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Trailblazing 'Realtist' leaves homeowners as legacy in Oklahoma City

Carl B. Carbin, even after 60 years, sold houses nearly to the end. He died Jan. 9 at age 91, after helping make homeowners out...

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Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles

LONDON (AP) — Goodbye, your royal highnesses. Hello, life as — almost — ordinary civilians.Prince Harry and wife Meghan will no...

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Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles

LONDON (AP) — Goodbye, your royal highnesses. Hello, life as — almost — ordinary civilians.Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan,...

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Buckingham Palace says Prince Harry and Meghan will give up "royal highness" titles and repay home renovation money.

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace says Prince Harry and Meghan will give up "royal highness" titles and repay home renovation money.

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OKC home show continues

The Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show continues this weekend at The OKC Fairgrounds. The 38th annual show features experts in...

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Marni Jameson: Want to love your yard? Make a plan, part 1

The mud started it. Our three dogs kept tracking it in from the yard. The yard was muddy because the lawn wouldn’t grow. The...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Jan. 18, 2020

Rtizway Construction & Design Group: 417 S Meridian Ave., hotel-motel, erect, $3,800,000. SGA Design Group: 10600 W Highway...

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Julia Laughlin: Coming soon, 'Gardening 101 Workshop'

If you have ever dreamed of being a Master Gardener but could not find the time to attend the annual fall training program and...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Jan. 18, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a one-owner, Dallas-style home on a corner lot in Edmond's Olde Town Villas addition. The...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Jan. 18, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $34 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Oklahoma City-area garden events calendar from The Oklahoman for Jan. 18, 2020

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Group adds four homebuilders to Oklahoma Housing Hall of Fame

The Oklahoma Home Builders Association has added four builders to its Oklahoma Housing Hall of Fame: J.W. Mashburn, of Oklahoma...

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How to shoot photos of your home like a pro

Whether you're showcasing your home for a short-term or long-term rental, a sublet, new roommates or to sell it, great photos...

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Bull-noser: Camera records moose trapping Alaska man in shed

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man carrying garbage to his shed had to take cover inside when a curious bull moose decided...

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Barry Stone, Get flashing right on tile roofing

DEAR BARRY: My tile roof is leaking in an unusual way. No moisture gets into the house, but at the edges of the roof I’ve seen...

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Low-maintenance succulents make watering a breeze

Looking for an easy plant to care for? Try a succulent.Any plant with fleshy stems or leaves is called a succulent. Aside from...

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Richard Mize: On tap, homebuilding stats for 2019

For bar betting and general purposes, here are some major year-end homebuilding stats for the metro area, compiled by Dharma...

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Oklahoma gardening calendar for Jan. 11, 2020

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Here's what millennials are looking for as homebuyers

They're here. For years, real estate agents and builders eagerly anticipated the entrance of millennials into the housing...

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Architects in Arabia: Oklahoma City planner leads school accreditation team

Henceforth, I shall call her Lisa, Architect of Arabia, and surely she will grimace. Just as surely, Lisa Chronister,...

Farzaneh brothers support education, housing, other causes in central Oklahoma

BusinessApr 28, 2019

MOORE — Revolution didn’t break out in Iran 40 years ago until after the Farzaneh brothers left to study architecture at the University of Oklahoma, but its effects reached around the world and lay a heavy weight on both of them. “Because of...

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Real estate notes from The Oklahoman for Jan. 11, 2020

Oklahoma locations added to the National Register The Holy City of the Wichitas Historic District, four sites in Oklahoma City,...

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Find inspiration for outside inside at the Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show

Nothing like a splash of life inside helps for coping with the dead of winter outside, even during a mild season like this...

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Rodd Moesel: Focus on 2020 garden planning, enjoy house plants

The new year is well under way, but it still is several weeks early to start planting our cool-season vegetables. This is a...

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Marni Jameson: And the color of the year is … confusing

In announcing Classic Blue the Color of the Year for 2020, Pantone Color Institute, a leading authority on color trends,...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Jan. 11, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a modern farmhouse design in east Edmond. The 2,545-square-foot home at 7608 Sunset Sail Ave. has...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Jan. 11, 2020

Key Construction Co. LLC: 8400 N Oklahoma Ave., restaurant, erect, $9,500,000. Callaway Architecture: 2201 NW 138, retail...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Jan. 11, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $30 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Oklahoma City Remodeling Expo continues this weekend at Cox Convention Center

If you can't wait until next weekend for a home show, the Oklahoma City Remodeling Expo continues Saturday and Sunday at Cox...

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ASK A DESIGNER: Easy ways to brighten rooms in winter

When home designer and builder Marnie Oursler talks with clients about building their dream homes along the Delaware coast,...

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Gardening trends for 2020? Think unconventional, sustainable

Gardeners in 2020 will veer from the beaten path, opting for unconventional varieties and eco-conscious surroundings, according...

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9 essential gadgets worth the real estate in your kitchen

I love a shiny new kitchen object as much as the next cook, and at times my kitchen has resembled a kitchen specialty store....

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Richard Mize: To times gone by, Taking a look back at the last half of 2019

Denise Patterson was 2019 president of Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association, which had a female president for the first...

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Oklahoma City-area garden events calendar from The Oklahoman for Jan. 4, 2020

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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How to enhance the value of a house with art

Everyone has an opinion about what clinched the deal. For Christine Neptune, a collector and co-owner of Gallery Neptune &...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Jan. 4, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $40 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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This year's top 10 U.S. home sales totaled $1.1 billion

Last year saw weak annual gains in luxury home prices, new tax proposals on million-dollar properties, and restrictions for...

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New Year’s resolutions for the gardener in you

The winter months make it difficult to do much outside, but this is a great time to think about making resolutions for your...

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Marni Jameson: Cure for holiday hangover: Own less, live more

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough — enough buying and spending, getting and giving, eating and, well, consuming in...

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Barry Stone: Should home inspectors disclose asbestos?

DEAR BARRY: When we bought our house, the home inspector said the heating ducts might be insulated with asbestos. He...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Jan. 4, 2020

Lusardi Construction: 1121 E Memorial Road, automotive sales, remodel, $1,200,000. No name provided: 7001 NW 150, storage,...

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Paul Bianchina: About insulation for a dryer vent

Q: I am running my dryer vent through my unconditioned crawl space and out the adjacent wall. I am using smooth rigid pipe and...

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Tests begin on bones that may be Revolutionary War soldiers

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A university laboratory began tests Friday on skeletal remains found beneath an 18th century home in...

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Woman's goal: Revitalize Iowa's 'American Gothic' town

ELDON, Iowa (AP) — Tiny Eldon in southeast Iowa has been losing population, jobs and business for nearly five decades, but one...

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RIGHT AT HOME: It's that '70s (and '80s) show in home decor

You’ve probably noticed it in clothing stores: racks and shelves full of high-waisted flares, rib-knit turtlenecks, acid green...

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Consider easy, more sustainable alternatives to peat moss

It may be time to say goodbye to Pete in the garden. Peat Moss, that is.Peat has been a great helper for years, especially with...

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What to do with that leftover bubbly? Some ideas

From early December through Jan. 1 (or beyond, depending on how fervently you hang on to the holidays), the pop of a Champagne...

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Man offers $10K for safe return of stolen dog named Bella

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man is offering $10,000 for the safe return of his dog after someone stole his...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Dec. 28, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $31 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

NewsMay 16, 2019

SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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Barry Stone: Seller believes home inspections are unfair

DEAR BARRY: As a homebuyer, I can appreciate the obvious benefits of a home inspection. As a seller, however, there is...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Dec. 28, 2019

A.C. Owen Construction: 8100 N Interstate 35 Service Road, office-warehouse, erect, $3,000,000. A.C. Owen Construction: 8100 N...

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Oklahoma garden calendar for Dec. 28, 2019

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Housing highs and lows: Taking a look back at first half of 2019

For metro-area homebuilders, 4,854 was so 2018. They zoomed past last year's total number of starts in November, enough new...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Dec. 28, 2019

The Listing of the Week is a new Craftsman-style home with a contemporary interior and open floor plan on 0.30 acre northeast...

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Moesel: Now's the time to look back and set goals for your garden

We have made it to the final weekend of 2019, and our attentions are torn between a look back at this year and looking ahead to...

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Paul Bianchina: Understanding insulation

This time of year, there’s understandably a lot of interest in keeping our homes warmer and more energy efficient, and of...

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Marni Jameson: Lessons learned from 2019 part 2

Last week, as we looked back at our first six months of 2019, we talked about inspiration, love, archaeology, blended families,...

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Real estate notes from The Oklahoman for Dec. 28, 2019

ENID Oklahoma Realtor completes national program Lisa Weaver of Enid, 2019 president of the Oklahoma Association of Realtors,...

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On the Money: Tips to make the best of post-holiday shopping

NEW YORK (AP) — Holiday shopping doesn’t end with Christmas.Shoppers can take advantage of fatter discounts on clothing, home...

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Advice to first-time gardeners: Think small. Find your spot.

Another growing season is building momentum with the arrival of the 2020 seed catalogs, and gardeners are drafting plans for...

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Collaboration key to assembling Native American photo trove

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Of the roughly 1,000 images of Native Americans from the 19th through the early 20th century, Eric...

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Sri Lanka captain declares Pakistan '200%' safe for cricket

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Sri Lanka lost the series but signed off satisfied with safety and security measures after Pakistan's...

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Barry Stone: Seller adamant about firewall requirements

DEAR BARRY: My house was built in 1955, before firewalls were required in garages. The people who are buying it have asked me...

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Oklahoma City-area garden events calendar from The Oklahoman for Dec. 21, 2019

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Dec. 21, 2019

The Listing of the Week is a well-maintained home with a flexible floor plan in Edmond's wooded Belmont Farms neighborhood....

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Dec. 21, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $66 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Dec. 21, 2019

Turner Construction Co.: 3501 SW 15, business, remodel, $4,500,000. OKC Rockwell Apartments: 7400 N Rockwell Ave., apartment,...

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Paul Bianchina: Cool tools for Yuletide

For the avid do-it-yourselfer on your holiday shopping list, here’s a selection of some interesting tools and other products...

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Marni Jameson: Lessons learned from 2019 part 1

In keeping with tradition, at the end of every year, I look back on columns I’ve written, the roads we’ve traveled on the way...

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Lights, camera, action! Do holiday movie classics inspire Christmas decorating?

Who doesn't love Christmas lights, especially a sparkly setup big enough to drive a sleigh through, laughing all the way?...

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Richard Mize: Let memories flood my soul for Christmas

Christmastime is for reminiscing, and with all the plumbing pandalerium, appliance ado, and general alarums and excursions at...

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Laughlin: The lore of holiday plants

Many of the plants that we associate with holiday celebrations have interesting histories and legends behind them. Have you...

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Edmond Realtors install officers, present awards

EDMOND — The Edmond Board of Realtors installed officers and presented awards at its recent inaugural banquet. Jilian Gardner,...

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Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity frames 1,000th house

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with Maxwell Supply of Oklahoma City, framed the nonprofit’s 1,000th...

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Richard Mize: OKC food insecurity is about more than stores

Food insecurity in northeast Oklahoma City, ZIP Code 73111 specifically, is nothing new, of course, Ward 7 City Councilwoman...

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Buttigieg-Warren clash on campaign trail spills into debate

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The long-festering feud between Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg erupted Thursday night in a high-stakes...

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Housing market trends could extend builder stocks' big gains

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. homebuilder stocks have been on a tear this year, with most individual companies on track to close out...

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Historic Memphis neighborhood rejects proposed crematorium

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Residents in a historically black Memphis neighborhood rejected a proposal for a crematorium to be built...

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The Latest: Trump holds record-long rally on impeachment day

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sample of the sights and sounds across Washington and beyond on a momentous day in Washington on Wednesday...

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3 lawmakers miss historic impeachment votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three lawmakers — Republican Reps. John Shimkus of Illinois and Duncan Hunter of California and Democratic...

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Online enrollment open for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Online enrollment is available for winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)....

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Winter cacti are hard to name but easy to grow

Years ago, I had one of those spineless cacti that once a year splash colorful flowers out the ends of their flat, arching...

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Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count stronger than ever

Ít's been 120 years since New York ornithologist Frank Chapman launched his Christmas Bird Count as a bold new alternative to...

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Paul Bianchina: Best to rectify those missing permits before selling

Q: I have made the mistake of changing the plumbing in my kitchen without a permit. We used "cheap" carpenters who assured us...

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Barry Stone: Confusion over asbestos ceiling disclosure

DEAR BARRY: My house was built in 1970 and was remodeled about five years ago. To avoid removing the old "cottage cheese"...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Dec. 14, 2019

Park Avenue Estates LP: 125 S Czech Hall Road, apartment, erect, $10,295,875. Willoughby Ridley LLC: 715 NW 64, storage, erect,...

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Marni Jameson: How to decorate the blended tree

He wants a real tree. She wants fake. She likes white lights. He wants colored. She wants her carved wood folk ornaments. He...

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Oklahoma City developer P.B. Odom III's trees are gifts that keep on living the whole year round

Only God can make a tree, and Old St. Nick can inspire a Christmas tree, but P.B. Odom III gets credit this time of year for...

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Oklahoma City-area garden events calendar for Dec. 14, 2019

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Moesel: Poinsettias are more colorful than ever

Christmas grows ever closer and you still have time to gift or decorate with poinsettias, evergreen wreaths, boughs, swags,...

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Mize: Oklahoma City-area Realtors give our friend Judy Lindsay posthumous honor

The Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors posthumously named Judy Lindsay as its Realtor of the Year. Count me among the...

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Mize: Oklahoma City symposium explores food insecurity in 73111

Let's put food insecurity in perspective, and in everyday terms. It's from a video narrated by the sonorous George Takei,...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Dec. 14, 2019

The Listing of the Week is a remodeled late-1970s contemporary in Quail Creek — with a new heated pool and spa — made for...

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Central Oklahoma Habitat appoints Booze, starts 1,000th home

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, which starts work Saturday on its 1,000th home, has appointed Todd Booze, co-founder and...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Dec. 14, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $47 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Metro OKC to get third At Home store

At Home will be quite at home at the Plaza at Quail Springs, smack in the heart of the Memorial Road retail corridor, itself...

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Impeachment charges head to House; Trump cries anew: 'Hoax'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats propelled President Donald Trump’s impeachment toward a historic vote by the full U.S. House as the...

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House committee delays historic vote on Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee abruptly postponed a historic vote on articles of impeachment against President...

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Easy-to-make flowers for traditional Japanese hair ornaments

TOKYO (AP) — Tsumami kanzashi are Japanese hair ornaments that were worn by geisha and young daughters of the nobility in a...

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Takeaways: Democrats make case in articles of impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, setting up a...

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How not to ruin that pricy piece of meat in the holiday meal

Nothing says “celebration” like a ridiculously expensive piece of meat. Well, that’s not really true, but this is the time of...

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Opt for fundamentals, not flash, when shopping for plants

Gardeners skimming the newly arrived 2020 seed catalogs should probably spend less time on the tempting photographs and more...

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Affordable DIY projects to transform your home

Transformative home renovations don’t need to be complicated, nor do they need to cost an arm and a leg. There are plenty of...

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Marni Jameson: New trends in Christmas trees

She hung in for eight years, the old fake fir, and brightened many houses. From my first Florida home in 2011, through several...

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Oklahoma City-area garden events calendar from The Oklahoman

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Mize: Homebuyer, did they tell you about the list?

EDMOND — Dear Prospective New Homeowner: My house and I are not on speaking terms. It will happen to you. It's been 33 days...

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Country sunshine inspires turn to suburban solar

EDMOND — People living out in the country are early adopters of sun power — just ask J.W. Peters and Kevin Jones,...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Dec. 7, 2019

Osteen Meat Specialties Inc.: 2126 N Broadway Ave., warehouse, remodel, $1,000,000. J.W. Mashburn Development Inc.: 3224 SW 135...

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Barry Stone: Child safety for laundry chutes

DEAR BARRY: My home was just inspected, and the report says the laundry chute is unsafe for small children. So, I checked with...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Dec. 7, 2019

The Listing of the Week, Texas Hill Country-inspired, is on a private 1-acre-plus lot in Edmond's gated Edinborough Pointe...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Dec. 7, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $35 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Couple use novel way to downsize after 45 years in the same house

WASHINGTON — "Anything on the tables, take it," she announced to the room, after getting everyone's attention with the golden...

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Real estate notes from The Oklahoman for Dec. 7, 2019

Office building sold Rogers Oil Co. paid $1,043,700 to Boyington Eat LLC for a 5,894-square-foot office building on 1/3 acre...

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See the State Capital Publishing Museum on the Victorian Walk in downtown Guthrie, Oklahoma

GUTHRIE — The State Capital Publishing Museum, one of my favorite historic buildings, will be open for the Victorian Walk in...

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Paul Bianchina: A few tips for installing wall insulation

Insulating a wall is a great DIY project, requiring only basic tools and simple skills. But like anything else, you’ll want to...

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ASK A DESIGNER: Design-friendly holiday gifts they'll love

Home decor accessories can make great hostess gifts or holiday gifts, but how do you choose something you know the recipient...

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Classic Blue is Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year

NEW YORK (AP) — In these uneasy times, as we move along to a new decade, the Pantone Color Institute has reached back in time...

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Miami Marlins join MLB's trend toward artificial turf

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins will join Major League Baseball's trend toward artificial turf by installing the surface at...

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Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica's reefs, piece by piece

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for...

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Bring spring indoors early — very early — by forcing bulbs

Daffodils sitting on a windowsill against a backdrop of white snow make a fragrant and pretty midwinter scene. This picture,...

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Mississippi residents protest pothole with holiday decor

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Residents of a Mississippi city are protesting a large pothole in their neighborhood by decorating it with...

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Flowers bloom in a food desert, but it's still a desert; NE OKC Food Security Symposium is set

Food security has to do with more than grocery stores — if not, the food desert in northeast Oklahoma City would appear to be...

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Patriotism is the theme of Christmas at the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is celebrating American patriotism at the White House this Christmas, incorporating red and...

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Howard has Michigan rolling entering big game at Louisville

MIAMI (AP) — Juwan Howard breaks out the Cabbage Patch dance only for special occasions.He did it when he finally became an NBA...

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Marni Jameson: Seasonal scents that pass the sniff test

We go through the house opening doors to closed-off rooms sniffing like police dogs. We are a short parade: my husband, myself...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Nov. 30, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $59 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Expert panel to discuss MAPS 4 projects, downtown OKC

On Dec. 10, Oklahoma City voters will be asked to vote on a fourth go with MAPS. Is MAPS 4 the next piece for the downtown...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Nov. 30, 2019

The Listing of the Week is a new modern farmhouse by Silver Stone Homes on 1/2 acre in Edmond. The 3,292-square-foot home at...

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Real estate notes from The Oklahoman for Nov. 30, 2019

NICHOLS HILLS Grandmark reopens after renovation Grandmark has entered its renaissance after an extensive redesign and...

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Central Oklahoma home sales, prices up on low inventory

Home sales entered the fourth quarter stronger than last year here, up nearly 5%, and the median price was also surging, ending...

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Oklahoma City building permits for Nov. 30, 2019

Sawatzky Constructionz: 7408 SW 69, office-warehouse, erect, $1,444,261. Stalker Co.: 2541 W Wilshire Blvd., residence, erect,...

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Moesel: Bring on the Christmas greenery

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and are still celebrating the many blessings you enjoy. Hopefully we can all live...

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Mesta Park Holiday Home Tour is so 20th century

Classic early 20th-century architecture — American Foursquare, Craftsman, a splash of the Southwest, a dab of Queen Anne — and...

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In 2020, home sales to rise but refinancing to dip, mortgage bankers say

The Mortgage Bankers Association predicts mortgage rates will remain low in 2020, rising to an average of about 4% by the end...

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Mid-Del area home tour set

MIDWEST CITY — The Midwest City Council of Garden Clubs will have its annual Holiday Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7....

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Oklahoma City-area garden events calendar from The Oklahoman for Nov. 30, 2019

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Mize: These turkeys are still driving me up my walls

Part 3 (sort of) of "THE LEAK IS COMING FROM UNDER THE SLAB!" EDMOND — Mike Warnke, a Christian comedian back in the day, told...

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Mantels & Trees Tour set in OKC's Miller neighborhood

The Miller neighborhood's Mantels & Trees Tour will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 at 23rd Street Antique...

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Stop! Washing your Thanksgiving turkey could spread germs

NEW YORK (AP) — Go ahead and rinse your cranberries, potatoes and green beans. But food experts say don’t — repeat don’t — wash...

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Gift-wrapping this season trends jazzy but sustainable

The trend in gift wrapping this holiday season is toward jazzy yet sustainable options. Consider beautifully folded fabrics or...

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Navy veteran may have been dead in apartment for 3 years

DESOTO, Texas (AP) — Doris Stevens’ son, a Navy veteran who traveled the world for work and pleasure, suddenly stopped...

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‘Pioneer woman’ sticks to her groove with new cookbook

NEW YORK (AP) — Ree Drummond — known for her Food Network cooking show, ``The Pioneer Woman’’ — won’t follow diet trends to...

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Help-yourself breakfast buffet makes it easy on host, guests

Let’s say guests are staying with you for some part of the holiday. You’ve planned a beautiful, robust holiday dinner. You’ve...

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Wintertime mulching, watering helps drought-sensitive plants

Wind-driven air and too little precipitation are common wintertime side effects that can damage drought-sensitive trees, lawns...

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Mayo Clinic, Abu Dhabi Health Services open hospital in UAE

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Mayo Clinic and Abu Dhabi Health Services Company have joined together to open a hospital for complex...

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Early spring gardening workshops set

The Oklahoma County Master Gardeners will present the three-day workshop for novices and experienced gardeners alike, Home...

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Oklahoma County property transactions from The Oklahoman for Nov. 23, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $35 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Nov. 23, 2019

The Listing of the Week is an updated home on a 0.21-acre, wooded, corner lot across from a greenbelt in the heart of Quail...

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Move over, islands: Kitchen tables are making a comeback

Growing up, there was one place to be after every holiday meal: my grandma's kitchen table. It was a hub of activity and...

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Oklahoma City buildng permits from The Oklahoman for Nov. 23, 2019

Lingo Construction: 100 N Broadway Ave., BankFirst Tower, office, remodel, $5,500,000. Lingo Construction: 100 N Broadway Ave.,...

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Mize: Halloween gremlins, goblins still haunting my 'old' house

Part 2 of "THE LEAK IS COMING FROM UNDER THE SLAB!" EDMOND — Where was I? What was I doing? Wait. What? Who am I? Why am I...

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Mingle at the Mansion set for Dec. 14

Preservation Oklahoma Inc. will kick off the holiday season at the second annual Mingle at the Mansion, presented by Sage...

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New to the (urban) core: McKinley Row a first for Omega Investments in Oklahoma City

Omega Investments has made its name investing in tired, old houses and breathing new life into them, for rent and for sale,...

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Marni Jameson: 'Gathering' elevates the everyday place at the table

Home blogger Bre Doucette had just propped the last mini pumpkin on her dining room table for her Thanksgiving-themed staging...

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Oklahoma Association of Realtors announces leadership class

The Oklahoma Association of Realtors announces its 2019 Class of LeadershipOAR, a program that identifies emerging Realtor...

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Oklahoma City-area garden events calendar from The Oklahoman for Nov. 23, 2019

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Julia Laughlin: Winter protection for landscape plants

Plants that often experience winter damage are the broadleaf evergreens such as hollies and boxwood. Water loss can cause...

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Real estate notes from The Oklahoman for Nov. 23, 2019

EDMOND Renovations planned for Edmond Library building The Edmond Library building, 10 S Boulevard, will be closed from Dec. 9...

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US home sales rose 1.9% last month, lifted by lower rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans took advantage of lower mortgage rates and purchased more homes in October, though sales were held...

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Give the gift of winter white this holiday season

NEW YORK (AP) — White is snow and Santa’s beard, so why not share the joy by embracing the color in holiday gifts?The...

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Bucks star Antetokounmpo suing home remodeling contractor

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is suing a home remodeling contractor he says failed to perform the...

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Divided US House committee backs pot decriminalization

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A divided U.S. House committee approved a proposal Wednesday to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the...

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Apple detectives comb US Northwest for ‘lost’ varieties

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The apple tree stands alone near the top of a steep hill, wind whipping through its branches as a perfect...

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Before you travel, take steps to ensure a happy homecoming

People tend to spend a lot of time planning their holiday travel but not a lot preparing for their return home. But returning...

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Table’s new star? The relaxed and versatile dinner bowl

Dinner menus are now crowded with mixed greens bowls, savory stews and casseroles, which can create a quandary when it’s time...

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Eerie plants’ season didn’t end with Halloween

If you’re missing Halloween, there are some eerie indoor and outdoor plants that carry the spooky season into winter and...

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Italy’s white truffle hunters worry about climate change

ALBA, Italy (AP) — Rising global temperatures are worrying truffle hunters around the Italian town of Alba, where the most...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Nov. 16, 2019

The Listing of the Week has an indoor swimming pool and backs to a greenbelt on 0.4 acre in the Preston Hills addition of...

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Moesel: Freeze kills nearly everything but pansies, kale, cabbage

The hard killing freeze arrived this week across Oklahoma. Leaves have been falling or blowing off our deciduous trees in...

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Tree lighting set at Will Rogers Gardens

The annual tree lighting ceremony at Will Rogers Gardens, 3400 NW 36, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1. The free,...

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Oklahoma City building permits for Nov. 16, 2019

Kirkpatrick Forest Curtis PC: 7210 SW 29, automotive repair-wash, erect, $2,500,000. Marc Morgan: 15100 Stoney Spring Road,...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Nov. 16, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $42 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Oklahoma garden calendar for Nov. 16, 2019

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Dear elders: Medical marijuana is still against federal law

Realtors took up marijuana last weekend — to talk about, I mean — at their annual conference and expo in San Francisco. A panel...

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Mesta Park plans its 42nd holiday home tour

Six homes, a festive refreshment porch, holiday music by neighborhood students and a visit from Santa Claus will be features of...

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Barry Stone: Home inspector makes faulty recommendation

DEAR BARRY: Our home is about 35 years old. When we bought it, our home inspector reported that the two garage door openers...

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Marni Jameson: 'French Refreshed' offers lessons in pared-down sophistication

Back when I was a live-in home stager, trading the perks of a permanent residence for reduced rent and flexibility, my job was...

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`Like theater in tile form’: Tile’s patterns, designs expand

People have been surfacing floors and walls in tile for hundreds of years; it’s one of our oldest materials.But the industry...

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Set the table early, and other tips for Thanksgiving hosts

Hosting Thanksgiving isn’t for the faint of heart. There are more dishes than you might usually serve. More timing concerns...

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Take advantage of seasonal pause to make 2020 garden plans

The outdoor growing season is over in most of the U.S., and it's time to pause and take stock. Review those gardening...

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From kitchen tools to books, gifts for young chefs

Do you have a kid in your life who loves a good baking session? Who really wants to use your chef's knife? Who is addicted to...

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Glam holiday décor that gets the party started

Had enough of all that serene winter wonderland decor, the birch trees and reindeer and sleighs? Ready to change it up this...

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The ideal wine for Thanksgiving dinner? It's complicated

For many of us who love to cook and host on Thanksgiving, one central mystery remains: What to pour?Before I turn to the...

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Future unclear for planned manufactured home park

EDMOND — The controversial manufactured home park planned for just outside the Edmond city limits is dead in the water after...

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Pipe goblin soaks us in hot water

LEAKS NEVER GET BETTER. DEAR PROSPECTIVE NEW HOMEOWNER, THAT IS A TIP. THIS IS ANOTHER IN AN OCCASIONAL SERIES OF PROSPECTIVE...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Nov. 9, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $58 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Carlton Landing Realty partners with Oklahoma City-based Keller Williams group

CARLTON LANDING — Carlton Landing Realty has entered a strategic partnership with the Wyatt Poindexter Group, of Keller...

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Literally for the birds, Populations are crashing, but we can mitigate the losses

The arrival of crisp fall weather has gardeners thinking about the winter, a period of retreat in the garden but not of death....

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Brighten up landscape for fall, winter interest

After the beauty and abundance of a wet summer, the fall and winter months can be a little dull. But with planning, these...

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Sage Realty goes with Sotheby's

NICHOLS HILLS — Sotheby's International Realty has expanded to Oklahoma and affiliated with Sage Realty Partners, which now...

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Barry Stone: Realtor uncertain about home inspector referrals

DEAR BARRY: As a professional Realtor, disclosure of property defects is an essential part of my business. I don't ever want to...

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Marni Jameson: In homage to the humble basket

Shame on me. I have been writing this home column now for 16-plus years. Every. Single. Week. Over those years, I have written...

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Oklahoma garden calendar for Nov. 9, 2019

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Homes by Taber donates to Wings

Homes by Taber has donated $8,750 to Wings as part of its Taber Cares charitable initiative. Wings is a nonprofit organization...

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5 household cleaning hacks using essential oils

From cleaners and sprays to air fresheners and more, essential oils are making their way into the mainstream as commonplace,...

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With homeowners insurance, the more you claim, the more you pay

Something that went down in Paris, Texas, or Paris, Arkansas — something like a bunch of the houses — would have a bigger...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Nov. 9, 2019

Heliz Architecture & Design: 11600 Broadway Extension, office, remodel, $625,000. Integrity Fine Homes LLC: 14121 Timber...

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Oklahoma City preservation leader dies

Lynne Rostochil, Oklahoma City historic preservation advocate and activist, author, photographer and prominent blogger, has...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Nov. 9, 2019

The Listing of the Week is a traditional, three-story brick home with heated pool on 0.45 acre in Nichols Hills. The...

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Simple can be gorgeous when setting a holiday table

Setting a gorgeous table for a holiday meal doesn't have to be expensive or difficult, says interior designer Elizabeth Stuart....

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Oklahoma Supreme Court court leaves housing park parked

EDMOND — The state Supreme Court has immobilized a manufactured home park envisioned 34 years ago, started three years ago,...

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Weaving and fiber arts get the new MoMA treatment

NEW YORK (AP) — Modestly sized but expansive in scope, the exhibit "Taking a Thread for a Walk" in the newly revamped and...

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Try something new with uncommonly delicious (and ugly) fruit

As I savor one of my just-picked American persimmons (Diospyros virginiana), I'm reminded how this fruit — and a few other...

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Signs your aging parents may need more help at home

Every day, roughly 10,000 baby boomers nationwide turn 65, according to the Pew Research Center, which means that a growing...

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Six ways to make a laundry room somewhere you actually want to spend time

Your laundry area, whether it's a tiny closet or a corner of the basement, can actually be a happy place. In a recent...

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Paul Bianchina: Time to check off some fall chores

As the old saying goes, there’s frost on the pumpkin, so it must be fall. That means it’s time for my annual checklist of some...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Nov. 2, 2019

The Listing of the Week is a custom, luxury lakeview home with stately curb appeal — copper patina awnings, turret and arches —...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Nov. 2, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $24 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Inns and outs of Airbnb – Part 2: Success is in the details

When I caught up with Adrienne Biggs by phone, she had just come in from shopping for a collapsible highchair and sounded out...

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Moesel: Freeze does in annuals

The biggest part of our state has now had a fairly hard freeze so most of our tender annuals are done for this growing season....

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Barry Stone: Contractor versus home inspector

DEAR BARRY: One problem I've noticed with home inspectors is that they sometimes report defects that turn out not to be...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Nov. 2, 2019

ADG PC: 120 N Robinson Ave., (First National Center), hotel/motel, remodel, $51,762,198. ADG PC: 140 Park Ave., (First...

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Edmond home sales up through summer

EDMOND — Edmond housing sailed into summer with sales through July up 5 percent compared with the same period in 2018 — and...

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OKC-area garden events calendar from The Oklahoman

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Autopsy shows 8-foot python fatally strangled Indiana woman

OXFORD, Ind. (AP) — An autopsy has determined that an Indiana woman found with an 8-foot-long (2.4-meter-long) python wrapped...

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Indiana woman found dead with 8-foot python around her neck

OXFORD, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman found with an 8-foot-long (2.4-meter-long) python wrapped around her neck had apparently...

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RIGHT AT HOME: Design and décor with British flair

Britain's political climate may be gloomy, but on the decor front the sun is shining. Young designers and established firms are...

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Salvage shops offer sustainable decor with a story

Two of the hottest trends in home decor are sustainability and authenticity. No wonder architectural salvage shops are...

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Flowers looking tired? How to extend their vase life

Fresh cut flower arrangements are fleeting, but you can keep them lively longer by taking a few simple steps in selection,...

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Rising home prices, falling sales hurting small businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — Many small companies tied to the housing market are seeing a slowdown in business, one that's forecast to...

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Hockney works, tribal baskets highlight love of Yosemite

PHOENIX (AP) — Decades before Yosemite became a national park and mesmerized visitors like British artist David Hockney, it was...

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Economist to OKC builders, It's all about jobs

Homebuilders (and everyone else), Oklahoma's job growth is even more anemic than economist Ted C. Jones told us. Jones,...

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Julia Laughlin: Repurpose those fall leaves!

Bagging leaves to go to the landfill is a waste of landfill space and a waste of a valuable garden resource. Instead of bagging...

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The Oklahoman's garden events calendar for Oct. 26, 2019

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Paul Bianchina: An easy solution for bolting into concrete

Bolting framing, fixtures, equipment or just about anything else down to concrete has always been a tough task. There are a...

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Barry Stone: Who should repair dryrot damage?

DEAR BARRY: Before selling my home, I hired a termite inspector, as advised by my Realtor. No termites were found, but the...

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What to think about before applying for a loan

Whether you’re applying for a new credit card, refinancing a loan or buying a house, lenders consider many factors when making...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Oct. 26, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $31 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Oct. 26, 2019

DeVinci Cast Stone LLC: 4602 S MacArthur Blvd., warehouse, supplement, $1,500,000. LSQ Investors LLC: 211 N Robinson Ave.,...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Oct. 26, 2019

The Listing of the Week is a well-maintained and improved former builder's model home on 0.28 acre in the Fairways at Surrey...

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Inns and Outs of Airbnb – Part 1: The Kindness of Strangers

“She came bearing earplugs,” my daughter Paige is telling me about her latest Airbnb guest. “She snored?” I guessed. “And...

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Roof repair: Cold hard hail, cold hard cash, cold hard facts

Did you see Marni Jameson's column last week about having to actually pay out of pocket for a new roof? Can you imagine? Poor...

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The Oklahoman's Real Estate Notes for Oct. 26, 2019

PONCA CITY 'Man Camp' mobile home park sold Keith Wilson, a broker specializing in mobile home parks, just sold an oil patch...

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OKC's Gatewood neighborhood tour to show off park, homes

The Gatewood Home Tour on Sunday will feature the usual mix of historic, renovated and eclectic homes, but organizers also are...

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Bed Bath & Beyond pulls pumpkins over blackface complaints

NYACK, N.Y. (AP) — Bed Bath & Beyond has removed pumpkins painted black with white mouths following complaints they were...

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Cover your ground, for your plants' sake

Nature abhors bare ground, and so should you. Her response to naked earth is to clothe it, a job at which many weeds excel.Bare...

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Realism of Harvard's Glass Flowers still dazzles

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Tucked inside a museum on the Harvard University campus is a gallery teeming with plants so lifelike in...

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A splash of color can refresh the kitchen without a remodel

Some days, do you look around your kitchen and think about ripping it apart and starting fresh? But a full kitchen remodel...

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New restaurants show meat-free Mexican is not a carne sin

PHOENIX (AP) — "That's not real Mexican food," ''My grandma would slap you" and "sellout" are just some of comments Jose and...

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Move over, Honeycrisp: New apple to debut at grocery stores

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — They call it the Cosmic Crisp. It's not a video game, a superhero or the title of a Grateful Dead...

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Move over, Honeycrisp: New apple to debut at grocery stores

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — They call it the Cosmic Crisp. It's not a video game, a superhero or the title of a Grateful Dead...

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Oklahoma City Home tour trifecta: Kitchens, Linwood Place, Gatewood

Fall home tour season is at its peak, with contemporary Nichols Hills kitchens and vintage Linwood Place homes on display this...

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The Oklahoman's garden events calendar for Oct. 19, 2019

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Five fresh ideas for the family china that nobody wants

Ariel Davis was taking an evening run in Brooklyn, New York, when she literally stumbled over a pile of 75 pieces of china set...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Oct. 19, 2019

The Listing of the Week is a Colonial-style home on 1/3 acre in northwest Oklahoma City. The two-story, 3,580-square-foot home...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Oct. 19, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $36 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Oct. 19, 2019

Pinion Construction Inc.: 7117 SW 67, warehouse, erect, $2,000,000. Paul Holmquist: 7300 SW 44, manufacturing, remodel,...

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Expert to give talk in OKC on prairie-inspired pollinator gardens

Myriad Botanical Gardens will play host to a leading expert on garden design strategies to attract pollinators while...

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Worlds converge in Oklahoma City/County for Pathmaker Awards

Details being what they are when planning anything, a couple have changed — one big, one not so big — during the lead-up to the...

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Moesel: Fall means color in gardens and landscapes

The hardy mums and lycoris also known as naked lily or red spider lily bulbs are producing lots of color in our fall gardens....

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Marni Jameson: Where’s the joy in a new roof?

For four days straight, men swarmed the house letting off a constant barrage of what sounded like machinegun fire. My husband,...

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Wyoming man grows 1,491-pound pumpkin, breaks state record

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials say a Cheyenne man has grown a pumpkin that weighs in at 1,491 pounds (676 kilograms),...

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APNewsBreak: Wright-designed home sold for nearly $1.7M

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona house that was the last home architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed before his death sold Wednesday...

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Biophilic decor: Ways to bring the feel of nature indoors

The term "biophilia," an affinity for the living world, was coined back in the 1980s by American biologist and author E.O....

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Some tips to make Halloween decor less scary for wildlife

Fake cobwebs and some other spooky, outdoor Halloween decorations meant as harmless fun can do real damage to...

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Fall's the best time to harvest discounts at garden centers

Fall is the best time of year to get new trees, shrubs and perennials into the ground before cold weather sets in, and it's...

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Giant pumpkin weighing 2,175 pounds sets California record

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California pumpkin hobbyist has won first place at the 46th annual Safeway World...

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Should I kill spiders in my home? An entomologist explains why not to

I know it may be hard to convince you, but let me try: Don’t kill the next spider you see in your home.Why? Because spiders are...

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10 acronyms homebuyers need to know

PMI, APR, LTV — these unfamiliar acronyms don’t need to bewilder or intimidate uninitiated homebuyers. To help you negotiate...

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Plant some spring color now

If you have ever admired a neighbor’s flowering spring bulb display and wished you had planted some bulbs in your garden, now...

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Barry Stone: Seller confused about lead-paint disclosure laws

DEAR BARRY: I’m advertising my home "for sale by owner" and am concerned about all the disclosure laws. I know about disclosing...

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Edmond builder opens design studio

EDMOND — 4Corners Homes has opened a design studio for customers to browse when building a home. The building company's...

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Paul Bianchina: Blown window seals show up after washing

Q: I just had my windows “professionally” washed, and I am less than impressed. I have a couple of round windows and arch-top...

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Marni Jameson: Have a hard day? Spa-tify your bath

The dog broke my toe. My parked car got hit. The roof is leaking. The kids need money. And I am travel worn. In two weeks, I...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Oct. 12, 2019

SGA Design Group: 15001 S Western Ave., retail sales, erect, $1,320,000. Nabholz Construction Corp.: 4401 S Western Ave.,...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Oct. 12, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $36 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Trinity Presbyterian Church, a second home, holy space, historic place in Oklahoma City

For people of faith, a place of worship — and inspiration, learning, spiritual rejuvenation, fellowship and organizing together...

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How close is too close when living near family?

While you can’t choose your family, you can choose how close you live to them. A new survey suggests some healthy boundaries...

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Thanks lots! Linwood Place set the pace for urban conservation districts in Oklahoma City

Urban conservation in Oklahoma City owes a lot to Linwood Place — more than 450 lots, in fact, most with vintage homes on...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Oct. 12, 2019

The Listing of the Week is a 1970s ranch-style home with a saltwater pool on a nearly 1-acre, wooded corner lot in Edmond. The...

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Oklahoma garden calendar for Oct. 12, 2019

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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OK Building Summit and Expo? It's a work thing

Homebuilders sure know how to party. When hundreds of them descend on Cox Convention Center on Oct. 23-24 for the OK Building...

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All hands on decks, framing, walls, bricks ... Oklahoma City homebuilders introduce students to construction trades

Homebuilders hope to get a leg up on the future workforce from the hands-on experiences they gave hundreds of students this...

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How to protect songbirds

Songbirds are not only beautiful, they are a vital component of the ecosystems they inhabit. If you have a garden, you may have...

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Some maples (sugar) are more desirable than others (Norway)

It's not easy to figure out which maples you want on your property. The good ones are the sugar maples, their leaves ablaze...

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Stop fiddling with the food! And other mistakes cooks make

We all love getting kitchen tips, those little tricks we should be doing to make us better cooks. But sometimes it's the things...

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ASK A DESIGNER: Drab and boring? Not these laundry rooms

Doing laundry is a relatively boring task. But it doesn't have to be done in a drab, boring room.With a few strategic changes,...

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Wild pigs looking for food tear up park, lawns in California

LAFAYETTE, Calif. (AP) — More than two dozen wild pigs have been ripping up a park, soccer fields, lawns and landscaping as...

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Oklahoma native plant book wins award

A new book, written by Oklahoma City landscape architects Connie Scothorn and Brian Patric, has been recognized with an honor...

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Marni Jameson: Framing the odd and the ordinary

Brian Smith, of Winter Park, Florida, never knows what’s going to come in the door. Customers have brought in dead scorpions,...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for Oct. 5, 2019

MW Builders Inc.: 12701 N Pennsylvania Ave., office, erect, $1,728,580. SGA Design Group: 1685 SW 134, retail sales, erect,...

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Rodd Moesel: It's fresh start season in the garden

If your spring plantings never got done, if you had a crop failure from bugs, disease or neglect, if the weeds got out of...

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Back to backyard chickens? People are talking about hens again in Oklahoma City

Would the sky fall if a chicken moved in next door? Times change. Oklahoma City is different from what it was just a few years...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Oct. 5, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $26 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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The Oklahoman's house plan for Oct. 5, 2019, the Ridgefield

The Ridgefield is The Oklahoman's house plan for Oct. 5.

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Oklahoma City-area garden events calendar from The Oklahoman for Oct. 5, 2019

To submit items, send an email to Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com. In the subject line, put "Garden calendar.” Please...

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Barry Stone: Home inspector and electrician disagree

DEAR BARRY: The lady who bought our home hired a home inspector and then nearly drove us nuts with repair demands. The main...

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Paul Bianchina: Protect your firewood investment

If you’re someone who likes a real wood fire, whether you use it as your primary heat source, as supplemental heat or just for...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Oct. 5, 2019

The Listing of the Week is a restored 102-year-old Craftsman bungalow in the Plaza District. The 2,832-square-foot home at...

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Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity repairs 500th home

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity has completed its 500th Critical Home Repair for homeowner Evelyn Buck in southwest...

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Heritage Hills Historic Homes Tour is this weekend in Oklahoma City

The Heritage Hills Historic Homes Tour is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 at the tour stops: • 300...

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Roger Taillibert, Olympic Stadium architect, dies at 93

MONTREAL (AP) — Roger Taillibert, the architect who designed Montreal's 1976 Olympic Stadium and relentlessly defended it...

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The latest in pet furniture: pieces that fit a home's decor

No longer are furniture companies content to offer you staples like a sofa, easy chair and bed. Now they have those items for...

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Without a magic wand, transforming pumpkins isn't easy

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It might be easier to transform a pumpkin into Cinderella's coach than to turn one into a mercury glass...

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To keep enjoying your garden's flowers, consider drying them

Cut flowers have an intense but brief vase life, lasting generally about a week. Yet they can be preserved as attractive and...

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Marni Jameson: Can making your bed change your life?

Want to be happier, more productive, better at budgeting, more disciplined and fitter? This is not a trick question. And I’m...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for Sept. 28, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $23 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Barry Stone: Deadlocked over deadbolts

DEAR BARRY: The people who are buying my house hired a home inspector, and one of his recommendations strikes me as...

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Oklahoma City building permits for Sept. 28, 2019

Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates P.C.: 2600 General Pershing Blvd., school, erect, $9,000,000. Corbyn Roberts Homes Inc.: 7401...

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History on their side: Heritage Hills Historic Homes Tour started it all

The Heritage Hills Historic Homes Tour is about so much more than large, stately, vintage houses. It's about history and homes,...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for Sept. 28, 2019

The Listing of the Week is a new luxury condominium walkable to everything downtown and in Midtown. The 1,535-square-foot home...

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Oklahoma City offers free mulch while supplies last

The Oklahoma City parks department is offering free mulch through Nov. 3 at Will Rogers Park, 3600 Pat Murphy Drive. The mulch...

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Oklahoma City's Wilson Elementary to artfully celebrate 100th anniversary

Wilson Elementary Arts Integration School, 501 NW 21, will have its 100th anniversary celebration with open house and displays...

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Real estate briefs from The Oklahoman for Sept. 28, 2019

Mapping course scheduled The Oklahoma County Assessor’s Office will present a mapping course from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov....

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Oklahoma City-area garden events calendar from The Oklahoman for Sept. 28, 2019

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Start thinking about fall garden planting

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Garden honors woman whose family saved Jews in World War II

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OSU Extension offers 'Backyard Composting' seminar

A free “Backyard Composting” workshop will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the OSU Extension Conference Center, 2500 NE 63. Joshua...

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Iris club partners with Edmond FFA for plant sale

EDMOND — The Edmond Iris and Garden Society will hold its annual iris rhizome sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. All iris...

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Botanical illustration: Putting a timely focus on nature

Think of botanical illustrators, and you might envision a world of medieval herbalists, tulip or orchid collectors, or affluent...

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Yes, you can grow fresh figs in most parts of the country

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RIGHT AT HOME: Cool stationery elevates the handwritten note

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Magnetic wallpaper tops winners in first Etsy Design Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Sian Zeng, who merges her love of fine art and textile design in whimsical, magnetic wallpaper, is the grand...

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ATLANTA — The crumbling neighborhoods of English Avenue and Vine City stand in stark contrast to the bustling downtown area...

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Marni Jameson: When picking a pillow, use your head

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Moesel: Fall is for planting

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