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Front Yard Urban Gardening

It was the bush that ate Cincinnati. It was beautiful for about two weeks every spring when it blossomed into a huge white puff, but the azalea bush had overtaken the front of the house. The 7-feet-tall, 7-feet-wide monster was blocking windows and denying sunlight […]

New Paint Job

Eleven years ago we had our house painted by Chris and Sons Painting, based in Lynn, Mass. Chris, who is Greek, told us then if we ever visited Greece to call him so when we decided to go to Athens and Santorini last April, Trish […]

Stripping Doors of Paint And Redesigning the Dining Room

I haven’t posted anything in more than two months. My wife says, “That’s because you’ve been sitting around doing nothing.” Oh, the sarcasm. I’ve been doing quite a lot (which I’ll be posting updates on in the coming weeks), including this. The dining room in […]

It’s Time To Start Planning Your Summer Garden

Spring has sprung in the RootsLiving tulip garden. And for everyone who has to stay indoors today, here’s a little sunshine break for you. It’s time to start planning the spring window boxes (here’s some inspiration) and summer garden. Soon it will be Memorial Day […]

Bathroom Makeover — What Color Should We Paint the Walls?

Fifteen years ago we bought our 162-year-old house and had to redo every room. It was mainly cosmetic work, but not in the sense of “Oh, we don’t like that color,” or “That room is out of style and needs to be updated.” There were […]

Old House Design Tip: Keep It (the lighting) Real

When we were remodeling our 161-year-old kitchen, we wanted to keep as much of the old world charm as possible without sacrificing the modern conveniences. So we picked out a very large and deep white porcelain farmer’s sink. We had custom cabinets built to match […]