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On Gardening: English dogwood the ultimate spring extender

This time of the year as our native dogwoods and azaleas have completed their glorious spring display, something magical happens. At least it does in those old cottage gardens, seen in small towns and hamlets found on America's backroads. Today's young gardeners will see, and utter ... is that a dogwood, where is that fragrance coming from.

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Design Recipes: 10 tips for decorating with wood

When it comes to creating character, some may argue there is no substitute for wood. Real wood is unique, no two pieces identical. For many reasons, wood is one of the main – if not preferred – materials of artisans. These days many interior designers and homeowners are also looking to wood more than ever as a way to infuse one-of-a-kind or unexpected design elements into a space. Love the look of wood but need some ideas? Here are some top tips.

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Get the most out of your home office

These days, millions of people have the luxury of working from home. It's convenient and comfortable – and the commute is unbeatable. But telecommuting comes with its own host of challenges. If you're dealing with distractions and a lack of space, it can be difficult to strike a balance between productivity and the creature comforts of home. Consider these tips as you design your home office to make sure you get the most out of your space.

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Style at Home: Tabletop roundup

Creating a tablescape is no easy feat. With all the options in material, size, color and on and on, it's easy to get lost in the process. I know how blessed I am to have an amazing team beside me to help design fabulous tablescapes. I hope this inspires you to step outside of your comfort zone and take your tabletop to the next level.

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Home for Dinner: Chicken thighs braised in spring onion salsa verde

The Santa Monica farmers market was one of my first destinations after moving to L.A. a few months ago; I went to feel some connectivity to my new home after weeks of moving limbo. There, stacked as high as my face on every stand's tables, were piles and piles of spring onions. Their newness and my own fresh start in Los Angeles inspired the first recipe for this, my first "Home for Dinner" column.

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Ask Angie’s List: How can I prepare my deck for the warm season?

An outdoor deck provides great comfort and luxury for spring and summer outdoor entertaining. But, even the most well-constructed deck needs to be well-maintained and inspected every so often. Wood decks require the most maintenance, but even composite decks need to be checked. Follow these steps to ensure a safe deck season for your family.

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On Gardening: Louisiana iris species preservation project looks to stem losses due to habitat damage

As a graduate student at Texas A&M, it was brought to my attention on more than one occasion about the incredible preservation work of Caroline Dorman from Louisiana. Though I never knew her, I do know she made a lasting contribution in the world of native flowers that is still recognized today. Her work comes to life when you visit the Caroline Dorman Nature Preserve in Saline, La.

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Get the look: organic modernism

If you haven't heard of organic modernism yet, then get ready – it's about to become your favorite design trend. It all started in 1941, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York hosted a show titled Organic Design in Home Furnishings. The furniture featured in the exhibition brought together crisp, modern design and natural elements. Now, this trend is reemerging, covering entire rooms in clean lines, curved furniture and the healing power of nature.

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Style at Home: Meet the designer: Dana Gibson

Dana Gibson creates fresh and vibrant accessories, textiles and art for the home. I adore her approach to new traditional design. In 1993, Dana began manufacturing home accessories that are rooted in tradition but made modern. Drawing on the past, Dana finds inspiration in ancient ikats, Chinese vases, painterly florals and curvaceous ogees. Her designs have a distinctly modern sensibility.

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Ask Angie’s List: What do I need to know about air-conditioning refrigerant?

If your HVAC technician has ever told you that you have problems with your air conditioner's refrigerant, you may have found yourself bewildered by a flurry of numbers, chemical names, environmental protocols, and deadlines. And no wonder – recent years have seen the nature of residential air-conditioning refrigerant change completely. While the changeover is nearly complete, owners of legacy systems will still be coping with the aftereffects for some years to come. Here's a primer on how refrigerant has changed and how it affects you.

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Design Recipes: Tips for using spring blues

When thinking of spring, what colors come to mind? For me, it's pink, yellow and blue. Blue is not only one of the most popular colors, it's also an ideal color for spring. Looking for ways to use blue in your spring decor? Here are some top Design Recipes tips.

Hay there! Do your NEIGH-bors have horses?

These horse statues are getting some attention in Miami. Check them out!