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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...

Thinking about cleaning your oven in advance of a pre-holiday baking bonanza? Don’t! While self-cleaning ovens may be one of this century's finest advances in cooking technology, running the self-cleaning cycle just before a big baking day might end up with you running to the bakery to buy pies...

Once the holidays arrive, keeping your home looking beautiful can be a challenge when it’s added to the day-to-day duties of working and raising a family. There’s also the challenge of hosting large gatherings and figuring out how to fit 20 people around a table for 12 while having living and...

Your Money Pit could have the greatest and most efficient heating system in the world, but when it comes down to it, your heating system is only as good as how well your home is insulated and sealed up. If your home is properly insulated you can actually cut your heating and cooling costs by up...

Our outdoor spaces can be our one and only escape at home, but thanks to all of the modern conveniences we enjoy inside our home--air conditioning, generators, even garbage storage--we sometimes find the view outside not to be the most natural. Privacy panels crafted of lattice can provide the...

When it comes to ocean pollution, we all know some of the most notorious culprits, like six-pack soda rings and foam packing peanuts. Plastic odds and ends have been collecting over decades to form the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, a floating mass the size of Texas. But the latest...