Hilton Head’s TidePointe offers luxury living at its finest.

Hilton Head’s TidePointe offers luxury living at its finest.TidePointe, A Classic Residence by Hyatt, offers luxury living at its finest. A continuing care retirement community, TidePointe gives its residents and their families peace of mind. Surrounded by a beautiful landscape and situated on Hilton Head Island’s south end, TidePointe is safely tucked away in a gated community with 24-hour security. Approximately 10 years ago, residents of The Sea Pines Resort sought luxury retirement living inspiring the creation of TidePointe. Then, about two years later, TidePointe became a TidePointe, A Classic Residence by Hyatt when Hyatt assumed management.

TidePointe offers a variety of well-planned villas, verandas and cottages, which are attractive, spacious and comfortable. Residents enjoy weekly housekeeping services, as well as delicious fare courtesy top chefs, plus a plethora of cultural events, social activities, health services and other amenities.

The many reasons that a property management professional is a must for your rental.

Property Management in ParadiseThere are those among us for whom the American dream isn’t just about owning their home. It’s also about owning a vacation property with a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean, a large deck, a hot tub and a pool. It’s about having a vacation retreat that’s meticulously maintained and always awaiting their arrival. Such homes can stretch nearly everyone’s budget, especially budgets for those unable to pry themselves away from their jobs for only a few days out of the year. After a quick cost/benefit analysis, some may believe that the dream of owning a vacation home might forever remain solely a dream.

Adding layers of light and other tips for enhancing the most popular gathering space in your home.

Using frosted globe light bulbs with recessed fixtures creates an inviting atmosphere.Bring your kitchen to life with carefully chosen and thoughtfully placed lighting fixtures. Whether preparing a meal or hosting a casual get-together, you’ll love how multiple layers of light can change your kitchen’s mood to suit the moment. A well-designed plan provides ideal lighting for every situation.

Begin by imagining all the activities that will take place here – dining on the island, food preparation on the counter, reading the morning newspaper – and consider layering light in such a way that will help you be the most productive and comfortable in this space.

When considering general lighting needs, even light distribution and flexibility are essential. Consider recessed fixtures spaced evenly throughout the kitchen, with additional lighting positioned above islands, working countertops, sinks and ranges.

Good bones make good gardens.

Whether one is aware or not, when a gardener plans and plants a garden he is undertaking to compose a picture, in other words, a work of art; and a work of art is always enhanced by a frame, which focuses and presents it to best advantage. This is usually not initially considered, and the result may be a rapid bleeding of the planting scheme into surrounding areas, diminishing and scattering its beauty. This is where the sometimes misunderstood term, hardscape or “bones” of the garden, comes in. “Bones” is merely an expression of a framework to enhance the plantings, to provide access to movement among them with ease and pleasure, and to connect the house with its grounds.

Paths, edgings and walls are the main elements to lend definition and pattern, while also providing a sense of place and focus. Since walls of any sort are generally discouraged on Hilton Head Island, the hardscape most frequently considered will be that of paths and edgings. It is much easier to plan and plant a space that has dedicated limitations, thus clearly revealing what, where and how much you have to work with and furnish. Furthermore, permanent edgings prevent grass and the inevitable drift of pine straw and/ or oak leaves from blurring the lines.

To Gild the Lily.

LARGE WHITE URN IN GARDENGarden ornament is a very wide-ranging and subjective garden concern, ranging from, “why do you need it anyway, aren’t plants enough?”, thence all the way from monumental manifestations of classical sculpture to the cherished flamingo of South Florida or the more humble whitewashed tire planted with petunias of the rural South. It is also a very personal concern reflecting its owners’ tastes, habits and sense of place.

But gardeners on Hilton Head Island will probably prefer the simpler rather than the more elaborate expression, due mostly to smaller garden capacity to begin with, plus the desire that their garden space reflect in some sense the “spirit of the place,” which is a barrier island on a Southern coast. This narrows the possibilities somewhat but by no means excludes or denies the individual desires of the creative soul.

Alexa Hampton CollectionThe style of home furnishings has become less traditional and more about comfort and casual living as more American homes have adopted open-flowing floor plans. There has been a strong push recently by interior designers to go more modern and minimal with decorating. Modern, sleek designs can be seen everywhere from restaurants and hotels to residential interiors. Is it really possible to have comfort and a modern look together? The answer is absolutely yes! Explore the style trend that can be called ‘American Modern.’

WHAT IS IT?

During the ,80s and ,90s, most homeowners revered traditional furnishings and that included designs from around the world. French and English Country were very popular and styles from Tuscany and exotic locations were also a major influence. Now it seems the vintage looks of the ,30s, ,40s and ,50s are making a huge comeback, but with a slightly more comfortable look and with quality construction.

The cut stops here.

CONEFLOWER BLOOM AFTER PINCHING"The object of pruning is to control and direct growth, to improve health, to increase bloom, (or fruit) production and to shape
aesthetically. It should be done in a timely manner, not postponed until the day you confront the jungle that used to be your yard – which is your expensive landscape.

It is understood that spring blooming shrubs, particularly azaleas, must be pruned as soon as practicable after blooming in order to use the new growing season to produce buds for next year’s flowers. In the case of azaleas, wherever you cut you gain three new shoots for next spring’s display.

Deciduous woody shrubs such as forsythia, spiraea and flowering quince fall into this category. They should be renovated every spring by cutting to the ground the oldest, thickest stems, enabling new shoots to develop with access to light, air and water. Crowded, thick and crossing stems are injurious to the plant’s health, appearance and flower production.

Tips and references for the perfect garden.

SHEILA’S PERFUME, FLORIBUNDA, VERY FRAGRANT.It’s June and the subject is roses- although in the Lowcountry that can be backed up to May, when the first flush of bloom appears.

Roses are ubiquitous because they are irresistible and rose lore and literature are legion. One can explore cyberspace indefinitely and read massive manuals on rose care, propagation and history, but far and away the best way to experiences roses is an up close and personal encounter at Bob and Sandy Lundberg s magnificent display garden in Rose Hill. The garden contains 440 show quality rose bushes, meticulously tended to by the couple- both dedicated rosarians.

Sights and serenity at the All Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour.

Brantley Residence – 2007 Tour.Ten precious and private Edens are on display for your pleasure on May 17, the traditional third Saturday in May during the annual All Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour, now in its 21st year. Since Hilton Head Island is described by some as “paradise,” it is only fitting that a church should invite you to experience so many versions of Eden.

This year’s tour ranges from Sea Pines to River Bend in the neighborhood of Sun City, with stops in between at Port Royal Plantation, Hilton Head Plantation and Spanish Pointe, off Spanish Wells Road. This year, gardens are grouped largely in the two areas of Sea Pines and Port Royal Plantations, making it easier and more efficient to navigate the entire tour. Gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fun Family Gardening ActivitiesGardening is a great way for kids to get exercise, spend time outdoors, and learn about the environment, food and wildlife. However, many kids grow up today without the benefit of having a gardening or farming background and access to free play outdoors. They often don’t know what to do in a garden. That’s where parents and grandparents come in. Adults can help kids learn about growing plants in a fun and engaging way. Plus, it will be a special time together outdoors, exploring the land, food and flowers.

But what if you don’t know where to start in the garden? What should you do with your kids so they won’t be bored, but you won’t be in over your head?