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For the gardener, cleanliness is next to .?.?. impossible

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Gardening is good for the physique. It helps to tone the arms and trim the midsection. At the end of a day in the garden your skin might even glow. How bad can fresh air and physical activity be, especially when your work has put great food on the table?Read full article >>



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Creating a soothing space, with room for a dog

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

THE CHALLENGECarolyn Kahn-Hall and her husband, Jeff Hall, want to create a more open feeling in the living room of their Vienna home. They need dog-friendly upholstery and want to keep the piano and antique Victrola while adding comfortable seating. Read full article >>



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5 decorating rules from Erica Burns

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Designers specialize in interpreting clients’ hopes and dreams. Erica Burns shares five tips on how to create your personal dream home.1. Spend time gathering inspiration. At my first meeting with Candace, she had stacks of magazine clippings and dozens of Pinterest boards. Each one had something she liked, whether it was an overall feel of a space or a lamp she coveted. Even though they may have been different looks, you can start to see a common thread throughout that provides a great foundation for a design.Read full article >>



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Meet Penelope: A DIY’d trailer bringing craftiness to a street near you

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Penelope is pint-size, bright and cheerful, and she favors the color pink. She’s also completely portable, with two wheels and aluminum siding. You see, Penelope is a trailer. A pink vintage Shasta Airflyte-style camper, to be exact. Read full article >>



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Opening your home to guests this summer? The Inn at Little Washington owner weighs in.

Monday, July 20th, 2015

The Inn at Little Washington proprietor, Patrick O’Connell, joined a recent Home Front online chat with readers and shared suggestions for welcoming houseguests. Here’s an edited excerpt of his advice:Read full article >>



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Nourish your inner artist with colorful vegetable confetti

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Confetti is the Italian word we use for multitudinous specks of colored paper floating down on a parade, a sports victory or some other joyous event. An emblem of celebratory glee, it originally consisted of grain — an ancient custom that’s survived as fistfuls of rice tossed at weddings — or, at other times, small hurlable sweets such as Jordan almonds. And what else? Biscotti? Hopefully not cannoli or, God forbid, tiramisu.Tip of the weekContainer annuals should be fertilized occasionally but not excessively during the growing season with a liquid fertilizer diluted with water. A teaspoon of concentrate per gallon of water is enough to replenish nutrients every two weeks. Fish emulsion serves as an organic liquid feed and should be used at a cup or less per gallon. The fish smell soon dissipates. Cut back rangy growth and faded flowers to promote bushiness and rebloom. Read full article >>



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How to refresh a tired kitchen without a budget-blowing renovation

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

THE CHALLENGESue and Roland Meisner need to update the kitchen of their Alexandria home, but they aren’t in a position to do a full renovation. They want to get rid of the wallpaper and old furniture and possibly paint the cabinets. They plan to replace their appliances soon. Read full article >>



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Simple and affordable ways to safeguard your home

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Do you have good deadbolt locks on all your doors? Strong latches on your windows? Do you always lock your doors and windows? Have a barky dog?If you can answer “yes” to the first three questions, you’re way ahead when it comes to home security. (You get extra credit for the dog.) Because most burglars enter homes by simply opening unlocked doors or windows — or pushing and kicking locked ones until they open — even the most basic measures of protection will improve security. Read full article >>



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How do I throw away batteries and meds? And 3 other decluttering stumpers

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

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D.C.’s biblical rains drowned my tomatoes. Can they be resurrected?

Friday, July 10th, 2015

After a slow start, by mid-June the tomato vines looked set for a fruitful year. Their bed had been well enriched with a powdered organic fertilizer than offends the nostrils in a reassuring way. The vines, a mixture of full-bodied hybrids and heirlooms, were hydrated, staked and tied. Amid thick, lush foliage, the nodding yellow blooms were appearing on schedule. It seemed a safe time to leave town.Read full article >>



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