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Seeking lawn simplicity? Opt for sod, not seed

STILLWATER

Seeking lawn simplicity? Opt for sod, not seed

For 30 years, Saratoga Sod Farm in Stillwater has been providing sod to residential and commercial properties.

Saratoga designer dishes on how to create elegant, kid-friendly spaces

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga designer dishes on how to create elegant, kid-friendly spaces

According to Beverly Tracy, of Beverly Tracy Home Design in Saratoga Springs, integrating kids into more formal spaces is not only possible, it’s functional.

Hip highlights from High Point Furniture Market in retail stores now

Hip highlights from High Point Furniture Market in retail stores now

The hippest highlights of the Fall Furniture Market are now available from your designer or local home furnishings store. From metal tassels to mega flowers to sleek and swiveling seats, it’s all style and daring design for the modern-minded.

Middle Grove woodworking operation favors old-school methods

MIDDLE GROVE

Middle Grove woodworking operation favors old-school methods

Chances are, if you have been to an Adirondack Trust branch or a Stewart’s Shop, you’ve seen some of the work of Zanetti Architectural Millwork.

Lighting design help a click away, thanks to RPI, NYS

TROY

Lighting design help a click away, thanks to RPI, NYS

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute together with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have created an online resource for people looking to maximize energy efficiency as well as increase the quality of their home lighting.

For a change of pace, investigate shades of newest hot color

For a change of pace, investigate shades of newest hot color

Though white remains the best selling color for most categories of home furnishings, gray is catching up.

How to use your thermostat to save money

How to use your thermostat to save money

With Americans cranking up their air conditioning to bear the summer heat, it's time to talk about those confusing little devices on the walls of your home: thermostats.

Well-known communities still setting the standard, but others are gaining

Well-known communities still setting the standard, but others are gaining

While the traditional suburb is still the place where the median household income in the Capital Region is highest, there are hints in recent U.S. Census data that rural living is appealing if you’re close to an employment center, and the right kind of high-density community also has its fans.

White walls are in vogue, with plenty of ways to dress them up

White walls are in vogue, with plenty of ways to dress them up

White is in.

Guy Park Manor is oldest in Amsterdam — for now

AMSTERDAM

Guy Park Manor is oldest in Amsterdam — for now

Von Hasseln has some ideas about old houses on Vedder Street on the south side of the Mohawk and Church Street on the North side.

Staghorn ferns provide off-the-wall opportunity

Staghorn ferns provide off-the-wall opportunity

The latest indoor plant trend should have deer everywhere prancing with joy: Tropical staghorn ferns have antler-like fronds.

Old Niskayuna homes harken back to life in the 1800s

Old Niskayuna homes harken back to life in the 1800s

In the 17th century, it served as an Indian path that Simon Schermerhorn rode along to get help for Schenectady when the city was attacked during the French and Indian war.

Modest house might be Spa City’s oldest

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Modest house might be Spa City’s oldest

Charlie Israel’s home at 36 Franklin St. in Saratoga Springs isn’t the largest in the Spa City, but it may be the oldest.
According to Israel, whose family is well-versed in these matters, the two-story, Federalist-period structure was built sometime around 1815.

Ubiquitous wood pallets become stylish furniture

Ubiquitous wood pallets become stylish furniture

Dr. Alex Yergiyev, a pathologist at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center by day, transforms into a pallet carpenter in his free time. Working in the neighborhood on the banks of the Susquehanna River provides a ready supply of abandoned or free pallets. He figured it was not only a good “green” way to do something for the environment, “I don’t’ have to buy it.”

Owners feel ‘special’ connection with historic homes

Owners feel ‘special’ connection with historic homes

For Gates, his passion to stay in his historic house reflects the more than 225 years that his family has been associated with the area.

1940s Sears house is chipped, battered, beaten just right

1940s Sears house is chipped, battered, beaten just right

Ours is a Concord, built in the 1940s on a 1905 foundation that never leaks, unlike the cinder block foundation on the addition that is a sieve.

Kitchen and cooking hacks from the ‘Sauce Queen’ herself

Kitchen and cooking hacks from the ‘Sauce Queen’ herself

She’s known locally as the woman behind the helm of Casa Visco tomato sauces, a company started 70 years ago by her grandparents, Carmella and Joseph. But for co-owner Adine Viscusi, who lives in Guilderland, cooking is more than just a way to feed loved ones — it’s a way to show love.

Hot on the local building scene: energy efficiency

CAPITAL REGION

Hot on the local building scene: energy efficiency

Construction and sales of new houses are in full swing in the Capital Region.

Planning baby’s room? They won’t be a baby for long

Planning baby’s room? They won’t be a baby for long

In baby’s rooms, Burger suggests starting with a lighter color palate for walls and major fixtures and then adding pops of color with pillows, bedding, window treatments and accent rugs.

Oldest Schenectady house? Debate rages

Oldest Schenectady house? Debate rages

The two houses are the Yates House at 109 Union St. and the Brouwer-Rosa House at 14 North Church St.

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