Dwarf Shrubs and More

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Dwarf Norway Spruce Picea abies ‘Pumila’ Globe-shaped, spreading evergreen shrub with blue-green needles radiating around stem Plant in full sun in moist, but well-drained soil Protect from harsh winds and hot sun Water to establish and then when dry Height: 3-4 feet Width: 2-4 feet Hardy in USDA zones 3-6: […]

Ultimate Media Room Technology

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Integration – Whether in components, computers or furniture. Look for big screen TVs that feature integrated DVR and memory card slots (Mitsubishi introduced two in 2004; look for others to follow); computers that do more than spreadsheets (Toshibas Qosmio features a TV, PVR, DVD players and stereo); home theater component […]

Keeping Remote Controls Organized

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Everyone at some time has had the frustrating experience of fumbling around in the dark trying to figure out which remote control they need to change a channel or the volume. A specifically programmed single remote control makes everything easier to use. The basic model is a “multi-code” remote that […]

Home Theater Hangout

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Before: Wasted Space Heather and Josh Huntington purchased a 1920s Craftsman-style home just two months ago. In that short amount of time, the couple has completely remodeled the kitchen and repainted the entire upstairs. The only thing they have left to do is the basement, but they’ve run out of […]

How to Landscape a Shady Yard

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Landscape Problems Upon arriving at the entrance of this residence, you are met with the unsightly view of electrical controls of the next-door neighbor’s gate. On the opposite side of the driveway, a woodland, although promising, was filled with briars and poison ivy. In the shaded front-yard bed, sun-loving plants […]

Blog Cabin 2009: Luxuries and Home Technology Voting Choices

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Kohler® VibrAcoustic™ Exposed-Deck Bath This luxurious bathtime experience combines sound vibration, music and choreographed lighting in a soothing hydrotherapy experience. (Photo courtesy of Kohler) A head pocket and pillow cradle the neck and head, while the user listens to his or her own playlist via a DTV-Bath Interface in this […]