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Ask Angie: Backyard ponds can be dangerous

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Dear Angie: We're buying a home that has a backyard koi pond. Is it possible to make it safe for our 4-year-old, or would we be better off filling it in?

Home Fix: Weather, pets can cause internal damage to air conditioners

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Q: I'm trying to sell my home and the buyer hired a home inspector who said I needed to replace the air conditioner because the coils were damaged by hail. My air conditioner works just fine, but the buyer insists on getting a new air conditioner. Have you ever heard of anything like this?

Hot Property: Ashton Kutcher ditches his bachelor pad in Hollywood Hills

| |Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

Ashton Kutcher has sold his Hollywood Hills home for $9.925 million after quietly shopping it since spring at $12 million.

Hot Property, Athletes Edition: Phil Jackson scores co-op in New York

| |Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

Phil Jackson will be residing in midtown Manhattan during his tenure with the New York Knicks. The legendary Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls coach turned NBA executive recently paid $4.85 million for a co-op at the Osborne, a historic brownstone building on West 57th Street.

Your Place: Before end-of-summer vacation, get house ready

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Despite years of financial crisis, Europeans still leave town in August.

Living Smart: Don't fall for tech-support scams

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

The phone rings. The voice on the other line informs you that your PC is infected with a virus that, fortunately for you, the caller's well-known company can eliminate. Hmm, you think, that's odd, since our family only uses Macs.

On Gardening: Don't be fooled; Joe Pye weed is a keeper

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

A reporter once asked me, "If you could convince all garden centers to sell one perennial, what would it be?" The answer at that time was simple for me: the Joe Pye weed. I've since fallen for a few other native weeds too, especially when I see the way they bring in bees and butterflies.

Hot Property: Neil Patrick Harris selling Sherman Oaks house

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES-Michael C. Hall has listed a property in Los Feliz at $4.5 million. Considering that the "Dexter" star and serial home buyer and seller purchased the place a year ago at $3.825 million, he may not make much of a killing after improvements and commissions.

Gardener: Decades in, gardening passion still burns bright

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

When I was in high school, I learned about the law of diminishing returns. Basically it states that the more you have of something, the less valued it becomes. The example our teacher gave (while keeping the age of his audience in mind) was of an ice-cold Coke. If you're hot and thirsty, that first can is heaven. But if you had an unlimited supply, there would be a point where you didn't want another one at all. It no longer had the value the first did. In fact, it would become undesirable.

Yardsmart: Easy canning for beginners

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

A century ago, every woman in rural America had a hope chest and a Mason jar collection. These coveted jars were brought into use over the August and September harvest season when the farm yielded its bounty. Early on she worked over a wood cook stove, but now a gas or electric range with air conditioning makes this job more fun in these dog days of summer.

Hobbies: Fabric-covered walls an easy, cozy project

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

I have a teeny tiny room in my home that needed a big, bold touch. Instead of covering the walls in wallpaper, which we know is such a pain to remove, I opted for lovely blue and white watercolor print from my home decor fabric collection, California Dreaming. It has a great linen texture and makes the room feel so rich and cozy. This project is the perfect solution for a dorm room or a rental apartment. Covering a wall in fabric is easy to do - and when the time comes, easy to undo!

Plumber: Freestanding tubs can be a room's master piece

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Q: Ed, my wife and I want to turn an unused bedroom into a full master bathroom. Since we have extra space, we would like a beautiful bathtub installed in the middle of the bathroom area away from the walls. What basic bathing options do we have to explore to plan for our bathtub centerpiece?

For Your Home: Can contemporary design include crystal chandeliers?

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Trying to maneuver through the rules of the design world can sometimes feel like walking across a mine field. We want to categorize every product as traditional, contemporary, rustic, lodge, industrial, modern or French country. We are so concerned about those labels that we often second-guess our design decisions.

Home Fix: Should I buy triple or double-pane windows?

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Q: We are replacing our windows and are considering a triple pane window over a double pane. Is there a major difference?

Treasures: Heirloom chair features charming decoration

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Dear Helaine and Joe:

Style at Home: Dress your mantel for fall

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

My favorite season of the year is just weeks away: Fall! I start pulling out my fall decor when it's still beastly hot in Kansas because I just can't wait to fill my home with all the colors, textures and aromas of autumn. If you want to celebrate this glorious season in your home decor as well, the perfect place to start is your fireplace mantel, one of the most visible spots in your home. Here are three beautiful looks we created to inspire you.

New remodeling tour focuses on upscale projects

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

What do you get when you spend $600,000 on a remodeling job? For starters, an addition that doubles the size of the existing home. This whole-house remodel in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis is one of nine spendy projects on Midwest Home magazine's first Luxury Remodeling Tour.

Garden checklist: Watch for wilt but don't overwater

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Be kind to your vegetables. Watch for wilt. We're all trying to save water, but keep an eye on tomatoes during hot weather. They can wilt easily when the temperature hits triple digits.

Small downtown condo lives luxuriously large

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

There are many reasons to downsize.

Do-it-yourself storage projects

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

It's hard to get excited about organizing when you're staring down an aisle of bland plastic bins or wire closet systems. But if you've got some basic tools and a little time, you can make your own organizing solutions that are fabulous as well as functional.