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Tips for designing a functional home office

With the uptick in those working from home, the need for a dedicated home office space has increased. Now, some families are carving them into nooks, others are transforming bedrooms and some are converting that one-time guest casita into an office.

Soil prep, temps important for seed germination

Many people contacted me about whether they could plant seeds or put transplants into the ground because of this unusually cold weather. My answer was the same to them as it is here. It depends.

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Today’s home wine cellars embrace modern design trends

For years, when it comes to wine room design, replicating Old World cave-like environments was the norm. In the past five years, however, wine storage design has taken a page from contemporary interior design, creating unique spaces that can be found in just about any area of a home.

Freezing temps more damaging to plants this time of year

Another freeze went through the valley this past week along with some unusually cold weather. Freezing temperatures are more damaging to plants as we enter the spring months because plants are starting to wake up from their winter dormant period. These same plants might have no problems with these temperatures in December and January.

Robotic vacuums make chores easier for busy families

Oh, sure, you’ve probably heard the hype and you might have even tried one of these convenient cleaning helpers yourself. We’re talking about robots that help clean your floors, and, if you’ve paid attention the past few years, many of your friends and family may be extolling the virtues of these machines. So is the hype worth the convenience and cost?

Las Vegas Market defines furniture trends

Every year, tens of thousands of home design professionals gather in Las Vegas for the Winter Las VegasMarket, which ended Thursday. The city becomes the center of attention for new home furnishings as 4,200lines of furniture, bedding, lighting, flooring, accessories and gifts are on display across 40 floors of event space.

Less is more except when it isn’t

Many designers disagree on this premise of “less is more,” but a few well-placed, appropriate pieces can make a bigger statement as opposed to just filling up a room for the heck of it.

Spraying dormant oil now controls bugs for coming year

Maybe gardeners aren’t busy in Minnesota or Iowa during the winter, but for gardeners living in the Mojave Desert, it is probably our busiest time of year. I’m asked about spraying dormant oils on trees, but most people don’t know anything about them. It’s a shame because it’s probably the most important method to control bugs that may become problems during the coming year. It’s good insurance.

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