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Painting your bathroom this color increases your home's value by $5,440

Color psychology probably doesn't affect your life on a day-to-day basis – until you're trying to sell your home, that is. The color of your walls can actually raise or lower the value of your property, a dollar amount that changes annually along with the year's color trends. Zillow recently examined over 32,000 photos of sold homes around the country, dissecting how certain colors impact their closing price. While some of the don'ts from 2016 still stand, 2017 has ushered in brand-new swatches of profitable paint colors. Here are the dos and don'ts of paint colors in 2017, as originally reported by MarketWatch.

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Increase your home's value with these 4 DIY remodeling projects

Now that it's summer, you're busy making plans for vacations and backyard barbecues. While you're at it, you might want to also consider remodeling projects that will increase your home's value. Investing a little time and money in your residence now can seriously pay off if you decide to put it on the market down the road.

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Yardsmart: How to pressure wash for plant health

All over the West, drought-ravaged gardens are coming back to life. The rain alone is pushing a banner growth year in the wild and in gardens, but many of the longer lived plants may need special attention. The new growth will be a huge lure for all the tiny bugs that seem to show up overnight, suddenly there as if by magic. That is the consequence of years when weather is unusual: The bugs get unusual, too.

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Style at Home: A family Fourth of July

Sometimes you don't have to travel very far to get that refreshed, just-been-on vacation feeling. That's how it was the first time I had dinner at Sandy's cottage on the lake. Even though it's just a stone's throw from the city, spending the evening at this family's weekend retreat gave me the same reboot power as a long weekend away.

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Major cities where home prices are plummeting

Real estate prices concern everyone, whether you own a home or are renting one. Affordability and cost of living are crucial factors when trying to make long-term plans, find new jobs, or deciding where and when to make an investment. Price bubbles come and go, and jobs move from one area to another.

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On Gardening: Pineapple lily easy to grow, exotically beautiful

Once you start growing the pineapple lily, you'll wonder why you haven't been growing it for years. Sparkling Burgundy was the first one to intrigue me at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens as it was thriving in what I might normally consider extreme conditions. It was and still is growing in full sun, practically no attention from horticulture staff and zero irrigation. Yet, every year it is there blooming with a Shoal Creek vitex, fire bush, and torch lily in a unique combination.

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Mother Daughter team up to run lavender farm

Allison Horseman and her mother Mary May have started a lavender farm and business at their family farm in Woodstock, Kentucky. Their expanding line of products can be bought locally.
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Mother Daughter team up to run lavender farm

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Open Gates to Bluegrass Living Garden Tour

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Save extra seeds for next year's garden (and many to come)

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How to slash your power bill by using solar panels