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What To Do With All Those Leaves

Provided by Prince William County The leaves are changing colors and falling to the ground, and people pull out their rakes and spend time picking up leaves. While it’s tempting to push the leaves down the storm drains and be done with it, this can cause serious problems. Clay Morris, an engineer with Prince William County’s Public Works Department, said …

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Composite Decks Still Require Some Maintenance

By Steve Chapman Last month, I wrote about the pros and cons of composite decking. This month, we will discuss two class action lawsuits against Trex and their settlements. In the first lawsuit from 2004, the main claim was that Trex engaged in false advertising by saying its product was maintenance free. The company never admitted liability but settled the matter to avoid prolonged and expensive …

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IKEA Announces LURVIG Pet Collection + New Winter Products

Provided by IKEA IKEA U.S. is introducing LURVIG*, an extensive pet collection designed to create a better everyday life at home for our four-legged family members. Finally, for cats and dogs, too! IKEA designers worked with trained veterinarian Dr. Barbara Schäfer to ensure that the products were developed with the important needs and behaviors of pets in mind: sleeping, eating, …

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IKEA Celebrate Your Way Event

Provided by IKEA The holidays are right around the corner, and while it is a time of joy and celebration, it can also become a time of stress. To help prepare and make room for a more enjoyable holiday season this year, IKEA U.S. is hosting the two-day “IKEA Celebrate Your Way” event. On Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov.12 …

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The New Murano Chandelier

Provided by DRS and Associates Modernizing a Classic The craftsmanship from the Venetian island of Murano remains the standard against which all glassblowing is measured. For centuries, Murano’s glassmakers have led Europe in developing and refining many of the glassblowing technologies still used today. Recognizing this legacy, Uplight Group’s Metal Lux has decided to honor Murano’s craftsmen by creating a …

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Composite Decks, Part 1

By Steve Chapman Composite decking has been around a while, and it has come a long way in its 15 years on the market. It now is offered by many brands in numerous color variations. The designs have become beautiful and limitless. Composite Advantages: No splinters. As wood decks become old and are not maintained, they shrink, warp and splinter. With composite decking, there is …

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A New Classic: Drummonds Sophisticated Shower Systems

Provided by DRS and Associates After decades of popularity, freestanding bathtubs are considered de rigueur—and Drummonds has been creating hand-poured, hand-finished cast iron bathtubs for more than 20 years. While Drummonds’ reputation may be bound to their ability to form unique, classically imagined tubs, they are gaining recognition for their wonderfully unique freestanding shower systems. Architecturally structured, aesthetically captivating and …

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Stone Forest’s Expertise with Luna Bianca Oro

Provided by DRS and Associates Stone Forest’s use of natural materials is seen throughout their kitchen, bath and garden products. Quarried in Italy, Luna Bianca Oro marble features traces of gray and gold/brown veining, which create a unique pattern that stands out from all of Stone Forest’s products. Stone Forest’s designers use Luna Bianca Oro to form some of the …

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Stunning LED Crystal Designs for the Bath

Provided by DRS and Associates Brighten the Bath with LED Paris earned the nickname “City of Light” because of its early adoption of street lights. THG Paris, the leading French atelier for the luxury bath, continues this illustrious tradition of lighting innovation by combining modern LED technology with old-world artistry. THG Paris is proud to have collaborated with legendary French …

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Successfully Transition Houseplants Indoors for Winter in Four Easy Steps

By Melinda Myers Help your houseplants make a smooth transition from their outdoor summer home back inside for winter. The lower light and humidity indoors, along with any insects that hitched a ride indoors, make it difficult to keep these plants looking their best. Here are some basic steps you can follow. Give them a shower before they move indoors. A gentle blast of water …

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