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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 …

Decorators share suggestions for a cozy winter bedroom

Friday, February 12, 2016

Decorating a bedroom is about creating a peaceful retreat, and in winter that means making it as cozy and welcoming as possible. For some people, “cozy” requires the physical warmth of thick flannel sheets and soft quilts, says …

A mudroom is more than a place to store stuff

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A great mudroom has its own heat source, gets natural light, is easy to clean and is well organized. With those four fundamentals it’s hard to go wrong and easy to find ways to let creativity flourish. Mike …

VIDEO: Snowboarding on a flat field, thanks to a breeze

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Gazette reporter Stephanie McFeeters caught up with Max Mascelloni Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was zipping around a field atop a snowboard, powered by the wind. The 31-year-old Amherst resident says the sport is popular in Europe. …

Fossils tell the tale

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Accompanying the new mural depicting the history of plant life at the Smith College Botanic Garden is an exhibit of plant fossils on loan from the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College. “Fossils are the basis for all our knowledge about the evolution of plants,” said …

The flora story: Unique mural at Smith’s Botanic Garden depicts 4 billion years of plant history

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A new mural at Smith College that depicts billions of years of plant history, might well be the first of its kind, anywhere on Earth. Museums of natural history have long answered the perennial challenge of explaining what …

Get Growing: It’s a good time to sharpen the gardening tools

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sharpen up those tools! Throughout the winter, garden magazines and websites remind us to sharpen our garden pruners so they’ll be ready to make swift, tidy cuts again come spring. Somehow I never get around to that mysterious …

Stock up on the right tools to beat back Old Man Winter

Friday, January 15, 2016

Rock salt mixed with sand is the first thing that comes to mind for many people when the task is melting the ice beneath their feet. This is a perfectly acceptable solution for a limited number of applications, …