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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

Your Place: Condensing furnace exhaust vapors can freeze near chimney

Friday, May 2, 2014

A reminder: Asking a question here should not be a substitute for hiring a professional to handle a problem. The most important function of this column is as a forum for ideas. Some problems look alike but often are not exactly the same, so one person’s solution may … 0

On Gardening: Revel in the beauty of the hardy ice plant

Friday, May 2, 2014

If you have been to California you’ve probably seen the shockingly colorful display of ice plants blooming everywhere. Now, after growing them at two different locations in the Southeast, I am convinced the rest of us can revel … 0

Connecticut’s Glass House hosts ‘Veil,’ a poem in fog and glass

Friday, May 2, 2014

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — The Glass House, architect Philip Johnson’s iconic Modernist structure set in the woods here, has been wrapped in a poetic fog by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, a sort of Christo of mist. Like the … 0

Get Growing: Winter hardships and May flowers

Friday, May 2, 2014

A year ago we had a spectacular and early spring flowering season, especially with ornamental trees like magnolias and crabapples. This year, so far, is less spectacular and several weeks late. However, considering the harsh winter we have … 0

Friday, May 2, 2014

◂ EASTHAMPTON — This gracious Victorian-style home has numerous traditional features including stained glass windows, natural woodwork, decorative fireplace, wood floors and spacious rooms. The first floor has five rooms, two bedrooms, enclosed porch/mudroom area, rear deck and … 0

Get Growing: Colors of spring

Friday, April 18, 2014

Blue is often regarded as a melancholy color, i.e. “feeling blue,” but who can feel sad when there is a carpet of blue Scilla siberica or Chionodoxa sardensis covering your garden? The other morning my spirits were lifted … 0

Your Place: Ice-melt products stained pavers; what to do?

Friday, April 18, 2014

The ever-genial Mitch Cohen, of Cohen Hardware in Philadelphia, emailed me recently, reporting that many customers were asking him how to get ice melt’s white residue out of their brick pavers. I don’t use anything on my brick pavers, so I can’t speak from experience. And when I … 0

Right at Home: Victorian garden style lives on

Friday, April 18, 2014

Those drawn to 19th century style may be pleased to learn that vintage garden decor is a trend this spring and summer. The look involves florals, weathered wood, wire, period typography, bird motifs and accessories, and other elements … 0

Decorator offers tips on where to splurge, scrimp

Friday, April 18, 2014

When it comes to decorating our homes, our choices are many. From flea markets to furniture stores, from Costco to custom manufacturers, sources abound for furniture and accessories that can add function and style to our rooms. But … 1

In tight places, savvy gardeners train their vegetables to climb

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Whether you have a postage-stamp garden or half an acre, growing some of your vegetables vertically makes sense. “I’m promoting vertical gardening because people seem to think they need lots of space for growing vegetables,” said Charlotte Vesel … 0