When someone spots a dining room or bedroom outfitted with French doors, admiration generally follows, as if the doors are special and rare. While not rare, they certainly are special, and homeowners can’t get enough of them. It’s no surprise then that these doors — whose style dates back to the 16th century — have made their way into the bathroom. If you want to give your bath an elegant or updated look, consider replacing your current shower door with these beauties. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Kids grow fast. That means their rooms have to roll with the changes, which requires a makeover every few years. Your son or daughter likely wants a say in how their bedroom should be decorated and furnished, which can lead to conflicts if their daring design dreams clash with your more practical vision.

Did you know that Claxton, Georgia, is considered one of the fruitcake capitals of the world? Two bakeries there combine to make 4 million pounds of fruitcake each year. Strangely, National Fruitcake Day is Dec. 27. Strange, because one would assume it would be celebrated before Christmas, because that’s its time to shine.

You can choose brightly hued paint colors, opt for lighter-toned flooring or carpeting and add extra lamps and light fixtures. But if you really want to illuminate the living spaces in your home, there’s no substitute for natural sunlight. It’s a big reason why carefully placed windows, skylights, doors with glass, light wells and transoms are coveted among homeowners and home shoppers alike. And the perks of ample natural light are plentiful.

Should water sit for several hours to allow chemicals it contains to dissipate?  The horticulture program coordinator for the Douglas-Sarpy County Extension Office says yes, but not for the reasons we expected.

The holiday shopping season is in full swing. The packed shopping malls and long checkout lines can be stressful for all parents, but even more so for new moms and dads shopping with baby in tow. From fussy tantrums to emergency diaper changes, it’s essential for new parents to always be prepared for any scenario when shopping with their tots.

A favorite Friday afternoon tradition for Assistant Editor Marjie Ducey is to window shop at Legacy Art and Frame as she walks home from the bus stop near 49th and Dodge Streets in Dundee.

Start with a statement piece that ebbs and flows with the events of the day - from big client presentation to cozy dinner date. The transition will be so effortless, you won’t even notice that winter blew in. Photography Heather & Jameson. Art direction Heidi Thorson. Merchandise styling…

The west Omaha couple approached Rose McCormick a few years ago, disappointed with trees decorated by an interior designer. “They were just too “living room-y. They didn’t capture any of the homeowners’ feeling,” says McCormick, who owns Beyond the Vine and does custom decorating for clients. “They just matched with the wallpaper.”

Though there really isn’t a bad time to visit New York City, I can’t imagine a better time to explore all that the Big Apple offers than during the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday stretch.

My grammy and pap’s house was surrounded by neighbors on three sides. Still, it was a quiet place to spend holiday meals. That was mostly — OK, wholly — because all those neighbors had slipped their mortal coils. The nearly encompassing cemetery also meant that second and third helpings of heavy holiday fare could be worked off by rousing games of tag among the headstones.

Now that Halloween is behind us, the focus has turned to the upcoming winter holidays. Sprucing up the outside of your home can be enjoyable, non-labor intensive and wallet-friendly, says Rhianna Miller, the home and garden design expert at RubberMulch.

Looking for a sweet way to spend your Saturday? The Omaha Public Library is holding its seventh annual read it and eat culinary conference, and this year the focus is on candy. There will be candy demonstrations, samples, prize drawings and the chance to pick treats from an old-fashioned candy bar.

People are looking for more than functionality when it comes to their closets. They want style, too. Home buyers are looking for that little extra when they visit a home. And even if you’re not in the market to sell your home, a well-designed, well-thought-out closet space for your favorite clothes, shoes and accessories can save time every day.

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