Imagination takes wing in 'Birdhouses of the World'

| |Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014

Certain objects have been a perennial source of inspiration to artists, artisans and designers. Think of the teapot, a simple vessel both functional and ornamental that has been endlessly reimagined over the centuries. Or the chair in its many permutations.

Get control of your sprinklers

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Ignorance shouldn't be an excuse for wasting water. Yet irrigation systems (particularly those complicated-looking controllers) often baffle homeowners.

Carpenter decks out home in Mission and Arts and Crafts styles

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

By day, Dirk Rash works on some of the largest and most luxurious houses in Orange County, Calif. A carpenter by trade, he also interprets architects' plans, frames walls, lays foundation and cuts roofs. His clients are homeowners with the substantial resources to have their sometimes extravagant dreams brought to life.

For Your Home: More consumers choose contemporary kitchens

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Consumers are starting to embrace contemporary kitchens. They're realizing this style is more than just a clean, uncomplicated look. It also can be functional and easy to live with.

Yardsmart: Gardening for avian pest control

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Birds are the Godzillas of your garden. At least that's how an inchworm sees a sparrow as she swoops down to gobble it up and carry to her nestlings. We just don't think of songbirds as predators, yet they are indeed ferocious insect eaters. The more birds hanging around the yard, the fewer bugs you'll see. There is no better way to ensure your organic garden is pest-free than to make your yard irresistible to all our avian friends.

Interiors: Color ideas for exterior of home

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Is it time to paint the exterior of your home? Is some of the old paint peeling? Has the current color lost its luster? Or are you just in the mood for change? If you've answered yes to any of the above, read on.

Candice Tells All: A beach-inspired basement reno

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Sandy and Sean's mammoth basement was a giant waste of space that was born back in the 1970s and never really grew up. The dated finishes, ornate ironwork and brick arches were sorely in need of retirement. A one-way trip to the dump was just what the designer ordered.

Treasures: Dining room sets follow 'always keep it together' rule

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Dear Helaine and Joe:

Plumber: Top off new kitchen with a pot filler

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Q: Hi Ed, I'm the middle of my one and only kitchen remodel and I'm pulling out all the stops. Since I want to go over-the-top on this job, I recently looked into installing a pot filler next to my stove. But, I'm on the fence. What can you tell me about installing a pot filler?

Home Fix: Augmenting insulation in the attic

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Q: I currently have 6 1/4 inches of batt insulation in my attic and was planning to add more. I'd like your thoughts on how much to add, just 3 1/2 inches or another 6 1/4 inches instead?

Ask Angie: Is there any way to recoup upfront money from a bad contractor?

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Dear Angie: How do I get money back from a shady roofer after paying upfront?

Style at Home: Shower some spring on your mantel

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Ready to celebrate spring in your home? Make your fireplace mantel an ode to this season of new life. Here are four spring mantel treatments our designers crafted to inspire you.

Gardener: Creating a pallet garden: A simple and beautiful project for any space

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

In reviewing my website stats recently, I was surprised to learn that of the hundreds of articles I've posted, dozens of chef authored recipes and online access to every episode we've ever aired, the most viewed page on our website, was the step-by-step instructions for building a pallet garden that we featured in episode 221. Moreover, it's become a popular feature through my contribution to Niki Jabbour's new book: "Groundbreaking Food Gardens."

Hobbies: Scented sentiments pillow

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

I love pillows, I change mine frequently in my home and office. I also love giving personalized handmade gifts. This project allows you to incorporate a sweet message and a pretty pillow into one lovely gift.

How to make wholesale clubs worth the cost

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Big discounts await shoppers at wholesale membership clubs like Sam's Club, BJ's and Costco, and shoppers swear by them to save money.

Hot Property: Venice contemporary was haven for Anjelica Huston and her late husband

| |Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014

Actress Anjelica Huston has parted with the five-story contemporary live/work home in Venice, Calif., that she shared with her late husband, sculptor Robert Graham, for $11.15 million.

Decorator offers tips on where to splurge, scrimp

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

When it comes to decorating our homes, our choices are many.

Your Place: Ice-melt products stained pavers; what to do?

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

The ever-genial Mitch Cohen, of Cohen Hardware in Philadelphia, e-mailed me recently, reporting that many customers were asking him how to get ice melt's white residue out of their brick pavers.

On Gardening: Chinese fringetrees appear to be covered in snow

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

The Chinese fringetrees have been on the spectacular side the last week or so, and they will be the same in your garden as they have in Savannah, Ga. Botanically speaking they are known as Chionanthus retusus, with Chionanthus meaning snow flower.

Diggin' In: It's nesting season

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Bluebirds have been at it for weeks, and hummingbirds will be at it soon - nesting and feeding baby birds.