| Aug 27, 2013
| 6:05 PM
Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise Interior Design has decorated and redecorated her tiny 500-square-foot bungalow in Venice in a variety of themes during the last 15 years.
When she was going through "a dark phase," she painted the walls steel gray and...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 3:14 PM
It's time once again for the Red Chair Affair, presented by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central Florida. That means summer is truly on the way out, and the arts season is about to kick into high gear.
Why "Red Chair" Affair? Because traditionally,...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 5:20 PM
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| Aug 29, 2013
I always say that when I was growing up I didn't play with enough blocks.
That is my usual excuse for not being able to assemble pretty much anything, including Legos.
But I am learning: from my son.
Part of being a good parent is playing with...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 3:42 PM
Anyone who has struggled putting together an IKEA bookcase can sympathize with Doug Spencer and Jess Corrigan. The men are leading an extensive review of thousands of documents, diagrams and drawings of the final theater for Orlando's new performing-...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 2:51 PM
Trent Stroup is a man of action. Two years ago, when the Towson-area father of three saw that his then 7-year-old daughter Addie was regressing significantly in the community public school she attended, he didn't waste any time acting.
| Sep 11, 2013
| 10:20 AM
Christine Wagner's first apartment in the city had a roach problem. There were so many, she said, that by month 10 of her lease, she had filled a plastic baggie with their carcasses.
But Wagner's landlord, who managed a Bowmanville apartment building...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 5:01 AM
Many of us fear improbable and uncommon dangers more than everyday ones. This suggests we've got our anxieties backward.
Think of flying versus driving. White-knuckle fliers, haunted by images of fiery plane crashes despite air travel's safety record,...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 3:00 PM
I recently took my 9-year-old daughter to what was billed as a Meet the Mayor event concerning Fairview Park. Little did I know that an Oakland Raiders football game would break out in what should have been a civil discussion.
Despite the sour...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 9:29 AM
If anyone thinks the old-school catalog is dead, try Googling the frenzy that is the Ikea 2014 catalog. The annual showcase of flat-pack splendor has become its own retail event. The company is releasing its free 2014 Ikea catalog app Thursday and...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 6:01 PM
"Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still" (PBS, Friday). My tears having overrun every cup in the cabinet upon the recent cancellation of "Bunheads," I turn with relief and excitement to this documentary bouquet on the famed western Massachusetts...