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...

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...

Planning a backyard bash for the Fourth of July? Whether the celebration is large or small, add some green to your red, white and blue party plans. The specialists at GreenBrideGuide offer the following five sustainable solutions for Independence Day and any other outdoor gala on your summer...

Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger get treated for playground-related injuries. That includes accidents that happen on backyard playgrounds, and the last thing you want in your own yard is a danger zone that can injure neighborhood kids and even get...

With all the chores on your home improvement list, it may feel like a stretch to add another, but this one could save your life: upgrading home fire safety equipment.  It’s easy to take smoke alarms for granted, and if yours are over 10 years old, there’s a 30 percent chance that, thanks to age...

Most of us have a perennial list of home improvements, and are never at a loss for projects to do. But with May being National Home Improvement Month, the time is right to focus on evaluating and repairing the most major components of your home. Shift your attention from gardening and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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