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Katy Ryan

  • Dream Cave House

    If you have an extra $300,000 sitting around or are simply after a change of scenery, then the Sleeper family of Festus, Missouri (suburban St. Louis) have a deal for you.…

  • Can You Really Use a Fire Extinguisher?

    Fire safety is never a laughing matter, especially during the winter months when a prevalence of candles, space heaters and other warming devices contribute to an increase in residential fires. Test…

  • New Shelter Magazine to Debut, Fresh Home

    Reader’s Digest is seemingly unconcerned about a vicious economy that’s claimed a number of shelter titles in recent months. The company’s newest title, Fresh Home, is set to hit newsstands on…

  • Garbage Disposal Maintenance

    It’s one of the least glamorous yet more hard-working parts of your kitchen–and when your garbage disposal isn’t working properly, it can wreak havoc on your plumbing and even leave behind…

  • Create a Home Project and Renovation Binder

    Once you’ve finished reveling in the cleverness of this blog’s tagline, proceed onward for tips on creating your own home bible–a collection of projects, ideas, inspiration and anything else related to…

  • Decorate on a Dime with Sharpie Markers

    Photo: Courtesy of Blog, I Am Your Father Take a page out of Charlie Kratzer’s book–or, better yet, a picture of a wall of Kratzer’s basement, decorated entirely by line drawings…

  • Small Space, Big Fun

    With all the talk of rising costs and a new found emphasis on green living, small spaces are the new penthouses. Don’t be put off by what may seem like a…

  • Itemize Your Possessions and Secure the List

    One of the most important parts of a home renovation process–and a practice that is sometimes overlooked–is the organizing and safekeeping of relevant financial documents that create a detailed file of…

  • Research Your Home’s History

    You’ve likely spent a good deal of time and money on renovating your older home. While you’re working to restore newness and increased functionality to your residence, consider devoting time to…

  • Refinishing hardwood floors

    In addition to hiring pet-sitters, arranging for mail pick-up and suspending newspaper subscriptions, consider scheduling home maintenance projects like refinishing hardwood floors when you’re on vacation.…

  • National Home Ownership Month

    If you own a home, raise a glass to yourself (and your mortgage!) during National Home Ownership Month. This is a great time to treat your humble abode, whether you pick…

  • How to Hang a Window Box

    If you like the idea of fresh flowers, plants and herbs, yet the idea of maintaining a large garden makes your green thumb cower in fright, try maintaining a smaller plot…

  • Interior inspiration

    Photo courtesy of Behr Paints After you’ve finished constructing an interior wall, you have the luxury of a sturdy blank canvas on which to apply a vast array of painting, papering…

  • Common Roof Repairs

    To avoid prohibitively expensive roof replacements, maintain a working roof by examining it regularly and follow up with this list of common repair projects, including repairing slipped roof tiles, removing birds’…

  • Recycled Glass Countertops

    Considering a kitchen facelift? Swapping out countertops and cabinetry can have a more dramatic (and instantaneous) aesthetic effect, provided your budget isn’t on life support. If you haven’t yet found inspiration…

  • Don’t Dump–Donate!

    Photo: courtesy of Habitat for Humanity-Kansas City As you begin a one-room or whole-house renovation, the thought of disposing of the excess of old furniture and building materials can be daunting.…

  • Nevada, California, and Arizona…Oh My!

    In a grim sign of continuing economic troubles, a report released today indicates a 112 percent increase in foreclosures—in other words, one out of every 194 U.S. households has received a…

  • Chemical-free Cookware Options

    Swapping harsh bleaches or detergents for mild cleaning products or CFLs for the energy-draining light bulbs of the past are just some of the easy green improvements you can make around…

  • How Does Your Garden Grow?

    Now that most of us are enjoying the highly anticipated spring season, the focus turns to outdoor projects, including gardening. Yet depending on your yard space, time commitment and gardening skill,…

  • Bathroom Trends

    Just as you take cues from style experts when building your wardrobe, decorating and design mavens can offer valuable insight into upcoming home décor trends. If you’d like to introduce British…

  • Choosing a Kitchen Countertop

    photo courtesy of Cambria Whether you’re the next aspiring Top Chef or a kitchen novice, selecting the best countertop material for your kitchen space can be a daunting task. Do you…