The Daily Gazette
The Locally Owned Voice Of The Capital Region
Advertisement
Promotions
Simple tips for brightening up darker rooms

Simple tips for brightening up darker rooms

Your home may be naturally dark, but there’s no need to convince yourself it’s more intimate that way. Bright rooms can transform a home and uplift your mood.

Actress in her element in DIY Mississippi River houseboat

Actress in her element in DIY Mississippi River houseboat

Austene Van has always felt most at home on the water. “It’s magical!” she said. “There’s some power in it.”

Bee balm species attract a host of pollinators to the garden

Bee balm species attract a host of pollinators to the garden

If you are into bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, then by all means put the monarda or bee balm species at the top of your must-plant list.

Give the garden some height with a tower

Give the garden some height with a tower

If your garden is missing something, perhaps it’s height. While it’s too late to plant tall-growing delphiniums or hollyhocks, you can achieve this same vertical interest with a garden tower.

Discarded objects reborn as lighting fixtures

NEW YORK

Discarded objects reborn as lighting fixtures

Household objects, industrial cast-offs and vintage farm tools — all these and more are being salvaged and upcycled into lighting fixtures that range from elegant to funky to pure wow.

TV guru’s advice: Use intelligence when buying a home

TV guru’s advice: Use intelligence when buying a home

Mike Holmes, famous for calling out bad plumbing, woodworking and electrical work on the HGTV show “Holmes on Homes,” says there are steps homebuyers can take to avoid many of those problems.

Silk-screened wallpaper melds different design traditions

Silk-screened wallpaper melds different design traditions

A certain wunderkammer — or “cabinet of curiosities” — aesthetic defines the hand-printed wallpaper, fabric and tile of Grow House Grow.

Racing stripes a winner for upholstery

Racing stripes a winner for upholstery

Upholstery is getting racy. At the spring Furniture Market, vertical stripes commonly associated with classic speedsters made the jump from the racetrack to chairs and sofas.

Don’t overlook details on doorknobs, cabinet handles

Don’t overlook details on doorknobs, cabinet handles

It’s a small thing, often overlooked amid major items like furniture and paint colors when you’re decorating a room. But don’t underestimate the power of household hardware.

Monarch butterfly threatened by diminished habitat

Monarch butterfly threatened by diminished habitat

Seven years ago, when Chris and Emily DeBolt opened Fiddlehead Creek, a pesticide-free, native plant nursery in Washington County, there were lots of monarch butterflies. This summer, DeBolt has yet to see a single monarch.

There’s charm and beauty in miniature gardens

There’s charm and beauty in miniature gardens

Some people are downsizing their gardens big time. They’re moving from whopping perennial borders to terrariums, tiny Zen gardens and fairy-gardens-in-a-pot.

Japanese architects find new ways to brighten cramped homes

Japanese architects find new ways to brighten cramped homes

Challenged to build homes that create a feeling of light, space and tranquility in some of the world’s most densely populated areas, Japanese architects have had no choice but to think outside the box. Literally.

Retirement on the river

Retirement on the river

While some head for the hills as retirement nears, this couple ran to the river and it has been smooth sailing ever since.

West Glenville home among 11 on Soroptimist Garden Tour

West Glenville home among 11 on Soroptimist Garden Tour

As you turn in the driveway of Bob and Maggie Jackson’s West Glenville home and meander down the flowering crabapple tree-lined path, you’ll come upon an idyllic scene.

‘Butterfly’ house among those on Realty Plot tour

‘Butterfly’ house among those on Realty Plot tour

For a while, no one wanted the house at 1151 Lowell Ave., one of the biggest in the GE Realty Plot.

Backyard sheds reimagined as pubs, studios, getaways

Backyard sheds reimagined as pubs, studios, getaways

When Morgaine Ford-Workman and Wren Workman bought a house with a backyard shed, they saw the potential for something more than storing garden tools.

How to garden with pets in mind

How to garden with pets in mind

Veterinarians are beginning to preach the gospel of gardening — primarily how organic fruits and vegetables can be used to improve the health of family pets.

Garden spruce-up adds curb appeal to home

Garden spruce-up adds curb appeal to home

“The landscape should be the bow on the package,” says landscape designer Diane Smith. “It should enhance the house and make it look nice from the street.”

Tiny house trend doesn’t mean you have to give up style

Tiny house trend doesn’t mean you have to give up style

Small is getting bigger for sure. The average American single-family house will drop to 2,152 square feet this year, 10 percent smaller than five years ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Gardeners’ Workshop to celebrate 70th anniversary

Gardeners’ Workshop to celebrate 70th anniversary

Every time Mary Gridley walks out of the house and works on her garden, she says she’s doing her part to make the world a better place.

columnists & blogs