Magazine article Sunset

Design Smarts

Magazine article Sunset

Design Smarts

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Home innovations for these times

Inspired salvage This Tucson patio garden-in Sunset contributor Scott Calhoun's new book, The Hot Garden (Rio Nuevo Publishers; $40) - shows how, with a little creativity, the most unlikely objects can elevate your home or backyard. The materials here are beyond humble-homeowner Val Little found most of them abandoned in the desert. Her trick was to give each rusty castaway a clear function: bedsprings as roof, augers for posts, upturned lawn mowers as plant stands. The result is tidy and eclectic.

Same money & help the planet Just as a friend's "old" little black dress can become your new date to a party, someone's curbside giveaway could be your new coffee table too. Seattle-based Sit + Sip (sitsip.comj, the brainchild of designers Sara Eizen and Piper Salogga, hosts quarterly furniture and home accessories swaps that are low-impact on the environment and your checkbook. Here are their tips for throwing your own. …

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