Decor Score / Home & Consumer

Decor Score: Too Much Space? Divide to Conquer

Q: Our great room really lives up to the name -- it's nearly 30 feet long and 20 wide. There's a large fireplace on one long wall; the other is all windows. How should we arrange the furniture in such a large space?

A: Find ways to break the ...

Decor Score: Screening Out the Curious

Q: We have a little porch just off the living room of our new house. The trouble is, this is a new development, and the neighbors' houses are really close. We put in two poplar trees (they're supposed to grow fast), but what to do for some privacy...

Chemistry Takes Us Back to Nature

Q: We have a small, under-used patio outside our bedroom. This is the first time I've ever lived in a house, because I grew up in apartments, and I need advice on how to "furnish" this space. A: Welcome to the Great Outdoors! It's where everyone ...