I'm tired of my old generic broom. Are there any specialized products on the market that are both hip and functional?
—Edward Charles, Austin, Texas
I've been hearing a lot about air purifiers lately. Are they really helpful, and are there any that won't stick out like a sore thumb in my living room?
Dee Koufax, Minnetonka, M...
I pride myself on recycling each week, but I'm unhappy with the unorganized mess of bottles and cans in my kitchen. Are there any attractive options for trash bins that integrate re...
There's nothing better than settling in to read the Sunday paper, but it's becoming difficult to enjoy with the ever-present clutter of publications getting in our way. Could you steer...
I've recently renovated my home office. While I could not be happier with the results, I cannot find an elegant solution for organizing the mess of cords behind my desk. Do you have a...
Q: I enjoy plants' form, color, and positive impact, but what frustrates me is the lack of interesting houseplants available today. Are houseplants old-fashioned and out of place in the modern home...
I am new to modernism and eager to learn all I can about architecture and design. What books would you recommend to a novice?
—Mathilda Feigenbaum, Mission Hills, Kansas
With our airwaves packed with celebrity chefs, Americans are proving to have a solid appetite for what Julia Child would call cuisine—at least on television.
I'm not into the hard modernism of concrete floors: I miss the cushy carpet of my youth. Are there eco-friendly options for wall-to-wall?
—Craig Dewey, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Be they medieval torches blazing on battlements or bug zappers crackling to life with each new victim, the need for outdoor lighting is clear. From the front porch to the shadowy corners of the...
My junk drawer is out of control. Can you help me find a way to get it closed?
—Lisa Scofield, Palo Alto, California
While styles, and items in the overhead compartment, may shift, these comely carry-ons will make you feel like a member of the jetset, even on JetBlue.
The refrigerator in your kitchen may be humming a pricey song—to the tune of hundreds of dollars and thousands of kilowatts a year. Even a ten-year-old model uses twice the energy of a new...
From the traditional with a twist to completely conceptual, these timely wall clocks will tell the hour, impress the guests, and earn you the design-savvy stamp of approval.
As the ill effects of many a mattress become crystal-clear, never before has the saying “You snooze, you lose” held more weight. Thankfully, there are some great options out there that...
If you chase long afternoons lolling by the pool, with longer evenings of the same, there is only one piece of furniture on your mind. Ours too.
The Simpsons’ C. Montgomery Burns once said, “Sitting—the great leveler. From the mightiest pharaoh to the lowliest peasant, who doesn’t enjoy a good sit?” As we...
There’s trouble underfoot if you’re building a green home without considering your flooring. Take stock of these sustainable wood options that let you tread lightly on the land.
If your manuscript is far from being illuminated, it’s time to drop the task at hand and find a new lamp to read by.
If choosing paint colors doesn’t give you a headache, the fumes probably will—unless you pick from the growing array formulated to be easy on the body, the planet, and not least the eyes.
Far from fickle, faucets function best when they’re running hot and cold. These modern fixtures prove their mettle by making it oh-so-easy to go with the flow.
Whether you want to replace your drizzly dud or indulge in a decadent deluge, these showerheads will wash your ills away.
Not quite at home on the range? No need to boast the most roast? For boiling, frying, searing, and simmering, the drop-in cooktop is king.
There’s no reason to treat your modern window with an outdated fashion. These shade designs will augment, not obstruct, your sensibilities.
For computing commuters, laptop bags are not just about fashion. Here are a few that protect as well as they serve your style and your hardware.