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Diet plan for bloated homes

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 31, 2011

I explore Hudson resident Sharon Kreighbaum's diet plan for homes bloated with clutter:

http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/breckenridge/hudson-woman-s-book-puts-homes-on-diet-1.242523

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Jack-o'-lantern inspiration

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 26, 2011

Need some inspiration before you cut into that pumpkin? Check out this video from VegetableGardener.com.

The creative carvings range from funny to artistic to, well, pretty gross. There's even a witty pumpkin pi, but my favorite is Jack Skellington.

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Get the dirt on soil testing

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 24, 2011

You've probably heard it before: Get your soil tested.

But why bother? Well, for one thing, it saves you money by pinpointing exactly what your soil needs, so you don't buy unnecessary products. For another, it saves you aggravation, because healthy soil is more likely to mean healthy plants. And it saves the planet from fertilizer run-off.

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Photos of urban flower gardens on display

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 20, 2011

Check out the 30 entries in Keep Akron Beautiful’s Flowerscapes photo competition at Hazel Tree Interiors, 143 W. Market St., Akron.

Photographers were invited to capture images of  Keep Akron Beautiful’s Flowerscape sites during the past season. Flowerscapes are KAB's flower gardens in and around downtown Akron.

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NASCAR family inspires home designs

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 19, 2011

NASCAR fans can now live like one of racing's royal families.

Well, sort of.

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This week's column: Going buggy

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 17, 2011

In this week's Close to Home column: Creepy crawlies are invading my life.

http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/breckenridge/mary-beth-breckenridge-going-buggy-1.240194

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Rare books for sale at botanical garden

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 14, 2011

You can pick up out-of-print first editions, antique volumes and other rarities at Cleveland Botanical Garden's upcoming book sale.

The garden's Eleanor Squire Library periodically offers donated books for sale, and the offerings can be a collector's dream. They're not all gardening books, either. The library sells children's books, fiction, botanical prints and a variety of other materials.

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Building Doctors coming to Hudson

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 12, 2011

Owners of older buildings in Hudson, take note: The Building Doctors are headed your way.

"Doctors" Mark Epstein and Justin Cook -- building-preservation specialists with the Ohio Historic Preservation Office -- will be in Hudson on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 3 and 4. They'll offer a seminar  Thursday evening on common issues related to older buildings, and on Friday they'll be available to visit pre-1955 buildings within five miles of downtown Hudson and advise their owners on problems.

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A new season for Matt and Shari

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 7, 2011

Northeast Ohio favorites Matt Fox and Shari Hiller are back with a second season of their public television series, Around the House with Matt and Shari.

The season launches with a show on kitchens, including segments on quick kitchen updates and bargain kitchen face lifts.

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Spooky silhouette crafts

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 5, 2011

On the hunt for old stuff

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 3, 2011

After my article on salvage style appeared in Saturday's home section, I heard of a couple of other places to check out.

One is Pickers Gallery, 1185 Canton Road, Akron. The store opened in May, and co-owner Kayla Cobb says it deals in antiques, collectibles, furniture and more.

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