Home & Garden

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.


Frame of reference for displaying art

How you frame art, whether it be posters, photographs or a rare oil painting, can enhance the look of your home. Details matter. Just ask Mark Leithauser, senior curator and director of design at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.



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