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A green thumb shares his No. 1 houseplant watering hack (it's foolproof)

While we've spilled quite a bit of ink on the benefits of houseplants, from their air-purifying power to the wonders they can do for your mental health, something we haven't touched on quite as often is how to ensure your plants live a long and healthy life. To prevent the unintentional overwatering of yet another fiddle leaf fig tree, we asked Greg Salmeri, co-founder of Rolling Greens Nursery, all about proper houseplant care. From how to select the right plant given your home's lighting to how to tell if your plant is getting enough water, we're covering all the basics below. Trust us, after reading through this Q-and-A, you'll be able to walk into your local nursery with confidence.

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Ask Angie's List: Should you install a tankless water heater?

Promises of endless hot water, lower energy bills and maximized storage have many homeowners converting from traditional tank water heaters to tankless. But for some, the benefits may not outweigh the cost. Before you make the switch, weigh the pros and cons to determine whether a tankless water heater is the best fit for your home.

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Plumber: Rediscover the basic bathtub

Q: Hi Ed, We are remodeling our bathroom, and my goal is to create a high-end mini-relaxation center. While doing my research I have found that some baths are called "soaking tubs" and would like to get your take on this. Can you please explain the soaking tub concept to me?

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Yardsmart: Try dainty, tasty violas in your garden

I first discovered the durability of violas while working at Roger's Gardens, creating colorscapes for the rich and famous. We used these little progenitors of the pansy often while planting fall and winter annual color. Unlike the fancy hybrids, these are old ones, quite enchanting because they've changed little. They are the species known and grown for millennia in the Old World.

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Design Recipes: How to make your home cozy for the holidays

With the holiday season officially here, many of us will be opening our homes to entertain family and friends. While how to decorate the holiday table may come to mind, why not also make your entire home warm and cozy this holiday season? We have assembled a list of ways to bring warmth into every room of your home.

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An addition brings a Seattle home out in the open

Navajo the cat has not fully adjusted to his new home. You would think enough time has passed – his human family (Nick Abbott; Ali Milne; and their college-graduate son, Joe) moved to this lovely bluff setting five years ago – but perhaps not quite enough distance.

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Move over, minimalism: wabi-sabi will be the No. 1 decor trend of 2018

Sleek, sparse minimal interiors might photograph well, but they can also be a pain to keep tidy in real life. After all, messiness is an inevitable part of everyday life, and our homes should be inviting and encourage play – not instill fear at the thought of a spill. If you've never quite been able to get on board with the pared-back, minimal homes that have dominated Pinterest for the last few years, Etsy's in-house trend forecaster Dayna Isom Johnson says the No. 1 trend for 2018 is made for you.

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Style at Home: How to trim your tree

I love big, grand Christmas trees. But in my snug little cottage, we just don't have the room. So this year, I'm trying something different. To get the illusion of a large tree, I'm putting a 5-foot tree into a garden urn, then hoisting it up onto the desk that sits behind the sofa in our living room. We won't have much room for gifts underneath, but that's OK. The stacks of presents we buy this year will all be under Maeve's Christmas tree.

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