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Mother’s Day weekend is all about making Mom’s life easier and showing your appreciation for everything she does. One way to make her day is by using your DIY savvy to finally complete that lingering project or create something new in her honor. This season of freshening things up and getting...

Home remodeling activity has been picking up steam for a while now, and according to a recent report from the remodeling futures program at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, this may be the biggest year for projects since 2006. But you won’t be seeing any extreme makeovers...

With hurricane season approaching and any number of home threats waiting in the wings, it’s wise to take a closer look at your home insurance coverage. Many home insurers are minimizing their exposure to risk by trimming out standard elements that would otherwise do the same for you. Meanwhile,...

April showers have brought us May flowers, and there will be plenty of other outdoor blooms and greenery to maintain in the months to come. More rain may be on the way, and with domestic water shortages continuing in many parts of the country, the time is right to think about collecting that...

Make the most of spring cleaning and set yourself up for smoother chore days year-round with a new vacuum cleaner. It may not be the most glamorous thing you buy, but the right vacuum cleaner can make your life a lot easier. First, consider the type of vacuum you and your home need. If you have...

Record-low mortgage rates and affordable prices are encouraging many home buyers to get out and shop this season, but what if you’re looking to sell your home? The answer is to wait a little longer, if you can. The housing market has definitely improved in 2012, and the upswing is slated to...

Most guys I know need a place to retreat -- a man cave, if you will. These spaces have gotten a lot of attention over the years, and are becoming a frequent staple in interior design plans. But there is a new home retreat trend that's literally cropping up all over, and it's all about being...

Power tool use leads to thousands of injuries each year—injuries that can be prevented with a little care and planning. So before you power up to start those spring projects, ensure your success and survival with a power tool safety review:

·Choose the right tool for the job: Using the right...

You probably have some well-loved furnishings that still have plenty of wear and could take a starring role in a room if you give them a fresh finish. Furniture refinishing and upholstery are definitely DIY projects, and can create statement pieces out of items that previously blended into the...

You may know that an unattended stove or a lint-filled dryer create major appliance fire hazards. But did you know that millions of appliances have been recalled over the past five years because of product defects that could cause a fire? Your appliances can actually catch fire through no fault...

It’s Oscar season again, and everyone’s wondering who the winners and losers will be according to the Academy…and the fashion police! You can make sure your home gets on the best-dressed list with a red carpet-worthy makeover guided by these three words: glitz, glamour and luxury.

Crystal...

We cannot tell a lie…Every home needs maintenance and occasional improvement, no matter how famous the address. As we approach President's Day, it's a good time to consider the construction and renovation history of America’s “Money Pit” at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C!

Like any...

The long, dark, cold days of winter tend to give project-loving homeowners the blues. But you don’t have to wait for spring to add cheer. A few thrifty home improvement projects can spruce up your home and your spirits. Here are some ideas on how to beat the winter blues.

First of all—this may...

You may put a lot of money into your home, but how about building a home out of money? According to IrishTimes.com, an artist in Dublin, Ireland, has done it, using 1.4 billion in decommissioned euros to create a three-room apartment in the lobby of his studio.

Frank Buckley obtained two...

Winter isn’t a favorite time of year for many folks—you can get cabin fever and the winter blues. But I’ve got some ideas on how to brighten your mood and your home.

Don’t underestimate the effect color can have on your mood. Psychologists have been studying the effects of color for decades and...

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending the International Consumer Electronics Show, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow. It takes place every year in Las Vegas, and what happens at this show definitely does not stay in Vegas. Many groundbreaking gadgets that have gone...

Your artificial Christmas tree performed its duty beautifully this year, providing a lush backdrop for your treasured ornaments and lighting up your home with stately grace. When you decide it’s time to pack the tree away again until next year, follow these artificial Christmas tree storage tips...

It’s that time of year again--when neighbors wage war against each another in the battle to set up the most eye-popping holiday light display on the block. Whether you intend to go all-out or count yourself lucky if you can just get the darn things hung without breaking your neck, these five...

Decorative panels made with fabric or paper-wrapped hardboard make it simple and affordable to change the look of an outdated kitchen or tired piece of furniture. Just cut hardboard panels to cover a portion of a door or drawer front, and dress them up with your favorite fabric of patterned...

A room is just a room until you add some amazing trim details that completely change the look of your space.  Crown molding, baseboard, chair rail, decorative trimming panels, and wainscoting all fall into that icing on the cake that is your home category and can really make your home look...