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Home & Garden

Get ahead of the summer heat with an air conditioner tune-up

With summer's higher temperatures just around the corner, now is the ideal time to schedule an air conditioning tune-up. Early air conditioner maintenance can prevent many small problems from becoming bigger, more expensive problems in the long run. Furthermore, scheduling your air conditioner checkup now will save you the long waits and higher prices that come with peak season heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) repair visits.

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Plumber: Keep an open mind when designing a smaller bathroom

Q: Dear Ed: We are redesigning and remodeling our downstairs half-bath. With limited space to work with, we don't want to overcrowd the area. One of your past articles spoke about benefits of a pedestal sink in a small space. But, we're looking for extra storage as well. Any bathroom fixture recommendations for saving space along with storage?

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Style at Home: How to find your muse

How do you fuel your creativity? What do you do to keep yourself inspired? When it comes to making your home fresh and beautiful, where do you find your ideas? Through the years, I've discovered some failsafe ways to ignite my creative spark. Here are a few of my favorite muses, which not only inspire my decorating but also enrich my life:

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On Gardening: Golden Delicious pineapple sage

There is an old adage that you can't have your cake and eat it too, which is most likely correct, but with Golden Delicious I assure you, you can have your pineapple and eat it too. Well maybe I should clarify; we aren't taking fruit, but the most luscious sage on the planet.

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Style at Home: Let travel inspire your home's design

Travel changes you. I firmly believe that. Whether you are visiting a new state, or a new country, when you stretch out and explore someplace new, meeting the people, sampling the fare, drinking in the beauty, it fuels your imagination and helps you see the world in a fresh way. It can also influence how you decorate your home.

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Design trends to try in every room

Sometimes, moving the furniture around isn't enough. We need something new and inspiring – something we can fall in love with. And, sometimes the latest color and style trends are the answer. Here's a room-by-room look at some of the most irresistible current trends – and how you can incorporate them into your own home design.

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Plumber: Kitchen and bath colors that stay in style

Q: Dear Ed: We're building a new small home and it will be our last house. The kitchen is right next to our downstairs bathroom and I would like the plumbing fixture colors in the bathroom to match the kitchen sink. We have no plans to remodel this home while we live there. What are some safe plumbing fixture color choices that can keep in style for a long time?

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Yardsmart: Firecrackers explode the drought-tolerant garden

When water is precious and it's hot as hell, you need firecrackers to brighten the patio. With blossoms as vivid as old fashioned coral bells and the dangling habit of a fuchsia, it's hard to believe the curious species thrives in the low desert heat. That means no matter where you live, it won't be too hot or dry to make firecrackers explode from pots on the patio or to flesh out hell zones on the west side.

How to plant a simple garden

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