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If you’re considering an updated look for your kitchen this year, mixed metals are one trend you might want to try. It’s a modern, unfussy look that embraces the eclectic and shuns the matchy-matchy.

Maybe you’ve heard the design “rule” that the finishes of your appliances should match the...

Love grilling up dinner? You can actually do it year-round if you know how to tackle the challenges of grilling during the winter.

First, make sure you have a grill that’s up to the task. Heavy-duty grills that can retain heat are the best for wintertime grilling. Grills with insulated...

There’s nothing like a crackling fire on a cold, winter evening. But building and stoking that fire can be frustrating if you’re not doing it right. There are a few things you can keep in mind for a perfect fire, every time. 

First, check the flue and make sure it's open.  Always use dry, or...

So you’ve survived Snowmageddon 2016 and are now enjoying a steady dose of Advil as you take a break from your shoveling operations?  While its natural to focus on walks and driveways, there are six key areas not to be ignored during the big digout!

Hydrants.  Although it’s not regulated,...

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...

If you think you can skip winterizing your house or apartment just because you rent, think again. Your rental can have just as many energy-wasting leaks as any other home, and sealing it up for winter just makes sense.

Caulk around windows. Windows typically need the most attention, so check...

With the holiday season just around the corner, home security should be a concern for anyone planning extended visits to family and friends. And just as many homeowners use their garage as the primary entrance to their home, burglars often target it for the exact same purpose. What’s more,...

Safety officials and industry affiliates strive to make window coverings safer for kids by applying better labels and educating consumers.

For adults, window cords are simply a tool for opening and closing blinds. For children, those cords can be deadly.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product...

See what products are trending for closet organization this season.

Without a proper storage system in place, closets can easily become disheveled with mounds of clothes, shoes and other accessories. But shelving and hanging racks are just the beginning of the design process. Zillow highlights...

As baby boomers enter retirement, they may think about updating their homes. See what projects they’re most likely to tackle.

Every day, roughly 10,000 baby boomers become eligible for retirement, and with this entrance into a new stage of life, various issues begin to surface. Besides...

As the weather grows cooler, kids (and parents) may want to do some hands-on, indoor activities. Consider hosting a workshop to teach children how to use tools and to build a fun project that they can play with afterward.

Kids are naturally interested in building, and a hardware retail store is...

Last year, more than 6 million car seats were recalled for a safety defect – the largest car seat recall in U.S. history. And just last week, another car seat recall was announced.

When car seat recalls happen, it’s critically important that the parents who have purchased the affected car seats...

See what outdoor living trends will be hot this spring for lawn-and-garden products.

Homeowners spend ample time outdoors relaxing and entertaining. According to the 2015 Houzz Landscaping & Garden Trends Study, 51 percent spend at least six hours a week outdoors. Sixty-four percent plan to...

New gender-neutral selections promote calmness and serenity, with a few pops of color for the bold.

Home design trends have a tendency to mimic those in fashion, and this year’s top fashion hues are all about disconnecting from the day-to-day and exploring fresh opportunities. The colors in...

Lumber Liquidators shares its insights on 2015 fall flooring trends.

Hardwood flooring continues to remain a popular choice for consumers’ homes, even with lookalikes such as laminate and ceramic tile on the market. Little can surpass wood’s natural beauty, and hardwood manufacturers continue...

Additional colors highlight the subtle variations present in color families.

Color plays an important role in the home, and paint manufacturers try to capture this each year with new palettes and recommendations to create serene environments. Pantone, the leading color company, is paying...

As another school year begins, kids around the country are hitting the halls in their brand new duds. Much care and consideration goes into choosing just the right outfit for the first day of school – often immortalized in a photo. And speaking of photos, there’s also the all-important question...

A new pentagon shape could be used to form the exact pattern you have been looking for.

Have you been on the hunt for a unique tile product that will wow friends and family? Then the forthcoming math-lovers tile may be for you. The new pentagonal shape, 30 years in the making, is only the 15th...

From natural elements to throwback materials, adding surprising touches to kitchen walls can make a design splash.

Are you tired of looking at dated ceramic tile or, worse, a blank wall behind the kitchen counter? Homeowners looking to make a design statement in the kitchen can choose from any...

Update your home with artistic paint patterns for walls, furniture and more.

If a fresh coat of paint can instantly update a room, imagine what a crafty pattern could do. Whether with a stencil or a creative tape arrangement, you can easily create an eye-catching design. Different colors or...