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Master custom builder/designer Alexi Development brings fresh new look to executive homes in St. John's Cardinal Cove

Master custom builder/designer Alexi Development brings fresh new look to executive homes in St. John's Cardinal Cove

With an impressive portfolio of custom homes and luxury townhomes, Alexi Development got the call when a developer was searching for the ideal general contractor to bring his vision for an upscale 32-unit condominium building with convenient …

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ReWatch: Change starts at home

Looking for cabinets, doors, sinks, trim, hardware, furniture or appliances? How about a three-piece bedroom set, matching love seat and couch or a beautiful Howard Miller Grandfather clock?

September 13, 2014 8:00 am

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Kit cuisine

September 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Lady Bird's legacy lives on at wildflower center

Lady Bird's legacy lives on at wildflower center

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Visitors to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, can stroll along paths featuring colorful blooms abuzz with butterflies, relax while swinging under towering oaks, let their children play in a new fam…

September 12, 2014 5:07 pm

Kindness to wildlife can pay off in the garden

Kindness to wildlife can pay off in the garden

Competition and conflict have existed between people and animals since the first gardeners began sowing seeds on the ground. The critters just as quickly carried them away.

September 12, 2014 4:51 pm

Night-blooming plants make twilight magical

Night-blooming plants make twilight magical

As day begins to settle into dusk in our gardens, it’s time for night bloomers to take over, opening their blossoms and filling the evening with their lovely scents. Call these plants, with their romantic sounding names as evening primrose an…

September 12, 2014 4:20 pm Photos

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Right at Home: Sellers, give every room a role

Right at Home: Sellers, give every room a role

Many of us have one room in the house that doesn't really have a job. Maybe we set it up with an air bed once in a while for guests, or shove out-of-season clothing boxes in there, or use it as a holding zone for stuff we're not sure what to do with.

September 11, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Ask Our Broker: Trouble with 2 Lenders

Ask Our Broker: Trouble with 2 Lenders

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September 07, 2014 12:56 pm

Finding Your Niche: How to look into a potential neighborhood to make sure it's the right fit for you

Finding Your Niche: How to look into a potential neighborhood to make sure it's the right fit for you

Nothing replaces walking the streets of a prospective neighborhood, and chatting up anyone who appears willing to dish.

September 07, 2014 12:52 pm

Five simple tips to enhance your home's personality

Five simple tips to enhance your home's personality

Your home can say a lot about you.

September 06, 2014 12:10 pm

Ask a Designer: Tween bedroom's a balancing act

Ask a Designer: Tween bedroom's a balancing act

Decorating a baby's room is all about what mom and dad want. But decorating a bedroom for a "tween-age" child is more complicated.

September 06, 2014 11:37 am Photos

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Garlic chives: ornamental, tasty, sometimes weedy

Garlic chives: ornamental, tasty, sometimes weedy

Is it a weed or a garden plant? Garlic chives are among those plants — paulownia tree, Jerusalem artichoke, mint and anise hyssop are others — that can parade under either guise.

September 06, 2014 11:28 am

Exterior Decorating: updating with paints, trims

Exterior Decorating: updating with paints, trims

Color and decorative pieces can improve the look of a home outside as well as in. Add trim boards, columns or porch accessories and you can dress up the facade of a house, improving its value and curb appeal.

September 06, 2014 11:31 am Photos

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Recycling class teaches the basics of eco-friendly living

Recycling class teaches the basics of eco-friendly living

For most people, recycling is about what they can toss in their blue bin or recycling cart that gets placed at the curb.

September 06, 2014 11:10 am Photos

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ReWatch: Fulfilling a promise made 50 years ago

ReWatch: Fulfilling a promise made 50 years ago

Looking for cabinets, doors, sinks, trim, hardware, furniture or appliances? How about a three-piece bedroom set, matching love seat and couch or a beautiful Howard Miller Grandfather clock?

September 06, 2014 8:00 am

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Baked goods

September 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Even a small patio can have a fish pond

Even a small patio can have a fish pond

When Ann and Glen Gage downsized from their expansive home and garden in Switzerland to a San Francisco town house, one of the things they missed most was the koi pond they'd built and tended for years.

August 30, 2014 5:54 pm Photos

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Bees aren't the only pollinators you can attract

Bees aren't the only pollinators you can attract

The dramatic loss of honeybees to changing land use, viruses and pesticides is alarming, and they are irreplaceable as pollinators.

August 30, 2014 2:58 pm

Right at Home: decor in all its facets

Right at Home: decor in all its facets

Fans of crisp, modern architecture and clean-lined shapes will love one of this fall's strongest style trends: faceted decor.

August 30, 2014 3:01 pm Photos

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Light it up: Creative garden illumination beyond the citronella candle

Light it up: Creative garden illumination beyond the citronella candle

As dusk turns into darkness, garden illumination creates an enchanted feeling, extending the moments we have to enjoy the beauty of our trees and flowers.

August 30, 2014 2:12 pm Photos

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ReWatch: Building community to tee it up for a great cause

ReWatch: Building community to tee it up for a great cause

Looking for cabinets, doors, sinks, trim, hardware, furniture or appliances? How about a three-piece bedroom set, matching love seat and couch or a beautiful Howard Miller Grandfather clock?

August 30, 2014 8:00 am

Make your home smarter

Make your home smarter

With apps that offer comfort, convenience and security, homeowners are getting more out of their smartphones to make their homes better, smarter places to live. Smart home apps such as those from Nest are expected to link various home devices…

August 28, 2014 1:55 pm

Lenders look to 'leftover' cash to gauge housing affordability

Lenders look to 'leftover' cash to gauge housing affordability

Stacking the new mortgage payment plus all other regular monthly debts, like a car loan payment, against the gross monthly income of a mortgage applicant produces the all-important debt-to-income ratio.

August 28, 2014 1:49 pm

Home price increases can discourage buyers

Home price increases can discourage buyers

What difference does $1,000 make? In your listing price, a lot, actually.

August 28, 2014 1:32 pm

On a budget? Paint it! Worn-out upholstery gets a new lease on life

On a budget? Paint it! Worn-out upholstery gets a new lease on life

Does that chair sitting in the corner of your room need a facelift? Rather than reupholstering it, try painting it.

August 23, 2014 1:35 pm Photos

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Johnny Cash's early life revisited at Depression-era housing colony

Johnny Cash's early life revisited at Depression-era housing colony

Money and memorabilia from Johnny Cash's family and friends have helped historians restore a significant part of the Historic Dyess Colony, a government collective built to pull Depression-era families out of poverty.

August 23, 2014 1:18 pm Photos

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Summer veggies were just the first round

Summer veggies were just the first round

In the heat of summer, it's hard to imagine that the weather will ever be cool again. And with dry weather it's hard to imagine it becoming rainy again.

August 23, 2014 1:12 pm

Pins, bracelets, barrettes fill '80s-inspired kit

Pins, bracelets, barrettes fill '80s-inspired kit

Don't just send the little girls and tweens in your life back to school. Send them back to the '80s with a craft kit full of supplies to whip up three of the decade's most iconic accessories: ribbon barrettes, friendship bracelets and friends…

August 23, 2014 1:07 pm

Living roofs take root in wine country

Living roofs take root in wine country

Odette Estate's innovative roof combines 8,500 square feet of planted, living roof with 2,500 square feet of solar panels.

August 23, 2014 12:46 pm Photos

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Decorating touches help retreats sparkle

Decorating touches help retreats sparkle

From airy beach houses filled with light to rustic retreats tucked into the mountains, vacation homes can lead to inspired decorating.

August 23, 2014 12:36 pm Photos

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Celebrate National Curb Appeal Month and transform the look of your home

Celebrate National Curb Appeal Month and transform the look of your home

Looking for cabinets, doors, sinks, trim, hardware, furniture or appliances? How about a three-piece bedroom set, matching love seat and couch or a beautiful Howard Miller Grandfather clock?

August 23, 2014 8:00 am

New Products for Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

Perfect peeling

August 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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New Products for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

Paging parents

August 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Use garden harvest for fruit or green smoothies

Use garden harvest for fruit or green smoothies

Smoothies are a nutritious way to stir things up in the kitchen, especially if the ingredients come from your garden.

August 16, 2014 10:47 am Photos

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Right at Home: style tips for off-campus living

Right at Home: style tips for off-campus living

For college kids who move off-campus, learning to accommodate the styles and needs of housemates is good practice for life after school.

August 16, 2014 10:47 am Photos

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Ask a Designer: Exploring wood's possibilities

Ask a Designer: Exploring wood's possibilities

Working with wood comes naturally to New York interior designer Dan Faires. He grew up in an old farmhouse and has been developing his carpentry skills for much of his life.

August 16, 2014 10:03 am Photos

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ReWatch: Henn and Sons help make home improvement affordable for everyone

ReWatch: Henn and Sons help make home improvement affordable for everyone

Looking for cabinets, doors, sinks, trim, hardware, furniture or appliances? How about a three-piece bedroom set, matching love seat and couch or a beautiful Howard Miller Grandfather clock?

August 16, 2014 8:00 am

New Products for Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

Keeping cool

August 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Get rid of the gunk with a garage sale

Get rid of the gunk with a garage sale

Garage sales are a great way to rid your house of clutter, and make a few bucks while you're at it.

August 10, 2014 3:34 pm Photos

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Quick fixes make that homey feel a snap

Quick fixes make that homey feel a snap

Creating the comforting ambiance of personal and permanency in a rental space takes some planning, otherwise there goes the damage deposit when moving on.

August 09, 2014 10:47 am Photos

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Grime on the house? Pros and cons of power washing

Grime on the house? Pros and cons of power washing

Is there grime on your siding that good old-fashioned elbow grease won't take away? Stains on your concrete driveway? Is the deck looking dirty? Power washing or pressure washing might be an option.

August 09, 2014 10:42 am

Fall decor does a Scottish fling

Fall decor does a Scottish fling

Where fashion goes, decor follows. And this fall, the fashionistas are inspired by Scotland.

August 09, 2014 10:33 am Photos

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Heated driveways: Goodbye to the snow shovel?

Heated driveways: Goodbye to the snow shovel?

While the rest of the neighborhood was digging out, Alex Geier had little problem leaving his Hinsdale, Illinois, house around 7:30 each morning last winter, no matter how much snow had piled up during the night.

August 09, 2014 10:23 am

Fall 2014 home decor: an ensemble production

Fall 2014 home decor: an ensemble production

Are you a fan of midcentury modern? Drawn to classic elegance? Does the handcraft of global decor grab you?

August 09, 2014 10:26 am Photos

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Hangout house: why some homes become teen central

Hangout house: why some homes become teen central

Start with amenities like a monster TV or fire pit, add a never-ending supply of munchies and a relaxed attitude toward your kids bringing home a friend (or five) and you may just find that your place has become THE place where the tweens and…

August 09, 2014 10:20 am

Coral bells' beauty lies in leaves, blossoms alike

Coral bells' beauty lies in leaves, blossoms alike

Here is a perennial, especially some of the newer hybrids, that is loved as much for its leaves as for its flowers.

August 09, 2014 9:41 am

ReWatch: Pent-up demand boosts market

ReWatch: Pent-up demand boosts market

Looking out at Lake Michigan, it’s hard to believe that fresh water is a limited commodity.

August 09, 2014 8:00 am

New Products for Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014

Pill precision

August 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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So you've decided to rent out your home? Some tips

So you've decided to rent out your home? Some tips

Cynthia Kent and her husband, John, didn't set out to be landlords, but career choices made it necessary.

August 03, 2014 6:12 pm

Valparaiso’s Eagle View is an enticing value

Valparaiso’s Eagle View is an enticing value

Every now and then, one of those deals that seems to good to be true, actually turns out to be even better than it sounds.

August 03, 2014 5:32 pm Photos

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Master custom builder/designer Alexi Development brings fresh new look to executive homes in St. John's Cardinal Cove

Master custom builder/designer Alexi Development brings fresh new look to executive homes in St. John's Cardinal Cove

With an impressive portfolio of custom homes and luxury townhomes, Alexi Development got the call when a developer was searching for the ideal…

September 14, 2014 5:14 pm Photos

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New Products for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Kit cuisine

September 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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