How to compost, and why it’s a good idea

composting bin

With a little care and effort, compost piles are real assets. Here are some answers to common composting questions.

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House Calls: A bold basement makeover

House Calls: A bold basement makeover

This D.C. resident loves her checkerboard floor, but lighting and furniture placement have always been a challenge.

Fall decorating ideas and inspiration

Fall decorating ideas and inspiration

Just as wardrobes change with the season, so should a home’s style. Here are some warm and elegant items.

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Cozy fall items for your home

Cozy fall items for your home

Need a new throw blanket now that the temperature is dropping? Look no further.

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In the garden, fall color comes in greens

In the garden, fall color comes in greens

Now’s the time to sow winter greens. From kale to spinach, there are lots of options.

How to find reeded glass for a 1913 transom window

How to find reeded glass for a 1913 transom window

Also, where to find those G-shaped clamps that slide over the ends of bed rails.

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How to compost, and why it’s a good idea

How to compost, and why it’s a good idea

With a little care and effort, compost piles are real assets. Here are some answers to common composting questions.

Comparing composting bins

Comparing composting bins

Wood, wire or plastic? Here are the different types of composting bins, and their pros and cons.

5 tips for an eco-friendly home from Trudy Dujardin

5 tips for an eco-friendly home from Trudy Dujardin

The designer is the author of “Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior.”

House Calls: Picture a brighter living room

House Calls: Picture a brighter living room

An Arlington mom seeks help with furniture placement, wall color and storage.

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Weed problems in your garden? Let the sun shine in.

Weed problems in your garden? Let the sun shine in.

If weeds, weed seeds and plant pathogens are a problem in your garden, consider solarization.

How to repair a wooden market umbrella

How to repair a wooden market umbrella

A reader’s large Smith & Hawken patio umbrella is giving out.

Cleaning out your closet? Turn unwanted goods into cash.

Cleaning out your closet? Turn unwanted goods into cash.

The burgeoning online consignment industry lets you make a buck on your unwanted clothes and accessories. Here are six to try.

Q&A: Finding your own style

Q&A: Finding your own style

Designer and Elements of Style blogger Erin Gates shares some glamorous yet practical secrets.

Six ways to update your home for fall

Six ways to update your home for fall

Why wait for spring cleaning for a fresh look for your interiors?

Bunny Williams and Ballard Designs join forces

Bunny Williams and Ballard Designs join forces

A New York tastemaker has designed 120 pieces, from flatware to seasonal decor, for the new collection.

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A nutritional green for cold months ahead

A nutritional green for cold months ahead

There’s a lot to love about claytonia, which serves as a fine background for more assertive herbs and dressings.

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No filter needed for this technicolor flower bed

No filter needed for this technicolor flower bed

John Spangenberg grows 500 bright, colorful dahlias in his Damascus garden.

How to give a concrete floor a cost-effective update

How to give a concrete floor a cost-effective update

A reader asks about redoing concrete with an acid wash or other finish that would be simple and smooth.

Inside the Workshop: Eva Calonder

Inside the Workshop: Eva Calonder

A French printmaker finds her niche in Washington.

Five apps that can help with home projects

Five apps that can help with home projects

Looking to spruce up your house this autumn? Let technology do some of the leg work.