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Create Your Own Fertilizer With Weeds

Create Your Own Fertilizer With Weeds

As soon as I saw the title of Garden Rant’s post, “Cool Stuff To Do With Weeds,” I was hooked. Because, after all, there aren’t a lot of productive things you can do with weeds–well, besides kill them, that is. But now you can add another application to your list. […]

The Power Of Pressure Washing: A Before & After

The Power Of Pressure Washing: A Before & After

We’ve talked before about pressure washers on C&H — they can help tackle a variety of jobs and can breathe new life into a variety of products. Take decks, for example. It’s likely that your deck takes quite a beating year after year, especially if you live in an area […]

Secure Your Home With Creative Landscaping

Secure Your Home With Creative Landscaping

Living in an urban environment sometimes means sacrificing some personal space. Houses are closer together, square footage is minimal, and neighbors don’t have to work very hard to be nosy with their windows practically lining up with yours. Privacy fences can be hard to squeeze into the breezeways between homes, […]

Use an Additive with Oil-Based Paint To Ensure Excellent Results

Use an Additive with Oil-Based Paint To Ensure Excellent Results

While working on our epic antique claw foot tub project, we came across a suggestion to help us with our oil paint for her exterior — moreover, to help ensure the paint application went on as smoothly and evenly as possible that we think could help with all sorts of […]

Build Your Own Fruit Fly Trap

Build Your Own Fruit Fly Trap

There’s nothing we love more than a quick DIY project that serves a practical purpose. Summer is a prime time to gather fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden or area farmers markets, but the downside is that the produce can often attract fruit flies while being stored in your […]

Hone Your DIY Skills At The Theatre

Hone Your DIY Skills At The Theatre

There are only so many episodes of home renovation shows you can watch before you get the itch to get your hands dirty. However for most of us, we didn’t grow up with tools in one hand, climbing scaffolding with the other. DIY skills are taught and learned, not innate, […]

A Quick Solution For Wood Paneling? Add Paint!

A Quick Solution For Wood Paneling? Add Paint!

I have rather strong feelings about wood paneling. As in, I hate it. I don’t mean to offend you if you’re a wood paneling fan, but I think it darkens and dates a room. So what can you do if faced with a room full of wood paneling? The obvious […]

Build Your Own Container Garden

Build Your Own Container Garden

One of the disadvantages to living in a loft, apartment or condo is the lack of outdoor space. As a Kansas City loft dweller, I find myself lamenting my lack of balcony or patio on a daily basis, especially now that gardening season is in full swing and I crave […]

Fireworks Safety Tips To Ensure Everyone Has a Great Time

Fireworks Safety Tips To Ensure Everyone Has a Great Time

We’ve had our close calls with fireworks growing up and its always because we were being dumb. If you always remember that fireworks are unpredictable and take care to protect yourself then you should have no problems. But here are some reminders for this year’s festivities. 1. Fireworks are unpredictable […]

Seek Inspiration From Designer Showhomes

Seek Inspiration From Designer Showhomes

A confession? I love seeing where people live and work. As I stroll my downtown neighborhood’s streets at dusk, I peek upward to get a glimpse into the surrounding lofts, hoping for a burst of inspiration (sometimes, I get more than I bargained for. And that’s all I’m saying about […]

Install A Hammock For The Best Sleep Ever

Install A Hammock For The Best Sleep Ever

For the last several years, I’ve been keeping a list of features I want in my dream house. They include a library with floor-to-ceiling shelves, a giant kitchen and maybe even a secret passageway. Another thing to add to that list? A hammock, which I’d install in my perfectly manicured […]

Keep Your Cool Without A/C

Keep Your Cool Without A/C

After enduring five stifling, A/C-free days earlier this month, I have a newfound respect for those who choose to brave the summer months without A/C. It can certainly be done, however, especially if you have a few fans, some heavy-duty window coverings and a little ingenuity. I found the inspiration […]

How To Wage A Successful War On Weeds

How To Wage A Successful War On Weeds

I don’t remember how old I was when I first found out that the bright, sunny dandelions I loved so much were weeds. How could something so cheerful be classified in such a pesky, frustrating group of plants? But alas, weeds are every gardener’s nightmare (well, one of them, anyway.) […]

Fireworks Safety Tips For A Drama-Free Fourth Of July

Fireworks Safety Tips For A Drama-Free Fourth Of July

One of my fondest childhood memories revolves around fireworks. Because my mom, brother and I lived just outside the city limits, fireworks were legal in our neighborhood–and we took full advantage every year. After pillaging the area fireworks tents to ensure we got the most bang for our buck (pun […]

Tips And Tricks For Refinishing Your Deck

Tips And Tricks For Refinishing Your Deck

Harsh weather conditions, wear and tear — it’s likely that your deck will need to be refinished every few years to keep it in prime condition. This is generally a project you can tackle over the weekend, provided you’ve gathered up the right supplies. At the project’s outset, refinishing a […]

Add Style, Function To Your Outdoor Space With Carpet

Add Style, Function To Your Outdoor Space With Carpet

With summer in full swing, your home’s outdoor areas are likely getting a lot of use. We’ve already talked about how to create a year-round outdoor living space, complete with furniture and seasonal elements. When you’re creating such an area, you may also want to consider adding flooring–and what better […]

The Best Places In Your Home For Fluorescent Lighting

The Best Places In Your Home For Fluorescent Lighting

Sometimes in life, a good thing comes with an unfortunate side effect. Such is the case with compact fluorescent lightbulbs. When it comes to choosing a more energy-efficient source of light, CFLs are at the top of their game. But the drawback? The light they produce isn’t so flattering. Before […]

Cracks Be Gone: How To Patch A Sidewalk

Cracks Be Gone: How To Patch A Sidewalk

What’s not to love about a sidewalk? You can draw on them with chalk, and they’re a safe haven on which to walk, bike, jog, jump rope, play hopscotch–you get the idea. Yet over time, sidewalks can crack and become damaged. At this point, they not only become eyesores–they’re also […]