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Better options are available to replace incandescent light bulb

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.

Modern tubs are longer, cleaner and freestanding

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.

Platform rockers are not hot sellers

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.

Weigh pros and cons before remodeling

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

Hornworm can defoliate plant in short time

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?

Create bulk-item storage area to save money, space

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.

Shades of distinction will bring out lamps’ potential

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.