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. Yet there are options for smart disposal, and as a bonus, they’re environmentally friendly! As seen in the latest […]
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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 foreclosure filing. Hardest hit states include Nevada, California and Arizona.
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 your home. While you’re at it, consider changing your cookware.
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, planning and executing an outdoor oasis can be daunting, to say the least. Whether you’re working with a blank […]
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 flavor into your surroundings without crossing the pond, the UK’s IdealHome magazine presents this year’s bathroom trends.
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 covet the sleek appearance of granite, or would you rather opt for Corian or a durable, long-lasting stone-synthetic composite, […]
Missouri governor Matt Blunt pitched a green tax holiday this week during a speech in mid-Missouri. The exemption period would allow consumers to purchase Energy Star designated appliances without paying sales tax, and has been included in two pieces of state legislation, House Bill 2250 and Senate Bill 964.
It’s been a busy week here at C&H. The DIY Maven guest blogged and featured some great articles and we’ve added a few more regular contributors who are going to provide even more home improvement and do-it-yourself content then we’ve ever had! But I want to introduce a couple of […]
To save on energy costs and ensure a longer hot water supply, consider enclosing the body of your water heater with a tank wrap, a thick fiberglass blanket that’s sold at most hardware stores. Secure the ends of the blanket with waterproof tape. Experts recommend wrapping older water heaters; newer […]
With the conditions of our drinking water under increased scrutiny (here and here), promoting the availability of clean water is more important than ever. As you take a break from your home improvement or spring cleaning projects this weekend, consider eating at any of the restaurants participating in The Tap […]
Photo: Courtesy of Hunter Prestige Collection National Geographic is among the latest magazines to ride the green wave with a new special interest issue: The Green Guide. Among articles that debate the merits of plastic bags vs. waxed paper for optimal sandwich carrying or suggestions for safer alternatives to bleach, […]
photo: Courtesy of Bleu Nature If you don’t live by the beach, no worries – with furniture and accessories from French company Bleu Nature, you can invite the seaside into your home or outdoor space. Each year, designers collect pieces of driftwood that are incorporated into the company’s product line.
As winter snow gives way to spring rains, prepare for the influx of moisture and protect your home’s basement. Those with older homes may be especially prone to lower level flooding, as stone and clay foundations contribute to increased dampness.
With a handful of stylish picture frames and a picture rail or wooden shelf, transform any wall of your home into a decorative gallery space. Room and Board offers several project tips in the site’s education section, as well as suggestions for other design ideas.
Wild and Wolf’s graphically vivid floral tools are causing quite the discussion at Apartment Therapy’s Chicago blog. Although seemingly innovative, Wild and Wolf isn’t the first company to produce tools targeted to women – Barbara K and Tomboy Tools, among others, have also created female-friendly models.