The summer heat means one thing to Teresa Scoline.
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Q: I want to install a wood floor over a concrete slab in my downstairs bedroom. What kind of flooring material is needed, and how do I install it?
“The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider’s web.” — Edwin Way Teale (1899-1960), American photographer and writer, “September 18,” Circle of the Seasons (1953)
Those of you who were lucky enough to get your tomatoes planted the first part of March have already tasted your home-grown tomatoes. Quite a few of you have discovered tomatoes with black bottoms.
Brass is making a strong comeback in home furnishings. Don’t get excited and think this means your old brass chandelier is back in style.
I will be giving a class on summer pruning Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 100 yards east of the orchard at Horse Drive near Decatur Boulevard in North Las Vegas, in the outdoor auditorium. There is no fee for the class. Visit my blog or send me an email for more information.
Expensive woods such as teak or mahogany, marble, stone and other materials used to make expensive furniture are often imitated by a painted surface. Faux finishes have been used since the days of ancient Egypt.
Asia is the world’s largest continent, measuring about 16,000,000 square miles and bounded by Europe and the Pacific, Arctic and Indian oceans. It’s not only vast in size and population but steeped in age old traditions and culture from the Far East, China, Thailand and Malaysia that exerts an enormous influence on all facets of our everyday life.
For more than eight years, I have shared ideas about green living in this column. The intent has been to hasten a shift toward sustainable community in Southern Nevada while also addressing big issues like climate change. There are many who share my concerns, and I am grateful for the significant steps so many have taken to be part of the solution.
Seven students from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture have been meeting once a week for three hours since January, frantically racing against the clock to complete an elective course that’s only worth three credits. But don’t tell them it’s not time well spent. Real-world experience alone, coupled with future earnings potential once they enter the job market, could be a career booster.
Attendees of Coverings, the largest tile and stone exposition and conference, held April 29-May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, saw the visions of four Southern Nevada design teams come to life during the show’s Installation Design Showcase. In its fifth year, the live-action demonstration and exhibit paired representatives from regional design organizations with tile and stone manufacturers and installers to create full-scale, conceptual vignettes.
People contacted me who had problems with vegetable transplants and even fruit trees after planting in composted soil. I did some testing with transplants, seed and fruit trees.
American art pottery artists often painted pictures on their vases, pitchers and other pieces. They painted bats, frogs, rabbits, birds and other animals in their natural form, as well as fantasy animals represented as well-dressed humanlike figures.
Dear Gail: We’re going to be adding an island in our kitchen with a breakfast bar and will need bar stools. What should we be looking for? — Reba
Q: Although my patio cover does a nice job of keeping the sun away, it’s still hot out there. Do you think a misting system would help and, if so, how much would it cost?
We’ve all been there.
New changes are going into effect for NV Energy’s net-metering customers, mostly those with solar electric systems on their homes. I’ve received several calls about a letter that NV Energy sent out last week that outlines changes to the way certain fees will be assessed. The changes are a result of the passage of Nevada Assembly Bill 428.
Gardeners worried about the safety of synthetic pest-control products sometimes turn to botanically derived compounds instead. But many of those also contain toxic ingredients, such as nicotine, rotenone and pyrethrins.
Q: The landscapers for our HOA are using mulching mowers on our grass. The cut grass often remains on top, browns and causes the grass under to brown out also. Should grass be mulched in our desert? The landscape foremen bagged the grass and took it away.