Home & Garden

At Home: Investing in quality cabinets pays off

A kitchen remodel is one of the best returns on investment a homeowner can make, according to a 2015 report from the National Association of Realto ... »

From the Ground Up: Plant spring blooming bulbs now

Fall is the season for planting spring blooming bulbs.

Bulbs should be planted as soon as the ground is cool, when evening temperatures aver ... »

Stylish seating: Have fun when choosing an accent chair

An accent chair can spice up a space and provide both style and function. Here are things to consider when choosing just the right chair.

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From the Ground Up: Time to start preparing garden for winter

September is one of the best months in the garden with lots of late summer bloomers still going strong. September is also a month of starts and sto ... »

Couple uses bargains, personal momentos to transform ROOTS program home

CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s a house mantled in a soft sage green shade, sitting in a modest neighborhood on 34th St. SE, traditional appearin ... »

Fall color: Flowers, trees and shrubs can keep gardens bright all year

When you think of fall color you immediately think of the fall colors that we get from trees like the blazing reds and oranges of maples.

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At Home: Caring for your hardwood floor

Hardwood floors are beautiful, durable and are a lifetime investment that can add value to a home. But proper care is important to keep them in top ... »

Tips to make sure bats stay outside house

Few things are as startling as waking up in the night with a bat winging over the bed. These superb flying mammals normally cruise the sky snatchin ... »

From the Ground Up: Tomatoes take hard hit this year

Many gardeners across Eastern Iowa are now enjoying the rewards of the tomatoes planted last spring, but not all of those tomatoes are perfect. Tom ... »

From the Ground Up: What is fragrance?

Have you ever wondered why some flowers, such as lilacs and roses have a lovely fragrance and others, especially some of the newer hybrids, have li ... »

At Home: Pest prevention

Have an infestation of unwelcome insects in your garden? Want to keep your potted plants safe when you bring them inside for the winter?

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At Home: What to consider when buying a new bed

Americans, on average, will buy three or four beds over the course of their lives. So do your research and ask lots of questions to make your mattr ... »

From the Ground Up: What you need to know about the Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer is spreading in Iowa. Should I be doing anything with my ash tree now? And how do I know if it's infected?

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Modern Manners: Getting back to the table

What does every person do at least three times a day to sustain themselves? Yes, the question may be answered differently depending on who you ask, ... »

At Home: Design to shine

Want to make a splash with your landscaping? Trying designing around a focal point.

Choose a plant, piece of yard art or feature you love a ... »