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Top smart home trends for 2019

Still haven't installed your first smart home product? You could soon be the last home on the block. Nearly 30 million smart home products will be sold in 2019, according to the Consumer Technology Association. That's a 23 percent increase from last year, signaling a real tipping point for the industry.

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Plumber: Kitchen faucet spray choices

Q: Dear Ed: I'm a regular reader of your column and enjoy the topic of new plumbing technology. I'll be shopping for a new kitchen faucet soon and want a pullout spray type. Since I want cool features, what new spray head options are available?

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Ask Angie’s List: How should I maintain my hardwood floor?

Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular flooring choices for the home, and no wonder. It offers strength, durability and great looks. Plus, it tends to have a high return on investment when you start calculating resale value. But hardwood is also an expensive flooring choice, so you want to take the best possible care of it. Plus, it tends to be more vulnerable to the wrong cleaning choices than other kinds of flooring. Take these steps to ensure a long life and a beautiful finish:

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Design Recipes: The beauty of black and white

Black and white are two of the most popular but often overlooked colors. In many instances, people don't consider them colors and simply ignore them. When paired together, black and white can be one of the most elegant and neutral color palettes in a designer's toolbox. Whether your taste is modern or traditional, a black-and-white palette is versatile and timeless. Here are some tips to help get you started.

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On Gardening: Tropical style garden all about attitude

After the Polar Vortex visit, it left many of us thinking about life in the tropics or at the bare minimum longing for summer, gardening, and splashing in the pool. In reality, it will not be long until the backyard becomes our corner of paradise, our secret garden if we add a few tropical plants.

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6 ways to prep for a home wedding

Hosting your wedding at home – whether it's your own home or that of a family member or friend – is an appealing option. Not only does it cut down on costs, but it also allows for a truly personalized event and an intimate gathering for guests. Of course, this kind of wedding requires some significant prep work on the home front. And the more consideration you give to things like home repairs and extra bathrooms, the less stressful your planning will be. Here are some ways to prepare your house for such a celebration.

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Plumber: Chill out in a cube tub

Q: Hi Ed: We're planning our first home with a private master bathroom. We will mostly use the shower stall, but also want a separate bath. Can you suggest a tub that is perfect for the few times we'll be able to relax in the bathroom?

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Ask Angie’s List: How can I prepare my basement for spring?

With the recent polar vortex sweeping through much of the nation, spring might not be on your mind, but it's not far off. And spring presents a serious challenge to your basement. Before the rainy season starts, give your basement a checkup and prepare for the season to come. February is an excellent time to plan ahead for future basement waterproofing and schedule work before problems develop.

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Design Recipes: Shop your house

A popular and underused term in interior design is redesign. Instead of purchasing new items, repurpose and reimagine spaces using items that can be found right down the hall. Redesign essentially involves shopping your house. So where do you begin? Here are some tips to help get you started.

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Style at Home: A guide to sourcing quality wood furniture

Investing in quality wood furniture can sometimes seem like a daunting task. I often find welcoming new pieces into my home feels a bit like dating and marriage. There's the initial excitement of finding the perfect piece that ties a room together, the comfortable years where it seems to almost blend into the background, and finally the love and appreciation that only comes with time – along with a few dings and scratches.

Is South Carolina an NCAA Tournament team? Frank Martin weighs in

South Carolina coach Frank Martin talks “bubble” after the Gamecocks beat Ole Miss on Feb. 19, 2019, in Columbia.