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My belief in leaving the garden alone in fall was cemented last year on a December morning, when a robin landed on a garden chest where I keep my tools. It balanced on the edge where some snow was melting and dripping to the deck below. The robin arched its head downward and pecked at each droplet. Soon a bluebird landed...
My Houzz: Winging It in a Scottish Castle
In 2000 Nicola Hallsworth moved from England to Scotland, where her husband, Fred, had bought a house in the suburbs of Glasgow. Being a country girl at heart, Nicola wasn’t keen on life in the suburbs and longed to move to the countryside. One morning...
8 Ways to Get a Handle on the Junk Drawer
Junk drawers get a bad rap, and while it is (mostly) well deserved, there is a way to get that beast sorted and organized once and for all. From creating categories to making smart choices about what goes in and what stays out, these eight tips can help...
Kitchen of the Week: Broken China Makes a Splash in This Kitchen
“The first time I met this client, she showed me a pillow that was bright turquoise, red, orange, green and white and said, ‘This makes me happy,’” says interior designer Tracey...
19 Kitchen Projects Every Homeowner Should Know About
These days the kitchen is the most important room in the house. We’re constantly calling it our main hub, where we cook fresh meals, entertain guests, do homework, post messages and, yes, every now and then watch TV. But with the increased focus on...
15 Cozy Book Nooks and What They Want You to Read
Don’t be sad that this year’s beach-reading days are over. As we head into fall, we can look forward to snuggling up next to the fire with a hot toddy, finding a cozy nook, wrapping up in a fuzzy throw and getting our read on. Some of the most...
5 Ways to Pare Down Your Stuff — Before It Gets in the Door
Can you nicely refuse unwanted things others might try to foist on you? What can you say when relatives do not see the gifts they have given you proudly displayed on the mantel? And how can you win the battle with your own mind as you try to shove yet...
8 Things Successful Architects and Designers Do
Every architect’s design process is extremely personal and nuanced. For example, I have certain tools that I reach for ritually when I start a new project. One is a favorite lead pencil with a lightweight, medium-size barrel and a thinly ridged grip,...
Bathroom Workbook: The Right Height for Your Sinks, Mirrors and More
A bathroom layout is mostly a pretty easy decision. If the plumbing is already in place and you’re using standard-size pieces, like a typical 60-inch bathtub, there aren’t a whole lot of options for rearranging that floor plan. However, when bringing...
To-Dos: Your September Home Checklist
Curling up with popcorn and a movie, simmering a big pot of soup or chili on the stove, and getting the house and yard in shape after the lazy days of summer — in September, the comforts of home beckon. From feeding the birds to having the chimney cleaned,...
The Inevitable Future of Drones Around Your Home
Last week Google revealed it has a secret drone delivery service in the works. Called Project Wing, it is the tech behemoth’s answer to another tech behemoth’s futuristic delivery service. Amazon’s Prime Air hopes to deliver 5-pound parcels,...
Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don'ts
Whether you work with a general contractor or act as one on your own project, getting a glimpse into the mind of a contractor can give you a new perspective into remodeling projects around your home. I’ve learned a lot working as a contractor,...
Overnight Guests Coming? How to Be a Great Host
If you have ever had a bad experience as a weekend guest, you know just how awful it can be. Dog hair in the sheets, bare windows, nothing for dinner, missed rides at the airport — I have experienced all of these and more ... thankfully not at the same...
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