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Looking for a lamp in just the right color?

Lamps Plus has you covered.

The lighting retailer's Color + Plus collection offers a glass table lamp in 62 colors, so you can more easily match your lamps to your decor. Each lamp is displayed on the company's website with a matching paint color chip or Pantone swatch to give a more accurate representation of the color.

The Color + Plus lamps have brushed steel accents, but brass and acrylic accents will be available soon. The lamps come with drum shades in either white linen or a choice of coordinated patterns.

The lamps sell for $99.99 at www.lampsplus.com. Shipping is free.

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When David Culp bought a 1790s farmhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania more than 20 years ago, he didn't see peeling paint and a run-down condition. He saw possibilities.

In the years since, Culp and his partner have turned that house and its two-acre property into Brandywine Cottage, a noted landscape where he grows unusual plants from around the world. Culp shares the beauty of that property and some of his garden-design secrets in The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty From Brandywine Cottage.

Culp defines his approach to layering as creating a series of peak garden moments, and he fills the book with photos that illustrate that concept. He seeks not just a succession of bloom but also a succession of interesting happenings.

For him, layering involves considering the various levels of the garden, from ground to treetops, as well as the attributes of the plants – textures, shapes, colors, bloom times and even the feelings they evoke.

Besides sharing design advice, Culp gives readers a tour of his property in photographs and words, often showing the same vista at different times of the year to highlight the garden's progression. He also profiles many of the plants in his extensive collection.

The Layered Garden is published by Timber Press and sells for $34.95 in hardcover.


Q: Our 45-year-old, waxed hardwood floor has some white water spots. Can you suggest a procedure for me to remove the spots? Should I then spot-stain them?

A: For a waxed floor, the National Wood Flooring Association recommends rubbing water stains or white spots with extra-fine (000) steel wool and wax. If that fails, you can lightly sand with fine sandpaper, and then clean the spot using very fine (00) steel wool and mineral spirits or a wood floor cleaner.

Allow the floor to dry, and then stain the spot, wax and hand buff.

You can use either a paste or liquid wax. I'd choose a good-quality wax, possibly from a flooring retailer.

-- McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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