October 19, 2014 | Your home: Make your own

Could one of your habits cause a house fire?

Going out with the dryer still on, overtaxing a power strip, using the wrong light bulb . . . Learn which mistakes could endanger you and your family. By Elizabeth Gehrman

The fireplace wall is made of natural stone cut in irregular shapes; built-in shelving to one side holds Jan Moscowitz’s collection of Buddhas.

A smart approach to combining households in Needham

How a widow and widower decorated a home for their new life together, while remembering their past. By Jaci Conry

Your Home | Make It Your Own

The living room’s tufted velvet sofa is from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. The Bernhardt chairs from Hudson in the South End satisfied T.J. Rose’s request for a high-backed lounging spot. Beige is beautiful in Newton

A homeowner’s devotion to the quietest colors sets a calm, elegant tone. By Marni Elyse Katz

Your Home | Make it Your Own

The backyard treehouse, where the Days’ son and daughter play, hangs from a 50-foot-tall pine. The ladder can be removed and a net strung between the posts for sports. An architect’s home in Medfield has a surprise inside

A classic exterior conceals an open, contemporary floor plan, designed for an active family. By Marni Elyse Katz

Your Home | Make It Your Own

Having fallen in love with copper while looking for design ideas on Pinterest, Elizabeth Kane fashioned a pot rail for her kitchen out of tubing from Home Depot; the faucet is also copper, while the Miralis cabinets have white bronze hardware. In a South End townhouse condo, a loft-like aesthetic

A design-savvy scientist brings the elements she loves into her airy living space. By Marni Elyse Katz

Perspective

The author speaks at a September 25 news conference about his recovery from Ebola. Ebola survivor Richard Sacra: what we must do next

The Worcester doctor on how well-meaning efforts to stop Liberia’s epidemic are devastating the country’s health care system. By Dr. Richard A. Sacra

First Person

9/19/14 - Boston, MA - Memoirist Val Wang, cq, wrote Val Wang on her memoir, ‘Beijing Bastard’

The journalist and Bentley University professor releases a memoir examining her years living in her parents’ homeland.

Examiner


Calling all Ouija board fans to Salem

The old game with New England ties is having a moment. By Elizabeth Gehrman

Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in Boston October 20-26

A free MOOC on Boston history, Boston Book Festival, Vegetarian Food Festival, and more.

A Restaurant’s Take

Boston, MA., 10/07/14, The lemon dutch baby skillet cake at Union Restaurant. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff (The Boston Globe. Union Bar & Grille’s Dutch baby skillet cakes

A sweet brunch treat that looks like a fallen souffle. By Rachel Travers

Dinner With Cupid


Blind date: Fun in the sun

These daters love the beach. Is that enough to make it a hot date?

On the Block


For sale: Homes in the $500,000 range, in Rochester and Easton

Both of these properties offer private yards, and lots of space. By Stacey Myers

Tales from the City

Paying it forward at the Pats

A kind customer in the concessions line.

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