Wouldn't it be nice to have a crystal ball to tell us what awaits us in trends and innovation for the future in interior design? Well, some experts have given us hints of what is to come.

People and things inevitably get older. But the people who appreciate older things appear to be getting younger.

What's so beguiling about bunnies? Their long, floppy ears, twitching noses and cotton-ball tails have an undeniable cuteness factor.

Seventeen-year-old Nancy Ondra had high hopes for her first garden: This is going to be easy, fast and inexpensive.

Growing up in Burley, Idaho, on a small farm with a large garden, Camille Wells discovered the healing powers of working in dirt. Especially during her high school days, she grew accustomed to having a garden sanctuary - a place to go to take her mind off everything else.

This is the house that architect Paul Thiry built, in 1929.

The challenge: Nikki and Andrew Dypwick bought their 1950s rambler in Edina because the bedrooms and living spaces were all on one level. But the outdated, closed-off rooms prevented the Dypwicks from mingling with guests and from keeping an eye on their kids doing homework. "We love to entertain, but it was hard being part of the party when you were in the kitchen," Nikki said. "The walls needed to come down."

When it comes to growing our own food, the natural starting point for most of us is a vegetable garden. Yet by stopping there (which many of us tend to do) we are missing out on a lot. Growing fruit is just as important as growing vegetables because it gives us control over what is in our food and where it comes from. But homegrown fruit also provides incredible flavors and a larger selection of varieties than what is typically found in the grocery store. And by growing fruit organically, we are reducing the demand for conventionally grown fruit ... and that supports the environment.

Message boards are all the rage with the busy lives we lead, so make yours pretty with ribbons that accent your decor and colors that make you happy.

Dear Helaine and Joe:

Q: Dear Ed, I have the "bathroom blues" and I want to upgrade my bathroom with a brand new shower head. Since this project is relatively simple for a plumbing project, I may want to explore my shower head options. What are some good, better, best, types of shower heads that can be installed without turning this project into a big deal? Barry, New Jersey

Q: The home I just purchased has a new roof with a ridge vent and gable vents. The inspection reports suggest we either add overhang vents and seal the gables or seal the ridge vent and use the gable vents. I'm confused. Can you explain why this needs to be done?

Dear Angie: What happens if I pour grease down the kitchen sink?

"Hell strips" are what they call narrow planting spaces adjacent to a driveway, street or sidewalk. This is the plant graveyard, where less than resilient species give up the ghost by midsummer. Why are these sun-drenched planters so tough to cultivate? It's because adjacent paving becomes a thermal mass that collects and reflects that heat back on plants both night and day.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a crystal ball to tell us what awaits us in trends and innovation for the future in interior design? Well, some experts have given us hints of what is to come.

It's time to crawl out of that cozy cocoon of your winter bed and hit the "reset" button, lightening your bed up for spring. Rita, who is a wiz at creating to-die-for bedding at my store, Nell Hill's Briarcliff in Kansas City, Mo., has these three suggestions for getting your bed ready for spring and summer snoozing:

Pink is taking another shot at selling a home she owns in Sherman Oaks, this time priced at $3.499 million.

A reader recently asked for advice about whether to operate a humidifier on his furnace, fearing it would lead to mold issues on duct insulation.

If there's a move in your future and you want to hire help with all or part of it, here are suggestions to unpack and stow away, offered by highly rated movers and satisfied customers:

Reclaimed lumber is among the most environmentally friendly building materials because, as any 12-year-old can explain, recycling is good for us and the planet.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Historic Garden Week in Virginia showcases Virginia at its finest, featuring 250 historic and private gardens and homes on tours over eight consecutive days.

When Renata Fossen Brown checks on the progress of a patch of tulips at Cleveland Botanical Garden, schoolchildren across the Northern Hemisphere are watching.

Nature's timing is simply amazing. The native coral honeysuckle just started blooming in the Savannah, Ga., area, and guess who has arrived right on time: The ruby-throated hummingbirds. This is one of the best plants for you hummingbird lovers and native plant enthusiasts will delight in the fact that this scene will be repeating itself as spring moves northward.

An animal-welfare organization is trying to capitalize on the notoriety of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home by suggesting it might turn the house into a vegan restaurant.

Creativity is abundant in the Advent calendars that appear in December to count down to Christmas. I borrowed from the secularized side of that tradition to mark the days until Easter.

The percentage of mothers who stay home with their children is rising due to shifting demographics and a troubled job market.

Is it spring yet? Are we there yet? Can you feel it? Regardless of the weather outside, the inside of your home can be made "spring-y" without much effort or cost. Just freshening things up will make a big difference.

On the heels of an unusually frigid winter, it's important for homeowners to take a critical look at their fireplaces to assess if any damage was sustained from the season's heavy usage. Cracks in the hearth or a build-up of soot are especially important conditions to note and have rectified. To help you inspect your fireplace, here are some life-saving tips for keeping the home fires burning - safely.

If your neighbor's house has knee-high grass, dilapidated siding or a car up on blocks in the backyard, don't wait until you're ready to put your house on the market to try to get theirs fixed up, said Janet Johnson, supervisor of the Office of Community Engagement for the city of Wichita, Kan.

Planning to put your house on the market? Here are some things to do and some things to avoid before and after the sign goes in the yard.

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