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In the Garden: Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour opens gates to colorful, whimsical North Idaho gardens

Sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Garden Club, the Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour on July 15 takes visitors to six gorgeous gardens, and also features artisans and vendors of garden-related items, …


Ask the Builder: Low water pressure in shower may mean it’s time to clean the flow restrictor

A few decades ago, government officials enacted laws to try to conserve water. Little did they know the secondary effects of these laws would be millions of frustrated homeowners.


Five essential pans to use for baking and so much more

Having a few different baking pans and dishes is smart and it’s a worthwhile investment.


In the Garden: Celebrate roses with lecture, show

June is the month when roses are at their peak in area gardens. This beautiful flower will be celebrated in two very special ways this week.


Clutter control: Maximize kitchen space by organizing and culling unnecessary items

If you’re not inspired to cook because you can’t easily find the tools you need, or if you’re convinced you don’t have ample space to prepare a meal, not only …


Friends of faux: Designers embrace fake flowers

In the past few years, consumers have embraced artificial flowers, unapologetically welcoming the silk, polyester or poly-blend version of succulents, orchid plants and hydrangea bouquets into their homes.


In the Garden: Tricks to keep your garden from becoming a deer smorgasbord

While it’s fun watching deer, observing them up close in your garden or dealing with the consequences of one of their visits is a whole different story. In the Inland …


Ask The Builder: Low-voltage deck lights are an easy DIY installation

The good news is all the wiring needed for a typical low-voltage deck project can be done with no power connected to the circuit.


Step into history: Mother’s Day Home Tour heads to St. John’s Cathedral area

The museum tour page calls the event, now in its 29th year, one of Spokane’s great traditions and a cornerstone of Mother’s Day weekend.


In the Garden: Annual Garden Expo back with classes, vendors and fun

The theme is “Garden Fiesta: Let’s Party!” and if there’s one thing Inland Empire Gardeners has demonstrated over the years, they know how to put on a great party.


Seattle-area home-price growth from current boom has surpassed last decade’s bubble

SEATTLE – As the Seattle area continues its run as the nation’s hottest real estate market, it has now seen home prices surge upward for a full six years – …


Decor that brings the luxe outside

Innovations in design, materials and manufacturing have had a big impact on home decor – outdoors as well as in.


Assessed value and your tax bill: Government spending has greatest impact on how much you pay

Property taxes and the tortured terminology surrounding them leave many homeowners confused. In the end, though, it’s pretty simple.


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 4:23 p.m.

Realtors say Zillow, other websites are inaccurate and confusing but lead buyers to those in the know

Zillow is a useful, if imperfect, tool for home hunters. But real estate agents aren’t really happy about its dominance, even if they recognize the role Zillow and other online …


Ask The Builder: Rock retaining walls pit friction against gravity

Tim Carter answers questions about retaining walls, grout.


Design Recipes: How to lighten, brighten your home this spring

If you are looking for some ways to brighten and lighten your home this spring, here are some of our top tips.


‘Genuine leather?’ ‘Real wood?’ How to read furniture labels

Terms such as “genuine leather” and “real wood,” which seem straightforward enough, can be industry code-words for composite materials.


Spokane area home prices continue ascent

Average home prices in the Spokane area continue to rise, reflecting demand for homes and a declining inventory.


What’s old is new again: Home decor rethinks its materials

“We’re potentially on the brink of a materials revolution that could help rebalance our relationship with our planet and reshape society for the better. Consumers are looking for brands and …


In the Garden: Learn about orchids at annual show and sale

Next weekend, the Spokane Orchid Society will put on their annual Orchid Show & Sale at the Spokane Community College Lair and it’s a sure thing attendees will swoon over …


In the garden: Pruning correctly helps keep trees and shrubs healthy

“It’s something of a myth that pruning needs to be done every year,” said Tim Kohlhauff of the WSU/Spokane County Extension. “It should only be done if it accomplishes a …


The latest apps for home layouts, inside and out

Planning out how to arrange furniture in your home – or plants in your garden – used to involve a pencil, graph paper, a measuring tape and a lot of …


Ask the Builder: Workmanship errors can cost thousands of dollars down the road

This column was inspired by two expensive mistakes, one by a home builder and one by a home service installer. In both instances, an hour or two of extra time …


Tom Kelly: Be honest about remodel needs for aging in place

Before deciding on and executing the typical major renovations – roof, bathroom and kitchen – plus other applications that are often needed to age in place, remember that any renovation …


Ask The Builder: Doing due diligence is part of hiring a contractor

You should never ever hope that everything in your new home is going to be done the best possible way or to the highest level you can afford.


Dramatic bedtime story: Comforters, duvets get bolder

Colored, textured and patterned comforters and duvets are telling a dramatic bedtime story these days.


10 ways to use more color in your space

Color can both attract and repel. It can also serve as a creative way to add energy and interest into your home. Afraid to use color? Well, you are not …


Ask the Builder: Getting help with flood-damaged floors and other home-improvement headaches

Each day, through the “Ask Tim” page at my website, I get questions from readers like you and folks that find me on the Internet.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Future smart homes will have roll-up TVs, a brain-wave bath

Technology may come and go, but some things never change. In the not-so-distant future, cars will drive themselves and other things may become obsolete, but home will always be home. …


Artistry on the floor: Rugs and tile bring design impact

There was a time when designers and decorators considered floor coverings to be background elements in a room. Rugs and tile were meant to be practical, not attention-getting. That’s changed.