Each year, Americans festoon their homes and businesses with holiday decorations of varying sizes, shapes and colors. But for some people, all that festive fluff is overwhelming.
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Dear Gail: I read a lot about focal points in rooms, but how do I know what they are in my home? — Kari
Halloween is the second most popular holiday among collectors of holiday memorabilia. Christmas comes first. But Halloween decorations are in such demand today that there are even mail-order catalogs and pop-up stores that feature nothing but Halloween.
Fueled by technology, media and an abundance of do-it-yourself and home makeover shows, this generation of children and teenagers knows what it wants from fashion to furniture. While their parents may have been clueless, today’s kids are much more sophisticated.
Solar energy systems are becoming increasingly popular. Many factors are driving the trend: lower system costs, improved performance, environmental awareness and new options for system acquisition. I’ve received a ton of calls and emails about the issue lately, especially regarding the topic of solar leases.
Q: I would like to grow both yellow and red onions. When is the best time to plant them?
What a bargain! Often an authentic antique sells for less than a modern copy. Since the price of antique wooden (“brown”) furniture has dropped in the last few years, the good news is that there are many bargains for a buyer looking for an older style. Fewer home sales mean fewer furnishings sales, and the prices of antiques have suffered.
The community mulch pile is back by popular demand. This is coarse, organic wood mulch chipped from trees removed in the Las Vegas community. Rather than send this valuable resource to the landfill, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Research Center and Demonstration Orchard is making it available to the community, free of charge.
Just as there are lots of products on the market to help ease the aches, pains and mobility issues of human old age, so there is a good selection of such products for senior dogs and cats, as well.
Almost everyone prewashes dishes before they put them in the dishwasher. This could be a waste of both time and water.
Green is the new black. In home decor, it is a trend and increasingly the go-to choice for those looking to rejuvenate their home and be healthier at the same time.
Dan and I don’t fight over who is the head of the household. That power position is undisputedly held by Lyric, our golden retriever. We inherited this sweet pooch from some dear friends, and within minutes, she had stolen our hearts — and taken over our home.
I am about to take on some significant work as I add many new trees and plants to my landscape. But I’ve been holding off until now to do so. So why have I been waiting? Without a doubt, fall is the very best time to plant trees and shrubs for several reasons. Simply put, the cooler air and warm soil temperatures of autumn make for the best combination for establishment.
Dear Heloise: I read your column every day in The Decatur (Ala.) Daily. If you have cast-iron cookware that has a “buildup” on the outside, you can clean it in your self-cleaning oven.
The lavish pool, complete with swim-up bar, borders the patio of a master bedroom retreat. It’s a serene space, great for a morning cup of coffee or an evening view of the valley. Inside, a projector flashing an old film casts its imagery onto a wall of water.
Q: I have a wooden entry door with a locking handle, but no deadbolt. I want to install one to make the door more secure. How do I do this?
Q: I planted radish seeds in 8-inch- deep planters using a commercial brand of potting soil. After 10 days they grew about 3 inches and fell over. I’ve planted two different times and got the same results. What am I doing wrong?
“Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks.” — Lin Yutang (1895-1976), Chinese writer and inventor, on food and medicine, “The Importance of Living” (1937).
Are you missing your regular dose of DIY adventures while the Petersiks of the blog Young House Love take a break? Try something new to read with your morning espresso or midafternoon snack break. Here are some suggestions readers sent me after a Twitter call-out.
I grew up sleeping in an antique iron bed. My parents still have it and use it in a guest room. Its style is way too “antique-y” for my taste. Perhaps this is why metal beds haven’t been on my design radar for years.
George Nakashima created a special type of modern furniture sometimes called “free-edge.” He designed very simple legs and other furniture parts and created the famous tables topped by a slab of wood with original edges that often include the tree’s bark. Parts of the top were held together with butterfly joints.