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How to Design a Garden That Lasts

Climates are changing. Wildlife is evolving. Can your garden keep up? Full Story
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We have very little grass, and a plethora of plants! Who wants to mow grass?! But we do have a front yard with some grass for kids to play.
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More of the grass free zone that is our "yard." There is plenty of grass in front for kids to play ball or croquet, etc. We mow grass every 2 weeks so that the grass is tall enough to develop deep roots, choke out weeds naturally, and still be fine to play on. If I do spot a weed, I dig it out by hand. Our grass is visible in the top right photo...that is 2 week growth. I use large pine bark nuggets and ground covers for mulch. (Shredded hardwood mulch tends to act like a sponge, soaking up water and keeping it from getting to the soil/roots. Because of its sponge-like nature, shredded hardwood typically has bacteria and fungal matter.) I haven't reapply much new pine bark nugget mulch in 15 years (only where I've had to replace a plant). I enrich the soil with composted manure and humus and rarely fertilize. We're in the mid-Atlantic.
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Fresh Quarters - Brooke L. Willmes Realty Team
Agreed--like the stainless ones in traditional kitchens in suburban houses.
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Kristen Adams
Farmhouse sinks are trendy, but only in the way that hardwood floors are trendy. A style is always a trend before it becomes classic. Also, farmhouse sinks have been around forever. The embracing of the farmhouse style is just a symptom of our fast paced society, desperate for the "good old days." And that is how classics are made.
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Mak Maras
I live in the suburbs of a small town and I heard a car alarm of a car which was in the town centre!
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Several houses around us and every one of them use gardeners and LEAFBLOWERS. Nearly every day, At our place, we use that old-fashioned thing known as a rake.
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July 15, 2014
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This is very helpful! I can't wait to get started! This is my school office. I just redecorated my home office. I'd love feedback on it too!
May 30, 2014 at 7:01pm     
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Dar Eckert
To make it easier to find the front door, extend the deck to the steps. Turn the steps with the addition of a landing so you enter the deck directly from the steps. Putting cable railings on the deck will allow more visibility into the entrance area. Paint the door a bright color so it is more noticeable.

I'm thinking for the stone, go all the way up to the cedar shakes. Otherwise you will have a very difficult transition from stone to something else to cedar shakes.
July 10, 2014 at 2:55pm     
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Nothing can be awesome when the pieces are too small. The two little pictures by the window just need to go. Generally, the space by a window is too small to hang anything.

The painting in the dining area is a tad small and would be better in portrait format. You might get by with it if you lower it about a foot. Better yet, maybe you could get a new, properly sized piece of art for the dining area and use that piece on some beefed up floating shelves along with a carefully curated selection of awesome objet d'art.
July 14, 2014 at 6:33pm     
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I also don't understand why everyone believes apron sinks represent "farmstyle" nowadays. Truly, I grew up in a farming community, visited lots of homes, and NEVER saw one until a few years ago, online on a housing blog. A true farm sink would have 2 compartments and be filled with vegetables, dead chickens, or dishes almost all the time.
June 1, 2014 at 1:16pm     
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Having dead chickens in a sink for effect is probably taking 'styling' a little too far though! ;)
June 1, 2014 at 1:28pm     
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How to Recycle Your Kitchen

Instead of adding to the junk pile — and paying landfill fees — get rid of old appliances, cabinets and countertops the ecofriendly way Full Story
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1. Habitat.

Habitat for Humanity Restore took much of our kitchen. They had friendly drivers who did an extremely careful and professional job of taking the items out of my house and onto their truck. You can find one near you using this link:

2. Craigslist free section.

There are many items that a thrift store won't take such as a broken, rusty 12 year old dishwasher. There are many low-income people for whom a broken 12 year old dishwasher is a great score. I posted mine on the free section of craigslist and had 25 replies in a day. If you don't wish to deal with fielding replies or meeting with random people, simply list it on the free section and put "curb alert" in the heading. Then give your block, no need for a specific address, and put it on the curb. Once the item is gone, repost that the item was taken. One person's trash is another person's treasure!
July 6, 2014 at 8:24am     
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20 Ideas for Easygoing Summer Parties

Ditch the fancy and fussy in favor of laid-back entertaining that leaves you more time to enjoy the fun Full Story
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Love all the ideas in the article and peoples' comments. We just hosted a Summer Solstice party to celebrate the longest day of the year. I used my potting bench as an outdoor bar which worked great. Color scheme was orange, yellow and bright pink so I used whatever I had in linens, plates, vases, etc in those colors. We served Strawberry White Wine Sangria and attractively arranged big platters of main dish salads for the meal.
June 25, 2014 at 11:00am     
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