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Authors get to the root of horticultural terminology

Authors get to the root of horticultural terminology

Maria Zampini has spent a lifetime in the garden industry. She’s a fourth-generation nursery person whose family had a destination garden center in Ohio for more than 30 years. She’s also the president and owner of UpShoot, a horticultural marketing firm that specializes in bringing new plants to market.

Updating modernist architecture

Updating modernist architecture

In the years after World War II, when suburban towns were still “the country,” this unassuming village an hour north of Manhattan became an epicenter of modernist architecture, and a birthplace of then-radical concepts like family rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows and open-plan living.

Black accents take the ‘boring’ out of neutral colors

Black accents take the ‘boring’ out of neutral colors

There are plenty of practical reasons to decorate with neutral colors. The shades we think of as neutral — whites, beiges, tans — don’t clash with anything. They are calm, soothing and never go out of style. There’s just one problem. “Beiges and neutrals,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn, “can be super boring.”

Leaks, worn shingles can be signs its time for a new roof

A harsh winter has taken a toll on many roofs.

Italian villa is long-term labor of love for couple

Italian villa is long-term labor of love for couple

Soft light bathes Barbara Simoneschi as she gazes out the weathered windows of Villa Cicogna Mozzoni. She’s watching our group of 32 gardeners explore the courtyard and frescoes of this historic palace that dates back to the Renaissance.

Vibrant colors of Latin America add fun to home decor

Vibrant colors of Latin America add fun to home decor

The exuberant colors, textures and patterns of Latin America crafts are injecting an easy, comfortable and fun aesthetic into home decor.

Homeowners grapple with 'girlie' shades in the bathroom

Homeowners grapple with 'girlie' shades in the bathroom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The crockpot isn’t the only time-saving gadget out there.

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