Give your host or hostess a different gift this year

If bottles of wine and scented candles have been your go-to host or hostess present … Read more

Splurge or save: Set high expectations for your holiday table

Entertaining over the holidays? Putting together a festive dining room table is an easy way … Read more

Use whatever you love to boost your holiday decorating

Before you start putting everything away so you can decorate for the holidays, stop. Those … Read more

Dreaming of a white (or pink) poinsettia?

In the six weeks leading up to Christmas, one plant seems to come out of … Read more

Six easy entertaining upgrades

Disposable plates and red Solo cups are fine for frat parties and tailgates, but a … Read more

Make your mantel marvelous for the holidays with these tips

Next to your tree, your fireplace mantel is the most important part of your holiday … Read more

Splurge or Save: Set the bar, if not the budget, high

These days, it seems as though every home featured in a design blog or magazine … Read more

Here’s what your Christmas lights could do to your electricity bill

Starting around Black Friday every year, the light intensity in American suburbs increases by 30 … Read more

Beans, often overlooked, are ripe with history

I planted an unnamed variety of yellow wax bean in late July — about two … Read more

Personal oases: Self-care seeps into home design

Picture an escape. The first image that came to mind was probably a sandy beach, … Read more

Vegetables and herbs rooted in history

In this super technical world of gadgets that make daily chores easier, tell time (as … Read more

Choosing plants to create a show of fall colors

The pageantry of a fall finale forms one of the sweetest garden moments of the … Read more

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’80s decorating makes a comeback

Pop culture from the 1980s is having a bit of a moment, and it's not … Read more

Make your kitchen a feng shui sanctuary

Get some tips from an expert

The term “feng shui” usually conjures up images of furniture arrangements, but you can apply … Read more

Know your guests will rest easy on these air mattresses

With the holidays on the horizon, it's time to get guest-ready. That means testing out … Read more

Don’t let the stress of the workplace kill your cubicle plant

Many of us work in open-plan offices where our allotted cubicles are small but our … Read more

Be kind to spiders; myths and legends dispelled

With all due respect to the popular nursery rhyme, I altered the words slightly. The … Read more

How smart home products empower users with disabilities

Smart home products are often marketed for their convenience, but the technology also can help … Read more

How to harbor herbs during the winter months ahead

Q: This past summer, I added a variety of herbs to my vegetable garden. Now, … Read more

Style at Home: Tips for a lovely Thanksgiving table

There’s the Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving. Beautiful, perfect. Then … there is the Garrity Thanksgiving. Not … Read more

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Warm up your home for colder weather

Summer is eternal in San Diego but despite the year-round pleasant weather, interior designer Vanessa … Read more

A garden’s color, texture matter more than its size

MT. LEBANON, Pa. — Ina Block wasn’t interested in gardening. She was content to watch … Read more

Understanding the science of plants improves gardening skills

Most gardeners know next to nothing about the physiology of plants. Often the only plant … Read more

Forest thinning needed to prevent massive wildfires

Brush, undergrowth provide plenty of fuel to feed the blazes

In 1984, the ponderosa pine and oak forest around my new home was young second … Read more

Showcasing objects of desire

WASHINGTON — Grouping objects in a pleasing arrangement is the goal of a vignette. Designers … Read more

Mulch will help protect, preserve most plants

Fall mulching can be the last garden chore you want to tackle. It might be … Read more

Does dish soap control garden pests?

Q: Can I use dish soap to control garden pests? A: We know it works … Read more

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

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