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Build Your Own Furniture With Knock-Off Wood

Build Your Own Furniture With Knock-Off Wood

The thing about shelter blogs is that one begets another begets another. I don’t know how I originally stumbled up on Knock-Off Wood, or how long ago, but it’s high time you all knew about it. The blog is run by Ana White, a stay-at-home-mom to a little girl in […]

By The Numbers: Upholstery Charts

By The Numbers: Upholstery Charts

Whether you want to spruce up a chair or breathe new life into a couch, DIY upholstering is a great weekend project that can easily add impact to a room without draining your wallet on a new piece of furniture. Jenny from the Little Green Notebook published several upholstery charts, […]

Add Intrigue To Your Home With A Secret Room

Add Intrigue To Your Home With A Secret Room

It’s confession time, C&H readers. When I imagine the house of my dreams, there are several must-have features on that list: a claw-footed bathtub, a library with floor-to-ceiling shelves (and a purple velvet chaise, but that’s another story!) AND, *drumroll please*: a secret room! Turns out my fiance and I […]

Building a Sandbox of Your Child’s Dreams

Building a Sandbox of Your Child’s Dreams

I don’t know about you, but as a kid, I spent the majority of my time in a sandbox. My favorite park in my hometown had a huge sandpit complete with child-sized, handle-operated “backhoes” with which we could dig and move sand for hours. Perhaps I missed my calling as […]

Dwelling:3918 Chronicles A Complete Renovation

Dwelling:3918 Chronicles A Complete Renovation

Thanks to a tip from one of my favorite local blogs, I found myself with a new must-read site. Dwelling:3918 tells the story of one Kansas City family’s quest to completely renovate a 122-year-old stone home in their scenic Hyde Park neighborhood. As is the case with many older homes, […]

Out-of-the-Box Furniture Finds on Etsy

Out-of-the-Box Furniture Finds on Etsy

We like to say that Etsy is at the center of the handmade universe which was confirmed after getting a behind-the-scenes tour of their office in Brooklyn, NY. They truly celebrate their sellers as nearly 100% of their furniture and decor came from their community of handmade and vintage vendors. […]

Green Depot: A One-Stop Shop For Eco-Conscious Materials

Green Depot: A One-Stop Shop For Eco-Conscious Materials

After tackling home improvement projects and becoming frustrated at a lack of green building materials and supplies, Sarah Beatty took matters into her own hands. The result? Green Depot, an online retailer founded in 2005 that has expanded to several East Coast stores, including a flagship location in Manhattan. Green […]

Etsy: Behind the Scenes

Etsy: Behind the Scenes

We just returned from a visit to the handmade center of the universe, Etsy. They recently moved to a fabulous location in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn and built out their own space in a large warehouse loft. In keeping with the do-it-yourself and handmade mantra, they’ve decorated the space […]

Friday Fixes From our Friends

Friday Fixes From our Friends

Building a Picnic Table and Benches – DIY Diva Removing Painted Popcorn Ceilings – Remodeling for Geeks Bringing a Water Supply to a Roof Garden – Brooklyn Roof Garden

Designer Portfolios For Room Inspiration

Designer Portfolios For Room Inspiration

A great feature has launched recently on my go-to source for everything decorating, remodeling and DIY – HGTV.com. Their new page called Designer Portfolios has just that – a slew of over 2,000 different rooms from contemporary kitchens to eclectic bedrooms. You can navigate the section by room and then […]

Find Tools and Materials on DiggersList

Find Tools and Materials on DiggersList

In a response to the amount of waste that many job sites create either through demolition of perfectly good materials or ending up with surplus, the founders of DiggersList wanted to create a free marketplace where people could exchange home improvement supplies and tools with ease. Think of DiggersList as […]

The Ultimate Remodeling Cost Guide

The Ultimate Remodeling Cost Guide

Our friends at Fixr have been busy building this very comprehensive remodeling cost guide. We can’t vouch for its accuracy and any cost guide is always just a ballpark figure as all projects are different mainly due to materials used and geographic location of the job. Regardless of these issues […]

3D Virtual Room Planning Tools

3D Virtual Room Planning Tools

As technology and software keeps advancing the sophistication in 3D virtual room planning tools continues to grow. This list will help you find an online design tool that works best for you. All of these are free with so you can start designing your own room immediately and in 3D! […]

Domino Magazine is Back Online

Domino Magazine is Back Online

The shelter publishing space hasn’t been the same since Domino magazine closed last year. But the newly re-launched Brides.com (another Conde Nast publication) has resurrected some Domino content which is now available through their site. View the Domino archives

Mood Boards Made Simple By OlioBoard

Mood Boards Made Simple By OlioBoard

Ever get stuck on a home decor project? Have problems envisioning a room finished (you know, past the bare drywall and exposed wires)? Or wondering how an out-of-this world color palette might actually work together, but afraid of purchasing and painting your way to disaster? Me too. That’s why I […]

New Home Construction Slowing

New Home Construction Slowing

According to a recent report from CNN Money – home building is taking a break. They report that housing starts fell 10% last month. Forecasts may have originally been too optimistic. April was the last month in which first-time home buyers could qualify for a federal tax credit of up […]

Sears Blue Crew Goes Star Trek

Sears Blue Crew Goes Star Trek

We just got note that the Sears Blue Crew has launched a new website. It looks like it’s straight out of Starship Enterprise! They are calling it the Sears Blue Crew HQ digital platform where “the Sears experts will come to life in both an entertaining and educational way to […]

Happy 5th Birthday Charles & Hudson

Happy 5th Birthday Charles & Hudson

5 years ago today I published the first post on Charles & Hudson. This blog started out as an exploration into blogging as well as an opportunity to discuss and share home improvement ideas, products and tips. At the time I was working at This Old House which I still […]

New online magazine, Fryd + Design, arrives

New online magazine, Fryd + Design, arrives

If you’re like me, no project begins without that initial burst of inspiration, whether it comes from a blog, book, magazine, television show or a store display. Yet with shelter magazines continuing to struggle amid a rocky economic climate, I have fewer glossy pages from which to pull design and […]

Paint Blog Roundup: Primer, French Doors, Taping and more

Paint Blog Roundup: Primer, French Doors, Taping and more

Glidden Gripper Primer – Remodeling for Geeks Painting the VJs – Fun and VJs Watching paint dry – Casa Decrepit It’s a DIFFERENT Shade, Really! – Foxcroft

Home Improvement – There’s an App For That

Home Improvement – There’s an App For That

It’s no secret that developers are clamoring to build the next great app for the iPhone or iPod Touch. Home Improvement retailers and service providers have also jumped into the game and are not only creating mobile versions of their websites but more user friendly and full-featured smart phone apps. […]