Home & Garden

The yin and yang of spring both infuse 2014 decor

The yin and yang of spring make it such an interesting season. After the brutal bite of winter, even a gloomy spring day can lift our spirits with warmer breezes and an emerging palette of delicate hues — those first tinges of new greens, a fuzzy gray bud, a brushstroke of crocus blue. Then, as the season really plants its feet, fresh bright color starts popping up all over.


Celebrate spring’s rosy glow with soft pink accents

This spring, pinks are popping up all over home decor — the softer versions soothing and nurturing, the bright ones bouncy and vivacious.


Favors for wedding guests get personal, creative

Jillian Mackey had seen wedding favors that seemed like an afterthought, and she knew she did not want to give one of those — an impractical trinket that would likely get tossed in the trash or thrown in a drawer.


How early is too early to plant?

“Plant early and you’ll plant often” is an old saying containing more than a kernel of caution. Timing is everything in gardening.


Being a good wedding guest: some do's and don'ts

Of Tiffany Schutt’s 250 wedding guests, one surely stood out.


Busy kids still need chores, experts say

It's the dirty work of home life: dusting the shelves, mopping the floors and doing the laundry, load after load. Yet asking kids to help has gotten harder for some parents, caught up in the blur of today's competitive, time-pressed, child-focused world.


Modern designers revamp ancient art

NEW YORK (AP) — From tablecloths to duvet covers, iPhone cases to wallpaper and startling calf-skin wall hangings, the ancient Japanese resist-dying technique of shibori has gone mainstream. Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Eileen Fisher, Levi's and innumerable fiber artists are breathing new life into the craft.


Plants can be the next best thing to chocolate this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine's Day coming up, thoughts naturally turn to chocolate. How nice it would be for gardeners to give their beloved a living, growing, chocolate expression of affection.


Olympics, bands inspire Valentines

There's no Olympic medal for making rubber band bracelets or bad puns, which is too bad because Valentine's Day falls right in the middle of the 2014 Winter Games.


Hot stuff: Grow your own herbal teas

When temperatures fall, there's nothing better than a piping hot cup of tea.


Personal libraries are new, modern retreats

With the advent of tablets, cellphones and e-readers, could the book-lined home library go the way of the formal dining room?


Today’s casual style meets 'Dowton Abbey' aesthetic

Intrigued by the drama and inspired by the sophistication of British aristocrats in "Downton Abbey," some fans are plotting to bring the series' style into their own homes, from gilded finishes to opulent upholstery to portrait paintings.


‘Downton Abbey’ starts merchandising

LONDON (AP) — Forget "Mad Men" modernism. This season's style is all about "Downton Abbey'''s Edwardian opulence.


Recycled Christmas trees: mulch, dunes, habitats

NEW YORK – It's one of America's great recycling success stories: Every year, hundreds of thousands of discarded Christmas trees are collected and reused.


Type of mulch to use depends on plantings, location

Compost or mulch? People often confuse the two, although each fulfills a different function in gardening.


Climate of change ahead for gardening

While many gardeners scan the newly arrived seed catalogs to plan their next growing season, the industry's visionaries are pouring talent and resources into products and ideas they hope will be sown in years to come.


For some, elf staying on the shelf

NEW YORK (AP) — Carly Kerby, a mom of four girls, doesn't have the greatest track record as the Tooth Fairy, but it was another family tradition that nearly did her in: The Elf on the Shelf.


Study backs pets as presents

LOS ANGELES – Giving a puppy or kitten to the pet lover on your list is a gift idea animal activists have long warned people to avoid. But a national animal welfare group says the fears of pets being rejected or returned are unfounded.


Change up design for the holidays

The holiday season is synonymous with tradition. But that doesn't mean you have to fill your home with the same holiday decorations in the same color scheme every year.


Review: 5 shopping apps to get you the best prices

NEW YORK – Looking to save a few bucks while you shop for holiday gifts? Don't hit the mall without these shopping apps.


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