Retro Video Games Score Big in Homes

Before cellular phone–established matches, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Wii and PlayStation Portable, and prior to the Atari 2600, playing a video game price a quarter. In 1972, Atari unleashed a gambling revolution with Pong, the first widely distributed digital arcade game. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, a series of new arcade games came out: Space Invaders, […]

California Gardener's January Checklist

With cheer-bringing blossoms on bare stems from the dead of the winter, the flowering quince is an ancient Chinese symbol of an auspicious New Year. At least as cheering to me would be visiting a Big 10 soccer team lose the Rose Bowl into a California group (go Stanford), and I will think of other […]

A Peek at 2 Prettily Dressed Fall Porches

Good friends Charlene Miller and Merry Munk enjoy sharing and showing off their salvage style on their fundamental Ohio porches. These two could often be found scouring flea markets, auctions and garage sales in search of their next paintings. Their finds eventually succumb to the intense Midwestern weather, however the resulting patina a part of […]

The Case of the Disappearing Clutter in Toronto

Architect Tony Round admits that there is nothing romantic about a home renovation, especially if you’re an architect. “I revived with my spouse, who is alsoan architect — you could say that that was one of the biggest challenges that we faced,” says Round with a laugh. He and his wife, Andrea Kordos, worked on […]

Mid-Atlantic Gardener's November Checklist

November from the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. is a time to wrap up gardening for a while, finish those up lingering to-dos and start enjoying hot fires and seed catalogs indoors. It’s also time to start thinking ahead and prepping for next year. Chores that are not completed this month might need to wait […]

Curtains Are Long on Design

You do not often see café curtains in interiors these days, but they used to be anywhere — or at least that is how it seemed when I was a child. Luckily, they appear to be inching back to the radar. Recently I’ve spotted café curtains in the most unlikely settings, from an industrial loft […]

Central Plains Gardener's September Checklist

I am a teacher, and college always starts in August — way too premature. From the Central Plains, that usually means you’ve got about a month of perspiration on your casual dress outfits and being totally confused about what season it is, particularly when your pupils are wearing sunglasses and shorts. But this seasonal double […]

Frank Gehry Helps 'Make It Right' at New Orleans

Thanks to Brad Pitt’s star power and Frank Gehry’s belief in Pitt’s Make It Proper foundation, Louisiana now houses one of only 22 Gehry residences in the United States. Building of this Gehry duplex has been finished late last week at New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. […]

Gardening Happiness Found … at Potholes

Guerilla gardener Steve Wheen would like to put a grin on your face, and he is starting in the most unlikely places — potholes varying from a 5-inch sliver on the pavement to cracks that may be seen from a professional window that’s 10 stories up. “The connection between pothole gardening and pleasure is simple: […]

Gable Roof

A gable roof is just one of the most common roofing types, together with two triangular gable ends and one ridge between two sloping roof panels. A gable roof lets snow and water to run off while supplying loft space on the inside. Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp A gabled roof is the best layout for water […]