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In this photo provided by Maxwell Dickson, the Los Angeles-based design house creates arresting pop art using a variety of techniques and imagery.  A tableful of empty liquor bottles, a traffic jam of stacked colorblocked typography, and a literal, comic POP are a few of the pieces in the Maxwell Dickson wall art collection. (AP Photo/Maxwell Dickson)

Right at Home: Pop art packs decor punch

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home décor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following. Eye-catching, graphic, often tongue-in-cheek or sassily whimsical, pop art décor plays well off the vintage vibe and yet also makes contemporary furnishings, well, pop. In the 1950s, Abstract Expressionism dominated the art world, with Willem … 0

Living Smart: How landscaping can deter intruders, pests

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Done right, landscaping can do much more than attract compliments and boost your property value. It can help you repel intruders, both human and natural. Landscaping experts who’ve earned high marks from Angie’s List members say overgrown bushes and shrubs are like welcome mats to burglars. Keep plants and trees trimmed. Place thorny, but attractive bougainvillea or barberry bushes under windows, sending would-be … 0

Thursday, July 31, 2014

◂ HATFIELD — These newly built luxury townhouse — 3 of 12 units to be built — will be ready for fall occupancy. They each feature three bedrooms and two and a half baths and are built to Energy Star standards in either Farmhouse or Bungalow styles. The units boast more than 1,700 … 0

The fab fanatic: Man turns his house into a shrine of The Beatles, pop culture

Friday, May 16, 2014

The home of Johnny Jones is quiet and plain from the outside. The only movement on this spring day comes from leaves skittering on the long and winding road that leads to the Tudor-style house. But inside, the … 0

Your Place: Take heater troubles straight to manufacturer

Friday, May 16, 2014

Question: A year ago, we had a plumber install a Nevian instant hot-water heater at our home. Everything worked fine for about four months. Now, sometimes when we turn on the bathtub water, it will be cold, and … 0

Bathroom grab bars get stylish

Friday, May 16, 2014

The renovation of the master bathroom in my 83-year-old father’s new house turned out beautifully, with a frameless glass shower and handmade ceramic tile accents. Neither of us wanted to make it look institutional with a grab bar. … 0

Spotlight your home’s best side: Staging helps it sell faster, experts say

Friday, May 16, 2014

Maria Sapuppo needed to sell her comfy bi-level with five bedrooms and three bathrooms last year, but her real estate agent warned it looked a little too “lived-in” as it was and suggested staging it. Sapuppo, a River Vale, N.J., mother of two, agreed since she said she … 0

Get Growing: Bulb foliage

Friday, May 9, 2014

Please, please, please do not cut back that dying daffodil foliage. Or the foliage of tulips, crocuses, snowdrops, iris reticulata or other spring-flowering bulbs. “But it looks awful,” you say. Tough, is my response. If you want your … 0

Your Place: Salty ocean air can harm air conditioners

Friday, May 9, 2014

A Jersey Shore homeowner wrote me several weeks ago about replacing an air-conditioning unit and expressed disappointment that I didn’t show up to install a new unit guaranteed to last 100 years for free. Yet the problem of salty ocean air doing in air-conditioning units before their time … 0

In May, let a thousand plant sales bloom: Get the scoop on plant sales in your area

Friday, May 9, 2014

May is the season for area plant sales featuring perennials, shrubs and trees dug from your neighbors’ gardens. The sales benefit schools and libraries, historical societies and beautification projects. They are organized by garden clubs, women’s clubs, library … 0

More plant sales in the Valley

Friday, May 9, 2014

∎ MAY 10: Williamsburg: School support group, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., soil testing for acidity level (pH) by master gardeners from 9 a.m. to noon. All proceeds go to schools including a new greenhouse. To donate plants call Elaine Hyde at 268-7826. ∎ MAY 17: Pelham: Pelham … 0

Ask a Designer: The evolving outdoor kitchen

Friday, May 9, 2014

For years, it was enough to park a barbecue grill next to a picnic table on a patio and call it an “outdoor kitchen.” But over the past decade, Americans have taken backyard cooking and dining to a … 0

Initially yours: monogrammed gifts for mom

Friday, May 2, 2014

Thanks to modern technology, we’re now able to monogram just about anything, cheaply and easily. Teens can initial their water bottles, kids can get their names on lunch boxes, dads have their own golf balls, and moms . … 0