Articles by: Katy Schamberger

Top Picks For Fall Paint Colors

Top Picks For Fall Paint Colors

With fall quickly approaching, you may have the urge to change something in your home. Personally, I find myself spending more time on decorating, de-cluttering and organizing my abode in the weeks before winter, almost as if I’m preparing for cold weather-induced nesting. If you’re seeking a dramatic change but […]

Your End Of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Your End Of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Wow, people. Where in the WORLD did the summer go? We can’t believe Labor Day weekend is almost here! And Starbucks will soon sell their pumpkin spice lattes, so, you know, that’s a true sign that the seasons are changing! Moving into a new season typically means that there are […]

How To Make A Hurricane Emergency Kit

How To Make A Hurricane Emergency Kit

As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the North Carolina coast and today marks the 19th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew (not to mention the approaching anniversary of Hurricane Katrina), there’s no better time to think about hurricane safety. If you opt to stay in your home to weather the storm, there are […]

Get Stuff Done During A DIYcation

Get Stuff Done During A DIYcation

It’s been awhile since we checked in with our good friend, the fabulous DIY Diva. And when we did, she gave us a brilliant idea: the DIYcation. Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? If you have a lot of things to check off your DIY list or want to make time […]

Bid On A Pink Custom Range From BlueStar

Bid On A Pink Custom Range From BlueStar

What could be better than whipping up a first-class meal on a state-of-the-art gas range? How about if the proceeds from the appliance’s auction benefit breast cancer research? Chef Marcus Samuelsson (the winner of Top Chef Masters season 2 – love that show!) has teamed up with BlueStar to auction […]

How To Buy a New Matress

How To Buy a New Matress

Last Tuesday marked a monumental day around our humble abode — the long-awaited arrival of our new bed. The glorious piece of furniture (including mattress and box springs) was a wedding gift from my dad and stepmom, and it was an absolute joy to replace the horrible, creaky, warped mattress […]

Would You Try Edible Spray Paint?

Would You Try Edible Spray Paint?

File this one under the “What will they think of next?” category. And yes, you read the post title right: today we’re talking about edible spray paint. Thanks to the team at Shelterrific for alerting us to this fascinating product, created by a food cooperative called The Deli Garage. Food […]

Down East Doormats: A Brilliant Solution To An Ongoing Problem

Down East Doormats: A Brilliant Solution To An Ongoing Problem

Building something or finishing a project is all about creating a solution. So when we stumbled across Down East Doormats, which use the basic design of a doormat to solve an ongoing problem, we didn’t hesitate to share this solution-oriented product with you. Produced by the Maine Float Rope Company, […]

Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal With A New Garage Door

Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal With A New Garage Door

Whether you’re considering selling your house or simply want to freshen up your home’s exterior, you can’t go wrong with installing a new garage door. In fact, this project consistently ranks high on Remodeling magazine’s Cost v. Value report. Data from the 2010-11 survey indicates that 83.9 percent of your […]

Barbie’s New Dream House: Complete With Solar Panels!

Barbie’s New Dream House: Complete With Solar Panels!

The Barbie dream house — such a splendid creation, isn’t it? I know I confessed my extreme tomboy tendencies yesterday, but I also had a Barbie dream house. Mansion is a more accurate description, and I spent hours concocting elaborate storylines as Barbie, Ken and Courtney lounged in their sprawling […]

Concrete Lego Blocks Are The Real Deal

Concrete Lego Blocks Are The Real Deal

Growing up, I was quite the tomboy. And looking back at my preferred toys, it’s no surprise that I now write about home improvement and DIY. Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, blocks and a pint-sized tool kit topped my list of beloved playthings. For creators young and old, there’s nothing quite […]

Should You Paint Your Roof White?

Should You Paint Your Roof White?

During the sweltering days of summer, painting your roof white seems like a fantastic idea. The idea is to make your roof more reflective so that it doesn’t absorb as much heat, which will keep your house cooler–and likely lower your energy bills, too. If you aren’t due for a […]

Keep Your Grass Green During A Heat Wave

Keep Your Grass Green During A Heat Wave

I’m about to make a strong statement: I hate summer. Don’t get me wrong – I love spending time outside, swimming, dining al fresco, going to the lake. But Kansas City (and much of the country) is in the middle of a loooong heat wave, and I’m fed up. If […]

Windows May Be Your Home’s Weak Spot

Windows May Be Your Home’s Weak Spot

When it comes to home security, you can easily invest a lot of money in a high-budget alarm and monitoring system. Yet there are also several budget-friendly things you can do to boost your home’s protection. One of your first DIY home security priorities? Your home’s windows, which are ideal […]

Stain Your Cabinets With Coffee Grounds

Stain Your Cabinets With Coffee Grounds

We love finding creative uses for common household items. Take coffee, for example. It’s delicious, and for many of us, it’s the fuel that keeps us going throughout a hectic day. And better yet? You can use it to stain wood like kitchen cabinets. Using coffee as a wood stain […]

What Do You Think About Brightly Colored Front Doors?

What Do You Think About Brightly Colored Front Doors?

One of the reasons that paint is so great is because it can instantly change the look of anything. And you don’t need to go crazy on your entire house to make a big visual impact. Take your front door, for example. If you love vivid hues but don’t want […]

Create Your Own Fertilizer With Weeds

Create Your Own Fertilizer With Weeds

As soon as I saw the title of Garden Rant’s post, “Cool Stuff To Do With Weeds,” I was hooked. Because, after all, there aren’t a lot of productive things you can do with weeds–well, besides kill them, that is. But now you can add another application to your list. […]

Keep Your Cool–And Save Money–With A Cool Roof

Keep Your Cool–And Save Money–With A Cool Roof

If you want to lower your energy costs and make your home more energy-efficient, there are a lot of little steps you can take: switching to CFLs, installing a programmable thermostat and switching to low-flow faucets, for example. Yet there are some big steps you can take, too. Consider your […]