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Plumber: Mirror, mirror on the bathroom wall

Q: Dear Ed: I plan to do a bathroom upgrade, not a full remodel job. Presently, I don't have a medicine cabinet and just want to replace the old mirror with a new trendy mirror. Since you're usually up to date on bathroom technology, can you please make some modern mirror suggestions for my bathroom?

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Style at Home: An Independence Day to remember

Sometimes it's not us who achieve our life dreams, it's our descendants. In my case, it was my granddaughter Maeve, and the dream was to win the Fourth of July pageant. Growing up in a small town in Kansas in the 1960s, the holiday was a huge deal. One year, our swimming pool had an Independence Day swimsuit contest. I was about 5 years old, and set my sights on winning that pageant.

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Ask Angie's List: Do I need a real estate agent?

Buying or selling a home can be a daunting task. But doing so without a real estate agent can be even more so. After all, the job of a real estate agent is to cover the many details involved to ensure you're getting the best possible outcome in your new home purchase or home sale.

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Budgeting for three common remodeling projects

It's easy to imagine the end result of a remodeling project – an updated spa bathroom, an open-concept kitchen with new cabinets and countertops or a basement converted into a convenient guest apartment. But it's harder to imagine just what these renovations will cost – and even more so, how far your own budget will take you. Here's a look at what you can achieve with modest, average and luxury budgets for three common remodeling projects, according to data from HomeAdvisor's True Cost Guide.

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Yardsmart: How to maintain privacy in your backyard through planting

You can't sunbathe nude when neighbors look down onto your patio or backyard. They can watch every move you make, and you don't want to see them either. Your neighbor's rotting camper or junk cars may not suit your garden style. The knee-jerk solution is to plant a closely spaced row of Italian cypress or other cigar-shaped evergreens. It may be a wasted effort because they are slow growers, unlikely to fulfill their purpose before the end of our lives.

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Design Recipes: 10 design hacks for using mirrors

A frequently used secret weapon of interior designers and home stagers, mirrors can help to trick the eye in a way that can be aesthetically pleasing to overall improve a room. Small spaces can especially be helped through the creative placement of mirrors. Looking for ways to make the most of mirrors in your home? Here are some timeless tips.

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Style at Home: My Showtime Market report: Hot trends and what I loved

In my 30-plus years in retail, I've been to a zillion markets. It takes a lot to wow me anymore. But oh my, that's exactly what happened at the June Showtime Market in High Point, N.C. Here's the official description of this fabric market that is a dream-come-true for fabric fanatics like me: "The internationally acclaimed Showtime Market offers the most comprehensive fabric, leather and trim presentations." My description? Wow. Just, Wow.

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Ask Angie's List: How should I decorate a kid's room?

Everyone benefits from a space that's uniquely their own – especially kids. Kids love to help plan and design their bedrooms. After all, the place where they sleep and play is their own little part of the world, and it gives them a sense of ownership when they're able to put a personal touch on it. Here are three ways to customize your child's room without breaking the bank:

Here's what you can do to save water in your home

Water efficiency is the smart use of resources through water-saving technologies and simple steps you can take around the house, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Much of your indoor water use probably occurs in the bathroom.