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Move over, minimalism: wabi-sabi will be the No. 1 decor trend of 2018

Sleek, sparse minimal interiors might photograph well, but they can also be a pain to keep tidy in real life. After all, messiness is an inevitable part of everyday life, and our homes should be inviting and encourage play – not instill fear at the thought of a spill. If you've never quite been able to get on board with the pared-back, minimal homes that have dominated Pinterest for the last few years, Etsy's in-house trend forecaster Dayna Isom Johnson says the No. 1 trend for 2018 is made for you.

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Style at Home: How to trim your tree

I love big, grand Christmas trees. But in my snug little cottage, we just don't have the room. So this year, I'm trying something different. To get the illusion of a large tree, I'm putting a 5-foot tree into a garden urn, then hoisting it up onto the desk that sits behind the sofa in our living room. We won't have much room for gifts underneath, but that's OK. The stacks of presents we buy this year will all be under Maeve's Christmas tree.

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Yardsmart: Save a strain by decorating with corn

If we stopped cultivating corn, it would soon become extinct. This is because corn cannot grow as a volunteer or weed. Although kernels are fertile seed, their presence on a cob is so dense they sprout and die in a mass of seedlings. The corn we know today is Zea maize, a species that was literally created by human beings. They dramatically changed its grassy progenitor, teosinte into the productive plants we know today.

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I'm a feng shui expert. These are the only colors I would paint my kitchen

The term "feng shui" usually conjures up images of furniture arrangements, but you can apply these ancient Chinese spatial laws to other aspects of your home beyond optimizing room layouts. To learn more about how to bring the good vibes to our kitchen, we tapped certified feng shui expert Laura Cerrano for simple, actionable tips for making the most of an oft-used space that carries particular significance when it comes to feng shui.

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Ask Angie's List: Are heated driveways worth the cost?

With colder weather on the way, homeowners across the United States are already dreading shoveling ice and snow off the driveway – whether they're planning to do it themselves or pay someone else to do it for them. And some are even taking the plunge and installing heated driveways to avoid the hassle. But many homeowners wonder whether the benefits of a heated driveway will outweigh the cost of having one installed.

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