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Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Forcing bulbs

Friday, October 24, 2014

In the bleak midwinter when snow blankets the ground nothing is more cheerful than a pot of bright daffodils or tulips. They seem to promise that spring is just around the corner. You can certainly go to the garden center, florist or even the supermarket in February and buy quite inexpensively such a pot of happiness. But, how much more …

Right at Home: Fall decor gets cozy

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cozying up in a favorite sweater is one of the distinct pleasures of autumn. This fall, designers and retailers are stitching up sweater motifs on an array of home décor. So while you’re wrapping yourself in a big, soft cardigan, you can also grace your space with a dollop of knitted comfort. Hannah …

Living Smart: Help your small space live large

Friday, October 24, 2014

Feeling cramped but don’t want to move? There many ways to make small seem spacious. Embracing a “less is more” mindset is even trendy, with micro homes attracting macro interest on social media and on TV. Granted, your home is likely larger than a true “tiny house,” which tends to max out at 400 square feet. But plenty of homes are less than …

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 …

Backyard ponds: like bringing the resort feel home

Friday, June 6, 2014

About this time of year, Lee Neiman walks outside to his backyard every morning and impatiently counts the days. It’s not until late March or early April that the backyard paradise at his Pittsburgh home usually returns to …

Right at home: a neoclassical moment in decor

Friday, June 6, 2014

If you’re a fan of traditional décor, you probably appreciate the elegant lines and rich history of neoclassical style. Interest in classical style really took off in the second half of the 18th century, when Scottish architect Robert …

Ask a Designer: No color’s too bold for decor

Friday, June 6, 2014

It might be practical, of course, to decorate your home with neutral colors and muted earth tones. No need to worry about colors clashing if most everything is white, beige and light brown. But what if you’re a …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: English gardens

Friday, June 6, 2014

Sissinghurst Castle Garden in England is a Mecca for avid gardeners but perhaps Americans should add Chiffchaffs to their list of must-see English gardens. A group of 20 master gardeners and friends from western Massachusetts just returned from …

Your Place: Welcome to the ‘year of the connected home’

Friday, June 6, 2014

Ever since Sandy, or maybe it was Hurricane Irene, I’ve been thinking about buying a portable generator sufficient to run our sump pump, our freezer and refrigerator, and a few appliances in case of a lengthy power disruption. My brother-in-law, an engineer for an electric utility, loses power …

Living Smart: 10 dull, but important home projects

Friday, May 30, 2014

It’s almost painful to shell out hard-earned money for some home projects. Unlike adding a new deck or remodeling the kitchen, replacing a sump pump is hardly cause for a party. But that’s precisely the kind of job you need to invest in occasionally, if you want to …

Gardening in gravel a low-maintenance option

Friday, May 23, 2014

Some people love gardens a whole lot more than they love gardening. Those are the people gravel gardens are made for. Gravel gardens are low-maintenance beds filled with drought-tolerant plants and covered with a thick layer of gravel …