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The Keys to Success

From a casual search of properties on the Internet to figuring out financing to actually making an offer on your dream residence, the experience of buying a home can be both exciting and daunting. Whether you are buying your first…

An Ideal Arrangement

Tina Bradley of Allen's Flowers in Columbia, Mo. L.G. PATTERSON Many years ago, Tina Bradley was kidnapped while at work. Making a stop deep in the Missouri countryside, Bradley was ushered inside the home of an elderly woman.…

Spring Landscaping 101

Pack up your parkas and grab your gardening gloves: Mid-Missouri springs may not be all sunshine and beautiful days, but the darkest depths of winter have finally passed and springtime landscaping might at last be possible. If you’re…

Kid Meals

Dining out at a favorite restaurant is usually a treat. But, when you have young children, enjoying a public meal can be a challenge. Boredom, tantrums, picky eating habits and glares from annoyed patrons are just some of the difficulties…

Getting Fresh

The growing season is in full swing, but if you don’t have the space, the inclination or the green thumb needed to raise crops of good-for-you food, you can count on the local farmers and vendors at one of Columbia’s farmers markets to…

Bringing The City To Life

The goal of the Columbia Garden Club can be summed up into one simple phrase: to make Columbia a better, brighter place. The club, organized in 1919, has been working for 95 years to beautify the community and advance the gardening and…

Light The Way

With a flip of a switch, a room transforms. For most spaces, there isn’t a better way to illuminate a room’s décor than an opulent, statement light fixture. It can add a touch of luminous luxury to a dreary space while serving as a…

Home Is Where the Art Is

Do you dream of Dalí? Are you a lover of Leibovitz? In need of some inspiration? Adding art to your home is easier than you might think. Artwork helps reflect who you are as a person and can make your house not only a home, but an…

Columbia, The Beautiful

Naysayers might remark that Columbia is an architectural wasteland. We’re out to prove them wrong with this small sampling of the architectural cornerstones that Columbia can claim as its own. The residential landscape of the city may…

The Future Is Now

The Jetsons’ Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle and Jules Verne’s Phonotelephote may have been science fiction last century, but these imaginative marvels have become reality in the 21st century, along with 3-D printers and video-calling capabilities.…

The Great Backyard

Outdoors! The peaceful beauty of nature is one of the greatest perks on Earth — so they say. But the noise, headache and time it takes to plan a camping trip can be difficult or nearly impossible for some families. Skip the crowded…

Patio Party

Summertime is a great opportunity to entertain guests on an outdoor patio. Whether you’re planning a family barbecue, a friend’s birthday celebration or an elegant dinner party, now is the time to get your patio ready for guests. Sharon…

Kitchens In Bloom

PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON Columbia has its fair share of fabulous homes, and for 10 years and a good cause, Boone County Council on Aging continues to feature four, fantastic local kitchens on a Sunday afternoon home tour. Kitchens…

Adventures In Remodeling

L.G. PATTERSON House blind. It’s an expression I first encountered years ago in an article that explained how your eyes get used to something and you sort of ignore it ... are blind to it. I bring this up because the people we…

A Place To Play

PHOTOS: L.G. PATTERSON Take a tour of George and Gayleen Ousley’s spacious home in the Old Hawthorne subdivision, and you’ll realize there’s one thing this couple takes very seriously: their playtime. The home exudes the couple’s…

Broadway’s Modern Classic

Sixty-six houses line Broadway between Garth Avenue and West Boulevard, each with a storied history and inimitable appearance. Built before the days of cookie-cutter neighborhoods and suburban sprawl, these homes have personality; their…

Printing Pretty

In the mood to brighten up your walls this spring? These Missouri-themed prints will warm your heart and your home. Words On The Street Kristen Brown, owner of Hoot Design Co., has always been interested in the graphic nature of…

Design Tips: Area Rugs

The easiest and fastest way to refresh any room is to unroll a new area rug. Add personality and charm in a matter of seconds with these eye-catching trends for 2012. Designers are revamping familiar patterns into contemporary styles that…

Go Bold With Stripes

Stripes are a popular fashion trend for the spring 2012 ready-to-wear collections; fashion houses from L.A.M.B. to Proenza Schouler featured them on the runways. But this trend doesn’t have to stop at your wardrobe. Stripes can be a bold…