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Winter's early arrival puts a chill on home chores

| |Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

Winter's surprise arrival caught many of us with a "to-do" list that wasn't quite "done." We'd ask the procrastinators among us to identify ourselves by raising our hands - except, of course, we wouldn't get around to that right away, either, so what's the point?

Hot Property: Iggy Azalea and Swaggy P buy Selena Gomez house in Tarzana

| |Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

Rapper-model Iggy Azalea and the L.A. Lakers' Nick Young, also known as Swaggy P, have bought singer-actress Selena Gomez's house in Tarzana for $3.45 million.

Vintage or modern, a cornucopia of turkey wares in style for Thanksgiving

| |Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Let's talk turkey.

Living Smart: Are your home and pets ready for the holidays?

| |Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Thanksgiving is not far off, and beyond it are other holidays and opportunities to enjoy family and friends at their homes or yours.

On Gardening: Not too early to start planning for pansies

| |Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

No matter where you live you have a pansy season. If we agree to that then that means you also have a need for pansy pals or pansy partners, and the Bouquet series of dianthus remains one of your best choices.

Your Place: Don't let water savings go down the drain

| |Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Hauling water in a five-gallon container a couple of hundred yards from communal spigot to campsite has reinforced my tendency to conserve. You, no doubt, have reasons of your own.

Diggin' In: It began with a family farm for 'Cool Flowers' author

| |Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Lisa Mason Ziegler's journey to flower farming reads a lot like a gardening love story.

Metal mania burnishes this fall's International Furniture Market

| |Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

HIGH POINT, N.C. - While gold shone brightly last year at the fall International Furniture Market, this time it's full-blown metal mania. Metallics of all kinds were red-hot this year, with bronze, copper and brass especially popular on occasional tables, lamps, inlays and accessories.

Prepare home now for holiday guests

| |Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

I don't mean to scare you, but Christmas is only a month and a half away. Thanksgiving is even closer.

Home gets new lease on life, official 'green' seal of approval

| |Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

PITTSBURGH - The house for sale at 5505 Margaretta St. like many in the Garfield neighborhood, had fallen into disrepair as larger homes were split into apartments. But it has gotten a new lease on life as a "green" renovation, and the surrounding neighborhood is looking up.

What's behind the feast of holiday dinner drama?

| |Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

'Tis the holiday season, so there will be family gatherings, from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, with a cast of assorted characters and equally varied victuals.

Gardener: Ornamental grasses add grace, beauty to a fall garden

| |Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

For much of the year, ornamental grasses may be perhaps the most underappreciated plant choices for the landscape. You likely pass them unnoticed during spring and summer, when they quietly provide the backdrop for other showier plants in the landscape. Yet in fall and winter, their star power shines as they take center stage, transforming into breathtaking hues of gold, bronze, ruby and more. They catch the sunlight, sway back and forth in the breeze and rustle with the wind like none other.

Ask Angie: Should I turn off circuit breakers when I'm on vacation?

| |Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Dear Angie: Does it make sense for me to turn off my circuit breakers before I leave for vacation?

Hobbies: Autumn centerpiece in a muted palette creates gentle decoration

| |Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

So often at this time of the year, we see an autumn centerpiece and wreath in autumn colors of gold, red and brown. This combination of colors is beautiful for the season and I'm definitely not knocking it.

Yardsmart: Fill compost bins, not landfills, with compostable holiday decor

| |Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Long before Christianity became established in Europe, the ancient tribal people who lived there believed in the spirit of the vegetation. The Druid spirits lived within the ancient oaks that once covered the land before the Roman conquest. The oldest and most gnarled of those oaks or those located beside springs in the forest were thought to be oracles that were able to communicate with Druid priests through the gurgling of water and rustling of leaves.

Style at Home: How to trim a tremendous Christmas tree

| |Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Decorating my Christmas tree is the most magical moment of the holiday season for me. There is something so exciting about taking a plain pine and turning it into a shining star, the visual and emotional epicenter of your home's hymn to the holidays. Want to take your Christmas tree to new heights? Here's how.

Plumber: Less can be more when updating plumbing

| |Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Q: Dear Ed, we're moving into an older home where both the bathroom and kitchen can use plumbing updates. Being on a limited budget, we decided to replace only one plumbing item for now with a high-quality model instead of installing all low-quality plumbing fixtures at once. Down the road we can install another high-quality plumbing fixture, and so on. What do you recommend we replace first?

Treasures: Plate contains 22-carat gold, but not enough

| |Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Dear Helaine and Joe:

Home Fix: How much X-bracing is needed in floor joists

| |Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Q: I took your advice and took the time to inspect my crawlspace. Besides finding loose insulation, I noticed two small boards in between each floor joist that are just hanging by a nail. The two boards are crossed but not nailed. Should I nail the boards and what are they for?

For Your Home: Deep, rich colors return for home decor

| |Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

I think we are finally seeing a return to deep, saturated colors - tools for creating rooms that are vibrant, rich and full of life. While neutrals still dominated showrooms during fall furniture market in High Point last month, it was refreshing to see bright dashes of color everywhere you turned.