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Remodel revives aging building

Tucked among a swath of historic homes on West Ninth Avenue, a 1950s apartment building is getting a new lease on life, thanks to a pair of developers with an …


Striking bungalow looks like a keeper

Amy Shook and Steve Korn have learned a lot about the Craftsman style since moving into their 1912 Cannon Hill residence four years ago. Entered into both the Spokane and …


Pesky aphids disappear within days

Is there anything to help reduce the clusters of small gnats that hover over the lawn? Joan Hall, Suncrest


Halloween tradition rarely rings hollow

Isn’t it nice that there are some things that never seem to go out of style? Sure, trends come and go, but the basics stay the same. Halloween is one …


Radical revival

Bruce and Marge Kerwin spent much of the past two decades living and traveling abroad in some of the world’s most exotic and far-flung locales. Kuwait, Latvia and the Philippines …


Mixology 101

If you’ve been reading the style pages of glossy shelter magazines, you may have noticed that cocktails are back in style. When it comes to making cocktails at home, Cuisine …


Austrian peas can enrich soil

I have four large maple trees in my yard. Several years ago I had them trimmed. I rented a chipper and chipped the limbs on the garden and tilled them …


Plant bulbs now for flashy spring

Want color next spring to brighten your dull, winter-trashed garden? Now is the time to plant spring bulbs. Tulips are one the most popular bulbs because they come in such …


Pet projects are her business

Many of us are familiar with the frustration of trying to pose a family for formal pictures. Try doing the same thing with a group of family pets.


Dexter DuPont

In a fog of grief, Dexter DuPont moved to Spokane. Devastated by the death last winter of his wife, the 72-year-old former actor packed his belongings into a 17-foot trailer …


Spokane firm lets the sun shine in

“It’ll be a nice contrast to the chicken wire,” architect Sam Nystrom says, gazing two stories up at the unfinished ceiling of his new design firm in downtown Spokane. Nystrom, …


It’s never too early to be thinking green

Kids these days. They’ve got the weight of the world – and the atmosphere – on their shoulders. When it comes to environmental issues, they’re caught between conflicting tensions, says …


Sales rep finds dream job

A basketball buddy helped Kyle McFarlane get his work-at-home gig five years ago. He had recently been married and wanted a job with more flexibility. McFarlane wasn’t looking specifically to …


Resistant turfs fend off necrotic ring

Is there a way to control necrotic ring (not fairy ring) in my yard short of digging it out and starting over? Kathy Arbuckle,


Commuter steers away from fuel costs

Each weekday Fred Anderson makes the 100-mile round trip trek from his condo in downtown Spokane to his job in Newport, Wash. For most people, the commute wouldn’t be worth …


Divide and conquer your perennials

Summer’s heat is gone. We’ve had a bit of rain that has perked up the gardens. The fall garden season is upon us. One of the major jobs is dividing …


Let your lawn renovation begin

What a summer. When it got hot in July, I was not looking forward to it being hot all the way to Labor Day. Not when we were trying to …


Local artisans strut their stuff for HGTV

Earlier this summer a crew from Home and Garden Television was in town filming local artists for “That’s Clever,” a how-to, step-by-step show which airs locally Monday through Friday. The …


Local growers make a difference

For Don and LaVerle McCandless, growing vegetables is an important part of life. Every year they coax tomatoes, zucchini, beans, cabbage, carrots and a dozen other vegetables out of their …


Welcome Home!

If you ask me, any space ought to be designed to include a place for stopping and dropping. I don’t mean the television room – a place to plant yourself …


Splashy mosaic gives pool new life

The varicolored greens of a tropical sea teeming with aquatic life make a brilliant backsplash to Jan and Tim Taylor’s backyard pool. Jan Taylor, a watercolor artist and retired business …


Lona and Ken Holm

As a child, Lona Holm rode horses along a five-mile stretch of state highway near Edgewood in Puget Sound. At most, she’d see one, maybe two, cars. “Now, it’s bumper-to-bumper …


A touch of the homeland

Viktoria Bruens has lived in a tiny house in Spokane for more than 30 years. She loves Spokane because the climate reminds her of where she grew up near the …


Dog ears merit close attention

Your dog is scratching her ears, tilting her head, or shying away when you go to pat her on the head. You look at her ears and notice one is …


Time to break up iris to ensure beautiful blooms

In early June the irises put on their annual show. Their bold flowers in nearly every color of the rainbow are the mainstays of the summer garden. And now is …


Some real finds didn’t make trip to Roadshow

More than 6,000 people may have made the trip to the Antiques Roadshow on Saturday, but there are plenty of people around the area who didn’t make it. And they …


Victorian’s secrets

Chris Bewick was tearing apart a ceiling in a second-story room of his South Hill Victorian when he heard an unexpected sound. “Crunching glass,” he says. It was February and …


Process of illumination

Patience, order and beauty are all qualities that illuminate the lives of John Briggs and Lori Kinnear – literally, in the form of exquisite Tiffany-style stained glass lamps that Briggs …


Couple find niche in candle business

The scent is heavenly in the Greenacres home of Vance and Debbie Barowsky. The aroma emanates from a few cozy candles placed throughout the house, and it wafts in fragrant …


Sports keepsake to hit Roadshow

It’s a sure thing that whole a lot of treasures will be taken to the Spokane Convention Center this Saturday to be evaluated by appraisers for the Antiques Roadshow. Family …