Riverside, California (NAPSI) - When it comes to home decor, leading designers say it’s all about style fusion and natural materials. Also in are recycling and retro decor ideas, says HGTV star Vern Yip, a champion of eco-friendly materials with a fashion-forward appeal.

Yuma, Arizona (NAPSI) - Today’s cooks have their pick of exotic spices, but these ingredients were once rare enough to inspire wars, send explorers on missions around the globe and, by some accounts, even factor in the purchase of theisland of Manhattan by the Dutch.

Colorado Springs, Colorado (NAPSI) - There’s good news for homeowners who want to protect their family and property from the damage and discomfort that can be caused by a power outage.

Colorado Springs, Colorado (NAPSI) - Some may be surprised to learn that duck and Mexican-style dishes pair well together. In fact, both domestic and wild duck have been used in Mexican cuisine for centuries.

Cortez, Colorado (NAPSI) - Perennial plants are a gardener’s dream: They add color to borders and beds, and are relatively easy to maintain. Perennials can also be used to add fragrance and texture to gardens, as well as attract beneficial wildlife such as butterflies and hummingbirds.

Yuma, Arizona (NAPSI) - Here’s food for thought: You may be able to nudge your family in the right direction toward healthful eating if you heed these four facts and hints.

St. Louis, Missouri (NAPSI) - There are some people who will always lean toward putting off until tomorrow what they could do today. Procrastinating-and according to experts at the University of North Carolina, everyone does it at some time may be something we do for good reasons.