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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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Yardsmart: How to save succulents from rot in winter

Are your succulents turning black? Are they gushy and soft when you touch them? The small accent color plants from warm dry climates slow down with the shortening of days into winter. They stop growing and therefore need no moisture besides what their bodies already hold. Yet water is continually applied, be it by rain or automatic sprinklers or a diligent overwater-er. This demonstrates why the small succulents rot out over winter, not necessarily from frost but lack of light and too much moisture.

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How to cut down your heating bills this winter

Did you get sticker-shock opening your first home-heating bill this year? Those initial late fall/early winter utility bills are an unfortunate reminder that the tiny gaps in your house or apartment are really little heat-sucking vampires costing you money.

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On Gardening: Golden Berry hollies, dazzling in the winter landscape

This time of the year everyone is thinking of decking the halls with hollies and their colorful red berries, but you just may want to consider adding a touch of gold. Can you even imagine hollies with bright golden berries? These would show out in the landscape like small trees or shrubs adorned with a thousand little golden lights and the same for the mantle too! My preference, however, would be to see birds celebrating with a Christmas feast.

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Plumber: The ins and outs of toilet shopping

Q: Dear Ed: My wife and I have been toilet shopping for our master bathroom, and we've noticed that some toilets have smooth sides and some toilets have wavy sides with curves. What's the difference, and why would you choose one style toilet over the other?

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13 zero-cost ways to make your home feel fresh

There comes a time in the life of every busy person when a decor refresh becomes not only necessary but also imminent. That doesn't necessarily involve a full-blown remodel or decor overhaul, but just like any good spring-cleaning session, you sometimes need to roll up your sleeves to make your home feel new again. Are you hosting the holiday parties this year? Do you have guests staying over for a few days? Don't let your home show that you've been working 10-hour days every week and that your decor has suffered accordingly.

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Yardsmart: How to grow your own apothecary rose

As Rome declined in the wake of excesses, barbarians sacked the city. They destroyed the rose gardens of species brought from around the world as medicinal plants. Roman medicine and a love of rose flower scent sent placed them in great demand all over the city. Sadly those collections were lost with decline, their remnants surviving only in the abandoned Roman buildings that soon became monasteries. Monks kept the plants in continuous cultivation so many of the earliest we have are descendants of these rescued Old World roses.

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