How to Design a Healing Garden at Home

Read a design expert’s tips on creating an outdoor space for calming the mind, easing stress and promoting healing. Spending time in the garden can be a wonderful mood lifter and stress reliever. For that reason, hospitals and other health facilities have long incorporated healing gardens into their treatment of patients, family members and staff….

10 Friendly Furniture Pieces for a Comforting Home

Comfortable? Check. Sociable? Check. These enduring favorites never go out of style. Our passion for design can lead us to choose the fabulous over the friendly, and, while nothing can compete with a midcentury Danish chair or a classic Eames lounger, there is room in our homes for more anonymous but no less appealing pieces….

9 Porch Decorating Ideas to Use From Thanksgiving to New Year’s

Long-lasting wreaths, potted plants and more can cheer up your entryway from fall through winter. As we enter the busy holiday season, taking the time to give our porches or entryways a seasonal look both for fall and then again — almost immediately — for winter can feel like a push. This year, save some…

10 Standout Fall Container Gardens With Extra Seasonal Pizazz

Ingredients like preserved leaves, berries and pumpkins add color and interest to potted designs. When it’s time to assemble fall container gardens, including a few sprigs of preserved berries, colorful branches, a bright pumpkin or other bonus natural elements can be an easy way to add more color and interest. If you have existing planted…

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a General Contractor?

General contractors may charge for pre-construction services and offer fixed-price or cost-plus construction contracts. A good general contractor can bring a lot of value to a home renovation or building project. These professionals help their clients set a realistic budget, keep a project on schedule and manage construction so the homeowners don’t have to. How…

How to Create a Joyful, Clutter-Free Kitchen

Give yourself room to both cook and relax by assessing how you use your counters, cabinets and corners. From quick weekday breakfasts grabbed on the way out the door to special-occasion dinners planned and prepared with care, the kitchen is nearly always a hub of household activity — which also means it’s a common place…

New This Week: A Pair of Colorfully Eclectic Kitchens

Bright color and a sense of quirkiness energize these one-of-a-kind designs. An eclectic-style design essentially mixes various styles — a little traditional here, some contemporary there, toss in some midcentury modern and so on. But these days people often think of eclectic style as including quirkiness or whimsy, or having some unnameable feeling that lets…

10 Things to Consider for a Sustainable Landscape Design

Talk to your designer about materials, water use, maintenance and other elements that impact your yard’s footprint. If you’re renovating your landscape and would like to create a more earth-friendly garden, the best thing you can do is talk to your design team about it early on. “Being upfront about your desire for sustainability from…

10 Ideas for Easy Fall Entertaining

It’s a cinch to pull together a quick autumn gathering when you have these simple tips in your back pocket. With crisp weather, school back in session and farm stands brimming with produce, fall is a great time to nurture community with a cozy gathering in your home. But since fall also tends to be…