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Big & Bold: 2017 paint trends point to high contrast, dramatic wall colors

When it comes to wall color, Greige still is all the rage. But stepping up to the paint palette this year are more bold, dramatic colors such as deep ...

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Winter Gardening Fair offers chance to prepare for growing season

Spring may still be weeks away, but now is the perfect time to start planning for gardening season. At least, that's the advice from organizers of th ...

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It’s modern all over again

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - As fans of midcentury modern design, Keith Zabel and husband Randy Shemaitis were drawn to Palm Springs and its wealth of moder ...

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From The Ground Up: Time to trim those oak trees now

That small window of opportunity to trim oak trees (December through the end of February) is quickly nearing its end, so if you still have this item o ...

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Midcentury modern perfect fit for the Hansons

Over the past decade or so, Eric and Shannon Hanson have been a bit like Goldilocks testing out the chairs of the three bears. They first lived in a ...

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Nature’s Notes: How wildlife survive ice, snow

Ice storms present the most dangerous weather for many wild animals and much of the Midwest experienced thick ice in mid-January. Humans are lucky. We ...

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From the ground up: Plan your summer cutting garden now

Everyone loves bouquets of fresh flowers. They bring the beauty and scents of the garden indoors. One of the ongoing dilemmas for gardeners is to make ...

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The house that Fisk built: Midcentury modern home designed by Iowa City architect

When Sue Rhomberg moved into her house in Iowa City's Manville Heights neighborhood in 2013, she didn't know very much about its unique back story. B ...

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Parsley — A multipurpose plant

Parsley is a plant that appears to be very common yet has unique qualities that aren't known by people. This common herb derives its name from a Greek ...

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Counter-top-culture: Bling, durability, cost lead the way in kitchen surface choices

CEDAR RAPIDS - When Michael Holmes and Karl Hoffman needed a way to counter the dreary darkness of their kitchen, new countertops brought in the light ...

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From The Ground Up: Kokedama gives plants a new look

There's a hot new trend in houseplants. It's modern, sleek, natural, and unpretentious. It's kokedama. From the Japanese, loosely translated, 'koke' m ...

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Nature’s Notes: Wild turkeys abundant in Corridor

Yellowstone National Park experiences bear traffic jams as dozens of cars stop to view bruins sauntering near the road. Iowa's own Corridor lacks bear ...

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Brackett House on Cornell campus reopens as bed-and-breakfast after $90,000 renovation

For nearly four years, the Brackett House has sat empty on Cornell's campus. But after a $90,000 renovation, it's back - this time as a bed-and-breakf ...

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Cedar Rapids home perfect for work and play

Mary Zeran and Jeff Schipper have made a very lovely home for themselves - and their two Irish Terriers, Henry and Stella - in a craftsman style cotta ...

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Nature’s Notes: Mink sighted in Corridor

Corridor residents may be surprised to spot a consummate carnivore dashing about their backyard. In fact, our neighbors spotted one at their small out ...

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