Tips for harvesting pumpkins, squash

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Got pumpkins? Harvest time is here for that annual Halloween staple as well as other hard-skinned winter squash.

Gardener: Lessons from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

After five years of traveling the country for the television show I currently host and produce, ("Growing a Greener World" on national public television), we have been to some incredible and beautiful places. One that continues to hold a spot on my list of favorites is Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, located just outside Charlottesville, Va.

Yardsmart: Organic fall decor

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Repurpose, recycle, reuse, is the mantra of today's decor. When you decorate for autumn with organic elements that can later be repurposed, you get double the value. All over America it's the season of gourds and Indian corn, both highly useful raw materials that can yield art projects and seed for next year's garden. The key is knowing what to buy now and how to exploit the second harvest next year.

Treasures: Cobalt blue box is elegant, but not an example of Boch Freres' finest work

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Dear Helaine and Joe:

Hobbies: Feather gift box wraps things up elegantly

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Scrapbook paper is great for scrapbooking, of course, but it can also be used for so many other projects. This project was inspired by my good friend, Brenda Walton. She is always bringing me delightful gifts that are wrapped to perfection - the wrapping is just as pretty as the gift itself. Scrapbooking paper remnants and little embellishments go a long way in creating a lovely little gift box that will take your gift giving to a new level.

Style at Home: 5 tricks for decorating with brown

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

The world looks fabulous wrapped in the colors of fall. And at the base of this beautiful bouquet of radiant color is brown. Earthy, warm, soothing and satisfying, the color brown encourages us to slow down and snuggle in. And eat hot, buttery popcorn. Or, is that just me? I digress. Here are my favorite ways to work this dramatic but undemanding neutral into your home decor.

Home Fix: Frozen kitchen faucet needs to be replaced

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Q: I have noticed that the faucet for my kitchen sink is hard to turn from one sink to the other. It has become so hard to move it that I'm afraid it will break. Do I have to buy a new faucet or can this be repaired?

Design Recipes: Tips for creating a soothing bedroom

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

When it comes to creating the perfect decor for your bedroom, it doesn't have to be about spending lots of money. Instead, aim to create a soothing and calming atmosphere that reflects your personality and creates the ideal oasis.

Inviting the natives

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

The typical American home landscape is 80 percent Asian plants. Most are beautiful, and some provide shade, shelter and maybe a little nectar and pollen. But otherwise, they have little to offer indigenous insects, birds, and other wildlife in the local ecosystem.

Plumber: Add a little technology to your kitchen sink

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Q: Ed, I'm planning to replace my old kitchen faucet and since the new faucet should be there for years to come I want to keep up with current trends. With that said, I want to buy one of those new electronic high-tech faucets with automatic sensors so I can turn it on and off easily while I wash dishes, but still keep my set temperature. Can you please give me some basic tips on what to look for in my new state-of-the art kitchen faucet?

Family's home grows better by the remodel

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

"I wanted Ina Garten's farmhouse kitchen. I thought if it looked like that, then all the food that came out of it would be like hers."

Cottage garden has a lot of fall color � real and created

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Gina Socha gets her yard decorating ideas wherever she can find them. Area garden shops, other people's gardens or any magazine "I can get my hands on."

Ask Angie: A whole-house fan may be a good idea

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Dear Angie: Are whole-house fans a good option in humid climates? I bought a home with a fan that was disconnected when A/C was installed. Would it be worthwhile to reconnect and use it during the humid summers where I live?

Hot Property: Jodie Foster ends very long engagement with house

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES-Jodie Foster has sold a home in Hollywood Hills for its latest asking price of $4.995 million.

Chic Little House makes blog a hit and family at home

| |Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - When her family bought their first house, Katrina Sullivan wanted to share every aspect of creating her dream home. An avid do-it-yourselfer, she detailed with love her adventures as she transformed the modest cottage decorated with thrift-store treasures into her unique "chic little house."

Two homes become one for a world traveler's treasures

| |Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

PITTSBURGH - On a street of modest houses, why would someone go to the trouble and expense of combining two into one 6,000-square-foot house?

Living Smart: Lead paint is still a threat, but it shouldn't be

| |Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

If you or someone you know is planning work on a pre-1978 home, please make time to take precautions against the possibility of lead poisoning.

Art Deco 1920s house 'like something out of a Hollywood movie'

| |Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

PITTSBURGH - Richard Silvers grew up admiring the palatial white mansion at 1830 Beechwood Blvd. in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill, never imagining he might live there.

Your Place: Multiple-glazed windows help fight condensation

| |Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

I know I'll be getting this question at least once as cooler weather sets in, so here's an explanation of window condensation, courtesy of Tom Herron of the National Fenestration Rating Council.

'Fake law': A checkered approach to outdoor space in a drought

| |Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

SIERRA MADRE, Calif. - Peg Rahn loves her garden here but is taking the drought - and the city's mandate to reduce water consumption by 30 percent - seriously.