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Outdoor kitchens are a growing trend, and for good reason. If you’re big on summer barbecues but tired of running back and forth from your kitchen to your grill, an outdoor kitchen is the perfect way to put prep, cooking and cleanup all in one place while keeping you close to the party.

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See which products are the hottest in our grilling poll.

No matter what homeowners may be grilling up this summer, these products are bound to come in handy for specialty fare, outdoor entertainment or grilling on the go. Check out the results of our 2015 grilling poll.

1. Pizzacraft Pizzeria...

When it comes to summer lawn care, strategic watering, being careful about how much water you use and where that water is applied is really more important than ever, especially in areas of the country that are mired in drought. But even if you don’t live in a drought zone, a water-saving summer...

The outdoor room has become a big selling point for homes these days. It’s the center of family relaxation and enjoyment – the place we love to be whenever the weather permits. If you’d like to freshen up your outdoor space this summer to add beauty and value, these 5 upgrades are just the...

In this season of hiking and camping, it’s important to be on guard against ticks. Tick bites can be a very serious health threat. Over the last century, nationwide deer populations have grown from 500,000 to over 28 million. And as deer have moved in on populated areas, they've brought the risk...

Consumer interest in American-made products is driving manufacturers to “reshore” operations. How can retailers capitalize?

The United States was once synonymous with manufacturing. Industrial jobs drove urbanization, with workers creating everything from textiles to cars to steel.

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It’s been said that web appeal is the new curb appeal. With a whopping 92% of today’s homebuyers using the internet in their search process, adding attractive photos to your online listing is one of the most important things you can do to help sell your home.

So, is your front entrance ready...

Last week, Money Pit found and posted a very cool picture that was shared with us. It was actually a mind-blowing backyard idea: build an in-ground surround for a kiddie pool that can be removed in winter and used as a fire pit! We thought we’d inspire a few of you to take on a project like this...

The American garage is a multi-functional structure. Besides a shelter for cars, it can be a workshop, a place for exercise or hobbies, or converted into extra living space, among many other uses. Out of all the possibilities, no one sets out to make it a teeming, hazardous morass of clutter --...

Amid the fun of summer, there’s a sobering reality – the difference between life and death can be a matter of seconds when it comes to children and swimming pools. What’s more, drowning is usually silent, with no splash or cry for help to alert parents to the emergency.

There are about 300...

Dunn-Edwards Paints unveils five expressive palettes in its 2016 color report.

Homeowners will begin to show their darker side this year, according to the Home color and design report from Dunn-Edwards Paints. The company released five palettes reflecting expected 2016 color trends, which will...

The Atlantic hurricane season has officially begun, and it’s expected to be less active than usual. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted a below-normal season, with six to 11 named storms, three to six hurricanes and up to two major hurricanes (defined as Category 3...

This year’s allergy season has been one of the worst in recent memory due to what some have called a pollen tsunami. Tree and grass pollen hit extremely high levels at the same time, which is unusual – and a recipe for misery for allergy sufferers. But outdoor conditions may not be the only ......

Attendees continued to network, have fun and post as the sun set on the 70th anniversary of the National Hardware Show®!

Today was the final day of the show, and it went out with a bang. The great events and products kept coming until the final hour, filling social media with even more home...

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...