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Subscriber onlyNow that we are in the middle of winter, I am wondering about the heating unit in my home. How long of a lifespan does one usually have; what's the best way to care for it; how will I know when it's time to replace it; and when it's time to do so, how do I go about choosing a contractor to do the work? Continue reading...

Personal Space

Subscriber onlyLaura Connor Where I live: I live in the Heights neighborhood of Little Rock. Continue reading...

Tools and Toys

Subscriber onlySparkle and Dine What's to love: Everything needed for a designer-styled dinner table delivered in a box. Continue reading...

Popeye the sailor man still stands ... in new town

Subscriber onlyDear Otus, I grew up in Springdale, but moved away in 1984. I recently came back for the holidays and was shocked to discover there is no longer a statue of Popeye in front of Allen Canning on Thompson Street. There's just an empty pedestal. Continue reading...

’Tween bedroom is balancing act in design, color

Subscriber onlyDecorating a baby’s room is all about what mom and dad want. But decorating a bedroom for a ’tween child is more complicated. Continue reading...

Car Talk

Subscriber onlyDEAR CAR TALK: I have a 2005 Mercury Sable with 37,000 miles and a brand-new battery. I recently took it to a local ASE-certified auto repair shop for starting problems. After having the car all day, the service manager gave me a written diagnosis, in which his mechanic claimed there was a slow current draw within the wiring inside the instrument panel. I was told that it would take two weeks for the panel to be sent away to have the wiring refurbished, at a cost of about $800. I paid for the diagnostic time, which was $120, and took the weekend to think about the larger repair. I decided to get a second opinion, so I took it to a Ford dealership, and quickly got a diagnosis as merely a faulty starter. They replaced my starter, and now the car starts great. I called the owner of the ASE shop to tell him that his mechanic had grossly misdiagnosed my car. I asked for half of the diagnostic fee back. This request was rejected out of hand, because he said the mechanic worked all day tracking down this wiring panel problem (which didn't exist). What do you think of what happened? Continue reading...

Well placed mirrors reflect expansive decorating style

Subscriber onlyWhen designer Colman Riddell and her family moved into a converted 19th-century stable in Georgetown, she inherited a colossal, ornate mirror from the previous owners that stretched more than 8 feet tall. It was, by all accounts, a statement piece. Continue reading...

Decorating errors make small space look even smaller

Subscriber onlyIn a small space, every inch counts -- and every mistake can have big consequences. We asked five designers for their go-to remedies: Continue reading...

Less is much more in tiny surroundings

Subscriber onlyHere are some tips from Abbey Slitor and Warren Weixler of Washington, who live in a 707-square-foot flat, that will help you make the most of your small apartment. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: It's my turn to brag about our newest four-pawed friend. Champagne was adopted from the San Antonio Humane Society in October 2014. We went looking for a small miniature schnauzer (we have had three) and came home with a lovebug silky wheaten terrier. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. Competence leads to confidence. It will become important to you to get very good at a thing, and you'll dedicate yourself to the effort with tremendous results. May is your financial high, but be conservative so you have more to invest in July. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why do some people insist on doing things they know will hurt them? Our daughter just laughs at us when we try to tell her she's going down the wrong road, and she's only hurting herself. It really breaks our hearts. What's wrong with her? Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Malaysia

Subscriber only1. About half of Malaysia is situated on this island. Continue reading...

Personal Space

Sharon Neiser Where I live: I moved to Bentonville in 1995. Wal-Mart had been recruiting me to come to Bentonville from Atlanta. Continue reading...

Wicker, glass, stone pop as decor pieces

Whether I'm flipping through my favorite home decor magazine or browsing online, a great room always makes me pause and study how it is put together. Visually dismantling a room piece by piece is the only way to learn how to create compelling spaces. Continue reading...

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