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 <span class="cutline_leadin">COZY, CASUAL CHARM:</span> Downsizing from a larger home is an art, but you can still maintain a stylish space.

    Style

    The art of downsizing is well worth the effort

    My life changed the day I visited a friend who had downsized into a charming home on a little lake on the outskirts of Kansas City, Mo. I fell in love with the quiet community of small, unassuming homes built decades ago around a sleepy lake.

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Neil Patrick Harris listed his home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles at $2.995 million.

    Hot Property: Los Angeles

    Country stars selling Malibu pad for $7.5 million

    Country music superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have put their place in Malibu up for sale at $7.5 million.

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This impressive and rather rare vase was made in England by a company that was founded in 1820 to make utilitarian items out of stoneware.

    Treasures

    How old is this vase from my great-grandfather?

    Q: Attached are photos of a vase that once belonged to my great-grandfather. It is marked “Coulton, Burslem” and is decorated with painted poppies and a three-dimensional dragon. It is marked with an emblem with a crown on top and the number 1922. It is 221/2 inches tall. Would it be possible for you to tell me how old it is and the approximate value?

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A native ladybug on a firebush in Terri Stephens’ yard.

    Gardening

    The gardener and the ladybugs

    A citizen-scientist documents the ladybugs in her South Dade yard for a research project.

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This patio was made from salvaged Moroccan tiles and the fountain made from an old clawfut tub and a kitchen sink.

    Furnishings

    Look to Morocco for decor that is luxurious, powerful

    Morocco. Simply saying the name inspires images of an exotic and exciting location. I don’t know of a single other place in the world that has that same effect on me.

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    Disagreement over paying for cable service

    Q. Our association has decided to change our cable TV provider once our 10-year contract ends in December. The board had a “cable committee” make the decision based on customer service, dependability and cost factors.

  • Real estate

    So you’ve decided to rent out your home? Some tips

    Cynthia Kent and her husband, John, didn’t set out to be landlords, but career choices made it necessary.

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