I admit I’ve pinched a few stems in my day. Are they real? Are they fake? And I’ve even had the debate with myself over whether fake flowers are an accepted decorating option. For some, of course, it’s a necessity; for example those of us that have allergies or animals […]
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Although not quite a DIY project, it’s probably an issue you’ve toggled with in your home: what to do with the television. A necessary evil, over the years TVs have evolved into these extra-large focal points of the living room. You’ve got to have (or at least you want) the […]
If you have pets that shed then you definitely have a pet hair problem in your home. Maybe you’ve figured out the best solution–but I know for me it’s always been a frustrating issue. Apparently, though, the rest of the world already has pet hair removal figured out. If you’re […]
Chances are you’ve got a collection of something somewhere in your house. Some lend themselves to public view while others just don’t make the cut. But before you discount displaying your collection, take a look at the tips from these two websites for different ideas on how to display collectible […]
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.
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, […]