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03/02/2013 7:38 AM

03/02/2013 7:55 AM

Fairy house contest

Botanica will have a contest for best fairy house or gnome home made out of natural materials. The entries will be displayed during the Tulips, Fairies & Friends event in the Downing Children’s Garden from March 23 to April 13. Entries are due by April 12. For more information, go to the website www.botanica.org, e-mail nthiessen@botanica.org or call Gabby Brandt at 316-264-0448, ext. 110.

Designer Q&A

Q: I would like to change the paint of my living room. Can you suggest a neutral color that would go well with dark wood furniture? I want to make the small room appear lighter and more spacious.

A: Color expert Annie Elliott of Bossy Color answers: Tricks to make a room appear larger include a bigger rug (counterintuitive, I know), a mirror to bounce the light and plenty of lamps. Don’t feel you have to go with a neutral color; any light color will make the room feel large. I just painted my dining room Farrow & Ball’s No. 22 Light Blue, which goes from blue to gray. It looks great with our dark wood furniture.

Washington Post

Clean up the de-icer agents

Traction materials such as de-icing chemicals can seem like a great idea in the middle of a snowstorm, but once the storm is over, the materials should be cleaned up. Otherwise they land in the yard, where they can hurt plants and grass; drain down the gutter and into the river, where they are a pollutant; or remain on concrete, which the chemicals can pit.

The Snow & Ice Management Association recommends storing de-icer in an air-tight container to keep it from clumping or freezing, and placing it on a high shelf out of the reach of young children and pets.

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