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Home front: Tile class; short-term rentals

Also, plants of the year

A roundup of local home and garden news and events on the Midpeninsula including a tile class, short-term rentals and plants of the year.

INSTALLING WALL TILE ... In this do-it-yourself workshop, The Home Depot instructors will help you pick up all the skills you need to successfully install wall tile. This workshop will cover tile trends, options and supplies you will need to complete your tile project and avoid common setbacks. The class will be from 10 - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at The Home Depot, 1781 East Bayshore Road in East Palo Alto. To register go to

NEED A NAP? ... If you're tired but your home is too far away to take a quick nap or shower, or you want to rest up before your commute, there's good news. The online platform, founded in San Francisco in 2016 as a way for people to find rest in unused four- and five-star hotel rooms, has expanded its services to private residences throughout the Bay Area, including the Peninsula. The startup charges customers by the minute for use of these spaces. Landing on the website, you'll see the invitation to "Find a Nap on Every Corner," or share your home to help "Power the Nap" ( According to the startup, it's possible to earn as much as $2,500 a month sharing your home with Recharge's "trusted network of residents and travelers." According to spokeswoman Natalia Graham, "It's a solution that works for both parties. We go to work, we come home. During the day, the space where we live is often vacant, creating a prime opportunity to generate revenue." Unlike other short-term rental services, Recharge is used by hosts who live in their homes and apartments. "Our marketplace provides an additional revenue stream that can help tenants stay in their apartment," she added.

PLANTS OF THE YEAR ... The magazine Garden Design has announced its selections for its 2019 National Plants of the Year program. In the Annual of the Year category, the magazine highlights "Lemon Coral" sedum, a bright yellow-green succulent that's easy to grow in containers or hanging baskets. The year's perennial is Summerific "Berry Awesome" hibiscus, a lavender-pink flower with dark green leaves that thrives in sun. It named the "At Last" rose as the year's favorite rose, with soft pink to sunset orange pedals. The selection is both fragrant and disease-resistant. The final category, landscape shrub, went to "Low Scape Mound Aronia," a low-growing shrub that produces flowers and berries.

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