Steve Spatafore has been a Las Vegan for 20 years, but he has never forgotten his North Canton, Ohio, youth — especially those cool fall days when he would rake colorful leaves into large piles and then jump into those piles and scatter the leaves everywhere.
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Dear Gail: We’re done with our white walls and ready to paint. We’ll do the painting ourselves to save money. Over the years we’ve stayed pretty neutral, so don’t want to make any mistakes with choosing colors. Are there any things we should be aware of?
Is it called a fruit bowl, berry bowl, fruit stand, fruit dish, epergne, basket or bride’s basket? A search of 1880s and ’90s catalogs of silver and glass tableware manufacturers had similar pieces called by any one of these names.
Q: In my bathtub is a lever that controls when the water goes down the drain. Unfortunately, the lever isn’t doing its job anymore, and the water just runs down the drain. I figure there’s a mechanism inside the tub to stop the water from draining. What can I do to make it work again?
Farmers’ markets highlight the events scheduled around the valley.
Q: We have 14-year-old pine trees with large water berms under them for collecting water. The inside of these berms are full of pine needles that I hoped would help hold moisture but they do not deteriorate. Should they be left under the trees or be removed?
Carts are back in style, design experts say, serving as both function and fun inside and outside the home. The timing couldn’t be better for Angela DiMaggio.
Sometimes an antique toy tells an almost-forgotten story. The Tammany Hall bank with a well-dressed man taking the penny is a criticism of corrupt politicians in New York City in 1871.
“Gardening in Small Places: Using Native and Desert Adapted Plants,” a gardening workshop from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, highlights local events.
As the bumper sticker on my truck reads, “Compost Happens.” Sometimes, however, it doesn’t happen fast enough. That problem usually can be traced to some limiting factor in what a pile is fed or to issues of moisture or aeration.
What’s the best way to live a satisfying, fulfilling life? It’s simple. Do your best to help others achieve the same. Would you like to live in a greener, healthier home but need some ideas or motivation to do so?
Q: I am having trouble finding a tree to replace ash trees. I want something that doesn’t grow so tall and does well in our climate. We took out our ash trees because they were giant and the roots were all at the surface. I am now guessing we have a soil issue. True?
Putting a patina on your home décor isn’t difficult. Adding antiques to your style, whether it is modern or minimalist can add flair and warmth to any room. Antiques continue to be a hot decorating trend for many reasons.
Is it a weed or a garden plant? Garlic chives are among those plants — paulownia tree, Jerusalem artichoke, mint and anise hyssop are others — that can parade under either guise.
Clocks are not top of mind for most of us. It’s only at this time of year when we might turn our clocks back, and then again in the spring when we go forward, that we give them any thought. As an accessory and workhorse in our lives, poor clocks are not given their fair share of attention.
Q: I have two 20-year-old ash trees that appear to be dying. I have attached pictures. The smaller tree is a Modesto ash and it started losing limbs about a year ago. The bark is now separating and it looks like an old stump with a few sprouts. The other is a Rayburn ash. Its limbs started dying this summer, but the limb deaths are accelerating.
Two factors are responsible for a healthy landscape. First, put the right plant in the right place. Second, make sure your soil is healthy by providing the conditions and nutrients your plants and lawn need to thrive.
Furniture made from recycled workbenches and school lockers, or huge metal parts from factory machines is not a new idea. Our ancestors recycled clothing into quilts, tin advertising signs into patches for leaky roofs and cattle horns into Victorian chairs.
Q: The heavy door that leads from my house into the garage doesn’t close by itself anymore. What’s wrong with it? A: You have a hinge problem on your fire door, which is required to have a self-closing mechanism.
Events scheduled Sept. 13-20 to help you with your home projects.
Michael Amini creates furniture that connects people with their culture and heritage. As successful as he is, he is also smart enough to know that there are times to bring in other creative sources. He recently did this by collaborating with actress Jane Seymour on multiple high fashion furniture collections.
Watch out for fake antiques, especially copies of well-known pieces. In about 1820, some potters in England’s Staffordshire district made portrait figures of famous politicians, actors and athletes to sell in local shops. Remember, this was a time when there were no color images of people except paintings and few black-and-white photos.
Most of us are well-acquainted with dining table extensions, whether featuring wood, glass or metal tops, and with or without hidden leaves; along with night and side tables that contain hidden shelves located above the top drawer that slide out and provide additional tabletop space. We’ve seen these for years.
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