A small leak can add up to 30 to 50 gallons of wasted water a day.

Margie Garland had the MacKenzie-Childs Thistle chandelier on her computer wish list for years. Multicolored and funky with glass-beaded fringe on its shades, it would never have worked in the ancient farmhouses she had previously lived in.

Save water every time you bathe by putting less in your 25-gallon bathtub.

Stop the drips and save a lot of water.

It might be practical, of course, to decorate your home with neutral colors and muted earth tones. No need to worry about colors clashing if most everything is white, beige and light brown.

Potential savings can top 100 gallons a day.

The renovation of the master bathroom in my 83-year-old father’s new house turned out beautifully, with a frameless glass shower and handmade ceramic tile accents. Neither of us wanted to make it look institutional with a grab bar.

There are so many ways to bring color to your backyard. Of course, nature is inspiring with all the brilliant blooms of spring and summer. But for a year-round solution, why not paint that wall? It’s easy to paint over exterior brick, stucco or concrete.

Water savings can add up to 3,000 gallons a year.

About 1,000 exhibits and vendors on tap this weekend.

Though real estate agents have been advising clients on how to prepare their homes for sale for decades, staging has become more detailed and focused. Companies specializing in the art of staging are also starting to emerge.

Local art mixes with global travels in their Monterey-style Curtis Park home.

Little adjustment can save 55 percent of water per load.

Colored appliances have moved from the mixer to the fridge and beyond – and the color you choose can do a lot to your psyche.

Target items that collect dust or emit potential allergens.

Tired of waiting for filtered water? CamelBak Relay system filters water 10 times faster than other pitchers.

The Valley Quilt Guild hosts this show featuring more than 200 quilts on display.

One colony can destroy an entire house in two years.

The clients came to interior designer Laura Casey with a space dilemma: They did not want to give up the guest room in their suburban home, yet they needed a place for their child to play.

Earthy hues that blend into the landscape tend to dominate the outdoor furniture market. Understated woods, metals and cushions are easy-to-incorporate neutral elements.

Use DIY projects for family bonding; just remember your sense of humor.

Huge event includes hundreds of vendors and displays.

Sacramento designer changed the way we live with her thought-provoking work.

Rats, mice want nice warm spot indoors – but don’t let them in.

With her distinctive red mane, Shasta Smith has attracted a worldwide audience for her design firm, The Vintage Monkey. This month, her work will be showcased during a New York launch party for a new cable channel, FYI, devoted to creative design.

How to pick the right white paint for your home.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. “I admit it. I’m a hoarder,” said Annie Hurlbut Zander, who often gets messages from antiques dealers telling her they’ve got something weird she needs to see. “That’s kind of what happens when you get a reputation for oddball stuff.”

Outfitting a play space for children might consist of nothing more than setting up a few old furniture pieces, plastic storage bins and the extra TV.

Popular New Year’s resolution is often overly ambitious.

Several sites are accepting trees for post-holiday recycling.

Find ideas for a new year full of renovation.

A vibrant shade somewhere between fuchsia and violet is predicted to make a big splash in palettes during the months ahead.

Hose reel and zip ties can become holiday tools.

The holidays are a great time to pull out the old photos and reminisce, but there’s no need to huddle around a dusty album. There are a variety of ways to get them out in the open by making them part of your holiday decorations.

Home tour to benefit museum features big slice of Christmases past with buildings dating back as far as 1855.

Get an energy audit and plug those leaks before you feel spike in heating costs.

Fund-raising tour features fabulous decorated homes in El Dorado Hills.

As seen on TV, this device boasts roast turkey in 2 hours 15 minutes and cooked whole chicken under an hour; it was almost that fast, but not quite.

No. 1 safety rule: Stay in the kitchen and don’t leave food cooking unsupervised.

Keep it simple this season to save time and sanity.

See demonstrations, shop for unique gifts at this annual Sacramento event.

The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high-quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region. Here is a sampling of the best of the current Home & Garden blogs. Check out the full postings: www.sacramentoconnect.com.

Sacramento arts fest fills convention center; next week, textile arts showcase highlights young designers and local craftspeople.

Today is the last day of 2013’s daylight saving time. We officially “gain” one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday as we return to Pacific Standard Time. Reset your clocks and alarms back one hour before going to bed tonight – and enjoy an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning.

Consider it an oversized clip for heavy bags — and a carrying handle, too.

Keep an eye on the stove to stop potential blazes. No. 1 cause: Unattended cooking.

Don’t let your house become a statistic; here are tips on how to combat the seven most common causes of home fires.

Here are things to do for the home this week

Before disaster strikes, get ready with these tips to help keep your family safe

Get busy on autumn projects

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