Stories by Melissa Kossler Dutton

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Couples work out custody for their pets

When Tricia Lerdon and her husband separated, they had to figure out how to share their beloved dachshund, Jetson. "One of us giving up the dog?" she said. "That wasn't even a conversation."
By Melissa Kossler Dutton

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

Garage upgrades make more room for storage

Many homeowners would never let sports gear, tools and yard equipment clutter up the front hall where it's the first things guests see.
By Melissa Kossler Dutton

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

'Super pantries' frequent many kitchen wish lists

Teresa Keller used to joke that she was pantry-challenged. She often relied on a flashlight to search the deep, dark cupboard that held her canned goods and other food items. When building a home, ...
By Melissa Kossler Dutton

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015

Christmas bonus: Farm animals in demand for Nativity scenes

Some farmers have extra reason to rejoice at Christmas: 'Tis the season for renting out animals for live Nativity scenes and other holiday events. 
By Melissa Kossler Dutton

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Vacationers do photo shoots with cards in mind

Areti Bratsis has found that summer visitors to Cape Cod, Mass., often have more on their minds than going to the beach, eating seafood and watching sunsets.
By Melissa Kossler Dutton

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Giving a present of music can be made easy by technology

Luke Maguire Armstrong doesn't pen a holiday letter to friends. The guitar player and songwriter prefers to communicate musically.
By Melissa Kossler Dutton

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Consider home's style, age when updating exterior

Color and decorative pieces can improve the look of a home outside and in. Add trim boards, columns or porch accessories and you can dress up the facade of a house, improving its value and curb ...
By Melissa Kossler Dutton

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Colleges try to engage married alums

While leading prospective students around Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, campus tour guides talk about the college's active Greek scene, high graduation rates and athletic successes.
By Melissa Kossler Dutton

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Keep kids' artwork creatively

It's a conundrum many parents face: what to do with the steady flow of drawings, paintings, collages and more that children bring home from school and camp?
By Melissa Kossler Dutton

Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

Chandeliers are artfully stylish

Some interior designers tout paint as the best way to change the look of a room. For Lisa Roberts, "It's lighting. . It's more bang for the buck.
By Melissa Kossler Dutton

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008

Do-it-yourself clubs offer help with home projects

Lewis and Rebecca Taylor were confident when they recently bought a fixer-upper, even though they're not particularly handy. They knew they'd have plenty of help updating the kitchen, tearing out ...
By Melissa Kossler Dutton
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