Sassy but soft, coral, the big-girl version of pink, is turning heads and winning hearts in the decorating world. Since the first time I saw a dining room done completely in coral, this sugar-and-spice tone has tugged at my heart. The perfect blend of pink and orange, coral is fresh and fun without being too feminine or youthful. It's just right for those who want to add some warmth and energy to a room. Here are two great ways to bring coral into your home.

More homeowners are ditching wall-mounted boxes in the kitchen for a more open, spacious look, especially when the room is small.

LOS ANGELES-Michael C. Hall has listed a property in Los Feliz at $4.5 million. Considering that the "Dexter" star and serial home buyer and seller purchased the place a year ago at $3.825 million, he may not make much of a killing after improvements and commissions.

Karen Plarisan dreamed of working with flowers. After raising three children, she finally opened her own floral studio about five years ago.

Joe Ponessa, who spent 25 years as a housing, indoor environment and health specialist at Rutgers Cooperative Extension, responded to a recent column about mold testing. He said much of what he knows about mold remediation comes from associating with some of the top mold people in the country.

This summer it seems the mandevilla is reigning supreme for tropical flower power. Recently while in Columbus, Ga., I had the opportunity to visit The Landings, an upscale shopping or lifestyle center. The containers and hanging baskets were simply incredible thanks in part to the dazzling show put on by the mandevillas.

Gardens are typically blessed with spring rains that bring summer flowers - and then the hot, dry months of July and August take their toll.

People often think of January or spring as high seasons for home organization. But for those of us with school-age kids, late summer is prime time to clear excess and create a better system to handle what's left and what's on the way.

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