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Marianne Binetti

Ornamental grasses are due for a trim

Cutting back grasses early in the spring means the fresh new growth won’t be tangled with the old brown duff from last year. It doesn’t matter much if you use hand pruners, electric trimmers or hedge shears to take off the old dead growth.

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Making lasting connections

LOS ANGELES - The link to the outdoors and the gentle ocean breezes that circulate through the two-story home's many transom windows play huge roles in making the home feel special.

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On Gardening: Dutch iris, a showy, camera-ready bloomer

The word on the street (I've always wanted to say that) is that the Dutch iris is a short-lived perennial. Tell that to Romano an incredible showy bloomer that we have in the garden which was planted in the late 1990's. I've led a life comparable to a house flipper so my personal experience on the longevity of perennials has been word of mouth or reference book to say the least, but it seems to me anything approaching 20 years would rate as awesome.

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All organized people have this in their bathrooms � do you?

Not everyone can have a sprawling bathroom with floor-to-ceiling marble tiles, extra-wide soaking tubs, and roaring fireplaces. But everyone can have a bathroom that feels luxe, no matter how old or small. A bathroom renovation may be out of reach, or your rental may have been renovated in the '70s, but with a few small accents, you can take your space from plain to polished with minimal effort.

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Ask Angie's List: How do you hide entertainment center wires?

With advances in home automation and entertainment, many people find technology leaving an ever-expanding footprint inside their home. They aren't just interested in how to hide TV wires. They also want to know how to hide everything those wires connect to - receivers, Blu-ray players, game consoles and even the TV itself.

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Nesting 101: Your guide to staying chic while staying in

Sometimes hitting the town in your chicest look is too much during the winter. The dreary weather, chances for sleet or snow, and blustery temperatures don't necessarily make for the perfect opportunity to bust out a pair of stilettos or a sleek silk number, no matter how well they may pair with your fur coat or stylish puffer jacket.

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Style at Home: Pillow pairings to perk up a space

I love the changing of the seasons. One of my favorite rituals as the cold months fold into warm, and back again, is to switch out the accent pillows on my sofa, chairs and bedding. In a few weeks, I will unzip my heavy weight plaids and replace them with lightweight florals and stripes. And just like that, my living spaces will feel new for spring.

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Yardsmart: Grow your own paleo grains

It may be the oldest cultivated grain in the Western Hemisphere. It predates maize by centuries. When the first corn was still weedy grass called teosinte in southern Mexico, the people of the region were growing an earlier grain. It's the sophisticated ancestor of our garden pig weed, which has carried many settlers through rough times with its edible foliage.


Tiny houses are big because they're so small

Two tiny houses are on display at the Tacoma Home & Garden Show at the Tacoma Dome this week.
Mantai Chow mchow@mcclatchy.com
Tiny houses are big because they're so small 1:26

Tiny houses are big because they're so small

Romancing the home: Ruston property returns to the '40s 1:39

Romancing the home: Ruston property returns to the '40s

WATCH: Basement transformed into amazing vintage movie theater 3:36

WATCH: Basement transformed into amazing vintage movie theater

VIDEO: Spring blooms at Olympia's Bark & Garden 1:44

VIDEO: Spring blooms at Olympia's Bark & Garden