Category: Home Tips

Home Decor

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

Gardening Tips

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

Home Tips

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


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


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


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

Home Decor

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

Home Tips

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


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


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

Home Applicances

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

Home Decor

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


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

Home Tips

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


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

Gardening Tips

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

Home Ideas

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


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


Your Guide to the Different Types of Wood Flooring

If you’re thinking of putting in wood floors, you can’t go wrong. All types of hardwood floors have unmatched natural beauty and go with any decor — modern, traditional, country, you name it. Hardwood flooring goes in any room, although kitchens and basements warrant special considerations.         Unfinished or Finished?   Unfinished hardwood flooring is a good