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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

In the Garden: Saving money in the garden

I recently asked my Facebook page followers what they do to garden economically. I wanted to share their wonderful responses with you today.


Fall design: 10 hot decor trends

Every so often the furniture industry rolls out the red carpet and rolls in their new lines for a new season. The Las Vegas Market, dedicated to the home furnishings …


Ask the Builder: How we used to stay cool

You may be one of the tens of millions of people who suffered in the blistering heatwave that gripped the Eastern USA in July. I happen to live in central …


Gardening: Impact of cooler summer showing in gardens

We are over halfway through the summer, so it’s time to clear my desk of gardening tidbits.


In the Garden: Teachers bring artistic flair to South Hill garden

When two artistic gardeners collaborate, the result is a lovely landscape that is a feast for the eyes. Such is the case with John and Pat Hagney’s garden.


Expert in linens offers rules to dress your table

Jane Scott Hodges knows something about table linens. The founder of the luxury company Leontine Linens works directly with interior designers and also is the author of “Linens: For Every …


Ask the Builder: Selecting exterior paint colors is confounding for some

Q. Please help me, Tim! I’m trying to select a new color for the outside of my house. Looking at samples on a brochure, I’m frozen and unable to make …


Gardening: With basics, your yard can be haven for wildlife

You don’t need to live in the woods or have lots of space to have a wildlife-friendly garden.


In the Garden: Loire Valley chateau exudes elegance inside and out

If I had to choose one word to sum up the Loire Valley’s Chateau de Chenonceau, it would be “elegant.” In June, I led a tour of France’s most beautiful …


Ask the Builder: Installing drywall requires more muscle and skill than you might think

Lots of books have been written about the craft of drywall installation and finishing. One of the best is “The Gypsum Construction Handbook” published by USG Corp., one of the …


Gardening: Seek out good advice when problem arises

I hate it when I have to tell a gardener that they have to yank out a plant because of an incurable disease. It’s even worse when it’s your brother.


In the Garden: Proper staking, consistent watering key to best tomatoes

For many gardeners, the most challenging aspect of growing tomatoes is planting them at the right time in the spring so they won’t get nailed by an unexpected frost. But …


Custom wood kennels, memory foam beds: The wild world of modern pet furniture

For discerning pet owners who treat their cats and dogs like family – in some cases better than family – designers are creating stylish, even glamorous, furniture.


Gardening: Careful pruning, shaping an ancient art: Bonsai sale will showcase area hobbyists’ work

On Sunday, July 21, Roger Snipes and other members of the Inland Empire Bonsai Society (IEBS) will share their creations with the community during the group’s annual show at the …


Ask The Builder: Don’t underestimate the difficulty of installing concrete

Q. I plan to install a concrete patio during my vacation. It’s going to measure 14 feet by 30 feet. I’ve watched lots of online videos and paid attention to …


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: Creative garden pest control

Find creative ways to keep the pests away from a flourishing garden.


Gardening: Nine Mile Falls display has it made in the shade; retired postmasters win June Garden of the Month

Shade is always a challenge for gardeners, and it takes some creativity to build a colorful garden with only the sun that filters through the pine trees.


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 …


Ask the Builder: Installing plywood panel will protect pocket doors

Q. I’m planning to install a few pocket doors in my new home. I already know at these locations I’ll have heavy mirrors and artwork on the walls where the …


Gardening: Get plants ready for the hot summer days ahead

It’s the Fourth of July, and the corn should be knee-high in the garden.


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 …