Splurge or save: Modern farmhouse has a cozy appeal

Phyllis Trevor Higgerson, a New England-based interior designer and photography stylist, touts modern farmhouse as … Read more

Horticulturist reflects on 50 years of working amid flowers

Horticulturist reflects on decades working (and living) amid flowers

ST. LOUIS — Steve Wolff knows one thing he’ll miss most about the garden where … Read more

Secrets to saving money on kitchen appliances

It’s no secret a kitchen appliance is a major purchase. So you might be surprised … Read more

Take your soil’s temperature before planting

Be patient, don’t rush

I get very upset watching drivers sneak through an intersection on the last thread of … Read more

Maryland museum’s signature art piece is also a horticultural feat

Even if it were not alive, the sculpture known as Split-Rocker would be a mind-blowing … Read more

Splurge or save: Chandeliers provide elegance, whimsy

A chandelier can draw the eye, serve as a statement piece and set the mood … Read more

How to plan perfect outdoor kitchen

Whether you’re lounging around the pool or telling stories around the fire pit, you love … Read more

Having the right tools is essential for new homeowners

Ah, the joys — and burdens — of becoming a homeowner. Buying a home is … Read more

Insect hotels harbor helpful pollinators

Garden sanctuaries for bees, ladybugs encourage bugs affected by pesticides

At a recent gardener gab-fest, the conversation turned enthusiastically to “insect hotels.” I was not … Read more

Pro tips to organize your home

Purge, arrange, post to Instagram

If you’re a borderline hoarder with serious home organization issues in desperate need of professional … Read more

Splurge or save: Bring dining style to small spaces

Dining rooms are a luxury that small-space dwellers often can’t afford. But a compact dining … Read more

How to resolve conflicts in a garden of succulents

Arid zone plants stab their neighbors to death. It’s an adaptation to limited water by … Read more

How to find the right lightbulbs

Knowing lighting measurements like lumens, kelvins will provide answers

Technology transforms lighting design at lightning speed, yet there is still no bigger bang-for-the-buck upgrade … Read more

Ancient Greek pattern meanders into modern decor

On a recent trip to London, I spent a morning wandering the antiquity galleries of … Read more

Splurge or Save: Scandinavian styles work in small spaces

There’s something about Scandinavian interior design that sings in small spaces. The style’s signature clean … Read more

The real magic of the Taj Mahal

The Mughal garden is a highly symbolic space shaped by its prescribed layout and creates a version of heaven on Earth

Since the Taj Mahal was completed in the mid-1600s, the world’s most famous monument to … Read more

Spring Garden Seminar classes to be held April 21 in Redmond

Gardening pros teaching a variety of classes

I know I’m not the only gardener who routinely does a walkabout to see what’s … Read more

Get your garden growing with spring pruning

Some Central Oregon plants could use a trim to start the season

The paltry pile of twigs and branches that came down in my landscape during the … Read more

Market for antiques cannot compete with ‘infinite creativity’ of modern design

When Todd Merrill opened his self-named antiques store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2000, … Read more

Living walls are best left to pros and ex-presidents

When you view a life-size portrait of a notable person, your gaze tends to go … Read more

Splurge or Save: Accessories for the perfect shelf

Just add books to finish off a space showcasing these eclectic items

You may have seen the hashtag #shelfie plastered all over your social media feed — … Read more

Experts know what’s wrong with your marijuana plant

David Deardorff has heard endless pleas for help from gardeners. As a longtime horticulturist and … Read more

This book club tables the reading for decorating

Lots of my friends are in book clubs. So far, I have resisted the offer … Read more

Fussy china can fit your casual lifestyle

WASHINGTON — The stacks of old family china sitting forlornly in sideboards, cabinets and boxes … Read more

How the delphinium x belladonna became the Deschutes County flower

It is time to revisit an old garden friend, delphinium x belladonna. We had a … Read more

The uncommon powers of common household items

Most of us could use more storage — or less stuff. What if you could … Read more

10 ways to help your home sell

Lifestyle selling techniques may not be something most homeowners are familiar with. But lifestyle is … Read more

Away from the grocery, a world of variety awaits

I buy my groceries from one store, a foodie emporium with quality victuals, no piped … Read more

Splurge or Save: mirrors can top off a room’s design

Well-placed mirrors can be a design game-changer. They can make a room feel brighter, create … Read more

Coloring the garden with Ultra Violet hues

The color-standards company Pantone has forecast Ultra Violet as the color of 2018. If you … Read more

Persian quilt design is spreading to other household items

In recent months, several decorating books have been published that examine the interiors of some … Read more

Tips for relieving a bit of stress during a move

Moving typically is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. But it … Read more

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