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Your Place: Don’t let water savings go down the drain

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hauling water in a five-gallon container a couple of hundred yards from communal spigot to a campsite has reinforced my tendency to conserve. You, no doubt, have reasons of your own. Here are water-saving tips, compiled from a variety of sources: Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. You’ll save three gallons per brush. Running only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher can save 75 to …

Living Smart: Are your home and pets ready for the holidays?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving is not far off, and beyond it are other holidays and opportunities to enjoy family and friends at their homes or yours. Whether you’re traveling, hosting or experiencing some of each, here are ideas for making sure your home and your pets are holiday-ready. Before you leave home Hire a house sitter …

Turkey ware: Vintage or modern, a cornucopia of styles for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 20, 2014

There are plenty of sources for cooking The Bird. So, how about focusing, instead, on the icon itself, celebrated in a variety of decorative interpretations, from plates to salt and pepper shakers, tablecloths, cocktail napkins and even pillows. Seasonal decorating options have ramped up in recent years, with less kitsch and more elevated, …

Your Place: After air conditioner runs, a cigarette smell

Friday, August 8, 2014

Question: Over the last month, after running the air conditioner in my son’s room, we noticed that it smelled like an ashtray. There is no hidden source, like a collection of cigarette butts in his room, so the logical thing was to clean the current air conditioner and …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Natural air conditioning

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When the thermometer tops 90 degrees we are all grateful for some kind of air conditioning. In my 1871 farmhouse, most of the air conditioning is the “natural” kind. My real estate agent was puzzled when I used …

Bundle of love

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bundle of love …

‘I’ve got the perfect place for it’ How a rocky landscape became a splendid arboretum with sweeping lawns, koi pond, waterfalls, more; Belchertown Garden Tour July 12

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Many Belchertown landscapes feature huge boulders and stone walls made from the rocks found on the property. They create a challenge in creating a harmonious garden. Stephanie and Chris Frank have succeeded with unusual specimen trees and shrubs …

Get Growing tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Hungry plants

Thursday, July 10, 2014

All this torrential rain is washing nutrients out of the soil and vegetables and flowers are getting hungry. We gardeners tend to neglect fertilizing or, on the other hand, use too much. Right now, however, is a good …

Living Smart: Easy projects to spruce up your lanscaping

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Having a mid-summer’s dream of better landscaping? Here are three easy projects to help realize your vision: ∎ Mulch makeover: Fresh mulch will liven up your flowerbeds and areas around trees. Landscapers and garden centers sell mulch in bulk or by the bag. The most standard bag size …

Diggin’ In: Landscapes need renovating just like homes

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Your landscape is very much like your home’s interior décor. It grows old, sometimes tattered and torn, and needs updating from time to time. Sometimes, plantings need to be completely torn out and totally replaced. Sometimes, old porches, …