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Modern nerd decor takes on a tasteful, adult look

A couple of years ago at C2E2, during the second edition of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, I bought a small terra cotta pot from an older man seated at a table. He never looked at me; he worked for the duration of our transaction, sculpting felted wool into small "Star Wars" figurines. His wife took the money and he nodded and continued churning and churning his wool into miniature cylindrical Chewbaccas and R2-D2s that he then placed into seedling pots, as though planting pop culture cactuses.

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Yardsmart: Plant marigolds to keep away root-knot nematodes

Grandmother planted marigolds in her vegetable garden because that's what her mother did. Maybe she heard they were good for pest control, but we know they have no effect on the majority of garden bugs. Maybe they were planted just because marigolds brightened the hard-working space with aromatic fragrance and bright orange or yellow annual flowers.

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Style at Home: Tips and tricks for pretty florals

I cannot put a flower bouquet together to save my life. I've tried. Over and over again. Every time, the vase full of blooms looks like a Pinterest fail. But I love to use fresh flowers in my decorating. So through the years, I've learned a few tricks for pulling together pretty floral arrangements that are so foolproof, even I can't mess them up. Here are a few tips and tricks for creating pretty floral arrangements.

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