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How To Build A Picnic Table

How To Build A Picnic Table

There’s nothing like dining al fresco during the summer–or spring, fall, or even winter, if you live in the right part of the country! Eating outside seems to take even the most ordinary of meals to something special, and your backyard is a great place for entertaining, too. Of course, […]

Quick And Affordable Kitchen Fixes

Quick And Affordable Kitchen Fixes

If you can’t afford a kitchen remodel but want to change the look of it, you have a few options in updating your space. The best part about these projects? Not only are they affordable, but they’re quick, so you can implement a budget-friendly makeover in a few hours or […]

Seeking An Inventive Room Divider? Try A Rope Wall!

Seeking An Inventive Room Divider? Try A Rope Wall!

If you live or work in a large, open space like a loft, one of the biggest obstacles is creating walls and different areas (trust me–I speak from firsthand experience!) And if you’re renting the space, the issue becomes even more challenging because you probably don’t want to invest a […]

DIY A One-Of-A-Kind Doormat

DIY A One-Of-A-Kind Doormat

We go through a lot of doormats at our house. Between the weather, outside animals, and the occassional vandal, doormats seem to be something we are always putting on the supplies list. This means we often settle for the least offensive option wherever we happen to be … with heavy […]

Build Your Own Window Boxes

Build Your Own Window Boxes

My grandma, an avid gardener, has plant beds all around her home. Yet one of my favorite memories is of her window boxes, which were perched on her home’s front windows and spilled over with brightly colored flowers, usually geraniums. Window boxes are ideal for flowers, herbs and other smaller […]

Need An Alternative To Hardwoods? Try Plywood!

Need An Alternative To Hardwoods? Try Plywood!

Although carpet still makes up the majority of flooring sales, you can’t deny the popularity–and prevalence–of hardwood floors. The durable material makes it great for a variety of rooms, and with woods available in a wide range of colors and textures, you can typically find what you need to complete […]

Aerate Your Lawn For Better Growth

Aerate Your Lawn For Better Growth

One of our favorite things about spring is how everything suddenly becomes green. Have you noticed that? It seems like one day you’ll notice small buds on the trees, and then a few days later, BAM – green everywhere! And that includes lawns–doesn’t a lush, green yard add a certain […]

DIY As Couples’ Therapy

DIY As Couples’ Therapy

Anyone out there watching “Parenthood?” It’s one of our favorites right now, but we especially love that one of the characters, Crosby (played by Dax Shepard) is currently renovating a newly purchased home as a way to win back his ex-fiancee, Jasmine (played by Joy Bryant). His family members are […]

How To Transition Between Flooring Materials

How To Transition Between Flooring Materials

Let’s say you want to use different types of flooring in two rooms, but you have a rather open floor plan and the transition is highly visible. Should you scrap the whole project or stick to one type of flooring? Heck, no — it’s all about the transition. We were […]

Fence Installation Tips

Fence Installation Tips

Adding a fence to your property–or swapping out an old fence for a new one–is not only a good idea for your home’s security, but also adds aesthetic appeal to your yard. If you have pets, adding a fence is a great way to keep your furry friends from running […]

Planning For An Outdoor Space

Planning For An Outdoor Space

We’re seeing some amazing photos around the Internet of newly renovated outdoor spaces. ‘Tis the season to break out the patio furniture and barbecue grill and spend as many hours outside as possible! But perhaps your outdoor area is in need of a makeover. Regardless of what you want to […]

Carpet Removal Tips

Carpet Removal Tips

Whether you’re swapping out older carpet for a newer design or going with a different type of flooring, you’ll have to remove the existing carpet. And even if you’re calling in a professional for the installation, you can save money by removing the carpet yourself. First things first? Make sure […]

Installing A Heated Towel Rack

Installing A Heated Towel Rack

Grabbing a warm, toasty towel right after a shower or bath–it’s one of life’s little luxuries, isn’t it? But instead of relocating your dryer to close proximity of your bathroom, try installing a heated towel rack. Aside from making your daily bathroom routine more luxurious, heated towel racks help towels […]

Ways To Use A Pressure Washer

Ways To Use A Pressure Washer

Have you guys seen that commercial (for a headache medicine, maybe?) where the husband pressure washes the deck and obliterates all of the outdoor furniture? Too funny! All joking aside, however, pressure washers (also known as power washers) can be great tools, especially if you have exterior maintenance tasks. If […]

Best Way To Build Custom Window Screens

Best Way To Build Custom Window Screens

C&H universe, I’m in desperate need of your help. My dilemma? The gorgeous windows in our loft are without screens. We can’t open them wide enough to get a decent breeze for fear that our two adorable cats will escape and plunge three stories to the street (insert very sad […]

Simple Fireplace Redesign For Less

Simple Fireplace Redesign For Less

A fireplace is the focal point of a living room, so it’s important to have something that doesn’t make you recoil every time it catches your eye. My friends Heather and Neil had this unfortunate reaction when they moved into their 1940s traditional house in Santa Monica. The living room […]

Installation Tips For Hanging Pot Racks

Installation Tips For Hanging Pot Racks

Hanging pot racks are a great invention. If you’re short on storage space, racks can free up the shelving or cabinets that are currently home to your pots and pans, which tend to be some of the bulkiest items in the kitchen. Installing a ceiling-mounted pot rack takes a little […]

Reupholster Your Dining Room Chairs

Reupholster Your Dining Room Chairs

Our friend Antonella’s up to her old tricks again…making her beautiful house even more beautiful. When we last visited her, she was transforming her office space. Now she has moved onto the dining room and re-covered six dining table chairs with a bold new print. This nifty little intervention cost […]