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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 when I found my annual patch of glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa) by the kitchen steps. The usual C. luciliae is lavender blue, but 30 … 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 shovel the sidewalks and the driveway, I remove snow from the lawn in a six-inch … 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 with a Victorian vibe, says Tom Mirabile, a trend watcher for Lifetime Brands. The appeal … 0

Right at Home: Personal libraries are artful retreats

Friday, January 17, 2014

With the advent of tablets, cellphones and e-readers, could the book-lined home library go the way of the formal dining room? Not a chance, designers and retailers say. Digital and print books can co-exist, says House Beautiful’s editor … 0

Friday, January 17, 2014

◂DEERFIELD — Wonderful memories can be yours in this comfortable three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath Cape, located on a cul-de-sac close to town and Mt. Sugarloaf. This lovely home with large bedrooms and closets galore, also boasts a cozy, carpeted family … 0

Get Growing: Mulching the ornamental garden

Friday, January 17, 2014

The lovely snow cover has melted a couple of times already this winter. Perennial plants are in danger of heaving out of the ground with the constant freezing and thawing. Take time this weekend to check on your … 0

Finding your main water shutoff now can prevent disaster

Friday, January 17, 2014

Do you know where your main water shutoff is? You should. On a frigid day like today when water pipes can freeze and burst, that knowledge could mean the difference between a minor cleanup and an expensive home … 0

Your Place: Cacophony of reasons for that humming noise

Friday, December 27, 2013

You might recall the letter a few weeks back about a “strange humming noise” that was driving a reader and her family batty. The problem: “For at least eight months, there has been a subtle, rhythmic hum that is constantly audible throughout my house that everyone hears. The … 0

Doors that go pop: rethinking entranceway color

Friday, December 27, 2013

When Tracy Proctor Williamson bought her house in Larchmont, N.Y., a year ago, it was “just a kind of dark and sad-looking building.” The front door and trim were a depressing “yucky cream color,” says Williamson. The town … 0

Get Growing: Corn dollies

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas tree ornaments run the gamut from simple glass balls to cutesy elves to ornate ceramic St. Nicholas figures. When I interviewed Karin Welburn recently about her bed and breakfast Home Suite Home Amherst for a January column, … 0

Trading homes — though the Web — for an affordable stay in Paris

Friday, December 27, 2013

Ah, Paris. The food. The art. The sights. The hotel bill. It was the little matter of finding a place to stay that kept an international vacation off our radar, especially in wake of a recession that had … 0

In this urban oasis, no grass is allowed

Friday, December 27, 2013

When Alice Menge started gardening, it was all about islands. With a nudge from her husband, Dick Sherwood, she’s gone continental. “At first, I had cut out some islands,” Menge said of their St. Paul, Minn., yard, “but … 0

Living Smart: Take this consumer quiz: How do you rate?

Friday, December 27, 2013

The home, landscaping and other pros who earn your repeat business are the ones who get the basics right. They return calls and emails promptly, show up on time and do what they promise. But this street should … 0