Articles by: Katy Schamberger

Stain Instead of Paint Your Hardwood Floors

Stain Instead of Paint Your Hardwood Floors

Painting hardwood, concrete or tile floors can open up a new world of color palettes that add just the right amount of panache to your home’s interior. Yet some, like designer Stephanie Wirth, question the durability of painted hardwood floors, complaining that the paint has a tendency to chip. The […]

Under Lock and Key

Under Lock and Key

Although more and more homeowners are opting for high-tech, state-of-the-art home security systems, there’s no denying the importance–and effectiveness–of a well-chosen, carefully installed front door lock, also known as an entry set. Yet like most home products, entry sets range in style, price and durability. To help navigate your options, […]

Baby, It’s Cold Inside! – Going Heatless

Baby, It’s Cold Inside! – Going Heatless

During the winter, a natural reaction is to turn up the heat–crank it, in some cases–to get warm air flooding through your home’s interior. But thanks to a tip from this New York Times story, I’ve been introduced to an opposite species–those who prefer to live without heat (or a […]

Countertop Comparison Guide from The Pioneer Woman

Countertop Comparison Guide from The Pioneer Woman

Countertops are, arguably, one of the most important features of a kitchen. Without countertops, there’s no prep or storage space and no spot on which to cluster jars, bowls, appliances and other kitchen must-haves. Yet selecting countertops can be tricky, especially because there are a multitude of materials that can […]

Pantone 2010 Color of the Year: Turquoise

Pantone 2010 Color of the Year: Turquoise

From runways to furniture showrooms to home interiors, the 2010 color the year, as selected by Pantone, will exert its pervasive influence on a variety of fabrics, objects and surfaces. This year’s pick, Pantone 15-5519 Turquoise, is a bright, tropical hue that combines “the serene qualities of blue and the […]

Inventive & Colorful Home Exteriors

Inventive & Colorful Home Exteriors

Thanks to our friends at ReadyMade for re-posting dornob’s compilation of crazy home exteriors, which not only display a creative use of paint, but also add a splash of devil-may-care curb appeal to the streetscape. Which one is your favorite? Photo: Dornob