House To Home

Ask a designer: For spring, window treatments with flair

Even the simplest window treatments have an important role to play in the look of a room. “They really soften and furnish a space much more than most people imagine,” says interior designer Betsy Burnham of Los Angeles. Yet she often has to reassure people that drapes, curtains or other ...

In the Garden: Angelique: One of the prettiest tulips is also easy to grow

Angelique is soon to arrive in my garden, but only briefly. And as in years past, I’ll miss her when she leaves and will look forward to her return next spring. She has proven to be one of the prettiest tulips. To describe her petals merely as rose-pink does her injustice. Angelique ...

Art or decor?

NEW YORK — The furniture, drapes, wall coverings, ceramics, textiles and other works by London-based artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz are as cross-disciplinary as they are distinct. They reflect and draw inspiration from the home, but are closer to sculpture or performance art than home ...

Lyman earns CIC designation

ISHPEMING — Iron Range Agency recently announced Daniel Lyman has earned the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor. Lyman successfully completed the five required CIC institutes and rigorous written examinations which focus on all major fields of insurance, insurance management and ...

US home prices jump in 2017 at fastest pace in 3 ½ years

WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices rose at the fastest 12-month pace in more than three years in 2017, as potential home buyers fought over a limited number of available properties. Standard & Poor’s said Tuesday that its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index jumped 6.3 ...

Bare-root nursery trees do well with careful planting

I got a look of disbelief when I told a friend I had planted a tree that had been shipped from a nursery 2,000 miles away. As I went on to explain that the tree had been sent "bare-root," I could see him shudder. But then I showed off my robust young plant in its second year of ...

Michigan housing permits up 42 percent in January

LANSING — Michigan’s homebuilding industry started 2018 on a solid upswing, according to a press release from the Home Builders Association of Michigan. Housing permits for single family home construction increased 42.1 percent in Michigan during January. According to the U.S. Census ...

Mortgage Index

High rate 4.500 1 4.000 1 Low rate 4.125 1 3.500 1 Average rate 4.375 1 3.906 1 This graphic represents a Tuesday survey of regional lending institutions. Figures are based on rates at Range Bank, First Bank of Upper Michigan, the Marquette Community Federal Credit Union and mBank.

2017 study highlights home-buying preferences

MARQUETTE — Identifying their preferences for the type of home and neighborhood to live in are typically among the first things potential homebuyers do. Debating between the convenience of a short commute versus the spaciousness of suburban living can be challenging when deciding upon the ...

Decor that’s perfectly imperfect

“Perfect imperfection” is a trend in furnishings and decor. “It’s a return to the artisanal and the crafted, with narrative and meaning to objects,” says Caroline Till, cofounder of the London design studio FranklinTill. “Fingerprints of process and technique are part of the ...