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Don’t overlook details on doorknobs, cabinet handles

Don’t overlook details on doorknobs, cabinet handles

It’s a small thing, often overlooked amid major items like furniture and paint colors when you’re decorating a room. But don’t underestimate the power of household hardware.

Monarch butterfly threatened by diminished habitat

Monarch butterfly threatened by diminished habitat

Seven years ago, when Chris and Emily DeBolt opened Fiddlehead Creek, a pesticide-free, native plant nursery in Washington County, there were lots of monarch butterflies. This summer, DeBolt has yet to see a single monarch.

There’s charm and beauty in miniature gardens

There’s charm and beauty in miniature gardens

Some people are downsizing their gardens big time. They’re moving from whopping perennial borders to terrariums, tiny Zen gardens and fairy-gardens-in-a-pot.

Japanese architects find new ways to brighten cramped homes

Japanese architects find new ways to brighten cramped homes

Challenged to build homes that create a feeling of light, space and tranquility in some of the world’s most densely populated areas, Japanese architects have had no choice but to think outside the box. Literally.

Retirement on the river

Retirement on the river

While some head for the hills as retirement nears, this couple ran to the river and it has been smooth sailing ever since.

West Glenville home among 11 on Soroptimist Garden Tour

West Glenville home among 11 on Soroptimist Garden Tour

As you turn in the driveway of Bob and Maggie Jackson’s West Glenville home and meander down the flowering crabapple tree-lined path, you’ll come upon an idyllic scene.

‘Butterfly’ house among those on Realty Plot tour

‘Butterfly’ house among those on Realty Plot tour

For a while, no one wanted the house at 1151 Lowell Ave., one of the biggest in the GE Realty Plot.

Backyard sheds reimagined as pubs, studios, getaways

Backyard sheds reimagined as pubs, studios, getaways

When Morgaine Ford-Workman and Wren Workman bought a house with a backyard shed, they saw the potential for something more than storing garden tools.

How to garden with pets in mind

How to garden with pets in mind

Veterinarians are beginning to preach the gospel of gardening — primarily how organic fruits and vegetables can be used to improve the health of family pets.

Garden spruce-up adds curb appeal to home

Garden spruce-up adds curb appeal to home

“The landscape should be the bow on the package,” says landscape designer Diane Smith. “It should enhance the house and make it look nice from the street.”

Tiny house trend doesn’t mean you have to give up style

Tiny house trend doesn’t mean you have to give up style

Small is getting bigger for sure. The average American single-family house will drop to 2,152 square feet this year, 10 percent smaller than five years ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Gardeners’ Workshop to celebrate 70th anniversary

Gardeners’ Workshop to celebrate 70th anniversary

Every time Mary Gridley walks out of the house and works on her garden, she says she’s doing her part to make the world a better place.

‘Mini-mansion’ dating to 1896 once housed police station

‘Mini-mansion’ dating to 1896 once housed police station

Kathleen Klobucher was looking for a duplex that she could live in forever when her real estate agent called her and said, “I found a great house for you. Meet me there right away.”

Vertical wall plants have aesthetic appeal, purify the air

Vertical wall plants have aesthetic appeal, purify the air

Got interior wall space? Then you’ve got room for a garden.

Splendid gardens will be highlighted on tours

Splendid gardens will be highlighted on tours

After a long winter, the sight of a beautiful garden is sure to soothe the soul.

Sleek home decor made from concrete

Sleek home decor made from concrete

The concrete countertops that Josh Canelli creates bear no resemblance to their distant cousin, the sidewalk.

Woman turns old building into her home

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Woman turns old building into her home

What was once simply an investment property evolved into a cozy home for Zita Ryan.

Lakeside living: Camp transformed into welcoming family home

BALLSTON LAKE

Lakeside living: Camp transformed into welcoming family home

In 1968, Wes and Joanne DeVoe bought a tiny camp on Ballston Lake. No more than 500 square feet in size, it wasn’t much to look at.

Who does hip NYC designer Markham Roberts credit for his style? Grandma

Who does hip NYC designer Markham Roberts credit for his style? Grandma

The way New York designer Markham Roberts sees the world is large, bold, colorful and highly personalized, a sensitivity he attributes to the most influential person in his life — his late grandmother.

Latest products can help you organize the kitchen

Latest products can help you organize the kitchen

If you’ve lived with your kitchen for awhile, chances are you’ve got drawers full of stuff you rarely use and cupboards you just hate. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a well-organized kitchen that makes food preparation a pleasure?

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