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    Gardener: Decades in, gardening passion still burns bright

    When I was in high school, I learned about the law of diminishing returns. Basically it states that the more you have of something, the less valued it becomes. The example our teacher gave (while keeping the age of his audience in mind) was of an ice-cold Coke. If you're hot and thirsty, that first...

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    Yardsmart: Easy canning for beginners

    A century ago, every woman in rural America had a hope chest and a Mason jar collection. These coveted jars were brought into use over the August and September harvest season when the farm yielded its bounty. Early on she worked over a wood cook stove, but now a gas or electric range with air conditioning...

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    Hobbies: Fabric-covered walls an easy, cozy project

    I have a teeny tiny room in my home that needed a big, bold touch. Instead of covering the walls in wallpaper, which we know is such a pain to remove, I opted for lovely blue and white watercolor print from my home decor fabric collection, California Dreaming. It has a great linen texture and makes...

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    Plumber: Freestanding tubs can be a room's master piece

    Q: Ed, my wife and I want to turn an unused bedroom into a full master bathroom. Since we have extra space, we would like a beautiful bathtub installed in the middle of the bathroom area away from the walls. What basic bathing options do we have to explore to plan for our bathtub centerpiece?

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    For Your Home: Can contemporary design include crystal chandeliers?

    Trying to maneuver through the rules of the design world can sometimes feel like walking across a mine field. We want to categorize every product as traditional, contemporary, rustic, lodge, industrial, modern or French country. We are so concerned about those labels that we often second-guess our...

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    Home Fix: Should I buy triple or double-pane windows?

    Q: We are replacing our windows and are considering a triple pane window over a double pane. Is there a major difference?

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    Treasures: Heirloom chair features charming decoration

    Dear Helaine and Joe:

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    Style at Home: Dress your mantel for fall

    My favorite season of the year is just weeks away: Fall! I start pulling out my fall decor when it's still beastly hot in Kansas because I just can't wait to fill my home with all the colors, textures and aromas of autumn. If you want to celebrate this glorious season in your home decor as well, ...

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    New remodeling tour focuses on upscale projects

    What do you get when you spend $600,000 on a remodeling job? For starters, an addition that doubles the size of the existing home. This whole-house remodel in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis is one of nine spendy projects on Midwest Home magazine's first Luxury Remodeling Tour.

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    Small downtown condo lives luxuriously large

    There are many reasons to downsize.

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