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Handyman Hiring Tips

Handyman Hiring Tips

No time, money, or know-how to fix a household problem? In New York city we have Supers who are on call (usually) and hopefully can fix leaking faucets, broken radiators, or sticky doors, but homeowners are on their own and for smaller household fixes a certified or licensed contractor is […]

Gnome Time

Gnome Time

Shelterrific has touched on kitsch gold. The venerable gnome. They can bring a touch of humor to any home and also a bit of luck. Get your gnome on here.

Architectural Salvage in Chicago

Architectural Salvage in Chicago

If you are in the Chicago area you should check out Salvage One. Their website highlights some great finds like this art-deco bar and prairie-style window.

Carve a Wooden Spoon

Carve a Wooden Spoon

The above examples are extreme but the Spoonlady can show you how to carve your own wooden spoons, safely and quickly. Using utensils that you’ve hand-crafted can be as rewarding as building with your very own tools.

How-To Stain Wood

How-To Stain Wood

You may think that staining wood is an inexact science but there is a method to the madness. Understanding the type of wood you are working with as well as the technique used to apply the stain can alter the color of the stain dramatically. Here are some tips to […]

Enlarge a Room

Enlarge a Room

Easy ideas for enlarging or just altering the mood of any room in the house. It’s amazing what a little color can do.

Installing a Bathroom Vent and Exhaust Fan

Installing a Bathroom Vent and Exhaust Fan

This catskill houseblogger faced a problem that many homeowners with older homes must deal with and that is proper bathroom ventilation. His bathroom is located in the middle of the home which makes this problem a bit more complicated but his installation went smoothly and it all started with determining […]

Switch Plate Covers

Switch Plate Covers

Don’t neglect the finishing detail that a period appropriate switch plate cover can provide. The art deco and arts and crafts switch plates are sharp but the brass options are great in almost any home.

Spring Riding Mower Inspection

Spring Riding Mower Inspection

It’s officially Spring and lawns are back. If you use a riding lawn mower you should inspect it similar to any other vehicle that you would have stored for 3-5 months. John Deere has some great tips for inspecting your mower that will keep you riding throughout the season. 1. […]

Install Your Own Concrete Countertops

Install Your Own Concrete Countertops

Decorative Concrete of Virginia There are many countertop materials available to choose from, but we have been really liking concrete lately. We’ve seen some great examples of what the gray stuff can do and now you can build your own concrete countertops with the help of this primer from the […]

Tree Pruning for Spring

Tree Pruning for Spring

Here’s a tree pruning guide from easy2diy.com. Now is the best time to get your trees and shrubs into shape for Spring and Summer. Essentially, proper pruning is essential for a healthy and aesthetically pleasing tree. Pruning is needed when first planting a tree to control its growth and to […]

Infinity Bathtub

Infinity Bathtub

Kohler has introduced an infinity bathtub made for two that will make even the most die-hard shower takers indulge. It’s extra deep and offers “chromatherapy and champagne-like effervescent bubbles” whatever that means it sounds divine.

Energy Saving Bulbs

Energy Saving Bulbs

We just switched some lamps over to IKEA Energy-Saving bulbs. We have always loved the glow of incandescent bulbs over fluorescent so we were skeptical that these lights would have that harsh “too-bright” glow. We have been pleasantly surprised and adjusted easily to new light and plan on replacing more […]

Spring Cleaning Lists

Spring Cleaning Lists

It’s already been a year since our last spring cleaning list and not much has changed (in terms of what and how to clean). But we thought we’d give you some new resources this year that might shed some light on different tips and help you start the summer right. […]

Domino Celebrates the 2007 Green List

Domino Celebrates the 2007 Green List

Last night we attended our first “green” party in celebration of Domino’s Green March issue. It was a dreary evening in NYC but the turnout was great. The event was held in a stark open studio space with the focus on two large shelves of earth-friendly products, not to mention […]

Rejuvenation Lighting Collections

Rejuvenation Lighting Collections

If you are staying true to the period and style of your home it can be difficult to select the proper light fixtures that you may find at Home Depot or Pottery Barn. A great resource we’ve found is Rejuvenation which specializes in period-authentic lighting and hardware. They have retail […]

Build an Outdoor Shed

Build an Outdoor Shed

Wikihow has a simple plan for building an outdoor shed. A quick trip to your local big box hardware store or lumber yard should net you the materials you need. They also suggest using corrugated fiberglass for the roof to add more natural light and if you are skilled enough […]

Great John Toilets

Great John Toilets

Face it, Americans are big people, so why are we still stuck with wimpy standard sized toilet seats? One-size does not fit all when it comes to a comfortable seat to do your business. Great John toilets offer “~150% more sitting area than a standard elongated toilet seat and ~200% […]

Glass Roof Sunrooms

Glass Roof Sunrooms

Take advantage of the early daylight savings and adding a sunroom. We like the glass roof sunrooms but ultimately the design you choose will probably be dictated by the style of home you have.

Rentometer

We stumbled across Rentometer which is a nifty tool that will give you comps on rents in whatever area you choose. It worked well here in New York city but I’m sure it’s all depends on how large and how current the sample rents are.

Island Home

Island Home

In Chongqing, central China, a land dispute has created an unusual island home. Apparently the homeowners have won the battle against the developers and are ‘well connected’ and will not be forced to accept the compensation offered. We’d love to see this same photo after work is completed. Update: The […]