Q: Dear Ed, I love to cook in my recently remodeled kitchen. Between my appliances and plumbing, it is nearly perfect. I say nearly because I overlooked one item that would make it the perfect space. I forgot all about a pot-filler faucet next to the stovetop for filling large pots with water. Without turning it into huge project, can a pot-filler still be added to a completed kitchen?
We are already into month three of 2015 and I am still trying to get organized. I discovered frames in the craft store for half off and realized it is possible to buy or reuse a large picture frame to help me in this process.
Q: My heating bills are getting out of control, so I called a company to look at my furnace. They suggested I buy a new high efficiency furnace. The price was for the furnace and installation using the existing ducts. For newer ducts the price would be almost double. Do I need new ducts as well?
Your dining rooms can become boring, unused spaces if you're not careful. Too many of us seem to think having a formal dining room means it has to be furnished with traditional, matching furniture. Well, keep your dining room, but relax the style so it gets some action more than now and then.
Children thrive when they're raised in a clean environment, when they're well fed and allowed a good deal of outdoor exercise. Growing vegetable seeds in containers at your house requires the very same conditions. Most failures of seeds sown indoors can be traced back to failure to provide one or more of these simple requirements.
What happens when you take two talented visual designers, present them with wide-open fireplace mantels just begging to be decorated and arm them with gorgeous spring greens and other fun decorating tools? A tornado of creativity that results in four fabulous spring mantel treatments. Bruce, our director of visual displays at Nell Hill's Briarcliff, and Bev, our seasonal designer, crafted four ideas to inspire you as you decorate your own mantel for spring.
When wear and tear take a toll on houses, we know what to do: Repair, repaint, even renovate. But what about the stuff under that roof? Furnishings also require repair - and sometimes change: Chairs sag, legs break, tabletops are scratched, wood fades from sunlight and stylistic trends may dictate a shorter leg or different hinge. Master change-artist Christophe Pourny, 52, has restored furniture of all kinds - even new pieces in addition to antiques. He learned the trade from his father and uncle in the south of France where he was born, but has worked from his Brooklyn, N.Y., studio for the last 20 years. He recently authored "The Furniture Bible" (Artisan) to share tips for spiffing up pieces on your own or with professional expertise. We called him to find out what we ought to be doing for our furniture. The following is an edited transcript.
What can you do with a blackberry lily? The answer is, anything you want. All gardens are made better with the addition of this persevering heirloom iris. You thought I said blackberry lily, and now I am referring to it as iris. Yes, Virginia, it has always looked like an iris from the standpoint of foliage and recently its scientific name has been changed from Belamcanda chinensis to Iris domestica.
Alas, the life of a DIY columnist never slows. The day after my in-depth expose on the myriad uses of distilled vinegar, my co-worker, Sarah, popped by my desk and dropped a bomb (figuratively speaking). "You know another one of those surprising kitchen ingredients that can do everything?" Pregnant pause. "Salt."
When it comes to home staging, it isn't about how much money you spend, but about creating the right atmosphere to entice buyers. The reality is most buyers need an emotional trigger, an internal reaction that prompts them to make an offer on a home. Essentially they need to fall in love with a property and picture themselves and their family in the space.
Q: We live in a small home with very limited storage. We have a garage but can never get the car inside because of all the junk we have in there. We don't have the yard area for a storage barn. I have been told that storage in the attic ruins whatever is put up there. Is this true?
Long-stemmed roses typically aren't delivered by the box or vase to Jean Hunner's Mission Viejo, Calif., home on Valentine's Day. If she's lucky, they have arrived a week earlier - straight from her front yard. Hunner grows hybrid tea roses, long-legged beauties that are among the most requested cut flowers at floral shops this time of the year. For hobbyists like her, growing hybrid tea roses is a year-round passion outdoors that yields blooms for decorating indoors.
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