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Flexible mummies make fun, creepy Halloween decor

Flexible mummies make fun, creepy Halloween decor

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
Count me among those who find the “Elf on the Shelf” just a bit creepy. That said, wouldn’t it make more sense to have a slightly spooky creature keeping an eye on your kids around Halloween instead of Christmas?
 
Brand-new design can let new home mesh with older neighborhood
CHARLOTTE, N.C.

Brand-new design can let new home mesh with older neighborhood

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
When Heather McLarney and Christopher Kosa built a home in Charlotte, N.C., they wanted to make sure the new structure fit in with the neighborhood they had fallen in love with.
 

Barn preservationists pushing to save symbols of the heartland

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

CHENOA, Ill. — For years Pat Huth came home from vacation with photos she’d taken of barns she admired on her journeys, but she never thought to take any of the ones around her central Illinois home.
 
Annual Walkabout lets visitors tour homes in Stockade

Annual Walkabout lets visitors tour homes in Stockade

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Barbara Fallone has only lived at 137 Front St. for about three years, but she and the building go way back.
 

Tips for keeping compost pile in balance

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
As the bumper sticker on my truck reads, “Compost Happens.” Sometimes, however, it doesn’t happen fast enough.
 
How to make your house fit in and look good

How to make your house fit in and look good

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Color and decorative pieces can improve the look of a home outside as well as in. Add trim boards, columns or porch accessories and you can dress up the facade of a house, improving its value and curb appeal.
 
He wants forest, she wants beach; house offers both

He wants forest, she wants beach; house offers both

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
He wanted a contemporary in the forest. She wanted a traditional home on the water. They owned a substantial piece of Orcas Island, off the coast of Washington State, along its northern beaches that could swing either way.
 
Some do-it-yourself tips for upholstery projects — without the duct tape

Some do-it-yourself tips for upholstery projects — without the duct tape

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
Amanda Brown has turned upholstering on its ear, mixing fun and funky textiles with classic shapes that are full of whimsy, modernizing even the most classic furniture shapes.
 
Grand design: Decades of work create haven for two-piano family

Grand design: Decades of work create haven for two-piano family

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
When Bill Sheppard plays “Traumerei,” sweet chords fill his living room, and you understand instantly why he wanted to keep this grand piano with the golden sound.
 
1900-era farmhouse gets fresh but fitting redesign for 2000s

1900-era farmhouse gets fresh but fitting redesign for 2000s

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
Pennsylvania contractor Jeff Morrison looked at the forgettable facade of Jennifer and Michael Mankowski’s home, a stuccoed, farmhouse-style exterior. But what he actually saw was a circa-1900 house begging to emerge.
 
Going on vacation? Prepare your garden first

Going on vacation? Prepare your garden first

Thursday, July 31, 2014
We pamper our gardens all year, but then desert them to go on vacation during what's often the hottest, driest time of the year. A little planning can soften the blow.
 
Right at Home: Pop art packs decor punch

Right at Home: Pop art packs decor punch

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home décor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following.
 

Living color: Growing vegetables and flowers for natural fabric dyes

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Homegrown botanical dyes are in, part of today’s shift toward more natural and organic living. And you don’t need a degree in chemistry to create your own hues for scarves, sweaters or even Easter eggs.
 
Couple abandon city for life on the road in a solar trailer
NISKAYUNA

Couple abandon city for life on the road in a solar trailer

Friday, July 25, 2014
A Niskayuna couple constructs their own tiny living space on wheels. They plan to live, work, travel and sleep in the solar-powered, self-sustaining trailer.
 
Room can be subtle without sacrificing appeal

Room can be subtle without sacrificing appeal

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Paint your walls a bold color and friends will probably praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art and your decorating is bound to earn compliments. But creating a noteworthy room with subtle, understated elegance is a bit more complicated
 
 

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