Shipping container, sweet shipping container

Eco-friendly potential has made cargo-box homes more popular

Tim Steele stood outside a pair of orange shipping containers on a hillside about two … Read more

Fall is here. Time for garden cleanup

I didn’t finish the annual ritual of spring housecleaning, and here it is time to … Read more

Get that master bedroom feel — in any size room

Settling into a plush hotel room with no other plans but to completely unwind sounds … Read more

A side act with star appeal

Don’t overlook side tables in your home decor

When it comes to home decor, side tables are often overlooked or left to the … Read more

Sorry, local farmers: You can’t fix everything

The food movement has a problem: It's right about what's wrong with our system, but … Read more

Little Backyard Box holds a lot of flexibility (and big-time design)

SEATTLE — You’ve got your mailbox. Your Xbox. Your toolbox. Sandbox, jewelry box, moving box. … Read more

Fall is a good time to visit Portland Japanese Garden

New Cultural Village has arts learning center and more

PORTLAND — In a year when big changes have taken root at the highly acclaimed … Read more

Delaware botanic garden snags a horticultural legend

The Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf is known the world over for his ability to … Read more

Bulb season has arrived

Plant now for spring blooms

Gardeners have a reputation for being the ultimate optimists. As one season starts to fade, … Read more

Don’t let your home’s infrastructure crumble

It’s no secret that U.S. infrastructure is crumbling, but is your home’s infrastructure in good … Read more

A cleaning expert organizes her space in 20 minutes

Like clockwork, the turn of the season always has us thinking about our homes and … Read more

Slim pickings this summer?

How did your garden grow? Do you still have the taste of summer on your … Read more

How do you repair a hole in vinyl siding?

A rock spits from your lawn mower, hurtling toward the side of your house. Someone … Read more

Armchairs to add style and color to any space

Whether it’s a cozy reading nook or a lullaby chair in a nursery, armchairs are … Read more

Log houses aren’t the only relics here

PITTSBURGH — Hard by a 230-year-old log house, seven barred rock hens nibble on leaves … Read more

Here’s how to choose the right neighborhood for you

How will you know you’ve found the right home to purchase? It’s when you love … Read more

Don’t let a mulch volcano leave your garden in tatters

Autumn is knocking on the door, an optimal time for certain annual tasks in the … Read more

Are ponderosa pine needles bad for soil, plants?

Q: Do ponderosa pine needles make the soil more acidic? A: It’s one of the … Read more

How to dry late summer leaves, flowers

Drying the late summer leaves and flowers for winter use was a skill used by … Read more

Landscaping with wildlife in mind

Finding the right approach to keep animals from terrorizing your garden is no easy feat

Can wildlife and beautiful gardens coexist without a constant application of repellents and/or an 8-foot … Read more

What’s the worm-like thing eating my purple-leaf plum?

Q: What are those greenish, slimy wormlike things eating the top surface of the leaves … Read more

Keep your half-drunk wine fresh. Put a (stylish) cork in it.

Geoff Kruth, a rising star in the wine world who appeared in the 2012 documentary … Read more

Japanese flower boom introduces a mega-weed

Late summer is the time when I must deal with the porcelain berry. This is … Read more

Underground and overwhelmed? Brighten up your basement digs

It's no easy feat to find an affordable apartment in many cities. Renters will scour … Read more

This could be your backyard: 12 homes for sale near national parks

Many of us have visited national parks while on vacation, awed by their grandeur and … Read more

A new look for a new school year

With the end of summer fast approaching, Dallas-based designer Jean Liu decided to give her … Read more

Design trend: Form and function make room for fun

Every year around this time, designers and makers from all over the world show off … Read more

A wise word about water-wise gardening

The past weeks of poor air quality due to the forest fires should remind us … Read more

Why aren’t my tomatoes ripening this summer?

Q: Why aren’t my tomatoes ripening this summer? A: You would think with this relentless … Read more

Three flowers are stinking up the U.S. Botanic Garden

Let the stench frenzy begin. A year after the U.S. Botanic Garden produced a goliath-size … Read more

Transforming office parks into miniature towns

Tenants find conveniences in urban living

From the rooftop terrace of their new townhouse, Keisuke and Idalia Yabe take in their … Read more

Declutter, but don’t toss everything — pass down treasures

Clients will often seek my approval before making a final decision to throw something away, … Read more

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