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Paint points

Which paint? If you find a shade you like from one company whose paint you don't want to buy, you can match colors from the chip in other lines of paint. >More
 Walls of color

Three years ago, when I moved into the house, I liked the fact that its walls weren't painted white, but rather a murky taupe color I dubbed 'chocolate milk.' (Am I always thinking about food? Apparently.) That was before I spent any time really looking at the walls, or living with them. >More
 Hanging judge

It's one thing to appreciate a piece of art, it's another to know how to hang it in your home. You need to consider more factors than you might think ' good principles of display involve more than just eyeballing what you think the middle of the wall is and banging a nail in. >More
 Do you need a realtor?

Some Madison-area homeowners are deciding to market their units themselves so they can cut out the largest expense in traditional home-selling: the real estate agent's commission, typically 6% to 7% of a house's sale price. >More
 Negotiating after the bubble

After years of hearing about the impossibility of finding a good house at a decent price in Madison, Kate Zurlo-Cuva and Jeremy Kraft were pleased to get just the place they wanted only a month into their house-hunting expedition. >More
 New greens

I'm a bleeding-heart progressive who has a hard time killing things, so I decided that plants that struggle so hard to stay alive should get a chance. I knew broccoli is a biennial plant, so I didn't expect to see new heads, but who knows? Mystery and anticipation are, after all, the spice of life. >More
 Do-it-yourself

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 Call the experts

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 Let it rain

'Rain garden' sounds so refreshing, doesn't it? It's much more appealing than 'run-off infiltration system,' which is arguably more accurate. Rain gardens, for those who haven't heard, are shallow depressions strategically placed to capture the rainwater or melted snow pouring from rooftops and driveways, and return it to the ground. >More
 A growing movement

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