PITTSBURGH - Losing a home to foreclosure has left such a bad taste with some former homeowners that they have lost much of their will and desire to go through the underwriting process to get approved for a new home loan - even though years may have gone by since the foreclosure episode.
LOS ANGELES - When co-working firm Cross Campus opens an office in downtown Los Angeles in May, its tenants will include the typical startups looking for collaborative work environments, shared coffee bars and the flexibility of a short-term lease.
Hunting orchids reminds me a lot of hunting arrowheads. You have to find a couple and your eyes get trained to the goal or objective. I have treasured these moments as I climbed through rain forest or cloud forest on the Dutch island of Saba and in the National Park on the French island of Guadeloupe and the majestic El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico.
Lease-to-own contracts and land contracts are different legal ways to transfer occupancy of a property from an existing owner who does not want to occupy it to someone else who does but cannot immediately qualify for the financing required to purchase it outright. Both lease-to-owns, known as LTOs, and land contracts, known as LCs, offer wannabe owners the right to occupy a house for a period during which they can improve their capacity to qualify for the financing they need to complete the deal.
Perhaps you have heard of the expression "man cave," the affectionate term for a man's private space. Women need their own private spaces, too. If your home allows, instead of having a universal office, consider an office just for her.
Momentum sometimes makes promises it cannot keep. It builds and builds and builds, until you're midway through a major home project, and the plans are drawn, and the framing is done, and the plywood is up, and the lease on your transitional rental is almost up, and ohmygosh everything's moving along so incredibly awesomely.
We just got back from the spring High Point Market, the largest home furnishings industry show in the world, where we were dazzled by the newest looks in interior design. While I'm still flying high, I had to tell you about my favorite trends for 2016.
LAS VEGAS - Making furniture that gets people talking is one way to create a buzz. At the Winter Furniture Market, Toobre, BoBo, Christopher Guy, Glassisimo, United Strangers and other manufacturers did just that.
There is no shortage of books on gardening or on travel, but Vivian Swift's book "Gardens of Awe and Folly: A Traveler's Journal on the Meaning of Life and Gardening" (Bloomsbury, $17.99, 176 pages) is a breed apart.