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Yardsmart: How to resolve conflict in cactus, succulent gardens

Ordinary plants yield their space while cacti and succulents resort to violence to keep competitors at bay. Drought-resistant species take no prisoners and use their armor to claim earth and its treasure: water. Unless you control the proximity of this botanical weaponry, you will sustain casualties out there as plants you love and paid dearly for rot, melt down or become scarred beyond recognition.

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Style at Home: The heart of the home

We may travel to the far corners of the globe on adventures ... or put in long days at work ... but most of our real living is done within a few square feet in our own homes. This special spot is both our launching pad and our safe harbor. It's where we turn up the music and dance while tossing together Tuesday night dinner. Relax over a well-deserved glass of wine with our best friends. Get lost in a good book or binge watch our favorite series. For most of us, the heart of our home is our kitchen and family room.

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Don't have a nightstand? 7 alternatives that work just as well

Nothing is worse than having to get out of bed when you're finally about to fall asleep. But without a bedside table, where are you supposed to put that glass of water, alarm clock and nightlight? Well, we're all about thinking outside the box when it comes to decorating and utilizing unexpected items in your decor, and it doesn't hurt if they also prevent groggy, disruptive trips out of bed. After some thought, we came up a few furniture options for all your bedroom essentials that don't require a traditional nightstand.

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Tag a bag

Clip one of these homemade tags to a backpack or lunch box, and there will never be confusion about whose is whose.

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Ask Angie's List: What are the benefits of a furnace inspection?

Much like a car, a furnace needs tuning to keep it in good working order. And regular maintenance will prevent it from breaking down when you need it most. Poor furnace maintenance is to blame for most of the emergency calls heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) experts receive in the winter, they say. So, it's a good idea to have a professional inspect and service your furnace before the cold weather hits.

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A contemporary addition to the family compound

Megan McMurray, bless her indulgent heart, is drawing a map. She already has cataloged, in perfectly understandable words and directional gestures, all the family members who live along this magical stretch of Whidbey Island beach, but we have reached relative overload. We need visuals.

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Fall is here, but you can keep planting!

Many people quit planting after spring, but seasoned gardeners know that late summer and early fall are great times to accent boring plantings or re-do tired beds. You'll also save money since many nurseries discount perennials, shrubs and trees now.

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Ask Angie's List: Should I install an electric fireplace?

A fireplace improves the atmosphere of your home, but fireplace installation can be costly and require a great deal of maintenance. If you don't have a chimney or simply want to avoid the hassle of a wood-burning or gas fireplace, electric fireplaces provide an alternative to traditional systems.

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Style at Home: A fall home tour at Lisa's

About 10 years ago, I asked my friend Lisa if she would do something huge for me. Could we feature her home in my book "Feather Your Nest"? Lisa is no stranger to crews invading her home, with cameras, tripods and big boxy lights. Her beautifully renovated historic colonial has been featured in lots of publications, has been used as the set for many advertising shoots and been on tour several times. I was giddy when she said yes.

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How to decorate your home like an uber-chic French girl

Decor inspired by the charm of the French countryside is an often sought-after aesthetic. And it's easy to see why. Who hasn't dreamt up images of rustic furniture, lush landscaping reminiscent of "The Secret Garden" and natural wood accents (exposed beam ceilings, anyone?)? However, as Betsy Kasha, founding partner of the Parisian real estate agency A+B Kasha informs us, "French country is not a deliberate or studied decor. It is more the result of a lifestyle." A whimsical life we all want to lead. Ornate items and unique antiques are often found at Sunday foire a tout (a village yard sale) and then incorporated with more chic pieces at home. "The result is relaxed, interesting, a bit whimsical, and extremely personal," Kasha explains.

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Hobbies: This Halloween, it's in the bag

Ask any kid from ages 5 to 15 what they are going to be for Halloween, and most of them will already have an answer. Halloween is any child's dream holiday, with a perfect storm of costumes, candy and a free pass to trick their family and friends.

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