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March 2009

Eco-decorating is suddenly hip

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I guess my friend and co-author Kitty Bartholomew is a visionary. For many years, long before it was eco-hip, she was finding new uses for old things that have served their [...]

It’s official: barter works

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So what do you do when your prized market umbrella goes flying off in the wind and breaks two spokes? And what do you do when your avocado trees are putting out so much fruit [...]

Hot or Not Hot? Giant Wall Stencils

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The New York Times had a pretty good concept for a series: Remake five rooms around the city for $300 each. In these times of job losses and declining prosperity, $300 is [...]

What are you people searching for?

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What recession? We who love our homes still seek to make them better. I was curious about what types of projects interest people these days, so I studied the Google searches [...]

Lead Testing Made Simple

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Whenever I’m told to test my house for lead or radon or mold or asbestos, I get a bad case of the “yeah buts. . . .” As in: Yeah, but . . . who do I call? [...]

The ipe conundrum — green or not green?

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For several years, ipe (pronounced EE-pay) decking from Brazilian hardwood trees has been the darling of green builders. This beautiful wood looks like mahogany, and it does [...]