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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 …


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.


Pullman teen lit trailer home on fire, killed dog and cat, police say

Pullman police arrested a teenager suspected of lighting a trailer home on fire last week, killing a dog and cat.


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 4:26 p.m.

U.S. home construction climbed 5.7% in April

U.S. home construction rose in April, led by an uptick in single-family homes.


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019, 1:57 p.m.

Marriott to expand further into home-sharing

Marriott is pushing more heavily into home-sharing, confident that its combination of luxury properties and loyalty points can lure travelers away from rivals like Airbnb.


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 …


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 …


Ask Dr. Universe: It takes imagination and planning to build a home

Humans have built all kinds of houses throughout history. During the Ice Age, humans made their homes in big caves. A few thousand years later, people figured out how to …


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.


Ask The Builder: Radiant heat system is your ticket to toasty-warm floors

What can you tell me about radiant floor heat? Is it really that good, or is what I’m hearing all hype?


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 1:08 p.m.

Escaping into Spokane she sheds: Local women ahead of the curve on creating their own separate spaces

Inland Northwest women seem ahead of the curve in a trend of creating a “she shed,” the space conversion craze of turning an outdoor tool shed or small barn into …


Is it time to replace these 5 household items?

Decluttering is great, but some things you can’t just toss; you must get another to take its place. If something is looking shabby or worn, replacing it will give your …


Ask The Builder: Creeping and snapping in laminate floor indicate faulty installation

Laminate flooring will snap and pop as you walk on it if it’s bridging across hollow spots under the flooring. Your weight stresses the interlocking tongues and grooves in the …


How to buy a rug you’ll love – and keep it looking great

Several rug experts offer tips to help demystify the process of buying and caring for a rug, whether you’re shopping at Goodwill, Ikea or an upscale carpet store.


In the Garden: Raised beds offer bountiful benefits

What columnist Susan Mulvihill loves most about raised beds is that it’s possible to intensively plant them, thus getting a higher yield in a smaller space. They also warm up …


10 ways to refresh your kitchen if you can’t do a full reno

Who hasn’t stared at their kitchen and wished HGTV could sweep in and update it? Short a television show’s budget and ability to bring in contractors, the next best thing …


Ask The Builder: Building a garage? Think carefully about space

Poor planning is the most common reason for dissatisfaction with both detached garages and homes in general. The root of the problem is that most people are unable to visualize …


The latest sleeper sofas offer solutions for tight spaces

As many homeowners move to living smaller in tiny houses, accessory dwelling units and mobile homes, the sleeper sofa has taken on new importance regarding space-saving needs.


Ask The Builder: Pre-fab truss systems can make room for attic and access stairs

I grew up in an older home with an attic. I love storing things up there. When I watch new homes being built, all I see are trusses with all …


Regretting your DIY home project? You’re not alone

If you’ve ever attempted a DIY project at home, only to be disappointed by the results, you’ve got lots of company. That’s the takeaway from a survey by Improvenet.com, which …


Easy and attractive ways to live green

Recent innovations make it easier than ever to live a green lifestyle without sacrificing style.


Design Recipes: A case for white kitchen cabinets

Not considered bland, boring or low end, these days white is a popular and desired choice for homeowners looking for a timeless and elegant look and a neutral palette.


Marie Kondo is proud of your tidying up, and wants to clarify that part about books

With the debut of “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” cleverly released on Jan. 1 for those seeking a reset in the new year, she has quickly emerged as a cultural …


Seeing red in home accents

From ruby to rich burgundy, red is a powerful accent color when used purposefully in a space. One key design tip to remember is that it isn’t taboo to mix …


Ask The Builder: How to keep kitchen and bath drains clog free

Never allow grease to go down a drain. It solidifies and will clog drain pipes. Same goes for flour and egg mixtures into your kitchen sink drains.