Comfy cubby

... an inviting, cozy workspace

It’s a quiet but cozy workspace, designed to promote focus and creativity while providing an alternative to a traditional desk or office. It’s also a bright pink cubby covered in comfy cushions. More...

Nan pizza is a fun way to eat flavors of India

This nan pizza is a fun way to eat the flavors of India in America’s favorite food. The popular chicken tikka masala is widely believed to have been created in England for the British palate and is actually the national dish. More...

Doing the countdown … with my three boys

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

Last week, I shared how deployments affect a military family’s concept of time. We organize years into periods of sea duty or moves, and these become our point-of-references. More...

Offseason bargains in Appalachia

ROANOKE, W.Va. The sky faded toward cobalt over the rolling horizon and its bare hardwood forest, the faux street lamps in the foreground lighting the outdoor walkway and swimming pool. More...

Alternative way to start seedlings

A good gardener can start tomato seedlings in old yogurt tins — or anything else that will hold some soil mix. More...

Rethinking the basement

Ask a Designer:

Basements can be cold and dark, and often get much less decorating attention than the rest of the house. But you can gain new, useful and stylish living space by upgrading that subterranean space.  More...

Not a lumberjack? You can still eat a filling breakfast

I am a morning person (by choice, not nature, but that’s a story for another time) and breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. More...

Some real-world twin tips for Amal Clooney, Beyonce

NEW YORK For a change, a few celebrities are chasing a trend rather than setting one — times two and three. More...

All the ways to count time in the military

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

Long before there were smartphone apps and online countdown clocks, military wives the world over have been coming up with clever ways to mark time. More...

Pruning fruit trees ... when and where?

A well-pruned apple tree in full bloom or loaded with fruit is a feast for the eyes. Now is a good time to work on your trees — though you can prune in any month without damaging your tree. More...

Crafts

Art of glassblowing has gotten easier for regular folks to learn

BOSTON On a chilly winter morning here, two furnaces inside the Massachusetts College of Art and Design burn at upward of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. More...

Irish scones with smoked salmon

Cooking on Deadline:

Is it not enjoyable to take advantage of another culture’s holiday to explore new recipes and treat yourself to something delicious? It is.  And is St. Patrick’s Day not right around the corner? More...

Giving voice and light for those women who cannot

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

Sometimes a column deserves a follow-up, especially when I did not deliver it well the first time. Although I usually try to write about politics without emotion, sometimes personal frustration and misunderstanding creeps in.  More...

Plants that can take over your garden

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” That quote is from French journalist, novelist and critic Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, who lived from 1808 to 1890. More...

Exchanging Views

What foreign students are able to teach host families about America

DENVER It was Miaofan Chen’s first trip away from her native China. More...

Thyme and Yukon Gold potato gratin

Cooking on Deadline:

I have a recipe for a potato gratin in my last cookbook, “Dinner Solved!”, that I firmly stand by. Here is another that I firmly stand by. More...

A day without women ... nice, but

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

On Wednesday, March 8, also known as International Women’s Day, the same people who brought us the Women’s March on Washington in January plan to give the world a “Day Without a Woman.”  More...

Right at Home: New ways to use old rugs

As part of the red-hot globalism trend, “tribal style” — exotic, eclectic and influenced by travel — has spread from fashion to home decor. More...

Forcing flowers of shrubs and trees

When I was in first grade, we learned a song about pussywillows that still rings in my head when I walk past the fire pond in Cornish Flat. Or it did recently when I saw pussywillows starting to pop open in a marshy area. Spring is here. More...

Going holistic

Designers take healthy approach to health care spaces

Health care facilities can be stressful places for patients and visitors, with depressing waiting rooms, rows of uncomfortable seating, a blaring television. But designers of some medical spaces are remedying the situation. More...