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Top smart home trends for 2019

Still haven't installed your first smart home product? You could soon be the last home on the block. Nearly 30 million smart home products will be sold in 2019, according to the Consumer Technology Association. That's a 23 percent increase from last year, signaling a real tipping point for the industry.

Home & Garden

Plumber: Kitchen faucet spray choices

Q: Dear Ed: I'm a regular reader of your column and enjoy the topic of new plumbing technology. I'll be shopping for a new kitchen faucet soon and want a pullout spray type. Since I want cool features, what new spray head options are available?

Home & Garden

Ask Angie’s List: How should I maintain my hardwood floor?

Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular flooring choices for the home, and no wonder. It offers strength, durability and great looks. Plus, it tends to have a high return on investment when you start calculating resale value. But hardwood is also an expensive flooring choice, so you want to take the best possible care of it. Plus, it tends to be more vulnerable to the wrong cleaning choices than other kinds of flooring. Take these steps to ensure a long life and a beautiful finish:

Home & Garden

Design Recipes: The beauty of black and white

Black and white are two of the most popular but often overlooked colors. In many instances, people don't consider them colors and simply ignore them. When paired together, black and white can be one of the most elegant and neutral color palettes in a designer's toolbox. Whether your taste is modern or traditional, a black-and-white palette is versatile and timeless. Here are some tips to help get you started.

Pets

5 home projects for pet owners

Pets make wonderful companions, but between damage, odors, accidents and fur, they aren't the most considerate houseguests. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to keep your home damage-free – and make your life a little easier. Check out these five ways to tackle common pet issues and save yourself the hassle of battling fur balls and reupholstering furniture down the road.

Home & Garden

On Gardening: Tropical style garden all about attitude

After the Polar Vortex visit, it left many of us thinking about life in the tropics or at the bare minimum longing for summer, gardening, and splashing in the pool. In reality, it will not be long until the backyard becomes our corner of paradise, our secret garden if we add a few tropical plants.

How this Sacramento park is getting ready for a big rainstorm

Arborists prune palm trees at the McKinley Park Rose Garden on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, as a big rainstorm heads into the Sacramento region.