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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...

See what home trends are on the horizon for 2015.

As homeowners continue to prefer home improvement over resale in the housing market, hardware retailers can expect customers to seek the products they need to turn their current homes into their dream homes. Consulting a variety of forecasts of...

Thanksgiving may be about a week away, but time flies when there’s so much to do. If you’re the host for this year’s family feast, set the tone for a happy, relaxed celebration with early preparations. Get started this weekend by gathering everything you’ll need for the table. Wash china,...

A recent survey by TheStreet notes that the majority of consumers fear their credit card and other personal information may be stolen as a result of retailer data breaches.

News of the Home Depot data breach early this fall rocked consumer confidence regarding the protection of personal...

Not all bath fixtures are created equal. We highlight prominent product launches throughout the year.

Most Americans prefer to remodel rather than move, a 2014 Houzz & Home survey revealed. The most popular space to renovate? The bathroom.

Here are some of the most interesting bath products to...

My name is Leslie, and I’m a window box voyeur. 

During walks and bike rides with my kids, I keep a constant eye out for them – and am amazed time and time again by the stunning effect they have on a home’s exterior. 

And it’s not just well-manicured window boxes that pack a punch.  Window...

Winter is coming soon but there’s still enough time for a few more home projects. This infographic outlines some simple tasks you can accomplish yourself to ensure your home is winter ready. So grab this list and get going, because you never know when the snow is going to start...

Paint is an easy way to refresh the look of a home, which is why nearly half of American homeowners plan to tackle a painting project by the end of this month. According to the Sherwin-Williams 2014 National Home Design and Color Survey, living/family rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms are among the...