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The Real Importance of Valentine’s Day (3 photos)

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 03:00
Years ago I was shopping with my daughter and being helped by a pleasant young woman. As she and I chatted, a man came into the shop, holding a small bouquet and a card, and stopped at the register. The young woman excused herself. She and the man spoke quietly for a moment, then he handed her...

Paint a Wall! And 6 More Ideas for the Coming Long Weekend (7 photos)

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 15:00
Presidents Day falls this year on Monday, Feb. 19, making this a three-day weekend for many. If you’re not going to travel, take advantage of the extra day (or two) off at home to plan a trip, practice a hobby or paint a wall — or an entire room. And with National Random Acts of Kindness Day (Feb. 17)...

Oversized Area Rugs With Free Shipping (169 photos)

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:00
Live large with rugs that add texture to sprawling floors. With striking patterns and bold colors, the ones below include free shipping.

Historic Homes Inspire a Spooky Tale (4 photos)

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:00
One in an occasional series about how our homes affect our lives in unexpected ways
Getting an idea for a novel is like getting the flu — you often aren’t sure where you picked it up, and once it’s established, it tends to stick around longer, and cause more suffering, than you remember

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‘The Less Is More Garden’: 3 Ways to Make Any Space Feel Bigger (6 photos)

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:00
Bigger doesn’t always mean better, especially when it comes to a backyard. Still, at times some spaces can feel a bit confining. Incorporating a few simple techniques that leave the impression there is more garden to explore than what first meets the eye is a fun and effective way to combat that...

Seeds or Seedlings? How to Get Your Garden Started (7 photos)

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:00
Every spring, garden centers fill up with rack upon rack of baby plants. It can be tempting to buy these nursery-grown seedlings, especially if you’re new to gardening — but are they really the right choice for you?

Bar Cart 101: A Hot Chocolatey Cocktail for Your Valentine (8 photos)

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 03:00
Chocolate and liquors have been a classic combination for centuries. Share both with your Valentine this year by making your own chocolate syrup and using it in a Boozy Bourbon Hot Cocoa to enjoy next to a cozy fire. And while you’re at it, why not set up a bar cart so you can experiment with other...

These Key Pruning Terms Will Help You Shape Up Your Garden (9 photos)

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 10:00
When it’s time to prune your favorite shrub or tree — deciduous trees should be pruned in winter, while evergreen trees are best pruned after flowering — it’s important to do so properly so you can ensure a healthy, attractive plant. And if you’ve looked into pruning, you’ve probably heard terms like...

These Key Pruning Terms Can Help You Shape Up Your Garden (9 photos)

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 10:00
When it’s time to prune your favorite shrub or tree — deciduous trees should be pruned in winter, while evergreen trees are best pruned after flowering — it’s important to do so properly so you can ensure a healthy, attractive plant. And if you’ve looked into pruning, you’ve probably heard terms like...

My Houzz: British Blogger Puts Her Stamp on a Rented Cottage (21 photos)

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 06:05
It takes a skilled eye to see the potential in an unfurnished rental home, and when interior design blogger Hayley Stuart moved into this 1930s farm cottage in southern England four years ago, she realized what it could become with a little love and attention. Fast-forward to today, and the boring off-white...

My Houzz: British Blogger Puts Her Stamp on a Rental Cottage (21 photos)

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 06:05
It takes a skilled eye to see the potential in an unfurnished rental home, and when interior design blogger Hayley Stuart moved into this 1930s farm cottage in southern England four years ago, she realized what it could become with a little love and attention. Fast-forward to today, and the boring off-white...

A Guide to Self-Storage: Packing Tips (2 photos)

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 06:00
The first two parts of this guide to self-storage looked at the options, sizes and costs and the...

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