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Tuesday, August 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Upcycled Life: Plastic bottle vase

Take any PET or PETE (Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottle and melt it with a heat gun and then add texture with a soldering iron. The results are reminiscent of blown …


In the Garden: For North Idaho gardeners featured on annual tour, garden inspiration comes from above

Garden-lovers, take note: the highly anticipated Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour is set for July 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature five outstanding private gardens, with two …


Room dividers – and all their old-Hollywood charm – are back

Today, room dividers aren’t just a staple from old movies. Both vintage and brand new decorative versions seem to be everywhere – on the pages of interior design magazines, on …


In the Garden: Renowned hybridizer works to make roses easy, even in cooler climates

On June 22, roses will be in the spotlight for the Spokane Rose Society’s 72nd annual rose show.


Ask the Builder: Insulated concrete forms require extra care

With interlocking insulated concrete forms, it’s important to realize the foundation footing the ICFs rest on should be perfectly flat and level, and the footing needs to be perfectly square.


In the Garden: Find water-wise plants at Manito sale

If the words “drought-tolerant” make you think of a yard full of cactus, think again. There are plenty of stunning plants worth considering.


Ask the Builder: Yes, you can build your own garden shed

Q. I’ve put off building a small garden shed for too many years. After the wretched winter I endured, I deserve something that will lift my spirits. I don’t know …


In the Garden: Melons need TLC to grow in the Inland Northwest

While many Inland Northwest gardeners think our season is too short for growing melons, let me reassure you that it’s very doable if you give the plants a little extra …


In the Garden: The weather outside may be frightful, but spring will come. Eventually.

The first day of spring is just 24 days away. Gardeners across the Inland Northwest are busily organizing their seeds, drawing up plans and dreaming of that first ripe tomato. …


Ask The Builder: Rolling cabinet, pegboard are great ways to organize tools

Q. Tim, I lost it last weekend. After I cooled down I realized I had no one to blame but myself. I spent two hours looking for a hand tool …


The best doormats, according to experts

Not only can a good doormat keep your floors cleaner, it can be part of your allergy-fighting plan.


How fine details can make your decor shine

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


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


In the Garden: Digging up variety for spring blooms

Warning: while purchasing spring-flowering bulbs is great fun this time of year, remember that you have you dig a hole for every one of them.


Ask the Builder: Retaining wall basics

You may recall that point in high school physics class when a frustrated student demanded, “Give me an example of when I’ll ever use this stuff in real life!” Well, …


Art in Bloom brings art and fundraising opportunity to historic Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens

The fundraiser brings together local artists’ works and floral arrangements inspired by the artwork to benefit the site, which is on both the Spokane and Washington historic registries.


How to pick the perfect sofa

Typically not considered to be an impulse purchase, most seek to make a sofa purchase perhaps only once or twice.


Setting up an Airbnb? Here are the basics, the extras and the no-nos

Just like hotels, not all Airbnbs are created equal. There are the gorgeous, Instagram-friendly abodes meant to make visitors feel like they’re in the lap of luxury, and the more …


Design Recipes: The do’s and don’ts of decorating with gray

The color gray is often considered to be drab and gloomy, but the reality is, gray is one of the most versatile colors in home decor.


In the Garden: Stock up on pollinator plants at Friends of Manito spring plant sale

The best way to have a healthy, productive garden is by attracting pollinators.


Ask the Builder: Don’t let contractor skip steel reinforcement in concrete driveway or patio

Tim, my builder is telling me to forget about using reinforcing steel or mesh in my concrete driveway and patio. He says he’ll just add an inch of thickness and …


In the Garden: Spouses compete for precious garden space

I never should have taken my husband, Bill, to hear Ciscoe Morris speak.


In the Garden: Gardening brings joy all year

Throughout this winter, I’ve been feeling a deep sense of gratitude for the delicious food last year’s garden has given us. We were able to line our pantry with jars …


LED bulbs: Time to switch on new lights

Since LED lightbulbs cost more but use less energy, how soon would they pay for themselves? In some places, it can take as little as a couple months, depending on …


Why always white trim? These designers are breaking the mold

Ask most designers what color they usually paint interior trim – no matter the wall color – and they will tell you the same: white.


Historic home tour to highlight Cannon Hill Park neighborhood

Four homes on a tree-lined South Hill street are featured on this annual fall tour.