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A Visit to Lotusland

By Pamela Hassell | Mar 23
Ganna Walska, a wealthy Polish opera singer, created the Lotusland garden in her own likeness - beautiful, eccentric, intelligent, quixotic, romantic, spiritual - on a private estate here about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.

"Sound of Music" Tony Award Fetches More Than $43K at Auction

Mar 22
A Tony Award from the original Broadway production of "The Sound of Music" has fetched a lot of do-re-mi at auction. Mary Martin's Tony for her role as Maria von Trapp in the 1959-60 staging of the beloved musical sold for $43,750.

80 Years On, Charleston Worries About New Building Design

By Bruce Smith | Mar 19
Eight decades after Charleston passed the nation's first historic preservation ordinance to protect its picturesque city of old pastel buildings and quiet gardens, there's concern the design of new buildings is not as good as that of the old.

Yard Sale Painting May Sell at Auction for $25K

By Tom Coyne | Mar 16
Jesse Ronnebaum isn't sure what moved him to buy a worn painting of seven men playing pool from a yard sale for fifty cents. Now it's going to auction and may bring in $25,000.

Ikea Stops Online Russian Magazine Due to Propaganda Law

Mar 14
Ikea, the world's largest furniture retailer, says it is halting its online magazine in Russia out of fears it violates the country's law banning promotion of same-sex gay values to minors.

Stockholm on Display

By Matthew Wexler | Mar 13
More than just meatballs and IKEA, Sweden and its capital city, Stockholm, is a design enthusiast's dream.

What it Takes to Call Detroit Home

By Beth J. Harpaz | Mar 11
In 1950, Detroit had a population of 1.85 million. Today, 690,000 remain - a mere third of those who lived here when this was the fifth-largest city in America. Here are some of their stories.

Community Solar Gardens Catching On

By Steve Karnowski | Mar 9
A new concept in renewable energy is catching fire across the country, allowing customers who might find solar panels too expensive or impractical to buy green energy anyway.

Lights, Camera, Blossom! Disney Films Inspire Floral Fantasy

By Kathy Matheson | Mar 6
Floral and garden designers are paying homage to Disney and Pixar films at the Philadelphia Flower Show, which opens Saturday with the theme "Celebrate the Movies."

Behind the Scenes at Mall of America

Mar 3
The Mall of America has provided a rare glimpse into security at the nation's busiest shopping center after an online video purportedly produced by a terrorist group urged extremists to attack shopping malls in Western countries.

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