Disasters always happen at the most inopportune moments; a pipe bursts while you’re on vacation or the heat goes out in the middle of winter. Unfortunately, many of us wait until something goes wrong to start looking for a contractor, which means we’re stuck with whoever is available at that moment — no matter their price, reputation or workmanship.

In the world of home design, there’s no dirtier word than passé. It’s a term that signifies something is past its prime and destined for the dustbin of décor history (or at least for a few years until it probably comes back in vogue).

So you’ve survived another winter without straining your back from snow shoveling or taking a bad spill caused by black ice. Your home, however, may not be so lucky. Jack Frost may have exacted a terrible toll on your domicile that can be easy to overlook until you discover an expensive repair is needed.

It’s the indoor spot where you park cars or a boat; store tools, lawn equipment, and golf clubs; lean up bikes; and set out youngsters’ basketballs, inflatable pool gear and outdoor toys.

Oh, the possibilities. If you can’t find the perfect sofa for your living room or lamp for your bedside table, you probably aren’t trying hard enough. Grab your phone or laptop and keep scrolling through the growing number of online home furnishing retailers, and you are likely to find it.

Robyn and Scott Thorson welcomed five chickens to their Dundee home in June 2016. The Omaha couple started with a store-bought coop, which met the minimum space requirement for their new hens. But it didn’t fare well when it came to withstanding Nebraska weather and buckled under a summer hailstorm.

The long procession of cars snaking through the Bohemian Cemetery isn't to mark the passing of a loved one. It’s the start of a new life for millions of bees, and a big day for Omaha beekeepers.

Walnut, hickory, white oak, elm and pine. Name a fine hardwood, and you’re certain to find it in Don and Debbie Nelson’s Elkhorn home. Located off a winding gravel road overlooking a private lake with a sandy beach, their rustic residence boasts soaring wooden ceiling beams, an open staircase, gleaming flooring, custom cabinetry and one-of-a-kind furniture.

Who knew pigs can pout. Or be there when you need them. When Sam Trummer feels sad or sick, she can always count on Forest, her 160-pound pot belly-Juliana cross.

Eating like America’s favorite homesteader, Laura Ingalls Wilder, may not be for the faint of heart. Few would find fault with the cured hams hickory-smoked in a hollow log. And tucking into some fire-warm bread, fruit preserves and cheese cut right from the wheel would not bother many souls.

I grew up in an American Foursquare -- the boxy house style popular from the mid-1890s to the late 1930s. You’ve seen the look in countless older neighborhoods -- 2 1/2 stories, center dormer, large front porch with pillars.

Spring's beauty palette is fresh and natural, with glowing skin, brushed up brows and nude glossy lips. No punchy color here, just earthy hues in separates both new and slightly retro for a modern prairie feel. Listen carefully and you might hear a meadowlark ringing out across the field.

Big, bold flower petal prints are everywhere in today’s homes. But how can you incorporate roses and tulips into your home design without it looking like a garden exploded in your living room? Here are some tips.

One of the perks of working from home is the ability to roll out of bed on your own clock and get down to business in a bathrobe, if you so desire. But another major perk is the opportunity to create a workspace that’s as conducive to comfort as it is productivity — an efficient yet expressive area that’s the antithesis of that cold, cramped cubicle some poor soul is occupying right now in a company building somewhere.

After a friend's surgery, we wanted to surprise her by making something hearty and somewhat healthy for dinner. Something like soup. But not our old standby, chicken and noodle.

Imagine visiting a museum where none of the paintings and pictures on display had frames. You’d likely think that the art felt naked, vulnerable and incomplete — and for good reason. Truth is, a quality frame both protects and completes the image, making it appear valuable, important and unique.

It’s one of the most important and intimate rooms in your entire home. It can make a big first impression on visitors and be instrumental in helping you feel clean and refreshed. But it can also quickly turn into an eyesore due to clutter, dirt, mold and outdated components. So maybe it’s time to give a little TLC to your bathroom.


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