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Right at Home: Pop art packs decor punch

Right at Home: Pop art packs decor punch

Tuesday, July 29, 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.
 

Living color: Growing vegetables and flowers for natural fabric dyes

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Homegrown botanical dyes are in, part of today’s shift toward more natural and organic living. And you don’t need a degree in chemistry to create your own hues for scarves, sweaters or even Easter eggs.
 
Couple abandon city for life on the road in a solar trailer
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Couple abandon city for life on the road in a solar trailer

Friday, July 25, 2014
A Niskayuna couple constructs their own tiny living space on wheels. They plan to live, work, travel and sleep in the solar-powered, self-sustaining trailer.
 
Room can be subtle without sacrificing appeal

Room can be subtle without sacrificing appeal

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Paint your walls a bold color and friends will probably praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art and your decorating is bound to earn compliments. But creating a noteworthy room with subtle, understated elegance is a bit more complicated
 

Cover spinach for growth or plant one of its close relatives

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Popeye ain’t the only swab who’s gotta have spinach. Some gardeners also crave it, freshly picked.
 
Landscapes, like houses, need periodic renovation

Landscapes, like houses, need periodic renovation

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Your landscape is very much like your home’s interior decor.
 
Funky chandelier inspires bright hues

Funky chandelier inspires bright hues

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Margie Garland had the MacKenzie-Childs Thistle chandelier on her computer wish list for years. Multicolored and funky with glass-beaded fringe on its shades, it would never have worked in the ancient farmhouses she had previously lived in.
 
Function drives style, size when choosing shutters

Function drives style, size when choosing shutters

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. But to get the right look, you still have to consider function when choosing and hanging shutters, experts say.
 
Journey prints: Map motifs make for trendy aesthetic

Journey prints: Map motifs make for trendy aesthetic

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
With the rise of the GPS, the old-fashioned map has been reduced to an app. Yet nothing is as attractive to a die-hard traveler (other than a boarding pass) as the old blue-and-green classroom atlas or a nautical chart.
 
Boomers look for home decor with retro style

Boomers look for home decor with retro style

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
If you spent childhood summers on a northern lake, grew up lunching at diners and shake shacks, or took a college road trip, you’ll be all over the next big home decor trend: American Retro.
 

Countertops: Concrete offers creativity

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The concrete countertops in Eleanor Zuckerman’s San Francisco kitchen are hand-crafted works of art.
 
Soroptimist Garden Tour will be a feast for the senses

Soroptimist Garden Tour will be a feast for the senses

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Cherie Gold of Niskayuna has been working on the gardens around her Niskayuna home for the past 13 years, and this weekend she shares the results of her efforts for the Soroptimist 11th Annual Garden Tour, along with eight other gardeners in Schenectady County.
 
Restoration work on historic Schoolcraft House will be shown

Restoration work on historic Schoolcraft House will be shown

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
It’s been a long process, with plenty of stops and starts, but the restoration work is proceeding in earnest this spring on the historic John L. Schoolcraft house in Guilderland.
 
Persian, Oriental rugs combine history, tradition and art

Persian, Oriental rugs combine history, tradition and art

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Persian carpets and other “rugs of the East” are firmly established as elegant design elements — subtle and often-unheralded — that loudly whisper refinement and good taste.
 

Inside out: Backyard dining evolves from patio grills to cozy rooms

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
For years, it was enough to park a barbecue grill next to a picnic table on a patio and call it an “outdoor kitchen.” But over the past decade, Americans have taken backyard cooking and dining to a new level, adding elaborate cooking islands, outdoor sinks and refrigerators, even outdoor TVs.
 
 

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