Stories tagged: home
Sat., July 15, 2017, 10 a.m.
Upcycled treasures: Put a shine on some of the old junk in your house
Summer is a hard time for me to think about decorating; I mostly turn my focus outside to my garden and porch. But I do use these months to edit …
Sat., July 15, 2017, 6 a.m.
Ask The Builder: Treated wood can rot, and here’s why
I’m starting to have some rot issues with my 10-year-old deck. Not only are some of the treated wood decking boards rotting, but I’m also noticing that the tops of …
Sat., July 8, 2017, 1 p.m.
In the Garden: Home visit with breathtaking views of Austin roses
David Austin Roses display gardens, an hour from Stratford-upon-Avon, covers about 2 acres. The gardens are divided into separate “rooms” surrounded by brick walls or clipped hedges. In addition to …
Sat., July 8, 2017, 6 a.m.
Ask The Builder: Not all driveway blacktop is the same – here’s why
We need to have a new blacktop driveway installed, and I thought it was going to be a simple process of comparing quotes. It turns out it’s somewhat confusing. I …
Sat., July 8, 2017
Finding the right water glass isn’t as easy as it looks
If it’s something you’re going to look at and touch every day, you want it to be perfect. Case in point: the water glass. Yet finding one with the right …
Sat., July 1, 2017, noon
In the garden: Shade makes for a cool garden
We gardeners often want what we don’t have: If our gardens are sunny, we long for shady retreats. Conversely, those who have shady yards yearn for sunshine. While some might …
Sat., June 17, 2017
Ask the Builder: Miscommunication to blame for concrete problems
Use photos, videos or local spots to help explain the results you want.
Sat., June 17, 2017
Making a splash with water-themed decor
Summer for many of us means reconnecting with water – lakeside hikes, paddles in the sea, luxuriant floats in some relaxing pool. And that connection isn’t confined just to the …
Sun., June 11, 2017
Backyards: Where the outdoors begins
So today, with summer looming just beyond the horizon, let’s celebrate backyards and the world of possibilities they present.
Sat., June 10, 2017, noon
In the Garden: Annual Spokane in Bloom tour features North Side gardens
Garden tour season officially begins this month. First up is Saturday’s Spokane in Bloom tour, hosted by the Inland Empire Gardeners. This year’s spotlight is on six inspiring gardens on …
UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 3:47 p.m.
Search for vintage treasures at the Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair
Now in its 15th year, Farm Chicks brings vintage, antique, country, retro, shabby chic and more to the fairgrounds for a two-day show that draws thousands of shoppers.
Sat., May 20, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
In the Garden: Reflect your personality with a telling landscape design
A well-planned home landscape – whether designed professionally or by the gardener-in-residence – does a beautiful job of reflecting those who live there.
Sat., May 20, 2017, 12:58 p.m.
Ask the Builder: Building a pergola that is safe and beautiful
When planning a pergola, consider structural challenges first, then aesthetics.
Sat., May 13, 2017, 8:56 a.m.
Ask a Designer: decorating indoors with plants
From kitchen herb gardens to miniature indoor trees, interior designers are increasingly bringing plants into their home design projects.
Sun., May 7, 2017, 10:02 p.m.
Growing trash pile at Thurston County property raises concerns
City officials say they have not been able to get much done on a growing trash pile at a foreclosed Tumwater home considered hazardous.
Sat., April 29, 2017, 6 a.m.
Unique property hits market: Victorian home built in 1892 for former Spokane mayor
A Victorian home in northeast Spokane was built in 1890 for a former city mayor and is now up for sale
Sat., April 29, 2017, 6 a.m.
Ask The Builder: Tips for building your own outdoor fire pit
It just so happens fire pits are a minor hobby of mine. I’ve built several and sat around many. Here are a few key fire pit ideas to consider.
Thu., April 27, 2017, 9:11 p.m.
Police: Connecticut man stockpiled massive amounts of explosives in home
Authorities say a Connecticut man is under arrest after massive amounts of explosive black powder were found in nearly every room of his home, enough to potentially blow up his …
Sat., April 8, 2017, 6 a.m.
Ask the Builder: Finding the ideal rise and run for porch steps
I asked a contractor to build a set of porch steps using name-brand materials. He made a mess of it and when you step off the last step you trip …
Sat., April 8, 2017
Embraced by Baby Boomers, recliners get a makeover
Including recliners in home decorating projects used to be an interior designer’s nightmare, says Bonnie Lewis, founder of 55+ TLC Interior Design in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Sat., April 1, 2017, 3 p.m.
In the Garden: Protecting plants from the weather
Even though it’s too early to transplant our seedlings out in the garden, a few mild days can make any gardener want to jump the gun. Unfortunately, this can lead …
Sat., April 1, 2017, 6 a.m.
Ask the Builder: Home maintenance requires more than a standard checklist
I’ve seen those standardized spring checklists over the years, and I sort of chuckle at many of them. I realize the authors have good intentions, but I often wonder if …
Sun., March 26, 2017
Why the dining room is due for a revival
“Everything is so casual these days, it’s nice to be a bit more formal in a room where you entertain or gather your family,” said designer Erica Burns. “The room …
Sat., March 25, 2017, 7 a.m.
Ask the Builder: Roof popping noise has a simple fix
Diagonal bracing can quiet roof noises.
Sat., March 18, 2017, 4 p.m.
In the Garden: Flowers bring beauty and pollinators to the garden
This year, I’ll be growing a small cutting garden right in the middle of my vegetable garden. Cut flowers are often a blend of perennials, bulbs and annuals, but I’m …
Fri., March 17, 2017
Why some designers genuinely love faux materials
What you lose in integrity, you make up for in savings, and these days, most folks can’t tell the difference.
Sat., March 11, 2017, 8 a.m.
Ask a designer: Rethinking the basement for spring
Basements can be cold and dark, and often get much less decorating attention than the rest of the house. But you can gain new, useful and stylish living space by …
Sat., March 11, 2017, 7 a.m.
Ask the Builder: Repairing mortar with caulk not the ideal fix
My 10-year-old house developed some cosmetic cracks in the mortar. I got some bids to have tuck-pointing work done and nearly gagged when I looked at the cost.
Sun., March 5, 2017
An argument for the color that makes everybody look (and feel) good
Rose Quartz is a soft light pink that, according to Pantone, fulfills “our yearning for reassurance and security.” If you ask me, it’s just the sort of calming color our …
Sat., March 4, 2017, 7:30 a.m.
In the Garden: Know your zone to pick the right plants
Oftentimes, gardeners will engage in what has been amusingly coined “zonal denial” and buy a plant that isn’t hardy enough. Because it’s so desirable, they are certain it will grow …