A friend recently asked me about plants that he could install in a desert environment. Certainly, a large variety of plants could fill the bill, but he gave me a caveat — whatever plants I suggested would need to rely on naturally occurring water, not irrigation. That makes a world of difference in selecting the proper variety for this region.
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It was a surprise when a 1940 handkerchief picturing Superman sold for $5,705 at an online Hakes Americana and Collectibles sale in 2014.
Q: My kitchen cabinets need some sprucing up. They are cheap, with no raised panels and definitely no pizzazz. I was thinking of adding some door handles to give them a little flair, but I want to make sure the handles are perfectly aligned. What is the trick?
Q: My tomatoes are wilting. I don’t think I am overwatering or underwatering them. Besides they like water, don’t they?
Several hundred thousand years ago (or maybe several million years ago), man came out of his cave. Around 1992, man started going back into his cave.
Design is collaborative by nature. Clients confer with a designer and designers will in turn consult with their subs and any number of talented artisans during the course of a project.
The ceramic tile industry is being revolutionized. What you’ll soon see in stores are products that blend three-dimensional digital printing technology, century-old manufacturing techniques and skilled artistry.
Brick red-dyed mulch is the equivalent of the 1970s orange shag carpet. It was popular for about two minutes and then became the ultimate downer after the fad passed. Unfortunately, colored wood chips are still around — even advertised on TV — which makes no sense when natural-looking alternatives are available.
Q: I have a canary palm in my yard that looks as if it’s dying, or at least the fronds are. If you look closely, even the fronds towards the center appear to be drying out. Have you seen anything like this? Can anything be done?
Playing is what childhood is all about. Making a place to play in the garden inspires kids and sets them an example for the rest of their lives. Even in a tiny backyard, there is plenty of room for children to play and for adults to have a good time.
Vintage and antique banks of all kinds are selling well in shops and auctions.
Long, lazy days are one of the season’s sweetest pleasures. But they leave your crew with a lot of hours to fill.
Summer is a great time for do-it-yourself projects. One way to spruce up your home is to add instant architectural detail to otherwise bland rooms.
Buying a sofa feels a little like getting married — there is so much to consider before you pick the one you want to settle down with, isn’t there?
A table is just a table to some, but to others it is a symbol of the future health of the planet and humans in general. From the woven rug on the cement slab to the stylish Adirondack chair on the patio, going green outside is easier than ever as consumers push for more environmentally friendly outdoor furniture.
Here are some common mistakes home remodeling mistakes that can be avoided.
Every profession has its special language. Doctors discuss broken legs with terms like femur or tibia. Schoolteachers now talk about core curriculum, while real estate brokers have to know about land contracts and joint ventures.
Equations are for more than just math class; did you know there’s a proper order of operations for your home, too? Whether it’s arranging your couch and television for optimal viewing or making sure towel bars are right within reach, knowing a few key numbers can help you determine the ideal place for each item in your home, creating spaces that look great and are easy-to-use.
According to the 2013-2014 American Pet Products Association’s National Pet Owners Survey, 68 percent of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 82.5 million homes. In those 82.5 million homes, there are 83.3 million dogs and 95.6 million cats, plus our exotic pet family members.
Bathroom design need not be flushed when seeking the best plan for a powder room’s privy.