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Recent guests at an online chat for The Washington Post included cookbook author and food blogger Cathy Barrow and writer and caterer Vered Guttman. Here are edited excerpts from that chat.

Your Place: Is mold testing necessary?

Joe Ponessa, who spent 25 years as a housing, indoor environment and health specialist at Rutgers Cooperative Extension, responded to a recent column about mold testing. He said much of what he knows about mold remediation comes from associating with some of the top mold people in the country.

In airfare wars, consumers win

As we get closer to the end of August, expect to see some wild and crazy airfares. The end of the busy summer travel season always brings a drop in prices, but we have also seen some short-lived sales recently with great fares for travel in summer and beyond.

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Metallic accents make rooms shine

An easy way to make a room sparkle and add drama is to accessorize with metallics. The shiny pieces can be striking, and because metals are considered neutrals, ranging from warm gold and brass to silver and nickle, they’re easy to introduce to any color scheme.

Style at Home: Throw a summer luncheon to celebrate friendships

Sometimes you just need to surround yourself with a klatch of best friends. And, with your life so crazy busy, all that’s keeping you from pulling everyone together is a good reason. Here’s one: It’s summer! OK, now that you have a mission, no more excuses. Get your BFFs together and have fun. Catch up on life. Laugh until you cry.

Modern, vintage and India merge as family expands its space

LOS ANGELES — For a decade, Kenny Kapoor and husband Ashim lived in a 900-square-foot fourplex apartment in West Hollywood with their two sons. Today the family lives in a new home that, though just blocks from their former residence, seems light-years away. It’s more than three times larger and includes a guest house and pool.

Hobbies: Puppy Bow Tie

I have a dachshund, Miles, who is truly a little gentleman. He always looks great in a bow tie! This fast and affordable project uses a small amount of fabric and has adorable results. You can dress your pet for any occasion by using bold striped cotton for a cool, preppy look or vintage velvet for that haute couture dog. You can use fabric you already have around the house. Mixing and matching is my favorite way to go!

Grilling outdoors and indoors

Outdoor grills are something everyone seems to love to own. Though a fully equipped outdoor kitchen is great to have if you have the space — and can afford the expense.