If you’ve lived in the desert Southwest for a long time, drab cinder block walls are a given. But there are homeowners who are tired of looking at them, and instead are opting for mountain vistas, beach scenes and gardens.
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My client and I stood before a massive old pampas grass in her backyard.
The client looked into my eyes with an expression I had seen any number of times before — sort of a mixture of puzzlement and concern — almost bordering on dismay. What could have caused her such anxiety you wonder.
As of Jan. 1 of this year, the 60-watt incandescent light bulb — that classic of the genre; the Edisonian ideal; the signifier that illuminates in your mind’s eye when you’re asked to picture “a light bulb” — was banned forever. Perhaps you prepped by hoarding a box of bulbs in the back of your closet. Or perhaps this news took you by surprise, and you now live in fear of the moment the beloved incandescent in your bedside lamp flickers out.
Fifteen children gather in the garden at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road.
Not everyone has a 1994 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon (starting at $2,000) or a 1945 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Jeroboam ($114,614) in their wine closet. But rest assured if someone did, that wine closet would be quite special.
Here is this week’s sound off, about rebates:
Bathrooms have become the new stars of home design. No longer just a place to shower, apply makeup and shave, the bathroom is the new oasis of the home, a place to relax and unwind. That is why spending on bathroom remodels is now almost on par with spending on kitchen remodels.
Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb: neutral hues, stainless steel, white-on-white or beige-on-beige.
It must be summer because I’m seeing white everywhere. But, just like with fashion, white isn’t just for summer anymore. White is for furniture.
“There is something different about the house,” our daughter Kelly said after she and her husband, Britt, spent the day with us. “I don’t know what it is, but it feels cozier.”
Rookwood pottery probably is the most famous of the art potteries made in the United States in the late 19th and 20th centuries. It was started by Maria Longworth Nichols of Cincinnati in 1880, the first of many art potteries founded by women.
Q: I’m thinking about resurfacing my kitchen cabinets. My carpentry skills are decent, but I’ve never done this type of work. Should I give it a try? I don’t want to start something I may regret.
Dear Gail: We’re thinking about doing some remodeling but nervous as we’ve heard horror stories. It’s really not something we have to do, but of course want to. Before we make the big leap, can you tell us what we might expect? — Roger &Dotty
Q: I am finding a large worm varying from 2 to 5 inches in length on my grapevines. It is about a half inch in diameter. The body color varies — green, pink, gray and brown worms have been removed and destroyed. Each worm has white diagonal stripes over the length of the segmented body. What is it, and how do I avoid it in the future?
There was a time when “outdoor living” meant a wheeled barbecue grill and a few lounge chairs on the backyard patio deck, but today it’s as if homes have been picked up and turned inside out.
Dear Heloise: I have some wicker furniture. It is dirty, and I was wondering what is the best way to clean it. — Cheryl, via email
IKEA plans to open store in Las Vegas
Books, websites, whole organizations are in place to show you how to draw bees and other pollinators to your garden. But what if you don’t want them?
When you shop at discount warehouse stores such as Costco and Sam’s Club, you likely come home with enormous products — 24-count paper towel packs, 48-pack toilet paper packs, laundry detergent jugs larger than your smallest child or grandchild and cases of canned goods — and all of these oversized items need to be stored somewhere in your home.
The other day I was lamp shopping at one of my favorite bargain stores when I spotted a pair of antique-bronze-finished metal-based lamps. A quick flip of the price tag proved they were a score — only $29.99 each — especially because they were dead-ringers for ones I had seen days before in a fancy decorator showroom.