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Plumber: Exploring your new toilet options

Q: Dear Ed: I am a handy guy around the house and plan on replacing our old toilet. While searching for our perfect toilet I came across one-piece and two-piece toilets that my wife and I like. My question is, are there advantages to choosing one toilet style over another?

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Design Recipes: How to get new looks for less

Whether you wish to brighten a single space or redo an entire home, where can you save? Many low-cost alternatives can provide high style at an affordable price. Looking to get a luxury look for less? Here are some general tips and cost-saving design hacks to keep in mind.

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Style at Home: Add a touch of fall to your home with bittersweet

Bittersweet reminds me of my childhood. In the fall, my friends' families harvested strands of the woody vine, which grew naturally in the woods around our hometown. Their moms snipped bits from the vines, which were covered in dazzling orange berries, and used them to create beautiful fall displays throughout their homes.

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Design Recipes: Let there be light

Lighting often plays a critical role in enhancing spaces and molding moods, whether the environment is one for relaxation, sleep or work. From decorative to ambient and task lighting, many homeowners may ask: Does my home have enough light? A general rule of thumb is to try to use as much natural light as you can, whether it means adding windows or doors to a room, or making solid surfaces more transparent.

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Ask Angie’s List: How should I prepare my house for fall?

Even if the heat still beats down outside, September has arrived. This means temperatures and tree leaves will fall before you know it. Start planning your fall maintenance tasks now. You'll save time and effort by doing them ahead of schedule. You also might get a better rate and scheduling if you call in professionals before their busy season really gets underway.

Tips on how to control Japanese beetles

Horticulturist Anne Wildeboor said volunteers for the Overland Park Arboretum spend a couple hours every morning dealing with Japanese beetles. She provides some tips on how to spot and control them in your gardens.