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Green — A Color that Works Well in Small Doses

Many would claim green to be a favorite color, but usually that is an offshoot from true green or primary green. Aqua greens, teals and that luscious totem green are popular for interior settings. Very pale green is considered soothing and often used … read more


Making Your Home Shine

Curb Appeal Tips for Making Your Home Shine

There are many things you can do to improve your homes curb appeal, ranging from doing simple things yourself to hiring a professional. Here is a quick rundown of great curb appeal enhancers that almost everyone can manage. Paint your entry door. Or, … read more


Cookware and Art

Marriage of Cookware and Art Can Be a Fun Experiment

Have you ever considered displaying your toaster on the living-room coffee table? Or hanging wooden mixing spoons from the hall entry mirror? Or hanging your frying pans on the wall behind the sofa? Usually not, one would say. Recently, I found myself displaying … read more



Proper Care Helps Driveways Look Like New, Boosts Curb Appeal

Our driveways get a lot of use and not much attention. You maintain your yard and home, but when was the last time you showed your driveway some love? A few simple maintenance tips will keep this part of your home in top … read more


This John Steiner chessboard, made from anigre, mahogany, maple, walnut and wenge, has a slight glow to it. Steiner was trying to capture the color mechanics of iridescence by using gradations of wood color.

Wood Varieties — Advantages, Care and Use

Last month I sat down with John Steiner to get his thoughts on woodworking — the cabinets and furniture pieces that he builds out of solid wood. Recently, I went back to his shop to discuss those woods. This is not an all-encompassing … read more


Picnic-Wiches With Greek Artichoke-Beet Relish

Recipes for Perfect Picnic Picks

Perk up your next picnic with these deliciously different sandwiches and salads that are super easy to prepare and can be made ahead. Condiments like Aunt Nellie’s Sliced Pickled Beets make the difference between a good sandwich and a great sandwich. The sweet-tangy … read more


Pork and watermelon kabobs

Celebrate Dad with Grilling and Golf

This year for Father’s Day, skip the tacky tie and give dad something he truly wants — quality time with the kids who gave him such an honorable title. Plan an intimate family gathering with all his favorite foods and a few special … read more


Kids In The Kitchen

Kids and Kitchens: A Healthy Mix

It’s that time of year when farmers markets are in full swing, offering up a full complement of healthy, locally grown foods. Are you getting your recommended daily allowance of nutrients? What about your kids? Instilling good eating habits in our children is … read more


Grilled Steak Recipe

Food and Wine Pairing Tips for Your Memorial Day Party

Memorial Day heralds the start of grilling season. Perfect your fireside techniques and enhance outdoor dining by learning how to pair wine with grilled dishes. “The right wine makes every meal better, especially with meals cooked on the grill,” says Michael Trujillo, president … read more

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