Home & Garden

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Remodel creates space for family and art

Balancing the need for space for their daughter and grandson and an extensive art collection, Ted Nelson and Curt Shaffstall initially decided to remodel their home. Then they saw a secluded house five minutes from downtown that would perfectly accommodate their family and had the potential to be a showcase for their paintings, prints and…

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Getting Your Home Ready for The Big One

When Israel recently donated earthquake-proof tables to Taiwan, Oregonians were impressed.  Created by a Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design student, the tables shield two people from being crushed by debris during disasters such as the 6.6-magnitude earthquake that killed 117 people in Tainan in February 2016 (See story). The issue hits close to home….

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Downsizing to functional beauty

When Michael Weiner and Kathy Davis-Weiner decided to downsize from a 4,300-square-foot Lake Oswego home to a 1,972-square-foot urban condo, they had an unusual quandary. It wasn’t that they wouldn’t have room when their children visited with their families. “We have occasional visits from our four kids and two grandkids, who live in four different…

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Fall planting brings spring flowers

Shorten the winter season with the help of spring-flowering bulbs that you plant in fall. These beauties often provide the first bit of color and fragrance each year. Look for new and unique ways to incorporate bulbs into your landscape. Create a seasonal water feature with a river of blue scillas and grape hyacinths meandering…

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