There is a definite quality difference between cheap paint and expensive paint.
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Q: We have a black mission fig tree, and a large green bug is eating the figs. At first, I thought it was the birds, so I covered the tree with netting. When I checked the tree today, I saw four or five large green bugs inside the netting eating the figs. What are these bugs, and how can they be controlled?
The local landscape is dotted with homes that are a brilliant testament to the meteoric rise of desert contemporary architecture. Developments over the past 15 years, such as The Ridges, have given builders the chance to experiment with contemporary designs that are now characterized by clean and simple lines wherein sustainability and energy efficiency are paramount and tile roofs are absolutely verboten.
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After a couple decades in the business, Ossi Ayala is used to these types of calls. A celebrity isn't too happy with an interior designer's work on her Las Vegas home and would like to know what Ayala can do to help.
Despite years of encouragement to change water-guzzling landscapes to ones that are more appropriate for a desert, there are still local residents who think their only landscape choices in the Mojave are either a turf grass lawn or barren rock mulch.
Water is an appealing garden feature but you can add it without being wasteful.
Silk-screened hand-printed wallpaper melds different design traditions although it doesn't come cheap and a roll can cost nearly $200,
Weather vanes of all ages are very popular with collectors. Early folk-art examples bring thousands of dollars each, and more modern trademark examples sell for $500 to $800. But beware: Many modern copies have been made.
The key to a decluttered kitchen starts with pantry organization, but tackling shelf upon shelf of cans, boxes and bags of food can be daunting.
One of the most popular trends in home design is the rapidly expanding universe of smart-home technology.
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It's amazing what just a few simple changes can make in giving your home a new fresh look.
Choosing the best ground cover under fruit trees of depends on how much water costs, if water is expensive, a living ground cover might not be the best idea.
The standard shed takes a modern twist by creating a structure that adds square footage to a homeowner's property for a guest bedroom, artist studio, workout space, home office or man cave.
Problem with Malibu lights may not be the bulbs, you will have to determine the problem first and then fix it.
Organizing your garage will make your car proud and save you time and money.
Groucho Marx famously said, ’I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.’ But in this digital age, are in-home libraries still a popular choice, or are they "Gone With the Wind"?
Upholstery is getting racy. At the spring Furniture Market in High Point, N.C., vertical stripes commonly associated with classic speedsters made the jump from the racetrack to chairs and sofas. In contrasting textiles or tapes, the winning result is fabric-on-fabric vibrance.
What is now called "brown furniture" is not selling for high prices anymore. Even unusual pieces made of rare wood are out of favor in most parts of the country. But low auction and shop prices mean there are bargains to be had. The antiques are well-made of solid wood, and although they are almost 200 years old, they probably will be useful for another hundred or more.
Ever get the feeling that adulthood, with all its responsibilities, has put your sense of adventure on the back burner? Well, summer's a time to try something new. Why not expand your horizons by experimenting with a new type of cuisine? Your backyard fire pit offers more than just good looks, you know. Try grilling, roasting and even baking over its open flames. Great for paleos, vegans, gluten free-ers and omnivores alike.
Homeowners who experience even a small amount of water seeping into their homes either from flooding or a broken pipe should be concerned about mold. It doesn't take much water for mold to grow and do a lot of harm.
Q: I read with interest your column in the Review-Journal on watering. Our small lawn seems to be dying in patches. We water four days a week for 20 minutes at 11 p.m. We regularly feed with Turf Builder Plus and Ironite. What should we do?