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Style at Home: Benches, ottomans add seating, style

In the sports world, being benched is a bad thing, I know. (Believe me, if I had ever done sports in high school, that's where I would have languished!) But for me, after a day of sprinting around up and down the stairs a jillion times, the thought of melting into a soft chair with my feet up on a bench or ottoman sounds pretty darn amazing. Add a glass of wine and a good book, and I'm in paradise.

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Home Fix: Possible causes for humps in the floor

Q: We lived in our home for 22 years and recently noticed a hump in a floor between the kitchen and the living room. The home has a basement where we can see the floors, and I cannot see anything like a hump. We never noticed this until the carpet was removed and a new wood floor installed. Do you think this was always there and unnoticed?

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Yardsmart: Autumn sage for autumn flowers

Autumn sage is queen of fall gardens because few drought-resistant species flower so late. Yet this beauty was named for the habit of blooming in spring with a long second season of color in fall. In between, it backs off for a rest during the heat of late summer. The split season makes affordable American native Salvia greggii an ideal choice for mild winter regions of the West.

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The simple organization hacks tidy people do every day

Ask me to locate an electronic bill and a quick Command + F will retrieve my archive in an instant. Ask me to find hard-copy medical records or receipts, and that's a completely different story. If, like me, you've mastered a digital filing system but don't quite know how to organize life's administrative paperwork, it's time to declutter your desk.

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Plumber: Vessel sinks are very versatile

Q: Dear Ed: I am getting older and find myself holding onto things to keep my balance. With that said, we're doing an aging-in-place remodel to our bathroom. I would like a vessel-type sink but want one made of very strong materials and more suited to my needs. Can you please point me in the right direction for choosing my new bathroom vessel sink?

Videos

WATCH: Basement transformed into amazing vintage movie theater

Olympia homeowner David Williams along with former MGM and Paramount studios' set designer Thomas Polidori offer their thoughts during a July 10th tour of the basement area which was turn it into a replica London street from the 1930s, including an Art Deco theater, faux storefronts, cobblestones, manholes, neon signs etc. Scaled down from an actual period commercial movie house a state-of-the-art theater featuring digital access to most any film caps-off the experience.
Steve Bloom sbloom@theolympian.com
WATCH: Basement transformed into amazing vintage movie theater 3:36

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

Washington coach Chris Petersen discusses Huskies' 35-28 OT win at Arizona 3:40

Washington coach Chris Petersen discusses Huskies' 35-28 OT win at Arizona

Washington QB Jake Browning discusses Huskies' 35-28 win at Arizona 1:58

Washington QB Jake Browning discusses Huskies' 35-28 win at Arizona