Home & Garden

Excellent plants for low-light indoors

Excellent plants for low-light indoors

By Walter Reeves, For the AJC Troy Warren for CNT Q: I am looking for a small tree I can plant in a pot to place in my living room, which doesn’t get much light. I’ve tried the ficus tree, but haven’t had much luck with that. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Lisa Lywshoes, Conyers A: Try a parlor palm, Chamaedorea elegans. I have also had good luck in low light with peace lily, Spathiphyllum species; cast iron plant, Aspidistra elatior; pothos, Epipremnum aureum; and snake plant, Sansevieria species. Whichever plant you choose, water only when the soil becomes dry to the touch and fertilize it once per year. Don’t…
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5 Clever Ways to Make Your Small Outdoor Space Look Deceptively Large

5 Clever Ways to Make Your Small Outdoor Space Look Deceptively Large

By Heather Luckhurst and Caitlin Sole | BHG.Com Troy Warren for CNT Spruce up your small patio, porch, or deck with these decorating tips that fake more space. Not every home comes with an expansive yard or wraparound porch, and outfitting a small backyard for all its many duties can be challenging. But with the right furnishings, accents, and lighting, you can make your small porch, patio, or deck live larger than its square footage. Equip your small yard with these easy decorating ideas for a space that looks deceivingly large and comes ready for barbecues, game nights, bonfires, and more. 1. Hang…
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These Are the Best Real Estate Markets for Avoiding Bidding Wars

These Are the Best Real Estate Markets for Avoiding Bidding Wars

By Meena Thiruvengadam | BHG.Com Troy Warren for CNT In the 2021 housing market, real estate has become so competitive that bidding wars and cash offers are commonplace. Here are the areas in the U.S. where you can still find an affordable home. It's no secret that real estate has become extremely competitive in many areas of the United States. Bidding wars, cash offers, and personal pleas of all kinds have become parts of the housing market as much as saving for a down payment, finding a lender, and signing piles of paperwork. But there are still a few places in the U.S. where…
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Atlanta: Do people still want to live in tiny homes after the pandemic? Short answer is yes.

Atlanta: Do people still want to live in tiny homes after the pandemic? Short answer is yes.

Credit: Jenni Girtman The common area of the village has a fire pit and is planted with blackberries, tomatoes and other herbs, fruits and vegetables tended to and consumed by the eight home owners. The recently completed Cottages at Vaughan are fully occupied with residents who live in the tiny homes in Clarkston on Monday, July 19, 2021. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) By Zachary Hansen, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for AtlantaNewsAndTalk.Com Georgia’s first tiny home community, which aims to be a proof of concept for micro living, quickly sells out Rich Pasenow was in his dentist’s office three…
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Atlanta: Georgia cities rank low on list of best cities for renters

Atlanta: Georgia cities rank low on list of best cities for renters

By Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Renting isn’t always a cheaper or better alternative to owning a property Rent vs. own is a debate most people have with themselves at some point. Roughly 44 million American households have opted to rent rather than buy their homes because of convenience, cost or both. But renting isn’t always a cheaper or better alternative to owning a property. The right road to take depends on a variety of factors, including an individual’s or family’s financial means, and how well the local real-estate market is doing. Each has advantages and drawbacks, so it’s…
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How to Use Kitchen Pendant Lighting for a Beautifully Lit Space

How to Use Kitchen Pendant Lighting for a Beautifully Lit Space

By Jessica Bennett | BHG.Com Troy Warren for CNT Pendants provide a hardworking light source and a stylish focal point for your kitchen. Learn about style options and where to hang them with these kitchen pendant lighting tips. Whether you need to illuminate a specific task or update your decor, the right lighting makes all the difference in a room. But before you start installing fixtures, it's important to consider what type of light you need. Ambient or overall light, for example, is used for all-purpose illumination, while task lighting focuses light on a specific work area. Accent lighting highlights specific areas and…
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How to bring minimalist designs into your home

How to bring minimalist designs into your home

By Kiersten Willis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that less may be more. If you want to clear your home of clutter, a minimalist design can be the way to go. “Minimalism for me is about keeping a space simple, uncluttered and accentuating the attractive architectural features of a space. The palette is mostly monochromatic and color is used as an accent,” Sharon Blaustein, founder and principal designer of B Interior, told Elle Decor. Since decluttering is the way to go, Livspace says you’ll need to stick to keeping essentials on kitchen counters.…
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Atlanta residents spent this much on home renovations last year

Atlanta residents spent this much on home renovations last year

By Kiersten Willis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Homeowners were busy with DIY projects during pandemic During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people found themselves wanting to switch things up at home, whether that meant creating a new home office or finally tackling a project from their to-do lists. Recently, Houzz released a report of U.S. home renovation in 2020 and 2021. It found that the median home renovation spend has increased in 27 of the top 50 metro areas around the nation. “Home renovation spend has grown 15% in the last year to a median $15,000. Higher-budget projects (with the top…
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Good News Homebuyers:  Housing Market Shift is Coming

Good News Homebuyers: Housing Market Shift is Coming

Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for CNT Sellers’ grip on housing market is starting to slip. The supply of homes for sale has steadily been climbing for the past few months, giving buyers worn out by bidding wars and new monthly home price records a better chance to close on one. Drops in listing prices are on the rise too. Home listings are up almost 43% since late February, according to the Cromford Report. And price reductions in homes listed for sale have jumped 102% since mid-February. It’s also taking a couple days longer for homes to sell because buyers have more choices. “We are seeing…
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3 Tricks to Try with Your Hydrangeas to Get the Most Out of These Gorgeous

3 Tricks to Try with Your Hydrangeas to Get the Most Out of These Gorgeous

By Viveka Neveln | BHG.Com Troy Warren for CNT In the garden or in cut arrangements, these shrubs always impress. Here's how to change bloom colors, dry them, and keep them fresh in a vase for weeks. Arguably the most dazzling divas of the shrub world, hydrangeas have some of the biggest, fluffiest, showiest blooms you can grow. These gorgeous flowers can infuse a foundation planting with some serious curb appeal, turn a boring hedge into a breathtaking frame for your yard, and they'll even shine in containers. As cut flowers, hydrangeas completely steal the show in any vase. Besides their beauty, these blooms have a few special…
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