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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 …

Walden west: John Irving Clapp of Northampton recreates Thoreau’s iconic cabin in his backyard

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Henry David Thoreau was a thoughtful, curious citizen, but “my greatest skill in life,” he wrote, “has been to want but little.” That’s from Walden; or, Life in the Woods, his 1854 memoir about simple living in the …

Get Growing: A calender is a good gardening tool

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A big problem with garden planning is timing. In a few weeks, believe it or not, you might be admiring your neighbor’s bright little snowdrops peeking hopefully out of the frosty earth. You will resolve to plant your …

Boost your chances of a healthy garden with strategic planting

Friday, January 15, 2016

You put a seed in the ground, water it and watch it sprout, and eventually it becomes a plant, indicating it’s alive only because it grows, and it’s about as passive as a living, growing thing can be. …

Spacious Dutch colonial revival suits family’s tastes, needs

Friday, January 15, 2016

PITTSBURGH — Kasey Kennedy and her husband, Jack, grew up in Pittsburgh, so a love for the city’s turn-of-the-century vernacular architecture is as much a part of their DNA as rooting for the Steelers. For them, living in …

Expert shares tips for cultivating succulents

Friday, January 15, 2016

Take a look around Bill Hendricks’ collection of 4,000 succulents, and it’s easy to understand the recent craze for these high-style, easy-care plants. One with rosette shapes are taking center stage in container designs and bridal bouquets. More …

NYC eyes adding ‘micro’ apartments to housing picture

Friday, January 15, 2016

NEW YORK — The apartments in a new Manhattan building boast little balconies, tall ceilings, dishwashers and storage space. All in 360 square feet or less. It’s micro-living in the nation’s biggest city, and New Yorkers could be …

Plant for posterity: Replace giant tree with giant-to-be

Friday, January 15, 2016

Nothing like some strong winter winds to remind one of mortality — tree mortality. No tree lives forever. Nothing does. But we humans sometimes don’t appreciate trees’ mortality, especially trees that are already large when we first meet …

‘Art of Gardening’ shares beauty, bounty of Chanticleer

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pay no attention to those gray skies and crumpled brown leaves. On the pages of “The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques From Chanticleer” (Timber Press), candy-colored tulips soar above soft yellow clouds of euphorbia, …

1922’s ‘Home Beautiful’ comes full circle in Sacramento

Friday, January 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The stately yellow house on 43rd Street has always been known as a model home. A little luck and detective work confirmed that reputation. Since 1922, it’s been a keystone for its shady block in …

With new varieties, search for perfect tomato goes on

Friday, January 15, 2016

Page through any of the freshly arrived seed catalogs and you’ll note the words “new” and “improved” splashed across many of the tomato varieties available to home gardeners for 2016. New flavors, lively colors, different sizes, higher yields, …