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Style at Home: Embracing nostalgia for the holidays

What are some of your favorite memories of the holidays? For me, as a kid it was secretly unwrapping all my gifts, playing with them, then wrapping them back up and sneaking them back under the tree. As a teen, it was working at my parents' clothing store, making bows for customers' packages. As an adult, it's my robust family packed together around the table, laughing, toasting, loving.

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Design Recipes: How to create an attractive point of entry into your home using consoles

When you walk into a home, what is the first thing you see? The first thing you notice? Often the experience is shaped by the point of entry. Whether it's with a mirror placed in an entry hallway, bench or artwork, creating an appealing point of entry can go a long a way in making a positive first impression. The use of an entry console is perhaps one of the more popular ways to create a subtle yet impacting look.

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Plumber: Vanity needed for smaller bathroom

Q: Dear Ed: We're remodeling our bedroom bathroom and I want to make a sink style change. Because of the small bathroom space, we presently have a pedestal style sink. I want a vanity sink with some storage once we remodel. I read in your previous columns about space-saving vanities. Can you please suggest a vanity we can use in a smaller bathroom?

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On Gardening: Georgia roadsides: Dazzling with flowers and butterflies

Recently I seemingly awoke from a daze while driving Interstate 85 north of Columbus, Ga., beautiful Pine Mountain was in the distance and a sea of yellow orange lavender and pink was almost iridescently glowing in the middle of the divided highway. I went back the next day, got out of the car and walked to the middle surround by thousands upon thousands of cosmos flowers. I have to admit it was exhilarating and The Greatest Show on Earth, especially to a nature kind of guy.

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Design Recipes: The do’s and don’ts of fall fragrances

What does your home say about you? What is the first or lasting impression? In many instances, the unseen can make a lasting impression, whether positive or negative. We are talking about scent. Fragrance can be powerful when it comes to either attracting or distracting. And for many, infusing scents is part of the experience for guests. When looking for ways to infuse fragrance and scent into your home, here are some tips.

Want to see an amazing sight? 10,000-15,000 gulls Winter roost on Lake Norman

Each winter gulls flock to Lake Norman every night for a safe place to roost. Mostly they're ring-billed gulls but others like herring gulls also spend the night on the lake.