Kuzak’s Closet: How to store and organize holiday decorations

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With the holidays behind us, professional organizer Amanda Kuzak offers tips on packing up decorations.

It’s time to pack up the garlands and lights now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is behind us. It’s important to fight the urge to jam everything into boxes and bins and keep the momentum of the holidays in motion.

Make the most of your outdoor space during the pandemic

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Sales of fire pits have skyrocketed during the pandemic.

Homeowners are scrambling to warm up the outdoors and weatherize their homes now that the holidays are here.

Ask a Designer: Creating an inviting home through lighting, plus tips for creating ADUs

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Good lighting is particularly important in a bathroom, where people are applying makeup and grooming themselves.

As the daylight hours grow shorter and we spend more time indoors, several requests have come in for help with rooms that feel a bit dark. Below I’ll offer some potential solutions, as well as answer a perennial question about accessory dwelling units.

Designing a work-from-home space that actually works

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A beautifully designed work-from-home space can be achieved with a few simple changes that allow for both peace and productivity, interior designer Celeste Randolph says.

When many of us left the office and started working from home in March, we couldn’t have known we would still be working from home in October – and settling in for the long haul.

Ask a Designer: Tips to plan an interior home remodel

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Breaking a major remodeling project, such as a kitchen renovation, into a series of smaller steps can make it easier to get your arms around.

During the past eight months, as people have been spending more time at home, it’s been easier to notice things that could be improved to better suit the ways we are now using our spaces. I frequently get questions about remodels and aim to answer two common ones below.

Prime planting season: Fall is ideal time to nurture natives

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The winey-scented flowers of western spice bush, above, are pollinated by beetles.

Fall is a good time to reassess your garden and re-examine your gardening goals.

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