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Go big and go home: How to do maximalism right

The clean-lined, subdued-color aesthetic of minimalism has dominated the design scene in recent years, and although that contemporary look is still widely popular, maximalism – its rebellious, loud counterpart – is stealing some of the limelight.
News >  Features

Ask the Builder: The saga of the sagging floor

Howdy, Tim. I really need your advice. I’m thinking of residing my house, and it’s time to bite the bullet about repairing a structural issue that’s been getting worse each year. The floor in my living room has sagged 2 inches! The cause has been traced to a support column in between my two garage doors.
Opinion >  Column

Gardening: Get late-fall chores done before freezing arrives

Two weeks ago, we were basking in 70- and 80-degree weather. Sunday morning, we are predicted to have a low of around 20 degrees and a high of 36. Welcome to fall weather in the Inland Northwest. The weather service is forecasting a La Nina winter, which means it will be colder and wetter than average.

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Spokane Valley Fire roundup: Burn ban lifted but burning yard waste, construction debris, trash continues to be illegal

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

Local fire departments, including the Spokane Valley Fire Department, on Monday lifted the burn ban that has been in effect for weeks due to the reduced risk of fire. That means people can again roast marshmallows over backyard fires and make s’mores. Burning trash, yard waste and construction debris, however, continues to be illegal.
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Gardening: Author Jennifer Jewell to lead ‘Conversation for Nature’; benefits Master Gardener foundation

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2020

This unusual year has seen a resurgence in gardening. The COVID-19 pandemic has kept us close to home and looking for things to do. Gardening is getting us outdoors digging in the dirt naturally socially distanced. For those of us who have gardened for a long time, it was pure joy to have the extra hours to create new gardens and experiment.
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In the Garden: Go beyond tulips for beautiful bulbs

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 3, 2020

I have a confession to make. Even though bulbs are probably the last thing I need more of in my garden, I just can’t help myself. Bulb catalogs and garden center displays do this to me every time: Whenever I spot something new and unusual, it goes into my cart.
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Gardening: Take care when transplanting peonies for spring bloom

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2020

Herbaceous peonies are one of the toughest garden plants we have in the Inland Northwest. They are deer resistant and hardy to winter cold. They don’t need any special care in the garden save for staking to hold up the flowers and a little fertilizer in the spring. They can live for decades in the same sunny spot.
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Ask the Builder: Dishwasher is clouding glasses – what to do?

Q. Tim, please help me. My husband and I are at odds as to what’s slowly ruining all of my wonderful clear glasses and heat-treated glass items in my kitchen. Each time I remove them from my dishwasher, they look worse. My husband states it’s just hard water. I tried soaking some of the ruined things in hot white vinegar, and there was no change. It’s got to be something else, but I can’t figure it out. Can you shed light on this? – Sandra P., Las Vegas
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Water Cooler: Fall decor ideas for your home

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 24, 2020

Now that fall is officially upon us, it is time to spruce up the home with cozy accents, colors and decor. Pumpkins don’t have to be your only source inspiration. Fall decor can have a lot of unique personality while drawing ideas from the season, so here are some ideas to help you brainstorm the perfect autumnal aesthetic for your personal taste.

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