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Fall Home: Colder weather is coming, but kale plants don’t care

Fall Home: Colder weather is coming, but kale plants don’t care

A hardy member of the cabbage family, kale’s leaves can be harvested well past the first frost.

Fall Home: Synthetic turf a tempting option

SCHENECTADY

Fall Home: Synthetic turf a tempting option

On a block where the majority of the lawns are sunburned and water-starved, Steve McKiernan’s grass looks too good to be true.

Inside a unique, modern Charlton home

CHARLTON

Inside a unique, modern Charlton home

In a Christmas tree field at Ellms Family Farm, a “modern barn” has been raised.

FALL HOME: Ornamental grasses still looking good

FALL HOME: Ornamental grasses still looking good

When flower gardens fizzle out for the season, ornamental grass is still out there looking fabulous.

FALL HOME: Spruce up the house for holiday guests

FALL HOME: Spruce up the house for holiday guests

You’ve got nearly two months before company shows up at the door for Thanksgiving dinner, so there’s plenty of time to make the house look guest-worthy.

FALL HOME: Prepare your vegetable garden for next year

FALL HOME: Prepare your vegetable garden for next year

Jenny Hudman knew it was time to bid the tomato plants farewell once the Sun Gold cherry tomatoes didn’t taste sweet anymore.

FALL HOME: Caterers offer recipes, decorating ideas

FALL HOME: Caterers offer recipes, decorating ideas

Sadly, the days of backyard barbecues are behind us, but autumn offers its own interesting dinner party options.

FALL HOME: Many mysteries at family's Scotia home

FALL HOME: Many mysteries at family's Scotia home

What caught Michele Calderon’s attention years ago was the brick wall.

A 16-page special section with features and ideas for the home

A 16-page special section with features and ideas for the home

A 16-page special section with features and ideas for the home

‘Bookends,’ air circulation among the keys to a well-built woodpile

‘Bookends,’ air circulation among the keys to a well-built woodpile

Arranging a mound of firewood into neat, sturdy stacks is like completing a puzzle: If the pieces don’t fit right, it won’t be a pretty picture when the whole thing topples over.

Scotia couple stocks mailbox-sized structure with free books for all ages

Scotia couple stocks mailbox-sized structure with free books for all ages

During his summer vacation, Jim Bailey built a library in his front yard.

Mums are the inexpensive, hardy and colorful word

Mums are the inexpensive, hardy and colorful word

The chrysanthemum, the unofficial flower of fall, is blooming in bright gold, purple, orange and bronze at farm stands, garden centers and home improvement stores everywhere.

Decorations add warmth to non-functioning fireplace

Decorations add warmth to non-functioning fireplace

It might not be home to a roaring blaze, but a non-functioning fireplace can still warm up your living space this fall.

Leasing a system makes going solar a cheaper alternative for your home

Ben Kunz wanted to do “the green thing” and save on his electric bill without paying a lot of money up front. So instead of buying a solar system for his house in Cheshire, Conn., he leased one.

Old pieces can be repurposed for any room

Old pieces can be repurposed for any room

There’s a chair in Dawn DiLorenzo’s Charlton home that had nothing going for it when she bought it besides an interesting shape.

Autumn décor trends more eclectic, liberating

Autumn décor trends more eclectic, liberating

The era of specific décor trends is on the wane. Rooms full of traditional or modern furniture have been replaced by a more eclectic sensibility, interior decorators and designers agree.

Natural-looking faux plants can liven up a home

Natural-looking faux plants can liven up a home

If there’s somewhere in your home that needs livening up but it’s not practical to use real plants, consider using faux flowers and greenery.
And don’t worry about it.

Simple maintenance can make patio sets last longer

Simple maintenance can make patio sets last longer

Sharing a meal or relaxing on a deck, patio or balcony can be the highlight of a summer day. And when the season changes, proper care can make your outdoor furniture last for summers to come.

The row houses of Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS

The row houses of Saratoga

When an inferno raced through five 19th century Woodlawn Avenue brick row houses in July, it jeopardized one of the few Saratoga Springs examples of the brownstone-style homes that are so numerous in New York City.

Alliums provide three-season color for gardens

Ever dream of having a garden that’s colorful spring through fall?

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