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Eschscholzia californica, commonly known as the California poppy is an easy-to-grow, drought-tolerant plant common in wildflower mixes. It's also California's state flower.

Ephemeral Flowers for Seasonal Color

Editor’s note: This excerpt was adapted from “The Colorful Dry Garden,” used by permission of Sasquatch Books. The word ephemeral defines anything that lives for just a short time. It’s often used to define annual flowering plants, which grow from seed, mature, flower … read more

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The Sip

Do Chocolate and Wine Truly Make a Great Match?

When January arrives, some people are clearing out their pantry and eradicating the last of the Christmas cookies and sweet treats, but others are already looking ahead to the next holiday that wouldn’t be what it is without chocolate: Valentine’s Day. Out of … read more

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Home Trends

Top Trends for the 2018 Housing Market

In the real estate market, springtime is go time. It’s the busiest time of the year for home sales, and with this year’s stable economy and low unemployment rate, the spring of 2018 has the potential to be especially active. Every market is … read more

Cover Feature — A Home Full of Light and Life
Cover Feature

A Home Full of Light and Life

Stepping into the foyer of Brian and Holly Jacobsen’s home and looking into the great room, one is struck by the amazing light flooding through the massive expanse of windows that face the water. White millwork and a well-chosen monochromatic color scheme of … read more

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Financial Planning

Tips to Take Control of Your Money in 2018

Counting calories isn’t the only way you can resolve to bring about positive change in your life during the new year. If you’re like many Americans, it may be a good time to start counting your way toward better financial health. The past … read more

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Remodeling 101

3 Tips for a Contingency Plan for Your Remodeling Project

Everyone has heard a story about a remodeling project gone south in terms of budget. Cost overruns, things they could not foresee, costing more money and time. Many people might think this is limited to large-scale projects, but it can greatly affect something … read more

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Design|Build

Design Trends in 2018 — Advice from the Experts

Trends in home design for 2018 run the gamut from simple and strong to stunning and dramatic. Just like in fashion trends, there are always hot new colors and styles — and it’s tempting to feel like you need to revitalize your home … read more

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10 Tips for Handling Clutter in Your Home

A recent survey found that the average Americans are stockpiling 23 unnecessary items in their home and 57 percent keep things for sentimental reasons. A third of Americans also procrastinate throwing out items they no longer need. The study of 2,000 people, commissioned … read more

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