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Q: I have a picture of what went on with the leaves of my roses this past summer. Do you think this is black spot or rust disease of roses?
Millennials, armed with the latest data on decor and a passion for personalization of their ideas, are swarming into the home marketplace. It’s turned designers from contractors into collaborators as the latest generation rolls up its sleeves to play a larger part in defining its world, from chair fabrics to carbon footprints.
In my efforts to simplify and clean up in this new year, I put my old garden table and chairs in the trash. They’re over 15 years old and are literally falling apart.
Our homes are sacred places where we restore and reinvigorate ourselves. I’ve found that for a home to fill you to the brim, it needs to be a place where you feel fully yourself. They key to creating a haven is to thoughtfully decorate so your spaces reflect your unique personality, passions and lifestyle.
Just like people and pets, trees get sick.
Q: I planted a 5-gallon Arizona rosewood a year ago against a wall for visual screening. How and when should I prune it?
Tired of waiting for that honey-do list to get done? Consider hiring a handyman instead to tie up all those loose ends around your house. Just make sure to follow these five tips:
Pungent aromas link plants from the world’s driest regions. This is not the feminine floral essence, but a powerful scent often musky and acrid, carried in the rich oils that are shared by arid zone species.
Nursery rhymes may not make sense to the 21st-century child. What’s the tuffet that Little Miss Muffet sat on when the first copies of the rhyme appeared in England in 1553? A chair, a stool, a plant, a stone or maybe a small animal?
Q: My water heater has an enormous amount of corrosion around the nipples and my home warranty company said that this condition voids the warranty. The water heater isn’t leaking, but I’m concerned that it may start. What can I do to prevent a leak?
Watching your favorite bath renovation shows where the remodeler approaches you in the home center and does all the design, labor and installation work makes a bath renovation seem so easy and doable.
“To sleep, perchance to dream — ay, there’s the rub.”
Think back to avocado green kitchen appliances. Did shivers just go down your back or did you get a pang of nostalgia?
Lucky bamboo is not bamboo at all — though it bears an uncanny resemblance. Rather it’s a plant called Dracaena sanderiana.
Q: I have a very tall shoestring acacia tree that is too close to the house. The leaves accumulate on my flat roof and clog the scuppers. This has caused interior flooding on occasion as the water overwhelms the vents and skylights. Can this tree be topped or must it be removed?
My long-held fascination with a rare and exotic finish began some years ago on my first trip to Asia. Tokyo was my initial stop and it was glorious and exciting despite the intense July heat and humidity — a condition that the local population described as “sah-oona” (sauna). And believe me, it was.
To enjoy the wine lifestyle, the accessories must be as great as the vintage wine. Today, the status symbol is a wine cellar with bottles of carefully selected wine stored in racks in a room kept at the proper temperature.
In today’s world, being organized is key. It makes a day run more smoothly and can keep you from pulling your hair out.
Don’t get up — here’s a candle you can put out from across the room.
No matter the size of your kitchen, it always seems like there’s never enough space. Maybe at one time you thought it was the perfect size, but after years of purchasing kitchen gadgets and new dishes, along with having a growing family, the thrill is gone.