Home and garden
Homeowners, designers and even celebrities are warming to the idea of laminate surfaces thanks to new technology that mimics the look and feel of real stone and wood. The pendulum started swinging back toward less-expensive surfaces around 2005 when birch plywood, reclaimed wood and concrete started being used in a more modern way.
You know it’s officially spring when plant sales start cropping up around town. Two big sales are scheduled for next weekend and the purchases you make at each will benefit the community. The Spokane County Master Gardeners’ annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale is April 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held in and around the Spokane County Extension building located at 222 N. Havana St.
This technique for dying eggs with old neckties or other silk fabric scraps is simple and creates beautiful designs that pop.
What can you tell me about radiant floor heat? Is it really that good, or is what I’m hearing all hype?
While we all reap rewards from our edible crops, flowers are an equally important component. In addition to attracting pollinators, hummingbirds, and butterflies, they delight us with their beautiful colors and shapes.
Inland Northwest women seem ahead of the curve in a trend of creating a “she shed,” the space conversion craze of turning an outdoor tool shed or small barn into an escape pod. Often with soft decor, they’re cozy spaces for reading, music, yoga, crafts or simply to sit quietly.
I’ve grown blueberries for about 25 years and, aside from the delicious harvest they provide, I appreciate what they contribute to our landscape. In the spring, the bushes are covered with cream-colored flowers that bumblebees clamor over to get their sweet nectar. Those flowers are followed by green berries that gradually turn blue in July. Come fall, all eyes are on the leaves as they transform from green to a vibrant red.
I absolutely recommend that young people pursue careers in the trades. We need thousands of carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers, masons, etc. We’ll always need them. It’s never been easier to stay busy as the explosion of social media allows homeowners to rapidly and easily share the contact information of tradespeople that do the job right, not over.
Whether you’re a beginner starting out with a container of herbs or an expert, every gardener needs a good tool kit. We asked experts for their top tools.
You’ll often see instructions on seed packets that say “plant in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked,” but what does that mean?
Growing really hot peppers seems to be a trend, gardening columnist Pat Munts writes.
With orchids, knowing what not to do is a good starting point
Decluttering is great, but some things you can’t just toss; you must get another to take its place. If something is looking shabby or worn, replacing it will give your home a lift.
Laminate flooring will snap and pop as you walk on it if it’s bridging across hollow spots under the flooring. Your weight stresses the interlocking tongues and grooves in the flooring causing the noise. It’s nearly impossible to stop this noise after a laminate floor is installed. You may have to start over to cure this defect.
The prefabricated wall panels go together like giant Lego blocks. They’re perfectly square from the factory, and the precision is astounding.
After enduring a winter that began innocently enough but has been pretty harsh in the past several weeks, we gardeners deserve a break. We also need a little inspiration and education so we can make the most of this year’s garden season. What better way to accomplish that than by attending the 10th annual Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium?
Several rug experts offer tips to help demystify the process of buying and caring for a rug, whether you’re shopping at Goodwill, Ikea or an upscale carpet store.
Welcome to Upcycled Life, a new monthly column from Katie Patterson Larson. Each month, she’ll teach us how to create something beautiful from something we already have.
The only reason to consider doing all the work to replace tile grout is if it’s crumbling and falling apart.
What columnist Susan Mulvihill loves most about raised beds is that it’s possible to intensively plant them, thus getting a higher yield in a smaller space. They also warm up earlier in the spring, allowing extending the growing season.
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