New year, new features

From staff reportsJanuary 3, 2014 

Check out our new Backyard Wildlife column on the fourth Saturday of every month.

COURTESY OF BETH WALDRON

Doesn’t a new year make you itch to try something new, embark on a big project? Maybe it’s stitching new drapes to freshen your family room. Or sowing seeds for a summer garden. Or even, at long last, the dreaded chore of emptying and organizing your closets – every single one of them!

We at Home&Garden got the same new year’s itch, so we’re launching some new features we hope you will enjoy in 2014. Here’s what to watch for during January:

Design Master Class: Professional designers from across the Triangle show off their work and share their secrets to creating super spaces. Look for design tips twice a month from members of the Triangle-based Alliance of Interior Designers. First up are KathyLynn Gariboldi of Reinvented Spaces and Christine Langlois of Keepsake Interiors.

Backyard Wildlife: Follow veteran journalist and gardener Renee Elder on the fourth Saturday of every month as she works to make her Raleigh yard a welcoming habitat for birds and wildlife. Plus: Learn to identify the animals that are most apt to visit you each month – and how to deal with unwanted visitors. Her first column will be Jan. 25.

Favorite Things: We want to hear about the things around your house you couldn’t live without – Grandma’s hand-crank meat grinder, your first set of hand tools. Send us a smartphone photo and 100 words about your treasure. If we print your favorite thing, you’ll be entered in a quarterly drawing for a VISA gift card. To get y’all started, we’re sharing some of our favorite things over the next several weeks.

Let us know how you like these new features. We welcome your suggestions and ideas. Send email to cmiller@newsobserver.com.

Happy new year!

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