Wing chairs are coming back in style, and should yours need a refresher (or any of your other furniture for that matter) there’s always the option of reupholstering it. Professional reupholstery can run you hundreds of dollars, but we all know it’s more fun to do it ourselves.
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Sometimes, as you’ve read here before, the perfect addition to a room is a great mirror. If you have scoured antique and contemporary shops alike and still can’t find one in your budget, try making your own. There are a few different options for creating the perfect antiqued mirror–all for […]
Which side are you on? Many people feel strongly about one side of the exposed vs. unexposed brick wall debate. Common in older buildings, exposed brick in an apartment can add character. On the other hand, it can be dusty, messy and a carrier of bacteria.
Window seats are a great addition to any room that provide not just extra seating, but more storage and decorative space. If a window seat is something you’ve always wanted but never thought you had the room for, don’t give up until you’ve read this article from DoItYourself.com.
We’re constantly bombarded with commercials and print ads about how important a good night’s sleep is. Since our mattresses are with us for ten years or more, it’s worth a little research so we can all cash in on that good night of sleep.
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 […]
When you’re renting an apartment there can be lots of rules about what you can and cannot change in the space. This can really stunt your decorating muscles, but when in need of a subtle change that will really stand out in a room, consider something as simple as changing […]
Don’t wait to hire a professional to install the carpet runner down your stairs–do it yourself! Here you’ll find some tips and tricks for making the runner last longer and look better.
When you get professionally installed carpet, you know it comes with padding underneath. But did you know just how important that padding can be? If you’re thinking of installing wall-to-wall carpet yourself or are buying a large area rug, read these tips before you do it.
New, unique ideas for decorating or refreshing old pieces in your home are always welcome. In the February issue of House Beautiful they have just that. They suggest decorating with nailheads. Transform anything in your house from chairs to end tables to waste baskets.
You know those little tasks in the back of our heads that we know need to get done, but somehow just never do? Here’s one of those: cleaning your portable humidifier. Yes they bring us relief from the dry cold of the winter, but if not cleaned regularly, they’ll just […]
Don’t let spring cleaning get in the way of your allergies–in fact, make sure your “big clean” isn’t simultaneously stirring up dust mites and pollen that will only make things worse for your allergies. Take a look at this article on for advice on minimizing allergens.
If you’re new to a fixer-upper, or even if you’re just considering remodeling your old house, you’ve probably addressed the renovate vs. tear down question. If not, now’s the time to do it. Of course it’s a personal decision, but there are pros and cons to each one but it’s […]
It can be so irritating to line dry clothes, but if you’ve ever had a garment ruined in the dryer, you know it’s still quite often a necessity and at the same time an energy saver. Now maybe it’s easier to go out and buy a drying rack for yourself, […]
Amid the discussions recently regarding water contamination, those of you out there with well water may be thinking you’re safe. On the contrary, it’s just as important–if not more–to have your well test each year for germs, chemicals and general functionality. No one else is responsible for checking besides you, […]
Double duty: this article will help you with a few different projects. Number one, you’ll find some general tips for fixing a broken window pane in your house should that unfortunate occurrence befall you. But even better, it gives you a great idea for some wall art that you probably […]
Is something missing in your bedroom? Or maybe your current headboard is old but you just haven’t gotten around to throwing it out. Here’s a DIY headboard project that’ll refresh any look, whether you’re looking for a standard headboard or one a little on the wild side.
It’s official. Flowers are good for your health. Even if you’ve always thought so, now you have a study from Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital to back you up! eMaxHealth outlines some of the specifics of the study, but keeping fresh flowers in your kitchen (or anywhere) can definitely […]
Now that you’ve built your own wine rack (or if you haven’t check out the “how-to” here) you’re going to need a project for all those wine corks that’ll be piling up. Here’s the perfect solution: a wine cork board! Instead of a regular old cork board for notes and […]
As tax deadlines approach, don’t get cheated out of breaks you’re entitled to for using energy efficient appliances in or outside your home. DSIREUSA.org is a resource, updated daily or as needed, that outlines state by state what incentives are out there for “green” families. Federal regulations are also available.
What if simply changing your showerhead could save you over 2,700 gallons of water per year? With one of the worst years for drought behind us, as evidenced by the extensive California wildfires, water conservation is no longer an option. Lucky for homeowners, new technology is constantly entering the market […]