Articles by: Tabatha Muntzinger

Caring For Your Motorized Lawnmower

Caring For Your Motorized Lawnmower

With the weather warming up and the days getting longer, I think it’s pretty safe to say spring is here (at least the calendar says so!) and with better outdoor conditions comes more maintenance of our outdoor space. I stumbled upon this how-to guide via my Twitter stream and thought […]

Going Green While Saving Green

Going Green While Saving Green

One of the hardest things I’ve come across in my own home renovation is the struggle between “going green” as much as possible and staying within a reasonable budget. Much beyond buying green cleaners and recycling everything under the sun, it’s really hard to make the greenest choices without the […]

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 2: Can (or should) Vinyl Siding Become Brick?

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 2: Can (or should) Vinyl Siding Become Brick?

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 1: Changing the Exterior of Your Home

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 1: Changing the Exterior of Your Home

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

Flea Market Style, The Magazine

Flea Market Style, The Magazine

Today, the shelter-centered parts of my feedreader exploded with excitement and joy — there was a new shelter magazine released! In the wake of such greats like Domino and Metropolitan Home being discontinued, it seems like a welcome reprieve to welcome a new contender to the ring. So, without further […]

Bulldozing Detroit for Farmland

Bulldozing Detroit for Farmland

It’s not uncommon knowledge that one of the hardest hit areas of the recession was Detroit, the center of the now-barely-afloat automotive industry. The housing sector has been almost completely obliterated within the city limits — whole blocks of once-thriving neighborhood has been reduced to vacant, abandoned homes left to […]

10 Must-Have Items for New Homes

10 Must-Have Items for New Homes

After the International Builders’ Show, Forbes asked some consumer experts what they thought the 10 “must-have” items are in the new American home. The list was published in Feburary and can be seen in full here. With the economy being slow to rebound and many families looking to downsize their […]

Craft Your Way to an Updated Home

Craft Your Way to an Updated Home

According to the Craft & Hobby Association, March is National Craft Month. And “crafting” is a great way to DIY some of the finer aspects of your home. Many different stores such as Joann, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby are hosting free events, classes, and workshops at their stores, and there […]

Converting an Old Barn Into a Printing Studio

Converting an Old Barn Into a Printing Studio

Wedding stationers Rebecca and Dade moved from Florida to New Hampshire in 2007 with the intent of finding a property with a barn to renovate for their online business, The White Aisle. (Which has TOTALLY AWESOME wedding stationary, if I do say so myself … my wedding invites were from […]

25 Projects Under $50

25 Projects Under $50

While perusing my usual rounds of shelter blogs, I came across this post from Apartment Therapy’s sister site Re-Nest, giving ideas for 25 DIY projects under $50 and thought I’d pass it along. It’s not often these days that we have an extra $50 to spend (with our son turning […]

5 Reasons To Consider A Local Home Security Company

5 Reasons To Consider A Local Home Security Company

In light of the recent buyout of Brinks by ADT, some people may be reconsidering their home security systems. A great deal of research can go into choosing which company to trust to protect your family and home, and when that company suddenly changes, that can be more that slightly […]

How To Keep Peeping Toms from Checking Out You and Your Stuff

How To Keep Peeping Toms from Checking Out You and Your Stuff

Growing up, my parents were kind of … neurotic. My mom had a thing about the “fishbowl effect” as she called it — the fact that when it gets dark at night you can see inside people’s houses if the lights are on and the curtains are open. She blames […]

Wild Wallpaper Choices

Wild Wallpaper Choices

In my quest to find an awesome wallpaper for my front entry/stairwell/upstairs landing-hallway, I’ve come across some very interesting finds that stray FAR from your grandmother’s florals and damasks (though I have a soft spot in my heart for those as well). My design style is very graphic, bright, bold, […]

Wall Doctor to the Rescue

Wall Doctor to the Rescue

Living in an older home comes with many things you can see as “charm” or “obstacles” depending on the situation at hand. You have less-than-stellar plumbing and electrical, uneven floors, creepy crawl spaces, dank and dark basements, inefficient windows, doors that don’t hang straight, mismatched millwork, etc. One of those […]

Plan Your Dream Space Virtually

Plan Your Dream Space Virtually

One of the hardest parts about nearly any home renovation project is deciding what goes where. Whether you’re planning a space from the foundation up, or just trying to think of new ways to arrange your living room, thinking spatially can cause major headaches (as well as backaches from moving […]

Easy Wallpaper Removal Options

Easy Wallpaper Removal Options

My friend Marc (of the demolished kitchen fame) asked me one day if I knew of any “backwoods” methods of removing wallpaper from plaster walls as to prevent damage from being done. I didn’t – we just tore down the walls that had wallpaper on them (but regretfully so – […]

Refinish, Replace or Paint Wood Floors

Refinish, Replace or Paint Wood Floors

A lot of consideration needs to go into the flooring you choose for your home. Other than considering your personal design aesthetic and the use of the space, you have to think about what’s going to work best for you and your family – especially when it comes to refinishing, […]

Safely Living Next To a Vacant Home

Safely Living Next To a Vacant Home

With the housing crisis still rippling through the country, many homeowners may find themselves living in more of a graveyard instead of a neighborhood. Homes are becoming (and remaining) vacant at an alarming rate, and while these vacancies bring down property values and become eyesores, remaining homeowners need to take […]