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Another Iowa native and picker with star power among\u00a0do-it-yourselfers is putting down roots in LeClaire.

Don Short, owner of the Des Moines-based West End Architectural Salvage and star of the HGTV/DIY Network cable show \"West End Salvage,\" has brought his eclectic mix of architectural salvage and custom repurposed furniture from a four-story warehouse store to a new sister store in downtown LeClaire.

The latest store is managed and operated by Dori Austin, who had worked as a stager for Short's main warehouse store and is a \"junker\" in her own right. The store opened a week before Thanksgiving in an 1854-circa house located at 510 N. Cody Road.

\"Some people totally recognize the (West End Salvage) name, others do not know it,\" Austin said. \"Those that do are just giddy when they find us.\"

Short, a Marshalltown, Iowa native, spun his business of renovating classic houses into a 50,000-square-foot warehouse in downtown Des Moines filled with architectural salvage pieces and reclaimed materials.

\"We started 12 years ago with a tag sale,\" recalled Short, who now lives Des Moines. \"Now we're 25 full-time people and had a TV show on HGTV. It just proves all kinds of great things come out of a garage sale.\"

His store was featured on more than two dozen episodes of \"West End Salvage\" over two seasons on HGTV and sister channel DIY. Austin even appeared in four of the episodes.

He said it has been two years since they made a new episode and he is not sure more will be produced. But reruns still\u00a0are shown\u00a0on the DIY/Great American Country channel and other channels in some markets.

LeClaire, which has been proud of its fame as the home of the \"American Pickers\" team and their Antique Archaeology shop, certainly was a place that Short knew. Through his own show, he is an acquaintance of the History Channel cable TV series stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz and has got to know Wolfe's brother, Robbie.

\"I credit (the American Pickers) for us even getting our show,\" Short said, adding that its success caused \"other channels to want to emulate them.\"

But expanding to LeClaire was not necessarily his gameplan.\u00a0\"It's so hard to maintain a store if you're not in the town,\" he said. West End Salvage opened a second location in April in West Glen Town Center in West Des Moines.

\"We were a store before we were a show, we want to continue that,'' said Short, who admitted the LeClaire location \"fell in his lap,\" thanks to Austin. \u00a0

To make the sister store work, Austin said all the right things happened. \"It was a blessing it all fell together,\" she said.

After the last of their four children (two boys and two girls) graduated from\u00a0high school, Austin and her husband, Dan, decided to leave Boone and move closer to Dan's job as a train engineer with the Union Pacific in Clinton.

While house-hunting across the Quad-Cities, she said \"LeClaire was my No. 1 choice.\" After buying a home in Davenport, Austin had to close her Junk Refunkery storefront in Boone and leave her barn there, where she also held occasional sales. But she remained active in the junk business with a Facebook page and selling at the large, regional junk shows.

At the same time, Jude and Jodee Loncka were restoring the vacant LeClaire storefront. \"Our intent was my wife was going to put a shop in with different vendors and Dori (Austin) was at the top of her list,\" said Jude Loncka. \"We didn't even know she had closed her store in Boone (and was moving here).\"

The change in plans with West End Salvage\u00a0pushed Jude Loncka into high gear to renovate the old river captain's home. Like the store's inventory, he used many reclaimed materials such as barnboard and tin ceilings to create a fitting space. \"Fortunately, I live in an 1854 home in the west end of Davenport, so I knew what to expect,\" he said.

Short, who agreed to bring his West End Salvage brand to LeClaire, credits Austin with doing all the legwork necessary to opening the new location. In fact, he has not seen the store in person yet. \"She has more than a basic understanding (of the business),\" he said. \"It's just so easy for me to trust other people's instincts.\"

The LeClaire store also features some of the custom-built furniture, salvage art and other items produced by Short's staff of nine carpenters in Des Moines. The custom side has expanded a business that Short began, literally, with reclaimed architectural salvage items he rescued from three classic homes being demolished.

\"Don's the cake, and I'm the frosting and sprinkles \u2014 the nice froufrou stuff,\" Austin said of her inventory, which largely is filled with West End Salvage's primitives, furniture and reclaimed salvage materials. But the smaller, decorative, vintage items are mostly items she has picked or had in her store.

The Des Moines store also includes a coffeeshop and now is an events venue, hosting everything from weddings to parties.

\"Now we're more into creating custom furniture out of older pieces,\" Short said, adding the crew is making furniture for several bars and restaurants. \"Not everybody needs a doorknob or a door, but they do want things to put in their homes.\"

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Your bedroom is the last space you see before you fall asleep at night, and the first space you see when you wake up in the morning. When your bedroom starts to feel stale, there are plenty of affordable ways to spruce up the space. Here are ten easy ideas that won\u2019t break the bank.

1) Clear up any clutter.

Cleaning and organizing your bedroom can make a big impact on a tiny budget. Store worn clothing in a decorative laundry basket, and tackle that perilous shoe pile in your closet with an over the door organizer.

Blue & White Striped Collapsible Laundry Basket available from Amazon

Clear Over The Door Shoe Organizer available from Amazon

2) Switch out your duvet cover.

Your bedding is often the largest textile in your room, so switching out your duvet cover can give your room a completely different look in just a few minutes. If you have a solid duvet, try something with a pattern. If you have a floral duvet cover, switch it out for something bold and geometric.

Chic Home 3 Piece Geometric Diamond Reversible Queen Duvet Cover Set available from Amazon

3) Throw on a new throw pillow.

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You don\u2019t need to scale a pillow mountain every time you get into bed, but a throw pillow or two can be a fun way to show off your personality. Throw pillows are also great for budget decorators, because you can switch them out with pillows in your living room every few months to make the rooms feel fresh again.

Compass and Arrow Throw Pillow Cushion Cover available from Amazon

4) Make the room come alive with living plants.

Adding a few small living plants to your bedroom will help you breathe a little easier at night by naturally cleaning the air in your room. Picking an interesting decorative planter is also an affordable way to spruce up your bedroom.

Handmade Geometric Wood Succulent Planter available from Amazon

5) Or add a fresh vase of flowers.

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If you don\u2019t have the right natural light or a green thumb to keep living plants looking lively, pick up or cut a small bouquet of fresh flowers to display in a decorative vase.

Set of 3 Decorative Crackled Vases available from Amazon

6) Upgrade your lighting.

Changing out bedside table lamps is a budget-friendly way to give your bedroom a new look, and wall sconces with adjustable arms work as perfect reading lights.

Plug-in Wall Sconce with Swing Arm available from Amazon

7) Surround yourself with soothing scents.

Placing a few scented candles around the room can turn your bedroom into a soothing sanctuary. Pick scents to help you relax in the evening, or wake up in the morning.

Paddywax Apthecary Collection Orange Zest & Bergamot Candle available from Amazon

8) Make the space feel larger with mirrors.

In small bedrooms, hanging mirrors can make the room feel larger without any renovation. Whether your style is rustic or minimalist, there are affordable mirrors to suit your taste.

Rustic River Mirror With Wood Border in Distressed White Finish available from Amazon

9) Add an area rug.

You don\u2019t have to break the bank to find an area rug for your bedroom. There are plenty of attractive options at budget-friendly prices. A rug adds warmth to hard flooring in winter, and is another way to show off your personal style.

Safavieh Adirondack Collection Ivory and Silver Vintage Style Area Rug available from Amazon

10) Hang a dramatic piece of art.

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Sprucing up your bedroom can be as simple as adding dramatic art above your bed. With a variety of affordable prints available, you don\u2019t need to blow your budget to find a fun piece.

Handmade Monstera Leaf Print available from Amazon

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Rock Island felt lucky to escape with a victory Friday night.

After seemingly taking command with a 13-3 second quarter in which it held Moline to 1 of 11 field-goal shooting for an 11-point halftime lead, the Rocks were indeed fortunate to hang on for a 39-35 victory in the Western Big Six opener at Rock Island Fieldhouse.

That\u2019s right, just 39 points for the winning team.

\u201cThere\u2019s part of me that doesn\u2019t feel like we deserved to win it,\u201d said Rocky coach Thom Sigel. \u201cBut it\u2019s one of the things in the league and with some inexperienced guys early, we\u2019ll take it. We need to learn from it, but I don\u2019t feel like we took a step forward tonight.\u201d

The win moves the Rocks to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference while Moline falls to 4-2 overall and 0-1. The loss means Moline coach Sean Taylor won\u2019t get his 500th win this weekend. He remains at 498 for his career with the Maroons hosting Pleasant Valley tonight.

Taylor did not feel all that bad despite the loss. The first-year coach plays four sophomores, including three starters, and a freshman among his rotation when it stretches to 10.

\u201cI thought we guarded them the way we wanted to and I thought their defensive pressure was good because they didn\u2019t just let us hold the ball,\u201d Taylor said. \u201cI thought they forced us into some things we didn\u2019t want to do and I felt we took some things away from them that they normally got last week.\u201d

He told his team he doesn\u2019t believe in moral victories but, \u201cI felt we came to a tough place to play against a really good program and we gave them their money\u2019s worth,\u201d Taylor said. \u201cNow we\u2019ve got to find a way to get over the top the next time we play them.\u201d

Rock Island, which trailed 8-4 at one point, seemed to gain control in the second quarter with an 18-4 run to close the half as Moline went ice cold under tremendous defensive pressure, plus some dominant (18-12) Rocky board work.

But the second half saw Moline steadily peck away at the lead and cut it to four by the third quarter\u2019s end on a drive by sophomore Deonte Billups with six seconds left. A Billups 3 with about 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter cut the Rock Island lead to one. But Jacob Ellis (eight points and six rebounds) hit a close-in shot off a nice pass with 2:15 left for a 35-32 lead.

Rocky super sub Bobby Stewart made a nice drive after a Richardson pass to boost it to 37-32. And despite a technical for profanity from Lacey Watson who felt a scrum for a loose ball had gone on too long with him at the bottom of the pile with 27.8 seconds left, the Rocks held on.

Watson felt the game was a bit physical on the defensive end, as he was held to a season-low nine points, a number equaled by teammate Jerry Hacker. But he did pull down nine rebounds.

\u201cThey did what they had to do, but I felt like (it was) a little bit too rough,\u201d Watson said.

Taylor felt it was a case of good team defense.

\u201cI thought Brody (Harding) did a nice job (on Watson),\u201d Taylor said. \u201cBut we are going to have to collectively guard him and I thought we did a pretty good job on that.\u201d

For both teams, this goes in the learning experience file. Sigel liked the consistent play of Ellis and his team\u2019s defense. But he did not like everything, even before the game in the locker room.

\u201cI know guys and teams prepare differently,\u201d he said. \u201cI have been fortunate to be around a lot of winners; our team did not act like they were ready to play like some of those other guys. We need to be more focused.\u201d

His players seemed to agree.

\u201cTo me, overall they played harder than us,\u201d Watson said. \u201cWe won but they pushed us. I feel like I learned once we got a team down, we got to keep pushing. We can\u2019t lay up. I felt like we stepped out there knowing we were just going to win. We let up and we weren\u2019t expecting that.\u201d

Moline also got eight points from Jeff McInnis, another sophomore.

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