Garden tools don't just run away and hide, but often it seems that way. Where's the trowel I was using before lunch? And the weed bucket? For that matter, where's that phone? When you're moving around the yard it's easy to forget where you set something down to pick up something else.
How often have you bought a portable electronic device only to find that within weeks there's a better one available? Thanks to the intense competition for customers, the shelf life of new laptops, smartphones and tablets has dropped to three months according to a recent Digitimes study.
Americans whose gardens have been toasted by prolonged drought might consider a landscaping concept from Africa. It's called keyhole gardening, and some believe it's the ultimate in raised-bed design -- a sustainable combination of composting and planting.
Scandinavian design prioritizes simplicity, utility and clean lines -- all of which are captured in Ikea's Stockholm cushion. Featuring a monochrome pattern in a soft cotton-velvet blend, the throw pillow is not only versatile, but it also sells for just $14.99, which helps explain its ubiquity. Plus, a graphic accent of a pillow or throw can really make furniture pop.
Kanye West's presentation during New York Fashion Week showed off his baggy, rural collection in a military style as Anna Wintour, Lorde and Kim Kardashian — holding baby North West — sat in the front row.