Chalk it up to an easy furniture makeover. The chalk-based paint craze has officially painted the town red, and country gray, and English yellow, and Greek blue.
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This week, temperatures are projected to reach 117 degrees. Most landscape plants can handle these temperatures, so don’t panic.
Staying clean is a necessity and a luxury in our modern life. As new cleaning products flood the market and capture our attention with clever marketing and earthy packaging, it is difficult to know what to choose. What is best for us and our home, planet Earth?
Dear Gail: I just started back to work and it has become overwhelming for me to keep things picked up, especially in our family room. Do you have any tips on ways to reduce or at least control everyday clutter? — Ann Marie
We’re above the ho-hum spin of the typical, builder-grade utilitarian ceiling fan, and it’s time to switch to the modern beauty and flair of an art piece that can keep you cool.
Our spring this year was cool and wet. Even our early summer was that way. This kind of weather was good for producing a lot of tomatoes but not necessarily for high-quality fruit from fruit trees.
Q: I have a cabinet drawer that no longer slides smoothly. I can move it side to side and up and down. How can I fix this?
Everyone uses parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. In fact, these herbs are so popular that Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel sang about them in their 1968 hit, “Scarborough Fair.”
I often get frustrated writing this Green Living column as I try to walk the fine line between optimistically suggesting changes to lower our carbon footprints and proclaiming that “We are doomed.”
What exactly are accessories and do you really need them to complete the look of your home?
Q: I planted acorn and butternut squash last winter from seed and they didn’t grow. Now they are growing. The acorn squash is doing really well. I thought winter squash would ripen in the winter. Will these be edible?
It may be one of the most memorable movie lines of the past 25 years, but a rug truly can tie a whole room together.
Q: We had thousands of “blades” pop up all over our yard over the past several months. They look like giant blades of grass. We’ve pulled tons of these out of my flower beds.
Q: I just moved into a resale house and the first thing I absolutely must do is change the toilet seats. I’m not very handy but I don’t want to pay somebody to do this, so please tell me how. It grosses me out to think that somebody else has done their business in my new house.
Dear Gail: We’re getting ready to list our house and were wondering if we should stage it? Should we do it ourselves or hire a professional stager? We are wondering if it will really make a difference since the market seems to be getting better. — Leah
“There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.” — Joseph Addison (1672-1719), English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. The Spectator (1711)
Q: I bought a gardenia from Costco a month or so ago. It looks robust, with green, shiny leaves. I placed the pot in front of my house so it gets sunlight in the morning and shaded in the afternoon. I water it every day. When the buds get big but before they bloom, they wilt and fall off.
My personal dream is to one day live in a zero net energy home. One that produces more energy than used.
Nothing beats the escapism of a good Cinderella story on television, even if the diamond in the rough is a bungalow in Pasadena, California, with popcorn ceilings and a nasty case of dry rot.
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