The Polls

What Is Your Least Favorite DIY Task?

When I visited Arnie and Lily Richards at home in Downey, Calif., they were naturally proud of the new dining room they added, and the adjacent kitchen they remodeled. You […]

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 […]

Who will win ‘Design Star’?

Last night, on HGTV’s “Design Star,” the three judges agreed this was the strongest group of finalists they’d seen yet. I agree. And I wondered if […]

DIY paintings: Hot or not hot?

For a cool contemporary home, these DIY paintings might be fun and flexible. These look so sophisticated. But actually, they’re simply canvases stretched on wood frames […]

The Human Footprint: Take the survey

The Human Footprint will be on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday at 9 p.m. The subtitle is: Everything you eat. Everything you drink. Everything you use. Your entire […]

Too much weird green?

The red I’ve chosen for my house is absolutely awesome. Perfect. Fills me with joy. But the green trim? I’m not sure it’s the perfect color. But […]

How long do we live in our houses?

I’ve been concerned for some time that we all move so often. The National Association of Realtors told me recently that we now sell our homes and move an average of […]

Trex now more wood-like

There’s a lot to like about Trex or other composite decking materials. They don’t splinter, split, rot or need painting or staining. And they’re made from […]