What started out as a fairly conventional split-entry home in Maenner Meadows nearly 40 years ago now sprawls 90 feet across two lots on a quiet block near 90th Street and Western Avenue. The metamorphosis — in two major expansions — has been a passion for Omahans Frank and Nancy Metzler, no…

Got a room that somehow lacks the charm and character you crave? Don’t just sweep that problem under the rug, as they say — get an actual area rug to add comfort, color and definition to the interior.

Buying a sofa requires a strong knowledge of self, says Amy Rutherford, owner of furniture and home store Red Barn Mercantile in Alexandria, Virginia. "The first question I ask people is 'Where is it going?' Then, 'How do you use your space? What's your lifestyle like?' " If you like enterta…

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