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On Gardening: Colorful storm brewing in the spring garden

There has been a storm brewing in North Carolina and it is one that will prove to beautify our landscapes across the country. The Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Mills River N.C. already horticultural heroes of sorts with their incredible white flowered Sweet Tea Mountain Gordlinia are now bringing the landscape the Double Take Storm flowering quinces with the most shocking blooms you ever imagined.

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Answer Man: Does changing the direction of a ceiling fan really save you money?

Q: They say you're supposed to reverse the direction of ceiling fans in the winter to improve the circulation of warm air, thus helping your furnace's heating efficiency while reducing your utility bill. But most homes have their warm air ducts at floor level. My house is a little funny in that a previous owner who installed the HVAC system had the ducts placed near the ceiling. Do the same rules still apply?

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A 'down-to-the-studs' renovation updates a 1961 Ibsen Nelsen home

SEATTLE - Kristin and her husband had no plans at all to move from their first home, a 1911 Queen Anne bungalow they had meticulously remodeled to the period. But the kids were conked out in the car, and the family randomly had driven by an intriguing midcentury-modern open house in picturesque Laurelhurst - and really, what could possibly happen if Kristin just peeked?

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The one thing a designer would never do in a small space

With limited space, creating a striking neutral design with a clean, streamlined aesthetic isn't easy, but we love the thrill of a challenge at MyDomaine HQ. And besides, we honestly believe that a small space is way more fun to decorate than a large one is. Why? Well, it's just like Nate Berkus said at a recent event we attended: "You can spend more on the products you love because you don't need as much." Adore marble? Thanks to your tiny kitchen, you only need four or five feet of it to create the countertop of your dreams. Have your eye on a fancy wallpaper? You can slather your entire vanity in it from floor to ceiling because you only need half the amount you would in a typical bathroom.

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Design Recipes: Shades of pink

Pink is one of those colors that you can dress up or down, and use all year long. Despite what many people may think, pink is more than just a feminine color. From the runways to home decor, pink remains one of the most popular accent colors.

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Yardsmart: Supercharge spring peas naturally

Few vegetables are as welcome as spring edible podded peas after a long cold winter. Sweet snap peas and flat snow peas are delicious when grown in the cool season in the warmer Western zones. Later sowing can be troublesome here because peas aren't fond of drier, hotter seasons. Plant them early in January or February, before the national sow date: St. Patrick's Day. That way flowers and pods are forming while it's still relatively cool and moist.

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Style at Home: Let the good times roll: a Mardi Gras gathering

I have never been so thankful for horrible icy weather as I was on a special Fat Tuesday a few years ago, when the car's inability get traction on the highway scored me an invite to one heck of a Mardi Gras party. I was out shopping with girlfriends when the weather turned bad, so my friend Brenda, who lived nearby, invited us to spend the night. It just so happened she was attending a Mardi Gras party that night, and invited us to come crash the bash.

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Create a haven for songbirds

Open spaces provide areas for certain species of birds to forage for food. But it can also spell danger. Layering tall, medium and low plants throughout the yard allows birds to take cover when they need it.

Videos

How to plant a simple garden

T’s European editor Rita Konig shares her add-as-you-go strategy for building a backyard oasis.
The New York Times
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How to plant a simple garden

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