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Living Smart: Lead paint is still a threat, but it shouldn’t be

Friday, October 17, 2014

If you or someone you know is planning work on a pre-1978 home, please make time to take precautions against the possibility of lead poisoning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 500,000 U.S children ages 1 to 5 have elevated lead levels in their blood. Lead paint, estimated to exist in 40 percent of the U.S. housing stock, is considered the most hazardous source of lead …

Art Deco 1920s house ‘Like something out of a Hollywood movie’

Friday, October 17, 2014

Richard Silvers grew up admiring the palatial white mansion at 1830 Beechwood Blvd. in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill, never imagining he might live there. But fate intervened, and when the home came up for sale in 2002, he and his wife, Nancy, took a tour. She loved its location and privacy while he saw …

Get Growing: Voles, mice and rabbits

Friday, October 17, 2014

Winter is just around the corner and little rodents as well as rabbits and squirrels are preparing for cold weather. Rabbits don’t hibernate and you can see their tracks in the snow all winter. They do need to eat and will nibble on any vegetation they can see. So will voles and mice …

Thursday, July 3, 2014

◄ ​NORTHAMPTON​ — The best nature has to offer is visible from every window of this rustic, yet elegant, Cape. a 1.5-acre pond and streams are nestled amongst rocky outcroppings, woodlands and trails. The home features an open …

Living in a small space requires creativity and multifunctional furniture

Thursday, July 3, 2014

For many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or just a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room’s living, dining and sleeping spaces requires creativity. Take Meg Volk, a New York-based producer …

Tips to weigh before closing in on a fence

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Top-rated fencing pros tell our team that, based on the average price for material type, and a typical fence length of 200 linear feet, here’s what you could spend: • $2,600 for chain-link, at $13 a foot • $3,200 for wood, at $16 a foot • $6,000 for …

Feeling the blues at the ‘granddaddy’ of all flower exhibits: Chelsea Flower Show

Friday, June 27, 2014

Chelsea Flower Show, the horticultural extravaganza held in London every May, is absolutely overwhelming. It was my dream for 30 years to attend this granddaddy of all flower shows and this year my dream came true. A group …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl Wilson: Train your trees

Friday, June 27, 2014

Training apple trees for maximum fruiting doesn’t have to be high tech, Wes Autio, fruit specialist at University of Massachusetts Amherst says. Autio told members of the Gardeners Guild of the Renaissance Center last Saturday that he likes …

Mass. home sales down, median prices up

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sales of single-family homes in Massachusetts fell in May when compared with the same month a year ago, but median prices continue to soar, two organizations that track the housing market reported Tuesday. Sales dropped nearly 10 percent when compared with May 2013, but median prices jumped 7 …

Living Smart: Can this tree be saved?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Trees add beauty, shade and value to your property, but they don’t live forever. Sources of damage or death include age, storm damage, drought or other extreme weather, and environmental issues. Top-rated tree experts tell our team that trees, like other living creatures, need good nutrition, a healthy …

Open and shut case: choosing and hanging shutters

Friday, June 27, 2014

Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. “They add another layer of thoughtful detailing to a house,” says Ted Cleary, a landscape architect in Charlotte, N.C. But to get …

Make your shower even more enjoyable

Friday, June 27, 2014

No matter how satisfying, relaxing and soothing a warm shower can be, why not make it better? More intense water pressure, better organization, even music can make a shower all the more enjoyable. ∎ Once you’ve showered under …

Hive mind Home gardeners can help save the bees — and our food supply

Friday, June 20, 2014

Albert Einstein, a man lauded as an icon for his superior intelligence, once said, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” Many people who are …