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The Right Way to Clean With Bleach in Your Home

Originally published on MarthaStewart.com on February 21, 2018 By Monica Weymouth When it came to cleaning supplies, your grandmother kept things pretty streamlined. Chances are, she had a scrub brush, a bucket, and a gallon of bleach—make that two gallons of bleach. It can be easy to forget when the local bigbox has an entire aisle of specialty cleaning products, but good old-fashioned bleach can get down and dirty with pretty much everything, even the garden. “Bleach isn’t just for…

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Where Rustic Meets Midcentury

Originally Published on Bhg.com By Nancy Christie Shades of gray lay the base for an artful blend of rustic and midcentury modern, turning a drab builder home into a soothing retreat.For their weekend getaway, New York interior designer John Willey and his partner, Frederick Aronstein, aimed for something of a palate cleanser. That meant changing their 1990s Colonial-style cottage’s palette of buttery yellow and dark brown to the cool, tonal neutrals John favors. Sleek but warm furnishings and bold modern…

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The Gardening Resolutions You Need to Make This Year

Originally Published on www.Bhg.com on By Nicole Bradley People with green thumbs have spring gardens on their mind year-round, especially when it seems like winter will never end. We’ve laid out some attainable goals to make your garden look its best come springtime. New Year’s Resolutions aren’t just for you—they can be for your garden, too! Whether your garden needs help preventing pests or you want to carve out a little “me” space, these resolutions have got you covered. Commit…

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Course of Construction Housing Converts to Permanent Accessory Dwelling Unit

We have recently been receiving requests for temporary housing for use during the course of construction. We are offering two types of house for this purpose, both of which may find a use after construction of the primary residence is complete. 1. Recreational Trailer can covert to Home Care Cottage. This is a 400 square foot Little House that may be used in unincorporated areas of Sonoma County to house either a caregiver or a person receiving care. A doctor’s…

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Benefits of Native Plants

Originally Published on Bhg.com on By Ann Wilson Native plant palettes supply advantages aplenty. They allow novice and veteran gardeners to design easily maintained landscapes that make a splash while treading lightly on the earth. What are native plants? In America, they are the plants that thrived here before European colonists came ashore. Some natural gardeners embrace only native plants indigenous to their immediate area; others happily cultivate North American natives that are hardy in their home’s planting zone. Whichever native…

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Composting

Originally Published on MarthaStewart.com What is compost? Compost is a mix of decomposed organic materials — think plant parts and food scraps, like peels and shells. These materials are naturally broken down through water, oxygen, and organisms to create a healthy new soil amendment. Adding compost to your soil helps it to better retain moisture and nutrients. How does it help the environment? Not only will your garden love this nutrient-rich addition, but composting is also great for the planet…

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9 Things You Need to Know to Keep Your Bathroom Clean

Originally Published on bhg.com By Kaitlin McKinney Say goodbye to rubber gloves and bleach! These easy hacks will change the way you clean your bathroom and keep it cleaner for longer!Your bathroom is probably the most used room in your home, and it’s one of the most irritating to clean and maintain. But we have some incredibly good news for you: The days of wearing rubber gloves and a cleaning mask to bleach your entire bathroom are OVER. We shared…

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11 Hacks to Make the Most of Your Tiny Bathroom

Having a small space doesn’t mean you have compromise storage. Check out these hacks for ways to use every square inch of your small bathroom Bathrooms are small spaces with a lot of function. And you can get the most function when you’re creative with what you’ve got. We found the best bathroom hacks that will give you more storage to keep your makeup, toiletries, and linen organized. 1. Towel Rack Use a decorative wine rack on the wall to…

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How to Grow Beets

Originally Published on Bhg.com By Deb Wiley Sure, you can grow traditional red beets—or you can go a little wild with golden, orange, candy-striped, or white varieties! Not sure you like beets? Give sweet, tender, homegrown beet vegetables a try. Chances are good you’ll like what you taste. Beets are cool-season crops, although they can handle warm temperatures once they’re established. In a full sun location, sow seeds directly into loose, well-drained soil in spring as soon as the ground can…

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Everything You Need to Know About Sauvignon Blanc

Originally Published on MarthaStewart.com on February 26, 2018 By Sarah Tracey And why you should try the different styles of wine made with this popular grape. The wine grape sauvignon blanc has never been more popular: it’s planted on more than 275,000 acres of vineyards all over the world. Odds are that you’ve had a sip or more in your glass at some point. You may even have a bottle in your wine rack right now and not know it—because depending…

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