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...

Want to heat your swimming pool on the cheap? Make the most of the summer sun. Even if you already use the sun to warm up your outdoor pool, the following adjustments can help you extend swim season by up to three weeks. Harness daylight: To soak up maximum heat during the day, your pool should...

While many homeowners are staying put these days, summertime is still prime moving season for those who plan to relocate across town or across the country. If a house move is in your near future, save money and protect your belongings by doing your own packing with methods used by the pros. Here...

If you're more motivated to improve your present home than move to a new one, you're not alone. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's recent American Housing Survey (AHS), homeowners have been busy modernizing their kitchens, finishing basements and ramping up overall home efficiency--all to...

As gardeners once again dig into the most popular hobby in the U.S., many are hopping online for inspiration. One place they’re going for ideas is StumbleUpon, the mobile and desktop exploration tool, and recent rankings of its 30 million users’ top gardening “stumbles” (searches) revealed a...

If you’re looking for a natural, non-toxic wood stain, you might want to raid your pantry. Everyday items make great natural wood stains, offering beautiful colors and an artistic, wholesome way to decorate. Here are a few possibilities that await in the kitchen cupboards and produce basket....

If the weather cooperates, next weekend’s Easter egg hunt will mark a springtime return to the great outdoors and serve as a reminder that it’s time to get going on turf rehab. Your lawn may look a little patchy and yellowed now, but with some time, attention and the right products, you’ll enjoy...

Before you swing into spring cleaning, clear the way with strategic decluttering. Clearing away household clutter not only makes housekeeping easier, it also makes your home more safe and efficient. Plus, you’ll be able to make better use of storage zones and living areas, ultimately expanding...

If you’re already plotting springtime projects that’ll spruce up outdoor rooms, you’re not alone. Americans love beautiful, functional outdoor spaces for entertaining and recreation, and according to the 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey, we also favor sustainable and...

For this year’s “in” paint colors for home decorating, look outside. The range of beautiful greens and blues found in the natural world can inspire peace, calm and renewal, making them popular choices for coloring your indoor world. If you’d like to refresh a tired living space, consider going...

Even if you do a lot of recycling, five items could be missing from your routine. Look beyond the usual paper, plastic and metal and get greener with the following recyclables.

1. Compact fluorescent bulbs are better off recycled than trashed, as they release mercury and other harmful contents...

A new year is a great time to launch a new look for your home, and freshening the main entry is a cost-effective way to impact its curb appeal and value. Your entry door is central to such a style statement, and, believe it or not, the color of your door says a lot about you and how you feel...

As the holidays wind down and you start to think about un-decking the halls, make earth-friendly plans for your holiday tree. Every year, about 93 percent of real trees are “treecycled,” meaning they’re returned back into the environment through more than 4,000 recycling programs around the U.S....

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