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Interior designers won't be decorating with these trends in 2018

As the new year dawns, it's not only a chance to reflect on our accomplishments, but also an opportunity to look forward and set new goals for our health, career, relationships and home, too. While we don't subscribe to the "new year, new you" tropes, we do believe in the power of intention setting. By clearly articulating your thoughts and desires, you can truly set yourself up for success. And who doesn't want to kick off a new year like that?

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Ask Angie's List: How can you avoid hiring the wrong contractor?

Whether you're fixing a small plumbing leak or building a home addition, hiring the wrong contractor can come with serious consequences. Not only could you end up paying for project delays, unnecessary add-ons and shoddy work – or in the case of a no-show, no work at all – but in some cases, you could even set yourself up for more expensive repairs or put your home and family at risk. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to ensure you're hiring a trustworthy, qualified service professional.

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Style at Home: How to create a warm welcome for holiday guests

I can't wait. On Christmas Eve, my big sister Judy will come spend the holidays with us. I am so thankful that she keeps coming back because, to be honest, I have been a pretty rotten hostess in years past. Absolutely no food in the house? Check. Complete lack of toilet paper? Check. Within hours of landing, Judy is usually at the grocery store, buying necessities, and giving me a lot of grief in the process.

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Yardsmart: Help make a difference in a healthier food system with 2018 seed catalogs

"I believe that the positive power of seeds is the best way to accelerate our transition to a healthier food system," says Tom Stearns, owner and founder of High Mowing Organic Seeds. He wants to help us all make a difference in the world with the great new 2018 catalog. A whopping 112 pages of full color veggies and flowers means the resource will be welcome on any gardener's desk. But if Stearns has his way, it will be on everyone's desk, urging us all to grow organic in the backyard.

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Plumber: One kitchen sink for two jobs

Q: Dear Ed: I'm planning to remodel our small kitchen. We were hoping to include a kitchen island, but that's not possible. My issue is we wanted to have a prep sink in the island with a garbage disposer and a larger single bowl kitchen sink in the counter. By the way, we're short on counter space as well. Any clever ideas on how we can still have both sinks?

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On Gardening: Bouquet dianthus reigns supreme for show and cut-flowers

This fall has been amazing for those of us who have been growing the Bouquet series of dianthus. The flower power of this dianthus is unmatched in the gardening world. I admit there was a little anxiety with the recent winter storm called Benji. Now Bouquet Purple was a Minnesota Select Perennial Plant of the Year, so we know it has excellent cold-hardiness.

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How to avoid buyer's remorse

You've dreamed about that new home and finally signed on the dotted line. But then the uncertainties creep in. Was it the right choice? Did I pay too much? Can I really make the payments?

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Fireworks ensue when past meets present in 'The Distance Home'

During the holiday season, many of us will be heading back to a place we think of as home. Orly Konig's debut novel shows us that no matter how many miles you've put between you and your formative experiences, they'll still beg for attention when you reach that heart-tugging, familiar turf – and maturity may not be enough to counter returning feelings of awkwardness.

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10 modern home decorating ideas that'll transform any traditional space

Two rules interior designers consistently remind us about decorating are to keep in mind your home's original architecture and to try to stay true to your home's roots. This doesn't mean going full-blown Victorian with your furniture in a historic terrace home but rather to respect the original bones of the space, look for materials that were found in the era your home was created, and give a few nods to the time period in your decor. That said, you also don't want your home to feel as though it belongs in another era, so keeping that balance between traditional and modern home decorating is an art that could always use some fine-tuning.

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Style at Home: Saved by the incredible wreath

I will never forget the year it felt like Christmas passed over the Garrity home. We had just opened Nell Hill's Briarcliff, and I was working a million hours a week. I didn't have a spare second to decorate our home for the season. Since I am surrounded by so much Christmas decor every day, I didn't think I would mind not having my home decorated. Turns out, I did. A lot. On Christmas morning, our house felt depressing, with no tree, nothing on the mantel, no holiday table set for guests.

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