Decorating Tip: Multifunctional dining
Bookshelves can represent any decorating style. In her dining-room design, Dennis prefers tall bookshelves to create a multifunctional space for the entire family. "I love using bookcases to line a dining room with room for storage baskets. It automatically allows the space to do double duty," she says.
-- Scripps Howard News Service/ HGTV
Home-Selling Tip: Get hi-tech
After getting the traditional "For Sale" sign for your yard and listing your house in the classifieds, try some hi-tech options. For example, make a video tour of your house and upload it to YouTube for potential buyers to see. Some sellers and agents are using the Talking House radio transmitters, which allows you to record an audio description of your house that buyers can listen to on the radio as they drive by.
Going Green: Subway gets recycled plastic
Subway has announced that its salad containers will now be made from 95 percent post-consumer recycled materials. The company says this will keep 2.62 million pounds of plastic from entering landfills, representing 500,000 barrels of petroleum.
Did You Know …
Pending home sales rose 4.1 percent in March from February and is now at the highest level since April 2010. -- Realtor.org
Garden Guide: Don’t prune oak tress?
The Forest Service recommends that we halt any pruning of oak trees during April, May, and June. Others extend that ban through July. Fresh cuts in those months produce sap that attracts sap-feeding nitidulid beetles that may have visited sporulating mats of the oak wilt fungus on diseased trees. If that is the case, they bring the oak wilt fungus to your tree. If you are certain there is no oak wilt disease in your area, you do not have to follow this guideline.
-- University of Illinois Extension