Home & Garden

Area artists open studios for self-guided tours

A wide range of artwork including pottery, painting, art glass, jewely, photography and mixed media will be displayed during the2014 Studio Art Tour.


Kids get back-to-school help from professional organizers

Success in school often depends on how well a student manages to organize everything from demanding schoolwork to a dizzying array of after-school activities to technological distractions.


Bedroom desks still common but rarely used for homework

Alyssa Kimble, a soon-to-be fourth-grader in White Plains, New York, says she uses the desk in her bedroom for "everything" — creating lesson plans for her make-believe school, writing stories and storing stuff.


School notebooks get personal

When it's time to start stocking the school backpack, it's easy to just grab a stack of plain, boring notebooks.


Crafts boost family ties

A few months ago, I launched a diabolical plan to entice my teenage daughters to spend more time with me, and to semi-shelter them from the maddening world.


Guerrilla gardening

Ripping out the front lawn and its bordering rhododendrons and replacing them with a landscape of native grasses, groundcovers, succulents and rocks once seemed an unfathomable act of defiance. No longer.


Beauty in subtlety

Paint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art and your decorating is bound to earn compliments. But creating a noteworthy room with subtle, understated elegance is a bit more complicated.


Artists transform Woodstock's Old Courthouse with new exhibit

Two area artists want to bring new life to Woodstock's Old Courthouse.



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