Free Home Decor Advice for the Westchester Homeowner

Choosing a Recliner

Some recliners can cost over $1,000, is it worth the money?

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Choosing the Best Natural Finish for a Wood Front Door

Shellac, spar varnish and various oils are all good choices, and all have varying levels of annual maintenance.

How to Clean Stainless-Steel Cooktops

Steer clear of Windex and paper towels and opt for white vinegar and a microfiber cloth.

Home Remedies for Restoring Corian Counters

Simple household remedies may suffice, but Westchester Kitchen and Bath's Jay Byrne offers his expert advice on sanding techniques.

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Polishing Silver

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Hurricane Lanterns and Oil Lamps

We just went through 8 long days without power, and the “charm” of candlelight soon wore off. What are the best oil lamps? Are they safe?

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Firewood: Softwood or Hardwood?

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Removing Stains from a Hardwood Floor

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Updating a Victorian Bathroom

Both bathrooms in our 1850s house have wood floors, painted wainscoting and cast-iron tubs. Our budget is limited, but I’d like to update one of the baths by switching the tub for a shower, and replacing a vanity that looks out of place. Any ideas for an affordable update that will keep the period charm?

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One-Step Paint and Primer

I’ve seen ads for paints with primer in them, so that you can skip that step. Are they any good? Can you really eliminate priming? Or is it just marketing?

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Cleaning White Ironstone China

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Metal Roofing Pros and Cons

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Victorian Meets Mid-Century

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Caring for a Vintage Quilt

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Beginner Vegetable Garden

I’d like to start an organic vegetable garden. Is it too late to plant? I’m a beginner, so what would be the best (as in easiest) plants to grow? The garden is about 12 feet square and gets about 8 hours of sun a day. — Anne T., Croton-on-Hudson

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