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Style at Home: Girls' night out at Innisfree

Growing up in a small town, I love the feeling of a close-knit community, where folks look out for each other, and everywhere you go, you're greeted by a friend. When Dan and I moved to our little lake cottage, we were thrilled to discover that this special neighborhood was just like a small town. People are friendly and welcoming. And, best yet, they like to gather together and have fun.

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Got a moment? 6 small-space decorating mistakes that take just seconds to fix

When you live in a tiny home, it's hard to know where to put all your stuff. That new pair of heels? I guess they'll have to double as decor on the mantel. That massive accumulation of books? Say hello to a makeshift side table. If you find yourself living in close quarters, then we don't need to remind you how tricky decorating can be in a small space, where maximizing storage, utilizing square footage, and creative organization hacks are of utmost importance.

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Yardsmart: Try dramatic black bamboo in your garden

The ebony stems of black bamboo are the perfect accent for that Asian-inspired garden you've dreamed of. This amazingly architectural plant bears all black canes that contrast with the bright green foliage. Dramatic day and night against the planes of modern architecture and colored walls, it's time we rediscover Phyllostachys nigra for transforming spaces.

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The fall colors we are already obsessed with

The changing of the leaves has us daydreaming over new home hues. From jewel tones to oversaturated oranges, autumnal tones bring a burst of drama and natural allure to any space. As interior revamps go, switching up paint colors via a bold accent wall or full-blown makeover is a cost-effective and wildly transformative design project. You'll definitely get plenty of bang for your buck.

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Yardsmart: Late summer fruit tree care for the West

High temperatures, hot nights, long days and kids on summer vacation cause fruit tree neglect. Gardening is the last thing you want to do in late summer, yet proper care really pays off now. It's because your trees have completed their reproductive work. After harvest is the perfect time to pay them back for all the fruit with some tender loving care. The result will be more vigorous growth and a much better crop next year.

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Style at Home: A summer dinner at Sharon Santoni's French country home

Sometimes you get to live a dream. One of mine was to dine at the French country home of Sharon Santoni, author of the newly released "My French Country Home: Entertaining Through the Seasons." She's been one of my favorite bloggers for years, and we were thrilled to have her come to the store a few years ago to sign her first book, "My Stylish French Girlfriends."

Videos

How to set up a straw bale garden

Cindy Hoedel demonstrates how to set up and condition straw bales so you can grow food in them.
Cindy Hoedel The Kansas City Star
How to set up a straw bale garden 1:24

How to set up a straw bale garden

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How to clean a messy landscaping bed

How to dig up dandelions 0:20

How to dig up dandelions

How to harvest rain for your yard 2:18

How to harvest rain for your yard