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Hot Property: Neil Patrick Harris selling Sherman Oaks house

| |Sunday, Jul. 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.

Mother, daughter have backyard floral shop

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

Karen Plarisan dreamed of working with flowers. After raising three children, she finally opened her own floral studio about five years ago.

Your Place: Is mold testing necessary?

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

Joe Ponessa, who spent 25 years as a housing, indoor environment and health specialist at Rutgers Cooperative Extension, responded to a recent column about mold testing. He said much of what he knows about mold remediation comes from associating with some of the top mold people in the country.

Living Smart: Get organized before school resumes

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

People often think of January or spring as high seasons for home organization. But for those of us with school-age kids, late summer is prime time to clear excess and create a better system to handle what's left and what's on the way.

Diggin' In: Rain barrels fill many needs for home, garden

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

Gardens are typically blessed with spring rains that bring summer flowers - and then the hot, dry months of July and August take their toll.

On Gardening:Mandevilla rocks tropical flower power

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

This summer it seems the mandevilla is reigning supreme for tropical flower power. Recently while in Columbus, Ga., I had the opportunity to visit The Landings, an upscale shopping or lifestyle center. The containers and hanging baskets were simply incredible thanks in part to the dazzling show put on by the mandevillas.

TV shows cram big-time designs into small spaces

| |Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

"When good design happens, you just don't notice it," said Kathy Kuo, New York-based interior designer. Good design - sometimes deemed the je ne sais quois of interior design and architecture - is the intent behind two series premiering on television Wednesday night and now available online at fyi.tv.

Church garden cultivates beds, beauty and community

| |Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

Patrick Powers held up three or four carrots he'd just pulled out of the soil. Before he started gardening, numerous people or things might have touched those carrots before they reached his mouth: farmers, farmworkers, pesticides, food handlers, grocers � all part of a system of efficient food-processing that he had some familiarity with working in the restaurant industry for 35 years.

Gardener: In pursuit of the ultimate tomato support; lesson learned

| |Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

In my last column I shared the story of a gardening disaster that happened to me many years ago. It changed everything about how I garden. For over 25 years now, I've been an organic gardener, due in large part to that single experience.

Hobbies: Anyone can make a large round ottoman

| |Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

You need to be able to sew, staple and handle a few tools, but it's actually rather easy to build your own ottoman.

How much water do tomatoes need?

| |Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

Keep an eye on soil moisture and your vegetable garden. Don't let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely; that can encourage blossom-end rot. How much water do tomatoes need? Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week and a little more if they look droopy. If your tomato plants are on a drip-irrigation system, figure a gallon per mature (and bearing) plant per day. Water before 8 a.m. to reduce chances of fungal infection and to conserve moisture.

Treasures: Convex mirror antique or just a family heirloom?

| |Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

Dear Helaine and Joe:

Home Fix: Only you can prevent a dryer fire

| |Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

Last year I wrote a column warning of the dangers of a buildup of clothes dryer lint and the potential for a lint fire inside your home. We always clean the dryer lint screen with every use and never ever leave the clothes dryer running if we are leaving home. Recently, while walking past the laundry area for an evening out, I noticed the distinct odor of smoke and knew right away it was lint. Removing two quarter-inch screws, I found a large buildup of scorched lint under the drum of the clothes dryer. The evening's activities were put on an immediate hold until I was sure there was no lingering or smoldering lint. Incidents like this are preventable. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that there are 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings each year, resulting in five deaths and $35 million in property damage. The majority of dryer fires are the result of lint buildup inside the dryer or inside the pipe that vents to the outside. What should you do to prevent a possible dryer lint fire?

For Your Home: A color palette starts with a base color

| |Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

One of the most frequent questions I'm asked is, "What color paint should I use?" I have never understood why so many people are intimidated by color. Maybe it's because we all see color differently. Over the years I've tried to take some of the mystery out of color for my clients and viewers. Once you get it, using color is fun and not scary at all.

Ask Angie: How much does it cost to replace a roof?

| |Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

Dear Angie: How much does it cost to replace a roof?

Interiors: Paint for company

| |Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

Is there a special occasion coming up in your near future when you are planning to have guests over for festivities? Perhaps a wedding is near? Or a special birthday or anniversary is happening? You know you are going to plan the meals and the gifts all way in advance, but what about sprucing up the house? After all, a welcome isn't complete until the house feels welcoming.

Plumber: Type of kitchen sink can help with faucet choices

| |Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

Q: We're replacing our old kitchen sink/faucet and need some help matching up a new kitchen faucet and sink. As we start looking we've been overwhelmed with too many choices. Do you have any recommendations on how we can make it a little easier for us to pick out a nice kitchen sink and matching faucet?

Style at Home: Curtain call: The perfect finish for your room

| |Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

"There is something different about the house," our daughter Kelly said after she and her husband, Britt, spent the day with us. "I don't know what it is, but it feels cozier."

Yardsmart: The heat is on: Garden fatigue

| |Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

There's something primal in every one of us that responds to spring. Since the dawn of agriculture, humans feel the urge to plant flowers and food crops after a long, cold winter. But as the weeks pass into midsummer, rising heat and fair weather activities can diminish that early drive to get out into the garden. Just when the plants need you most you'll be off to the beach or a dozen other summer activities.

With cooler fabrics, patterns, more moms making kids' clothes

| |Tuesday, May. 08, 2007

When 30-year-old Tarrah Zimmerman decided she'd like to make a few outfits for her 2-year-old daughter, Anna, she could hardly sew a napkin.