‘Modern Medieval’ in Ohio

July 30th, 2014

This 13-acre estate in Dublin, Ohio, includes a beauty salon as well as hidden passageways.
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Destination Design: Fredericksburg

July 30th, 2014

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Fredericksburg might want to start hyping itself as Brooklyn on the Rappahannock.

After spending time in this small historic city 50 miles south of Washington, I can honestly say Fredericksburg, on a much smaller scale, is undergoing a renaissance not unlike that of Manhattan’s coolest borough. There’s a vibrant art scene, a focus on DIY, artisanal food, farmers markets and a host of new shops that sell wine racks made of old pallets, vintage Polaroid cameras and 200-year-old wood beams.

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Dealing with a glut of weeds

July 30th, 2014

My artist friend Sherry keeps a handsome garden, her vegetables and herbs mixed with bright marigolds and neatly composed within wooden frames. The day I stopped to admire them, her beds were weedless except for scattered purslane seedlings, a pest of high summer that appears when the hot weather has settled in. Purslane had just spangled my own garden, too.

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Modern Home, Lush Landscape

July 29th, 2014

A Warren Platner-designed contemporary home in Greenwich, Conn., employs feng shui principles and features landscaped gardens with a greenhouse, fountains, a lily pond and a shared lake.
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Hidden Nooks in Old Chicago

July 28th, 2014

To the owners’ delight, a former office space in the basement of this 1899 mansion revealed a brick, barrel-vaulted ceiling for the wine cellar.
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Late-summer gardening advice from Adrian Higgins

July 28th, 2014

After his Local Living cover story on late-summer gardening, Adrian Higgins hosted an online chat with readers. Here are some of his top tips:

1. For a fall crop in a planter box, try greens.

“I confined my piece today to lettuce, but there are many other greens that will grow merrily in the fall, such things as mesclun mixes, radicchio, spinach, kale, bok choy and other Asian greens. This is also the season for turnips.

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California Homestead With Modern Amenities

July 25th, 2014

A ranch in the Sierra Nevada mountains comes with a stagecoach stop and a heliport.
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A Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Houston

July 24th, 2014

Built in 1955, this home designed by the noted architect was restored and expanded by the current owner; the property includes a courtyard with a pool.
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2015 Ikea catalogue: A preview

July 24th, 2014

Curling up in bed with the brand new Ikea catalogue (in print or on a tablet) is one of the joys of summer. Today is the day the digital version launches; if you’re on the mailing list, your printed copy (one of 20 million being mailed) should be arriving next week.

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Another score for organically grown veggies

July 23rd, 2014

Watching the studies come out about the merits or demerits of organics is a little like watching World Cup soccer. A large study done at Stanford in 2012 claimed organic food to be no more nutritious than chemically grown. Score one for that side. But a report newly published in the British Journal of Nutrition finds organically raised vegetables to have more antioxidants, less cadmium (a toxic metal in commercial fertilizer) and fewer pesticide residues. Score one for Team O.

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