New doorbells have lots of bells, whistles

(AP) — Before electricity, doorbells rang via a complex rigging of mechanical pulleys. Visitors pulled a rope or turned a key-like affair —...

November 11th, 2017 |  


Holiday decor: Retro motifs bring home sparkle, style

(AP) — Midcentury and 1970s-’80s motifs are strong players on the home decor stage, and that includes holiday decor too. These retro style...

November 11th, 2017 |  


Rethinking the holiday dining room

(AP) — There’s a lot of home decorating advice out there on how to create the perfect kitchen. But what goes into designing a truly great ...

November 11th, 2017 |  


US home sales ticked up in September as Houston recovers

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales rose slightly last month as the Houston housing market quickly recovered from Hurricane Harvey. Still, a short...

October 28th, 2017 |  


US housing starts fall 0.8 pct., a 2nd straight monthly drop

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuilders slowed their pace of construction by 0.8 percent in August, the second straight monthly decline. A steep drop in ...

September 30th, 2017 |  


Spooky or sweet: choosing a theme for Halloween decorations

Before they even know whether the candy will be top-notch or king-size, trick or treaters are drawn to houses decked out for Halloween.“When kid...

September 30th, 2017 |  


Watercolor effects add color to pillows

By Holly RamerAssociated PressCONCORD, N.H. (AP) — With bright splotches or pale washes of color, watercolor paintings certainly can brighten up...

August 26th, 2017 |  


Antiques can add personality, focal point to a garden

By Dean FosdickAssociated PressAdding antique garden ornaments to the landscape blends horticulture with history. One-of-a-kind pieces will personaliz...

August 26th, 2017 |  


A fresh take on shaggy-chic fringed decor

By Kim CookAssociated PressLike coquettish long eyelashes or chic bangs, fringe has a beguiling style that draws it every so often back into the trend...

June 3rd, 2017 |  


Water-themed decor reconnects us with summer

By Kim CookAssociated PressSummer for many of us means reconnecting with water — lakeside hikes, paddles in the sea, luxuriant floats in some re...

June 3rd, 2017 |