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Power Washing a Pathway

Power Washing a Pathway

Damp surfaces on decks and pathways can remain slippery and dangerous even after they are dry because algae begins to form wherever water settles. Shaded pathways are particularly difficult to keep dry and they are often times the most heavily used. Your first step should be keeping your path or […]

Window Types

Window Types

Andersen Windows has provided an easy window selection tool that explains the different types of windows and how to identify them. Window Types [Andersen Windows]

Ant Control

Ant Control

An old friend recently brought to our attention an ant problem that she’s been having which brings to mind our own ant episodes from a few years back. Prevention is the best weapon and removing the source of Ant food should be your first step. We recommend going the non-pesticide […]

Seed Starting Chart

Seed Starting Chart

Here’s a seed starting chart for the laziest of gardeners from one of our favorite websites, You Grow Girl. Download the chart then enter the “Frost Free Date” for your region and the chart will automatically calculate the sowing and planting dates. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Seed […]

Clean Your Deck

Clean Your Deck

It’s BBQ season and if you live in a cold weather climate your deck and BBQ have probably been covered with snow or it’s been too cold to spend much time in your yard. Part of your spring cleaning should include prepping your yard and outside area for the coming […]

Laying Carpet

Laying Carpet

One of the fastest ways to rejuvenate a room or house is to lay down new carpet. A fresh color or texture on your floors can change the overall impression of a home. Putting down new carpet is easier than you think but it does require some physical strength as […]

Cleaning Out Your Closet

Cleaning Out Your Closet

Moving coats and jackets to make way for your spring and summer clothes is a necessary chore if you have a small closet or storage space. The chance of losing clothes is increased the more you move them and just misplacing an item is as good as losing it when […]

Unclogging a Sink

Unclogging a Sink

Bathroom and kitchen sinks will inevitably clog. Over time objects such as food, hair, and dirt will build-up and settle in the trap or somewhere else along the line and you’ll notice your sink draining much slower. Before your sink completely backs up, take this as a warning and clean […]

Caring for Antique Furniture

Caring for Antique Furniture

After meeting Leigh Keno of Antique Roadshow he impressed upon us that antiques should be handled with care but we should also use them and present them as the centerpiece of a room, not treat them as museum pieces to sit in the corner. Here are some tips to keeping […]

Easy Mirror Upgrade

Easy Mirror Upgrade

Mirrormate embellishes a plain flat mirror and adds details and framing that will brighten any room. Thanks Alix.

Fancy Lamps

Fancy Lamps

We’re not sure how much light these lamps provide but they will definitely start conversations. Lamp for Every Room [NY Magazine]

The Most Wired Home

The most wired home we’ve come across has been created by Pluto. A Pluto Home system is operated by your cell phone or from a landline. Once you’re home has been outfitted with their system you can control everything from the temperature of your bedroom, lighting arrangements, view security webcams, […]

Cast-Iron Doorstops

Cast-Iron Doorstops

The ubiquitous brown rubbery doorstops may be effective but they remain unsightly with a distinctly utilitarian (corporate office) feel. Why not go with the more traditional cast-iron doorstops that can add a bit more flair to your floor. Shelterrific, a new home blog from the editors of Budget Living, show […]

Jute Rugs

Jute Rugs

Natural Area Rugs has started a blog about, what else, rugs made of natural fibers. Including sisal, seagrass, jute, bamboo, and wool. Jute rugs…sounds interesting. Jute Rugs [Natural Area Rugs]

Pet Resistant Carpets

Pet Resistant Carpets

New York Times explains new textiles and carpets that are resistant to pet stains.

Cave Dwellings – The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Solution

Cave Dwellings – The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Solution

Western designers are starting to look East and more specifically at how cave-dwellers in the Shaanxi province of China live without impacting their environment. Sustainable Design [Seed Magazine]

Vacuum Cleaning Tips

Vacuum Cleaning Tips

Make the most of your time pushing the vacuum and maximize the vacuums pulling power by going over this vacuum checklist. We still love our Oreck XL Deluxe. It’s low on frills but it’s got mad skills. Vacuuming Tips [Mrs. Clean] Oreck XL Deluxe [Oreck]

Build a Porch Swing

Build a Porch Swing

What’s better than sitting outside, swinging along to some music, and drinking your favorite cool beverage. You know you want to do this – so why not build your own swing now and make it happen. Think of how much more relaxed you’ll be. How to Make a Porch Swing […]