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Style at Home: Celebrate Easter in your home decor

If your family celebrates Easter, chances are you've got some great childhood memories surrounding the cherished holiday. One of mine? Hunting for Easter eggs. As soon as we got home from Easter Mass we headed over to my dad's good friend's house, where I'd join their passel of six girls to scout for eggs while Dad and Mr. Loftin would crack open a beer (unbeknown to Mrs. Loftin and my mom, who were busy cooking Easter dinner).

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Wallpapers from Brett Design pack serious punch

Take one look at Brett Beldock's dramatic wallpaper, and it's no surprise to learn the New York-based interior and product designer has a background in fashion. In fact, an eye for color, texture, material and scale clearly informs all her work for Brett Design, from luxe seating, tables and casegoods to a line of custom rugs for Doris Leslie Blau.

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5 small household changes that will reduce your carbon footprint

Environmental awareness is becoming more and more of a priority to most Americans. We bring canvas bags to the grocery store, ditch paper towels for washable cloths and use ride share transportation apps. Regardless, our society is slowly shifting towards more environmentally-friendly ways with the mentality that if we don't take care of our world, who will?

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How to make a house for mason bees

"Mason bees are the most prolific pollinators," says Robert Girvin, a Tacoma doctor who's been keeping mason bees for four years. "They're child-friendly, don't sting and are easy to manage. It's something easy you can do to improve the local environment." Girvin shows how you can make your own house for mason bees.

Marianne Binetti

Get outside and weed

Near the end of March there is one very important garden task to be completed: Weeding. If you don’t get control of the weeds this week, you’ll have millions more to deal with later on in the summer. April is the month of blooming, seeding and spreading weeds, so pulling, mulching and cutting back weeds this month is the best form of preventative maintenance.

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Bee friendly: Keeping mason bees

Native to North America, mason bees are a whole different ball game from honeybees: They live in solitary “houses” rather than hives, they don’t have a queen or make honey, so they are far more docile. In fact, the males can’t even sting. And they hatch right about now.

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On Gardening: Emperor's candlestick, a nostalgic trip to the islands

I was working on a magazine piece this week on nostalgia gardening. While we tend to think of nostalgia gardening as being related to growing something that is heirloom or antique it can also be considered a plant that mentally transports you back to another time or place. One plant that instantly does that is the Emperor's candlestick, Senna alata formerly Cassia alata.

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How to make a house for mason bees

"Mason bees are the most prolific pollinators," says Robert Girvin, a Tacoma doctor who's been keeping mason bees for four years. "They're child-friendly, don't sting and are easy to manage. It's something easy you can do to improve the local environment." Girvin shows how you can make your own house for mason bees.
Lui Kit Wong lwong@thenewstribune.com
How to make a house for mason bees 2:33

How to make a house for mason bees

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WATCH: Basement transformed into amazing vintage movie theater

VIDEO: Spring blooms at Olympia's Bark & Garden 1:44

VIDEO: Spring blooms at Olympia's Bark & Garden

OL Trey Adams speaks after Day 1 of spring practice 2:09

OL Trey Adams speaks after Day 1 of spring practice