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  • GARDENING: The secret world of tomatoes

    Enthusiasts say there's an entire universe of the fruit to explore
    GARDENING: The secret world of  tomatoes

    When it comes to tomatoes, there are two distinct camps of tomato lovers. Those who have been raised on commercial hybrid tomatoes purchased at the grocery store and those who insist on nothing less than locally grown tomatoes. A growing number of tomato enthusiasts are seeking out the delicious, juicy flavours . . .

    April 19, 2014

  • RENOVATIONS: Orient expression

    Gimli business specializes in Far East flair
    RENOVATIONS: Orient expression

    A trip to the Far East by a mother to visit her daughter blossomed into a family business that will unveil unique handmade products from Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries to Manitoba beginning in May. Designers and members of the general public in search of unusual items with which to . . .

    April 19, 2014

  • CONNIE OLIVER: How to not go insane choosing paint colour

    CONNIE OLIVER: How to not go insane choosing paint colour

    When it comes to decorating, painting is an easier task than choosing a colour. That's the finding of a survey of Canadians' painting habits conducted by CIL paint. Forty-four per cent of respondents pointed to colour selection as the biggest challenge they associate with painting projects. This compares with 34 per . . .

    April 19, 2014

  • MIKE HOLMES: Home inspections benefit buyers and sellers

    MIKE HOLMES: Home inspections benefit buyers and sellers

    Springtime is home buying (and selling) season. By now most people know why you need a home inspection before you buy a house. If you don't, let me give you a reminder: You can end up buying a can of worms that will cost you tens of thousands of dollars . . .

    April 19, 2014

  • ASK THE NSPECTOR: Calming a noisy furnace

    ASK THE NSPECTOR: Calming a noisy furnace

    QUESTION: My question is regarding my loud furnace. We built a 1, 700-square-foot typical rectangular bungalow around 20 years ago. To me, the furnace has always been loud to the point that you have to turn up the volume on the TV whenever the air conditioning or heat goes on. . . .

    April 19, 2014

  • SOLUTIONS: Vinegar will get rid of gunk from kettle

    QUESTION: The water-level indicator in my electric kettle is edged with brown gunk. What is it and how do I get rid of it? Lorie (Winnipeg) ANSWER: Depending on your water source it may be minerals, rust or calcium. All you need to do is boil a half cup of . . .

    April 19, 2014

  • Book offers tips for living large in small space

    Book offers tips for living large in small space

    If living in a small space is your reality, this (small) book is for you. Author Jenna Mahoney takes the reader logically through the process of decluttering and organizing, offering decor solutions and even guidance on entertaining in a small space. There are obvious tips, such as double-duty furniture, thinking vertically . . .

    April 19, 2014

  • 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

  • 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