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Chip Gaines Tweets Bible Verse After His Ex-Partners Sue

HGTV’s Fixer Upper is such a hit because of its friendly hosts, Chip and Joanna Gaines. The sweet couple seem solid and relatable, making it extra fun to watch them take on home-improvement projects. That’s why it’s particularly shocking to imagine Gaines as the cold-blooded hustler that his ex-partners at Magnolia Realty paint him to be in a new lawsuit. Yesterday, John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark filed suit against Gaines and HGTV, alleging that he bought them out…

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Everything We Know About Feud: Charles and Diana

Feud: Bette and Joan aired its heartbreaker of a finale on Sunday, but Feud as a broader franchise is only just getting started. Now that Ryan Murphy has tapped into the endlessly fertile ground of chronicling real-life drama between public figures, the potential for future seasons is limitless, with season two shifting focus from Old Hollywood to the British Royal Family. Here’s everything we know so far about Feud: Charles and Diana, which will chronicle “the dissolving of a fairy…

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10 Great Plants for the Shady Spots in Your Garden

Move over hostas and impatiens! You already know these shade-lovers are reliable performers, but there are a whole lot of other beauties out there that flourish in less sunny locations. The trick is to choose the right plant for the right place. “There are many degrees of shade,” says Michael Sheek, senior horticulturalist with the Atlanta Botanical Garden. “Pay attention to your planting area for a few days to get a sense of what kind of light it receives at…

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The Roomba for Lawns Is a Yard Work Game-Changer

It’s the latest domestic chore to die at the hands of technology: Lawn-mowing can officially be filed under “chores you never have to do again if you don’t want to.” Robotic lawn mowers like the Honda Miimo ($2,499); Robomow ($1,299); and Worx Landroid ($999) are to grass what the Roomba and its ilk are to carpet. The programmable machines have rotating blades at adjustable heights, remote controls (via phone app or separately), and built-in sensors that prevent them from mowing…

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The Best Way to Unclog a Drain

There’s no need to waste a ton of money on a professional plumber or chemical-packed products to unclog your drain. Use these easy steps and DIY cleaning solution from Michael Dimopoulos, a Thumbtack House Cleaner and the founder of Lazy Susans Cleaning, to dislodge that blockage in no time. Create a mixture of 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup white vinegar in a measuring cup. Pour the solution down the drain immediately. The fizzing will help to remove any…

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The Best Way to Clean Grout

You may think your dingy tile and grout is beyond hope, but with the right products and a little scrubbing, you can easily renew and refresh your grimy grout. Just use this cleaning routine from Michael Dimopoulos, a Thumbtack House Cleaner and the founder of Lazy Susans Cleaning to spring clean your floors and bathroom. First sprinkle a medium to generous amount of Bon Ami, or a similar cleaning powder, over the surface making sure the powder covers all the…

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This Beautiful “Indoor Forest” Playroom Transformation Will Knock Your Socks Off

Whimsical, inventive, and ideal for playing make believe, this upgraded basement is the perfect place for a kid to be a kid (or maybe a woodland fairy?). Colorado-based designer Liz Finkelstein overhauled this once dull space into an enchanted “indoor forest” playroom. The finished room now features real—and climbable!—Aspen trees, glowing lights, and more playful details, according to Houzz. Before, the room was a basic basement that lacked proper storage and any sort of aesthetic appeal. The homeowners wanted a…

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A 10-Step Guide to Researching the History of Your House

Wish your walls could talk? Even the most modest of homes can turn up fascinating historical tidbits, but it can be tough to know where to begin when it comes to house research. Here’s our quick step-by-step guide to begin tracing the story of your house—and having a blast doing it! Careful though—once you start, you might never stop. (Just don’t say we didn’t warn you!) 1 Assess your home’s style. In most cases, a careful study of the style…

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4 of Grandma’s Favorite Flowers That Need to Make a Comeback

Any florist knows there are certain stems that are routinely hated on. “You’ll often hear it roll off of customers’ tongues with great disgust, as if the mere sound leaving their mouth makes them shudder: ‘No carnations, chrysanthemums or baby’s breath, please!’” Floret Flowers owner Erin Benzakein wrote on her blog. But these blooms didn’t always have such a bad reputation. In fact, they were once pretty popular! And with increased awareness of the many varieties, we think these four…

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Is it Time for Taxidermy Decor to Die Off (Pun Intended)?

Ask a group of people what they think of taxidermy as home decor and you’ll get a lot of opinions. Some folks might say it’s morbid, grotesque, and outdated to display dead animals on the walls of your home. Others will point out that stuffed specimens and trophies like heads, skulls, and horns are a way to show an appreciation for the beauty of nature and that they impart that “rustic lodge” feel that so many are fond of. But…

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