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Man, 90 and blind, an expert cane chair repairman
KANSAS CITY, Mo.

Man, 90 and blind, an expert cane chair repairman

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Revelle Lee learned caning when he was 11 and has spent nearly eight decades perfecting a craft mostly lost in a modern world.
 
Designers using bike parts for funky, sophisticated decor

Designers using bike parts for funky, sophisticated decor

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Bikes have become part of hipster culture. There are bicycle-themed dining, drinking and shopping establishments from Portland, Oregon, to Brooklyn, New York, and dozens of bike-friendly burgs in between.
 
Couple demolishes, rebuilds log-home kitchen together

Couple demolishes, rebuilds log-home kitchen together

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Andy Banas, a retired ironworker, says he’s pretty handy with tools. But he’s often catching up with his wife, Laurel, when it comes to home renovation.
 
Cooking up a colorful kitchen

Cooking up a colorful kitchen

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Some like it hot, but when it comes to kitchen design, most of us don’t dare to boldly go where no one has gone before when it comes to a color scheme.
 
Thrift store aids Habitat’s house projects
SCHENECTADY

Thrift store aids Habitat’s house projects

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
If January is the time to start a new indoor home-improvement project, the Habitat ReStore in Schenectady is the place.
 
A work in progress
SEATTLE

A work in progress

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Two Northwest artists find a place to live and work in a a modern home in South Seattle
 
Family games, drum set turn old Tudor mansion into hip, casual home

Family games, drum set turn old Tudor mansion into hip, casual home

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
An 1890s Tudor mansion with an interior decorator for an owner isn’t the first place you’d picture a Ms. Pac-Man arcade game blinking in the living room and kids whizzing through the oak-paneled foyer on skateboards.
 

Kitchen aids trim time and hassles of preparing food

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
The crockpot isn’t the only time-saving gadget out there.
 
Struggling family gets a new house

Struggling family gets a new house

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
A free house with all new appliances and presents under the Christmas tree. Anyone would feel blessed.
 
House raised to insert main living floor

House raised to insert main living floor

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
We’re standing in the master bathroom upstairs, and Peter says, “This was our kitchen.”
 
Gift wrap 101: Tips on pretty packages from a ‘professional’

Gift wrap 101: Tips on pretty packages from a ‘professional’

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
You can check out various DIY websites and find all kinds of brilliant ideas for holiday gift wrapping. But folding together a tight, pretty package is more than fancy ribbons, cute cutouts and inventive gift tags.
 
Jazz up holidays with the latest in lighting

Jazz up holidays with the latest in lighting

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
Thanks to advances in lighting technology, suburban dads (and moms) across the country have a lot to choose from when it comes to creative ways to deck their halls for the holidays this year.
 
Bargain hunting can lower cost of home renovations

Bargain hunting can lower cost of home renovations

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
I’ve never visited the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Denver, but I can pretend.
 

More hot air than truth in myths about heating costs

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
Advice about saving money on home heating costs abounds this time of year, but some of it is oversimplified, marketing hype or just plain wrong, while some long-standing myths persist about keeping warm on the cheap.
 
Plasterwork artisans continue a dying art

Plasterwork artisans continue a dying art

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Thirty-five years ago, when John Doherty was doing rehab work for Campus Apartments, removing old plasterwork to make way for drywall, he was struck by the beauty of the buildings’ antique plaster flourishes — all destined for the landfill.
 
 

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