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....

Though winter’s here and the heat is literally on in your home, it’s not too late to look at ways to make your household energy use more affordable and friendly to the environment. If your household is like most, nearly half of your annual energy spending goes toward heating and cooling, and...

Now that the Thanksgiving feasting is finished, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in many neighborhoods. If you’re getting ready to put your own home in the holiday spirit, make sure safety is included in your decorating plans. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over...

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,...

Major weather events like Hurricane Sandy leave a lot of obvious structural damage in their wake. But there can also be hidden damage that turns into big expenses later on. A season of weather extremes is just beginning, and no matter where you live, it’s important to do a thorough inspection...

Autumn is the official start of the holiday decorating season—the beginning of that make-everything-festive moment. Now’s the time to add a little warmth to your home, and the best way to make the decorative impact last through November is to think “Falloween.” Create displays and deck the halls...

If there’s a lot of blue happening in your home décor, you’re not alone. According to House Beautiful’s first-annual Color Report published this month, blue is the favorite hue of decorators around the United States. On the way to confirming this love for the blues, House Beautiful collected...

September is Mold Awareness Month, a time to remember that we can sometimes be unaware of mold lurking in our homes. All mold needs to grow is a little moisture, air and the “food” of organic matter like paper, fibers and dust. And no matter how clean a home you keep, mold will find those little...

As summer turns to fall, so begins what is known as the Goldilocks Season for home improvement. The weather’s not too hot and it’s not too cold—just right, in fact, to take on a range of projects around the house! So don’t let the comforts of Goldilocks Season pass you by without making the...

If you’ve got a teen heading for college this fall, dorm room décor is just one of the many categories on your planning, shopping and packing lists. Returning students know how blank, bland and cramped a standard dorm room can be, but even freshmen can be prepared to create a personality-filled...

If you’re about to commit to a remodeling project or two, you’re not alone. According to the latest quarterly forecast from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, the remodeling industry can count on “accelerated growth” as 2012 winds down and 2013 begins. In fact, annual...

If small-space city living is your style, the current real estate market could be your chance to snap up a stylish studio apartment at nearly a quarter of past prices. A softened market means many properties are now within reach for bargain hunters and first-time buyers, even in famously pricey...

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