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Green grabs the imagination of decorators and homeowners

Palm fronds dominated patterns trends at the Paris Maison & Objet furnishings exposition earlier this year. Why? There’s the obvious exotic tropical appeal. But it’s all about the green. Green velvet. Green leather. Moody inky tones. Rich emerald. Lemon-based teals. A dash of olive. Even that old standby, Kelly, is hot.

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On Gardening: Native spiderworts offer stunning flower and foliage

Each morning I pull into my parking spot which is right in front of our cottage garden. This time of the year it is the bluest blue greeting me thanks to our native spiderwort. Spiderworts are known botanically as Tradescantia virginiana and native over a huge range of the country covering some thirty states. Those states where it is not native have the Tradescantia occidentalis which is called prairie spiderwort.

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Living Smart: Is it OK to install a roof in the rain?

Dear Angie: Is it OK to install a new roof while it's raining? I'm having a new roof installed over 20-year old (Oriented Strand Board) sheathing. It started raining during the install. Good news is that they did a section at a time, so the OSB was exposed to fairly light rain/drizzle for about a half hour before peel and stick membrane was installed. Is that a problem?

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Yardsmart: Early planting may not pay off

It's not just day and night temperature that makes the difference, it's ground temperature. Most folks get all excited on the first really warm spring days, then run out and plant a garden. Inevitably this event is followed by rain, hail and frost, which decimate the seedlings and prevent some seeds from sprouting at all.

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Design Recipes: Freshen your space with florals

When the weather is warm, nothing can revitalize and rejuvenate a space quite like florals. And the beauty is they don't necessarily have to be fresh. One longtime secret of decorators is to use floral arrangements as accessories. Similar to decorative elements such as sculptural pieces, vases or toss pillows, the right floral arrangement can add an elevated aesthetic and help set a mood, as well as add a much-needed punch of color.

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Style at Home: Decorating with dishes

I still remember it like yesterday: the winter day I strapped my mom into the car and drove like a bat out of hell to make it to the antique store before the dishes I was obsessed with were snatched up by someone else. These were not just any dishes, mind you. But a set of hand painted, porcelain Limoges depicting fish, one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. Dish nirvana for this disciple of all things pretty and porcelain.

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Home Fix: Strange sound coming from crawl space

Q: I live in a 26-year-old ranch home over a crawl space. Over the past year I have noticed a sound occurring in the crawl space when I use the washer (located in the garage at the far end of the house). The sound reminds me of a metal that is exposed to extreme cold. To eliminate the cold temps within the crawl space, I had it completely insulated with a vapor barrier replaced, yet I am still experiencing a noise during the wash cycle. It does not last long - just a few seconds or so - but I am concerned this issue may cause damage to the water pipes which could cause substantial water damage to crawl space. Do you have any ideas on where the problem lies and what I can do to resolve this matter?

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