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,...

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...

You're running late.  Your arms are full.  It will only be a short drive.  Your toddler is whining, and doesn't want to climb into the booster seat. 

Sound familiar?  If you’re a parent, my guess is “yes”!  And if you occasionally give in, you’re not alone: Findings released by Safe Kids...

Rocking chairs.  Knitting.  Cast-off shoes.   Porches  don’t exactly have a hip, modern reputation.  But they might soon.   The porch is making a comeback, with homeowners and builders rediscovering the appeal and possibility of space that merges the comforts of being both indoors and out. ...

When it comes to your home's exterior, you can change the color only so often — maybe once a decade if you applied a long-lasting, good quality paint or stain. Not so with the interior. If you want to change your wall color on a whim, you can do it this weekend.  That's part of the beauty of...

Spring is here, and that means homeowners across the country are going to start picking up their shovels for a variety of outdoor projects: planting trees, installing fences, building decks, and more. However, a majority of Americans – 51 percent – who plan to dig this year will put themselves...

Want to transform your bedroom into a more soothing, restful sanctuary? Look to the hallmarks of the master suite. With a few easy changes, you can give a bedroom of any size the feel of a sweet suite without the dear price tag. Choose some or all of the following elements to create a beautiful,...

The right lighting makes a difference in any space, and a new lightscape is a simple way to spur a romantic makeover for your bedroom, dining area or living room. Several elements can be adjusted to improve what you already have, or a few can be added to change the room’s lighting scheme and...

For a sleek, sophisticated room makeover this year, go gray. According to the pros at the Paint Quality Institute, it’s the hottest new neutral for 2014, adding impact and connoting intellect wherever you use it. Playing with gray in a paint scheme is an easy, affordable way to try the trend....

As you prepare to undeck the halls, take steps that’ll save time and trouble when you roll out the decorations again next year. Assessing what you have, purchasing replacements, and packing for safe storage and easy retrieval will preserve holiday magic and decorating safety. Here are top tips...

If you played host for Thanksgiving, you know exactly what a difference kitchen ventilation can make—or what it could have made, if only your range hood had been up to the task. The right range hood doesn’t just make cooking more pleasant, it also improves the air quality of your entire home. So...

With Halloween on tomorrow, it’s time to prepare for the happy haunting that comes with trick-or-treat traffic. Go beyond styling your jack-o-lantern and stocking up on candy to ensure the evening is safe and fun for everyone. Clear a path:  Whether you go all out with a haunted yard or keep...

Shorter days and dropping temperatures shouldn’t keep you from enjoying your favorite outdoor room. Just warm up your deck or patio with a few new accessories, and bring indoor creature comforts outside for entertaining and family dinners. Get started with a few of the following. Fireside...

You’re about to spend a lot more time indoors, and mice, rats and other rodents love a cozy, warm home as much as you do. Keep these critters out of yours with a few home repairs and adjustments this fall.  

  • Mice can squeeze through spaces smaller than a nickel, and their rodent relatives...

If you’re ending summer with a new home, be sure paint it before you move in. That’s the advice from experts at the Paint Quality Institute, and real estate and home improvement pros agree. Before you load in a stick of furniture or empty a moving box, consider these six reasons to lead with a...

Back-to-School season is the most wonderful time of year for parents, and the shopping that comes with it has made it the second-most-wonderful season for retailers. This fall, spending for grade schoolers through college students is expected to reach more than $72 billion, with the typical...

Want to add dimension and drama to your home’s landscaping, and more livability to outdoor rooms? Install low-voltage lighting. Thanks to today’s versatile lighting kits, you can create designer-quality results with a little DIY skill and prep work. Start by gauging how much lighting you need,...

You’ve finally decided on a paint color for that room makeover, but do you know what kind of sheen you’ll need? For the best project results, you have to go beyond color and quality to choose the sheen that makes the most sense for the room and its uses. Here’s a quick primer on paint sheens and...

Working in your yard is a great opportunity to combine exercise and the pursuit of outdoor beauty, but it can also lead to injury if you’re not dressed for the job. Whether your chores are big or small, make sure you’re suited up for safety.   Sturdy work gloves are a smart start, giving you a...

Now that the kids are home for summer, keep vacation fun and safe by taking precautions indoors and out. This season is especially active and challenging, so make sure everyone understands the importance of safety, and do all you can to protect kids from summer dangers in the following...

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