Groucho Marx famously said, ’I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.’ But in this digital age, are in-home libraries still a popular choice, or are they "Gone With the Wind"?
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Upholstery is getting racy. At the spring Furniture Market in High Point, N.C., vertical stripes commonly associated with classic speedsters made the jump from the racetrack to chairs and sofas. In contrasting textiles or tapes, the winning result is fabric-on-fabric vibrance.
What is now called "brown furniture" is not selling for high prices anymore. Even unusual pieces made of rare wood are out of favor in most parts of the country. But low auction and shop prices mean there are bargains to be had. The antiques are well-made of solid wood, and although they are almost 200 years old, they probably will be useful for another hundred or more.
Ever get the feeling that adulthood, with all its responsibilities, has put your sense of adventure on the back burner? Well, summer's a time to try something new. Why not expand your horizons by experimenting with a new type of cuisine? Your backyard fire pit offers more than just good looks, you know. Try grilling, roasting and even baking over its open flames. Great for paleos, vegans, gluten free-ers and omnivores alike.
Homeowners who experience even a small amount of water seeping into their homes either from flooding or a broken pipe should be concerned about mold. It doesn't take much water for mold to grow and do a lot of harm.
Q: I read with interest your column in the Review-Journal on watering. Our small lawn seems to be dying in patches. We water four days a week for 20 minutes at 11 p.m. We regularly feed with Turf Builder Plus and Ironite. What should we do?
Let’s face it, learning how to keep cool in heated situations is a valuable skill. But who knew it also could be a positive step toward a low-carbon lifestyle and save you money as well. The month of May brought us the hottest average global temperatures in recorded history. June just clocked in as the hottest on record for Las Vegas. As temperatures heat up, we all want to cool down.
Since the last major drought in the 1970s, drip irrigation has evolved in many ways. There are now many new and improved products that are more effective and easier for the novice to use. Beginners who are suddenly faced with water cutbacks must learn how to use drip irrigation properly in order to continue growing organic food and protect older established plants.
"Color speaks all languages." — Joseph Addison (1672-1719), English dramatist, The Spectator (1711)
Perhaps you have stood in the paint aisle staring at the paint chips on display, wondering what to do next. Well, you are not alone. For many homeowners, choosing a paint color is one of the biggest and most controversial decisions relating to a home purchase. Paint chips are intended to provide a visual sample so a homeowner or renter can take a sample of the color with them and see how the color looks within their space without taking the plunge by having to purchase a pint or can of paint. The issue in many instances is the paint chips are too small to give the purchaser a true prediction of whether or not the color will be a winner or flop.
Beautiful wood furniture is an essential ingredient of a well-decorated home. But for too long, the old rules of how to decorate with wood pieces have hampered our creativity when we are curating our living spaces. Ask any of the nuns who had the misfortune of teaching me in high school: I love to break rules. Here are three long-held maxims we can tell goodbye:
Jimmy James, the self-proclaimed man with two first names, loves bringing smiles to the "insanely creative."
The Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive, is getting a new community garden, but Patrick Gaffey, cultural program supervisor for Clark County, said it wasn't his idea.
Q: I took your advice and am treating pill bugs in my garden like slugs. I have drowned them with beer but they keep coming back. My neighbor is giving me his old cans of beer. I had to dig up the rhubarb plants and put them in pots. This is sure a frustrating year.
O ne site is designed to resemble a massive 70,000-square-foot mansion at the posh, sophisticated Tivoli Village on Rampart Boulevard. There, you can take in high-end bedroom, office and other home displays highlighting a furniture offering built with a sense of rustic charm. Enjoy a glass of cabernet from the wine bar as you contemplate your next purchase for your home.
“Empty nesters flock to downtown Las Vegas” read a recent newspaper headline that caught my attention. The article explained that “walkable, culturally rich urban centers are a huge draw for baby boomers who are bidding farewell to the kids and entering a new phase of their lives.” It explained that “many cities are reporting a trend among buyers who are selling their suburban homes in favor of condominiums in hip, urban centers such as downtown Las Vegas.”
Q: With temperatures averaging 110 degrees Fahrenheit, how much and often should I be watering my shrubs and trees?
Summer is a good time to examine our eating habits. What we consume, how much and how fast we eat not only affects our health and family budgets but also contributes to our personal CO2 emissions as well as our water footprint. We can do more damage or good to our precious home, planet Earth, through our daily diets than we can in other areas of transportation or consumption.
Remember when black and mauve was the hot color combination and when mirrors were all the rage? Well, in case you are too young to remember, those were some of the staples of ’80s home decor. The ’80s were the decade of opulence, marble, gold and mirrors.
They came north out of Mexico into the Desert Southwest with the Spanish, though nobody knows their actual point of origin. It’s because so many pre-Columbian cultures, including the Aztecs, utilized the great blue agave, so it had been spread all over Mesoamerica in this early cultivation. A plant so useful was highly valued as a source of fiber, living fencing, food and, of course, the ancient fermented beverage called “pulque.”
It’s a small world — especially when it comes to home design. Those retailers, designers and architects seeking cutting edge, forward thinking in form, materials and color, sometimes artisanal or bespoke, are more frequently heading to international destinations. Perhaps the most significant design shows in diversity and style are in Paris, Milan, Cologne and Frankfurt.
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