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New hardiness map puts northern Ohio in warmer zone

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: January 25, 2012

A new plant hardiness map indicates much of northern Ohio is getting warmer.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today unveiled an updated version of its plant hardiness zone map that puts most of the state in Zone 6A, meaning the average minimum temperature is 5 to 10 degrees below zero. Previously much of northern Ohio was in the slightly colder Zone 5B, while the southern half of the state was mostly in Zone 6A.

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Homemade light stand for starting seeds

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: January 23, 2012

I've never started seeds before. I've long toyed with the idea, but one of the factors holding me back is the prospect of investing in equipment for something I'm not sure I'll want to keep doing. That's probably why an article in the current Fine Gardening e-newsletter caught my eye.

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Decorative painter Annie Sloan plans workshop tour

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: January 20, 2012

Annie Sloan, the high priestess of decorative painting, will be doing a U.S. workshop tour this spring.

Unfortunately, none of the stops is in our region, but devoted fans will undoubtedly be buying their plane tickets.

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Get out and go!

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: January 19, 2012

Turn off the flat-screen and get off the couch. There's plenty to do in Northeast Ohio in winter:

http://www.ohio.com/news/top-stories/winter-activities-get-you-out-and-moving-1.255793

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First peek at Junior League show house

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: January 18, 2012

Spent an hour today checking out the West Akron home that will become the Junior League of Akron's next Designer ShowHouse.

Think small-scale Stan Hywet, '70s style.

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Renovation show casting in Northeast Ohio

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: January 12, 2012

Your house nightmare could land you on TV.

Rivr Media, a production company in Knoxville, Tenn., is looking for a Northeast Ohio homeowner who has experienced a home catastrophe and is willing to appear in the pilot of a home renovation show tentatively titled Catastrophe Inc.  The show will use the proceeds from the homeowner's insurance claim to clean up and rebuild after the disaster -- something like a fire, a flood or a bad case of mold. A designer will then decorate the space.

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At home with 'Modern Family'

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: January 5, 2012

I love the ABC comedy Modern Family. But almost as much as the show, I love the characters'  homes.

That's why I enjoyed this article and slideshow on Architectural Digest's website. In it, production designer Richard Berg takes readers on a virtual tour of the Modern Family set, explaining some of the features of the homes and how the designers settled on them.

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