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  • GARDENING: Beautiful begonias

    New varieties bring character to the garden
    GARDENING: Beautiful begonias

    Choosing the right combination of plants for an enticing outdoor display is not always easy. Sure, the folks at the garden centres are eager to assist but imagine selecting just one species of plant that does the job all summer long with no need for the usual accompanying thriller, filler . . .

    April 12, 2014

  • RENOVATIONS: Express yourself

    Home show offers some unique ideas
    RENOVATIONS: Express yourself

    I attended the Home Expressions show recently with the goal of finding exhibits featuring unique and timely items that will be the envy of neighbours. For example, with the Stanley Cup playoffs looming, who could resist a year-round skating rink in the backyard, basement or garage to keep the family in . . .

    April 12, 2014

  • CONNIE OLIVER: Make your home office work for you

    CONNIE OLIVER: Make your home office work for you

    There is no reason why your home office has to be dull, cluttered and utilitarian. Adding some lovely wall colour, comfy and stylish furniture and a little whimsy can turn a dull workspace into an inviting one. Who wouldn't want to work in this cosy and cheerful home office? This . . .

    April 12, 2014

  • ASK THE INSPECTOR: Gap in kitchen backsplash can have several causes

    QUESTION: Our kitchen counter backsplash has pulled away from the wall. It has pulled away on the two exterior walls and a smaller interior wall to about a quarter of an inch. What should we fill it with? Thank you, Diane Zakala. ANSWER: I regularly see homes, often newly built, where there . . .

    April 12, 2014

  • MIKE HOLMES: Earth Hour helps us see the green light

    MIKE HOLMES: Earth Hour helps us see the green light

    Every year, people around the world shut off their lights for one hour, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., all in the name of Earth Hour and saving our planet. This year, Earth Hour was on March 29. I turned off the lights, and I hope millions of Canadians did, too. With . . .

    April 12, 2014

  • SOLUTIONS: Cracked wax could cause stinky bathroom

    QUESTION: There is a very bad odour coming from my bathroom that I have not been able to locate. I notice it mainly during humid weather. It disappears in colder weather. It seems to be coming from the outside area of the toilet, around the base. Signed, Help! ANSWER: If . . .

    April 12, 2014

  • GARDENING: Mini pops

    Small plants add colour, variety to your garden
    GARDENING: Mini pops

    The world of gardening just got smaller. Plants with Lilliputian proportions are taking North American gardeners by storm. As recently as two years ago, only a small area in local greenhouses may have been allocated to an assortment of miniature plants and fairy gardens. This spring, gardeners will see expanded collections . . .

    April 5, 2014

  • RENOVATIONS: Money for makeovers

    Comparatively affordable market leaves funds for fixing up homes
    RENOVATIONS: Money for makeovers

    Why do people in Vancouver never renovate? Nobody can afford to buy a house. You may laugh, but when it costs $1, 000 a month to rent a storage locker in which to put all the stuff you would have put in your house if only you could afford one, it . . .

    April 5, 2014

  • Home Expressions is the place to be this weekend

    Based on the interest and enthusiasm yesterday for the opening day of the Home Expressions Home and Garden Show, the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg is going to be the main attraction in the city today and tomorrow. Manitoba's premier home show runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and . . .

    April 5, 2014

  • CONNIE OLIVER: Hardwood flooring isn't just for walking

    CONNIE OLIVER: Hardwood flooring isn't just for walking

    Today's hardwood flooring options work on floors but also on walls and ceilings! The options are endless for decor possibilities with this unique flooring. Consider using it to make a headboard as a feature in the bedroom, or cover the entire focal wall from floor to ceiling. Our feature photograph, courtesy . . .

    April 5, 2014