For many homeowners, it is not unusual for spare bedrooms to be used as home offices. In fact, with so many working from home, the influx of virtual meetings and telecommuting, home offices are no longer considered to be an extravagance, but a necessity.
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.
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.
TACOMA, Wash. - If you think "waterless garden" and picture a stark xeriscape filled with spiky succulents, it's time to flip the stereotype. Two gardens in Tacoma and Puyallup, Wash., are living proof that you can have a lush landscape without anything but rainwater - even as our Northwest summers get hotter and drier.
The debate continues over whether extended appliance warranties are worth the cost. Some appliance technicians recommend them for today's larger, more expensive appliances, while others suggest regular maintenance is enough to keep appliances in top running order.
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.
Q: Dear Ed, I am thinking of installing a new kitchen sink with a bridge-type faucet. While I find this faucet attractive, does the bridge styling have any functional advantages as well? I don't want to pay extra money for just good looks.
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?
You won't find Josh Groban's latest release in the iTunes store, or the Multiple Listing Service, for that matter. The singer-songwriter recently sold his Malibu home of more than a decade for $3.75 million in a deal finalized off-market.
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.
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.
Artificial florals were once taboo, considered unattractive dust collectors. Now they are popular with weekend and vacation homeowners, as well as those who desire no maintenance and colorful floral solutions.
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.
Q: I bought a 60-year-old house two years ago. A new roof was installed by the owner. I am now noticing a mildew odor in the closets. It has been very humid. Can an improperly installed roof be the cause? It does not leak. Your thoughts, please.
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!