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10 FALL CLEANUP TIPS FOR A BETTER SPRING GARDEN

When it comes to fall yard and garden cleanup, we have evolved our thinking. It’s not necessary to hack everything down, but that doesn’t mean do nothing. Let’s clean up our yards the right way. With cooler weather and fewer insects, it’s also easier to do this work in autumn, not during freezing temperatures. So

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Top 7 Best Kitchen Remodel Ideas for 2019

The kitchen is where everyone gathers as the day begins and ends. It’s used for more than meals. It’s home to game night, homework, meetings, crafts, and countless other activities. Such an important space needs a good form and function. The 2019 average cost for a kitchen remodel is $11,000. A major renovation can reach

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Read This Before You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

The right prep, primer, and paint can transform the look of your cupboards—and your entire cook space—without busting the budget Handsome Painted Cabinets for Cookspace Appeal     If you’ve  noticed the cost of new appliances, countertops, and cabinets, it’s no surprise that renovating a kitchen is one of the most expensive remodeling projects. While

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Ribbon Flower Accents

Materials and Tools: 3/4 yard of 1/8″ or 1/4″ ribbon (for center) 1-1/4 yard of 1″ to 2″ (for petals) Needle Thread to match ribbon Heavy-gauge wire stem cut in 12″ to 18″ lengths Floral tape Silk or velvet leaves Glue Directions: 1. To create center of flower, cut 1/8″ or 1/4″ ribbon into 6

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Timeless Home Decorating Tips

Edith Wharton’s Advice: Stick to a Muted Palette What she said: “The fewer colors used in a room, the more pleasing and restful the result will be,” said Edith Wharton (1862-1937), in The Decoration of Houses (1897). Before winning a Pulitzer for The Age of Innocence, Wharton was a decorating pioneer, advising people to steer clear of the overstuffed

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A Short Guide to Replacing Windows

Are you looking to get your residential windows replaced? Whether they’re slider windows, casement windows, vinyl windows or other types of windows, the benefits of replacing windows by far outweigh the costs involved. With new windows, you can prevent draft, keep insects and other pesky pests out of your home, and protect your home from

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5 Tips for Building an Outdoor Shower

Whether you live by the beach or simply want to create an oasis for summer days, an al-fresco shower can be a great way to up your outdoor ante and wash away the sand before heading indoors. (Bonus, it’s also a great place to rinse off a muddy puppy.)   Below are 5 tips for

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Mudroom Storage Cubbies | Free Plans

Hey all, it’s Tylynn dropping in from Bitterroot DIY with some free plans to build your own mudroom storage cubbies! It got cold fast here in Minnesota. I swear it was overnight and BAM! Winter. We had a sorta makeshift mudroom area in the basement right at the garage entrance, but it consisted of one

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5 Ways to Get a Modern Farmhouse Front Porch

When interior designer Rosa Beltran found this rundown bungalow in the artsy Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake, it was just what she was hoping for: something so ugly that it would scare off everyone but herself. As a newly divorced single mom, she needed a deal; as a designer, she could see past its

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12 Ways to Get Your House Ready for Storms

As severe weather continues to dominate the news, it pays to take heed and prepare for the worst, even if your home isn’t in the direct path of current storms. Here are 12 ways to get your house in order if you live in or near regions where storms and heavy rains are predicted. A

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DIY Floating Deck, Part 4: Trimming Deck Boards and Rounding the Edges

I’m building a DIY floating deck in my back yard! Catch the whole thing, start to finish, right here. In this chapter, I’m covering how I trimmed all the deck board ends and rounded off the cut. Part 1: Planning & Layout Part 2: Frame & Waterproofing Part 3: Decking Part 4: that’s here! Part

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Choosing Kitchen Appliances

Appliances, alone, do not make a kitchen. But, they just might be the most important aspect of your space. After all, the kitchen’s primary function is for preparing and cooking meals.         How high-end do you want to go? Chefs and bakers who plan to use the restaurant-quality features on professional models

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Black and White Bathroom Decor Ideas

If you’re considering a bathroom with a black-and-white theme, you’ll want to browse several black-and-white bathroom decor ideas. Black-and-white bathroom design is a versatile approach that can be applied to just about any style of bathroom, from the stoically traditional to the ultra-modern. Black-and-white bathroom decor can make a great addition to most bathroom designs,

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7 Most Surprising Fertilizers Found In Your Kitchen

It’s no secret that as gardeners we all want healthy plants. While healthy soil is vital to this, fertilization plays a significant role too. But what if you don’t have lots of money to spend on plant fertilizer? That’s not a problem. There are actually a number of “fertilizers” that may already be available right

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How to Install a CO Detector

For safety’s sake install a CO detector in your home. It’s easy and inexpensive, just follow these step-by-step directions to learn how to do the job. Step 1 : Decide the best location for the alarm Safety experts say install an alarm on each level of a multi-level home, including every bedroom, hallway, finished attic

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How to Install Wall Paneling

Before You Begin Installing paneling varies depending on the surface it is being applied to. The easiest way to install it over an existing finished wall, such as drywall, plaster, or paneling, is to use an adhesive. Spread the adhesive according to the adhesive maker’s instructions. Typically, you apply it and then spread it uniformly

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Make Your Bathroom Beautiful with Shower Screens

Shower screens are exclusively used as a decorative element in interior style décor in bathrooms. It modifies the functional factor and makes your bathroom look modern. Shower screens are both available in framed as well as frameless glass. You incorporate your shower screen by choosing a clear or decorative glass and accordingly it can make

Flooring

Your 101 Guide for Modern Flooring Trends This 2019

Ready to remodel the house you’ve always wanted? If you are planning to keep your home up-to-date, then you can start with your floor. This might get you all excited until you realize that choosing a floor is somehow unsettling! This is true, there are a lot of choices out there and you might get

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How to Install Hardwood Flooring (Complete Instructions)

We first ran this article in 2010. It provides detailed instructions for installing hardwood flooring over a wood substructure. It chronicles tutorials for each step of the process, derived from our installation of 3/4 inch solid, tongue-and-groove Brazilian Walnut hardwoods in our own home! At the bottom, we provide links to posts on the tools

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You Won’t Believe This Indoor-Outdoor Hangout Is Built Under a Home

It’s part open-air living room, part cabana, and part federally mandated flood elevation. Homeowner Gaelle Dudley calls it the loggia, and this bonus space below her Fairfield, CT, home is where you’ll find her and her family on all but the coldest days. Before the Dudleys moved here, Hurricane Sandy roared through the area. Houses

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Spring Cleaning on a Budget: 3 Things to Stop Doing Now

Hello, March — and spring cleaning season! Save time and money by putting a stop to these three cleaning habits that might be costing you. #1 Stop Using Vinegar on Wood and Stone From windows to laundry, vinegar is an eco-friendly cleaning powerhouse. But it’s also an acid that can damage stone and wood. When

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How To Remove Rust (From Anywhere & Everywhere!)

Rust. From our fridges to our bikes, it can be a problem – and a really unsightly one at that. If it feels like rust is taking over your home, item by item, don’t panic – we’re here to help. Today we’re showing you how to get rid of rust for good. We’ve got loads

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14 Bright Ideas for Adding a Little Color to Your Kitchen

Looking to add a little color to your kitchen? Whether you’re planning a fresh renovation or just want to add a dash of spice to your existing kitchen, here are several ways you can bring in a new color or two. 1. Accent Doors Two-tone cabinets continue to be a big kitchen trend — and

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7 Organization Tips for Your Holiday Gear and Decorations

Decking the halls is good fun and all, but shuffling through piles of wreaths, lights, ornaments, Santa hats, dreidels, wrapping paper, and stockings is nothing to fa la la la about. Cut back on the holiday overwhelm with these organization ideas for your festive gear. #1 Make a Holiday Closet Instead of doing a holiday-themed

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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets: 5 Tips from a Master Painter

Lately we’ve been admiring DIY kitchen makeovers involving little more than paint applied to dreary wooden cabinets (see Remodeling 101: 6 Kitchen Cabinets Transformed with Paint for evidence). How to best tackle such a project on your own? For advice, I turned to Albert Ridge of Ridge Painting in NYC. Albert, who grew up in County Galway,

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What Will Bathrooms Look Like in the Future?

Home automation, from voice-controlled virtual assistants to app-controlled thermostats, has quickly and unexpectedly ushered the future into our own homes. As technology continues to progress, the way we interact with our environment will likely only grow more and more futuristic – even spaces as personal as our home bathrooms. While the prospect of such a

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6 Decorating and Remodeling Tips From a Top Interior Designer

Grant K. Gibson has been designing homes for more than 15 years. Originally from Los Angeles, the 39-year-old designer, who’s now based in San Francisco, takes pride in creating living spaces that speak to the personality, preferences and experiences of his clients. Now, he’s releasing his first book, The Curated Home, which takes readers inside

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10 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors Year-Round

Add that just-picked taste to your meals — even when snow is drifting up against the kitchen window — by growing herbs indoors all year long. You won’t even need special any special equipment as long as you give them plenty of water and sunshine. How to Grow Herbs As a general rule of (green)

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Cinnamon History: Learn About Cinnamon Plant Uses Through Time

When our grandmother pulled out piping hot, heaven scented cinnamon rolls on a Sunday morning, it was war. My siblings and I would scramble and shove each other out of the way to nab the biggest one. Cinnamon is no stranger to war. At several points in cinnamon’s history, the spice was deemed so valuable

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12 Design Lessons from Le Corbusier’s Maison La Roche in Paris

A few years ago, on a trip to Paris, a friend took me to the Maison La Roche, the villa by architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, located in the 16th Arrondissement and constructed from 1923 to 1925. Designed for Raoul La Roche, a banker and an art collector from Basel, Switzerland (and a friend and

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How to Clean Your Room

Your bedroom is the first space you see when you wake up in the morning and the last you look at when you go to sleep at night, so when it’s a mess, it really affects you. But because it’s the only room that isn’t typically seen when guests came over, it’s pretty easy to

Flooring

How to Patch a Chipped Wood Floor

Using only hand tools and a drill, Tom Silva makes minor floor damage disappear with a simple and effective dutchman repair technique You don’t have to replace an entire floorboard to fix a small chip or gouge. Instead, patch it with a new piece of wood, as Tom demonstrates here, and heed his advice for

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5 Reasons Why Cotton Bed Sheets are The Best for Summers

The season of summer has already arrived and along with it, it has brought us soaring temperatures to get you all sweaty and exhausted. It is a season which majority of Indians have a distaste for, especially the ones living in boiling hot areas like Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi, etc. The temperature in these regions

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Decorating 101: How to Plan Your Home’s Lighting

Lighting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to transform the look of a room. Proper lighting can highlight a room’s assets and help disguise its shortcomings, increase function and set a mood. Good lighting and bright lighting are not the same thing. A room that’s well lit will offer illumination at varying

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5 Outdoor Lighting Solutions that Scream “Spring!”

Grilling by the light of a lone tikki torch or a string of tangled Christmas lights is no way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather. Here are five outdoor lighting solutions that are sure to brighten your springtime gatherings — and have your neighbors wondering how you did it. Landscape Lighting Aside from looking

Cleaning

How to Clean an Outdoor Air Conditioning Coil (Trane unit example)

Twice in five years I’ve cleaned my outdoor AC condenser, and both times I’ve been amazed by the amount of dirt and  leaves I’ve found. Fortunately, cleaning your outdoor coil is a task that any homeowner can accomplish, and it doesn’t take very long. A good cleaning will help your AC unit to function more efficiently, and

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House Cleaning & Maintenance Tips Everyone Should Know

A clean house not only looks good but it also keeps you healthy. It is important to maintain the right decor in the house. Cleaning is indeed important and you should do that on a daily basis. But, if you have time issues, you can clean your house twice a week. With restricted time, you

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How to Use a Portable Generator

Power outages are a common occurrence after a severe storm. When your power goes out and you don’t have a standby generator, a portable generator is a handy backup to provide power until electricity is restored. Learn the proper way to use a portable generator. Using a Portable Generator Unlike home standby generators, which are

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Decorating 101: How to Start a Decorating Project

Before you grab that first paint chip, figure out your needs, your decorating style and what to get rid of Congratulations. You’ve decided to decorate your home. Now what? Whether you’re furnishing your first place or redoing the house you’ve owned for decades, decorating can be a challenging task, filled with costly decisions whose outcomes

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All About Electrical Wiring Types, Sizes, and Installation

Much of what you need to know for electrical repairs and remodeling involves wiring—how to identify it, how to buy it, and how to install it with proper connections. If you’re planning any electrical project, learning the basics of wiring materials and installation is the best place to start. Understanding basic wiring terminology and identifying

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Home Tips: Fall Decor

The temperature may still be warm, but the daylight hours are shrinking and there is a hint of color change appearing in the trees…fall is in the air! Bring on the pumpkin spice, cozy blankets, and bonfires! Here are a few of our favorite ways to add some fall spice to your home decor this

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Small Bedroom Color Schemes

f your bedroom is small, you may think white is your only option. However, if you love color, there are ways to incorporate it into your bedroom without it overwhelming your space.   It’s a misconception that a small place must be painted white to appear larger. Any color you find relaxing can work in

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4 Most Common Furniture Purchasing Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Most of us believe that buying furniture is a simple task. On the contrary, this decision is quite a tough one. This underestimation is one of the main reasons why people make many mistakes during furniture purchase.     Most of us believe that buying furniture is a simple task. On the contrary, this decision is quite

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How to Install a Farmhouse Sink

If you’re looking for a way to update your kitchen, consider a farmhouse-style sink. We’ll walk you through the steps to install one. Sink Types Farmhouse sinks can be mounted three different ways. Top Mount Sinks They’re the easiest to install. There’s a flange that sits on the countertop just like a regular sink. They

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How to Install a Retrofit Bathroom Vent Fan

We’re back with another Pro-Follow update for the bathroom remodel with Steve Wartman and his crew. If you’re just joining us, you can read up on the progress so far at these links: Day 1: Demolition Day 2: Plumbing, Electric and Concrete Board In the introduction to this project, I mentioned that moving the bathroom

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How to Pick Color Combinations for Your Kitchen Remodel

The look of your kitchen sets the tone for the personality of your entire home. The kitchen is a place where family and friends gather, where you create nourishing meals for your family, and where you can show off your decorating skills. Choosing a color combination might seem simple, but it’s very important because the

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The 5 Most Hated Home Appliances to Clean, and How to Make Light Work of Them

It’s very important that home appliances be cleaned as often as necessary. Doing so is part of properly maintaining them and prolongs their useful lives. After all, some of these appliances can be very expensive for you not to take good care of them. Admittedly though, it can be a pain to clean home appliances

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14 Surprising Things You Can Clean in the Washer

Sitting in your laundry room or around the corner at the laundromat is a magical machine that can clean more than just your sheets, towels and clothes–the washing machine. The key to cleaning these 14 things successfully in your washer is to use the gentle cycle, correct water temperature, put small items in a mesh laundry

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White Vinegar For Cleaning: How To Use Vinegar Around The Home

Editor’s Note: This post was originally posted in May 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in September 2019. Vinegar is fab for making dressings and drizzling over chips, but it’s even better for household cleaning! Today we’re sharing 17 uses for vinegar you can try out all around the

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How To Clean A Kettle (Get Rid Of Limescale FAST!)

Hot beverages, porridge, and hot water bottles – we use our tea kettles more than we realise! If you think you can get away without knowing how to clean a kettle, you’re wrong. Just take a peek inside the lid to see what horrors are lurking at the bottom! If you don’t keep up with

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The Best Bathroom Flooring Ideas

The best bathroom flooring ideas combine performance with good looks. Bathroom floors have their own special mantra: safe, waterproof, stylish. Here are the best time-tested bathroom flooring options: Sheet Vinyl Sheet vinyl flooring comes in a huge array of colors and patterns at a reasonable cost. You can find it at home improvement centers for $1 to $2 per

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How to Protect Your Home from Rainwater Damage

Few things are as stressful to homeowners as water damage. It can be a sinister, creeping issue that many don’t discover until it has become a big, expensive problem. At its worst, moisture has the potential to damage your home beyond affordable repair, with heavy structural consequences that include mold, wood rot, and even foundation

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Surprise Retirement Party for Mom!

On the last Friday in September, Mom retired. And we threw her a SURPRISE PARTY in my back yard! This post is going to have tons of pictures, but it’s hard to know where to start breaking things down. The idea first began because we were trying to surprise Mom by having her twin sister

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Have Allergies? Make This One Change to Your Bedroom Right Now

For those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the start of spring can also mean the onset of sneezing, running noses, and puffy eyes. And while seasonal snifflers are quick to blame pollen and grasses (and for good reason), there may be another factor affecting their allergies year-round: dust mites. To learn more about the potential link between year-round

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Tips for Controlling the Budget on a Kitchen Remodel

Budget Control Is Up to You     Begin with the reality of budgeting for kitchen remodels: Kitchens are always one of the most expensive areas of the home to remodel. Bedrooms, living rooms, hallways, and even small bathrooms pale in comparison to the price of remodeling a kitchen. The good news is that a

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Walk-in Showers Without Doors or Curtains: Design Tips and Examples

Because it doesn’t include a bathtub, or require doors, screens, or curtains, the walk-in shower often makes bathrooms appear larger, cleaner, and more minimalist. However, some precautions must be taken when designing them. Most importantly, the shower cannot be left completely open, even if it appears to be at first glance. Most designs incorporate a

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How to Correctly Design and Build a Kitchen

Before starting the design process, the most important thing is to understand how the kitchen is going to be used. This is a basic approach that any architect must take. A kitchen can’t be just a leftover space or a space to be defined at the end of a project. Designers must understand that a kitchen

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How to Install Closet Shelf and Rod

Before You Begin A simple closet shelf and rod consists of the shelf, cleats attached to the back and side walls and a bracket to support the center of the shelf and the rod at the midpoint. Your layout, bracket position, shelf length may vary, but the principles are the same. Depending on the brackets

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14 Hacks You Can Do Now to Make House Cleaning Go Faster

It’s the little things that get you every time. And that goes for your home, too. Stained porcelain, carpets, stinky appliances — they all hurt your home’s market value in the end. And, frankly, they’re no fun to look at every day, either. Get your house put back together with these house-cleaning hacks. No trip