ncnewspress.com http://www.ncnewspress.com/section/home%20and%20garden ncnewspress.com delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:48:59 +0000 Healthy Habits: Poison-proof your home http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140310/NEWS/140319977/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:02:06 +0000 By Betsy Cross More Content Now http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140310/NEWS/140319977/-1/home and garden More than 3 million calls were made to America's 56 Poison Control Centers in 2012. You might think that [...]]]> Home Help: Save money without skimping on style on your kitchen remodel http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140310/NEWS/140319997/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:01:00 +0000 http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140310/NEWS/140319997/-1/home and garden Home remodel projects don't have to require an extensive budget, or look cheap when using less expensive materials. If you're interested in updating the look of your kitchen, you can find products and materials that allow you to create a beautiful and stylish home without paying a high price.
The trick to finding these products and materials is keeping an open mind, says Summer Baltzer, interior designer and former host of HGTV's Design on a Dime.
"Most homeowners are [...]]]>
Cooks’ Books: Possibilities for a special shower season http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140309/NEWS/140309869/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:57:54 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140309/NEWS/140309869/-1/home and garden How to dazzle at a seasonal soiree — like a bridal or baby shower, spring tea party, picnic or potluck — when you have barely a second? Freeze these showstoppers ahead.
How to keep the children happily occupied at the kids' table? Let them draw on the paper tablecloth, eat in costumes or play with an interactive [...]]]>
Dear Monty: Utility bill increase squeezes tenants http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140305/NEWS/140309946/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140305/NEWS/140309946/-1/home and garden Drought-tolerant plants for 2014 http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140305/NEWS/140309943/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:00:00 +0000 By Katie Marks http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140305/NEWS/140309943/-1/home and garden Think a drought-tolerant garden has to be all dull colors and straggly plants? Think again. If your plumbing is groaning over the miserable, dry heat, that doesn't mean your garden has to look like a wilted bouquet. Drought-tolerance doesn't mean boring, and we've got some great recommendations for plants to consider in 2014. Make your garden colorful, lively, and ready for dry weather!

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One of my personal favorites, parrot's beak has silvery foliage [...]]]> Home Help: Four quick color tips to awaken your home http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140303/NEWS/140309986/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:28:25 +0000 http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140303/NEWS/140309986/-1/home and garden Looking to make a big impact in your kitchen on a small budget? A new color can awaken your kitchen to make it the center for all to gather. Try different hues, with a mix of decorative and functional kitchen items such as serving bowls, platters and pitchers.
If your dining furniture is looking a bit outdated, consider painting it. Chairs, tables, sideboards, buffets and more can be revitalized in just one weekend. Be sure to properly prep your project so it withstands [...]]]>
Travel and Adventure: Learn about Malibu through its historic homes http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229796/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:15:29 +0000 http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229796/-1/home and garden Creators Syndicate
The mention of the name Malibu conjures up visions of the wealthy and famous, of a gated enclave where anyone without a Hollywood pedigree need not apply. But the happy surprise is that the area has a colorful history and much to offer anyone who makes time to seek it out.
I made this discovery quite by accident. While I was driving down the Pacific Coast Highway during a recent visit to Los Angeles, I saw the small sign that marked the entrance to [...]]]>
Dear Monty: Using the same agent when downsizing homes http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140226/NEWS/140229880/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140226/NEWS/140229880/-1/home and garden Monty's answer: Hello, Jane, and thanks for the question. In many circumstances using the same agent for both assignments is appropriate, yet there are situations where this may work against you. A bit of background will be helpful.
Agents are independent contractors
Real estate agents work under an Internal Revenue [...]]]>
Jim Hillibish: Pro picker: There’s gold in them thar garages http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229885/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:18:27 +0000 By Jim Hillibish More Content Now http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229885/-1/home and garden Sue (she prefers to remain incognito for professional and tax reasons) is a garage-sale mama. Last March, she scored a mint-julep glass for 10 cents on 25th Street NW in Canton, Ohio. It had "Kentucky Derby 1950" on it. She jawboned the price down from a quarter.
A week later, she sold it for $258 on eBay. Be still my heart.
Everybody's got a friend who got rich for a few minutes at a garage sale. It powers the biggest [...]]]>
How house fires happen http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229905/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:00:00 +0000 By Katie Marks http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229905/-1/home and garden Having a house fire is one of my greatest fears, especially when I'm away from home and my paranoia is allowed to imagine up all sorts of horrendous scenarios. I'm the kind of person who checks the stove and heater before leaving the house, fusses over the electrical wiring, and takes special care when snuffing candles -- and not just I remember a friend losing his home to arson when I was a kid.

I always think that one of the best way to deal with your fears is confronting them head [...]]]> Home Help: Repair or replace? http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140224/NEWS/140229976/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By More Content Now http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140224/NEWS/140229976/-1/home and garden If your furnace, air conditioner or water heater is not working properly, you probably notice it long before you actually inspect the appliance itself.
You know you need to make a fast decision to either repair or replace, but how do you know which is the right choice? Follow these tips from the professionals at Rheem to point you in the right direction and help you make the best possible decision.
You should repair if:
It's still under warranty. This may seem [...]]]>
Winter garden tips http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140220/NEWS/140229963/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:41:23 +0000 By Katie Marks Networx.com http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140220/NEWS/140229963/-1/home and garden For starters, stop thinking of the winter as a fallow period in the garden, [...]]]> Home Help: Eliminate VOCs when planning a home remodel http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219899/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:22:07 +0000 http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219899/-1/home and garden A home remodel can do more than just improve the looks of rooms in the house — it also can improve the indoor air quality. Air quality is an important factor, especially during the winter months when homes are sealed up tight against the cold outdoor air.
Carpeting, paint and even the materials used in your shower might contain harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
New technology has helped home improvement companies create products that don't contain VOCs, so as [...]]]>
10 shade-lovers to grow in 2014 http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140212/NEWS/140219945/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Katie Marks Networx http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140212/NEWS/140219945/-1/home and garden Fortunately, there are actually tons of shade-loving plants, with more cultivars coming out every year. That's good news for you and your garden — and we're here to talk about 10 of the most fun, eye-catching and unique shade-lovers of 2014.
Hellebore "Winter [...]]]>
Dear Monty: How to raise rents http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140211/NEWS/140219960/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:53:54 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140211/NEWS/140219960/-1/home and garden Monty's answer: Hello Bruce, and thanks [...]]]> Green Space: Spirits brighten as seed catalogs pop up like weeds http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140207/NEWS/140209881/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:43:16 +0000 By Jim Hillibish More Content Now http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140207/NEWS/140209881/-1/home and garden The arrival of seed catalogs, timed to prime our senses and cripple our mail carriers, is a holiday. Light the fireplace, curl up with the dachshund, sip a warm toddy and page through the enchanted fantasyland.
It's impossible to imagine through the ice and drifts, but there will be green and sweet smells of soil in a few short months. When the catalogs arrive, dormant bodies [...]]]>
Dear Monty: To move or not to move — the house? http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140204/NEWS/140209942/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:11:16 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140204/NEWS/140209942/-1/home and garden Monty's answer: Hello Elizabeth, and thanks for your question. The initial reaction is that it is not a good idea. However, there may be local knowledge driving the consideration for this [...]]]> HGTV’s ‘Rehab Addict’ battles blight to save old houses http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140131/NEWS/140139936/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:07:51 +0000 By Kim Palmer Minneapolis Star Tribune http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140131/NEWS/140139936/-1/home and garden During the holidays, the star of "Rehab Addict" got hit with a very Minnesota problem: frozen pipes after the furnace failed in her century-old Uptown Minneapolis home.
Curtis, per usual, was a woman of swift action and words, ripping out her plumbing and sharing the saga with her legion of Facebook followers.
"I basically just gutted my whole house, [...]]]>
A primer on firewood: Cost, variety and safety http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140131/NEWS/140139937/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:57:11 +0000 By Cindy McNatt The Orange County Register http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140131/NEWS/140139937/-1/home and garden It's probably in our DNA, considering that the earliest fire pit ever discovered is 1 million years old, according to the National Academy of Sciences.
And although wood fires were a [...]]]>
Keep your fires burning safely all winter long http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140131/NEWS/140139938/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:45:41 +0000 By Nicole Villalpando Austin American-Statesman http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20140131/NEWS/140139938/-1/home and garden Living in Austin, Texas, where a fire in the fireplace is a novelty, we might not be fireplace-ready when the next cold snap hits or we might not feel confident around fires. The same can be true in many areas of the country, cold or not.
Today we offer this guide on lighting and [...]]]>