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WEEKLY SPECIAL SECTION: Home & garden advice and ideas

Each week, TMS Specialty Products will package a collection of home and garden stories and photos. Our second package is for the week of Jan. 10, 2011.


There are 20 items in this package.

Turning Down the Thermostat? Your Cyclamen Will Thank You

In an effort to save on winter heating bills when I was growing up, our house was kept very cool. My parents were not trying to "be green," although that's in fact what they were doing.

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CYCLAMEN

Cyclamen.

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Order in the Drawer! Get Your Kitchen Drawers Organized Once and For All

Your pantry and refrigerator may be neat, and your cabinets may be in order. Divide and conquer. Getting a handle on drawer organization requires some triage. Purge and dump. To organize messy drawers, start by emptying them. Insert order.

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DRAWERS

Consider specialty organizers like a spice rack.

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App of the week: Good Housekeeping@home (iOS)

Good Housekeeping@Home is a free app has lots to love. ___ 2011, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Visit the Post-Dispatch on the World Wide Web at http://www.stltoday.com/. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

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Re-cover dining chairs for a whole new look

ST. LOUIS _ Painting is often touted as the cheapest and easiest way to give a room an instant makeover. Perhaps the quickest way to overhaul a space is by giving new life to its most essential piece: the chair.

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The color honeysuckle is the hot hue for 2011

The must-have hue for 2011 is honeysuckle, a sort of orangey-reddish-pink. Fats Waller would have called it "Honeysuckle Rose." You're probably wondering who issues these kind of proclamations in this day and age?

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How to: Cut down paper clutter at home

Paper clutter poses a challenge for the most organized among us, with seemingly limitless amounts of junk mail arriving daily. Short of going paperless (a great option, if you can pull it off), managing and filing paper can reduce the clutter currently occupying your desk, dining room table or kitchen counter. (And by the way, keeping your papers in shoeboxes isn't the best answer either.) Though there isn't a "right way," the following are nine tips from the experts on how to manage the paper stream in your life

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Hot Property: Jack Black buys Flea's home

It was no small feat for Jack Black to find a house to buy in the Los Angeles area. Sitting on a flag-shaped lot of more than half an acre, the two-story 1915 house had been renovated by Flea, who added a Topanga Canyon ambience.

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HOME-HOTPROPERTY

The Sunset Strip area house of the late screenwriter Thomas Mankiewicz has sold for $2.2 million.

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HOME-HOTPROPERTY

Producer Gary Mehlman has listed his Beverly Hills area home at $2,249,0000.

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Diggin In: Use empty egg carton and peanut butter to make a suet feeder

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. _ When it's frightfully cold outdoors, cardinals, blue jays, finches and woodpeckers could use your help.

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environmental

Fill an empty cardboard egg carton into a suet feeder for less than $10.

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environmental

Nora, 7, daughter of Carla Brown, who creates outdoor activities for the National Wildlife Federation, stirs suet ingredients that will go into an empty cardboard egg carton.

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Before you light that fire, check out your chimney

Arctic blasts across the country mean many wood-burning fireplaces _ some of them long dormant _ are being called into action.

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Your Place: Staining on vinyl floors from rubber-backed rugs

I really didn't know how widespread the problem was when I first wrote about it because I don't have vinyl flooring, but it is indeed a problem.

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Vegetable gardening: Looking good for 2011

There is a good chance you are among the multitude that's considering planting a vegetable garden in 2011. You may find yourself wondering where to start.

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HOME-ONGARDENING

Cages allow for tomatoes' foliage to protect ripening fruit from sunscald and small-sized hail.

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HOME-ONGARDENING

Smaller raised beds allow for easy tending and harvest without compacting soil.

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HOME-ONGARDENING

This cool season raised bed garden was constructed of stacked 2" x 4" boards for the frame.

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