Joan Grabel’s unique, eco-conscious landscape designs have made her a favorite on HGTV and throughout Southern California. As the owner of award-winning Los Angeles-based landscaping firm Park Slope Design, Grabel uses her background as a visual artist to create appealing outdoor spaces that emphasize natural resources, energy efficient features, and drought tolerant plants.

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Thanksgiving decorating – like dinner – is all about celebrating the bounty of the harvest season while still reflecting the holiday’s simple message. Simple pleasures like sweet, crisp apples, brightly-colored Indian corn, and changing leaves all signify that the crisp air of autumn will soon be replaced by the winter chill. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving outdoors or simply looking to welcome your guests with some seasonal color, décor should be simple yet stunning. Best of all, these easy-to-make DIY outdoor decorating projects will help hosts top their tables, trim their windowsills and deck their doors without cutting too much into precious culinary prep time.

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Just because the weather is cooler doesn’t mean it’s time to store away the grill for winter. After all, it’s harvest time, when cooking focuses on some of the heartiest and headiest flavors found in nature.

The smoky flavor of the grill brings out the natural sweetness of seasonal produce like pumpkins and pears, making the autumn grilling season one of the most satisfying and surprising. Whether you’re planning a small family gathering or giving outdoor entertaining one last hurrah, our fall BBQ menu celebrates the taste of the season by giving these traditional foods a new twist.

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When builder Drew Smith founded in 2001, he was one of the first to recognize the importance of sustainable, environmentally-conscious building practices. Over a decade later, Smith is at the forefront of the industry, serving as the Green Building Commissioner for the State of Florida, founding the Florida Green Building Coalition, and helping countless commercial and residential builders conform to the LEED standards for certification.

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This summer, Sunset magazine opened “the ultimate modern beach home,” a 4,500 square foot, four bedroom and 5 1/2 bathroom residence complete with drought-tolerant landscaping, “a no-mow lawn,” edible garden, swimming pool, and outdoor kitchen and living room. Sunset’s editors partnered with architects Tomaro Design Group, builders Mike Davis Custom Homes, and landscape designers Masterpeace Gardens to create the magazine’s first Los Angeles-area Idea House, which showcases sustainable building and architectural and design innovations.

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