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Yardsmart: How to resolve conflict in cactus, succulent gardens

Ordinary plants yield their space while cacti and succulents resort to violence to keep competitors at bay. Drought-resistant species take no prisoners and use their armor to claim earth and its treasure: water. Unless you control the proximity of this botanical weaponry, you will sustain casualties out there as plants you love and paid dearly for rot, melt down or become scarred beyond recognition.

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Don't have a nightstand? 7 alternatives that work just as well

Nothing is worse than having to get out of bed when you're finally about to fall asleep. But without a bedside table, where are you supposed to put that glass of water, alarm clock and nightlight? Well, we're all about thinking outside the box when it comes to decorating and utilizing unexpected items in your decor, and it doesn't hurt if they also prevent groggy, disruptive trips out of bed. After some thought, we came up a few furniture options for all your bedroom essentials that don't require a traditional nightstand.

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Style at Home: The heart of the home

We may travel to the far corners of the globe on adventures ... or put in long days at work ... but most of our real living is done within a few square feet in our own homes. This special spot is both our launching pad and our safe harbor. It's where we turn up the music and dance while tossing together Tuesday night dinner. Relax over a well-deserved glass of wine with our best friends. Get lost in a good book or binge watch our favorite series. For most of us, the heart of our home is our kitchen and family room.

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Tag a bag

Clip one of these homemade tags to a backpack or lunch box, and there will never be confusion about whose is whose.

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Ask Angie's List: What are the benefits of a furnace inspection?

Much like a car, a furnace needs tuning to keep it in good working order. And regular maintenance will prevent it from breaking down when you need it most. Poor furnace maintenance is to blame for most of the emergency calls heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) experts receive in the winter, they say. So, it's a good idea to have a professional inspect and service your furnace before the cold weather hits.

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Pumpkins for the ages

Whether you're little or big, advanced makers or novices, use your gourd (ha-ha) and take the lead on this bumper-crop of pumpkin crafts. They're sure to be best on the block! Get your parents involved, they'll need to do the heavy lifting and help with the carving.

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How to build a perfect fall bouquet, with Chicago's Field & Florist

Heidi Joynt and Molly Kobelt, local flower farmers and floral designers, aren't afraid of the fall fade: "Just as we embrace spring for the newness it brings to all things growing," says Joynt, "we also embrace the fall as the flowers are slowly drained of the saturated tones and become more muted. The decay and detritus becomes inspiration and we give the spotlight to wilder textures." The duo plans to ride out this fall in their newly opened retail shop, where blooms share space with design classes and a few hand-picked goodies. Look for pieces including a design collaboration with local ceramic artist Angela Venarchik – we couldn't resist the ingenious Convertible Vase, which transforms to perfectly fit a lush bouquet or those last few spindly stems.

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