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The mistakes professional organizers always notice (that you don't)

January is a month filled with good intentions, willingness to succeed and drive. The momentum triggered by a new year and promises to keep our resolutions transpires into all areas of life from working toward a promotion to eating healthier and taking better care of our relationships. By default, it's also the month where we often vouch to finally declutter our closets, get our kitchen cupboards organized or conquer our bathroom product spillover. But while our intentions might be good and pure, our technique to achieving our goals may not be as solid as we think.

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Style at Home: How to pick the right chair for you

I've found that the world is divided into two groups: sofa people and chair people. Since you most likely have both kinds of people in your life, you will need both kinds of seats in your home. Last week, I blogged about how to pick the perfect sofa. This week, the spotlight is on chairs. Here are my six tips to help you select the right chairs for every room in your home.

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Design Recipes: How to go green in your home

Europe has been the leader for decades and now the United States is finally catching up. The trend right now is to be not only environmentally friendly, but also to not waste resources. Sustainability, many believe, is the key to healthy living. One of the main trends right now relates to building and construction. From sustainable materials that go into building a green home to some of the energy efficient benefits of passive housing, many homeowners are choosing to build and renovate their homes in a more environmentally friendly way.

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Home Fix: Furnace is condensing

Q: When changing my furnace filter I noticed a small pool of water on the floor. The furnace is a 12-year-old high-efficiency model used to heat the home through metal ducts. I did not see water during the summer, only after the furnace has been on for a few months. Is this something to be concerned about?

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Yardsmart: South African bulbs a perfect fit for dry gardens

The climate of South Africa is remarkably similar to that of California, where summers are long and hot and winters cool and rainy. It's a Mediterranean climate where plants evolved to tolerate a dry season of epic proportions. Parts of the West are much the same, where it doesn't rain from April to December in a normal year and even less during drought. Therefore, plants that originate in southern Africa make good candidates for our dry gardens, offering a whole new look in spring and summer.

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Bird feeder activity grows as weather gets colder

As is usually the case in January, especially during periods of more severe cold weather, numbers of winter birds appear to be increasing at backyard feeding stations throughout our area. The numbers of American goldfinches visiting the confines where I live in Conway have increased over the past week, as have those of chipping sparrows, dark-eyed juncos and pine warblers.

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On Gardening: Bamboo muhly grass treasured in the garden for texture and motion

Walking around the garden I was astonished by the beauty of grass that was so picturesque backlit by the sun. It was a muhly grass but not the pink cotton candy looking one you admire in the fall. This was bamboo muhly native to Arizona. You don't normally think about plants native to Arizona being so adaptable to the hot humid southeast but bamboo muhly is like having a fine piece of art in the garden.

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This 2017 wellness trend is the one thing your home is missing

While we all love a girls' night out or an intimate dinner with our S.O., our idea of a fun Friday night is a little less raucous. In fact, we don't even need to leave the house. It often involves '90s cult classics on Netflix, copious pots of tea and faux-fur blankets, amid a curated interior worthy of Instagram. It turns out we're not alone in this homebody preference, and there's even a name for it. According to the Well + Good 2017 wellness trend report, "nesting is the new going out." Millennials are blacking out their calendars and dialing back their social lives in lieu of "me time." Pinterest researcher Larkin Brown told Well + Good that self-care searches are up 121 percent.

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How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy

Holiday decorations contribute to hundreds of home fires every year. Here are some tips from Boise Firefighters' Local 149 and the Boise Fire Department in Idaho to keep your home safe this holiday season.
Boise Firefighters' Local 149 and the Boise Fire Department
How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy 2:42

How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy

4 tips to outsmarting poisonous plants 2:35

4 tips to outsmarting poisonous plants

Lightning safety tips 5:23

Lightning safety tips

Hybridizing Daylilies In The Zahler-Therrien Garden 1:12

Hybridizing Daylilies In The Zahler-Therrien Garden