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The small sign is tucked into a planter in the beautifully compact garden of Janice Hobson’s University City condominium. Other than the gender of the pronoun, the sentiment could not be more perfect. 

Twelve months a year, bubbling fountains and numerous feeders welcome flocks of joyous, chirping birds to the small space.  If human beings could tweet as happily as birds, the people that are drawn to the spot would be singing an equally merry song.

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Local landscape experts share their favorite varieties of seasonal bloomers.

Crocus
The Crocus can have intense yellow and purple colors, mix in nicely with other plantings, require little to no maintenance and, of course, they are among the first flowers to show up in the spring.
Richard Poynter, Poynter Landscape

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With its clean white walls, sleek furnishings and bright punches of cobalt, lime and turquoise, this lower level pool room is more Miami than Missouri but it makes an ideal mini beach house for the Town and Country homeowners. Located under one of the home’s three-car garages in the featured suburban home on page 34, this bonus pool room is a summer hot spot.

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We hear the words “pure” and “natural” so often, particularly in reference to food and drink, that we tend to dismiss those terms too readily when, in fact, they can be exactly the right adjectives to use.

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Oftentimes a total room renovation is completely out of the question in terms of time and budget. An easy way to take a traditional dining room and make it more contemporary is to switch the fabric on your dining chairs. A modern, updated fabric can change the look of a room.

The Great Cover Up
Schumacher #174822
Crazy Ikat flamestitch look.  A very modern looking fabric to change the feel of the chair.

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Inspired by a host of design genres, from arts and crafts to modern industrial, the contemporary kitchen presents virtually unlimited opportunities to express your individuality.  Although trends change rapidly, cabinetry remains the foundation of today’s well-designed kitchen.

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