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On Gardening: The brassicas are taking center stage along with kale, mustard, and collards too

The brassicas are taking center stage! In the fall and winter season, we have always dabbled in flowering kale and cabbage but it seems in the last couple of years things are changing. The cruciferous crops are doing their part to create the WOW factor in flower beds across Georgia. It's not just flowering kale and cabbage but edibles like the Toscano kale and would you believe that old southern favorite collards.

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Beyond useless trinkets: 3-D printing extends to home decor

Like replicators on "Star Trek" - machines that materialize tomato soup and "Tea, Earl Gray, hot" for peckish starship crew members - 3-D printing has a distinctly sci-fi feel. While not a new technology, the process of producing solid, three-dimensional objects sans tool or molds isn't ubiquitous either. Hence, the fantasy element.

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These are the buzziest paint color trends of 2017, according to Farrow & Ball

There's nothing quite like the feeling of a freshly painted room. Aside from its mood-boosting properties, paint has the power to transform any space with the flick of a brush. It can elevate your home, welcome in the new season, and even lower its value. But in a sea of swatches, how do you know what hue to choose? Paint can be a game changer in the best and worst way. In the same way the right tone can give a tired room a new lease on life, the wrong one can quickly date it.

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Building the perfect 'box' of a home on Hood Canal

BELFAIR, Wash. - There are two mariners compasses embedded in Tony and Gretchen Melchiors' views-for-nautical-miles waterfront home. One is big and bold and plain as day: the tiled focal point on the floor of the exquisitely circular library. The other, Tony says, "Everyone misses."

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Hobbies: These personalized host gifts are merry and bright

My turkey leftovers are heating in the microwave oven, the last piece of pumpkin pie is sitting on the counter and I'm already thinking about Christmas. Here's the thing - if you combine the Christmas work parties with the neighborhood get-togethers and the holiday family events, it can be a little overwhelming. Especially if you like to bring something handmade for the party hosts.

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Yardsmart: California grass blues

Growing up in midcentury California, we'd see the spiky sapphire domes growing at homes in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Large Japanese communities had grown up in all these ports. Many of them ran exceptional small neighborhood nurseries that specialized in Asian plants, bonsai and landscaping. Gradually the influence of their cultural designs became more prevalent in Los Angeles.

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Style at Home: Looks we love for the holidays

Every holiday season is a new opportunity to honor your family's cherished traditions, while also keeping the celebration fresh and fun by trying something brand new. That's how I like to approach holiday decorating. Today, I want to share with you a few of my favorite looks for the season, and just maybe give you a few new ideas as you dress your home for Christmas...

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Plumber: Thinking about a small toilet

Q: Dear Ed: My husband and I are looking to change our present toilet. Since this is not an emergency, we have been doing some research, and the term "intelligent toilet" keeps popping up. I know they are electric, but what exactly is an intelligent toilet, and what do they do that is so different from standard toilets?

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On Gardening: Dazzling with cool season planters

Recently, I was schooled, so to speak, on 'Pansies and their Partners' as I was invited to visit Old Town, a 2016 Southern Living Community of the Year award winner in Columbus, Ga. I'm a pretty good cool-season container guy but everywhere I looked was foliage and cool season color combinations I had never tried.

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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

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VIDEO: Spring blooms at Olympia's Bark & Garden

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Pete Carroll on Seahawks' return to health

Fishers released to a snowy forest on Mount Rainier 0:47

Fishers released to a snowy forest on Mount Rainier