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Think you want a tiny house? Businesses offer a tryout first

Think you want a tiny house? Businesses offer a tryout first

Hilary and Shane Lentz were hooked on the idea of a tiny house, but they weren't sure the reality would be so appealing.

Reinvent your hardwood floors

Reinvent your hardwood floors

Worn and faded hardwood floors can drag down the look of a room. But having scuffed floors sanded down and re-stained can be expensive and messy. One alternative that’s gaining popularity: painting older hardwood floors.

Discarded wood, diseased trees turned into furniture

Discarded wood, diseased trees turned into furniture

When Seth Cope looks at a forest filled with fallen trees, he sees furniture.

Book features photos of intriguing homes in rustic settings

Book features photos of intriguing homes in rustic settings

A luscious new book of photos called “Cabin Porn” isn’t inviting readers to hole up in the woods to look at naked bodies.

The Wright stuff: House proves to be authentic example

The Wright stuff: House proves to be authentic example

Linda McQuillen long wondered whether her 1917 home had any connection to Frank Lloyd Wright, thinking that, at best, maybe one of his peers designed it as an imitation of the architect’s famous Prairie School style. It turned out she was living in the real thing.

Tiny house, growing family

Tiny house, growing family

Living with less is the philosophy behind the tiny house movement — the rising popularity of scaled-down homes, usually less than 500 square feet, some as small as 80 square feet.

Spring surprises: New and underused bulbs to plant in fall

Spring surprises: New and underused bulbs to plant in fall

It’s easy to dream of spring bulbs amid the drudgery of fall leaf raking and garden cleanup. Luckily, now is the time to purchase and plant spring-flowering bulbs for a colorful show.

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

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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.

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