Articles by: Katy Schamberger

Kohler Numi: Would You Buy A $6,500 Toilet?

Kohler Numi: Would You Buy A $6,500 Toilet?

When we say a $6,500 toilet, we’re talking specifically about Kohler’s Numi toilet. And you’re probably shaking your head in disbelief as you read the title of this post, right? But stay with us. We’re not necessarily advocating a splurge of this size, but when you hear more about this […]

Use Space Heaters Safely

Use Space Heaters Safely

October is Fire Prevention Month, and organizations like the American Red Cross are distributing information to help people lessen the fire risks within their homes. As the temperatures start to drop, many turn to space heaters to provide additional warmth in their homes or offices. Yet the U.S. Department of […]

Your Pre-Holiday DIY Checklist

Your Pre-Holiday DIY Checklist

You’re probably scowling at me because I mentioned the holidays, but the truth is that they’ll be here before we know it. And if you’re expecting family and friends to drop by, now is the time to tackle DIY projects so that you can impress your guests with your handiwork. […]

Make Your Own Haunted House Silhouettes

Make Your Own Haunted House Silhouettes

***We did our own version of this project over on Built by Kids. See our Witch and Grim Reaper Silhouettes*** Even if you (like me) are too old for trick-or-treating, you can celebrate Halloween by decorating your house and lawn. Want to make your home the spookiest on the block? […]

Don’t Want To Paint Wood Trim? Try Staining It

Don’t Want To Paint Wood Trim? Try Staining It

If you live in an older home, it’s likely that you have wood trim in at least one (or all) rooms of your house. We’ve talked before about the pros and cons of painting wood. For purists, painting older wooden trim is nothing short of tragic. For others, however, painting […]

Searching For Inventive Wall Art? Try Ixxi!

Searching For Inventive Wall Art? Try Ixxi!

It’s confession time, C&H readers. When I was younger, I used to unabashedly decorate my bedroom walls using posters pulled from magazines and Scotch tape. Lots and lots of tape. I may or may not have drawn a few designs on my wall using puff paint, too. As you can […]

Need A Weekend Project? Try Installing Landscape Lighting!

Need A Weekend Project? Try Installing Landscape Lighting!

It’s sad, but true — the days are quickly growing shorter. In mere weeks, we’ll fall back during Daylight Saving Time and lose a few hours of evening light. Now is a great time to make your home cozier and more welcoming, especially with cold weather and the holidays around […]

Heart Home Debuts As The U.K.’s First Digital Shelter Magazine

Heart Home Debuts As The U.K.’s First Digital Shelter Magazine

Since shelter magazines took quite a blow courtesy of a rocky economy, we love that a number of digital home magazines continue to launch. Sure, we miss the tactile experience of reading a magazine like Domino or Blueprint, but we love the ability to click on links and products featured […]

Our Top Picks From Lowe’s New Kobalt Tools Line

Our Top Picks From Lowe’s New Kobalt Tools Line

Last week, I had the great fortune of traveling to New York City for the debut of Lowe’s expanded Kobalt Tools line. Although the home improvement giant has offered Kobalt tools for years (Kobalt started in 1998 as a brand of mechanics tools), the line has now been expanded to […]

When To Inspect Your Fire Extinguishers

When To Inspect Your Fire Extinguishers

In addition to installing smoke alarms throughout your home, you may opt to keep a couple of fire extinguishers on hand in case of an emergency. Yet fire extinguishers, like most other things in your home, need to be inspected regularly to ensure they’re in proper working order. Experts recommend […]

Keep Your Gutters Debris-Free With Gutter Filler

Keep Your Gutters Debris-Free With Gutter Filler

During a rainy Saturday morning last weekend, my husband and I found ourselves at the hardware store to stock up on picture- and art-hanging supplies, as well as a masonry bit and, the motherlode of all finds – a solution to our window screen situation! More on that in a […]

Create Your Own Invisible Floating Shelves

Create Your Own Invisible Floating Shelves

I don’t know how the weather is where you live, but here in Kansas City, we’re in for a chilly and rainy weekend – the perfect time to knock out a few DIY projects! The newest one I’ve added to my list? These awesome invisible floating shelves! They’d look great […]

Would You Create Your Own Carpet With Pencil? This Guy Did!

Would You Create Your Own Carpet With Pencil? This Guy Did!

File this one under “simply amazing.” Artist Jonathan Brechignac has undertaken an incredibly ambitious project. He’s spent more than a year creating carpet for his home using a Biro pencil. That’s right — a pencil! I learned about the project thanks to a post on Bit Rebels by Richard Darell, […]

How To Seal Your Driveway

How To Seal Your Driveway

Before the temperatures start to dip too low, you may want to consider sealing your driveway. Periodically applying a sealant will help protect your driveway’s condition, and is an especially good idea if you live somewhere with hot summers and frigid winters. Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause cracks in your […]

Why You Should Buy A Weatherproofing Kit

Why You Should Buy A Weatherproofing Kit

When it comes to winterizing and weatherproofing, some simple materials can make a big difference in your home’s interior temperature — and help you conserve energy, too. Maybe you have drafty windows and can’t afford to replace them. Or, you’re like me and you rent in an older building, so […]

Get A Sneak Peek At 2012 Flooring Trends

Get A Sneak Peek At 2012 Flooring Trends

2011 is slowly winding down (eeeekkk!!), so that means we’ll start to see more trend forecasts emerge for 2012. If you’re considering a flooring purchase within the next several months, we’ve got a sneak peek at next year’s flooring trends thanks to Shelley Pond’s post on the official SURFACES/StonExpo Blog. […]

Do One Thing And Save On Your Energy Bill

Do One Thing And Save On Your Energy Bill

As rising energy costs continue to put strain on homeowner budgets (especially as we head into cooler months), saving energy is not only a great idea for the planet — it will help you save money, too. Luckily, saving energy is a lot easier than it sounds. In fact, there’s […]

Shaw Floors’ 30 Days Of HGTV Kicks Off TODAY – Vote And Win!

Shaw Floors’ 30 Days Of HGTV Kicks Off TODAY – Vote And Win!

In July, I received the chance of a lifetime and joined fellow DIY/shelter bloggers for a design challenge sponsored by Shaw Floors. Our task was simple: Build a room from the floor up. And because we were hosted by Shaw Floors, our room’s floors were the key component. After being […]