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Offseason tasks fall into four categories: horticultural work, construction, evaluation and planning, and savoring the season’s subtle beauty.


The Washington Post hosts a live chat on home and design every week.

Bold upholstery, geometric furnishings and graphic wallpaper help create a fun but sophisticated design.

Concentrated, aromatic, volatile liquids distilled from plants are highly potent, often risky and full of possibilities — but regulation is limited, and more research is needed. 

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Street trees shade and cool us and help remove carbon from the atmosphere. We need to help them thrive.

Some may actually put you on the path to a more restful night, a neurologist says.

The rules for animals are not that different than for humans.

Heavy pieces of glass can pull away from the lamp over time.

Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson on what's new in handmade and artisanal products

Do you really want to give someone another mug?

Five experts recommend their favorites to remove dirt, stains and hard-water buildup

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Look back at gardens full of rose bowers, wisterias and lilacs and you’ll think that earlier generations valued this sensory delight more than we do. But the array of scented plants available to us — tender and hardy — is bountiful.

Understanding the difference between a “good” and “bad” gift will dramatically alter its impact.

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Advice for how to throw a dinner party, theme party or other gathering that you and your guests can all enjoy.

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The city’s health department has tips, plus it will send an inspector out to help.

Be loyal, use a trusted source and take your time.

For a modern — but cozy — space, go for a variety of textures and plenty of lighting.

One farm kept Cocke’s Prolific going after it disappeared, and now it’s making a comeback.

It needs two points of attachment to anchor it firmly.

A faux pas could lead to a frazzled host, angry guests and a trashed kitchen.

New brands want to make decision-making less agonizing.

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