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Living Smart: 5 Kinds of roofing shingles to choose from

It's important to consider the pros and cons of several different types of roof shingles and the relative cost of each roofing material, as well as consult with a local roofing contractor to determine which shingles work best for your house and in your part of the country. Here's a look at some commonly used roofing materials:

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Hobbies: Turn seashells into nautical succulent planters

Succulents are the perfect plant because they don't require too much attention and they can be planted virtually anywhere as long as it's sunny! Plus, they come in so many varieties, each one chic and unique. This DIY brings a little bit of the beach into your garden by turning seashells into succulent planters.

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Plumber: Kitchen faucets have two-in-one options

Q: Dear Ed, I live in an apartment with a small kitchen sink. I want to upgrade my kitchen faucet and have read your past columns about installing a separate beverage faucet to deliver filtered water to the sink. Since I can only fit one faucet, do they make a kitchen faucet that also has a built-in filter option? I don't want to add any attachments to my new faucet.

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Coffee tables by AndTradition show the mixed-materials trend done right

Mixing materials, particularly in unlikely combinations, is an appropriate interior-design trend for the Internet age. After all, many of the online tools favored by design-obsessed people - Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram - are inherently collagelike, allowing users to pull together a range of images, ideas and inspiration from various corners of the web and organize them in one place. Why not, then, boldly combine disparate elements when decorating the rooms of your home? Or, for a lesser commitment, go for a single, statement-making piece of furniture that does just that?

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Home Fix: Questions on skylights

Q: I have Wasco-thermalized skydomes on my roof that have never been completely watertight. Rather than being flush-mounted at the roofline, they are mounted on boxes similar to dormers and elevated from the roof. The inside of the box is clad with Sheetrock, and the exterior is Dryvit. The tops of the boxes have been flashed to prevent moisture intrusion where the dome fits over the box, and the box is step flashed and counter flashed at the roofline. All the skydomes are new, as is the roof. Despite all this, I still am having occasional problems, i.e. drips or damp spots on the interior walls. My roofer has given up, and I have become somewhat resigned to the occasional drip.

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9 tips for totally on-trend gender-neutral rooms

We love rooms that break rules. One of our favorite emerging trends in the world of decor is the aesthetic that seamlessly blends masculine and feminine points of design. Gender-neutral living is the ultimate inclusive aesthetic. Fluidly merging clean architecture with punctuations of organic allure, the look has something for everyone. Those living with others know that marrying personal style can be a challenge. That's why we've enlisted the expertise of one of our favorite companies for a master class in the art of unisex cool. New York-based TRNK is on a self-professed mission to bring new converts (bachelors, take note) into the interior-obsessed fold. Their artfully curated site routinely dishes up some of the best emerging artisanal brands alongside wallet-friendly staple pieces and one-of-a-kind works of art. Here to school you in the art of adaptation is TRNK co-founder Tariq Dixon. We thought we knew every trick in the book, but Dixon's tastemaker's eye offered us some brand-new insights.

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Yardsmart: Inspired by the boma

Nomadic tribes in Africa raise livestock amid the most ferocious predatory mammals in the world. Keeping their families goats and cattle safe, particularly at night, is not easy. Long ago, the kraal was devised by cutting wickedly sharp thorny brush to stack into a dense, round enclosure for protecting both human and animal overnight. During colonial times, the word "boma" was applied to these uniquely circular enclosures made of local materials throughout Africa.

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