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Tips to help your staircase make a strong statement

Tips to help your staircase make a strong statement

Monday, April 6, 2015
An entry hall offers a home its interior curb appeal. And while the front door, foyer dimensions, flooring, furnishings and colors can combine to provide a gracious welcome, the staircase is key in making a statement.
 
Couple adds new basement and first floor to 1913 cottage

Couple adds new basement and first floor to 1913 cottage

Monday, March 30, 2015
There was a lot of rubbernecking at the corner of 39th and Vincent Avenue S. last summer. There, perched high on stilt-like supports, sat the second floor of a quaint cottage-style house. Below it, instead of a main floor, was nothing but air.
 
Plants, statues intermingle for magical effect in sculpture garden

Plants, statues intermingle for magical effect in sculpture garden

Monday, March 23, 2015
There are a lot of larger-than-life characters inhabiting Wouterina de Raad’s garden.
 
Concrete gaining ground as decorative material in the home

Concrete gaining ground as decorative material in the home

Monday, March 23, 2015
Concrete has become a stylish medium in the home, thanks to interior designers and artisans.
 
Authors get to the root of horticultural terminology

Authors get to the root of horticultural terminology

Monday, March 16, 2015
Maria Zampini has spent a lifetime in the garden industry. She’s a fourth-generation nursery person whose family had a destination garden center in Ohio for more than 30 years. She’s also the president and owner of UpShoot, a horticultural marketing firm that specializes in bringing new plants to market.
 
Updating modernist architecture

Updating modernist architecture

Monday, March 16, 2015
In the years after World War II, when suburban towns were still “the country,” this unassuming village an hour north of Manhattan became an epicenter of modernist architecture, and a birthplace of then-radical concepts like family rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows and open-plan living.
 
Black accents take the ‘boring’ out of neutral colors

Black accents take the ‘boring’ out of neutral colors

Monday, March 9, 2015
There are plenty of practical reasons to decorate with neutral colors. The shades we think of as neutral — whites, beiges, tans — don’t clash with anything. They are calm, soothing and never go out of style. There’s just one problem. “Beiges and neutrals,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn, “can be super boring.”
 

Leaks, worn shingles can be signs its time for a new roof

Monday, March 9, 2015
A harsh winter has taken a toll on many roofs.
 
Italian villa is long-term labor of love for couple

Italian villa is long-term labor of love for couple

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Soft light bathes Barbara Simoneschi as she gazes out the weathered windows of Villa Cicogna Mozzoni. She’s watching our group of 32 gardeners explore the courtyard and frescoes of this historic palace that dates back to the Renaissance.
 
Vibrant colors of Latin America add fun to home decor

Vibrant colors of Latin America add fun to home decor

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The exuberant colors, textures and patterns of Latin America crafts are injecting an easy, comfortable and fun aesthetic into home decor.
 
Homeowners grapple with 'girlie' shades in the bathroom

Homeowners grapple with 'girlie' shades in the bathroom

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
Pink bathrooms, built by the millions in 1950s and 1960s ranches, Capes and split-levels, get no love from today’s home buyers.
 
Soilless plants fun to grow, and your hands stay clean too

Soilless plants fun to grow, and your hands stay clean too

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Love plants but hate dirt? There’s a whimsical burst of greenery that has your name on it.
 
Proper cleaning techniques can keep kitchens safe from bacteria

Proper cleaning techniques can keep kitchens safe from bacteria

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Even the tidiest kitchens might be harboring harmful bacteria, and often where they’re least expected. Paying more attention to a few often-overlooked places can help keep your household safer, experts say.
 

Book shares how to declutter — 10 minutes at a time

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Donna Smallin’s book “Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness” (Storey Publishing, $10.95) is practical. You can open to any page and find a quick tip that will help you get a handle on the things you own — and shouldn’t.
 

Need a new coffee table? Make it a do-it-yourself project

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
One foggy Saturday afternoon I found myself looking critically at the house, as if seeing for the first time in months all the tasks that lay in wait: walls to paint; floors to scrub; laundry to fold.
 
 

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