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Plant paper-whites for December beauty

Easy-to grow flowers will perform quickly in bowls of water or pots of soil

How to remove mildew from vinyl siding

With soapy water and a soft-bristle brush, you’ll want to work from the bottom up.

For a Philadelphia Medici, a Florentine palace with an asterisk

The building at 15th and Walnut was inspired by the palace of the Medicis' archrival.

Catching a break with throw pillows

It’s a well-known decorating fact that throw pillows are an easy and inexpensive way to change the look of a room. They can add color, texture, interest or a dash of holiday

An architectural odyssey at Taliesin West

Each year when the sizzling temperatures finally dipped in the southern Arizona desert, architect Frank Lloyd Wright and a small band of young apprentices would start the annual

Craftivism is having a moment

Colleen Haraden-Gorski uses her embroidery skills these days to embellish quilts made by students at school and community-center workshops on themes of social justice and working

These ornaments are easy to make

Cotton-ball snowman? Glittery pine cones? Been there, done that. Take your holiday creativity to the next level by stuffing a hollow ornament ball with one-of-a-kind paper beads

Home decor for the holidays

Home decor items can appeal to a broad variety of people on your shopping list. There are an abundance of choices in many stores in Concord, and many with inexpensive options that

Show furry friends some love

How many times have you bought your pet a brand new toy, yet they prefer the box instead? It happens countless times. While boxes are pretty cool, there are a ton of fun toys any

Shopping for gifts in Concord

So, you’re coming up dry on ideas for a perfect holiday gift, and you really want to support Concord’s local merchants. With this significant conundrum in mind, I set out to find a

Perfect presents for creative types

Odds and ends Sure, some crafters head to the store knowing exactly what they want, but sometimes they also stock up on things not knowing when inspiration will strike. Why not

Hot toys: Oonies, Fingerlings, Legos and some ‘surprises’

The holidays are upon us, which means toys are popping up everywhere.There are Hatchimals and Shopkins, Fingerlings and Oonies, and of course updates on classics like Legos and

Gift ideas for fitness lovers

We’ve rounded up the 10 best gift ideas for all your favorite gym rats from Weekend Warriors to barre lovers.Stocking stuffersSilicone rings: Metal wedding bands can be a serious

The gift of some mind-blowing cheeses is just a click away

Gift-giving is supposed to be fun, but if you’re an adult, by now you’ve learned that choosing gifts is one of the more stress-inducing aspects of the holiday. Luckily, the

A traditional double camelback is transformed into a single homeplace

Some people just don’t know when to quit, but real estate agent Tim Armstrong isn’t one of them. After he and his partner, Mark Hensgens, bought a house in 2300

Remember, real Christmas trees are good for the economy and the environment

If your holiday celebration includes a Christmas tree, this is for you.

New Orleans designer Ned Marshall says goodbye to Garden District home full of

Walk into the home of nationally known interior designer Ned Marshall, and you’ll find antique and reproduction furniture (can you tell which are which?), vivid hues (but not too

What to keep in mind when designing or redesigning kitchen

In the 1940s, the “work triangle,” developed by the University of Illinois School of Architecture, helped set into motion many kitchen design rules of thumb. Back then, kitchens

Prune fruit trees when leaves drop

Winter fruit tree pruning starts as soon as leaves drop from the trees. It’s easier to see the branching structure of the tree — I call it the tree’s “architecture” &#…

J-box installation will protect wire connection

Q: I am selling my home, and the buyer had a home inspection done. The inspector found a few small items that need to be fixed. One item that needs to be fixed is in the attic.

Ask Jennifer Adams: gift-giving advice, decluttering, and managing a collection

Considering adding a piece to somebody's collection as a holiday gift this year? See what this accidental collector thinks, and read Jennifer's tips on dealing with an unruly

GOP tax plan would kill federal program that drove Philadelphia's revival

The federal Historic Tax Credit has helped preserve more than 300 historic buildings in Philadelphia since 2002.

Designer believes every room needs an antique

As the daughter of Atlanta designer, Clary Bosbyshell often accompanied her mother on trips to antiq...

This tiny Swiss village will pay you thousands to move there

GENEVA — The Alpine hamlet of Albinen is so desperate for new residents that it voted Thursday...

Longest-running citizen science bird project to kick off

In just 12 days the longest-running citizen science bird project will kick off for the 118th consecutive year. It’s Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count and it’s an opportunity for

Dress your tree in style this year, with ornaments that are sparkly,

As the display space for them grows, here are a few tips on making your Christmas tree glow more than ever.

This woman’s pantry is total #goals

IRYNA Federico’s pantry is a pristine pastel dream.

Elyse and Josh will be living in a tent this summer

MODEL Elyse Knowles and her partner Josh Barker have been riding waves of success this year.

How to create a versatile space suitable for relaxing and entertaining

Designer Barbara Margolis transforms a Chantilly family room by updating the color palette and furnishings.

Correction: Homes-Throw Pillows story

In a story Nov. 28 about throw pillows, The Associated Press misspelled the name of an outdoor furniture manufacturer. It is Woodard, not Woodward.

Revered, then reviled: Tracking the rise and fall of ivy

The climbing vine has escaped our gardens and invaded natural lands, requiring severe cutback efforts. But that doesn’t mean it should disappear completely.

Why you’re seeing enamelware everywhere

The retro tinware is making a comeback.

Another thing to argue about: throw pillows

It’s a well-known decorating fact that throw pillows are an easy and inexpensive way to change the look of a room. They can add color, texture, interest or a dash of holiday cheer.