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The wooden Cadena three drawer chest covered in black linen with brass and bronze accents by Currrey & Co. (Photo courtesy Candelabra/TNS)

Dressers getting dressed up in furniture showrooms

Friday, February 12, 2016

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Whether dressing up a dresser, covering a cabinet or embellishing a bureau, furniture makers are adding layers of interest with digital images and natural fibers such as linen, seagrass, paper and metal. In showrooms this spring, consumers will see storage units, tables and consoles with enough panache to become the focal point of a room. At the Fall Market, Thibaut delivered several variations of casegoods covered in raffia, linen, grasscloth and paper. It’s all made in the United States, including custom creations with more than 200 Thibaut fabrics. The company’s Paperweave in White cabinet has contrasting pink doors made of extra …

Kondo is back with more tidying advice in ‘Spark Joy’

Friday, February 12, 2016

NEW YORK — Marie Kondo is back. Author of the international best-seller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” (Ten Speed Press, 2014), Kondo became famous for advising readers how to transform their lives by sifting through their belongings one by one, embracing those that “spark joy” and bidding a fond but hasty farewell …

Bold, black kitchens serve up style for entertaining

Friday, February 12, 2016

The kitchen’s often a room to experiment — with decor, as well as food and drink. Over the years we’ve seen yellow, turquoise, avocado green, greige and white take their turn as favored hues. But right now, black is back. “It makes perfect sense, style-wise,” says New York City designer Elaine Griffin. “We …

Never too old: NC couple build modern dream home

Friday, February 12, 2016

PITTSBORO, N.C. — At a stage of life when many of their friends are downsizing or choosing assisted living communities, Philip and Velma Helfaer eagerly built a new home on the fringe of one of North Carolina’s Triangle …

Turn your bathroom into a perfect space for primping

Friday, February 12, 2016

What makes a great bathroom, one perfect for prepping and primping? A well-considered combination of fixtures, lighting and amenities — the kind we often first experience in a really nice hotel. “Bathrooms are the most private parts of …

Five ways to keep warm in the winter while saving energy

Friday, February 12, 2016

As winter wears on, a few cheap and easy fixes can help keep homes warm while saving energy and money. The average household spends about $2,000 a year on utilities, almost half of which goes toward heating and …

Tasting circle: 1000 foods to eat before you die

Katy van Geel and I are enthusiastic foodies, cooks and 5 College Learning in Retirement members. Last spring, Katy asked if I would co-moderate a course with her with the intriguing title “1000 Foods to Eat Before You …

Natural patterns: Art inspired by particle physics on view in UMass exhibit

Art is not the antithesis of science — at least not the way artist Alicia Hunsicker does it. Hunsicker, 47, uses natural fractals, patterns that repeat over and over again on all scales, from tiny particles all the …

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Dressers getting dressed up in furniture showrooms

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Whether dressing up a dresser, covering a cabinet or embellishing a bureau, furniture makers are adding layers of interest with digital images and natural fibers such as linen, seagrass, paper and metal. In showrooms …

VA hospitals compare well on death, readmission rates

CHICAGO — Veterans’ hospitals compare pretty favorably with others when it comes to treating older men with three common conditions — heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a study on death rates and readmissions. Chances for dying or being readmitted within 30 days of treatment for …