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The Mandarin Oriental hotel on Boylston Street in the Back Bay

How eight fancy Boston condos figure into a fight over the Saudi throne

A collection of condominiums at some of Boston’s swankiest addresses are part of a clash between warring factions of the Saudi regime, a power struggle with global political implications that also highlights Boston’s standing as a haven for international real estate investors.

How to stay warm and safe in a winter power outage

Winter blackouts don't have to be life-threatening. There's a lot you can do to navigate them safely, much of which can be accomplished long before a storm hits. | realestate.boston.com

This undated photo shows snow-laden arborvitae trees in New Paltz, NY. With leafy branches in winter, evergreens are especially good at catching snow, which can be bent, even broken by a heavy snow load. (Lee Reich via AP)

How to protect or heal trees damaged by snow

Most trees and shrubs will recover from such trauma, sending up new sprouts in the spring to replace missing limbs. But there are steps you can take to mitigate the damage. | realestate.boston.com

The long-flowering native purple coneflower emerges in June. Other coneflowers await the curious gardener. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Adrian Higgins

Three-year study seeks out top-performing coneflower varieties

Wildflowers have long presented a quandary for gardeners. Their natural purity is sometimes too pure. The stems are weak, the flowers are small and fleeting, and the plants often melt away with excessive coddling. | realestate.boston.com

Millennial Money: Turn your quarantine clutter into cash

If your quarantine habits were even a tiny bit like mine, you could turn that clutter into money. Here’s how. | realestate.boston.com

Some pretty, fizzy bath bombs have a dirty secret

Not all bath bombs are bad; it depends on what’s in them and how you use them. Continue reading at realestate.boston.com.

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Transform your home in 2021 with these tips from Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo became a decluttering pop culture icon after the 2014 American publication of her book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up." Since then Kondo, the founder of KonMari Media, has starred in "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo" on Netflix, created a line of organizing products, offered online courses featuring her methods and written more books about how to declutter and live a life that sparks joy. She has been named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people.

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Home of the Week: Newbury contemporary stands over marsh refuge

The contemporary at 37 Newbury Neck Road features a silo-like tower that stands sentry over the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. | realestate.boston.com