If you think you’re being smart, economical and resourceful by re-using dirty, oily or greasy rags for jobs around the house or garage, think again!  They’re a potential fire hazard.  Piles of oily rags can spontaneously combust, turning your home into a fireball. 

And don’t even think about...

Winter storms are unpredictable and can whip up at any moment.  Snow can accumulate quickly and suddenly.  Many of you have already seen Mother Nature at work this year.  Multiple times.

Your best defense is preparation. Gather all of your snow removal supplies and check that they are in top...

January is Bath Safety Month.  Yes, I know -- there seems to be a month devoted to awareness for just about every problem.  But this one actually deserves a little attention.  Falls at home injure millions of Americans every year, but here are simple things you can change inexpensively in your...

Did you know that your washing machine might not be washing the germs out of your family’s clothes? 

Over time, washing machines can become contaminated with bacteria, potentially leaving millions of germs behind in your laundry.

To correct this problem, run the washer without clothes using...

If you’re looking for a natural, non-toxic wood stain, you might want to raid your kitchen. 

- Coffee, tea and black walnut hulls can be steeped to make a concentrated solution that case be used as a stain. 

- Black raspberries are an effective wood stain when crushed and then rubbed onto...

Don’t you hate it when you finally get all the lights strung and plug them in – ready for the big Ta-Da! – but all you get is a big WAH-wahhhhhh?

Or what about when you realize the lights you put up that once worked, suddenly don’t? 

Don’t stress yet.  There are a few things you can do to fix...

If you have pets, harsh chemical de-icers can be hazardous.  Not only could their delicate paws get a chemical burn from a chemical de-icing product, but pets can even be poisoned if they lick de-icer from their paws.

You can protect your furry friends by choosing a pet-safe de-icing product...

In the market for a fresh-cut Christmas tree?  When you head out on the hunt for that perfect annual pine, keep these tips in mind:

-- Before leaving home, remember to measure the space for your tree BOTH horizontally AND vertically – and bring the tape measure with you to the tree farm!  The...

The easiest and cheapest way to redecorate a room?  Rearrange the furniture! 

Rearranging furniture is 100% free, so it’s the perfect way to revitalize the look of your home when you’re on a tight budget. 

You can also trade furniture between rooms – swap a side table, change lamps.  Borrow a...

Giving a family room or guest bedroom a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to “re-decorate” in time for the winter holidays.  A brand new color, plus some accessories to contrast or coordinate – a vase, a throw, some wall art – can give a space a completely new look in a snap.

So what’s...

Ever wish you could create a light source where you have no window?  Well, you can!  Here is a great idea for anyone who wishes they could have a window over their kitchen sink or anywhere else, but can’t – for example, maybe it’s not an exterior wall.  Here’s a simple project that create a...

Now’s a good time to take a prowl around your own home and be a draft detective.  If you can locate the sources of drafts in your home, you can take prompt action to seal them up and save money on your energy bills year-round.  Here’s a super-simple method for locating those pesky drafts:

The...

Choosing paint colors for historical homes begins with knowing when your home was built.  There are five distinct time periods in American architecture, and if you can place your home into one of them, it’ll be easy for you to choose a historically accurate paint shade. Where does your American...

Removing egg, toilet paper and spray string might sound scary if your home is a target for little devils on Halloween.  Here in the northeast, we have the added pleasure of cleaning up after “Mischief Night” – October 30th, just before Halloween – a night devoted to pranks like toilet-papering...

So we're a few weeks into the new year and it always takes me a bit to become accustomed to the change on the calendar. I have already written 2009 on so many things I cannot even tell you.  It's not that I am living in the past; it's just habit.  Even though we are a few short weeks in I have...

Recently I had the pleasure of designing the bedroom for one hip New York City living two year old. Like most two year olds, this one has a lot of fun toys and books and very little space to store them.  In designing this room that would be cool for the little guy but useful for his parents I...

As new parents, we found ourselves becoming victims of that dreaded syndrome where orderly chaos starts to seem like a design choice.  Do you know what I mean? I found myself taking all of our sons toys and placing them in baskets or containers that worked with the rooms decor until suddenly the...

Okay all of you central air conditioning skeptics out there, listen up! If you own an old home, like I do, and think central air conditioning is not possible, I am about to prove you wrong.  As I had previously blogged we decided to jump in and put air into our 100 year old home.  I spoke with...

Well,  today has been quite a day. The contractors were here installing our central air conditioning. We talked duct placement, register locations, efficiency, etc. Of course I wanted to know everything about everything! We had to run two drop downs of air conditioning duct work from the second...

If you think your Money Pit needs work, imagine if this was your home!  Even Buckingham Palace needs some maintenance. Actually, I should say a lot. The Palace boasts 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms. Whew!  Have...

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