February 3, 2013 | Your Home: Transformations

Room refreshers for $500 and less

From creating a faux granite countertop to adding a wall-mounted fireplace, here are easy, affordable ways to transform your space. By Elizabeth Gehrman

Steve Snider’s living room features a new gas fireplace with an Arts and Crafts-style surround and the original mantel.

Arts and Crafts update in Newton

A century-old dwelling becomes more livable and green. By Jaci Conry

Miss Conduct

Destination weddings: Advice on opting out

Plus, dealing with a colleague’s annoying whistling habit. By Robin Abrahams

Out and About

1-15-2013 Hingham, Mass. Opening night screening for Broken City held at the Patriot Cinemas in Hingham Shipyard. L. to R. are Director Allen Hughes with Actor Mark Wahlburg. Globe photo by Bill Brett As seen around town

Sad Patriots fans, a Wahlberg screening, and a party idea with legs.

Style Watch

- Pretty little pouches

Minimalist zippered bags are perfect for carrying your essentials on quick errands or at fancy affairs. By Marni Elyse Katz

Your Week Ahead

Atrium Alive, Chinese Art and Culture 5 things to do this week in and around Boston

Magic tricks that will make you laugh, Chinese culture on stage, Frankenstein’s beginnings, and more things to see and do.

First Person

Varla Jean Merman ‘Mildred Fierce’ speaks

Varla Jean Merman, alter ego of actor Jeffery Roberson, plays the lead in the new parody by Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans.

Dinner With Cupid

Gone fishin’

Will these blind daters take the bait?

On the Block

For sale: Homes in Foxborough

Eager for the Patriots’ return? Consider one of these properties that put you closer to Gillette Stadium.


Chicken Caesar salad and hot artichoke dip (served here with crostini, but also tasty in a wrap with the salad) make a flavorful meal. A winter salad menu

Caesar with chicken (and lots more). By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

A take out salad. Salad bar Caesar

At Sebastians, your perfect salad.


The ‘ping’ from Cambridge’s trackless trolleys

Electrical wires produce a cold, metallic sound. By Scott Helman


Comic Marc Maron’s take on anger

The WTF podcast host, coming to Boston’s Wilbur Theatre, makes a joke on Twitter.

Tales From the City

What’s the magic word?


Letters to the editor

Globe Magazine readers respond to stories on Terry Francona, guns at home, and more.