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Sherwin-Williams chooses Coral Reef for hue of 2015

According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2015 is the year of the sheep. Apparently, Jackie Jordan didn’t get the memo.

To give rooms life, you may be better off red

Every year, we paint the holidays red. The color seems to be everywhere, not just on Santa’s suit or on Rudolph’s bright nose. This is a Christmas story of how I came to embrace the color red and change my life at the same time.

It’s time to gauge the clock

The sound of chimes ringing 12 times at midnight blends with the “10, 9, 8 …” chant that ushers in the new year. Today we may watch the year change on a TV screen, but in years past the celebration was timed by a chiming grandfather clock.

Protect your plants from freezing temperatures

The freeze is coming. Remember that the coldest is just before dawn. Clear, cloudless skies are more likely to give us lower temperatures and freezing; windy cold is worse than just cold. Cover tender plants before you go to bed and uncover them when it is no longer freezing.

Looking to 2015 and climbing the ladder of ecoawareness

Reflection is common at the end of the year. Reviewing the Green Living columns for 2014 led me to take stock of almost nine years of consecutive biweekly publication. This is column number 232. Their purpose is to plant seeds of awareness that will grow into positive change in our community. The fruit of those seeds will nourish future generations. It is part of my green dream.

Local events, Dec. 27

Join Springs Preserve experts for a guided walk through the botanical gardens on Dec. 27.

Seasonal Bloom

The desert typically doesn’t lend itself to enjoying the four seasons as most transplants from northern states or middle America are used to. However, if you are a savvy hunter and decorator, you can bring the outdoors into your home to create a sense of winter.

Keep it real (looking) for less dough

In fashion and design, alternative materials that emulate high-end looks are trendy for their lower prices and lower maintenance. And, thanks to advancements in design and technology, it’s often hard to differentiate from the real thing.

Radon test kits an easy-to-use, life-saving gift

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, January is National Radon Protection Month. A radon test kit is a perfect, economical and easy-to-use gift for every homeowner whether or not the home has been tested in the past.

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