Gingerbread, fir or burning wood: Retailers are trying to capture the essence of the holiday season.

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We spoke with the tastemaker, designer and goddaughter of Prince Charles about her favorite traditions and got her advice on setting an English-inspired holiday table.

With a home renovation loan, you can borrow money to buy a home, plus extra money to fix it up

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We asked a few zero-waste bloggers for tried-and-true advice.

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Infected decorations could spread to boxwoods in the garden and wreak havoc there.

With a little planning, even the smallest homes can be just right for holiday entertaining

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Courtyard gardens, with roots in Spain, Middle East, abound in modern Mexico

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Plus, a list of options, such as storm windows and triple-pane glass, to keep the outdoor clamor at bay.

There is no automatic “right” answer for fixing up an antique like an 1800s sleigh. It’s always a balancing act based on the item’s existing condition, the owner’s goals and, of course, the budget.

The Washington Post's home and design writer hosts a live chat every week for readers.

Make your rooms feel festive without spending a great deal of time or money.

Natural tones and textures, and classic pieces with clean lines, give this space a much-needed upgrade.

Bowls, candles, platters and other must-haves for serious hosts.

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ASK A DESIGNER: Interior decorators say comfort is on trend for 2019

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Yes, there’s a right way to use them. Here’s what to know.

Gingerbread, fir or burning wood: Retailers are trying to capture the essence of the holiday season.

Want a vegetable garden without weeds next spring? Start taking steps now

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Chris Woods’s book “Gardenlust” highlights new botanical wonders from Florida to Dubai.

If cracks develop, remove the grout and replace it with flexible caulk.

The Washington Post's home and design writer hosts a live chat every week for readers.

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