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  • As winter drags on, splurge on your home, designers say

    So many of our home-improvement and design choices are practical ones: Which sofa will stand up over the years? Which paint color matches the furnitur ...
    Feb. 6, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Artificial lights can keep houseplants growing in winter

    Short days put sunlight at a premium. Even houseplants feel it.Mostly, they just sit and wait for be ...
    Jan. 24, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Why start composting? It’s convenient, great for gardens

    Compost is the stuff of great gardens, the stuff that fuels dinner-plate-size heads of broccoli and traffic-stopping dahlias. Compost also is good for ...
    Jan. 17, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Keep home warm during the winter while saving money

    As winter wears on, a few cheap and easy fixes can help keep homes warm while saving energy and money.
    Jan. 17, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • ‘Ellen’s Design Challenge’ returns for second season

    NEW YORK – For most of us, the word “chair” probably brings to mind a single, universal image signifying the totality of chair-ness. Same with the ide ...
    Jan. 17, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Post-holiday mantel still can be cheerful, designers say, with DIY touches

    When January arrives, even Christmas-loving homeowners might be happy to put away Santa and his reindeer. But the post-holiday mantel and fireplace ca ...
    Jan. 9, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Winter tips: A few ways to ready trees, shrubs and vines for cold weather

    Trees, shrubs and vines may need a little help getting ready for winter’s frigid temperatures, but not too much.
    Dec. 27, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Holiday hosting requires DIY bar

    The cocktail renaissance has transformed happy hours across the country. Now, it’s time to raise your home bar game. No more slapping a bottle of bott ...
    Dec. 20, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Special edition Christmas spirits released for the holidays

    Do you need a little Christmas spirit? You’re in luck. Following in the footsteps of craft beer’s seasonal offerings, liquor producers are rolling out ...
    Dec. 20, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Holiday decor has sparkle, dash

    Even if you practice restraint in your everyday home decor, you might be inclined toward a bit of sizzle and sparkle when the holidays roll around.
    Dec. 20, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Thinking outside the bow: tassels and other gift toppers

    It's the year of the tassel in gift wrapping.This holiday season, in lieu of the traditional bow, li ...
    Dec. 20, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • O Christmas Tree

    If you’re decking your halls this Christmas season, you know it all starts with the tree. But do you choose real or artificial? T
    Dec. 2, 2015 - 8:54 am
  • Holiday Decorations

    Holiday decorations can be such a pickle (and not just the one carefully hidden on a Christmas tree)!
    Dec. 2, 2015 - 8:45 am
  • Set the scene for a successful Friendsgiving

    Everyone loves Friendsgiving. Really, what’s not to love? It’s the ideal Thanksgiving dinner alternative –no expensive ticket home, no familial drama ...
    Nov. 22, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • A good sturdy gate makes a good garden

    Visitors always admired the entrance gate to my vegetable garden, more than I ever did.Built from ce ...
    Nov. 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Warm up the home with throws, blankets

    If you’re not up for big projects such as repainting the walls or adding insulation to the attic this fall, consider stocking up on throw blankets for ...
    Nov. 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Add a touch of homemade to your home

    No matter his client’s taste or budget, interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn follows this rule: For every large, manufactured item that he adds to a ...
    Nov. 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • The latest twist in textiles? A spinning resurgence

    Like knitting and crocheting, spinning – the process of twisting fibers together to make yarn – is enjoying a comeback.
    Nov. 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Libbie Summers uses food to inspire a creative life

    You’re taught not to play with your food, but there’s no rule that says you can’t be inspired by it. Below the deck of a yacht, Libbie Summers truly w ...
    Nov. 16, 2015 - 10:42 am
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