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Blesseys look back on saving home after Katrina

The home of Walter and Katherine Blessey, like those of many Biloxians and Mississippi Coastians in general, is a survivor. With origins just over a century old, it's not the oldest or the largest home on the Coast. But it has its own special story, and by golly, it wasn't going to let the most destructive storm in modern American history beat it down.

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12 rookie decorating moves you might be making

I was raised by an interior designer and even I have been guilty of making rookie decorating moves. In fact, just last year - mind you, I have been writing about design for eight years - I made one of the most rookie moves: I hung my kitchen pendant so low that I bump my head on it. And no I have not gotten around to fixing it. So let me just put this out there: it's okay to be a beginner or to be oblivious to what decorators consider the basics. You live and you learn. That's what you're here for, right? Today I'm giving you the CliffsNotes on Decorating 101. Follow these and you'll have the framework for a truly beautiful space - and nothing to be too ashamed of when your most discerning friend comes over.

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Growing familiar vegetables that don't look familiar

Vegetable surprise sounds like the name for a hot dish, but these days it's just part of shopping and gardening. New and newly rediscovered fruits and vegetables have upturned conventional wisdom about the foods many of us grew up with: Now we eat yellow carrots, purple cauliflower and white eggplant. Well, maybe most of us don't actually eat the white eggplant, but you get the idea.

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Style at Home: 3 steps to a fun fall door

When I begin decorating my house for fall, coming up with an inventive display for my front door is at the top of my list. Front doors are the place where you wave hello to all the people who pass by your home every day and where you give your guests a glimpse of what's waiting for them inside. If you're itching to get going on your door now, here are the three steps we follow when we design fall doors:

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Yardsmart: 5 Mediterranean plants for fall

They were first cultivated by the ancient Romans, who sought aroma and flavor for their plant-based diet so influenced by herbs and vegetables. As the Empire expanded, they gathered new plant discoveries from conquered lands including some used as pesticides, others for cosmetics and still more strictly to scent homes of the elite. Species from the Mediterranean region were most common, originating anywhere from Spain to Turkey, France to Algeria and into parts of the Middle East. These plants share an adaptation to a cool, wet winter followed by a long, parched dry season extending through summer and fall.

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