House Hunting in Slovenia: Tucked Into the Trees for $908,000

A Three-Bedroom Villa on a Hillside in Slovenia $908,000 (840,000 EUROS) This two-story, 2,350-square-foot house is tucked into a grassy hillside in Topol pri Medvodah, a quiet village just outside Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. Built in 2013 on about a third of an acre, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom villa offers panoramic views of the Polhov Gradec Dolomites, a pre-Alpine …

Pandemic Lockdown Halts Hudson Valley’s Booming Film Industry

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. — For years, the Hudson Valley beckoned filmmakers looking for bucolic settings, and this year, it all seemed to be coming together. Film production in the area was on the rise, and additional studio space was planned. Mary Stuart Masterson, the actress and founder of Upriver Studios, hoped to turn 104,000 square feet in three bays of a …

The 10 Tools You Need for Basic Home Repair

Now that you’re spending nearly all your time at home, you may be noticing little things around the place that require your attention — a door that won’t close right, or a loose handrail. If you can’t wait until quarantine ends to take on these projects (or if a wobbly hinge is driving you nuts), you can tackle most home …

Shopping for Planters – The New York Times

Bringing greenery inside is important if you’re going to be spending a lot of time indoors. But don’t just focus on the plants. A well-designed container “allows you to curate your plant choices to create something that feels special and personal,” said Aaron Booher, a principal at Future Green Studio, a landscape design firm in Brooklyn. Begin by considering where …

$4 Million Homes in California

Santa Maria | $3.975 Million A 2008 farmhouse with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 100-acre lot This house was created by Mary Watkins Wood, an artist and designer, to evoke the California farmhouses of the early 20th century. Ms. Wood’s vision included making the house self-sufficient: A solar grid and backup generator provide power, while …

A Dream Commute from Weehawken

In the fall of 2018, Connie Klube traded a commute from New Jersey that would sometimes devour three hours of her day for one that takes less than half an hour each way and includes a pleasant ferry ride. Although she can’t enjoy the benefits of that commuting trade-off during the pandemic lockdown, neither she nor her husband, Karsten Andrae, …

Lena Olin at Home – The New York Times

Lena Olin isn’t one for acting on impulse. “I normally will say, ‘I have to think it over, I have to think it through,’” said the Swedish-born actor, 65, whose film credits include “The Reader,” “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” “Enemies, a Love Story” and the title role in “The Artist’s Wife,” due out this summer. Still, in the late …

9 Top (and Stubborn) Design Trends

Being confined to my home for the last two months has led me to think deeply about subway tile. It neatly covers my kitchen backsplash, and very possibly yours, but do its origins really lie in the subways? Why would that environment be anyone’s inspiration? And why is it so crazily popular now? Which leads me to kitchen islands. All …

How (and Why) to Use Native Plants

In recent years, the demand for pollinator plants has surged. But most of us don’t have room for a meadow. So where do these native plants fit in your garden, which may not be that big and is probably not very wild-looking? And how do you find plants that are native to your particular location, with the highest value to …

Why Sofas? These Books Explain the Joys and Mysteries of the Home

Have you ever wondered how forks ended up with four tines, where to store off-season clothes when you live in a small space, or why there’s green felt on pool tables? These books have answers. Walk into any flea market and you’ll find crafts stitched with aphorisms like “Home sweet home” and “Home is where the heart is.” But what …