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Homeowners grapple with 'girlie' shades in the bathroom

Homeowners grapple with 'girlie' shades in the bathroom

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
Pink bathrooms, built by the millions in 1950s and 1960s ranches, Capes and split-levels, get no love from today’s home buyers.
 
Soilless plants fun to grow, and your hands stay clean too

Soilless plants fun to grow, and your hands stay clean too

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Love plants but hate dirt? There’s a whimsical burst of greenery that has your name on it.
 
Proper cleaning techniques can keep kitchens safe from bacteria

Proper cleaning techniques can keep kitchens safe from bacteria

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Even the tidiest kitchens might be harboring harmful bacteria, and often where they’re least expected. Paying more attention to a few often-overlooked places can help keep your household safer, experts say.
 

Book shares how to declutter — 10 minutes at a time

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Donna Smallin’s book “Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness” (Storey Publishing, $10.95) is practical. You can open to any page and find a quick tip that will help you get a handle on the things you own — and shouldn’t.
 

Need a new coffee table? Make it a do-it-yourself project

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
One foggy Saturday afternoon I found myself looking critically at the house, as if seeing for the first time in months all the tasks that lay in wait: walls to paint; floors to scrub; laundry to fold.
 
Making stylish furniture from the ubiquitous wooden pallet

Making stylish furniture from the ubiquitous wooden pallet

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
Imagine having an unlimited supply of free building material along with lots of ideas on how to use it. Welcome to the wide and wonderful world of pallet furniture.
 
Man, 90 and blind, an expert cane chair repairman
KANSAS CITY, Mo.

Man, 90 and blind, an expert cane chair repairman

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Revelle Lee learned caning when he was 11 and has spent nearly eight decades perfecting a craft mostly lost in a modern world.
 
Designers using bike parts for funky, sophisticated decor

Designers using bike parts for funky, sophisticated decor

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Bikes have become part of hipster culture. There are bicycle-themed dining, drinking and shopping establishments from Portland, Oregon, to Brooklyn, New York, and dozens of bike-friendly burgs in between.
 
Couple demolishes, rebuilds log-home kitchen together

Couple demolishes, rebuilds log-home kitchen together

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Andy Banas, a retired ironworker, says he’s pretty handy with tools. But he’s often catching up with his wife, Laurel, when it comes to home renovation.
 
Cooking up a colorful kitchen

Cooking up a colorful kitchen

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Some like it hot, but when it comes to kitchen design, most of us don’t dare to boldly go where no one has gone before when it comes to a color scheme.
 
Thrift store aids Habitat’s house projects
SCHENECTADY

Thrift store aids Habitat’s house projects

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
If January is the time to start a new indoor home-improvement project, the Habitat ReStore in Schenectady is the place.
 
A work in progress
SEATTLE

A work in progress

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Two Northwest artists find a place to live and work in a a modern home in South Seattle
 
Family games, drum set turn old Tudor mansion into hip, casual home

Family games, drum set turn old Tudor mansion into hip, casual home

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
An 1890s Tudor mansion with an interior decorator for an owner isn’t the first place you’d picture a Ms. Pac-Man arcade game blinking in the living room and kids whizzing through the oak-paneled foyer on skateboards.
 

Kitchen aids trim time and hassles of preparing food

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
The crockpot isn’t the only time-saving gadget out there.
 
Struggling family gets a new house

Struggling family gets a new house

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
A free house with all new appliances and presents under the Christmas tree. Anyone would feel blessed.
 
 

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