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Incorporate brown into decor with these tricks

The world looks fabulous wrapped in the colors of fall. And at the base of this beautiful bouquet of radiant color is brown. Earthy, warm, soothing and satisfying, the color brown encourages us to slow down and snuggle in. And eat hot, buttery popcorn. Or, is that just me? I digress.

Keep records to determine real value of a solar home

Solar energy systems are becoming increasingly popular. Many factors are driving the trend: lower system costs, improved performance, environmental awareness and new options for system acquisition. I’ve received a ton of calls and emails about the issue lately, especially regarding the topic of solar leases.

Prices of antiques still low after recession

What a bargain! Often an authentic antique sells for less than a modern copy. Since the price of antique wooden (“brown”) furniture has dropped in the last few years, the good news is that there are many bargains for a buyer looking for an older style. Fewer home sales mean fewer furnishings sales, and the prices of antiques have suffered.

Mulch, top soil available at research center

The community mulch pile is back by popular demand. This is coarse, organic wood mulch chipped from trees removed in the Las Vegas community. Rather than send this valuable resource to the landfill, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Research Center and Demonstration Orchard is making it available to the community, free of charge.

Decorating around your four-legged best friend

Dan and I don’t fight over who is the head of the household. That power position is undisputedly held by Lyric, our golden retriever. We inherited this sweet pooch from some dear friends, and within minutes, she had stolen our hearts — and taken over our home.

Cooler air, warm soil make fall best time to plant trees, shrubs

I am about to take on some significant work as I add many new trees and plants to my landscape. But I’ve been holding off until now to do so. So why have I been waiting? Without a doubt, fall is the very best time to plant trees and shrubs for several reasons. Simply put, the cooler air and warm soil temperatures of autumn make for the best combination for establishment.