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  • Patriotism is the theme of Christmas at the White House

    WASHINGTON - Melania Trump is celebrating American patriotism at the White House this Christmas, incorporating red and blue into the traditional holiday green, adding a timeline of American design, innovation and architecture and studding a Christmas tree with her family’s annual ornament, the American flag.
  • HBO doc peers into Ralph Lauren's rose-tinted American Dream

    NEW YORK - Of all the editors, fashion notables, filmmakers and cultural critics who opine on Ralph Lauren in the new documentary "Very Ralph," it's an unlikely voice who perhaps most succinctly describes the appeal of the Lauren empire.
  • Salvage shops offer sustainable decor with a story

    Two of the hottest trends in home decor are sustainability and authenticity. No wonder architectural salvage shops are busy.
  • ASK A DESIGNER: How to design and decorate poolside

    Ask Elizabeth Stuart Design founder Muffie Faith about how to decorate around a backyard pool and she'll answer you with a question of her own: How are you going to use it?
  • CES 2019: TV set maker LG makes its sets disappear

    LAS VEGAS - The CES 2019 gadget show is revving up in Las Vegas. Here are the latest findings and observations from Associated Press reporters on the ground as technology's biggest trade event gets underway.
  • Courtyard gardens: a kind of paradise behind faded walls

    SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico - Step off the dusty cobblestone streets and peek behind nondescript, weather-worn, faded, even grimy brick facades, and encounter the startlingly beautiful courtyard gardens of this central Mexican colonial town.
  • Wood ash from fireplaces, stoves can sometimes help the soil

    For gardeners who heat their homes in winter using stoves or fireplaces, good-quality wood ashes can be a soil-amendment bonus. But if applied improperly, they can be a caustic topping for foliage-heavy plants and seedlings.
  • When to plant bulbs in the fall? Science, nature offer clues

    To ensure that bulbs planted in the fall will bloom in early spring, timing is important.
  • How coffee shop redesigns address laptop loitering and wi-fi hogs

    TORONTO - When a partial laptop ban at his Halifax cafe led to miffed patrons and headaches for staff, owner Sean Gallagher decided to do something more drastic to enforce his no-screen rule: a restaurant redesign.
  • New book explores the art and craft of the modern blacksmith

    Asked what it feels like to forge iron, Robert Thomas has to pause for a moment and compose himself before plunging into a description of what, for him, is as much a passion as a livelihood.

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