Woman could face jail time over garden

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 9:55 AM

Atlanta City Code Enforcement told Lexa King that her flowers are overgrown. (Photo via WSB-TV)
Atlanta City Code Enforcement told Lexa King that her flowers are overgrown. (Photo via WSB-TV)

A Georgia woman could face jail time and a large fine over her garden.

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Atlanta city code enforcement officers told Lexa King that her flower garden is overgrown.

King told WSB-TV’s Rikki Klaus that she’s been growing her garden for about 30 years. She beams when she talks about the azaleas in her yard.

"And since I pay the taxes and since I pay the mortgage and since I pay the insurance, I figure I'm the one that gets to say," King said.

Code enforcement officers see the situation, and her garden, differently.

"They said it was messy, said it was overgrown,” King said. "I said, ‘Well, this is a matter of your interpretation.’”

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In December, King said, an anonymous complaint led to an arrest citation. It details "overgrowth" in her yard and said she's violating a city code that prohibits "excessive growth."

"We asked him for a definition of excessive, which he could not provide," King said.

Klaus asked King whether she plans to cut the shrubs back.

"Not unless I'm absolutely forced to," King said.

King said she's fighting a bigger battle to protect the quirkiness of Atlanta’s Candler Park neighborhood.

"This is not about me. It's not about those azaleas. This is about our neighborhood and the way of life that we have here," King said.

Neighbors said they've been writing to City Council members on King's behalf.

"We're hoping for dismissal of these charges before Lexa King appears in front of the Municipal Court of Atlanta to be sentenced for her crime of azaleas," neighbor Scott Jacobs said.

Klaus researched the penalties of a court citation. King could face up to 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Her hearing will take place in August.

Klaus contacted code enforcement for reaction to this story. She’s still waiting to get a response. 

FIRST LOOK: Tesla's solar roofs are here

Published: Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 7:13 AM

First Look At Tesla's Solar Roofs

Tesla is officially taking orders for its solar glass roof, which is said to be cheaper than a regular roof with an "infinity warranty."

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Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday that the solar roof can be ordered in "almost any country." The roofs will be deployed this year in the U.S. and overseas in 2018. 

The roofs will come in textured, smooth, Tuscan and slate. 

The roofs are made with tempered glass and are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles, according to Tesla's website.

Learn more here.

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Five home design resolutions for the new year

Published: Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 12:08 PM
Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

At the beginning of every year, we all seek ways to improve our lives — whether it’s our health, our minds or our homes. Instead of swearing to clear closet clutter this year (a noble but challenging feat), bring more pizzazz, comfort and happiness to your space with these five design resolutions.

Rikki Snyder

 1. Follow your heart, not trends. It’s fun to keep track of what is current in the design world, but when it comes to your own home, remember you are the trendsetter! Just because Radiant Orchid is one forecaster’s Color of the Year doesn’t mean you should shun your favorites hues.

 2. Have something made just for you (and your house). Vow to personalize your space and enhance your home’s decor with something one-of-a-kind, such as a commissioned family portrait or a custom buffet table.

 3. Set your table at every meal. Even for those takeout nights, commit to setting out real glasses, plates, silverware and cloth napkins, along with flowers or a tablecloth. The setup doesn’t need to be fancy!

 4. Buy less but buy better quality. It’s not always possible to buy the things we have our hearts set on, but we can avoid furniture that will quickly fall apart. When you find a special piece, keep a picture of it on the fridge to remind yourself to save up for what you really want.

 5. Give your front door a facelift. Your front door contributes a lot to your home’s first impression, so reconsider its status. Could it use new hardware?A fresh color? Even the addition of a new accessory, like a stately door knocker or modern house numbers, will do wonders.

 Visit Houzz.com for more home-related New Year’s resolutions.

7 ways to create a gorgeous outdoor room

Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 11:24 AM
Updated: Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 11:24 AM

It's spring! Long days, sunshine, birds, barbecues, flowers! For the next six months or so, it's outside time (sorry, people in the Northeast; your time will come). Which means, of course, that you should have an outdoor room, a place where you can do all the things you do in winter — entertain, read, eat, relax — under the big, blue sky.

We're not talking a giant pavilion with a built-in fireplace. Although if you can make that happen, please do. We're talking a snug and stylish corner with the comforts of home.

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Depending on where you live, you will have different considerations. Some will have to think about rain; others will need a source of shade or cooling. Some will have to take the bugs into account; others, the neighbors. Where I live on the Northern California coast, our outdoor summer rooms include heaters. 

But whatever the specifics, every room should include a few basics:

  1. Comfy furniture. No one wants to perch on a hard wooden chair all afternoon.
  2. Rugs. They delineate the space and feel good underfoot.
  3. Decoration. Art, potted plants, sculpture, lanterns. This is a room; decorate it.

I also advocate for hammocks, grills, tables, throw blankets, candles and a source of music, but these are optional. Here are a few inspirations to get you going.

DIY Under $10: reusing plastic Easter eggs

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Friday, March 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Let’s face it. I am a word person, so any time I get to incorporate the English language with a DIY project I am all in. Easter is this weekend and after the baskets have been filled with candy and the eggs have been found, you may be left wondering what to do with all those plastic eggs. Well, why not make a learning game out of them! This week’s DIY won’t cost you a dime to do, but will be fun for your children.

You Will Need:

• Plastic eggs that split into halves

• Sharpie marker

Directions

1. It is time to make learning fun and creative for your children. Take your Sharpie and write words onto each half of the eggs.

2. Use words such as fish, cat, down, book, touch, mark, house, etc.

3. Place the halves in the empty Easter basket and let your children learn about compound words by placing the ends together. Take the end that says cat and combine it with the end that says fish to make catfish.

This is a quick and easy thing to do and it will make learning fun for your children. Try to choose words that could have multiple meanings such as treehouse, outhouse, houseboat or housewife. Make learning fun and have a great use for these leftover Easter items that otherwise may have been discarded.