Put winter clothes away the right way

The long winter is over, and it’s finally time to put away the sweaters, down jackets, wool mittens and flannel sheets. Although it’s tempting to toss everything into a bin and deal with it in nine months, try to resist the quick fix and take some time to put it the gear away properly.

Radiant Orchid finds a place at the Easter table

I strive to never pooh-pooh decorating styles and believe that all colors have their own beauty and adaptability. So I challenged myself to create Easter vignettes for a brunch or buffet table using colors that fall into the Radiant Orchid range. It really wasn’t that hard, because the spring holiday is pretty much all about pastels, including variations of orchid, lavender and lilac.

Soft colors of early spring give way to vivid hues, which find a place indoors

After the brutal bite of winter, even a gloomy spring day can lift our spirits with warmer breezes and an emerging palette of delicate hues — those first tinges of new greens, a fuzzy gray bud, a brushstroke of crocus blue. Then, as the season really plants its feet, fresh bright color starts popping up all over. That’s the nature of spring 2014 decor, as well.

For many people, gathering possessions is just the stuff of life

We cherish things and accumulate them. We move them from shelf to shelf, and from home to home. So why can’t we let go? What are the implications of our reluctance to pare down? The notion that things don’t matter is rubbish, the experts say. Our things can give us a sense of security, connection to the past, to the people we love. But that security may be a crutch, too.

Gardening photo contest blooms with promise

A photo contest will pit Kansas City’s beauty against America’s cities. America in Bloom, Home & Garden Showplace and Monrovia Nursery would like to see what we’ve got going on. They’re encouraging and recognizing beautification efforts through a photography contest that will award $1,500 to each of three winners, based on population.

Kansas City NARI hosts tour of remodeled home April 26 and 27

Kansas City NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) is hosting its Remodeled Homes Tour, April 26 and 27. It will include 23 homes throughout the metropolitan area with projects such as new kitchens, baths, wine cellars, exterior decks and whole house redesigns, including one for aging in place.

Cerno Group casts a modern light on handcrafted fixtures and lamps

Childhood friends Bret Englander and Nick Sheridan have reimagined high-end lighting, and the lovingly crafted results are organic and modern. Cerno Group's designs begin in Sheridan’s head. Then his designs go over to Wacholder, who pops them on the computer and creates the manufacturing process down to the tiniest fitting.

Learn how to grow a not-too-big vegetable garden

You don't need to plant a 30-foot row of anything to have a great time growing your own vegetables. You can harvest crops from spring through frost (and even into winter) in a plot, a pot or a raised bed. Learn how when The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present garden journalist Marty Ross at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at Country Club Christian Church.

35 years on TV for carpenter Norm Abram

Norm Abram has been master carpenter on PBS’ “This Old House” since it began 35 years ago. Counting his other show, “The New Yankee Workshop,” he has worked on hundreds of projects.

KC Home Show will feature the Love Shack, baby

The Greater Kansas City Home Show runs March 28-30 at Bartle Hall. Look for more than 100 vendors, appearances by HGTV stars Monica Pedersen, former host of “Designed to Sell,” and Cari Cucksey, host of “Cash & Cari.” Then there’s the Love Shack, a 700-square-foot custom-built cabin that will showcase nifty decor and building products.

Part 2 of 3: Remodeling your kitchen affordably

Now might be the best time ever to remodel your kitchen. A recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders says new home starts decreased sharply in the fourth quarter of 2007, but remodeling decreased only slightly.