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Wednesday, January 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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How fine details can make your decor shine

From artwork to accessories, look for fine details to help make individual spaces stand out.


High-end home improvements that are worth the splurge (and when it’s best to scrimp)

The only thing harder than setting a realistic remodeling budget is sticking to it. The secret? Knowing when to splurge and when to save. Here are top picks for each …


Ask The Builder: New trusses let you dispense with interior bearing walls

Is it possible to build a multi-story home with no, or few, interior bearing walls or beams? Sure is.


Ask the builder: Stop water vapor now

It’s important to realize that vapor is very hard to stop. That’s why it’s best to call the products vapor retarders, not vapor barriers. I can tell you unequivocally they’re …


10 home design trends to watch for in 2019

The home remodeling and design platform Houzz recently released its annual forecast, derived from conversations with industry experts as well as trends spotted among its 40 million monthly users. It …


Sleek, simple galley kitchens compete with larger, eat-in spaces

There’s a good case to be made for galley kitchens: They allow you to work without the obstruction of an island or table. They also keep the work area smaller, …


Ask The Builder: Proper materials, hardware and technique are crucial to avoid deck collapse

Deck construction is serious business, and you need to make sure everything is done correctly.


Holiday treasures: Favorite ornaments remind us of loved ones and special times

These trinkets are well-loved, even if – in some cases – only the memory of them remains.


Design Recipes: How to use Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year in your home

Pantone’s new Color of the Year is Living Coral. Orange? Not really. Living Coral is updated and fresh, not orange, not peach, but instead, according to the celebrated Pantone Institute, …


Ask The Builder: A better way to vent your clothes dryer

Q. I need your advice. My clothes dryer stopped getting my clothes dry. The problem was traced to the vent line being squished behind the dryer. I was also told …


Easy and elegant ways to decorate for the holidays

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but between hosting holiday festivities, shopping for presents and working full time, it can feel like the most stressful.


Ask the Builder: How to deal with radon gas in new construction

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause health issues. The gas is generated by the decomposition of uranium, a natural element. Some types of bedrock contain more uranium …


Ask The Builder: Most roof leaks are caused by failing flashings

Q. My roof is leaking, and my last attempt to get it repaired was fruitless. It rained again and water still came in. Where do most roof leaks happen? Is …


Help us deck our halls

Does your favorite holiday ornament have a story to tell?


How can I stay safe when decorating for the holidays?

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, decorating mishaps send nearly 15,000 people to the emergency room each year.


Mirror, mirror on the wall: 10 tips for using mirrors as decor

Consider mirrors as an affordable alternative to traditional artwork. Mirrors are typically lower priced wall decor.


Ask The Builder: When things go south with your builder

Yesterday I did a 30-minute phone consultation with a gentleman who lives in New Jersey. It was a grim call because he was thinking about suing his builder. I started …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 2:27 p.m.

Ode to ornaments: Seeking Spokane area’s special Christmas ornaments

The Spokesman-Review is seeking stories about treasured holiday ornaments.


Gardening: Mower can be integral in seasonal leaf removal

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Today we will celebrate with family and friends around a table with more calories than we deserve. So how do we burn those off before they become …


The best white dishes, according to tastemakers

Just as there are many shades of white, there are also many different types of white dinnerware, so we asked tastemakers for their advice and recommendations.


Ask The Builder: Avoid new building blues by making detailed plans

The best way to prepare for this mayhem is to create a detailed set of plans and some written specifications. Great plans and specifications become your north star and prevent …


Gardening: Keep your houseplants alive this winter

Winter’s gentle teaser last week is a good reminder that our gardening has moved indoors for the next few months. Here are some tips to keep plants alive and happy. …


Ask the Builder: Installing wallpaper border is simple, but avoid these pitfalls

If you haven’t done the job before, you should know that hanging giant strips of wallpaper is challenging.


Seven deadly sins: Mistakes to avoid when renovating older houses

Digging into your home’s past can be fun, but it can also help you make aesthetic decisions and avoid costly mistakes.


Dishing up politics: Collection brings china from the White House to your house

You can’t buy the official White House china patterns that presidential families use to entertain. But a new line of glass decoupage plates by designer John Derian and artist Katharine …


Ask the Builder: Caulking doesn’t have to be hard

The good news is that crappy caulk jobs can be repaired with relative ease.


Seasonal scents: The do’s and don’ts of fall fragrances

What does your home say about you? What is the first or lasting impression? In many instances, the unseen can make a lasting impression, whether positive or negative. We are …


10 tips to create a great closet

Let’s face it, closets can be messy! One of the main culprits often relates to a lack of proper organization. The key to a well-organized space is for everything to …


Ask the Builder: Building a shed? Get size and access right

Based on the email that I get, I’d say the biggest mistake you might make when building or buying a pre-built shed is that it’s going to be too small.


Curse of the spider woman: Spokane artist finds the beauty in tarantulas and other large arachnids

When they’re dead, she said, it’s so much easier to share and show off their beauty.