogger Ronda Carman at Dawnridge for Sferra

 

David McCallen and Interior Design Lori Dennis Creato Finito Luxury Eco Furniture Line

Nina Freudenberger at Haus and Interior Designer Lori Dennis

Kris Hurst and Interior Designer Lori Dennis at Hauss Interior Design

The Real Desiging Women co-stars Lori Dennis and

 

Calico Cooper and Los Angeles Celebrity Interior Designer Lori Dennis at Cherokee Lofts Interior Design Event

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis and Sara Plaisted at Cherokee Lofts

Interior Designer Lori Dennis in LA Confidential Magazine

Interior Designer Lori Dennis at The Rug Company

Interior Designer Lori Dennis and Krist Hurst at The Rug Company

 

 
 

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Marketing Your Brand

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

In a recent interview I was asked, “do you really need to go to all those parties for business or is it just fun?”  The answer is yes and yes.  This post shares years of events I’ve attended, proving it takes a decade to become an overnight success.  The hardest part is wearing something different each time.

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis and Galina Tramposh at Sudaram

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis , Eric McCormick, Brook Casey and Tony Murphy at Glabman

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis on HGTV Designer's Challenge

 

Celebrity Interior Designer Lori Dennis Filming for HGTV

 

Brook Casey, Galina Tramposh, Interior Designer Lori Dennis, Roi Yerushalmi socalcontractor.com and Tony Caputo at Holiday Party

 

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis with Andrea Guardino at Viceroy

 
 
 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis at Volvo Sweden

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis on Park Avenue

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennisfor Milgard Windows

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis with Rose Tarlow

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis with Andrea Guardino in Bel Air

 

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis at Casa Del Mar with Andrea Guardino

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis at Fall Market

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis at Koroseal

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis at Decor de Paris with ASID Past Present Helen Meisel

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis at West Week

 

Interior Designer Lori Dennis at Melrose Art Gallery

 

 

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