Donna Smallin's book "Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness" (Storey Publishing, $10.95) is practical. You can open to any page and find a quick tip that will help you get a handle on the things you own - and shouldn't.
As the nation's economy continues to improve and homeowners tackle more improvement projects, leaders in the electrical industry say a shortage of qualified electricians makes it even more important for homeowners to hire smartly.
Almost any coffee lover can appreciate products that make the experience even cooler, whether it's pretty cups or stylish carafes. Here are some products that should be just your cup of tea, er, you know what we mean.
Q: I have been looking at buying a home, and I plan on having it inspected, and I would like to know what to look for before buying. Can you give me some ideas of what I look for myself so that I can make a good offer before paying someone to tell me I made a bad choice?
You know the saying: for everything there is a season. It's a great phrase that we can all relate to, especially gardeners. So I hope you will appreciate that I use it as my way of saying I've come to that season in my writing career where I need a break from the duties of creating a weekly column over the past eight years. Reluctantly, I'm ready.
Q: Dear Ed, I'm in the planning stages for my new kitchen and would like to have two sinks installed. For the main sink, I want one that is farmer-style with a high-end faucet. I will also have a much smaller prep sink and would like the faucet to match my main faucet. But, I don't want the prep sink overpowered by a large kitchen sink faucet. Do they make smaller kitchen faucets, or will I just have to use a bar sink faucet?
The master bedroom is a place for privacy, tranquility and relaxation. For many, the master bedroom is also a place where they may choose to splurge, perhaps on sumptuous bedding or the hand-crafted bed they have always wanted. But the reality is you don't have to break the bank to create an appealing bedroom.
They started the exchange the year I headed out in my VW to hippie life in the wilds of the Sierra Nevada. That was the first back-to-the-land movement when we all sought a natural lifestyle beyond suburban origins. Some really smart folks got a big idea for rediscovering and recovering garden varieties that had been passed down in families or communities and keeping them in cultivation. If we could somehow contact other gardeners and farmers in towns and villages around the world, we could request their own unique strains directly. There had to be a central clearinghouse where everyone could come together to announce what they had to offer so others could make contacts and exchange their seeds.
Want to chase away the winter glum by bringing some cheery color into your home? Have I got a dynamic duo for you: turquoise and coral. This peppy color combo adds vibrant energy to a space, whether you do it up loud and proud by washing your room in saturated shades or just adding a few subtle touches here and there to spark up neutral spaces. Here's some inspiration to get you started.