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Inside out: Backyard dining evolves from patio grills to cozy rooms

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
For years, it was enough to park a barbecue grill next to a picnic table on a patio and call it an “outdoor kitchen.” But over the past decade, Americans have taken backyard cooking and dining to a new level, adding elaborate cooking islands, outdoor sinks and refrigerators, even outdoor TVs.
 
For canners, garden requires more planning, long-term outlook

For canners, garden requires more planning, long-term outlook

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
A canner’s garden is not your typical vegetable patch. With its full-scale production, distinctive varieties and four-season harvests, it’s more for the future than the moment.
 

Spring season is nice, but the mud it brings is not

Friday, May 9, 2014
Signs of spring are exciting after that never-ending winter we just lived through.
 
Man's labor of love is part of 2014 Soroptimist garden tour

Man's labor of love is part of 2014 Soroptimist garden tour

Friday, May 9, 2014
It wasn’t long after Nelson and Marcia Austin started their backyard flower garden that Marcia fell ill.
 
One-time place of worship turned into cozy Jonesville home

One-time place of worship turned into cozy Jonesville home

Friday, May 9, 2014
The altar and wooden pews have been gone for years, but the little white church on Main Street in Jonesville still serves as a sanctuary.
 
Tokyo artist makes invisible visible with ‘sculpture’ of fog

Tokyo artist makes invisible visible with ‘sculpture’ of fog

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The Glass House, architect Philip Johnson’s iconic Modernist structure set in the woods here, has been wrapped in a poetic fog by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, a sort of Christo of mist. Like the glass structure itself, Nakaya’s “Veil” installation plays on the transparent and opaque, the permanent and ephemeral.
 
Rain gardens filter runoff, keep pollutants out of streams

Rain gardens filter runoff, keep pollutants out of streams

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Think of it as pennies from heaven — free moisture that nourishes your plants and nixes high water bills.
 

Better paint, better brushes will save cash in long run

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Painting a home seems like a simple task: You select a color and start the job. But beyond color, you’ll need to think about chemicals, environmental factors and sheen.
 
The right white: From vanilla to bone, sampling shades and hues a must
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The right white: From vanilla to bone, sampling shades and hues a must

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
So you want to paint a room white. Sounds easy, until you go to the hardware store to buy paint and discover there are dozens of whites to choose from.
 
Greenhouse owners making big push to get flowers ready

Greenhouse owners making big push to get flowers ready

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Mark Felthousen is ready. So are his pansies.
 

Reclaimed wood a new trend for high-end homes

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Reclaimed lumber is among the most environmentally friendly building materials because, as any 12-year-old can explain, recycling is good for us and the planet.
 
Many homeowners perking things up with new shingle colors

Many homeowners perking things up with new shingle colors

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Many homeowners these days are shunning monotone roofs of brown, black and gray and perking things up with color — blues, reds, purples, greens or combinations of those hues.
 
Time to downsize? Decluttering experts can help you start

Time to downsize? Decluttering experts can help you start

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Professional organizers help older adults downsize and relocate. They are experts in helping people who are maybe a bit overwhelmed with things.
 
A century ago, W. Garner Bee created Grand Boulevard

A century ago, W. Garner Bee created Grand Boulevard

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
By 1917, it was clear W. Garner Bee’s plan for an upscale neighborhood just east of the city was going to succeed, perhaps beyond his expectations.
 
Woodworkers show to feature functional, artistic creations

Woodworkers show to feature functional, artistic creations

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Two hundred years from now, John Olenik expects his mahogany armoire will attract attention during a futuristic auction. The armoire — “A fancy name for a dresser,” Olenik says — is built to last.
 
 

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