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  • Herbs need generous sunlight indoors Jan 11, 2015 1:01 AM
    Q. At this time of the year I miss fresh basil and find the small packages in the grocery store to be very expensive for making fresh pesto. Do you any hints for growing basil on my kitchen windowsill?

     
  • Little deviations spice up a small kitchen Jan 11, 2015 7:00 AM
    Try to insert a few modest deviations in small kitchens for spice. That’s right, even if you only have 10 lineal feet of upper cabinets, you can afford a few unique twists in the name of design excellence.

     
  • Grow bulbs indoors with several methods Jan 10, 2015 7:00 AM
    There are two ways of growing paperwhite narcissus bulbs indoors: in a growing medium such as soilless potting mix or in a shallow dish filled with pebbles.

     
  • Tile is still in vogue, especially as decoration Jan 10, 2015 6:45 AM
    Tiling often is associated only with bathrooms and kitchens, but why not living room, dining rooms and hallways? Throughout the Mediterranean, tiles have been used for decoration since before the time of Christ.

     
  • Hottest country collectibles range from antique kitchenware to wrought iron wares Jan 9, 2015 6:00 AM
    Thanks to a never-ending supply of subjects to choose from — toys, art, furniture, workaday items and more — collecting is one of America’s grand passions. With such a wide variety of objects, this favorite pastime draws people from all walks of life.

     
  • Garden inside by trying to grow herbs Jan 9, 2015 6:00 AM
    The outdoor gardening season is over except for pruning and monitoring for animal damage, but you still can garden inside by trying to grow herbs. Sow seeds of parsley, oregano, sage and dwarf basil in clay pots. Once they germinate, place them under grow lights and water when the soil is dry. Fertilize the plants with a half-strength solution of a liquid fertilizer.

     
  • Creating a defined space in an open floor plan Jan 9, 2015 5:45 AM
    If you need to create defined spaces in an open floor plan, the easiest solution is a room screen or tall shelving unit. Both have benefits: Decorative screens bring privacy and style to a dull space, and shelving units provide extra storage.

     
  • Umbrella trick adds a bit of whimsy to sitting area Jan 9, 2015 6:00 AM
    Q. I still have the column I clipped a long time ago where you suggested using a market umbrella and table inside a loft to create the illusion of a separate dining room.

     
  • Is there a gazing globe in your garden’s future? Jan 8, 2015 6:01 AM
    Did I see a glint of mocking laughter in a friend’s eyes when I mentioned the new addition to my garden, a gazing globe? These mirrored glass ornaments were popular until about 50 years ago, when they fell from their pedestals, figuratively speaking. They’re now making a comeback, straddling the fence between attractive ornament and — to some people — kitsch. Gazing globes date back to 13th-century Italy, a country known for garden ornaments, and, more specifically, to Venice, a city known for glassworks.

     
  • Right at Home: Feathers soar as a decor trend Jan 6, 2015 5:45 AM
    When you think of a feather, what comes to mind? Peacock plumage in flamboyant, iridescent blues? Or maybe a leafy glade full of forest creatures and woodsy hues? The natural beauty and extraordinary variety of bird feathers have made them a decor trend. The motif really took flight last fall in both fashion and home, and feathers are now emerging in spring decor collections, too.

     
  • How to use the 2015 Color of the Year Jan 4, 2015 12:01 AM
    It’s fun to begin the New Year with the projected colors of the year. More interesting to me is to learn the philosophy behind why the powers that be think the public will accept the palette.

     
  • Family told to scale back luxury treehouse Jan 3, 2015 6:31 PM
    The Animal Planet cable network highlighted the structure last month in the show “Treehouse Masters.” The episode featured the Splinter family making hard candy for Christmas in the treehouse kitchen.

     
  • Buying a home? Do a landscape inspection Jan 2, 2015 6:00 AM
    Prudent house hunters usually await the results of a professional inspection before buying their dream home. All too often, though, one of the biggest contributors to a home’s value is neglected: the landscape.

     
  • Waking up a breakfast room Jan 2, 2015 6:00 AM
    Q. We have a tiny room off the kitchen that used to be the butler’s pantry. I’d like to turn it into a breakfast nook, but there are three windows, not much wall space, and just about enough room for a center table.

     
  • Living in and decorating a 100-year-old Craftsman Dec 31, 2014 6:01 AM
    My love of 100-year-old California Craftsman bungalows — those low-slung, early 20th-century Arts and Crafts-era homes known for their clean, horizontal lines and sturdy woodwork — runs long and deep. I grew up in one in Hollywood, outfitted with dark, wooden, built-in cabinets and exposed beams. Why do I appreciate them? One word: uniqueness. Each traditional Craftsman house is different, with its own personality.

     
  • Resolved to start gardening in 2015? How to start Dec 31, 2014 6:01 AM
    The arrival of a new year is always a good time for fresh starts, and there are few things as enjoyable to start — or that provide fresher returns — than gardening. But how should a novice begin? A helpful first step is to develop a plan. Decide what you want to grow. Choose the best place for growing it. Determine how much you can safely harvest and store. Finally, lay it out.

     
  • Divide and define spaces in smaller homes Dec 29, 2014 5:15 AM
    It is tricky to create “rooms” in one, open space. Lots of people like wide open spaces, but functions still need to be clarified.

     
  • Food hubs link consumers with local farm producers Dec 27, 2014 2:55 PM
    Legal secretary Betsy Bourbeau says the food hub’s deliveries to her place of work are more convenient than shopping at farmers’ markets and cuts down time at the store.“I spend much less time looking at grocery sales, clipping coupons, driving around town and finding parking. I just bring home my food on Wednesday and figure out what to make,” said Bourbeau, 50, who gets produce, bread, cheese, eggs and specialty items for about $38.50 a week — less than she would spend at a farmers’ market.

     
  • Quirky add-ons a common feature of celebrity homes Dec 26, 2014 6:01 AM
    Actor Mark Wahlberg’s Los Angeles mansion has a putting green. Tech billionaire Bill Gates’ Medina, Washington, abode includes rooms where guests can customize the music, lighting and climate. Actress Shirley MacLaine’s on-the-market New Mexico ranch includes a stone labyrinth. Celebrity homes are a bright slice of the high-end real-estate market well beyond Hollywood. And for stars with money and imagination to spare, unique or quirky add-ons are routine.

     
  • Scientists seek a better Christmas tree Dec 26, 2014 4:03 PM
    Consumers consistently cite messiness as one of the most common reasons they don’t have a real tree, says the National Christmas Tree Association.Keeping a tree well-watered goes a long way toward minimizing the needle problem. But beyond that, scientists are trying to find ways to make trees less messy and keep them fresh through the holidays.

     
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