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Get Growing: Amaryllis: Not a one-shot wonder

Friday, February 12, 2016

There’s no flower in the houseplant kingdom more majestic than the amaryllis. The gnarly bulbs are potted up in the fall or winter, and within seven to 10 weeks produce regal bell-shaped blossoms, as big as 10 inches across, on long slender stalks. When the first stalk is finished, there’s often a second, even a third, ready to provide another …

Design by social media: Kansas woman pins her hopes on Pinterest

Friday, February 12, 2016

Kelsey Cary of Eastborough, Kansas humbly says she’s just a good copycat. Long before she and her husband bought their house in 2014, the stay-at-home mom had pinned a photo of the exterior of a Georgia house that she’d fallen in love with — white brick, black windows, set back in the trees …

Your Place: In winter, carbon monoxide detectors are a must

Friday, February 12, 2016

Carbon monoxide poisoning is more of a danger in winter months than it is in summer because cold weather tends to make us stay in a very tight indoor environment. The odorless, colorless — yet potentially deadly _ gas results from the burning of wood, natural gas, oil and kerosene. To keep carbon …

Living Smart: 5 appliance-buying tips to know before you shop

Friday, February 12, 2016

Who wouldn’t want a bigger refrigerator, a quieter dishwasher or a new gas stove? But before you indulge in some retail therapy, check out what appliance experts say you should consider when buying new appliances. Ask about fees When comparing prices, be sure to ask questions regarding delivery …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …