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Home Fix: How to regrade a yard

Q: My home has a crawl space that continues to flood with every rain. Water pools in my driveway and in several areas of my yard. I had a contractor tell me the home is too low in the ground and suggested I regrade the yard. Over the years my neighbors have added soils and raised their driveways to keep water out of their crawl spaces. Do you have any suggestions?

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Plumber: Looking for a creative kitchen addition

Q: Dear Ed, I plan on replacing my kitchen countertops and sink. Since it will not be a full kitchen remodel, I can spend a little extra money on fancy materials. I have heard of "artist edition" kitchen sinks and would like more information on that topic. Can you please tell me your views on artist edition-style kitchen sinks?

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Planting souvenir seeds

I got into heirloom plants because of the wide variety of yummy tomatoes available, and now I'm hooked - and not just on tomatoes. Heirloom plants and seeds used to be hard to find, but now the catalogs are awash with options, and many local garden centers and farmers market growers are offering a wider variety. (I think it probably counts as ironic that so many heirloom seedlings are marked NEW in catalogs, just like the latest, greatest hybrids.)

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Style at Home: How to make a sensational summer coffee table display

As the seasons change, I can't wait to refresh the look of the displays on my coffee table. Through the years, my coffee table bliss has changed. Years ago, when Kelly was really young, I put so much stuff on the coffee table in our study that Kelly and Dan complained they couldn't see the TV over it. Every night, they took everything off the coffee table. In the morning, I'd see my carefully constructed tableau on the floor, and I would load it all back up. We went on like this for years!

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Yardsmart: 5 tips on how to get your spring garden up and growing quickly

Everyone who gardens feels the primal desire to create new life in spring. This drive can be so strong it pushes us to jump the gun and plant too early. I did this one year and discovered what happens when you try and bend nature to your schedule rather than adapt to hers. Despite sunny warm days that early spring, my seed rotted in the cold ground, and seedlings just sat there until bugs ate them down to nubs.

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On Gardening: Elephant ears leave a large footprint in tropical landscape

No matter where you go this summer the tropical look will be hot, and one of the key ingredients for this Caribbean style garden is the elephant ear, the drama queen of the landscape. With leaves that defy logic for their size and proportion vs. other plants it's not hard to see why this plant is so loved by Southern gardeners. It is not uncommon to see 6-foot tall plants with 3-foot leaves on petioles reaching 4-feet.

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At High Point furniture show, it's all about the base

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Meghan Trainor may not have been singing about furniture, but her hit "All About That Bass" turned out to be prescient at the recent spring High Point Market. Across the 11.5 million square feet of home furnishings showroom space in 180 buildings, it was evident bottoms are tops.

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With 'Property Brothers,' twins flip homes, make real estate sexy

LAS VEGAS - The brothers are outside shootin' hoops and talkin' trash, like guys in most any suburban backyard across the U.S. - or even Canada. Because these guys are the "Property Brothers," Drew and Jonathan Scott, 36-year-old identical twins from British Columbia who have become HGTV's hottest property as they salvage cast-off dumps for TV clients.

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Hobbies: Elephant pouf

Floor poufs are one of my favorite trends right now. They are a fun option for extra seating or a comfy place to rest your feet at the end of the day. A pouf done up in bold colors is the perfect accent to any room. In pink ikat florals, orange geos and an appliqued elephant, this pouf really pops!

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Plumber: Tails from the toilet

Years ago I wrote a column about critters like reptiles and rodents climbing into drain piping systems and ending up in toilets. After that I received lots of letters from homeowners sharing similar experiences. I recently stumbled across that long lost pile of letters and thought it would be fun to occasionally run some of these stories. So please enjoy Ed's "Tails from the toilet."

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Style at Home: 4 steps to make a dreamy bed

After a long day at work, my bedroom is my retreat. I snuggle up in bed and lose myself in a good book or the latest decorating magazine. The key to turning your bedroom into an oasis that fills you up is to start with a dreamy bed. Too often, when we decorate we spend all our time and budget making the more public spaces in our home lovely, but then short change ourselves when it comes to decorating our own bedrooms. But I've found that waking up in a beautiful bed is the ideal way to start and end your day. Here, are the four steps we always follow when we make our dream beds:

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