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Function drives style, size when choosing shutters

Function drives style, size when choosing shutters

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. But to get the right look, you still have to consider function when choosing and hanging shutters, experts say.
 
Journey prints: Map motifs make for trendy aesthetic

Journey prints: Map motifs make for trendy aesthetic

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
With the rise of the GPS, the old-fashioned map has been reduced to an app. Yet nothing is as attractive to a die-hard traveler (other than a boarding pass) as the old blue-and-green classroom atlas or a nautical chart.
 
Boomers look for home decor with retro style

Boomers look for home decor with retro style

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
If you spent childhood summers on a northern lake, grew up lunching at diners and shake shacks, or took a college road trip, you’ll be all over the next big home decor trend: American Retro.
 

Countertops: Concrete offers creativity

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The concrete countertops in Eleanor Zuckerman’s San Francisco kitchen are hand-crafted works of art.
 
Soroptimist Garden Tour will be a feast for the senses

Soroptimist Garden Tour will be a feast for the senses

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Cherie Gold of Niskayuna has been working on the gardens around her Niskayuna home for the past 13 years, and this weekend she shares the results of her efforts for the Soroptimist 11th Annual Garden Tour, along with eight other gardeners in Schenectady County.
 
Restoration work on historic Schoolcraft House will be shown

Restoration work on historic Schoolcraft House will be shown

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
It’s been a long process, with plenty of stops and starts, but the restoration work is proceeding in earnest this spring on the historic John L. Schoolcraft house in Guilderland.
 
Persian, Oriental rugs combine history, tradition and art

Persian, Oriental rugs combine history, tradition and art

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Persian carpets and other “rugs of the East” are firmly established as elegant design elements — subtle and often-unheralded — that loudly whisper refinement and good taste.
 

Inside out: Backyard dining evolves from patio grills to cozy rooms

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
For years, it was enough to park a barbecue grill next to a picnic table on a patio and call it an “outdoor kitchen.” But over the past decade, Americans have taken backyard cooking and dining to a new level, adding elaborate cooking islands, outdoor sinks and refrigerators, even outdoor TVs.
 
For canners, garden requires more planning, long-term outlook

For canners, garden requires more planning, long-term outlook

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
A canner’s garden is not your typical vegetable patch. With its full-scale production, distinctive varieties and four-season harvests, it’s more for the future than the moment.
 

Spring season is nice, but the mud it brings is not

Friday, May 9, 2014
Signs of spring are exciting after that never-ending winter we just lived through.
 
Man's labor of love is part of 2014 Soroptimist garden tour

Man's labor of love is part of 2014 Soroptimist garden tour

Friday, May 9, 2014
It wasn’t long after Nelson and Marcia Austin started their backyard flower garden that Marcia fell ill.
 
One-time place of worship turned into cozy Jonesville home

One-time place of worship turned into cozy Jonesville home

Friday, May 9, 2014
The altar and wooden pews have been gone for years, but the little white church on Main Street in Jonesville still serves as a sanctuary.
 
Tokyo artist makes invisible visible with ‘sculpture’ of fog

Tokyo artist makes invisible visible with ‘sculpture’ of fog

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The Glass House, architect Philip Johnson’s iconic Modernist structure set in the woods here, has been wrapped in a poetic fog by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, a sort of Christo of mist. Like the glass structure itself, Nakaya’s “Veil” installation plays on the transparent and opaque, the permanent and ephemeral.
 
Rain gardens filter runoff, keep pollutants out of streams

Rain gardens filter runoff, keep pollutants out of streams

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Think of it as pennies from heaven — free moisture that nourishes your plants and nixes high water bills.
 

Better paint, better brushes will save cash in long run

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Painting a home seems like a simple task: You select a color and start the job. But beyond color, you’ll need to think about chemicals, environmental factors and sheen.
 
 

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