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Mad About Mailboxes

If you’ve worked hard to create a lovely landscape that reflects your home’s character don’t let a ramshackle mailbox teetering atop a splintered wood post be the first thing anyone visiting you sees as they pull up to your driveway. First impressions are powerful after all. A...

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How to Stage Your Home

Your home is probably one of the most, if not the most, valuable asset you own. You live in it; you experience life’s dramas in it; it becomes almost a part of you. That last part is the problem. It becomes such an accepted part of us that we fail to look at it objectively as time...

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Honey: Nectar of the gods

From the time of earliest man, honey has been a food of royal and divine lineage. Pure and golden, honey remains a food unlike any other. Twice as sweet as sugar, honey was revered in ancient Greece as the nectar of the gods. According to Greek mythology, ambrosia, or honey, was the...

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Ceiling Fans

Gas and energy prices are rising again, and that means Americans must tighten their belts even further. You don’t need to dread hot summer temps and high air conditioning bills when you have ceiling fans in your home. If you already have fans in place, check to see whether they are...

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Green with Envy

It’s the little things, the personal touches and small luxuries that make our homes unique and cozy.  Our choices reflect our personal style and speak of who we are. On the other hand, it’s the big things, like our home’s comfort systems that have the greatest impact on the quality of...

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Master Gardener

For Master Gardener Judy Ripley, a landscape design consultant who lives on the headwaters of the Corrotoman River, gardening in the Northern Neck is all about going with the flow. In a landscape rich with native species her design ethos is simple. Take a look around and see what’s...

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White Stone Beach

A beach is nothing without its sand and water, nothing without something to swim in it. A pier is lonely if no boats pass by, even more so if none tie up. A dance hall is nothing but a scuffed floor if feet do not frequent it. A hotel’s beds are nothing but evanescent sets of sheets...

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Controlling Closet Clutter:

Anyone brave enough to open my bedroom closet doors beware. Pull those handles and you are likely to be buried in a cascade of sweaters, purses, and shoe-boxes not to mention dust-bunnies and possibly a dead insect or two. My closet is not a pretty sight. I think I even have my high...

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The Dirt on Gutters

As sad as it seems to us all, summer is coming to a close. This means fall is approaching and with that, all of the outdoor fall chores that have you groaning, uumm, excited to get done to prepare for winter. Leaves will begin falling soon and so the dirty chore of cleaning out your...

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Bathroom Design

It’s most likely one of the top reasons you’ve been putting off that bathroom makeover or remodel —you’re just not sure which design elements you want to incorporate into the room. What color theme will you use? Do you want a pedestal sink or a furniture-style vanity? Will you...

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