It's that time of year when texture, character and warmth define the most successful decor. The perfect time for felt.
Q: Your reply to the homeowner with storm damage to his roof a couple weeks ago was good, but I have a much smaller problem. Cleaning leaves out of my gutters this weekend, I saw leaks underneath the gutters. Leaves also piled up at bends and drains and were hard to clean out. Any suggestions on how to fix the leaks and prevent buildup? - Rick in Pittsburgh
(BPT) - Talk to any contemporary architect, remodeler, interior designer or homeowner, and you'll find one of the hot topics these days is "flow." Gone are the days of floor plans burdened by closed-off, claustrophobic rooms, each designed around specific functions.
Forget Bing Crosby's classic "White Christmas." For me, Christmastime will forever be evoked by David Cassidy crooning "My Christmas Card to You," and I still have the 1972 Partridge Family holiday record album to prove it.
By The Associated Press The joy of home entertaining at the holidays often comes with a challenge: How do you provide enough seating for a roomful of holiday revelers with just a sofa and a few chairs? Are there creative options besides resorting to folding chairs? Los Angeles-based interior designer Betsy Burnham frequently hears from clients who want help solving this puzzle. "People are doing more home entertaining than ever," Burnham says, so they want ...
By The Associated Press Some artificial Christmas trees glow cheerily even without lights: The branches themselves softly glow, fading on and off in different colors at the tips. That got me wondering: Could you get the same effect from a real tree? If plain old green evergreens are too ho-hum for you, there's a world of "self-igniting" evergreens awaiting. For example, consider growing a variety of yellow-leafed conifer, many of which make good cut trees. ...
It's that time of year again, when you've got to think of gifts for friends and family that will be appreciated. Luckily, it's easy to pick out gifts for the do-it-yourselfers. Most DIYers will outright tell you what they need, or you can casually survey their workspace to see what is not there.
It's the time of year when the Santa Clarita Valley is ablaze with the twinkling joy of the season.
1. Willcox, 32451 Sierra Oak Trail, Castaic 91384 Lighted Christmas Tree 13 feet in height with 32 strings of light. All of the lights are synchronized to music. The music is broadcast to the street via a local FM Stereo signal. Musical selections include modern Trans-Siberian songs along with classic Johnny Mathis and Mel Torme and a special Christmas musical surprise. 2. Tisdell, 30523 Deed Ave., Castaic 91387 More than 40,000 lights synchronized to music. ...
Now is not the time of year for sowing, unless it's sowing an idea: As the weather turns colder and the landscape becomes washed in grays and browns, imagine a retreat, an oasis of lush greenery and brightly colored flowers suffused in warm, moist air.
J. Russo: I received a violation letter from my HOA for installing holiday decorations at my townhome. Now they are telling me if I don't take down the decorations they are going to fine me and have them removed. Can an HOA keep homeowners from installing holiday decorations and do they have the right to remove them from my property? DR HOA: I have never heard of a homeowners association strictly forbidding holiday decorations. And ...
The holiday season doesn't have to always involve the same old, same old when it comes to decorating your home.
ARVADA, Colo. (AP) - Thousands of ornaments, many of them made by Colorado schoolchildren, have accompanied the majestic Engelmann spruce sent to Washington, D.C., to grace the lawn of the U.S. Capitol building this Christmas.
Q: This winter will be the first time we will use our new fireplace. Can you give us some advice on safely lighting a fire? - Charlie L., Oviedo, Fla.
Christmas decorations can range from grandiose lighting displays to more subtle adornments. Some families may prefer more traditional holiday decor, while others might like the look of modern trimmings.