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A House Blogger Puts the Real Back in “Reality” on HGTV’s House Hunters

A House Blogger Puts the Real Back in “Reality” on HGTV’s House Hunters

We get swept up in the drama of reality shows which are anything but real and for many of us we take the skepticism of what might not be “real” and tuck it away so we can revel in the joy of a good story that might not be totally […]

Home Depot First for Pros

Home Depot First for Pros

We’ve got some info that all of our pro readers will appreciate and that includes: contractors, house-flippers and serious DIYers. While only four percent of The Home Depot’s customers are Pros, more than 30 percent of the company’s sales are generated by Pro customers! With last year’s development and implementation […]

How to Be On Top Chef

How to Be On Top Chef

I’ve been a fan of Top Chef on Bravo since the beginning and season 10 in Seattle is no different. I’m pulling for Sheldon Simeon of Maui who is the top chef at our favorite island restaurant, Star Noodle (a must visit if you are near Lahaina). A couple years […]

Blogging with Bob Vila

Blogging with Bob Vila

After starting my career at This Old House I’ve come full-circle as I’m now a featured columnist on Bob Vila’s blog. I’ll be covering a variety of topics and I’ve already reviewed Husqvarna’s hovering mower and the latest tools from Milwaukee. Bob Vila and his team recently redesigned his website […]

Domino Magazine is Back…As Domino Quick Fixes

Domino Magazine is Back…As Domino Quick Fixes

We were all puzzled when Domino magazine closed three years ago. They kept the online archives available through Brides.com but that was just awkward and we were stuck with the loss of another beloved shelter title. We just got word from Susan Portnoy, VP of Digital Strategy at Conde Nast, […]

Start Voting for Your Favorite Rescue Remodel

Start Voting for Your Favorite Rescue Remodel

A couple months ago we shared the news on a new contest sponsored by IKEA called Rescue Remodel. You can nominate your favorite fire house and the winner gets a $25,000 kitchen remodel from IKEA. Well the nominations are closed and the finalists have been announced. You can visit RescueRemodel.com […]

Warning: Prepare to Convert Your Lightbulbs This Year

Warning: Prepare to Convert Your Lightbulbs This Year

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you have heard the news that this is the year that the government has mandated we begin changing over to the new energy efficient lightbulbs such as CFL’s and LED’s. The cost of CFL’s has gone down considerably but LED’s are still on […]

2012 The Year of…

2012 The Year of…

…anything we want it to be! Seriously. It’s just after midnight and I’ve been reflecting on how incredible 2011 was for me and my family. I really have so much to be grateful for. I want to give thanks to a long time editor and contributor Katy Ryan who has […]

WORX Black Friday Sales

WORX Black Friday Sales

WORX is offering Black Friday sales exclusively online. Here are some super-deals on some of your favorite WORX yard tools, including: WORX TriVac Blower & free Leaf Collection System, $89.00, plus freeshipping WORX GT Trimmer & free Blower Sweeper, $119.00 WORX JawSaw & free sharpening for life, $119.00 WORX SnowThrower, […]

Black Friday Deals from Rockwell Tools

Black Friday Deals from Rockwell Tools

Rockwell is offering some Black Friday deals on some of their most popular products and you can shop them from the comfort of your home with these online discounts. Black Friday deals include: Rockwell BladeRunner, $159.00, plus free shipping Rockwell VersaCut Saw, $119.00, plus free shipping Rockwell JawHorse & Plywood […]

Black Friday Sales at Home Depot

Black Friday Sales at Home Depot

Home Depot hasn’t released all of their Black Friday deals yet but through Nov. 28 they will have deals available on select appliances. We will update this page with all of the Home Depot Black Friday sales once they go live. Here are two of their major pre-Black Friday deals. […]

Black Friday Deals at Lowe’s

Black Friday Deals at Lowe’s

Lowe’s is fully participating in Black Friday and set to launch some amazing deals on a lot of tools and household items that you may have been coveting. We’ve got some inside information from Lowe’s that these deals will be available on Black Friday. + Kobalt 227 piece Socket Set […]

Rad Reasons To Shop at Lowe’s

Rad Reasons To Shop at Lowe’s

Lowe’s motto is “never stop improving”, which we think is a great choice of words as it doesn’t necessarily mention the home or remodeling. We’ve found that what Lowe’s really wants to do is help you improve your quality of life which can come in the form of a new […]

Design Blog Panel at KBIS 2011

Design Blog Panel at KBIS 2011

Last year I spoke on the design blog panel at the Kitchen and Bath Show in Las Vegas. I joined a couple of my good friends including Chris Phillips of Apartment Therapy, Susan Serra and Megan Arquette. KBIS is back in Chicago next year and I look forward to attending […]

Nominate Your Local Firehouse to Win a Kitchen Remodel

Nominate Your Local Firehouse to Win a Kitchen Remodel

We’ve been asked by IKEA and The Family Handyman to help spread the word on a great contest that will benefit the hardworking men and women of your local firehouse. This summer we had the pleasure of visiting our friend James who is firefighter for the Tucson Fire Department. He […]

Artisan Cabinet Hardware Now at The Home Depot

Artisan Cabinet Hardware Now at The Home Depot

If you’re seeking artisan cabinet hardware you need look no further than The Home Depot where Liberty Hardware will be debuting their special line created by a glass artist from Michigan and a blacksmith from North Carolina. Tomorrow November 12th, Liberty Hardware will be introducing this new line to the […]

Treehouse: The Green Home Improvement Center

Treehouse: The Green Home Improvement Center

It’s finally happened. The green building movement now has a retailer to call its own, Treehouse. Treehouse opened last week in Austin, TX and is the country’s first home improvement center that will sell only sustainable and healthy-living products. TreeHouse will carry a wide range of carefully selected merchandise including […]

Lowe’s Closing Stores and Cutting Jobs

Lowe’s Closing Stores and Cutting Jobs

Say it isn’t so! One of our favorite retailers, Lowe’s, is closing 20 of its U.S. locations and cutting about 2,000 jobs. This is a move to improve profitability and we hope it doesn’t get any worse for them. There are about 1,700 Lowe’s stores in the U.S. and they […]

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 […]

Introducing Built by Kids – The ABC’s of DIY

Introducing Built by Kids – The ABC’s of DIY

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here, but we’re finally ready to pull the cover off our new project, Built by Kids! We launched the site on Labor Day and the next day my wife Laura went into labor! Our son came a week early, so instead of […]

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 […]