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We love things that can serve multiple functions, and a cozy, luxurious throw blanket can do just that. It acts as a cozy wrap when it’s chilly and as an elegant decoration when draped across a chair or edge of the bed. Whether you’re using it while curling up with a book or displaying it as a statement piece, the Connecticut Home Company’s Luxury Faux Fur with Reversible Sherpa Throw Blanket ($23.99, is the perfect home addition. It’s affordable, it’s large, and it has 4.7 stars and more than 2,000 ratings on Amazon, plus there are a dozen colors from which to choose. Go full white or faux fur for a glam luxury hotel look at home.

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Plants with red, purple or black leaves are striking additions to any landscape, making them attractive to gardeners looking for something new in 2020, said Marguerite Beckford, a horticulture agent in Sarasota County.

Architect Randy Brown can be attributed with single-handedly bringing cutting-edge architecture to Nebraska, having learned under West Coast architects like the late Frank Israel and returning to the Cornhusker State with know-how and a passion for contemporary architecture. Brown's own house and studio on a hilly 10-acre lot in Omaha is a striking expression of his architecture. A dynamic addition in Corten steel is linked to an existing 1950s house by a translucent bridge. It's a highly personal and experiment design with an interesting background. Read on for a tour of the Laboratory House.

Old-growth, vertical-grain redwood siding was added back in 2002, as was a main bedroom and two-car garage addition. In 2011 new owners — he's in finance; she's a potter — kept the redwood siding and the layout of the home intact, but reached out to Willers to help them update the interiors and completely redo all the landscaping to create something low maintenance and water sensitive.

The Randolph School District will hold a walk-through of the new school addition Feb. 15, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. It will be the final tour off…

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