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Yardsmart: How to maintain privacy in your backyard through planting

You can't sunbathe nude when neighbors look down onto your patio or backyard. They can watch every move you make, and you don't want to see them either. Your neighbor's rotting camper or junk cars may not suit your garden style. The knee-jerk solution is to plant a closely spaced row of Italian cypress or other cigar-shaped evergreens. It may be a wasted effort because they are slow growers, unlikely to fulfill their purpose before the end of our lives.

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Design Recipes: 10 design hacks for using mirrors

A frequently used secret weapon of interior designers and home stagers, mirrors can help to trick the eye in a way that can be aesthetically pleasing to overall improve a room. Small spaces can especially be helped through the creative placement of mirrors. Looking for ways to make the most of mirrors in your home? Here are some timeless tips.

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Style at Home: My Showtime Market report: Hot trends and what I loved

In my 30-plus years in retail, I've been to a zillion markets. It takes a lot to wow me anymore. But oh my, that's exactly what happened at the June Showtime Market in High Point, N.C. Here's the official description of this fabric market that is a dream-come-true for fabric fanatics like me: "The internationally acclaimed Showtime Market offers the most comprehensive fabric, leather and trim presentations." My description? Wow. Just, Wow.

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Ask Angie's List: How should I decorate a kid's room?

Everyone benefits from a space that's uniquely their own – especially kids. Kids love to help plan and design their bedrooms. After all, the place where they sleep and play is their own little part of the world, and it gives them a sense of ownership when they're able to put a personal touch on it. Here are three ways to customize your child's room without breaking the bank:

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Steam assist ovens are the best of both worlds

Professional chefs around the world have known for years that cooking with steam means moister, better tasting food and faster cooking times. In fact, steam assist ovens have been standard fare in the restaurant business for quite some time. Lucky for homeowners, there are now a number of residential-sized models hitting the market. And any home chef would love to own one!

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Design Recipes: Transform your space with these low-cost refreshers

Whether you are looking to sell or to dwell, there is always room to infuse a fresh, new look into a space that may be perceived as tired, worn or outdated. While a full renovation may be an option, it doesn't have to be. With a bit of creativity, planning and perhaps a bit of do-it-yourself work, making your home feel inviting and refreshed doesn't have to break the bank.

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Style at Home: The art of welcoming guests

When my sister, Judy, comes to visit us in a few weeks, she will be lucky if I have stocked the guest bath with toilet paper and put a few scraps of food in the fridge. But if Judy (or I!) had been lucky enough to have my friend Marsee as a sister, she would have had a different experience. Very, very different. Marsee is the Queen of Hospitality, making her guests feel like visiting royalty, whether they are there for a few hours or a weekend.

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Yardsmart: How to salvage shade structures

In the desert, shade can be hard to come by. Trees for shade demand water throughout their entire lives, so growing for shade becomes difficult and costly. It also takes a lifetime to achieve. In the Southwest's extremely dry climate, Native Americans built shade arbors to allow outdoor activity on unshaded sites. They used what was available: found wood, natural dead limbs, palm fronds, reeds and twigs.

West Wichita 'castle' comes with dungeon

Take a tour inside Dale Schawe’s nearly 7,000-square-foot home in Emerald Bay Estates. It features two turrets, a gargoyle, a dungeon, secret compartments and hideaways, a mini-moat and even a rat or two.