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Spring, and the cleaning that comes with it, is here. Update your home with some cleaning helpers that will help keep your house in top shape.
Q: I have noticed a white powder around the edges of my concrete walkway. Should I be concerned?
We love design, and sometimes there’s nothing — not even a totalitarian landlord — that will stand in the way of us swapping out all the contractor-grade light fixtures in our home. That said, when it comes to decorating a rental, there are some things we can be sensible about.
Taking a shine to millennials who’d rather express their individuality than follow traditional design edicts, manufacturers are making lighting that feels creative, innovative and playful.
Kerry Ann Mendez speaks from experience as a recovering plant-aholic.
I am a fabric junkie, and the longer I’m in interior design, the more my addiction to gorgeous textiles grows. As I design spaces for my home and those of friends and customers, I’m always blown away by the power a few yards of fabric has to take a room to new heights and to make it a truly unique expression of the homeowner’s personality.
Spring has sprung, and it’s time to talk about color. Specifically, green, a color that is often considered pure, crisp and fresh.
Collectors are searching for antique and vintage items related to discontinued technology — old computers, transistor radios, early television sets, computer games and even old typewriters, fans and ticker tape machines.
Q: I have several pecan trees and some of the nuts this year have black spots on them; others have a soft brown film on part of the back of the nuts. What caused these problems and what can I do to prevent it? The pecans have been producing for 30 years and I never had the problem until last year.
Don Rees started in the construction industry as a timber framer and eventually became a homebuilder. But as he constructed new houses he still found himself crafting custom wood doors, mostly for clients’ garages.
When the topic is storage, most people will tell you they’d like to have more of it. That’s especially true for those living in urban housing, which typically has fewer and smaller closets.
Almost like clockwork at the start of each year, top paint manufacturers debut their new color schemes and trot out their “it” colors. Coral Reef, Springtime Dew, Guildford Green, Pink Ground; so tempting — and sure to perk up a home, especially for spring.
Looking for information on a piece you were told is “antique Royal Vienna porcelain”? You’ll find it in “Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide,” and other online sources listed with “beehive” porcelain.
Sustainability is a concept that can be applied to many facets of life, and gardening is no exception.
With the rise of the “staycation,” more homeowners are turning their backyards into their own private oases. The centerpiece of many such retreats is a refreshing, inviting pool.
Home improvement projects can turn a house into a home. Homeowners plan scores of renovations to transform living spaces into rooms that reflect their personal tastes and comforts.
Q: Over the years I planted perhaps 10 different golden barrel cactuses. Nearly all died the same way. I first notice a hole in the main body of the plant; it looks like a rodent gnawed the hole, but I have never found anything inside the plant.
When most of us are designing the spaces in our home, we have a wonderful vision of what we want our rooms to look like. But, alas, we also have budgets. I’ve learned from designing my own homes that you can get the high-style look you’re dreaming of without going over budget.
There is a profound correlation between the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui and good design. It calls for the use of color, for a lack of clutter, and demands clarity and light while always seeking harmony and balance. All fundamentals for a great environment.
Cover-up isn’t the issue. For most, windows are welcome — the more, the merrier. They usher in natural light, and sunshine is a surefire pick-me-up. There is that privacy thing — you don’t want to feel like you’re living in a fishbowl. But equally important is the matter of decor’s finishing touch, the punctuation and warmth (both visual and physical) that fabric adds, in the form of well-chosen window treatments.
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