• Don't paint that deck, or you'll regret it

    By Ken Moon Special to The Gazette -

    Dear Ken: Some people in my neighborhood have been painting their decks. What do you think of this idea? Would paint do a better job of protecting the wood than stain? - Peggy Answer: I'm not a big fan of painting decks. It clings to the surface of the wood rather than soaking in,...

  • Pets are welcome at the Colorado Springs Pet Expo, April 27-29

    By michelle karas michelle.karas@gazette.com -

    If you've ever felt guilty about leaving your pets at home, the Colorado Springs Pet Expo says, "Bring 'em!" All pets are welcome to attend the expo, Friday through Sunday at the Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. Go to cspetexpo.com to fill out a pet liability...

  • Voles, gophers, owls and skunks: Welcome to Colorado Springs gardens

    By Kitty West Colorado Master Gardener -

    As Colorado Springs neighborhoods and surrounding areas continue to grow, wildlife habitat has been devoured, displacing animals. In most situations, people and animals have managed to adapt and co-exist. But for urban wildlife, lawn and garden questions, turn to master gardeners...

  • Don't let your cleaning supplies become clutter

    By Nicole Anzia The Washington Post -

    New cleaning products seem to pop up every day, and it's easy to accumulate too many bottles of too many cleaners. Before you know it, your cleaning products themselves are clutter in need of tidying. Many basic cleaning products are incredibly versatile, so you don't need a carload...

  • Friends of faux: Designers embrace fake flowers

    By Jura Koncius The Washington Post -

    No longer the pariahs of decor, fake flowers are showing up at some of the best addresses. "There is a place for faux flowers today," says Whitney Robinson, editor in chief of Elle Decor. "They are essentially copies of what you would buy fresh." Although beautiful arrangements...

  • Get remodeling, renovating ideas at the HBA Home Show in Colorado Springs

    By Michelle Karas michelle.karas@gazette.com -
    Published: Tue, Apr 17, 2018

    Earth Day weekend may be the perfect time to get some ideas to improve your home outside and in. The Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs will bring together area manufacturers and suppliers of home and garden products at the HBA Home Show, which runs Friday through...

  • Subway tile rises to the height of farmhouse chic

    By Marie Elizabeth Oliver, The Washington Post -
    Updated: Sat, Apr 14, 2018

    It's Season 4, Episode 11 of HGTV's smash hit, "Fixer Upper," and Joanna Gaines is walking her husband, Chip, through her vision to transform a turn-of-the-century flower shop in Waco, Texas, into a Parisian-inspired cupcake cafe. The camera pans across a dilapidated interior,...

  • A practical and personal approach to paring down

    By Lindsey M. Roberts, The Washington Post -
    Updated: Sat, Apr 14, 2018

    There is a method, but no madness, to the type of minimalism espoused by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici. The organizing experts and authors of "New Minimalism" argue for something more practical than a strict 37-piece wardrobe or monastic-looking house. "It's not...

  • Plenty of planting can be done in Colorado Springs region now

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Apr 14, 2018

    Itchy green thumbs can find relief in April. Colorado Springs weather normally is accommodating enough for gardeners to plant cool-weather vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, peas, potatoes and radishes, and edible perennials including strawberries and raspberries. Seeds and some...

  • Year-round gardening: Welcome spring with some early bloomers and ephemerals

    By Fredricka Bogardus Colorado Master Gardener -
    Updated: Sat, Apr 14, 2018

    Those first flowers will make you smile, whether a few crocus or a hellebore in bloom. I need those first blooms. While most cannot be planted now, I encourage you to mark your calendar to add some of these early performers to your garden.

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