We spend most of our lives indoors so we should give more thought to the air quality in our sheltered environment. There are gases and fumes that we can’t see or smell but are extremely toxic. This includes radon, carbon monoxide, mold, and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). Early detection and […]
Finish off your spring cleaning and hold a garage sale. Here are some tips for setting up a garage sale and maximizing your earning potential.
Flipping the script on what backyard pools should be, Mick Hilleary of Total Habitat, has introduced America to a more natural way of keeping a pool clean that doesn’t involve chemicals. Natural swimming pools originated in Europe about 20 years ago but haven’t picked up here in the states. Mick […]
If you are short on space in the kitchen but still need a full-size dining area that can seat at least six, then maybe a pocket table is the answer. These pocket tables are handmade by Pat McGeehan in Waynesville, OH and he can customize them to fit your needs […]
Here are more kitchen cleaning tips than you can shake a sponge at (sorry that was bad). From clogged drains, grease build-up, dishwasher cleaning, and dirty oven windows.
Outdoor furniture functionality takes a new spin. This outdoor cast aluminum table from Restoration Hardware doubles as a firepit and coffee table. You can truly have a multi-season centerpiece for your patio that can stay out all year. Coffee table pic after the jump. Firepit/Coffee Table [via]
Look familiar? You’ve probably seen these strange looking homes in National Geographic or on some travel show. They are called Yurts and they have been used in Central Asia for centuries. Modern day Yurts are self-supporting structures that are heated and cooled with the help of their aerodynamic shape. Modern […]
The best way to clean your air? Get some houseplants! Forget the expensive air-filters or ugly ionizers. Select a few house plants that will not only improve the look of your room but also up the oxygen and cut down on pollutants. Fresh Living [Modern Cottage] Caring for Houseplants [Garden […]
Cement patios are commonplace in homes across the country. In the Southwest they are particularly popular since lawns are hard to manage in the heat and cement patios are easy to clean and maintain. Take a look at your patio this Spring and follow these steps for making it more […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
Easy ideas for enlarging or just altering the mood of any room in the house. It’s amazing what a little color can do.
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 […]
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.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]