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Hardwood flooring has long been a popular choice for homes because of the natural beauty of wood. New colors and finishes help keep this traditional flooring style looking fresh, with more coming down the pike for 2015. See what Lumber Liquidators expects to be hot in hardwoods for the year...

They’ve always been functional.  But for the first time in decades, awnings are regaining popularity as a sources of energy saving and stylishness and increased home value. 

Let’s start with the numbers: Awnings extending from windows, doors, and patios can cut a household’s summer energy bills...

You're running late.  Your arms are full.  It will only be a short drive.  Your toddler is whining, and doesn't want to climb into the booster seat. 

Sound familiar?  If you’re a parent, my guess is “yes”!  And if you occasionally give in, you’re not alone: Findings released by Safe Kids...

Rocking chairs.  Knitting.  Cast-off shoes.   Porches  don’t exactly have a hip, modern reputation.  But they might soon.   The porch is making a comeback, with homeowners and builders rediscovering the appeal and possibility of space that merges the comforts of being both indoors and out. ...

At some point, every parent faces the decision of determining whether or not a child is able to stay home alone.  As a parent of three, I’ve found that every child is different and each child has a unique level of maturity, at every age and stage of his or her adolescence.  Leaving a child alone...

When consumers think about energy-efficient lighting, many are deterred by the memory of the early CFL bulbs produced by some manufacturers.

When the first CFL bulbs came to market nearly 30 years ago, consumer adoption was slowed by the fact that many of the products didn’t meet consumer...

When it comes to your home's exterior, you can change the color only so often — maybe once a decade if you applied a long-lasting, good quality paint or stain. Not so with the interior. If you want to change your wall color on a whim, you can do it this weekend.  That's part of the beauty of...

If you're shopping for new or replacement windows for your home, chances are you’ve come across a few different ratings, labels or certifications on the products you’ve looked at. Understanding the information these stickers convey is essential to your ability to directly compare your options...

Spring is here, and that means homeowners across the country are going to start picking up their shovels for a variety of outdoor projects: planting trees, installing fences, building decks, and more. However, a majority of Americans – 51 percent – who plan to dig this year will put themselves...

Does all the talk about newer, better light bulbs have you scratching your head? They’re on the market for good reason—to increase efficiency and reduce energy costs—and a few how-tos are all you’ll need to make shopping easier.   This new wave in lighting is thanks to the Energy Independence...

Want to transform your bedroom into a more soothing, restful sanctuary? Look to the hallmarks of the master suite. With a few easy changes, you can give a bedroom of any size the feel of a sweet suite without the dear price tag. Choose some or all of the following elements to create a beautiful,...

Ever half-heard a product recall report, and realized too late it was about something you actually own? Product recalls often seem like minor news, but if one affects your family’s safety, that’s another story.      Now there’s an easy way to get the information you missed and keep tabs on...

The right lighting makes a difference in any space, and a new lightscape is a simple way to spur a romantic makeover for your bedroom, dining area or living room. Several elements can be adjusted to improve what you already have, or a few can be added to change the room’s lighting scheme and...

Your home’s systems are probably getting quite a workout right now, between heating, cooking and indoor entertaining. So keep everything running efficiently and indoor air clear with one simple winter chore: filter maintenance. A monthly change of the furnace filter will help your heating...

For a sleek, sophisticated room makeover this year, go gray. According to the pros at the Paint Quality Institute, it’s the hottest new neutral for 2014, adding impact and connoting intellect wherever you use it. Playing with gray in a paint scheme is an easy, affordable way to try the trend....

There’s always room for improvement in a new year, especially when it comes to your home. So make a few resolutions now to tackle simple projects that’ll help reduce energy spending, increase safety, and expand enjoyment of your abode. Here are a few ideas to spur your 2014 to-do list. Replace...

As you prepare to undeck the halls, take steps that’ll save time and trouble when you roll out the decorations again next year. Assessing what you have, purchasing replacements, and packing for safe storage and easy retrieval will preserve holiday magic and decorating safety. Here are top tips...

A layer of newly fallen snow may make your home look like it’s straight off of a holiday card, but leave snow there too long, and you’ll be dealing with a different kind of scene. A blanket of snow can hide freezing, leaking ice dams, and even lead to a dangerous collapse anywhere your roof is...

If you played host for Thanksgiving, you know exactly what a difference kitchen ventilation can make—or what it could have made, if only your range hood had been up to the task. The right range hood doesn’t just make cooking more pleasant, it also improves the air quality of your entire home. So...

If you think your backyard trees simply hibernate during winter, think again. The show may seem over once autumn leaves fall, but there’s actually a lot that trees do during winter to get ready for spring. Take tree growth, for starters: most of the growing points in a tree are protected inside...