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Books fill Vivien Jennings’ and Roger Doeren’s Fairway home

Look for no surprise plot twists in this story: The home of Vivien Jennings and Roger Doeren is filled with mystery, drama, suspense and even a bit of romance. Jennings, founder of Rainy Day Books in Fairway, and Doeren, her partner of 20 years and the chief of operations at the bookstore, share a home that would enchant any bibliophile.

Handyman

Cleaning worn hardwood floors

Hardwood floors that were sealed and finished in the ’60s might still be washable, so I suggest you clean them with a wet Swiffer, which contains water and enough detergent to do a good job.

Forced air heat needs the right returns

I own a house that is about 150 years old. I put a 3-story addition on 35 years ago. The heating is forced air by gas. I think I have one or two vents on the first floor, but the first-floor room gets cold. The heating man did not put in a return for that room, adding that I can use the entire room as a return. What would you recommend?

Catalog Scout

Easy, breezy Ballard Designs

I’m not sure what it is, but something about Ballard Designs makes me think of sleepy summer mornings. Maybe it’s the soft fabrics, dusty hues and European country designs. Everything feels easy, breezy and cozy.

Pier 1 Imports’ not-so-worldly collection

According to the Pier 1 Imports website, its buyers travel the world hunting for the kinds of treasures you can’t find just anywhere. “Everything,” it states, “has a global, artisan feel.” That’s not what the merchandise in its spring 2014 catalog reflects.

Staff pick

Stuff We Covet: The ScandiPhone

It’s hard to describe Broadway & Penn, a shop that opened during the last year in the Crossroads District. It carries a little bit of everything. But one of the coolest items we found was the ScandiPhone, a functioning retro phone based on an upright model that was introduced in Europe in the mid 1950s.

Drawing Board

KC Gardens