Tunnel Vision at an Oceanfront Estate in Florida

November 26th, 2014

The owner of this home built a tunnel to the beach and parking for his antique car collection
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Dhurries are back — or were they really gone?

November 25th, 2014

In the 1980s, dhurrie rugs from India with their bright colors, geometric designs and sturdy flat weaves were all the rage. In 1983, one of the first things my husband and I selected for our new apartment in Glover Park was a red and white 9-by-12 foot dhurrie rug from the Kellogg Collection ($499). I wish I still owned it.

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Dealing, kindly, with stony ground

November 25th, 2014

Here’s a little Thanksgiving exercise. Think of something negative in your life, and then find a way to appreciate it. For example: My garden soil is full of rocks. They stop my shovel when I dig and strain my back when I haul them away. Then new ones appear, as if malevolent demons deep below were pushing them up from Hell.

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A Timeless New York Mansion

November 25th, 2014

This Westchester County mansion was built about a decade ago to look like a historical home, but has modern amenities and cozy spaces throughout.
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Historic Estate in Southern Virginia

November 24th, 2014

This former plantation home on the Staunton River, owned by one family for more than a century, combines southern flair and European culture.
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7 bright neutrals for light-challenged spaces

November 21st, 2014

Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, offered advice for readers with dark rooms this week on our Home Front online chat. Here are her favorite neutral paint colors from the edited transcript.

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A Light-Filled Penthouse in Tribeca

November 20th, 2014

The large Tribeca penthouse in a luxury building features bright and open rooms, high ceilings and a terrace with Hudson River views.
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Winter squash fans ask, what’s better than a Waltham?

November 20th, 2014

Call me conservative, say I’m stodgy, but it’s pretty darned hard to pry me away from good old-fashioned Waltham Butternut squash. Waltham isn’t just any butternut, but an improved variety discovered by an amateur breeder named Charles Leggett, who was fooling around with squash in the 1940s on his Stow, Mass., farm, crossing various types with one another. He liked the tan, club-shaped fruit so much that he planted his whole farm with it. Naming his discovery butternut (“smooth as butter, sweet as a nut”), he gave the seeds to the Waltham Agricultural Experiment Station, where it was grown out and introduced to the world as Waltham Butternut.

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Tips for creating memorable holiday cards

November 19th, 2014

It’s that time of year again: the mad rush to get the house decorated, presents bought and — for me, the most dreaded of all — the addressing and mailing of the family’s annual holiday photo card. You might just tell me to skip it, but that would let down relatives and friends who, even in this overexposed, picture-sharing world, may get a glimpse of our family only from that one mailing. All the more reason that I like my family’s card to be special. I want it to reflect our family’s design sense and to complement whichever photo we select. Fortunately, in this digital age, there are dozens of sites to choose from that offer a variety of designs.

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How to make drawers open and close smoothly

November 19th, 2014

Question: We have an art-deco dresser from the 1920s-1940s that we inherited it from my husband’s mother, so it does have family history for us. However, the dresser drawers need repair. I can’t pull out any of them smoothly. I guess the runners and tracks need to be replaced. Can you suggest someone who would repair the drawers for a reasonable price?

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