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JASON PICARD
Shrubs at Norma Hallock's Leverett home were damaged over the winter by hungry animals.

Late spring: What happened and what’s to come for gardeners and lawn lovers

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yellow daffodils, purple crocuses, red tulips, green grass. We humans are all starved for color, for a hue other than white or brown. Wild creatures have also been starved this winter — not for color but for food. The effects of deer browse and vole munching are already evident in the landscape and will inevitably cause grief for human gardeners. … 0

Get Growing: Vegetable gardening

Friday, April 11, 2014

It’s finally time to plant vegetables — as long as your soil isn’t too wet or still frozen. Peas, onion and broccoli plants and lettuce seeds or plants are among the crops that are hardy enough to plant now. If you prepared garden soil last fall, your soil is probably ready for planting. … 0

Your Place: Paint peeling, plaster crumbling — what to do?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Question: I had a new roof put on my home 10 years ago. In the last couple of years, I have noticed, first on one and then another, and now all interior sides of exterior walls, paint peeling and plaster crumbling. This is happening only on the first and second floors. The third floor, right under the roof, is in fine shape. I … 0

‘Never move again’ After years abroad, couple plants roots in updated, Colonial Granby home

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Foreign service officers move to new assignments every two or three years so Jonathan “Jock” and Laurie Conly wanted a sense of permanence when he retired from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). They also wanted a … 0

Your Place: Keeping indoor humidity at a pleasant level

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Question: My daughter and her 5-year-old sleep in a bedroom with a hardwood floor, filled with clothing and stuffed animals. She recently added a small table-top air filter and a humidifier that she activates every night, putting a half-gallon of water into the air in a 12-hour period. … 0

Your Place: Neighbor should replace hedge he removed

Friday, January 17, 2014

Question: For the last 13 years, there has been a hedgerow between my property and my neighbor’s. Two months ago, my neighbor, without my knowledge or consent, cut down the hedgerow. I have spoken with the neighbor regarding the incident, and he has verbally agreed to correct the … 0

Right at Home: Personal libraries are artful retreats

Friday, January 17, 2014

With the advent of tablets, cellphones and e-readers, could the book-lined home library go the way of the formal dining room? Not a chance, designers and retailers say. Digital and print books can co-exist, says House Beautiful’s editor … 0

Friday, January 17, 2014

◂DEERFIELD — Wonderful memories can be yours in this comfortable three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath Cape, located on a cul-de-sac close to town and Mt. Sugarloaf. This lovely home with large bedrooms and closets galore, also boasts a cozy, carpeted family … 0

Get Growing: Mulching the ornamental garden

Friday, January 17, 2014

The lovely snow cover has melted a couple of times already this winter. Perennial plants are in danger of heaving out of the ground with the constant freezing and thawing. Take time this weekend to check on your … 0

Finding your main water shutoff now can prevent disaster

Friday, January 17, 2014

Do you know where your main water shutoff is? You should. On a frigid day like today when water pipes can freeze and burst, that knowledge could mean the difference between a minor cleanup and an expensive home … 0

Your Place: Cacophony of reasons for that humming noise

Friday, December 27, 2013

You might recall the letter a few weeks back about a “strange humming noise” that was driving a reader and her family batty. The problem: “For at least eight months, there has been a subtle, rhythmic hum that is constantly audible throughout my house that everyone hears. The … 0

Doors that go pop: rethinking entranceway color

Friday, December 27, 2013

When Tracy Proctor Williamson bought her house in Larchmont, N.Y., a year ago, it was “just a kind of dark and sad-looking building.” The front door and trim were a depressing “yucky cream color,” says Williamson. The town … 0

Get Growing: Corn dollies

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas tree ornaments run the gamut from simple glass balls to cutesy elves to ornate ceramic St. Nicholas figures. When I interviewed Karin Welburn recently about her bed and breakfast Home Suite Home Amherst for a January column, … 0