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Your Place: When a new fence fails to impress

Q: I recently had a new fence installed, and I am pretty unhappy about it. The wood quality is terrible, as if they used seconds. The salesman said this is the way the fence should look. I have only paid half the total cost. Should I ask them to repair/replace anything before I pay the balance?

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The mistakes professional organizers always notice (that you don't)

January is a month filled with good intentions, willingness to succeed and drive. The momentum triggered by a new year and promises to keep our resolutions transpires into all areas of life from working toward a promotion to eating healthier and taking better care of our relationships. By default, it's also the month where we often vouch to finally declutter our closets, get our kitchen cupboards organized or conquer our bathroom product spillover. But while our intentions might be good and pure, our technique to achieving our goals may not be as solid as we think.

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Style at Home: How to pick the right chair for you

I've found that the world is divided into two groups: sofa people and chair people. Since you most likely have both kinds of people in your life, you will need both kinds of seats in your home. Last week, I blogged about how to pick the perfect sofa. This week, the spotlight is on chairs. Here are my six tips to help you select the right chairs for every room in your home.

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Design Recipes: How to go green in your home

Europe has been the leader for decades and now the United States is finally catching up. The trend right now is to be not only environmentally friendly, but also to not waste resources. Sustainability, many believe, is the key to healthy living. One of the main trends right now relates to building and construction. From sustainable materials that go into building a green home to some of the energy efficient benefits of passive housing, many homeowners are choosing to build and renovate their homes in a more environmentally friendly way.

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Home Fix: Furnace is condensing

Q: When changing my furnace filter I noticed a small pool of water on the floor. The furnace is a 12-year-old high-efficiency model used to heat the home through metal ducts. I did not see water during the summer, only after the furnace has been on for a few months. Is this something to be concerned about?

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Yardsmart: South African bulbs a perfect fit for dry gardens

The climate of South Africa is remarkably similar to that of California, where summers are long and hot and winters cool and rainy. It's a Mediterranean climate where plants evolved to tolerate a dry season of epic proportions. Parts of the West are much the same, where it doesn't rain from April to December in a normal year and even less during drought. Therefore, plants that originate in southern Africa make good candidates for our dry gardens, offering a whole new look in spring and summer.

Videos

Michelle Obama kicks off her last White House Kitchen Garden fall harvest

First Lady Michelle Obama joins students and sponsors from across the country to harvest the White House Kitchen Garden for her final time as First Lady of the United States. Special guests included chef José Andrés, singer-songwriter Ashanti, Sesame Street's Elmo and Rosita.
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Michelle Obama kicks off her last White House Kitchen Garden fall harvest 3:27

Michelle Obama kicks off her last White House Kitchen Garden fall harvest

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Hate raking leaves? This video is for you

DIY: Make a propane fire pit from a flower pot 3:00

DIY: Make a propane fire pit from a flower pot

Video: Homeowners plant a drought tolerant landscape 2:41

Video: Homeowners plant a drought tolerant landscape