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Tokyo artist makes invisible visible with ‘sculpture’ of fog

Tokyo artist makes invisible visible with ‘sculpture’ of fog

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The Glass House, architect Philip Johnson’s iconic Modernist structure set in the woods here, has been wrapped in a poetic fog by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, a sort of Christo of mist. Like the glass structure itself, Nakaya’s “Veil” installation plays on the transparent and opaque, the permanent and ephemeral.
 
Rain gardens filter runoff, keep pollutants out of streams

Rain gardens filter runoff, keep pollutants out of streams

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Think of it as pennies from heaven — free moisture that nourishes your plants and nixes high water bills.
 

Better paint, better brushes will save cash in long run

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Painting a home seems like a simple task: You select a color and start the job. But beyond color, you’ll need to think about chemicals, environmental factors and sheen.
 
The right white: From vanilla to bone, sampling shades and hues a must
NEW YORK

The right white: From vanilla to bone, sampling shades and hues a must

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
So you want to paint a room white. Sounds easy, until you go to the hardware store to buy paint and discover there are dozens of whites to choose from.
 
Greenhouse owners making big push to get flowers ready

Greenhouse owners making big push to get flowers ready

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Mark Felthousen is ready. So are his pansies.
 

Reclaimed wood a new trend for high-end homes

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Reclaimed lumber is among the most environmentally friendly building materials because, as any 12-year-old can explain, recycling is good for us and the planet.
 
Many homeowners perking things up with new shingle colors

Many homeowners perking things up with new shingle colors

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Many homeowners these days are shunning monotone roofs of brown, black and gray and perking things up with color — blues, reds, purples, greens or combinations of those hues.
 
Time to downsize? Decluttering experts can help you start

Time to downsize? Decluttering experts can help you start

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Professional organizers help older adults downsize and relocate. They are experts in helping people who are maybe a bit overwhelmed with things.
 
A century ago, W. Garner Bee created Grand Boulevard

A century ago, W. Garner Bee created Grand Boulevard

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
By 1917, it was clear W. Garner Bee’s plan for an upscale neighborhood just east of the city was going to succeed, perhaps beyond his expectations.
 
Woodworkers show to feature functional, artistic creations

Woodworkers show to feature functional, artistic creations

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Two hundred years from now, John Olenik expects his mahogany armoire will attract attention during a futuristic auction. The armoire — “A fancy name for a dresser,” Olenik says — is built to last.
 

How to decide which piano is best for you

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Shopping for a piano can be overwhelming because the range of prices for a new one can be anywhere from $2,500 all the way up to $2 million. Add in used pianos, and the price range expands.
 
Murphy beds convert multipurpose rooms into sleeping quarters

Murphy beds convert multipurpose rooms into sleeping quarters

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The clients came to interior designer Laura Casey with a space dilemma: They did not want to give up the guest room in their suburban home, yet they needed a place for their child to play.
 
Color your outdoor world: Bright hues add flair to deck, patio furniture

Color your outdoor world: Bright hues add flair to deck, patio furniture

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Earthy hues that blend into the landscape tend to dominate the outdoor furniture market. Understated woods, metals and cushions are easy-to-incorporate neutral elements. But outdoor spaces also offer the chance to be more adventurous than we are inclined to be indoors.
 
Room at the top: Couples convert attic spaces into cozy quarters
MINNEAPOLIS

Room at the top: Couples convert attic spaces into cozy quarters

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
At the end of the day, it’s easy for two Minneapolis couples to retreat to a quiet sanctuary. All they have to do is climb stairs that lead to the attic.
 
‘Breaking the rules’ can create ultimate, comfortable master bedroom

‘Breaking the rules’ can create ultimate, comfortable master bedroom

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
“Since bedrooms are all about self-expression and comforts,” designer Brian Patrick Flynn says, “you can break the rules as much as you want.”
 
 

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