If you’ve lived in the desert Southwest for a long time, drab cinder block walls are a given. But there are homeowners who are tired of looking at them, and instead are opting for mountain vistas, beach scenes and gardens.
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Dens are often designed to be “man caves,” but that doesn’t mean they can’t be family-friendly, too.
Instead of letting your summer vacation memories fade with your souvenirs into the back of a closet, make your travel mementos a part of your home decor. Here are some do-it-yourself ideas for giving your travel tokens a permanent place in your home.
Q: I have two pink dwarf oleanders planted in 18-inch clay pots that have very healthy-looking foliage but very few blossoms. One of my gardener friends says oleanders don’t like pots. Another says I’m watering too much. Do you have any suggestions that might get some me some blossoms?
Poison rings play a part in a lot of murder mysteries. Adversaries were removed with a flick of a ring cover over a glass of wine.
Think home technology begins with your wireless, programmable thermostat and ends with the high-definition, 3-D, Web-enabled flat-screen TV with surround sound? Think again. Whole home technology means using leading-edge devices to improve life in every room of the house, including the bathroom.
Fans of crisp, modern architecture and clean-lined shapes will love one of this fall’s strongest style trends: faceted décor.
Most of us have heard the phrase “keeping a roof over our heads.” For many homeowners, that’s a literal concern. Household roofs experience weathering, falling debris, and wind or water damage.
Coral bells (Heuchera spp.) is a plant that earns its keep even when not in bloom.
Q: My sprinklers have been spraying the side of my house for some time and the water has eaten away some of the stucco. What can I do?
Dear Gail: We’ve just moved into a new home and we’re stumped on how to arrange the furniture in our living and family rooms. My husband just wants me to put everything where it was in our old house, but I’d like a new look and mix things up. Where do I start? — Monet
Remodeling enthusiasts might know Drew and Jonathan Scott from their HGTV show “Property Brothers.” The name Melissa Roche is probably less familiar, although the Summerlin-area resident recently won season two of the Scotts’ challenge show “Brother Versus Brother.”
If there is one element of college life that has not changed, it is the always utilitarian, ever-dependable dorm room, where students have been dropping milk crates onto the linoleum floor and unpacking their shower caddies for what seems like a millennium.
For college kids who move off-campus, learning to accommodate the styles and needs of housemates is good practice for life after school.
Every day I troll through Pinterest to catch the latest and greatest gardening ideas. I gather the best in my Small Budget Gardening board, which has exceeded 6,000 vetted ideas I know will work well over time. It’s becoming a real crowd pleaser this summer.
I love to eat, and I love to laugh and talk with friends. So having people over to my home for meals is at the top of my fun chart.
Not all game boards are for checkers or chess. Our ancestors played Parcheesi, backgammon and cribbage on boards that could be made at home.
Q: We have had these trees in our backyard for 15 years. I don’t know what they are. All of a sudden, one has a bare spot. What might this be? I enclosed a picture.
A century ago, every woman in rural America had a hope chest and a Mason jar collection. These coveted jars were brought into use over the August and September harvest season when the farm yielded its bounty. Early on she worked over a wood cook stove, but now a gas or electric range with air conditioning makes this job more fun in these dog days of summer.
I have a teeny tiny room in my home that needed a big, bold touch. Instead of covering the walls in wallpaper, which we know is such a pain to remove, I opted for lovely blue and white watercolor print from my home décor fabric collection, California Dreaming. It has a great linen texture and makes the room feel so rich and cozy.
Trying to maneuver through the rules of the design world can sometimes feel like walking across a mine field. We want to categorize every product as traditional, contemporary, rustic, lodge, industrial, modern or French country. We are so concerned about those labels that we often second-guess our design decisions.
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