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MoMA exhibit explores roots of modern interiors

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 08:57:45 UT

This undated photo provided by MoMA shows Lilly Reich's "View of the Velvet and Silk Café," 1927. The image is part of the exhibit at the museum titled "How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior." (MoMA via AP)

Ask a Designer: transitioning outdoor spaces for fall

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 08:51:44 UT

This undated photo provided by Kristina Crestin shows an outdoor space in Essex, Mass., designed by Crestin. One key to enjoying your outdoor living space in chilly fall weather: Sofas and chairs with deep, padded seats. In this backyard patio deep upholstered seating and thick pillows create a space where guests can nestle comfortably while enjoying a fall evening. (Kristina Crestin via AP)

Bar open since 1934 prepares to close

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 01:02:10 UT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Their story begins at the Wonder Bar. He wore Hai Karate aftershave. She was tall and skinny with long blond hair. It was the summer of 1972 on the second floor of Casper's watering hole — a rock and roll band, pitchers of light beer and a blind date for Pat and Vicki. They had seen each other once before. They had many mutual friends. She was 19, arriving first, easily bypassing the bouncer who knew she was underage. He was 24, coming from baseball practice, wearing a blue hat with white polka dots. She sat at their table of friends. He approached with a pick-up line. "Let's ditch these losers," he said, and nobody laughed. They danced and talked over loud music.

Man dies after falling into Wellesley pond

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 18:18:29 UT

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a man who fell out of a canoe on a Wellesley pond. Officials say the man, whose name has not been released, was a member of a landscaping crew doing work at a home on College Road and took a canoe out on Morses Pond during a break on Tuesday Police said the man was reported in the water at about 1 p.m. His body was recovered about three hours later some 40 to 50 feet from shore.

Heidelberg Project starts fundraising, plans transformation

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 18:26:22 UT

A Sept. 30, 2016 photo shows the exterior of the Number House at the Heidelberg Project, in Detroit. The Heidelberg Project in Detroit is launching a $100,000 capital campaign as its creator looks to remake and largely dismantle the outdoor art installation. (John T. Greilick/The Detroit News via AP)

$1 million State House dome renovation nears completion

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 11:21:06 UT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The golden dome atop the New Hampshire State House is glistening once again. Workers have begun to dismantle the scaffolding around the dome on the Civil War-era State House. The $1 million project started in March and is expected to be completed by Dec. 1. The work has involved meticulously laying five pounds of gold leaf in 4-inch squares on the dome and its golden eagle. The 500,000-pound, 90-foot tower of scaffolding has been reduced to 30 feet, leaving the fresh gilding visible. Workers are now replacing rotted wood and windows on the octagonal lantern that sits below.

Lawsuit seeks class-action status over 2014 sewer backups

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 16:35:29 UT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln attorney has filed a lawsuit against the city over 2014 sewer backups that damaged hundreds of homes. The Lincoln Journal Star reports ( ) that attorney Vince Powers filed the lawsuit on behalf of his client, Susan Dermer. On Friday, Power amended the lawsuit seeking class-action status. The lawsuit says Dermer suffered more than $10,000 in damages for cleaning and restoration of her basement. The suit says the city failed to have a sewer system that would accommodate heavy rainfall, among other problems. The city says the storm was responsible for the backups, not city negligence. Even so, it set up a $1 million cleanup fund, limiting property owners to $5,000 per property.

Gallery owner with ALS works to cement arts legacy

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 11:11:46 UT

ADVANCED FOR RELEASE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016 Art Spirit Gallery owner Steve Gibbs is diagnosed with ALS on the eve of his retirement. Fundraisers are planned to support his care and make his home accessible. He talked about the tremendous amount of support he's received at the gallery in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

Trinity Site ranch house faces restoration

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:53:26 UT

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A ranch house where Los Alamos scientists assembled the world's first atomic bomb is being restored. The McDonald/Schmidt Ranch House at the Trinity Site is facing exterior renovations thanks to a cooperative agreement with White Sand Missile Range Cultural Resources Program. Improvements will focus on the exterior stucco, gutters and drainage and interior restoration. On July 16, 1945, scientists from the then-secret city of Los Alamos successfully exploded the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site, near Tularosa. The ranch house was located two miles away from the explosion, and its windows were blown out. The house was no significantly damaged but over the years fell into disrepair.

'Simple Gifts': Met exhibit explores Shaker design

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:04:39 UT

This undated photo provided by Chilton Furniture shows the company's Alfred Chair. (David "Stretch" Tuemmler/Stretch Studio/Chilton Furniture via AP)

Iowa City board delays ruling on Kinnick Stadium-style house

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:22:08 UT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City Board of Adjustment has delayed a ruling on whether to let a couple build a 7,500-square-foot home designed to resemble Kinnick Stadium. An appeal of the city's building permit was scheduled for a vote Wednesday night but now has been delayed until next Wednesday. A group called the Neighbors of Manville Heights Association and property owners in the area are appealing the city's June issuance of the permit to Reed and Sandy Carlson. The opponents have cited the home's size, the potential for big parties, as well as concerns about drainage, fire safety and erosion. The board has the final say over matters of zoning, variances and permits, unless someone takes the board to court over its decision.

Ceramic artists ride design's trend toward the handcrafted

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:58:09 UT

This undated photo shows items on display in the showroom of Portland, Ore. based ceramics company Pigeon Toe. (Lisa Jones via AP)

ASK A DESIGNER: the perfectly flexible guest room

Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:32:40 UT

This undated photo provided by Betsy Burnham shows a guest room designed by Burnham of L.A.'s Burnham Design. Layered linens, plush upholstery and soft throw pillows infuse a feeling of welcoming luxury into this guest bedroom. (Sarah Dorio/Betsy Burnham via AP)

A modern take on wicker

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:18:00 UT

The word "wicker" might bring on flashbacks of the dusty rattan seating sets of the '70s and '80s or the last wicker crush in the '90s, but today's wicker - the technique of weaving reeds and other natural fibers into furniture and accessories - is worth reconsidering. Adding a dash of rattan or sweetgrass is a way to unlock today's hottest home-design trends, whether you're drawn to the nautical, beachy, boho, organic, well-traveled or handcrafted style. "People are tired of the matchy-matchy look," says interior designer Barbara Brown of Washington. Shankle likes to look for natural-fiber objects and furniture at West Elm, Dot & Bo, CB2 and AllModern, which offers a rattan magazine rack and newspaper basket by Kouboo in honey brown and a refreshing black ($32.50, Though it's not a natural material, poly rattan offers a natural look with the ease of synthetic, making it extra durable. Pier 1's Seagrass Block Headboard lends an exotic touch to a master suite or guest room ($200 for full, Ikea recently collaborated with Swedish glass and ceramic designer Ingegerd Raman to design a collection of handmade glassware and - you guessed it - woven pieces of natural fibers. Historically a material used for furniture - Cyrus Wakefield started it all when he found discarded rattan in the mid-1800s and bent it to make a chair - rattan is now used for accessories, too, as with West Elm's woven rattan trays, in which natural rattan is hand-woven over a metal frame ($59, A craftsman for Ikea wove the Viktigt basket of water hyacinth into a size ideal for collecting just about anything in classy form: toys, laundry, recycling in the office, shoes by the door and more ($18,

In the pink: A few of our favorite things

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:12:00 UT

June 23 is National Pink Day - and there's much to celebrate about the color most associated with femininity, romance and sensitivity. The Rococo period from 1720 to 1777 ushered in pink as a favored color in European fashion and was perhaps most famously worn by Madame de Pompadour, a mistress of King Louis XV of France. Nowadays, pink is associated with breast cancer awareness causes, as well as a color for spring and summer, bursting from our gardens and into our homes and closets. What's not to like about this perfect chair? A maple frame, "azalea" linen fabric and a comfy seat for virtually any room in your home. $2,870 at When the air conditioning is chilly, you'll want a soft throw to wrap yourself into in style.

Six common mistakes you make when washing your clothes

Mon, 23 May 2016 22:26:00 UT

[...] it might be time to dump some of Mom or Dad's outdated laundry habits. "Technology has come a long way since our mothers started doing laundry," says Provateare, a product development manager at Nehemiah Manufacturing, a Cincinnati-based consumer-goods company. Many people just sort by color, especially if they plan to wash everything in cold water. The dirt ends up on the rest of your clothes, making them dingy. Study the detergent box, bottle or cap to make sure you are adding the recommended amount. Consumers often select cold water since it's a less risky choice: [...] cold water is not always best and may not be getting clothes clean or odors out. A good rule is to use the warmest temperature your garment can handle, because, in general, you are going to get clothes cleaner in warmer water. If you spill ketchup on your shirt, immediately put a cloth or paper towel behind the stain and rub with your pen. If you fail to do this, chemicals could come in contact with your skin and cause irritation or contact dermatitis.

A little paint can go a long way toward making DIY project easier

Fri, 13 May 2016 16:11:00 UT

With more than 30 years of experience in home décor and furniture design, Howard has poured her heart into creating a new line of paints and craft tools that are perfect for any DIY novice or veteran. With her new line, she hopes to help people create a high-end aesthetic with affordable prices and an easy, hands-on approach. Increasingly, people are scouting out furniture at garage sales, estate sales and flea markets. For a faded industrial look, her liming wax can create a feathery finish on cabinets or a table. The wax must be painted in a diagonal direction, Howard said, starting from the upper left top corner. When designing a room, Howard recommends a neutral background and a few objects (lamps and pillows) with bright pops of color, a major trend.