If there is one element of college life that has not changed, it is the always utilitarian, ever-dependable dorm room, where students have been dropping milk crates onto the linoleum floor and unpacking their shower caddies for what seems like a millennium.
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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.
For many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or just a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room’s living, dining and sleeping spaces requires creativity.
Chris McLaughlin will never look at a plant the same way again. The longtime master gardener and author has written six books (including three gardening titles for the “Complete Idiot’s Guide” series), but her focus on flowers shifted when she discovered how to make natural dyes.
The concept of green living goes hand in hand with the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Since buildings use a significant amount of the total energy generated, they play a huge role. This includes our homes. Deep green home efficiency upgrades coupled with increasingly affordable solar energy systems make a difference.
Q: I have two pink dwarf oleanders planted in 18-inch clay pots that have healthy looking foliage but few blossoms.
More homeowners are ditching wall-mounted boxes in the kitchen for a more open, spacious look, especially when the room is small.
Artists often express political ideas in their work, and many years later, collectors have trouble understanding the politics. Kirkpatrick/Anna pottery worked from 1839 to 1896 in Illinois and made pottery jugs and other useful containers. But they also created some very strange jugs.
The summer heat means one thing to Teresa Scoline.
Installing a home security system offers many advantages. First and foremost, it provides an extra level of safety to you and your family. A home security system also provides peace of mind knowing that your home is protected whether you’re there or not.
Dining rooms are stellar rooms for drama. Just think of the exquisite scenes set in “Downton Abbey’s” dining rooms.
“There are two kinds of light — the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.” — James Thurber (1894-1961), American humorist, illustrator
You don’t need a garden to succeed as a home-brewer, but growing your own ingredients is a flavorful step up.
Q: I want to replace my bedroom carpet with ceramic tile, but when I pulled up a corner of the carpet, I discovered that the floor is concrete. Is this job difficult, and how much will it cost?