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Autumn colors can be re-created in Nevada desert

Dear Gail: I moved to Las Vegas in May from Vermont, and fall was my favorite season before the bitter color of our snow-filled winter — which is the reason I moved here. I was surrounded by the fantastic fall colors outside. I know fall is a bit different here, so I’d like to do some simple things to bring the outside I so enjoyed inside. What are your favorite things to do? — Gloria

Both warm-, cool-season grasses grow in Las Vegas

My class on creating a desert orchard will be held in November for four Saturday afternoon sessions. It begins Nov. 3. You can sign up for it on Eventbrite or contact me and I can arrange it for you.

Light up your Halloween

Halloween decor can be elegant or spooky, but no matter which angle you choose to follow, local designers agree Halloween decorating doesn’t have to break the bank.

Las Vegas resident wins DIY Network giveaway

Though she’d been dreaming of winning a home from HGTV and DIY Network for many years, Amanda Rodriguez was still shocked to learn the news that she had won the DIY Network Ultimate Retreat Giveaway 2018.

Wallpaper border is easy to install

Q: We want to dress up our baby’s room with some accents and install wallpaper border around the top near the ceiling and around a door frame. We tried hanging wallpaper on a wall in the past and the results were disastrous. Please say that wallpaper border is easier.

Terminology sows confusion about small fruit trees

Q: I am interested in planting a fruit tree in my yard. After reading your blog, I was thinking of a fig tree, but I have been told that they can get very large. I wanted it to stay under 8 feet tall and not be difficult to grow. When should I plant it and where?

 
Bohemian decor continues to evolve

It is casual, carefree and seems to be thrown together in a haphazard way. Bohemian home decor is a mix of earth tones as a base layered with vibrant colors and mixed with a collection of loved items and found items in a way that feels comfortable and chic. It doesn’t shy away from bold, bright fabrics in a myriad of pleasing textures, classic paisleys or animal prints. The signature style is a personal collection of odds and ends and is favored by pattern players, texture fans and antique collectors.

Replace water heater’s gate valve with ball valve

Q: I had to turn off the water supply valve at the top of my water heater. So I turned it, but it kept on turning and turning without shutting off the water. A neighbor of mine said it is a gate valve and they are cheap. Anyway, I now have to replace the valve. Are there any options for replacing it with the same type of valve?

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