A House for Kayakers in California

October 30th, 2014

This home on the American River was designed as a space for kayaks, as well as a family with dogs
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Hakurei, a sweeter turnip

October 30th, 2014

Here’s a tale of two turnips, one big, one small. One a quick crop, one slow. One for fresh eating, the other for winter storage.

When I was growing up, storage turnips were the only kind I knew. They were round globes at least baseball size, yellow, white, or purple-topped. We made a point of eating them at Thanksgiving, strong-flavored and richly buttered.

Tip of the week

Before storing wooden garden stakes, allow mud to dry and remove it with a stiff brush. Stakes should be bundled and stored in a dry space for the winter. Don’t leave stakes lying around the garden; ground moisture will cause them to rot and they may attract termites.

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How to repair cracked concrete steps

October 30th, 2014

Question: I am trying to get a lead on how to repair the steps that go from my kitchen sliding-glass door to my fenced-in patio. The steps have a big crack at the bottom. As a result, the steps are almost suspended from the house. I’ve tried to get someone to come to my house for an estimate, but the places I called said my repair is too small for them. Where can I go?

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A Long Island Home for the Arts

October 29th, 2014

The contemporary East Hampton, N.Y. home, built in 1994, features a 1,230-square-foot art gallery and open, airy rooms.
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A Family Beach House in Sri Lanka

October 28th, 2014

This home on the Indian Ocean island has a swimming pool and tropical gardens and is steps from the shore.
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5 things to do in your garden before December

October 28th, 2014

Adapted from our recent online chat on winter gardening.

Question: I have a somewhat large yard, and I realize I don’t have time to get everything I want to do done in terms of cleanup before the weather turns really cold. If I were to prioritize, say, five things that I should do in the garden before December, what would you recommend?

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Harbor Views in Sydney

October 27th, 2014

This three-level, renovated Victorian-style Australian home is steps from the water and overlooks Sydney’s dramatic skyline.
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The latest in kitchens: Black is the new white

October 27th, 2014

Kitchens are going over to the dark side.

Black is replacing white or gray as the go-to choice for trophy kitchens across the country. “Kitchen noir” is also trending on social media sites such as Pinterest and in the portfolios of high-end kitchen designers, where trends often are hatched.

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Modern Design in Bali

October 26th, 2014

This contemporary home on the Indonesian island has two pavilions, spacious open-air entertainment areas and a tropical garden.
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Why Patience Is a Necessity Out in the Yard

October 24th, 2014

Fall is the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs, new trees and perennials
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