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Home lighting update: Designers get creative, clever, cozy

Designers and lighting companies have been busy coming up with new ways to hold a lightbulb and project light, and winter is a great time to explore their latest solutions. Some are ...

Crafts: Indie makers get creative with yarns, dyes

When you see a nice handmade sweater, you know it took a while to make. The knitting or crocheting is just part of it. (A fun online calculator at www.lovecrafts.com estimates how lo...

Weather vanes: Exhibit looks at artworks with a purpose

Perched atop churches, barns, businesses, homes and seats of government, weather vanes have over hundreds of years taken the form of everything from farm animals to pets, storybook figures to race car...

Welcome to your new home: Style-savvy housewarming gifts

Bread and salt. Wine. A broom or sack of flour. Honey, pineapples, even bluebirds – a symbol of happiness – have been bestowed on people moving into new homes over the centuries. Fal...

Fall décor gets personal: `Your house becomes your story'

As fall nesting season returns, home décor retailers are presenting collections that reflect the idea that home is where our hearts and heads are. Our long housebound stretch may hav...

Home Fires: Volcanic lava sparks decorative design

Mother Earth has been blowing off lots of steam lately – as well as ash and a mess of lava. The volcanic eruptions, and the pumice and other rock they leave in their wake, have inspired some remarkabl...

Right at Home: The bandana gets some new twists in decor

If ever a 22-inch square of cotton could tell stories, it would be the bandana. This simple piece of cloth has swabbed the sweat off the brows of sailors, farmers, miners, soldiers a...

The Stoop: Creating a welcoming spot for hanging out

NEW YORK (AP) — Front stoops have long welcomed visitors to city homes, and have served as gathering spots for friends and neighbors engaging in what urban design activist Jane Jacobs called “the side...

Plant-based materials catch on with home-goods designers

With an eye toward sustainability, makers of home furnishings are experimenting more and more with plant-based materials. You can find things like bark, leaves and seeds transformed into vegan leather...

RIGHT AT HOME: Reclaimed wood’s past adds character to decor

In their new book, ``Reclaimed Wood: A Field Guide’’ (Abrams, 2019), woodworkers Alan Solomon and Klaas Armster close with an imagined recounting of one tree’s story from sprout to salvage. ...

Table’s new star? The relaxed and versatile dinner bowl

Dinner menus are now crowded with mixed greens bowls, savory stews and casseroles, which can create a quandary when it’s time to set the table. Should you use regular salad plates? (...

`Like theater in tile form’: Tile’s patterns, designs expand

People have been surfacing floors and walls in tile for hundreds of years; it’s one of our oldest materials. But the industry keeps reinventing the product. Digital printing and fabr...

Glam holiday décor that gets the party started

Had enough of all that serene winter wonderland decor, the birch trees and reindeer and sleighs? Ready to change it up this year and boogie down? Then consider digging out the legwar...

RIGHT AT HOME: Design and décor with British flair

Britain's political climate may be gloomy, but on the decor front the sun is shining. Young designers and established firms are crafting furniture, lighting and accessory collections that celebrate vi...

Biophilic decor: Ways to bring the feel of nature indoors

The term "biophilia," an affinity for the living world, was coined back in the 1980s by American biologist and author E.O. Wilson. We have an instinctive drive to connect with nature, he said, and the...