Home & Garden

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Design an outdoor room to enjoy this fall

No matter your budget, space or gardening experience, you can design an outdoor entertainment area for you, your family and friends to enjoy, as fall descends on the desert. Start by gathering ideas from magazines, blogs and websites like gardeners.com for examples of outdoor garden spaces. Next, select an area that is convenient and suitable…

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I sculpt with Textiles

Laura Tanzer has a passion for fashion and it shows in every fiber of her creations. A fashion designer based in Tucson, she was chosen to attend Arizona Emerging Designer Bootcamp and participate in Phoenix Fashion Week in mid-October at the Talking-Stick Resort in Scottsdale. Her love of her craft has inspired her to seek…

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Plant now for winter harvest

Figuring out when summer ends and fall begins is much less clear in the Sonoran Desert than in other parts of the country. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has defined fall as beginning when the monsoon ends, usually mid-September. Early in the season the daytime temperatures often rise again to near June levels, but the dry…

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Minimize mosquitoes in your yard

Citronella oil or scented candles keep mosquitoes at bay when entertaining outside. Photo courtesy Melinda Myers LLC Don’t let disease-carrying mosquitoes keep you indoors this summer. Instead, employ these eight tips to protect yourself and manage these pests in your backyard. Do a bit of yard and garden clean up.  Remove weeds, manage neglected gardens…

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Where dreams really do come true

After years of collecting, planning, designing and building, Dr. Paul and Susan Stander finally have their dream house in Paradise Valley. And almost as soon as they moved in last September, they graciously opened their doors to host events for several non-profits that are close to their hearts. Although the house was built new from…

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Spice up your garden with hot peppers

Don’t be afraid to add a little spicy heat to your meals this season by growing a few hot peppers in either the garden or containers. It’s easier than you think, and many of the hot pepper myths floating around the garden are simply not true. Don’t worry about your hot peppers heating up your sweet peppers. Peppers are normally…

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Healthy kitchen design

As the weather heats up, we think about eating lighter and healthier. Making a few simple changes in your kitchen will help create an environment that supports a healthy lifestyle and feels great to work in. These design possibilities are easy to implement. Don’t take it too seriously and have fun creating your unique culinary…

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From the ground up

Scott More knows floors. After 40 years in the flooring industry, that’s no surprise. He’s seen trends come and go, and new technologies and materials move the trade ahead. But one thing has remained consistent – well, grown, actually – his passion for the business. Growing up in Chicago, Scott learned the business from the…

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Water from a plant’s perspective

April provided us with some real surprises, especially that unseasonably cold and wet weather early in the month. Palo verde blossoms are now carpeting the ground, wildflowers are fading, but new leaves and flowers are bursting forth all around us. It will not be long before 100-degree days are beating down on us. So getting…

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