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Yardsmart: Wild tulips for a drought garden

If you're gardening in drought, wild tulips may become your new best friend this year. These are wildflowers that bloom in spring throughout the mountain ranges and hill country of the Mediterranean and points east. They were first collected by the Persians and later used by the Dutch in early breeding of modern show tulips. They are the hardy pioneers called "botanical tulips" left behind in the wake of our obsession with fancy horticultural varieties.

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Style at Home: Let's hear it for the boys: Menswear fabric adds class

It all started with a fashion intervention. When I was a little girl, for Easter mass, all the other little girls' mothers dressed their princesses in frilly pink and blue frocks. My mom put me in a well-cut, no-nonsense khaki and cream dress. When I protested, wanting to look like the other girls, she gave me a knowing look and said, "Honey, you're just more of a tailored-dress kind of girl." In my heart, I knew she was right. And I've had a deep and abiding love for classic styling and menswear fabric ever since.

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Plumber: Preparing to save water in the kitchen

Q: Hi Ed, I am an avid home chef with a very large kitchen. I plan to install a prep sink in my island for rinsing and washing foods. Since I'm not filling large pots in this sink, I would like to install a water-saving kitchen faucet. Can you please give me the quick rundown on a couple water-saving choices for kitchen faucets?

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How to get the lived-in look without the clutter

While we're told time and time again to keep our homes clean and clutter-free, our busy lives often get in the way. But we're here to tell you, there is a happy medium. A home that embraces both comfort and chic. This new trend has been dominating our feeds lately, and we're calling it the lived-in look. It's the interior equivalent of French-girl style: cool and completely carefree. It's impeccably styled yet appears like you never lifted a finger.

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

Trees removed along Capitol Way in advance of sidewalk repairs 1:13

Trees removed along Capitol Way in advance of sidewalk repairs

UW offensive line coach Chris Strausser looks toward UW-Stanford game 1:01

UW offensive line coach Chris Strausser looks toward UW-Stanford game