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Style at Home: A visit with designer India Hicks

In case you are not familiar with internationally acclaimed interior designer and best-selling author India Hicks and her work, let me give you a quick introduction. The daughter of famed designer David Hicks, India is a member of the British royalty. She's the goddaughter of Charles, the Prince of Wales, and was a flower girl in his storybook wedding to Princess Diana. As an adult, she switched islands, moving from England to the Bahamas, where she lives with her family and works as a designer, author, model, entrepreneur and TV personality.

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Rome resources

Rome is remarkably walkable, with delights – art, ancient ruins, great food – at every turn. You could easily enjoy days of aimless wandering. But for targeted strikes, I followed the advice of these great resources:

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Yardsmart: New England and succulents

It's always interesting for us desert folks to hear New Englanders talk about agaves. A friend shared a recent post by Martha Stewart about how she grows the most climatically unsuitable plants using heavy equipment, commercial greenhouse and a lot of laborers on her estate. Among the big potted tropical specimens were agaves that Martha carefully warned readers about the spines in gardens.

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Rome's five best gelato shops

We arrived in Rome dreaming of victory – and chilly treats – thanks to a delicious competition. My three companions and I each chose the gelato shop we thought would be the best in the city, based on advance research. When our wanders brought us near one of our picks, we'd stop in for scoops, one for each of us and another to share. Then came the taste-testing (the best part), and the scoring (the tedious part, using an elaborate formula devised by the lawyer among us). We added a fifth location after discovering its wonders near our rental apartment.

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How to get that master bedroom feel no matter how small your space is

Settling into a plush hotel room with no other plans but to completely unwind sounds pretty nice, but what's even better (as well as budget-friendly) is a staycation at home. No need to fly anywhere, put on makeup or even get dressed – all you need are your PJs and a good book. Of course, it can be hard to achieve a truly blissful master bedroom decor setup. Often, nightstand clutter, mismatched sheets and underwhelming furniture can get in the way of complete relaxation.

Home & Garden

Plumber: What is a comfort height toilet?

Q: Dear Ed: We're in the market for a new toilet and I've noticed that some toilets are called "comfort height." I assume they are different than a standard toilet, but I'm a little confused. Can you please tell me what is meant by the term comfort height toilet?

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