Brassy: a nonfunctional light fixture

Ramona Jan and I decided to take her nonfunctional light fixture and do something about it. Maybe it’s because I’m reading Samuel Richardson’s “Pamela” right now, or …

25 ways to add color to your home

Hang or place baskets of flowering plants along the top of the porch and/or the front steps.  Install a set of outdoor lights with colorful bulbs or shades.  Replace plain house …

How to paint a room

The problem: The paint on the bathroom walls is badly chipped, has in fact been chipping away since I was a toddler.

Color and your brain

Color choice is a time-honored way to manage the way we feel inside, from the outside.
HONESDALE, PA — On a gray Saturday in September, Susan Cottle is surrounded by color, her work awash with the soft shades of the landscapes she loves. The places range from the American …
Color consultants are experts who can look at your room, learn about your life and suggest color choices that will get the effect you want, be it aesthetic or psychological.
My childhood bedroom was pink. Not baby pink, bright pink. Apparently I picked this out, something close to fuschia, and on the paint chip it seemed like a good idea. In reality it was… very …
Once upon a time, we all lived in the kitchen.That was when the kitchen was most of, if not all of, the house. We’ve come around to that again. There’s a reason the kitchen is …
A few local shops The Vintage House, 4910 NY-52, Jeffersonville, NY845/482-6001 Domesticities & the Cutting Garden,  4055 NY-52, Youngsville, NY845/482-3333 Antique Center of …
 For those with a yen for the past, you can find modern, yet vintage-style appliances at Elmira Stove Works.“When Elmira introduced its Northstar line in 2001, a large number of the …
Rejoice! Plastic shopping bags are rapidly disappearing in grocery stores and at farmers’ markets far and wide. This means that ocean life will be safer and, in turn, we will not be eating fish …
FORESTBURGH, NY — Pandemic shutdown notwithstanding, Deborah Jagel of Cabins & Canoes Real Estate has sold 17 homes in the past two months. That sounds like a lot. “It …
Leaving the warmth of the people and the climate of Oaxaca, Mexico was difficult this past March. It had been our longest stay, and we had rekindled and strengthened relationships with Americans and …
By ANNEMARIE SCHUETZ Grilling symbolizes the season, even this summer of 2020, as weird as it might be. Perhaps it will entail virtual grill get-togethers? Or practicing social distancing in the …
Having Christen (Chris) Wrighter as a neighbor was a treat that came with many visual perks. Our shared patio area was under constant redesign, and the yard was always undergoing ever-updating …