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Outdoor ornaments take on lots of color

May 31, 2012 SEATTLE — I feel like Alice in Wonderland. Sprinting past an alligator drinking a soda pop and a T-Rex playing guitar, I lean toward a family of colorful metal toadstools that come to my knee. more »»

Homegrown veggies, meats more popular

May 24, 2012 MONTPELIER, Vt. — A committed “locavore,” Robin McDermott once struggled to stock her kitchen with food grown within 100 miles of her Vermont home. more »»

Craftsman turns tree parts into masterpieces

May 17, 2012 FAIRBANKS, Alaska — To an untrained eye, the property surrounding Phil Marshall’s home along Skyline Drive looks like it houses a vast, eclectic and surprisingly well-organized firewood collection. more »»

Quality, affordable furniture highlighted

May 10, 2012 MILAN — Philippe Starck said his philosophy of democratic design, or quality pieces at accessible prices, is paying off in the ongoing economic crisis. “People are intelligent. They want quality. more »»

Striking synthetics take decorating to the next level

May 3, 2012 Next time you’re having a backyard barbecue or going mod with some new furniture, thank science. more »»

Get into the swing of spring cleaning

April 26, 2012 MARQUETTE — It seems the winter weather has finally bowed down to the next season (knock on wood), which means residents and businesses alike are getting themselves in full spring mode. more »»

Increase in building permits promising

April 19, 2012 WASHINGTON — U.S. builders requested the most permits in March for single-family homes and apartments in 3 1/2 years, suggesting that many expect the housing market to improve over the next year. more »»

Proper storage units help organize equipment

April 12, 2012 It starts with a lacrosse stick and cleats by the front door. Then comes the batting helmet and glove on the bedroom floor, and the baseball hat on the kitchen table. more »»

Forgotten ceilings deserve attention

April 5, 2012 Ceilings are the Rodney Dangerfield of homes. They get no respect. more »»

Vibrant hues mark the fresh season

March 29, 2012 In home decor, there’s something about the start of spring. When life’s renewing itself outdoors, we feel the urge to revive our interiors too. This season, decor offerings are especially upbeat. more »»

Designer windows

March 22, 2012 With Daylight Savings and springtime weather upon us, we’ll soon be opening windows and letting the sun shine in. more »»



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