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Eclectic design characterized by freedom of expression

While asking new clients about their likes and dislikes, a husband and wife recently volunteered that their apartment back home was “eclectic,” or in their own words, “nothing goes with anything; they’re just pieces that we’ve accumulated over the years because we liked them.”

Light up your room to give it life

D ear Gail: I’ve been following your articles on redesigning my room and I have to confess that I have no lamps in my family room. I guess I’m one of the many who just have ceiling cans and the light on my fan. So, before I go out and buy lighting, I’d like to know a little more about what I should be looking for. — Marjorie

Oleander bushes can be trimmed into small trees

Q : I have two 7-foot-tall oleander bushes about 8 feet apart. Can I turn them into trees by cutting all the branches to the ground except for the largest, fattest branch in the middle? I know the suckers will be a problem for a while. Also, is it safe to grow a small vegetable or herb garden between them? Is the oleander flower and leaf mulch safe around the edible garden?