Young's Weeping Birch Scientific Name: Betula pendula 'Youngii' SummaryFoliage: Dark green, similar to European Birch, yellow fall colourBark: White bark that peels Height: 15 feetSpread: 20 feetShape: Weeping habit, no central leaderGrowth Characteristics: Moderate The Young's Weeping Birch is a variety of European white birch. This tree's characteristic asymmetric branch structure makes it an interesting addition to small garden areas.
Tastemaker Wants To Make Interior Design More Affordable And Accessible YCombinator-backed Tastemaker launches to the public in closed beta today, hoping to reach people who want to make professional home design a reality but previously thought it inaccessible due to excessive cost. Like fellow YC startup Scoutzie, the Tastemaker marketplace functions by allowing users to submit a request for proposal, answering questions about their personal taste, budget and practical concerns like room dimensions. Three vetted designers from the Tastemaker community then reply to the request within 48 hours, with ideas custom tailored to a user’s needs and a corresponding flat fee. Users pick which proposal they like best and are then assigned a design concierge to help them walk through the process, with the option of having a design associate come to their home and survey the room personally. While they enter in payment information when they decide on a proposal, they don’t actually get charged until they’re satisfied with the work.
Four more fabulous weeping trees A well-placed weeping tree will gladden the eye in any size garden Weeping Nootka false cypress (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’)Height: 10 m Spread: 2 mCultivation: Full sun to light shade; grows best with plenty of moisture but survives drier sitesZone 5 The weeping form of the Nootka false cypress (a.k.a. Alaska cedar) is hardier and more slender than the species. It forms an elegant tree with bluish green needles and gracefully drooping branches. ‘Uber For Local Home Services’ Provider ClubLocal Launches In The Bay Area Uber pioneered the market for on-demand, one-click rides from your mobile phone, and over the past few years we’ve seen a ton of ‘Uber for X’ startups pop up in different categories. One of the newest is ClubLocal, which provides on-demand access to home service professionals. The service is launching in the San Francisco Bay Area today, after a successful trial in Dallas. ClubLocal works by connecting users with qualified, pre-vetted home service professionals, without having to search Yelp or the phone book or whatever people use these days when they need a plumber or an HVAC technician. It’s already signed up professionals from several different segments of the market, including Plumbing, Handyman, Electrical, Heating and Air Conditioning, Appliance Repair, and Mobile Auto Detailing.
Prepac HangUps 6' H x 6' W x 1.33' D 3 Piece Storage Cabinet C Set Weights & Dimensions Overall: 72" H x 72" W x 12" D Weight limit: 40 lbs (each shelf) Overall Product Weight: 315 lbs Features Assembly HouseFix: Bringing Social Recommendations & Accountability To Home Improvement If you’re planning to get work done on your house in the near future, you’ll probably be interested in HouseFix, one of the latest companies to launch this afternoon at the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield. The goal of the service is to the take offline social recommendations — in other words, the advice friends and neighbors often give each other about improving their houses — and bring them online. It’s also looking to become a comprehensive directory of contractors, complete with reviews and profiles of each.
Prepac HangUps 6' H x 7.5' W x 1.33' D 4 Piece Storage Cabinet G Set Weights & Dimensions Overall: 72" H x 90" W x 16" D Overall Product Weight: 432 lbs Features YC-Backed Opez Is Yelp Meets Facebook, For Service Professionals Yelp provides a compelling platform for small businesses to connect with consumers via deals, reviews, reservations, information and more. But independent service professionals like hair stylists, bartenders, and DJs have a problem: if they jump from one establishment to another (which is quite common), they have a hard time taking their clientele with them. Enter Y Combinator-backed Opez, a platform that’s looking to help these professionals keep in touch with their clients on a long-term basis, making it easy to keep them informed of any job changes or hot deals they’re offering. Of course, Facebook already offers Facebook Pages, which can be used for similar a similar purpose. But Co-founder Chris Tam says service professionals want to be able to engage customers but also maintain a distance, which is the problem with using Facebook Pages as their centralized business page.