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5 Design Tips from Nate Berkus That You Can’t Live Without

5 Design Tips from Nate Berkus That You Can’t Live Without

One of our highlights this year was attending a media event sponsored by Lowe’s and Valspar and hosted by Nate Berkus. It was a very intimate setting and only about fifteen of us were invited and Nate spent the afternoon sharing a bit about himself and his design process as […]

How Safe is Your Home from Burglary?

How Safe is Your Home from Burglary?

You’ve heard the term “casing the joint” which is slang for checking out a building, bank, home before robbing it. Criminals and petty thieves will do this to mitigate their risk, junkies and kids who are up to no good won’t. As long as you have some basic safety measures […]

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 […]

The Creepiest Things Discovered In A New Home

The Creepiest Things Discovered In A New Home

So you’ve moved into a new home. It’s pristine, it’s perfect — it’s the home of your dreams, right? Not exactly–at least, not for the six homeowners featured in a “6 Creepiest Things Discovered By New Homeowners” round-up published on Cracked.com. As soon as I saw that headline pop up […]

DIY Projects That Require A Permit

DIY Projects That Require A Permit

You’ve assembled your tools and materials and are ready to get started on your latest DIY project. Here’s the catch — do you need a permit? Having one not only ensures you’ve gone through the proper channels–it also provides necessary documentation that you’ll need to provide when selling your house, […]

Don’t Forget Daylight Saving Time and Check Your Smoke Detector Battery

Don’t Forget Daylight Saving Time and Check Your Smoke Detector Battery

This weekend we turn our clocks back an hour in observance of daylight saving time (unless you live in Arizona). It’s also a great reminder to check your smoke detector battery. Every smoke detector has a test button. Simply press it and wait for the beep. Most smoke detectors will […]

Are Your Trees Safe?

Are Your Trees Safe?

Falling trees are frightening — and worse, they pose a safety risk not only to your property, but to you and your family, too. Although you can’t predict storm damage, you can examine the trees on your property and determine if they pose a higher safety risk than others. Jennifer […]

The CDC Creates A Zombie Pandemic Graphic Novel

The CDC Creates A Zombie Pandemic Graphic Novel

Anyone who’s caught the first season of The Walking Dead on AMC knows that the CDC played a vital role in handling the zombie pandemic of which the heroes of the story are trying to survive. The show is also based on a series of graphic novels, and the actual […]

How To Store Your Mower For The Season

How To Store Your Mower For The Season

If you haven’t already stored your lawnmower for the season, you’re likely preparing to say farewell to this weekly chore until warmer temperatures return. Before you stash your mower, there are several things you can do to help keep the machine in prime condition during its off months — and […]

Our Halloween Hall Of Fame: Best Seasonal Projects

Our Halloween Hall Of Fame: Best Seasonal Projects

As we head into the weekend for Halloween, now’s the time to make sure your house is fully decked out for any spooky festivities. And for those of you on the East Coast, you’ll likely want to find some fun indoor projects to tackle as the first snowstorm of the […]

Make These Two Small Changes And Save Big On Energy

Make These Two Small Changes And Save Big On Energy

Colder months typically bring increased concerns about energy costs, which can vary widely depending on your heating source. The good news? There are two small things you can do to help prevent energy leaks, meaning you’ll rack up noticeable savings on your energy bills. The first? Install thermal shades. These […]

The 2,000 Uses For WD-40

The 2,000 Uses For WD-40

WD-40 – it really is a magical substance, isn’t it? Sure, you probably reach for the familiar blue and yellow can when you need to quiet a squeaky hinge or add a little extra grease to a sticky situation. But here’s a little secret, friends — there are oh-so-many more […]

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. […]

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 […]

20 Ways to Upcycle an Old Yoga Mat

20 Ways to Upcycle an Old Yoga Mat

We here at Charles & Hudson are always looking for ways to be as green as possible in our everyday choices, as well as be as economical as possible too. So when it was time to replace our old torn yoga mats, we got to thinking about ways to repurpose […]

The Business Of Being An Accidental Landlord

The Business Of Being An Accidental Landlord

Due to the housing market of recent years, many people are finding themselves in a pickle when trying to move — either they can’t sell their house, owe more on it than it’s worth, have out-priced themselves with renovations, or have hit some other glitch. When dealing with such a […]

10 Things NOT To Do To Keep Your Home Safe

10 Things NOT To Do To Keep Your Home Safe

Now that it’s officially autumn and fall projects are finishing up as the cooler weather sits in, it’s time for a reality check. Before you know it, winter and the holiday season will be upon us once again, and with that comes a new round of concerns when it comes […]

Reader Challenge: What To Do With Exposed Junction Boxes?

Reader Challenge: What To Do With Exposed Junction Boxes?

Alright, Charles and Hudson readers, I need your sage advice. I have an issue with my two upstairs bedroom light junction boxes and I’m hoping you can help me out. See it? See how the junction boxes literally hang out of my ceiling and into the rooms? It’s been driving […]

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 […]