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Who doens't love a secret compartment? You can conceal valuables in the coolest way possible with these secret doors and hide-away objects from National Hardware Show® exhibitors.

Hide-aways are a great way to conceal valuables, get organized or just make a house look cool.

Secret Doors from...

The global color authority creates a jovial hue that reflects the popular characters from the Despicable Me series and upcoming Minions movie.

Movies and TV shows often lend themselves well to the creation of specialty products. (Think Banana Republic’s Mad Men collection or MAC Cosmetics’...

Decorative touches and tables built around ice and fire are exciting trends for customers building and furnishing outdoor spaces.

In our Outdoor Living Trends special report, Industry Edge zeroed in on ornate decks and patios as a top trend for summer 2015. We predicted that more and more...

I recently stopped by The Willis Report on Fox Business Network to discuss a frightening incident last month in the U.S. Virgin Islands. A Delaware family on vacation there was seriously sickened by exposure to an allegedly improperly applied pesticide.

A federal investigation into the incident...

Over the last 70 years, many celebrities have made appearances at the show to showcase great products.

Can you match each celebrity to the product they have endorsed at the National Hardware Show®?

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Check Industry Edge over the next few weeks for updates on which celebrities will...

As the tiny-house trend grows in popularity, check out these small products to suit the needs of homeowners who care about every inch.

Tiny homes are getting big. Haven’t heard of the trend yet? Think small — supersmall — and efficient.

Each product in a tiny home must meet a critical need or...

The A-Team’s Mr. T is set to star in a new show on DIY Network, where he’ll demolish outdated houses to make room for remodels.

Actor and professional wrestler Mr. T is well known for his tough-guy persona and his distinctive mohawk hairstyle (which was inspired by a National Geographic...

Discover the seven outdoor living trends that will rule American backyards this summer.

Blushing tulips brighten sidewalks. Charbroiled dinners sizzle on patio grills. Signs of spring are popping up all over the neighborhood. Are you ready to cater to homeowners looking to relax on a deck or...

An affordable smart toilet, a self-closing lid and a lighting system that can feel, see and smell all have bathroom-upgrade potential.

Smart toilets, which seek to improve on the ordinary bathroom experience by flushing, washing, drying, heating — even playing music — have been common in Japan...

A recent investigative report by CBS news magazine 60 Minutes accused Lumber Liquidators of selling laminate flooring made in China that contains formaldehyde levels that surpass California health standards.  Lumber Liquidators has been a sponsor of The Money Pit in the past, and a company I was...

These apps can help homeowners envision their ideal color palettes before applying paint to walls.

Creating the right color scheme requires an eye for design that not all consumers possess. Fortunately, these apps are designed to give homeowners of all experience levels a simple way to imagine...

Help consumers turn their mudrooms into organized and functional spaces with this organization guide.

As average home sizes shrink and accommodate more people, the need to use space efficiently and intelligently will grow. Consider the chaos that comprises most entry areas. Every person living...

Sensational Color, DaVinci Roofscapes and seven popular paint companies explore the best fifty shades of gray for roofs and home exteriors.

Gray is a color with infinite variations and versatility, ranging from the slightest, gentlest smoky hues to the richest, darkest shades. The undertones of...

Today’s young women could become the top demographic for tomorrow’s smart-home technology.

Smart-home technology is poised for growth as more millennials become homeowners.

A poll conducted by Better Homes and Gardens found that female homeowners under 35 showed the most consistent interest in...

The Demand Institute surveyed over 10,000 households about what factors they found most important in a residence and how those factors were reflected in their own homes by asking them to assign ratings to 52 home and community characteristics. The results from the survey, conducted in 2013, were...

Winter storms can pop up suddenly and quickly.  Knowing a few quick  tips can help with everything from minor annoyances to major problems.

First, one of the most difficult situations to get out of is a car stuck in snow... the tire can spin endlessly, but with no traction you aren't going to...

The best way to keeping cut flowers alive is a topic to which many "old wives tales" have been devoted.  Among the prevailing theories:

  • Vodka supposedly stops the production of the chemical that causes wilting.
  • Copper in a penny prevents bacteria.
  • Bleach prevents deadly mold.
  • Sugar...

Super Bowl Sunday is on Feb. 1, bringing the opportunity to homegate via a game watch party. With these cool products, you will be just as excited to host a homegating event as you are to watch the game itself. Here are a few of our favorites:

Festive Apparel

Homeowners can grill up favorite...

See the shades bound to dominate consumer interests in the year ahead.

Existing home sales hit their highest annual pace in 13 months this past October, with two consecutive months of year-over-year increases in October and November, the National Association of Realtors reports. Although home...

Industry insiders weigh in on what will be popular for the year ahead.

Outlooks for 2015 appear to be positive. The holiday shopping season is raking in higher sales numbers than in recent years, and a recent survey from Grant Thornton, an organization of independent audit, tax and advisory...