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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
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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
 

Cover spinach for growth or plant one of its close relatives

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Popeye ain’t the only swab who’s gotta have spinach. Some gardeners also crave it, freshly picked.
 
Landscapes, like houses, need periodic renovation

Landscapes, like houses, need periodic renovation

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Your landscape is very much like your home’s interior decor.
 
Funky chandelier inspires bright hues

Funky chandelier inspires bright hues

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Margie Garland had the MacKenzie-Childs Thistle chandelier on her computer wish list for years. Multicolored and funky with glass-beaded fringe on its shades, it would never have worked in the ancient farmhouses she had previously lived in.
 
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.
 
 

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