6 entertaining tips from a serial entertainer

April 24th, 2015

Throwing any kind of get-together can come with its share of complications. Steven Stolman, designer and author of three books, including “Confessions of a Serial Entertainer,” helped answer your entertaining questions in our recent Home Front chat. Here are five of his best tips for hosts and guests.Read full article >>




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The healing powers of the earth

April 23rd, 2015

Gardening feeds you in so many ways that 10 fingers aren’t enough to count them. Beyond the end results — the baskets of fresh food, bouquets of flowers and shady landscaped retreats — the work itself nourishes the grower.Read full article >>




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English Mansion With Cutting-Edge Interior

April 23rd, 2015

This five-bedroom mansion was recently built to the owner’s specification in Weybridge, 24 miles from central London.
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Making room for nature in a small space

April 22nd, 2015

THE CHALLENGEEileen Alfieri and Robert Pennington don’t have much wall space in their Fort Washington living/dining room because of a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows. They use the room for relaxing and dining but aren’t sure how to arrange the furniture or place art. They want to incorporate their love of the outdoors in the design, and they’ll move the large plants outside during warmer weather.Read full article >>




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Making room for nature in a small space

April 22nd, 2015

THE CHALLENGEEileen Alfieri and Robert Pennington don’t have much wall space in their Fort Washington living/dining room because of a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows. They use the room for relaxing and dining but aren’t sure how to arrange the furniture or place art. They want to incorporate their love of the outdoors in the design, and they’ll move the large plants outside during warmer weather.Read full article >>




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A Coastal Villa in Fiji

April 20th, 2015

This 8,000-square-foot luxury home on the South Pacific island has two guest pavilions, beach access, and sunrise and sunset views.
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Channeling nature with Susan Hable’s ‘A Colorful Home’

April 17th, 2015

Throw a bunch of confetti up in the air. The candy colors you see as it falls to the floor can inspire a vibrant design scheme for bathroom tile.Using nature and unexpected objects as inspiration has always been a philosophy of Susan Hable, a color expert, textile designer and author of the new book “A Colorful Home: Create Lively Palettes for Every Room.”Read full article >>




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Florida Home Heads to Auction, Angels Included

April 16th, 2015

This oceanfront house comes with hand-painted ceilings and six-foot tall statues of angels around the pool
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Taking a bite out of tomato blight

April 16th, 2015

Gardening in a community plot can sometimes feel like having kids in school, where they make great friends but bring home every cold and tummy bug that’s passing though. Side-by-side gardens share ills, too, but many plant maladies are caused by weather that hits even isolated ones.Tip of the weekExcessive quantities of mulch can be harmful to plants. Mulch should be applied in a layer no more than three inches thick and not allowed to touch the trunks or stems of trees and shrubs. Bark mulches contain tannins that slow their decay. Wood mulches break down more quickly. — Adrian HigginsRead full article >>




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A Bahamas ‘Dream House’ With Palm Beach Touches

April 15th, 2015

Owned by a former Victoria’s Secret Catalogue president, the 13,600-square-foot residence is up for auction
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