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  • Finding a Job in Interior Design

    As a Housing major and a Design Studies minor, I was intimidated by the job market. I knew that Interior Design majors would have more to offer than I would. My…

  • What A Borders Bookshelf Taught Me About DIY

    It’s been an interesting weekend at our household. A few weeks back, we had purchased a large, double-sided bookcase from one of the Borders close-out sales. After we quickly realized our…

  • Top Picks For Kitchen Paint Colors

    Research shows that homeowners are spending more time in the kitchen, opting for open floor plans that blend living and kitchen space to create a hybrid room that’s ideal for both…

  • When–And How–To Use A Carpet Steamer

    If you have carpeting in your home, you’re probably no stranger to spot treating when faced with unexpected spills and messes. At least once a year, however, it’s a good idea…

  • Need An Alternative To Hardwoods? Try Plywood!

    Although carpet still makes up the majority of flooring sales, you can’t deny the popularity–and prevalence–of hardwood floors. The durable material makes it great for a variety of rooms, and with…

  • Quick Ways To Lower Energy Costs

    Happy Earth Day! Although when I was younger, we had a saying — “Every day is Earth day.” Kinda true, right? We talk a lot about going green here at C&H…

  • Aerate Your Lawn For Better Growth

    One of our favorite things about spring is how everything suddenly becomes green. Have you noticed that? It seems like one day you’ll notice small buds on the trees, and then…

  • Natural Born Weed Killers

    It’s the season to start thinking about your lawn and getting it back into shape for summer. It’s possible that weeds have taken root and infiltrated much of your yard. If…

  • Spring Moving Checklist

    The spring season brings on a transition for many people. More families move in the spring than any other season and in May, many college students move from their school time…

  • Reduce VOCs In Your Home

    When you hear the term VOC, you probably think of paint, right? Us, too. But the truth is that volatile organic compounds can be found in other substances besides paint. And…

  • Small Space Tips: College Dorm Room Design

    Our intern this year, Lauren, is a design student at Iowa State University and she’s done a tremendous job working with us to improve and grow all facets of Charles &…

  • The Worst Paint Colors For A Home Exterior

    We’ve all seen them. Maybe you’re out for a leisurely stroll, or a relaxing drive. You decide to check out some of the nearby neighborhoods. And then, without warning … you…

  • Fence Installation Tips

    Adding a fence to your property–or swapping out an old fence for a new one–is not only a good idea for your home’s security, but also adds aesthetic appeal to your…

  • Planning For An Outdoor Space

    We’re seeing some amazing photos around the Internet of newly renovated outdoor spaces. ‘Tis the season to break out the patio furniture and barbecue grill and spend as many hours outside…

  • How To Avoid Storm Repair Scams

    Warmer weather brings with it a higher risk of severe weather. And after hail, high winds, tornadoes and heavy rains comes another danger: storm repair scams. The Kansas City area recently…

  • Why You Should Schedule A Home Inspection

    Most home inspections typically take place prior to a real estate closing and are a necessary part of the home buying transaction. Because April is Home Inspection Month, we thought we’d…

  • The Simplest Way To Protect Your Home

    High-tech alarm systems, motion detectors, motion-activated lights … there are any number of devices and gadgets that will help protect your home from break-ins. But when it comes to home security,…

  • Do You Clean During A Remodel?

    We’ve talked several times here at C&H about living through a large-scale renovation. Whether you flee to a short-term residence or set up temporary rooms, there’s no doubt that remodeling disrupts…

  • Carpet Removal Tips

    Whether you’re swapping out older carpet for a newer design or going with a different type of flooring, you’ll have to remove the existing carpet. And even if you’re calling in…