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Take in a gorgeous garden tour Mother’s Day weekend

Take in a gorgeous garden tour Mother’s Day weekend

ATLANTA -- For celebrating Mother’s Day, there’s no better place to be than the breathtaking sites featured on the Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.

The 29th annual event benefiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden spotlights 11 private gardens in  metro Atlanta, plus a bonus garden featured at the Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators Show House. Featuring a range of sites -- from tranquil woodland settings to intimate urban oases, grand estates to “gardener’s gardens” --  the tour will delight both gardening enthusiasts and the “garden curious” alike in exploring enchanting ideas by talented landscape designers and home gardeners as well.

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers training for planting vegetable garden

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers training for planting vegetable garden

Get ready to play in the dirt again! Fulton County Cooperative Extension will teach a “Vegetable Garden Made Easy” class to assist residents with their spring gardening. The free class is offered to county residents wanting to plant their own vegetable gardens. The class will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at the Fairburn Branch Library located at 60 Valley View Drive in Fairburn, GA 30213.

Join us to learn the fundamentals of planting a vegetable garden that yields beautiful crops.  You will be taught the newest techniques for planning a garden, preparing the soil and much more to produce delicious, fresh vegetables at harvest time.

Class size is limited so please call 770-306-3138 or 404-762-4077 to reserve your space.

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to homeowners concerned about radon

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to homeowners concerned about radon

ATLANTA -- According to the University of Georgia College of Family & Consumer Sciences, although radon is present throughout the environment, when high levels of radon enter a home or building, people are exposed to more of its radiation and their risk of cancer increases. Such a situation can easily be discovered and corrected.  Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to concerned homeowners to identify potential harm from the dangerous radioactive gas.

“Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “A radon test is the only way to find out how much radon is in your home.”

MODA Floors & Interiors wins two NARI Awards

MODA Floors & Interiors wins two NARI Awards

ATLANTA -- MODA Floors & Interiors has received two awards from the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. NARI is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. MODA is a flooring and window coverings resource with an 18,000-square-foot showroom in the West Midtown Design District.

The MODA, M Remodeling and Recentered Pieces' team entry won in the Residential Interior Element Category. Judges select COTY Award winners based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.

"The stunning fireplace design makes it the focal point for the room and echoes the black & white color palette used throughout the beautiful home," said MODA President Dean Howell. The design features Stream Border rounded flat black tile.

Design group I.O. Metro throws a pre-Thanksgiving Twitter party

Design group I.O. Metro throws a pre-Thanksgiving Twitter party

ATLANTA -- The holidays are fast approaching and with guest in almost clear view, there are more things on our minds other than turkey and sweet potato pies. The idea of hosting guest can be intimidating and the thought of having everything just right can feel a little daunting. Lucky for you, Atlanta interior design group I.O. Metro has decided to throw a pre-Thanksgiving Twitter party hosted by one of the city's most recognized design gurus, Erika Ward of Blu Label Bungalow, to help you get rid of the holiday decorating jitters.

The company is highlighting some of their most delectable design goodies from their first ever catalog and will give valuable tips and tricks to turn your house into a home.You'll also have the opportunity to win prizes every 15 minutes. 

Habersham Gardens Hosts FMSA Art Show

Habersham Gardens Hosts FMSA Art Show

MIDTOWN -- Habersham Gardens, located in Midtown Atlanta, welcomed fall with an art show by students of First Montessori School of Atlanta. Approximately 185 colorful pinwheels, sunflowers and seed packets were displayed during the evening reception.

Art Teacher Theresa Dean mixed history with art, exposing students to early American art and how seed packets were originally produced. Since many farmers in early America couldn't read, packets included both images and text. When designing their artwork, some FMSA students got very creative and made up names for their plants, she said.

The students drew sunflowers, outlined them with black glue and then painted them with water colors.

"This is the third year we've worked with Habersham Gardens on this fun event," said Head of School Jerri King.

MODA offers tips on caring for area rugs

MODA offers tips on caring for area rugs

By Janice Howell, vice president, MODA Floors & Interiors, www.ModaFloorsandInteriors.com

Area rugs need the same attention and consistent maintenance as your carpeting, ceramic tile or hardwood flooring. Knowing what’s expected of you regarding their upkeep can be a determining factor in the type of rugs you purchase.

Although a handmade rug is a work of art, it’s made to be walked on. So are all machine-made rugs. With usage, as the top layers of pile break, (in most cases wool), the pile looks shinier and smoother, and with light exposure the colors look more harmonious.

Here are a few steps to make sure that your area rug ages gracefully, naturally and beautifully.