Living

Living

Vizcaya’s book renews interest in forgotten artist of The Gilded Age

Robert Winthrop Chanler completed a decorative screen and a ceiling mural for Vizcaya Museum and Gardens 100 years ago, when the estate was being built

Vizcaya has played a starring role in the Chanler revival, holding a symposium on his works in addition to contributions to the book

The ceiling mural of the pool grotto is one of only two publicly accessible Chanler murals

Home & Garden

Style at Home: Contain your happiness: Beautiful bouquets brighten your home

Life is sweeter when we allow ourselves simple indulgences every day. For me, it's starting every morning quietly, with coffee in a cup made by my great niece, watching the sunrise reflect on the lake. It's melting into a hot bubble bath after a long day. It's filling my home with treasures that brighten my heart and make me smile, like beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers.

Travel

Into the Wild(woods) of New Jersey

Beach vacations, done right, have a magical way of getting you to eat, drink and do things you'd normally steer clear of on a regular weekday. Take roller coasters. I hadn't been on one in years, ever since a wild ride on the Phantom's Revenge at a Kennywood school picnic left me dizzy for weeks.

Home & Garden

How two dreams became one Seattle dream home

SEATTLE - You work and work, imagine and plan, launch your son into adulthood and then ... It Is Time. Time to build your very own grown-up Dream Home. Pavel Lobanov and Mila Lobanova were there: They had a divine high-up site in View Ridge (which did not earn its name accidentally). They had a highly recommended architect (design principal Rick Mohler of Mohler + Ghillino Architects). And they had a budget for building (though it was tight).

Home & Garden

Ask Angie: Best siding choice for golf course homes

Dear Angie: We live on a golf course and golf balls always hit our house. We need to replace the siding, but it doesn't make sense to do it with the same product that'll get damaged over and over again. Is there a product that won't crack or show damage when hit by a golf ball?

Home & Garden

Design Recipes: 10 space-saving tips for kids' bedrooms

From toys to clothing, finding a home for everything a child may need is often a challenge. Preserving space is often at the top of the must-dos list in addition to proper organization. With many Americans choosing to downsize, rooms have gotten smaller, but the good news is there are perhaps more design options on the market than ever to help maximize space.

Home & Garden

12 tips for beautiful organization

When it comes to our favorite part of beautifying a home, storage and organization rarely rank high. And rightly so; we often consider cleaning a chore, brushing it aside as an annoyance or time-zapping task to deal with later. But here's the thing: Science suggests that your messy home is more than just an eyesore. Researchers from UCLA's Center on Everyday Lives and Families found that women who live in a cluttered home have higher levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone. In other words, those strewn dirty clothes could take a serious toll on your health, as well as the look of your home. Convinced that it's time to tidy up? Follow these timeless storage hacks to update your home - and bid stress bye-bye.

Home & Garden

Plumber: A leaky shower mystery

Q: Dear Ed: I am a semi-retired finish carpenter. My second floor shower stall is unusable as water leaks on to the ceiling below when used. All my friends have said it's the old tile shower pan. Before I start ripping out the entire shower stall, do you have any ideas on how I can find out what exactly is causing the leak?

Home & Garden

Yardsmart: Old roses in your new digs

Homes built before World War II often contain surprise roses in their gardens. They are often very large old plants that border on brambles, while some may be simply an overgrown rootstock or others could be true antiques. Yes, there are treasures to be found that may be the species and early crosses proving their longevity by simply being alive today. Most of the old ones bloom just once a year, very heavily, in the dawn of summer.

Pets

The last free-ranging library cat in Illinois

LITCHFIELD, Ill. - Even before you enter the stately limestone library with leaded glass windows and copper-colored trim, you see signs of the local celebrity. Not at eye-level - look lower, and there, hovering in the shadows behind the glass door, are two ice-green eyes, staring up at you with frank curiosity.

Home & Garden

Home Fix: Water pours through fan/light vent in bathroom

Q: In 1994, we had a two-story house built. In 2013, we had our second level master shower remodeled. Since then about every two to three months we get a substantial amount of water that pours through the fan/light vent in the first-story bathroom, which is directly below the master shower. The plumber has come out once and couldn't locate the problem. The contractor is also unable to locate the leak. The leak has no association with the shower, flushing the toilet or using the vanity sink. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.

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Why this 90-year-old’s empanadas are better than yours

Mario the empanada man, as he is known at The Palace, is a whiz at making these meat turnovers. Though he's 90, he hands them out to neighbors and newcomers at the retirement home.​
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