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Got a window? You've got gardening space

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 29, 2012
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No space for a garden? Check out this window-mounted setup from the French design team of Nicolas Barreau and Jules Charbonnet.

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Doing the fridge frug

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 28, 2012

This video is a little long, but if you love midcentury design, you'll get a kick out of this 1968 promotional video for Westinghouse refrigerators. Check out the kitchen dancers. Groovy.

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News from the home front

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 27, 2012

Check out what's new In this week's home section: A look forward at some cool innovations in LED lighting, and a look back at the 75-year history of the Gardeners of Greater Akron, formerly the Men's Garden Club of Akron.

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LED bulbs shine in Consumer Reports tests

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 24, 2012
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I've watched with interest as lighting manufacturers have rolled out replacement light bulbs made with LEDs.

The technology that goes into designing these bulbs is fascinating, but I've wondered how well they really work. 

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Giant beech to come down

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 23, 2012
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One of Akron's gentle giants has reached the end of its life.

The massive copper-leaf European beech tree on the grounds of Akron's Perkins Stone Mansion has succumbed to a wilt and vascular disorder, the Summit County Historical Society reported in the latest issue of its newsletter, Portage Trail Review.

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Shopping site offers free design help

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 22, 2012

The new online retailer AltogetherHome.com is offering free personalized design advice alongside its accent pillows and chandeliers.

The shopping site lets you email questions to its team of interior designers, whicih includes noted designer Marc Thee. To submit a question, click on the tab labeled "Blog" and then click on "Design Questions?"

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New this week

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 20, 2012

 In this week's home section: Quilt designs on barns are bringing tourists' dollars to rural area.

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Turf: Dead or alive?

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 16, 2012

Wondering whether your browned-out turf is dead or just dormant? Ohio State University scientists have some good guidance for gauging the health of your lawn in the latest issue of the Buckeye Yard and Garden Line.

Here's what they say:

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Craft-book publisher offers online tutorials

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 15, 2012

STC Craft, a publisher of craft books, is offering online craft classes through its new Creativebug website.

The subscription-based service offers video tutorials for a number of projects and skills, taught by noted instructors such as Natalie Chanin, Jenny Doh and the Improv Sewing team of Debra Immergut and Nicole Blum. You can also download a Creativebug app for your smart phone or tablet.

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Video shows how to install drip irrigation

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 14, 2012

This summer's drought has made a drip irrigation system more appealing than ever.

If you think such a system is complicated to install, check out this video from Fine Gardening magazine's newsletter. It just might convince you otherwise.

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Join the Great Bee Count

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 8, 2012
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Got 15 minutes to spare this Saturday?

You can use that time to help some of our most important pollinators.

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Inspired by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 1, 2012

I first fell in love with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint when I visited R. Lucas Scott Co. during a trip this spring to Holland, Mich. I was wowed by the way the paints and waxes were used to transform tired furniture into showpieces, not to mention the shop owner's promise that the paint was easy to use and required no priming.

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