While spring is the ideal time to begin digging and growing a traditional vegetable or flower garden, plenty of planning and other tasks can be done at any time of the year. Gardeners spend most of the summer watering, weeding and watching young plants grow. Fall is a good time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs and some perennials. And winter is a ...Read more
Plagued at home by sneezing, an incessant runny nose and watery eyes? You may be one of 40 million people who suffer from indoor allergies, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Luckily, there are ways to get relief. With a bit of planning and a little extra work, your house can be a haven for those in your family ...Read more
There’s a lot to love about small houses: less upkeep, lower utility costs, manageable floor plans. If you already live in a small house or are thinking of buying one, you’ll probably spend lots of time on the interior. But key exterior design and landscaping tips can do much to play up all that’s wonderful about your small home. Here are ...Read more
Wondering what kind of window coverings work best in your space? Or maybe you’ve spent hours figuring out how to hang curtains or shades, only to realize that they don’t measure up. To save yourself save time and money, learn how to hang curtains (and curtain rods) using a few expert tips.
How to hang curtains
Be sure to take measurements ...Read more
If you’re planning to refresh the paint in your living room or swipe on a new hue in the kitchen, you may be thinking about tackling the project yourself. However, before you pull on overalls and pick up a paintbrush, consider the factors below to help you decide whether or not to call in the pros.
1. Consider the state of your walls.
If you...Read more
These ideas will help you squeeze more style into your small living room — without sacrificing function.
1. Forget elbow room.
Snug rooms are a chance to get cozy. To seat a crowd, ditch the awkward sectional in favor of small sofas and chairs packed closely together. Keep the profiles of the pieces trim and tight: no bulky wing chairs or ...Read more
Trying to create the home of your dreams? Never underestimate the satisfaction of completing small house projects. Here are six mini home makeovers that can be accomplished in an afternoon.
1. Get creative with wallpaper.
Subtle and less of a commitment than wallpapering an entire room, try adding just a touch of patterned wallpaper to the ...Read more
Wondering how to begin decluttering your home? Here’s how to tackle the toughest areas of your house. Take a mental inventory of what you see and write down how the room makes you feel. Then, close your eyes and imagine what you want your new space to look like. Write down how the new vision makes you feel, and place this in a prominent spot ...Read more
If you’re wondering how to paint kitchen cabinets, you’ve come to the right place. Giving your cabinets a makeover can dramatically change the look and feel of your kitchen, whether you’re opting for a clean white paint or a more adventurous dark or colorful hue.
Before you get started, there are some key things you need to know about how...Read more
Whether you’ve lived in your house for years or just moved in, it can be a challenge to create a home that feels authentically “you.” Sure, you (and maybe your partner, kids, pets) live there, but designing a home that reflects your personal style and celebrates your favorite memories and experiences requires a little extra effort. To make...Read more
Like dishwashers and washing machines, shower doors help get other things clean — while accumulating an impossible-to-get-rid-of ring of soap scum themselves. Luckily, a little preventive care (and a few quick cleaning tricks) can help your shower door stay sparkling clean.
1. Banish buildup with pantry ingredients.
People swear by the ...Read more
When it comes to maintenance and repairs, professional labor can be one of the more costly portions of a homeowner’s budget. While many people opt to save cash by doing work themselves, not everyone possesses the skills necessary to fix their own homes (even with the help of online instructional videos). Attempting a DIY project without ...Read more
If you’re spending as much time as possible at home right now, you may suddenly feel inspired to redecorate. After all, there’s nothing like spending 15 hours in your living room to make you rethink that rug or give a cluttered corner some serious side-eye.
Good news: You can give your home a stylish mini-makeover with what you have on hand...Read more