There was a time when “outdoor living” meant a wheeled barbecue grill and a few lounge chairs on the backyard patio deck, but today it’s as if homes have been picked up and turned inside out.
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Ernest Hemingway once said, “The writer’s job is to tell the truth.” I do not consider myself a writer per se, but nonetheless, I believe he is right.
Air conditioning is a relief on a hot day. So you want to ensure your air conditioning unit is working well.
For homeowners looking to make a big interior design splash while staying on-trend, it’s all about focusing on little touches, experts say.
Twins Jonathan and Drew Scott are friendly and fierce competitors in their HGTV series, “Brother vs. Brother.” They also have put together some pretty imaginative transformations in their other HGTV series, “Property Brothers.”
Installing a ceiling fan is an easy, inexpensive project that just about any homeowner can tackle. Ceiling fans are a great way to add personal style to a room. And by making your home more energy-efficient, this small investment of time and money can create year-round savings on your power bill.
What are some of your favorite summer memories? Mine was my first — and last — attempt to be a beauty queen.
Everything in our homes comes from either fashion or history. One hot — and surprising — decor trend pulled its life directly from the runways: skulls.
It might be practical, of course, to decorate your home with neutral colors and muted earth tones. No need to worry about colors clashing if most everything is white, beige and light brown.
The best kitchens not only look beautiful but also function beautifully, making it easier for you to find the saucepan you need, as well as its lid. You don’t want to heft a big pile of heavy platters to try to slide out the lasagna pan from the bottom, and you certainly don’t want to waste money when food spoils in your refrigerator because you couldn’t see what was in that baggie or foil-covered dish until weeks after it had gone bad.
Q: I have two oleander hedges getting about six hours of sunlight each day. The leaves are yellowing rapidly and dropping from the plant and getting worse as they get older. My lawn sprinklers water them and they have drip irrigation. I did fertilize them this spring. Did I over-fertilize?
Lush plantings in alluring hues and textures. Brightly colored lawn furniture and accessories. Inviting seating areas. These elements make up the arresting outdoor spaces that Elysian Landscapes designer Judy Kameon is known for.
When you think of “smart technology,” you may think of your smartphone, tablet or vehicle, but soon, you may also think of such household appliances as your dishwasher, refrigerator or laundry pair.
You can add pizzazz to a tabletop with a few flowers and a cardboard bottle carrier wrapped in colorful wrapping paper. The bottles serve as vases.
The skill of sewing with a needle and thread was required in the centuries before the sewing machine was invented. A machine, probably the first, was used in England in 1715, and another was patented in 1844. But the Elias Howe (1845) and Isaac Singer (1851) machines were the ones that gained fame and sold by the thousands.
Every year, house by house and bit by bit, the wealth of midcentury homes in Las Vegas may be losing the little things that make them so distinctive.
Decorating a small space can be like packing for a weekend trip. There’s room for only the essentials, so every piece should be useful, versatile and worth its weight. If space is a commodity, the console table is one of the most valuable pieces on the market.
Did you know that June is National Safety Month? So what does safety month have to do with the interior design of your home? Lots, and particularly in the bathroom where approximately 70 percent of all accidents occur.
No matter how satisfying, relaxing and soothing a warm shower can be, why not make it better? More intense water pressure, better organization, even music can make a shower all the more enjoyable.
“Grey is a color that always seems on the eve of changing to some other color.” — G. K. Chesterton (1874-1962), English Writer, “The Glory of Grey,” Alarms and Discussions (1910)
Q: Every time I turn off the water faucet in my laundry room, it sounds like someone is banging on the wall. Is my house possessed by evil spirits? Please help; the noise is frightening my kids.
Q: Our almond tree was full this year. However, half of our crop was eaten by something. The nuts are not ready yet. They are still green and so hard you would need a nutcracker to crack the shells open.