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Modern nerd decor takes on a tasteful, adult look

A couple of years ago at C2E2, during the second edition of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, I bought a small terra cotta pot from an older man seated at a table. He never looked at me; he worked for the duration of our transaction, sculpting felted wool into small "Star Wars" figurines. His wife took the money and he nodded and continued churning and churning his wool into miniature cylindrical Chewbaccas and R2-D2s that he then placed into seedling pots, as though planting pop culture cactuses.

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Yardsmart: Plant marigolds to keep away root-knot nematodes

Grandmother planted marigolds in her vegetable garden because that's what her mother did. Maybe she heard they were good for pest control, but we know they have no effect on the majority of garden bugs. Maybe they were planted just because marigolds brightened the hard-working space with aromatic fragrance and bright orange or yellow annual flowers.

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Style at Home: Tips and tricks for pretty florals

I cannot put a flower bouquet together to save my life. I've tried. Over and over again. Every time, the vase full of blooms looks like a Pinterest fail. But I love to use fresh flowers in my decorating. So through the years, I've learned a few tricks for pulling together pretty floral arrangements that are so foolproof, even I can't mess them up. Here are a few tips and tricks for creating pretty floral arrangements.

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Home Fix: How to get rid of mold spores

Q: I recently had my house that I rent tested for mold. My two boys, ages 10 and 2, have been showing symptoms of mold since we moved in back in October 2014. What can I do to help this situation? How do I know how much is too much mold? I don't want my kids to keep being sick, they're getting worse from what I am noticing. They have a severe cough, runny nose, tummy aches, rashes, eye irrigation and the list goes on. How do I know if they are being exposed too much? Hopefully you can please help.

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Letter to Meredith Viera results in dream home makeover in Chicago suburb

WAUKEGAN, Ill. - Drew Davis walked up the steps of his Waukegan home with his 9-year-old twins, Hope and Finn, to discover a new door, fresh blue paint on the siding and yellow daffodils and forsythia blooming where old, unkempt bushes once grew. Inside, he found a remodeled interior with an art studio and living room designed to give him the space he needs to paint while his children do their homework.

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On Gardening: In praise of a $5 butterfly and its mistletoe

I remember it like yesterday. I returned from a Rotary Club meeting in Mission, Tex., to see a good sized group with cameras gathered around a patch of flowers at the National Butterfly Center there. I quickly went in and asked what were they seeing? The answer was a Great Purple Hairstreak butterfly. Today when I give a presentation on butterflies I typically call that one a $5 butterfly, in other words it is so showy it's worth the price of admission.

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