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Shoppers can find bargains for 'brown furniture'

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.

Fire pits add sense of adventure, cooking options to Las Vegas backyards

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.

Unplug electronic devices and save cash

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.

There are new rules for wood furniture

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:

Dealing with Las Vegas insect invasion

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.

Living to eat or eating to live

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.

How to modernize 1980s decor

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.

Plant all-American agave for fine succulent accent

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.”