• Garden Design

    Library volunteer work to improve Elizabethtown library [photos] | Local News

    Volunteers met at Elizabethtown Public Library on Monday to attend to the property’s landscaping. It’s part of a larger effort to maintain and improve the library’s outdoor areas over the past few years. The group’s recent ongoing projects include sprucing up the library’s railings, book return shed, trash can boxes and courtyard bench. Earlier this year, three trees were removed from the library property. A four-season garden design was also implemented in the courtyard with help from Warburton Nursery and Greenhouses, 6005 Schoolhouse Road in Elizabethtown, according to a release from the library. Volunteers are continually needed to help with landscaping maintenance, as are donations toward the cost of new…

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  • Swimming Pool Design

    Mankato council OKs $8M in sales tax spending | Local News

    MANKATO — Mankato shoppers will be seeing some of the fruits of their sales tax payments in coming months — more than $7 million in fixes to the civic center and nearly $800,000 in designs for new community sports and recreation facilities to be constructed starting next year. The City Council approved $1.5 million for a roof replacement at the Mayo Clinic Civic Center, $3.9 million for fixes to the exterior walls on the facility and $1.7 million for upgrades to the heating, cooling and ventilation systems. All of the costs are to be covered with proceeds from Mankato’s half-percent local sales tax, which is applied to most purchases outside…

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  • Bedroom Decoration

    Lowe’s Readies For More Holiday Decorating At Local Businesses, Offices

    The home improvement retailer is stocking up on longer strands of garland and heavier-duty lights … [+] for businesses looking to decorate for the holidays. Getty Images Lowe’s is selling longer strands of garland, heavier-duty strings of lights and more big wreaths this holiday season, expecting that local businesses and even offices will be putting up more decorations this year. “I think you’re going to see some decorating inside the office that maybe didn’t occur a year ago,” says Bill Bortz, executive vice president of merchandising at Lowe’s. While big companies like Google, Apple and American Express have delayed their return-to-office plans until next year, employees at many smaller companies…

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  • Living Room Decoration

    How a Racine native nurse may have revolutionized sitting on the grass | Local News

    A lush picnic setting of gold, ivory and blush pink is set up at Samuel Myers Park in Racine on Sunday.  Diana Panuncial RACINE — Please be seated. Ciara Ready, a Racine native, may have revolutionized sitting on the grass and sharing a meal together along Lake Michigan with her new business, X-Clusive Picnics. Gone are the days of balancing plates on your lap. Ready assembles pop-up picnic settings with handmade tables, fluffy pillows, a lush rug and other decorations to make outdoor — and indoor — dining more than just a quick bite. They can be set up at outdoor locations, like North Beach, or even indoor locations like…

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  • Home Design

    Tell the story of your home with art + a FREE local in-home design program

    Author Cecilia Wood – June 28, 2021June 28, 2021 Read Time 3 Minutes Sponsored La-Z-Boy’s in-home design services changed Michael Brogan’s space for the better. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now The art tells the story of your home—nobody proves this better than local art lover and Birmingham resident Michael Brogan. He showed us his home transformation thanks to the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Birmingham FREE in-home design services and told us about his favorite finds. Wow! were we impressed. Read on for why we love it, including photos and a video. Michael Brogan expresses his style through art As a former communications director, Michael is no stranger to…

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  • Home Improvement News

    COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact local home improvement projects

    If you have a home improvement project you’ve been thinking about, you need to be patient and if it’s a small repair, you might even want to consider putting it off for a few months. That advice from  Rick Herman, who is CEO of the Rochester Home Builders Association. He said the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in higher demand for home remodeling projects, with a lot of people who were stuck at home for months, and he said that at the same time, there’s been a delay in ordering various kinds of materials. “Water heaters, doors, windows, roofing materials. There’s a supply chain issue out there due to COVID and…

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