Tips

How To Lower Your Energy Costs During The Summer

How To Lower Your Energy Costs During The Summer

Tomorrow marks the official arrival of summer, although if it’s been as hot where you are as it’s been in Kansas City, your air conditioner has already received quite the workout! With air conditioners, fans and appliances working overtime in the summer heat, it can be easy to use extra […]

Can You Self-Install An Attic Fan?

Can You Self-Install An Attic Fan?

Attic fans are one of those brilliant inventions that you don’t really notice until you don’t have one. Growing up, my dad’s house had an attic fan and it made all the difference when it came to keeping the house cool, even during the peak of summer. But the real […]

How To Create A Year-Round Outdoor Space

How To Create A Year-Round Outdoor Space

Grilling, dining al fresco, relaxing in a hammock with a good book–it’s no wonder that spending time outdoors is one of the top activities during the summer. And if your home has a leisure-inducing outdoor space, then you know the joy of having your own mini outdoor retreat just a […]

Add A Pop Of Color By Painting Interior Doors

Add A Pop Of Color By Painting Interior Doors

The great thing about paint is that it can be applied to almost any surface or object and is one of the easiest ways to launch a full-fledged makeover within your home. When you’re preparing to paint, you probably think of walls, trim, cabinets, shelves and other pieces of furniture. […]

Functionality, Security And Style: Add Exterior Shutters To Your Home

Functionality, Security And Style: Add Exterior Shutters To Your Home

One of our favorite types of project is the weekend project. In just a couple of days, you can feel that rush of productivity and accomplishment after surveying a completed project that improves your home–and maybe even your lifestyle. Eager to tackle your next weekend project? We’ve got just the […]

Trend Watch: Add Impact With Dark Trim

Trend Watch: Add Impact With Dark Trim

When it comes to painting your home, the walls don’t have to hog all of the attention. Painting a room’s trim can easily make just as big of an impact, especially if you use a dark hue instead of the more prevalent pale shades. You’ll want to evaluate your current […]

Install Deer Fencing To Protect Your Landscaping

Install Deer Fencing To Protect Your Landscaping

There are few things more frustrating than your beautiful, carefully planned and tended landscaping being destroyed by an inquisitive visitor of the animal variety. If you find yourself in this situation, we suggest installing some protective fencing to help keep animals out. Take deer fencing, for example. It comes in […]

Keep Your Home Safe While You’re On Summer Vacation

Keep Your Home Safe While You’re On Summer Vacation

Summer is a prime time for traveling. And while you’re packing and preparing, we suggest taking some time to make sure your home is protected while you’re away. Even if you don’t have an at-home security system, there are several steps you can take to boost your home’s protection–and help […]

Air Conditioner Not Working? Try These Tips First

Air Conditioner Not Working? Try These Tips First

This post is brought to you from the miserable land of no A/C. Yep — after arriving home last night from the DeWALT tool launch (more on that soon), my husband confronted me with the bad news: our A/C is out. Coincidentally, this is happening during the hottest weekend so […]

Can You DIY An Irrigation System?

Can You DIY An Irrigation System?

As temperatures heat up, now is the perfect time to think about your yard’s irrigation. If you don’t already have a sprinkler system, you may want to consider one, especially if you plan on traveling. By having an automatic watering source, you can help preserve the life of your plants […]

Tame Your Landscaping With Proper Pruning Techniques

Tame Your Landscaping With Proper Pruning Techniques

Now that your home’s landscaping is likely receiving adequate doses of sunlight and water, you may soon find yourself with some overgrown plants on your hands. And if you prefer that your yard not resemble a jungle, we’ve compiled a few pruning tips to help you properly trim and shape […]

Channel Old World Charm With Lime Wash Paint

Channel Old World Charm With Lime Wash Paint

We’ve talked on the site before about using natural hydraulic lime to refresh your home’s masonry. If you’re thinking about a paint project within your home’s interior, consider lime wash paint, which evokes a plaster-like feel and is an ideal way to create an aged aesthetic. Lime wash paint results […]

Swimming Pool Face-Off: Salt Water v. Chlorine

Swimming Pool Face-Off: Salt Water v. Chlorine

So you’re considering taking the plunge (har, har!) and installing an at-home swimming pool. When it comes to the water, you have two choices: salt water or chlorine. We’ve rounded up a few tips to help you decide what’s best, so grab your goggles and water wings and read on! […]

Get Grilling With These Pro Tips

Get Grilling With These Pro Tips

One of the best ways to spend a long weekend is around a barbecue grill. Sure, we could spend time on the gas v. charcoal debate (*cough* charcoal *cough*), but let’s skip all that and get right to the good stuff — the food!! We’ve compiled a few grilling tips […]

Transform Your Bathroom In One Weekend

Transform Your Bathroom In One Weekend

We’re heading into a long weekend, and you know what that means–it’s a perfect time to tackle what’s on your DIY to-do list. Plus, you may find some specials at your area hardware store, which means you’ll save a few bucks in the process. If you’re at a loss for […]

How To Clean Rain Gutters

How To Clean Rain Gutters

While watching an episode of “Friday Night Lights” last night, I was struck by a scene in which football star Tim Riggins selflessly donates his time to clean and repair his (hot female) neighbor’s rain gutters. OK, so they end up together — I’m sure his motives weren’t entirely philanthropic. […]

House Beautiful Launches Favorite Paint Colors App

House Beautiful Launches Favorite Paint Colors App

When it comes to paint, color is the biggest deciding factor on what you’ll get. And with so many hues available, it can be a daunting selection process! Now, thanks to House Beautiful’s new 500+ Favorite Paint Colors app, you can “confidently choose the best paint color for your space,” […]

What To Do If A Tornado Hits Your Home

What To Do If A Tornado Hits Your Home

We’re so unbelievably saddened by the horrific photos and video coming out of Joplin, Mo., in the aftermath of yesterday’s damaging tornado. This spring has seemed to produce an especially volatile trend of severe weather, as witnessed by many in Alabama, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas and other states. If you […]