Home & Garden

Home & Garden

Style at Home: Nostalgia is hot for fall centerpieces

There is something so nostalgic about fall for me. Maybe it comes from growing up in a small, Midwestern river town, where the trees turned spectacular shades of scarlet, amber and orange. Where apple orchards were bursting with juicy fruit ready for a snack or pie. Or maybe it was the excitement of football game days in our small college town. Fall just feels like home, familiar and friendly.

Home & Garden

8 great contemporary toiles

Toile de Jouy is named after the French town of Jouy-en-Josas, where it got its start in the 18th century. That explains all those pastoral scenes peopled by farmers in Colonial-era garb. Yet these toile designs also telegraphed the news of the world, whether it be balloon voyages, the American victory in a revolutionary war or the toppling of a king. You can still buy those designs as wallpaper or fabric.

Home & Garden

Rooftop gardens grow fierce

WICHITA, Kan. - More than a decade after people first moved into the lofts at Grant Telegraph in Old Town, their rooftop gardens are starting to draw eyes upward to leafy lushness.

Home & Garden

Moving? Don't start packing without these 8 painless tips

You've been perusing real estate apps for months, have gone to countless house inspections and finally found the home of your dreams. But before you start building your decor Pinterest board and investing in new wares, it's time to tackle one of the most frustrating parts of the process: moving.

Home & Garden

Home Fix: Help with a washer drain

Q: My washing machine is located in the basement in a room directly beneath the kitchen. When water drains from the washer, it's going into a hole in the basement floor. The sump pump kicks on, but the water comes back up into the kitchen sink. The water recedes, but I'm not exactly sure to where. Anytime any water enters the sump hole, the pump kicks on and water comes back up into the sink - this could be water draining from doing dishes in the sink or even just accumulated condensation from the A/C or from the high efficiency furnace. Could this be caused by the vent pipe on the roof being clogged?

Home & Garden

Communing with nature

LOS ANGELES - Avid runners and hikers who love being outdoors, the couple took full advantage of everything the park had to offer and in 2010 helped create the Friends of Griffith Park, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to preserving the park's open landscapes.

Home & Garden

On Gardening: Lime Sizzler, dazzling new firebush

You can spot Lime Sizzler a mile away! Well, that may be a slight exaggeration but the new Lime Sizzler firebush is definitely an attention grabber. Ever since firebush was declared a Texas Super Star Winner, 20 years ago, it has captured the fancy of gardeners, hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Now with the addition of Lime Sizzler, everyone has gone gaga.

Home & Garden

GrafoMap makes for inspired wall art or genius gift

Maps mounted as wall art are nothing new. Some are vintage, a la pull-down classroom maps. Others are made to look old and weathered. Some are accurate and to scale; others are snarkily reconfigured. But never has making and ordering a custom map been easier than GrafoMap. Made to transform maps into graphic form (minus the street labels and other literal-minded stuff that make real maps less artistic), the GrafoMap is meant for poster-ing. Tap in any location: your hometown neighborhood, the church where your parents married, the city you're planning to visit next year or else. Zoom in or out, choose from a color scheme that makes your map more abstract, or less. Add text tagging the location (or let them guess.) Order a print. Hang the places you love at eye level, and let your mind wander. $49 for an 18-by-24 inch map print. To order, visit grafomap.com.

Home & Garden

Keep dreams sweet with dream catchers

Native American legend tells of a night sky filled with all sorts of dreams. To snare the nightmares, the Ojibwe hang a dream catcher over the bed, which allows only the sweet reveries to flow down to the person slumbering below. We hope your kids will be as inspired by this comforting traditional craft as we are!

Videos

Bobby Bentley: 'I'm living the dream' as a USC coach

South Carolina running backs coach Bobby Bentley speaks after Tuesday's Gamecocks practice.
dmclemore@thestate.com
Bobby Bentley: 'I'm living the dream' as a USC coach 0:33

Bobby Bentley: 'I'm living the dream' as a USC coach

18 wheeler gets tangled in power lines 0:29

18 wheeler gets tangled in power lines

Blythewood's Jordyn Adams earns Player of Week honors 2:05

Blythewood's Jordyn Adams earns Player of Week honors

Versatile Rashad Fenton could play multiple positions for USC 1:10

Versatile Rashad Fenton could play multiple positions for USC