WAUKEGAN, Ill. - Drew Davis walked up the steps of his Waukegan home with his 9-year-old twins, Hope and Finn, to discover a new door, fresh blue paint on the siding and yellow daffodils and forsythia blooming where old, unkempt bushes once grew. Inside, he found a remodeled interior with an art studio and living room designed to give him the space he needs to paint while his children do their homework.
I remember it like yesterday. I returned from a Rotary Club meeting in Mission, Tex., to see a good sized group with cameras gathered around a patch of flowers at the National Butterfly Center there. I quickly went in and asked what were they seeing? The answer was a Great Purple Hairstreak butterfly. Today when I give a presentation on butterflies I typically call that one a $5 butterfly, in other words it is so showy it's worth the price of admission.
Safe, friendly gardening with a pet in your household can be a difficult pastime if your yard isn't set up to handle the wear and tear from a four-footed animal who doesn't know the difference between your prized petunias and the potty.
Read the latest editorials and columns from Associate Editors Warren Bolton and Cindi Ross Scoppe on what's going on around the Midlands and South Carolina. Check out Robert Ariail's cartoons. And peruse letters and columns from your neighbors as well as syndicated columns on national and international affairs.
What can I do to freshen up my living room or family room without spending a fortune? This is a question that I get dozens of times each week from readers, viewers and friends. Everyone is tired of winter and looking for quick decorating pick-me-ups.
Finally, the snow has thawed and it's time for sun and warmth! Whether you live in a warm weather climate or beach environment part-time or year-round, vacation in a beachfront community or just dream, there are number of ways to incorporate beach decor into your home.
Q: My home has been inspected every year for termites and pests for the past 10 years and now they tell me it needs to be treated. The seller told me the home was treated years ago with chlorine and that I would never have a problem. What is going on here?
When Dan and I entertain, we each have our assigned roles: He spends hours in the kitchen crafting our cuisine. And I'm out in the dining room, dreaming up an intriguing tablescape. Armed with dishes, table linens and seasonal accents, I play around until lightning strikes and I find a look that lights up my heart.
Q: Dear Ed: In our home we still have two original wall-hung toilets from the 1960s. I want to replace them with more efficient toilets to save water. How involved is this job, and where do you even find wall-hung toilets? Also, the toilets seem very low to the floor, would it be very expensive to raise them when we replace them?
Pompoms have always been a favorite embellishment of mine. They are adorable. I have a big jar of them in my studio that has been waiting patiently to be used on this new children's birthday party centerpiece. Pompoms are pure fun, colorful, inexpensive and quite delightful, a must-have for any well-stocked craft closet.
At the epicenter of our love affair with succulent plants, there's one hot trend toward the handmade. Those who grow these amazing water conserving species in southern California are no longer satisfied with the same old mass-produced pots for their plants. Maybe it came from a new appreciation for one-of-a-kind creations. Or perhaps it's an offshoot of shows where plantophiles display their most outstanding specimens, often in competition. These gatherings of the succulent-minded are the genesis of a new art form just emerging onto the national scene.
PITTSBURGH - Chris Harrison and his wife, Amy Ogan, honed their creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills while earning doctorates in human computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. So when they went looking for a "cool house in a cool neighborhood" in Pittsburgh, they couldn't help but be drawn to an area popular with artists and arts entrepreneurs, Garfield.
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