<![CDATA[Home & Garden News | The Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/ en-us Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:43:21 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:43:21 CDT Home & Garden 60 webmaster@wichitaeagle.com Home Fix: How important are yearly termite inspections? http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98560957.html#storylink=rss Q: We have lived in our older (80-year-old) home for over 30 years. We've had yearly termite inspections with only clean reports. How important is it to keep up with yearly inspections? The cost now tops $300 annually and includes basically a 15-minute flashlight check of crawl space and basement. How likely are we to develop termite problems at this point in the life of this house?

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By C. DWIGHT BARNETT ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98560957.html
How to keep your home from looking dated http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539462.html#storylink=rss Trends happen to the best of us, as they should. Everyone should relish the style of their current era, live in the moment and make memories in their own heyday. Unfortunately style isn't eternal, and sometimes no matter how much money and time you invest in decorating your home (or how few trends you fall for), your interior decor becomes dated, and the look you once loved doesn't work as well.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By SACHA STREBE ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539462.html
Plumber: High hopes for low-height toilet http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539352.html#storylink=rss Q: Dear Ed: I am a loyal reader and remember an article from the past about toilet tank height. I have a very old low-profile toilet and above the tank is a built-in cabinet with drawers and storage. I cannot remove the cabinet without going into a remodel of my bathroom. Do they still make toilets with very low tanks? Please help, the old toilet is leaking on the floor!

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By ED DEL GRANDE ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539352.html
Fountains make a splash http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539347.html#storylink=rss Fountains have been around since Roman times. In the ancient world, they were purely functional, employing springs or aqueducts to provide water for drinking, bathing and cleaning to even the smallest villages. Modest, centrally located and fed by gravity, public fountains were the focus of a simple communal existence.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By PAUL HODGINS ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539347.html
A 'paradise' amid the rocks and weeds http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539342.html#storylink=rss BALTIMORE - It has been years since visitors to North Gay and Washington in East Baltimore have seen anything much but blight. Boarded-up row houses line the streets. Weeds flourish in sidewalk cracks.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By JONATHAN PITTS ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539342.html
Ask Angie's List: Should I use task lighting in my kitchen? http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539297.html#storylink=rss Looking for ways to spice up your kitchen? Consider task lighting.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By KALEY BELAKOVICH, ANGIE'S LIST ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539297.html
Treasures: Indian souvenir plates are beautiful, but not antiques http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539302.html#storylink=rss Dear Helaine and Joe:

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By HELAINE FENDELMAN AND JOE ROSSON ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539302.html
Designer puts 'boho-modern' spin on her midcentury rambler http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539247.html#storylink=rss MINNEAPOLIS - Interior designer Michelle Fries grew up in St. Paul, Minn., but has lived around the globe, from San Francisco to Shanghai - her design sensibility influenced by each city she called home.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By LYNN UNDERWOOD ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539247.html
Style at Home: 3 looks we love for fall mantels http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539237.html#storylink=rss As a chill enters the air, the days grow a bit shorter and the fall colors begin to appear everywhere you turn, it's time to layer up your fireplace mantel with a drop-dead gorgeous fall display. Here are three of our favorite looks to inspire you as you decorate your home for fall.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By MARY CAROL GARRITY ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539237.html
A home with whimsy to spare http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539182.html#storylink=rss BELLEVUE, Wash. - A giant neon bowling-alley sign is the shining North Star of Rod's Enatai neighborhood. (As in, "Hang a left after the giant neon bowling-alley sign.") You can see how that might happen: The thing is 8 feet tall, 6 feet wide, nice and high in the living-room window and - repeated for emphasis - neon.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By SANDY DENEAU DUNHAM ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539182.html
Design Recipes: The art of downsizing http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539127.html#storylink=rss These days, for many homeowners, bigger isn't always better. Many Americans are opting for minimalism and smaller homes over mega mansions and extravagance. Whether you prefer a small, cozy home over a larger, more cavernous one, are an empty nester or just prefer to live a more minimal lifestyle, downsizing is a current trend not only in real estate, but also in home decor.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By CATHY HOBBS ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98539127.html
Whimsical chicken footstools draw flocks of fans http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98312592.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:39:31 CDT

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Three don’ts (and three do’s) when decorating a kid’s room http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97999477.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:29:59 CDT

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Hot Property: New Playboy Mansion in town http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98175132.html#storylink=rss LOS ANGELES-There's a new playboy on the Westside.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By NEAL J. LEITEREG ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article98175132.html
Your Place: A frustrated reader says no thanks to no tanks http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97753007.html#storylink=rss I was going to pass on further discussion of tankless heaters until I received an email from Sandy Wardrop, who offered a contrarian viewpoint.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By ALAN J. HEAVENS ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97753007.html
With a childlike whimsy http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97753037.html#storylink=rss LOS ANGELES - Married eight years, the couple work together as the creative agency NONdesigns and live in the Dorland house, a two-bedroom, one-bath house designed by Lloyd Wright that they purchased in 2013.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By LISA BOONE ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97753037.html
Diggin' In: Meet nice wild bergamot and not-nice kudzu http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97753122.html#storylink=rss If you are curious about how to identify the native perennial wild bergamot, just look for the plant with lavender flowers that look like ragged pompons, says native plant expert Helen Hamilton.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By KATHY VAN MULLEKOM ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97753122.html
On Gardening: Copper worth every penny in the summer landscape http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97753127.html#storylink=rss This morning in Savannah, the heat and humidity were simply staggering but as I drove into the garden there they were, two acalypha plants, the tropical troopers of the landscape. What I was looking at were Java White and the bright red cat tail like blooms of chenille plant.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By NORMAN WINTER ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97753127.html
9 summer DIY projects for kids http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096357.html#storylink=rss DIY is often beloved as a fun, fulfilling creative outlet, sometimes with money-saving powers.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By ALISON SHERWOOD ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096357.html
Design Recipes: Essentials for a home office, no matter how small http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096107.html#storylink=rss For many homeowners, it is not unusual for spare bedrooms to be used as home offices. In fact, with so many working from home, the influx of virtual meetings and telecommuting, home offices are no longer considered to be an extravagance, but a necessity.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By CATHY HOBBS ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096107.html
Treasures: Berry bowl is not true cut glass http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096272.html#storylink=rss Dear Helaine and Joe:

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By HELAINE FENDELMAN AND JOE ROSSON ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096272.html
Style at Home: Nostalgia is hot for fall centerpieces http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096257.html#storylink=rss There is something so nostalgic about fall for me. Maybe it comes from growing up in a small, Midwestern river town, where the trees turned spectacular shades of scarlet, amber and orange. Where apple orchards were bursting with juicy fruit ready for a snack or pie. Or maybe it was the excitement of football game days in our small college town. Fall just feels like home, familiar and friendly.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By MARY CAROL GARRITY ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096257.html
8 great contemporary toiles http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096327.html#storylink=rss Toile de Jouy is named after the French town of Jouy-en-Josas, where it got its start in the 18th century. That explains all those pastoral scenes peopled by farmers in Colonial-era garb. Yet these toile designs also telegraphed the news of the world, whether it be balloon voyages, the American victory in a revolutionary war or the toppling of a king. You can still buy those designs as wallpaper or fabric.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By BILL DALEY ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096327.html
Stash the hose: Two ways to a lush Northwest garden &#239;&#191;&#189; with no water http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096332.html#storylink=rss TACOMA, Wash. - If you think "waterless garden" and picture a stark xeriscape filled with spiky succulents, it's time to flip the stereotype. Two gardens in Tacoma and Puyallup, Wash., are living proof that you can have a lush landscape without anything but rainwater - even as our Northwest summers get hotter and drier.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By ROSEMARY PONNEKANTI ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096332.html
Rooftop gardens grow fierce http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096362.html#storylink=rss WICHITA, Kan. - More than a decade after people first moved into the lofts at Grant Telegraph in Old Town, their rooftop gardens are starting to draw eyes upward to leafy lushness.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By ANNIE CALOVICH ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096362.html
Ask Angie's List: Are extended warranties on appliances worth it? http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096427.html#storylink=rss The debate continues over whether extended appliance warranties are worth the cost. Some appliance technicians recommend them for today's larger, more expensive appliances, while others suggest regular maintenance is enough to keep appliances in top running order.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By TOM MOOR, ANGIE'S LIST ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096427.html
Moving? Don't start packing without these 8 painless tips http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096432.html#storylink=rss You've been perusing real estate apps for months, have gone to countless house inspections and finally found the home of your dreams. But before you start building your decor Pinterest board and investing in new wares, it's time to tackle one of the most frustrating parts of the process: moving.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By SOPHIE MIURA ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096432.html
Plumber: Make a decorative connection with a bridge kitchen faucet http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096437.html#storylink=rss Q: Dear Ed, I am thinking of installing a new kitchen sink with a bridge-type faucet. While I find this faucet attractive, does the bridge styling have any functional advantages as well? I don't want to pay extra money for just good looks.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By ED DEL GRANDE ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97096437.html
Home Fix: Help with a washer drain http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97105167.html#storylink=rss Q: My washing machine is located in the basement in a room directly beneath the kitchen. When water drains from the washer, it's going into a hole in the basement floor. The sump pump kicks on, but the water comes back up into the kitchen sink. The water recedes, but I'm not exactly sure to where. Anytime any water enters the sump hole, the pump kicks on and water comes back up into the sink - this could be water draining from doing dishes in the sink or even just accumulated condensation from the A/C or from the high efficiency furnace. Could this be caused by the vent pipe on the roof being clogged?

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By C. DWIGHT BARNETT ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article97105167.html
Hot Property: Singer Josh Groban moves to the next stage http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article96723642.html#storylink=rss You won't find Josh Groban's latest release in the iTunes store, or the Multiple Listing Service, for that matter. The singer-songwriter recently sold his Malibu home of more than a decade for $3.75 million in a deal finalized off-market.

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Fri, 19 Aug 2016 03:00:00 CDT By NEAL J. LEITEREG ]]> http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/article96723642.html