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  • 12 Things to Do with Your Old Shoes

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Outworn, outgrown or out of style, old shoes are a fact of life. And unlike easily recycled or repurposed items such as secondhand clothing or empty plastic bottles, no-longer-new footgear poses a dilemma. What exactly is a green-thinking person supposed to do with leftover loafers or rundown runners? Well, depending on their condition, you can take your pick. Restore down-at-heel shoes to a reusable state with a little TLC. Recycle by donating to a good cause. Or, as a last resort, repurpose. Restore 1. To keep your shoes feeling comfortable longer, rotate several pairs. This allows them to dry out between wearings and extends their life. Store in a place with some ventilation - a closet floor or shelf is fine, but a shoe bo

  • Listing of the Week

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Listing of the Week

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Oklahoma city area home and garden notes for Saturday, July 19.

  • Achievers: Oklahoma City metro-area achievers

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Achievers: Oklahoma City metro-area achievers for July 19.

  • Living Smart: Easy projects to spruce up your landscaping

    By Angie Hicks | Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Having a midsummer’s dream of better landscaping? Three easy projects can help you realize your vision.

  • Oklahoma homebuilder serves industry at all levels

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Homebuilder Tony Foust is influencing policies affecting builders from central Oklahoma and all the way to the national stage. Foust, the founder of DaVinci Homes, also will hand over the front door keys to buyers of about 25 custom-built houses this year.

  • House Plan: The Pinedale

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    House Plan: The Pinedale

  • Edmond Exchange for July 17

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer, dbaldwin@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Edmond Exchange, a weekly column about what is going on in Edmond

  • Edmond Quilt Festival is set for July 25-26

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The Edmond Quilt Guild show will feature more than 100 quilts and is expected to draw hundreds of viewers.

  • Curb Appeal: Simple Fixes to Boost Your Home’s Value

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Curb appeal is that essential “it” factor which makes your home stand out from its neighbors – in a good way. If you are looking to sell your home but lack a huge amount of time or cash to invest in exterior remodeling, there’s no need to despair. These relatively quick, cheap fixes will make a surprising improvement in your home’s appearance, increasing both its salability and its value. Deal with obvious signs of neglect first. Take care of any rotten spots in your home’s exterior, clear out clogged gutters, repair crumbling steps or patch and reseal a cracked driveway as an urgent priority … that is, if you want potential buyers to stick around long enough to notice all the other attractive improvements you’ve ma

  • School shopping on a budget

    Hope After Divorce, FamilyShare, Michele Sfakianos, FamilyShare | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Yes, it's all flip flops and swimsuits now. But, school is coming. Here are some ideas on how to prepare for that first day of school.

  • Transform Your Home without Buying a Thing

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Are you depressed by the blah look of your personal space when you come home at the end of the day? Maybe you have a stack of old clothes, unfiled paperwork and cassette tapes un-listened to since 1989 that you just can’t find the wherewithal to deal with. You’re usually too embarrassed to invite people over to your place and on the rare occasions when you do, you run off at the mouth describing how awesome your place could be someday, if you had the time to take care of it. Instead of avoiding or daydreaming, how about actually tackling the task of making your place awesome … one small step at a time? Here’s a practical guide. 1. Work with a buddy or two.

  • What Color Should Your Kitchen Cabinets Be?

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    The kitchen is the heart of your living space, and an excellent place to express your personality. Today's kitchen cabinets come in a vast array of colors. Which to choose for your home? The key word here is "your" - pick a color you love that will make your family feel at home. Here's a guide to six of today's most popular cabinet colors, their advantages, disadvantages and how to handle them. 1. WHITE + Plus White is classic, cool and clean-looking. It looks right in every type of kitchen, from ultra-modern to country farmhouse style. - Minus An all-white color scheme can give a cold impression. White cabinets, particularly those with a high-gloss finish, show the dirt readily. Some folks find this color -

  • Improving Your Home: Universal shower trim a great remodeling solution

    by Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    You’ve been looking at that outdated, 1980s trim in the bathtub or the shower. It’s water-spotted, it's got a yellowed plastic handle, and it’s really standing out against all the other remodeling and freshening up you’re doing — or at least planning — for your bathroom. But replacing the old trim means you’ll need to tear into the wall and replace the entire valve assembly as well, right? Not necessarily. There’s a nifty little kit on the market made by plumbing fixture manufacturer Pfister, called the Pfister Universal Tub Shower Trim Kit. It’s actually a very well thought out kit, and it might be just what you need to update your tub-shower trim without expensive replacement of the entire valve

  • The Nation's Housing Column: A tracker for housing-price trends

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    The new house-specific indexes for consumers will offer graphic displays of how prices on individual homes have moved — up, down, sideways — over a period of recent years in relation to an index.

  • Smart Moves: How to plan as widow

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Anyone who loses a spouse is well advised to wait for a time before making a major move.

  • Richard Mize: Do-it-yourself disposal swap left me drained

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize writes about his do-it-yourself disposal swap.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Decorating from a Distance

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    So sight — and site — unseen, with no more than a handful of photos on a cellphone, I help them cobble together a look.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for July 12

    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Oklahoma City CGA Construction LLC, 16829 Little Leaf Lane, residence, erect, $452,000. Grapevine Homes LLC, 328 NW 154, residence, erect, $450,000. Dodson Custom Homes 1 LLC, 10517 Concord Drive, residence, erect, $370,100. The Roberts Group, 16405 Scotland Way, residence, erect, $365,000. Dodson Custom Homes 1 LLC, 6109 NE 103 Court, residence, erect, $308,100. Cobanks Construction Inc., 8512 NW 126, residence, erect, $305,000. Shellback General Contracting, 301 N Harvey Ave., office, remodel, $300,000. Tim Hughes Custom Homes LLC, 15708 Cambria Court, residence, erect, $275,000. Taber Built Homes LLC, 9901 NW 141, residence, erect, $258,000. Ron James Designer Homes LLC, 8728

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for July 12

    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    CALENDAR For more information, call the phone number or use the email address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send email to mhowell@opubco.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS AFRICAN VIOLET SOCIETY OF OKLAHOMA CITY, 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Room 194, OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland. CENTRAL OKLAHOMA CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY, 7 p.m. Thursday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Plant and seed giveaways, drawings and exchanges. Refreshments are also provided. CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION, 7 to 9 p.m. July 24, Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland.