Monday, December 22, 2014

Home & Design

READING, Pa. (AP) - Reading's official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief.
Is there a room in your home that you tend to avoid? Chances are it's lacking in sufficient natural light. A dark room tends to project a gloomy, forbidding...
Who else loves the look of brand new butcher block countertops? The natural wood gives a rich, cozy feel to a kitchen. But I've always wondered how these...
Question: We have a house that is now a little over 20 years old. My wife noticed some small ceiling water spots on our top floor. We have architectural shingles that are rated for 30 years.
Even a small roof leak can result in serious damage to your home's structure, as well as wasting substantial amounts of water. What's more, it may lead...
Drywall installation can be described with those "three little words" that mean so much to homeowners in the midst of remodeling: quick, easy, and inexpensive...
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: I'm working on my list of favorites and final ratings for the annual "Year in Bells," to be rung in The Inquirer Sunday, Dec. 28. But I'm curious to hear from you: What were your 2014 highlight dishes, drinks, places, and meals? Please vote during the chat on your favorite new restaurant from among the six three-bell-review recipients I've chosen, to decide the Chatters' Choice for 2014.
If you've got a dirty secret hiding in your kitchen, then it's time to take care of it. Instead of purchasing a chemical-filled oven cleaner, make your own to leave your oven looking sparkling clean. And guess what? This DIY costs basically nothing to make and doesn't involve breaking a sweat.
Jenny Greenberg, 41, is the new executive director of the recently revived Neighborhood Gardens Trust, formerly Neighborhood Gardens Association, the nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving community gardens in Philadelphia.
Don't toss those coffee grounds! Put them to good use, along with your stash of mini hotel bar soaps, with this easy-to-make soap that's a perfect gift for the favorite guy in your life that loves a strong cup o' joe.
Q: I've been shopping for folding luggage racks like the ones you see in hotels, but I'm not sure the prettier wood ones are as sturdy. And should I get one or two? Also, what else should I do to make guests feel comfortable?
 
Do's and don'ts to brighten a dark room