Groucho Marx famously said, ’I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.’ But in this digital age, are in-home libraries still a popular choice, or are they "Gone With the Wind"?
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Geography, knowledge and luck are a big part of finding a treasure in an unexpected place, and at a low price. It happens.
Q: My son was in the backyard playing soccer, and he must have hit a sprinkler head. The sprinkler now wobbles from side to side and when the water comes on it’s like Old Faithful. How can I fix it?
With the weather getting balmy and warm in most parts of the country, it’s time to finally open the windows and let the fresh air in.
Just as tasteful, well-chosen jewelry can turn an unexciting outfit into a stylish, eye-catching ensemble, carefully applied hardwood moldings and trimwork can transform a plain-Jane interior into an interesting — even beautiful — space.
Want to infuse your home with architectural interest? Start at the top.
This cool weather has caused some unusual plant problems we normally do not see in the hot desert. One reader contacted me to let me know that his tomatoes were not quite the size of a tennis ball, still green and didn’t seem to be growing anymore.
Lots of people planted their front-entry and patio pots recently. I wasn’t one of them, but I’ve started buying plants and thinking about how I’m going to combine them to make this year’s container gardens my best yet.
After a long day at work, my bedroom is my retreat. I snuggle up in bed and lose myself in a good book or the latest decorating magazine. The key to turning your bedroom into an oasis that fills you up is to start with a dreamy bed.
A planted dry streambed is the perfect alternative to lawn, but if you don’t understand the natural process behind rivers, yours will never look great. Thanks to technology, Google Earth allows everyone to study real river bed models from a bird’s-eye view. Aerial imagery in the dry Western states shows in real terms the dynamics of water flow and the way it influences how erosion creates the dry riverbed.
It is the workhorse of home decor, getting trampled, stomped, pummeled and thumped day in and out, yet few elements can make such a dramatic difference in creating the look and feel of a home.
Mold in a home is a sight few homeowners want to see. Besides being unsightly, mold can be unhealthy.
Tiny houses are a recent phenomenon and have spurred many businesses — from builders to decorating experts — looking to connect with consumers who want to go small. The small-house movement advocates for living simply in small homes, some of which can be as small as 100 square feet or less.
What is a mystery clock? How does it work?
Just two years ago there was a color tsunami at the international housewares show in Chicago. From spatulas, knives and cook pots to mixers, blenders, irons and, of course, the ubiquitous water bottle, a rainbow of pigments electrified booths.
On a bright and sunny morning, in a home high up in the Spring Mountains, another TV armoire recently met its demise. In a world obsessed with slim everything — slim telephones, slim-cut jeans, slim physiques — the armoire’s end was only a matter of time. And it had held on longer than most.
Q: I have Early Girl green tomatoes with round holes in three of them. Otherwise the plant is in great shape. Other fruits on the plant are OK.
Here in the desert, I needed some last-minute photography for my new book on growing vegetables in drought, but it was too early. So I bought a bunch of self-watering containers to use in my unheated greenhouse to find out if they are as productive here as they are elsewhere.
A splash of yellow, a swath of purple — the vibrant colors of Turkey, Morocco and India can bring whispers of faraway locales, romance and inspiration to an otherwise bland room.
With temperatures already in the 80s and 90s, now is the time to start planning your outdoor decor. Just the idea of sitting in the sun on beautiful lawn furniture brings joy to my heart.
Q: The carpet in my closet has a ripple in it. Is there an easy way of fixing it or do I have to call in a pro?