Mission TrailRead Article
Life's little problems, which harass most men, don't seem to bother Architect Michael Goodman, authority on regional planning. He just brushes them off.Read Article
We found storage in our tiny dining roomRead Article
How to build a workbench
EVERYONE has a few tools. Sometimes they are kept in a drawer or box, but too often you'll find them-- if you can find them at all-- scattered all over the house. You should have a definite place to put them, and a place to use them.Read Article
Let every child go exploring in a house a-building
LET every child go exploring in a house a-building! It should, if possible, be a big house-- two stories, at least, with stairs he can climb, gingerly, because they seem so open and so scarey, and as steep as castle walls. And there should be the rectangular shape of windows, squaring off sky and dipping birds and trees to his gaze like a picture frame.Read Article
Our kitchen was a sight!
IF YOU have ever walked into a prospector's cabin in Alaska, deserted for years, you'll know what we faced. The house we remodeled in Dublin, Ohio, had long been vacant. Windows had been left open, allowing squirrels free rein. The kitchen, filled with antiquated equipment, was our toughest job.Read Article
I hate to work!
LISTEN, fellows, let's get together and stop all this nonsense. I'll bet you have been reading a lot of articles such as "So You Want to Build a Doghouse on Your Roof for Your Airedale" or "So You Want to Build a Tunnel Under Your Basement to Keep It Dry."Read Article
Garden lamps extend hospitalityRead Article
You can make cuttings now and still get blooms this winter. Cuttings should be made front disease- free parts of your plants, and each cutting can be dipped into a nicotine sulfate solution to kill insects. Pour 1 teaspoon of nicotine sulfate into 1 gallon of water, and add 2 tablespoons of soap powder.Read Article
What makes your wife a worrier?
"FOR gosh sakes," a distracted young husband asked me the other day, "what makes women brood? With men, once a fight's finished, it's finished. We seem to forgive and forget a lot easier than you dames. Men so often come home at night feeling fine, only to be met by a little Mrs. looking as if she's about to consult Mr. Anthony. What goes on in women's heads all day, anyway?Read Article
The house where I was born
I REMEMBER, I remember the house where I was born, Its width was ne'er an inch too wide, its length a foot too long, Each inch and foot was standardized like meter in a song.Read Article
When is an old house worth what it costs?
WITH new homes few and costly, lots of people are being tempted-- or compelled-- to turn to the secondhand market for a roof. For them, a prayer and a few words of caution.Read Article
A simple new idea brings you furniture that is Custom-built but moderately priced
IN THE bookshelves, cabinets, and chest shown in these rooms and in the pieces on pages 102 and 104, you see a singularly successful idea: mass-produced furniture that can be fitted to your house as if it were custom-built.Read Article
NO ROOM IS TOO SMALL FOR Dark Walls
TAKE the Coomers' house for instance. It was a typical five-room house when Mark and Sally Coomer bought it. The living-room walls were a mousy beige, the bedroom a faded blue.Read Article
Have a garden bright with bulbs
NOTHING'S quite so gay as tulips and shining, nodding daffodils when the green starts creeping back into the trees. Add to these lush, sweet-smelling hyacinths, and small colonies of bubble-like crocuses in purple, white, orchid, and gold. Tuck in some intrepid little scillas bluer than a March sky. Add snowdrops to open before the bluebirds and robins come again. You'll have a spring flower show, one that lasts for weeks, to say nothing of the blooms you cut for friends.Read Article
Lawn Secrets that cost $1,000,000Read Article
NEW YORK is a city of superlatives. It has the largest population of any city on this continent. It has the newest shows, latest hats, tallest buildings. It also has this country's swankiest night clubs, largest art collection, snootiest doormen, most notorious slums, and what will be its biggest Gothic cathedral.Read Article
A spreading house that fits a city lot
THE rambling, one-story, ranchtype house, economical to build and easy to live in, is gaining wide popularity. But only rarely has such a house been successfully modified for use on a small city lot.Read Article
THERE'S something about serving yourself at a buffet that's friendly, and comfortably informal. But that's no reason dress-up meals can't be served buffet style, too. Their elegance lies in the accessories you use and the food you serve.Read Article
"We'll Take Traditional"
FOR months we have been in a deep blue quandary. Very soon now our family of six is going to have a new home (the present one is bulging at the seams). Architecturally it will be something low and rambling, comfortably informal, neither strictly Modern nor strictly Traditional, just a good American house. And we need all new furnishings for it.Read Article
What Are YOUR CHANCES AGAINST ARTHRITIS?
FOUR years ago in a Philadelphia hospital, lay a woman so crippled with rheumatoid arthritis that her hands were like claws. Her spine was rigid, her feet knotted, her legs bent at right angles to her knees. For a year she had been bedfast, unable even to feed herself. Massage, heat, vaccine, and X-ray had done no good.Read Article
Four homes that take to the hills
IF YOU own a hilly lot, and don't take full advantage of the slope when you build a home, you're missing an opportunity for individuality that comes once in a house lifetime.Read Article
How to garden on a hillRead Article
For a smooth-running kitchenRead Article
How to make a flower pictureRead Article
Nail-biters need understanding
SCOLDING, punishing, or putting peppery solutions on your child's fingernails won't stop his nail-biting.Read Article
How to take care of your dishes
FINE dinnerware is made to be used and enjoyed as often as you set your table. Its real value lies in its use as an attractive part of everyday family life. If you leave it stored in the china closet except on special occasions, you're losing much of the value of owning fine table furnishings.Read Article
New Kitchens With Ideas for YouRead Article
New or Old, A kitchen can suit youRead Article
Color curtains our dining-room windowsRead Article
She rebelled against an obsolete kitchen!Read Article
Looks like 18th century acts like modern
UNTIL now you've had to choose between the flexibility of Modern and the long-loved styles of Eighteenth Century.Read Article
How to freeze cooked sweet potatoesRead Article
Cluster your mums in a basketRead Article
Flowers by Self-Serve?Read Article
When we moved into a new home that was surrounded by a large lot, we children were told that it would be our job to rake the lawn and garden.Read Article
This is French provincialRead Article
We eat at a bar ...and don't like It!
THIS is the story of our breakfast bar-- why we installed it, and why we intend to remove it.Read Article
Before: They had floor space Now they have living spaceRead Article
Name it-- and you can have it!
SUPPOSE you were buying the following items, sight unseen, at a War Assets Administration sale. Indicate by checking one of the three alternatives, how you would most logically use each article. If you don't know what it's for, you don't get the item.Read Article
I never house-clean!
AS AN ex-bobby-soxer (who married at the ripe old age of 19 and still loves it at an ancient and decrepit 24), I've probably shocked more staid homemakers with the statement, "I never house-clean," than any article on juvenile delinquency ever could.Read Article
Radio PartyRead Article
What Do You Know About Dyeing?
Dyeing one color over another is essentially the same as mixing two colors. The general rule is that light and medium colors will combine to give a third color, while very dark colors will cover the original color. Blue over yellow will give green; pink over blue will give orchid, etc.Read Article
Make a Petticoat for Your Bed
"DUST ruffles," decorators call them, those full, gathered petticoats that hang down from under an heirloom quilt. They look pretty whether made of flowered chintz to match the draperies, or of beruffled organdy like the glass curtains. They're easy to make, too, for it takes only simple machine or hand sewing to put them together in professional style.Read Article
Money for Recipes
HERE'S your chance to cash in on that quick cake recipe made in half the time, or that spring vegetable fix-up your family, friends, and relatives eat with such relish. We're offering $70. Twenty-one cooks can win. If your recipe wins the most votes from our judges, that's $10 and Dish-of-the-Month honors for you when we salute the winners next May.Read Article
Do your traffic lanes jam?Read Article
GET OUT OF THE Fire Insurance Business
IF YOU came home tonight and found your home ablaze, you might learn tomorrow-- when you reported a big loss-- that you'd been engaged in a private fire insurance business of your own. For, since three out of four residences are under-insured today, many of them seriously so, your present fire insurance may not be enough to provide a satisfactory settlement if you have a big fire.Read Article
Confessions of Good Cooks
Biscuit doughnuts make individual rings to hold creamed chicken or berry shortcake. I cut the biscuits with a large cooky cutter, then make the center holes with a 'small cutter. The center holds just enough a-la-king mixture or fruit for one serving.Read Article
Barbecued SpareribsRead Article
Better Homes and GardensRead Article
I use my antiques every dayRead Article
Connecticut farmhouse on a Hollywood setRead Article
What Is Home?
TODAY is an anniversary in our family. Just one year ago my husband, my children, and I walked into our own home, and saw, for the first time alone, without agents or former owners, the sunlight warm on our own floors and the leaves of our own maples thru the kitchen window.Read Article
Now you can protect your passengers, too
EVER since the earliest days of the "horseless carriage," owners of automobiles have taken insurance to protect themselves in case they injured pedestrians and passengers in other vehicles in a collision or accident. But, curiously enough, it wasn't until recently that you could get such insurance protection for passengers inside your own car.Read Article
They rescued their old buffetRead Article
How to fix a chairRead Article
Sitting pretty in a pretty settingRead Article
We worked our friends--then played
EVER play shuffleboard? It's fun-- not too difficult, not too strenuous. Two or four can play at one time. Unlike darts, it's harmless. Unlike croquet, it doesn't ruin a lawn. Unlike tennis, the court dries rapidly after a rain.Read Article
Hints for the Handy Man
HERE'S one way to solve the closet shortage by increasing the capacity of the ones you have. Place two lengths of broomstick lengthwise. Support between them, at a 45-degree angle, shorter pieces of broomstick, by means of large hooks in the ends.Read Article
What makes your children jealous?
JEALOUSY, in some form or other, is at the bottom of much unhappiness. In-law trouble, marital complications, dislike between brothers and sisters may all be due to jealousy.Read Article
Hints for the Handy Man
Vibration-stopper. Attic fans are sometimes noisy. Usually the noise can be traced to vibration. Two old pieces of tire casing, bolted to motor feet and nailed to rafters, silence vibration and keep the fan belt tight, because the casings collapse under the weight of the motor.Read Article
We dare you--Read Article
Brighten rooms with easy-to-clean plasticsRead Article
We found a better way to live
THREE years ago my husband and I, with $50 capital, started a venture which today is valued by bank examiners at $10,000.Read Article
OCTOBER GARDEN GUIDE
OCTOBER is a grand month in the garden. You can still enjoy your chrysanthemums, anemones, and heleniums while doing practically every kind of garden planting.Read Article
Birds, Too, Have Favorite Fruits!
BIRDS, whether insect- or seedeaters, often depend upon plants for life. It's easy to attract birds to your garden with plants chosen from the ones suggested here. You can plant them now to have fruit next year.Read Article
THE DIARY OF A Plain Dirt Gardener
Oct. 1 When I am dead and gone from this world, maybe the family will remember me longest as the old duffer who used to get up early on cold mornings and make the house warm for them.Read Article
Bright ideas for dull lamp shades
TIRED of the same old lamp shades? Here are some ideas for transforming your weary has-beens into the bright room accessories they should be.Read Article
They put their corners to workRead Article
Plants that tell history
THE tradition began when we dug up a little plant that had sprouted from a fragrant mockorange at our old family home in Connecticut.Read Article
Maybe they had somethingRead Article
Take the sandman with a grain of caution!
DOES your 3-year-old Jackie toss or twitch in his bed? Does 8-year-old Patty talk in her sleep, cry out at night, or wet the bed? If so, it may be because they're getting too much sleep or spending too much time in bed.Read Article
Garden rooms to prolong summer
THE sooner you plan and furnish a spot for relaxed outdoor living, the better. You'll eat more meals outside-- easy suppers with corn cakes and fresh plum butter followed by mugs of coffee sipped while you watch the big orange moon climb into the sky.Read Article
Keep that door working right!
WHEN a door binds, find out where. If it binds anywhere along the edges marked (1), swelling of the wood is probably the cause. A little work with a plane or sandpaper will relieve the difficulty.Read Article
Banish the bogey of acid soil
ACID soil should cause you no worry. Most garden plants thrive only when the soil is acid! Excess acidity, tho, naturally is bad. Fortunately, it is rare in most parts of the country. If you have tried to grow the acid-soil plants-- azaleas, rhododendrons, gardenias, and camellias-- you are aware that few soils are naturally acid enough for them.Read Article
Old-fashioned fun still costs little
TO BEAT the high cost of living, try staying at home to have your fun. It can take a lot of groans out of your budget (and tempts teenagers away from less desirable entertainment). Give it a fair try, and I'll bet you'll say everyone had a better time than he's had in years.Read Article
Don't forget to winterize your dog!
IT WON'T be long till winter. We can don heavier clothing, sit by the fire, and otherwise make ourselves immune from coldweather ailments-- we hope.Read Article
For kitchen cornersRead Article
How to make spots vanish
IF A new wool suit or your best rayon dress gets stained, you'd better send it to the dry cleaner. Pin a label on the spot telling what it is, and let a professional do the job.Read Article
Thru the Shops WITH BETTER HOMES & GARDENSRead Article
Does Rain Give Your House a Black Eye?
THE next time you and the family go for a ride around town, keep your eye out for white frame houses. On many of them you'll notice streaks of dirt on the walls under windows and eaves. Maybe you don't need to look far. These same streaks may disfigure your own home.Read Article
THE MAN NEXT DOOR
They have more company and more house guests at the little brick bungalow around the corner than at the biggest house in town.... As my grandmother used to say, "If there's room in the heart, there's room in the house."Read Article