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The urge to collect

When I was 8 years old, I collected beer cans. Although I didn't know it at the time, it was a brief national trend. For several months, I picked up and rinsed out discarded cans from the teenagers partying at Garner Park across the street from my parents' house and lobbied every relative to bring cans back from exotic places like Cincinnati, San Francisco and Honolulu. >More
 Emphasis: Fall 2012

Confectionique is a Parisian flea market in the most unlikely space -- in other words, in a Middleton business park. Proprietors Anastasia and Adam Korbitz comb the markets of Paris (and other parts of Europe) for special finds; they bring a new theme to their haute Midwestern flea market each month. You might find anything from furniture to jewelry. >More
 Remodel an underused space instead of adding on

It's not like I'd actually grown up with a garage to begin with. Back in 1972, when my family made the big move to a newly constructed suburban contemporary, the first thing my father, a professional artist, did was to remove both overhead doors from the attached two-car garage and replace them with sliding glass ones. >More
 How green is your cookware?

It's fall, when many of us crank up our stoves and ovens as the weather cools down. Just as there are decisions to be made about what to put in this casserole or that pie -- is it local? is it organic? is it humane? did it really have free range -- there are certain ethical concerns edging into what we're cooking with. >More
 Rage, rage against the boring garage

The garage door is often a forgotten design element to the home. The door is shunted off to the side of the house in some layouts, so as not to break the dwelling's facade with the home for the automobile. The mid-century ranch was having none of that and saw the garage door as a blank canvas for geometric doodling. >More
 Emphasis: Spring 2012

Madison artist Ben Floeter has enlivened the ordinary key holder with his 1890s-inspired, mustache-shaped version made out of recycled wood. As Floeter notes at his Etsy shop, no two are alike - made of cedar or pine, in natural or stained dark brown or painted matte black or glossy red. >More
 The climes, they are a-changin'

The Farmers' Almanac promised a "wet, wild, very cold" winter for the upper Midwest. Instead, snowdrops appeared at Olbrich Gardens before the holidays. Daffodils emerged in late February. Where are we? Atlanta? Not quite. Try Chicago. According to the recently released USDA 2012 Hardiness Zone Map, Madison is no longer in Zone 4. We are now in Zone 5, along with Chicago. >More
 Create a farm in your own yard

I built a small, raised garden bed on the terrace in front of my near-west-side house last spring. I was pretty proud of the few tomatoes, peppers, green beans and herbs I raised, but I'm a total amateur compared with the growing population of serious backyard farmers in Madison. >More
 The end of the lawn (as we know it)

"Lawn" is said to come from the Middle English word laune, meaning a glade or clearing in the woods. In Tudor times, large swaths of grass, scythed by laborers, signaled a landowner's wealth. Over the centuries, a lush expanse of mowed grass became a symbol of tranquility and beauty. >More
 Give your walls a makeover with thrifted art

Thrift stores, garage sales and auction sites like eBay can be great places to find affordable artwork for your home. Some of my favorite art pieces were thrift store finds, including a 40x40 signed abstract painting for $7.99 at St. Vincent de Paul, a large red vintage glass vase for $10 at Savers, a signed woodcut titled "Village of Ecuador" for $1 at Carousel Consignments in Janesville, and three vintage Tiki-style dessert plates for 69 cents each that I repurposed as wall art to fill an oddly shaped niche in our living room. >More
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