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The night I got home from High Point Market in North Carolina, where I spent three days on a buying trip, I was so jazzed up by all the creativity I saw, I couldn’t sleep. At all. Despite being bone-weary exhausted from spending all day — dawn to dusk — rushing from showroom to showroom, scouting for fabulous new pieces.
If the exterior of your home got a little worn down and neglected during winter, check out these easy do-it-yourself projects to spruce up your yard and home.
This is one of the busiest times of the year for buying a home. It’s also one of the busiest for do-it-yourselfers who have decided to remodel a room, usually a kitchen or bathroom.
Without water there is no “green” and there is no “living.” The connection between food, energy and everything we care about depends upon water. Its magical presence makes up the majority of our bodies, flows through our rivers and streams, fills our oceans, evaporates invisibly and then falls on us again from the sky.
“On the road to Mandalay
Parents often ask me whether it’s possible to have a beautifully decorated home and to have young children at the same time. The answer is a resounding yes!
Q: I have a 3-year-old Burgundy plum tree. The leaves became yellow in March so I applied KeRex iron to the soil when I first noticed the problem. Now the new leaves do not show any yellow in them, but older leaves are still yellow, so I do not think it is an iron problem.
Trends come and go in gardening. Remember when you couldn’t run through a neighbor’s flower bed without tripping over a gazing ball? But for decades now, container gardens have been a mainstay in the landscape. And with advances in technology, it’s getting easier to keep your containers looking spiffy from spring through fall.
A gondola chair, according to furniture dictionaries, is a late 18th- to early 19th-century chair with a concave back and side rails that curve down to the seat. It has four legs and is upholstered on the seat and on both the front and back of the chair back and the arms. It is a chair type that still is being made.
There are many factors that might motivate a person to take on the challenge of remodeling a home.
Shane Martin grew up in an Irish farmhouse, but outside, the limbs of a 100-year-old chestnut tree were his true primary residence.
Odd, unidentified or unusual collectibles make every antiques show and shop more fun. How do you use a dog treadmill? Did the dealer say it was an elephant catcher? Is that strange crock really an 1850 chicken feeder? And what is the use for an oversized cardboard top hat covered in wallpaper?
Chevron patterns are all the rage and they are not going away anytime soon. No, they are not new, but they are definitely on trend right now.
Planning to remodel your kitchen? Those of us who have been there are happy to share advice. Most of these tips would apply to any remodeling project.
Q: I want to replace my old light fixture with track lighting. Is it much different from replacing a regular light fixture?
At the epicenter of our love affair with succulent plants, there’s one hot trend toward the handmade. Those who grow these amazing water conserving species in Southern California are no longer satisfied with the same old mass-produced pots for their plants.
When my husband and I entertain, we each have our assigned roles: He spends hours in the kitchen crafting our cuisine. And I’m out in the dining room, dreaming up an intriguing tablescape.
Q: I planted a moringa tree for its health benefits. I understand it is native to the tropics. Can you tell me how to grow it in this climate?
When you live in a society that values perfection almost above all things (like ours), it is difficult to admit mistakes. It’s even harder to realize that mistakes will continue to be made, the product of bad choices, or bad planning, or bad luck. Nobody likes to fail.
A family tradition as old as the family itself is returning, and it’s changing the look of the family home. Sixty years ago, more than 25 percent of American homes housed several generations of a family. That tradition shifted after the 1950s when rural America moved to cities. That shift produced retirement communities, retirement homes and assisted living.