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Surfboard Yellow, Gentleman’s Gray, Mizzle: How do paint companies name their hues?

Several years ago, I painted a bathroom in my house a rich, smoky blue. Everyone who sees it asks for the color name. When I answer, “Benjamin Moore’s Gentleman’s Gray,” …


Ask the Builder: A lifetime of doing things wrong

The inspiration for this column came to me recently while I was working on my daughter and son-in-law’s new home up in Downeast Maine. I’m not the builder, but I …


In the Garden: Flowers for season-long bloom

Any time I’m driving through town and see yards absolutely brimming with flowers, I know a contented gardener lives there. For years, I’ve planted flowers of all types, shapes and …


Gardening: Early attack can thwart noxious weed invasion

Not all those pretty wildflowers we are seeing right now are harmless. Many of them are noxious weeds that are aggressively taking over the landscape.


Ask the Builder: Finding the right pipe for your project

It’s very important to realize that there are lots of plastic pipes that you might use, and the chemistry of them is quite complex. I’m just going to stick with …


In the Garden: Hoop houses and greenhouses help extend garden season

Over the years, I’ve been experimenting and pushing the envelope as much as possible in my quest to grow plants when common wisdom says otherwise. My two best tools are …


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 …


Gardening: Protect against voles, found in large numbers this year

To control mouse, vole and shrew population, remove their protective cover in the yard and gardens and put up barriers to protect trees and certain plants.


Upcycled Life: Fuse plastic bags to create fabric for zippered pouch

Single use plastic bags still make their way into my house despite the fact that I carry a reusable bag with me and have several in my car. So I’m …


Gardening: Apple sleuths compare notes at Sandpoint gathering

Through history, there are over 5,000 named varieties of apples in the world. Of those today, we commonly eat maybe 10. So, what happened to the other 4,990?


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: Spokane in Bloom kicks of garden tour season

The garden tour season officially starts on Saturday with Spokane in Bloom. This year’s tour features nine south-side gardens, carefully selected by the Inland Empire Gardeners of Spokane.


Want an instant new-bathroom feel? Update your shower head.

For a new-bathroom feel without the hassle of a full remodel, Jasmine Morvay, an interior designer in Ottawa, Ontario, has a few ideas: Install a glass door or change the …


Ask the Builder: Don’t build or buy an A-frame house until you’ve tried living in one

A-frame houses are appealing, but they have quirks that take some considering.


That wicker furniture you’re eyeing is hotter than ever. And yes, you can leave it outside.

The winter coat is packed away. Your striped T-shirt is back in regular rotation. And spring has sprung. Now you’re going to need to jump on this wicker trend. “Wicker …


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: Create an oasis for pollinators

Pollinators are in a serious decline due to loss of habitat and the use of pesticides. Gardeners can help by adding pollinator-attracting plants to our landscapes or creating a garden …


Ask the Builder: Flushable wipes are bad for plumbing

The labeling on the product is accurate if you want to split hairs. You can flush these wretched wipes down a toilet. They make it through the curved colon in …


Upcycled Life: Turn plastic tubes into tiny pouches

Does your green conscience cringe when you get to the end of a tube of sunscreen or lotion? Upcycle it into a tiny pouch instead of tossing it.


In the Garden: Placement counts when it comes to growing beans

If you plant bean seeds with the little scar, or belly button, facing downward, they will sprout easily. While this might seem like a tedious extra step, it has made …


Ask the Builder: Praise for 3- and 4-way electrical switches

The most common uses for these switches are at the top and bottom of staircases or at the ends of a long hallway. When you use one in a finished …


MAC’s 30th annual Mother’s Day Tour visit Rockwood Neighborhood homes

Spend Mother’s Day checking out five glorious Spokane homes. This year’s tour includes homes in a range of architectural styles.


In the Garden: Expo gives gardeners time to learn, play, shop

When you combine a massive plant sale along with seminars and demonstrations that teach new skills, and throw in free admission and parking to boot, you’ve got a recipe for …


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 …


Your file cabinet doesn’t have to be an eyesore

Thankfully, the market for file storage has expanded beyond industrial metal cabinets to include upholstered, wooden, colorful or patterned containers. Many can hide in a living room or even bedroom …


Ask The Builder: Sticky house wrap is a great building innovation

How do you feel about self-adhering house wrap and what’s involved in getting it installed correctly?


Laminate counters take on a new look

Homeowners, designers and even celebrities are warming to the idea of laminate surfaces thanks to new technology that mimics the look and feel of real stone and wood. The pendulum …


In the Garden: Local plant sales mean spring has sprung

You know it’s officially spring when plant sales start cropping up around town. Two big sales are scheduled for next weekend and the purchases you make at each will benefit …


Upcycled Life: Silk dyed eggs

This technique for dying eggs with old neckties or other silk fabric scraps is simple and creates beautiful designs that pop.