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Many household items find surprising new lives

From packaging to clothing to cigarette butts, more and more everyday items that once were destined for landfills are being recycled, composted or upcycled in creative ways. Many of the new products made from waste are finding their way onto runways and into design museums and households. The company TerraCycle, for example, has devised ways[…]

Choosing the perfect sofa for your space

Ask interior designers what the most important element in a room is and many will say that — after wall color — it’s the sofa. So how do you choose this crucial piece of furniture? Should you go for one big sofa or two love seats? What about materials, arm styles and the all-important question[…]

Natural light sets a nice mood, and builders seek more of it

The first year that Bob Webb Homes used transom windows in the showcase house the company built for a home tour, visitors described the house as bright, warm and inviting. While few mentioned the windows, company representatives said tour participants were responding favorably to the additional natural light provided by the horizontal windows above the[…]

Interior doors can add light, personality

Clients are sometimes surprised when home builder and designer Marnie Oursler starts talking about bedroom doors. They expect to discuss things like windows, wall colors and where a built-in bookcase might fit best. But many of Oursler’s clients hadn’t considered that creatively designed interior doors can add personality, improve the flow of natural light, and[…]

Creating the perfect kitchen island takes planning

Interior designer Abbe Fenimore knew that adding a kitchen island was one of the most important decisions she’d make in remodeling her 1940s-era home in Dallas. A well-designed kitchen island can offer storage space, a work surface, comfortable seating — even a cooktop or spare sink. But like so many aspects of kitchen design, it[…]

United in faith, hope and love for Pittsburgh victims

“We forgive ourselves and each other; we begin again in love.” Key Westers from all walks of faith and life stood united against hate and violence on Sunday afternoon at an interfaith ceremony held at the local B’Nai Zion synagogue. The event honored the lives and beliefs of the 11 members of the Tree of[…]

Met Exhibit: how Chippendale became a household name

NEW YORK — A small but elegant exhibit tucked amid the American period rooms on the second floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores the little-known story behind Chippendale furniture, and how one young man’s bold idea to create a detailed manifesto about chairs and tables for the British elite transformed his name into[…]

Nature-themed gear takes intrepid young explorers outdoors

The world is full of high-tech children’s toys. But there’s a movement afoot to bring back some simpler playthings — ones that invite kids to explore the outdoors, and tap into their ingenuity, creativity and sense of play in ways that don’t involve an app or a download. Design company Kikkerland has partnered with Dutch[…]