THE RETHINKING OF PEDESTAL SINKS

If you’ve got a powder room, chances are there’s a pedestal sink in it. The lavatory perches have long been the go-to option for small bathrooms, and even for full-size spaces where a less imposing fixture is desired. More...

Destination Montreal:

A perfect family getaway

MONTREAL   We were looking for a fun, short family vacation, close enough to home that we could drive there, and far enough away that we could savor a bit of a different culture.  More...

Husband is home and so is his stuff

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

A week before Dustin came home for good after being relieved of his last military command, we had a conversation on text that went like this:  Me: I can’t wait until you’re here for all the baseball games.  Him: Me, too.  M More...

It’s (almost) time to plant tomatoes

Maybe you’ve already planted your tomatoes. I have not. I’m waiting until June 10. By then, even in my cold Zone 4 garden, I know there will be no more frost and the ground will be above 60 degrees. More...

The Lost Kitchen

... found by 10,000 phone calls for a 40-seat restaurant

Erin French runs a 40-seat restaurant called The Lost Kitchen in an old mill in a tiny town in central Maine. She began accepting reservations for the season at midnight April 1, expecting a few dozen calls overnight. More...

The end of a long and winding road ...

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

The path of a military career, for both the service members and the families supporting them, seems less like a straight line and more like one with peaks, valleys and curves. More...

Helpful tips on spring lawn care

Lawns? My philosophy is this: If it’s green and you can mow it, it’s a lawn. Dandelions? Who cares? Their blossoms are cheerful. Creeping Charlie, plantain? Pests, but not awful. And so on. I love a lawn with some biodiversity. More...

Sprawling nighttime food markets popping up in U.S.

NEW YORK Clouds of white smoke rise into the black sky from outdoor grills. The night air is scented with the fragrances of dozens of cuisines from around the world. More...

Mushroom and cheese burritos perfect for Meatless Mondays

Mushroom and cheese burritos are a delicious vegetarian dish hearty enough to satisfy even the most diehard carnivore in your family: a burrito stuffed with portobello mushrooms, chiles and cheese. More...

Making beds better

From stylish hospital beds to phone chargers

When Greg Verlander’s father came home from rehab after having a stroke, he was upset to find a hospital bed in his room. The bed’s institutional appearance made him feel unhappy and unhealthy, his son said.  More...

PSAs playing on moms’ emotions and fears

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

The commercials begin roughly the same — forest sounds, a child’s voice, anthropomorphized animals — and I brace myself for the shame that is about befall us all. More...

Cold frames and hot boxes

I’m ready for spring. I’m ready to start growing and eating fresh veggies. Most years I wait until the soil warms up, but this year I planted lettuce, cabbage and spinach in April. More...

Plant butchers

They use charcuterie techniques, mimic meat flavor

MIAMI When Ryan Bauhaus first experimented with faux meats, he fixated on recreating that taste of blood, settling on a tomato paste blend to mimic the acidic, iron flavor. More...

Quiet rooms for autistic children pop up at airports

Quiet rooms for children on the autism spectrum are popping up at airports. More...

When the old adages don’t apply

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

There is a popular belief in military-spouse culture that things are always the hardest as soon as our loved one leaves for deployment. And maybe this is true for my fellow military wives. More...

Different tastes of spring

I’m already eating a few of my own fresh vegetables: ramps, dandelion greens and sorrel are ready, and soon will come those perennial delicacies, asparagus and rhubarb. More...

Patio trends:

Finding a look you love in outdoor decor

For decades, “outdoor decorating” meant arranging a few nice chairs and a table near a barbecue grill, then adding an umbrella to block the summer sun. More...

How to make a creamy white bean soup — without any cream

White bean soup with garlic is a classic comfort dish in the Mediterranean region.  More...

Match for mutts

New website helps people adopt the best dog

BOSTON   People looking for the perfect family pet tend to choose a dog based on appearance or breed — but that’s barking up the wrong tree.  “If you think they’re cute, you bring them home,” said Jodi Andersen More...

Helpful tips on pruning blueberries

I recently spent half a day helping a friend prune her blueberries. Some rows hadn’t been tended to in a couple of years or more, and had gotten very bushy and overgrown. More...