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More hot air than truth in myths about heating costs

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
Advice about saving money on home heating costs abounds this time of year, but some of it is oversimplified, marketing hype or just plain wrong, while some long-standing myths persist about keeping warm on the cheap.
 
Plasterwork artisans continue a dying art

Plasterwork artisans continue a dying art

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Thirty-five years ago, when John Doherty was doing rehab work for Campus Apartments, removing old plasterwork to make way for drywall, he was struck by the beauty of the buildings’ antique plaster flourishes — all destined for the landfill.
 
Jazz up your holidays with the latest in lights

Jazz up your holidays with the latest in lights

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
Thanks to advances in lighting technology, suburban dads (and moms) across the country have a lot to choose from when it comes to creative ways to deck their halls for the holidays this year.
 
Rearrange, regroup objects on your shelves to bring order to rooms

Rearrange, regroup objects on your shelves to bring order to rooms

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Just as fashion accessories can have a big impact on an outfit, the items you display on shelves and tables can have a powerful effect on the style of any room.
 
Timeless tile gets a fresh face with inspired artistry

Timeless tile gets a fresh face with inspired artistry

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Tile has a rich and varied history in decor, from Roman floor mosaics and majolica to Delft ceramics and Mexican terracotta.
 
Couple rebuilds ‘Chic Little Home’ after fire

Couple rebuilds ‘Chic Little Home’ after fire

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
When her family bought their first house, Katrina Sullivan wanted to share every aspect of creating her dream home.
 
Couple spend 3 years renovating former bakery in Pittsburgh

Couple spend 3 years renovating former bakery in Pittsburgh

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Linda and Rick Sustakoski have lived all over the world, but chose Pittsburgh when it was time to choose their dream home.
 
Triangles add mesmerizing modernism

Triangles add mesmerizing modernism

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Geometric patterns are classics in modern design speak. But one that especially resonates these days is the triangle.
 
Quilts in quantity: Hundreds will go on display next weekend

Quilts in quantity: Hundreds will go on display next weekend

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
If the words “quilt show” make you think of grandma’s log cabin or nine-patch quilts, think again.
 
Tale of two Chicago Wright houses have vastly different outcomes

Tale of two Chicago Wright houses have vastly different outcomes

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses enchant us with their inventive geometry yet torment many of their owners with leaking roofs and other functional woes.
 
Flexible mummies make fun, creepy Halloween decor

Flexible mummies make fun, creepy Halloween decor

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
Count me among those who find the “Elf on the Shelf” just a bit creepy. That said, wouldn’t it make more sense to have a slightly spooky creature keeping an eye on your kids around Halloween instead of Christmas?
 
Brand-new design can let new home mesh with older neighborhood
CHARLOTTE, N.C.

Brand-new design can let new home mesh with older neighborhood

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
When Heather McLarney and Christopher Kosa built a home in Charlotte, N.C., they wanted to make sure the new structure fit in with the neighborhood they had fallen in love with.
 

Barn preservationists pushing to save symbols of the heartland

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

CHENOA, Ill. — For years Pat Huth came home from vacation with photos she’d taken of barns she admired on her journeys, but she never thought to take any of the ones around her central Illinois home.
 
Annual Walkabout lets visitors tour homes in Stockade

Annual Walkabout lets visitors tour homes in Stockade

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Barbara Fallone has only lived at 137 Front St. for about three years, but she and the building go way back.
 

Tips for keeping compost pile in balance

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
As the bumper sticker on my truck reads, “Compost Happens.” Sometimes, however, it doesn’t happen fast enough.
 
 

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