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Travel: The Play’s the Thing

In Ashland, Ore., Shakespeare is big business and lots of fun.You can see five plays here in four days. I did&emdash;for the fourth straight...

Travel: Lake Escape

With two lakes and miles of trails, the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area beckons city-weary nature lovers. Rarely does my arrival generate this kind...

Your First Place

How do you know you're all grown up? When you furnish your first home.Furnishing your first place is a rite of passage, right up...

Great Neighborhoods: Please Fence Me In!

It's been said that good fences make good neighbors, but what to make of cinder-block walls, keypad entries and guard booths? As gated communities...

Green Thumbs

We introduce you to five designers who are working to change the look of our landscape, one garden at a time.Ron Allison ...

Great Neighborhoods

What do all great neighborhoods have in common? Hint: It's not (necessarily) about the houses. People&emdash;and how they interact with their buildings, their environment...

Clean House

How to hire a housekeeper without being taken to the cleaners. Gone are the days of housekeepers being the sole province of movie stars and...

Mr. Fix-It

Tom Silva, the star of Ask This Old House, pays a house call on a local couple. Boston contractor Tom Silva recently paid a...

The Age of Green Design

Environmentally conscious homeowners are looking for ways to create Earth-friendly homes.   Rick and Monique Moniz are lifelong environmentalists—the kind of people who haul their...

The Bottom Line

A young couple proves you can have a stylish home on a budget.  You have a lot of style but not a lot of...

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