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Grandin Road's bright, oversize fiberglass ornaments look like they plopped off a giant's Christmas tree. Or keep things small: Those handy little solar stick lights that you pop in the ground around a garden or walkway have been given a holiday dress-up with candy cane stripes and a snowy cap, at Lowe's.

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Nicole Fisher, who bases her BNR Interiors firm in New York's Hudson Valley, likes to blend the time-tested colors of Christmas with fresh twists.

While houseplants have the ability to bring life to a room and purify the air while doing it, a drawback is that many houseplants are toxic to animals. Here are 10 plants that add beauty to your home without worry.

TikTok creator @sabrina.sustainable.life came up with a genius hack to reduce the amount of water she wastes during showers and save money on her water bill. While you wait for the water to heat up, collect the cold water in a bucket for gardening.

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Indoor herb gardens are an easy, fun way to add fresh flavor to your cooking. But not all herbs are created equal when it comes to pet safety. Standards like lavender and oregano are off-limits, but pets are fine around basil, sage and thyme.

The variety of paving stones and bricks today make it possible to create a unique border along an ordinary walkway or driveway. The addition of new edging expands its width and creates a custom detail you can extend throughout your landscape. The project involves some serious yard work.

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It only takes a small amount of outdoor space to enjoy the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair from the privacy of home — but if your outdoor space is petite, you might want to consider incorporating a few of these ideas to help your mini getaway feel a little more spacious than it actually is. These tips can help boost your enjoyment of your outdoor space while fooling everyone into thinking it’s bigger than it is.

Gardening has reached new heights as a favorite pastime, and more gardeners are discovering that raised beds make it easier. What’s not to like about bringing plants to a higher level so you don’t have to bend down and work on your knees? You can grow flowers, herbs and vegetables and work the soil while sitting on a ledge — a major plus for anyone with a bad back or not-so-bendable knees. And you can design and locate the raised garden bed where the growing conditions are best.

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Repetition is a fool-proof way to create a cohesive look in a window box. Try planting a 15-foot-long box with repeating groups of ivy ball topiary, chartreuse coleus and white caladium for a sense of flow and order.

Window boxes give gardeners an affordable outlet to do what they love most: experiment. Known as one of the first living walls, window boxes have been a longtime favorite of gardeners. Window boxes continue to be a popular landscape element today and often stand in for front yards at homes that open to the sidewalk. Although there is a lot of creative freedom with planting window boxes, there is a right way to do it. Window boxes show off the wide range of possibilities a few feet of soil can offer, so use our tips to create a floral creation of your own.

TikTok creator @purposedrivenmovement shows you how to make a DIY umbrella stand that doubles as a planter for pretty summer flowers using concrete, a bucket, a large planter pot, and a PVC pipe.

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