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When your dining room table gets upgraded from a Craigslist score to a polished wood beauty, it's time for a lesson in the care and feeding of fine furniture. A good-quality dining table, whether new, vintage or antique, can be a major investment, … more
It's that time of year! Weddings, baby showers, graduation parties galore!Recently, my best friend called for advice concerning her daughter's wedding shower. She sent 35 invitations, six weeks before the event, and with only two weeks remaining, … more
When it comes to Easter eggs, dipping them in dye is fine, but for a more decorative and longer-lasting result, try decoupage.I tried three DIY techniques for adding colors and patterns to eggs using decoupage glue — Mod Podge is a popular … more
NEW YORK — With Easter coming up it's time to start plotting how to best your kid baskets from last year.Some ideas:GET CREATIVE WITH POPCORNIs there anything more versatile than popcorn?You can chocofy it, caramelize it or dye it in your … more
Designer and blogger Monica Mangin, host of "The Weekender," a home-renovation Web series by Lowe's, joined staff writer Jura Koncius last week on The Washington Post's Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.Q: I am … more
The 2017 income tax filing season is a procrastinator's delight. Since April 15 falls on the Saturday of Easter weekend, a special federal rule dictates the deadline be extended this year to April 18. Despite the extra three days, local tax … more
Matthew rarely was invited to birthday parties or play groups as a young child. On the few occasions he was included, his mother said a prayer and "hoped nothing bad would happen," she recalls. more
Q: My kitchen cabinets have a veneer that has rotted from moisture in certain places. How can I restore the cabinet panels to their original finish?A: If indeed it is a veneer issue — and there is some doubt about that among several … more
A set of little wings. Ceramic fountains. Tiny versions of ornate cottages and brick walkways fit for the English countryside. These are just some of the whimsical decorations that adorn fairy gardens. When such miniature decorations are paired with … more
Forget about keeping up with the Joneses. This time of year you want your house to be as crummy as possible. Why? Because it's property tax assessment time, which means it's also assessment appeal time. And if you can successfully argue that your … more
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