February 2, 2014 | Your home: Marvelous makeovers

Cool changes

Update any space easily with these designer tips — and fresh products from New England companies. No contractor required. By Christie Matheson

What you need to know about mortgages

The rules that kicked in last month should better protect home buyers, but be prepared for a tangle of paperwork and potentially higher costs. By Elizabeth Gehrman


One race we don’t want to win

As the Sochi Olympics heat up, it’s time for Boston 2024 boosters to finally cool down. By Shira Springer


2014 Super Bowl: Fun facts for TV viewers

Even though we can't root for the Patriots, there's still plenty of game day appeal.

First Person

1,800 miles to go

Anthony Goddard, a software developer in Woods Hole, is providing the science know-how to two British explorers aiming to copy Robert Scott’s century-old foot trip across Antarctica.

Style Watch


Warming up in cool layers. By Tina Sutton

On the Block

Gridiron greats

Top prospects in Mansfield, home of the state’s No. 1-rated football team.

Miss Conduct

Give to the giver

Finding a generous way to cope with demands about using presents. By Robin Abrahams


Sausage, tomato, and squash minestrone. Stand-up soups

Three winter warmers that will stick to your ribs. By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

In Somerville, gumbo to warm the soul

Highland Kitchen’s sausage and seafood soup.


Protective instincts

So far, I have somehow managed to shield my daughters from the worst events of our times, including the Holocaust. By Melissa Schorr

Dinner With Cupid

From left, Matthew Woellert and Kalee Burrows. The cold shoulder

Two singles meet during a snowstorm. Will things heat up?

Tales From the City

Blue and red friends

Can kids of Romney voters be friends with Democrats?


Letters to the editor

Readers respond to articles on parole for juveniles, conduct on the T, and more.