We'd like to get a modern-looking birdhouse. Which ones will look best in our backyard?
—Erik Edwards, St. Louis, Missouri
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...
Reflections have captivated us (literally!) for as long as we’ve had intellect enough for self-awareness. Here are six mirrors that will reflect well on any room.
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
Without a decent dresser, can you dress decently? With the help of two outspoken Hollywood fashion critics we determine if a chest of drawers can hold the secret to sartorial success.
For all of the grass stain–elimination contests we see on TV among name-brand laundry detergents, it’s the washers and dryers that do the heavy lifting. Now the machines are stealing...
No piece of furniture has more aptly paved the way to connubial bliss than the love seat. And though they’re positively built for wooing, take heed, inconstant lovers: Romantic misdeeds are bound...
Victorian technology has no business being the receptacle for your business. It’s time to outmode the common commode.
As likely to host the sending of emails as the serving of entrees, today’s dining table needs to be set for anything.
This dinner guest is always invited, but doesn’t eat or drink, and never joins the conversation. But long after the party’s over, it will still be at the table. Our favorite dining...
As the bike industry begins to meet the growing demand for practical, sensible bicycles tailored to commuting and urban outings, the time has never been better to get back that freewheelin’...
Whether it’s a place to rest your saucers or your sneakers, the coffee table is the workhorse of the most leisurely room in the house, so you might as well make it work with your décor.
I've been looking for modern salt-and-pepper shakers, but all I've found are tchotchkes and diner-style pillars. What do you recommend?
—Cheryl LeGasse, San Francisco, Calio...
I'm sick of living like a slob. Now that I've finally got a nice place to hang my hat, I need something to hang it on. Can you recommend some off-the-hook coatracks that don't look l...
I've already found a company that will recycle my old vinyl siding. Now I'm looking for a fresh, sustainable alternative. Any suggestions?
—Roger Knight, Hillside, Illinois
I've searched all over for an interesting mailbox—something other than a large-mouthed bass with a fin for a flag. Are there any modern mailboxes out there?
Our dog is spending more time in bed than my husband; I think its time to get her one of her own. Can you recommend designs that a pampered pup will enjoy?
—Ella Zupen, San ...
I'd like to grow edible herbs and plants, but since I live in a tiny apartment with no outdoor space, I'm looking for a garden I can grow on my kitchen counter. Can you help?
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...
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...
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
Whether you want to replace your drizzly dud or indulge in a decadent deluge, these showerheads will wash your ills away.
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.