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March 2009

Eco-decorating is suddenly hip

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 [...]

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Hot or Not Hot? Giant Wall Stencils

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 [...]

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What are you people searching for?

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 [...]

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Lead Testing Made Simple

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? [...]

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The Ipe Conundrum — Green or Not Green?

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 [...]

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