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Functional columns elegant

Columbia, S.C. ? Columns aren't just for the front porch anymore.All sorts of columns are making their way into new homes, lending a bit of traditional style to today's open floor plans."Most of new construction now is very open. Columns can designate the beginnings and endings of rooms," said ...

Proper pruning creates beautiful, bigger roses

NEWPORT NEWS, VA. ? Bob Little takes a week's vacation in early March to tend to some serious needs at his home in Hampton, Va.He dons a carpenter-style apron and kneepads and arms himself with the tools of his hobby: bypass hand pruners, small pruning saw, wire brush, clear-drying white glue ...

Surgery creates desire to garden through others

When I agreed about seven years ago to begin writing this weekly column, I negotiated a compromise. I would write about food as long as I also could write about vegetable gardening, which was my real passion. Hence, the column was titled Kitchen and Garden.What intrigues me more than the ...

Timing critical for spring blooming bulbs

A light snow cover combined with near record cold temperatures can not change the fact spring is right around the corner. After enjoying a rather mild winter, the recent shift in temperatures was a rude awakening to what our climate should be like.Nevertheless, as the soil begins to warm, many ...

Overlooking history

Elliot Perry's loft in downtown Memphis, Tenn., overlooks the National Civil Rights Museum housed in the Lorraine Motel.Owning a building near the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King was shot in 1968 is important to Perry, a former NBA basketball player."My grandfather marched on a number of ...

Surgery rekindles rib recipe

Lately I've been forced to give more thought to ribs than I might otherwise. That's because I recently learned I must have one removed. The 10th one on the left side, in case you're curious.As a product of the American educational system of the 1960s and 1970s, when the concept of general ...

Garden, home show inspires visitors

After buying property with two water gardens on it, Steve and Linda Bruce needed to learn how to take care of them.So Saturday they were among hundreds of people who showed up for the third annual Lawn, Garden and Home Show at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, East 21st and Harper ...

Start your search engines

I sometimes get teased writing about home improvement since I am much handier in the garden than in the home repair department."Have you fixed that leaky sink yet, Carol?" friends inquire. One time I wrote about building a simple three-shelf bookcase in a weekend. I requested help from my ...

Electric fireplaces look like real thing

Electric fireplaces used to be a joke.Now they're the fireplace industry's growth leader.The electric fireplaces of the past were simply flimsy pieces of orange paper illuminated by light bulbs; the ones today offer flickering flames, logs and glowing embers. Some models even come with heaters ...

Be careful in selecting perfect plants

Last week, I discussed the steps gardeners should take when selecting trees and shrubs for the landscape. If you did your homework, you now have a list of plants and an appropriate place to plant them. Now you are ready to shop.Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you head to the nursery or ...

Lawn, Garden and Home Show gets under way

The third annual Lawn, Garden and Home Show kicked off Friday evening at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.Dozens of vendors from Lawrence and beyond will be showing their wares this weekend to homeowners who are looking for renovation ideas for the interior and exterior of their homes."It's a ...

Ramen rules when bachin’ it

Several weeks ago I was in the newsroom of The Bonner Springs Chieftain, one of the newspapers that carries this column, to visit with the editor. Before I left, one of the reporters -- a young man in his 20s, who had been sizing me up in that aloof but incisive way that brash young reporters ...

Room for improvement

At a time when many investments are in the tank, home improvements can add to your home's resale value or simply make it more livable.Now the not-so-good news: improvements, especially work done poorly or in questionable taste even over-improvements -- can lead to a decline in home value, ...

Do homework before picking your plants

Spring is traditionally the ideal time to plant ornamental trees and shrubs. Warm days, regular rains and cool nights help plants prepare for the heat of summer.However, choosing the right plant is not always easy. With so many varieties and differences in size, price and form, deciding which ...

Detailed plan helps decorating scheme

The phone rang, and I barely said hello before I heard "'Oh my gosh! Can you believe she is stapling flowers all over the bathroom walls!?'"My daughter, generally laid back and easygoing, calls me like clockwork when, in her opinion, one of the decorators on "Trading Spaces" does something so ...

Red rooms on the rise

They're rolling out the red carpet for red, a color that is popping up in home furnishings categories from room decor to appliances."It's one of four featured colors in our April color issue," said Brooke Stoddard, style editor at House & Garden magazine. (The other colors are pink, ...

More moisture in air provides comfort

Just the other day, I opened an e-mail from someone complaining, "I hate winter. My lips are chapped; my skin is dry; I'm light deprived; and my houseplants look like an extension of my pain!"No kidding. I'm typing on fingers whose skin is cracked by the dry winter weather. It is getting harder ...

Flowers are worth preserving

If you look around town, retail stores and gift shops are overflowing with heart-shaped candies and bouquets of fresh cut flowers. Both can be used to tell that certain someone just how special they are to you. Unfortunately, the flowers given by a sweetheart may not last as long as their ...

Vegetable variety picks for area gardeners

As we continue our pass through the vegetable alphabet, you'll notice that I'm hitting only on the -- pardon the pun -- garden-variety vegetables. You didn't see celeraic and chard last week, and you won't see kale and kohlrabi this week.I'll leave it to you to fill out the gaps in my list. A ...

Warm ideas for winter

The Scandinavians have the right idea.In a land darkened by winter, they revere white for its ability to reflect and enhance the waning sunlight. You can do the same in your home.Snuggle in, and make the most of it. Few things are more serene than frosty windows and softly falling snow. Instead ...