The third week of March is time for seeding, weeding and reading as new plants and new weeds announce the beginning of the growing season. It is now safe to plant peas, lettuce, radish, kale, Swiss Chard and other cool-season crops directly into the ground. Don't get hasty and plant warm-season crops just yet. There are still plenty of cold, wet days ahead.
On a recent visit to Paris, I discovered an enchanting new hotel that celebrates the magic and power of illumination. The owner of Hotel Seven had a marvelous vision - to create a space out of technological invention that would transport the guests into a blissful environment filled with emotion.
Silvery polished chrome is still the most popular finish for bathroom faucets and other fixtures, but it is far from the only option today. Specialty bathroom stores may offer an overwhelming array of colors, metals and styles. While there are important differences between these metallic finishes, what's inside also counts.
Who would think to paint a purple wall in an open-concept home and then add a series of bold stripes on one side? And this as a backdrop for a country-style, pure-white dining set? Not a combination that would pop into anyone's mind as a good idea. And even if you thought of it, would you actually do it? Buy the paint, add the stripes? It's a brave move.
Homeowners can get tips on the most effective ways to remake their homes at the three-day Tacoma Remodeling Expo.
Our bedroom was rebuilt by the previous homeowner after a fire with what I'm guessing is an old style of wallboard; wallpaper was then put directly over that wallboard. I've been trying to remove the wallpaper, but it is completely an uphill battle.
Liven up your landscape with a Japanese maple. Spring is the ideal time to plant trees and garden centers nationwide should be getting their new stock in any day. Most Japanese maples prefer dappled shade or at least afternoon shade to avoid sun scorch on their leaves, but read the plant's information tag because some tolerate sun better than others.
Few tasks are more dreaded than the inevitable furniture rearranging that takes place after moving into a new home. Dragging your love seat from one corner of the living room to another (and then back to where you originally had it, of course) might help you find the best place to set up the TV, but it's the type of experience you'd forswear - after you catch your breath.
If you looked at the outside of your house as a stranger might, would your eyes glaze over or would they light up with interest?
For many of us, decorating can be daunting. Stephen Saint-Onge seeks to take the scariness out of the process in his new book, "No Place Like Home: Tips & Techniques for Real Family-Friendly Home Design."