Tips

Small Space Must-Have: Swivel Casters

Small Space Must-Have: Swivel Casters

One of the cool things about living in a small space is that it tests the bounds of your creativity. You’ll need clever storage solutions, thoughtful furniture arrangements and pieces that can do double-duty to help you maximize every inch of a petite abode. A minor addition to existing furniture […]

Enhance Your Home’s Exterior Security

Enhance Your Home’s Exterior Security

When it comes to protecting your home and your family, the exterior is just as important as any interior security features you may have. The best thing about most of these suggestions is that they’re relatively budget-friendly, too, and therefore easier to incorporate. Of course, one of the number-one exterior […]

Host A DIY Swap Meet

Host A DIY Swap Meet

Isn’t everything more enjoyable if you can make it a party? You may have attended (or hosted) a clothing or housewares swap party, but what about planning one with a DIY focus? Gather up anything DIY-related you’re no longer using — tools, paint, books, paint chips and anything else — […]

Best Bets For Universal Design-Friendly Flooring

Best Bets For Universal Design-Friendly Flooring

You’ve probably heard of the term universal design, especially as it’s applied to helping people age within their homes. Yet universal design isn’t an age-specific term; at its core, universal design is about enhancing accessibility, function and performance within a space, regardless of a person’s age or physical condition. One […]

Give The Gift Of DIY

Give The Gift Of DIY

We’re quickly approaching hard core wedding/baby shower/graduation/housewarming season, and we have a creative solution to all your gift-giving dilemmas — give the gift of DIY! There are plenty of ways to spread the DIY love, and we have a few suggestions that should help you cover your bases this gift […]

Paint Yourself Some Privacy With Frosted Glass Spray Paint

Paint Yourself Some Privacy With Frosted Glass Spray Paint

There have been some interesting developments going on in our neck of the quasi-gentrified neighborhood. Over the last couple of months, our elderly neighbor on one side has had several various family members stay for extended periods with him as he struggles with his health and on the other side, […]

Safety Tips Everyone In Your Family Should Know

Safety Tips Everyone In Your Family Should Know

Kwikset has taken notice of our home security blog and have asked us to join their Kwikset SmartSquad to help educate homeowners about effective and proactive steps to help maintain the safety of their home and family. We thought we’d start with five safety tips that everyone in your family […]

Mower Not Working? Try This Simple Tip

Mower Not Working? Try This Simple Tip

Mowing season is upon us! Sure, sometimes yard work is labor-intensive, but there’s nothing like the smell of fresh cut grass. If you haven’t already taken your lawnmower for its first spin of 2011, you just might encounter a problem when you try to start the mower. Never fear–we have […]

Tiling 101: Start With The Basics

Tiling 101: Start With The Basics

Whether you’re needing a new backsplash, wall or floor, tiling is often consider a DIY project. And with some experience, tiling can be relatively easy to get the hang of. But if you’re just starting out, there are some tips to keep in mind to help ensure your project’s success–and […]

How To Build A Picnic Table

How To Build A Picnic Table

There’s nothing like dining al fresco during the summer–or spring, fall, or even winter, if you live in the right part of the country! Eating outside seems to take even the most ordinary of meals to something special, and your backyard is a great place for entertaining, too. Of course, […]

Why May Is The Best Month To Paint Outdoors

Why May Is The Best Month To Paint Outdoors

Painting the outside of your home can be as much fun as trying a new color in your home’s interior. Yet because the weather is such a huge factor when you’re painting outside, you may only have a limited window in which to complete your project. If you’re planning an […]

Removing Bees From A Chimney

Removing Bees From A Chimney

We recently heard a horrifying account from a friend about a sudden honeybee infestation in a chimney. She came home to several bees buzzing around her living room, and then realized they were coming in through the chimney! We were impressed with her quick thinking — she immediately covered the […]

How To Prep Your Air Conditioner For The Summer

How To Prep Your Air Conditioner For The Summer

A sudden heat wave has descended over Kansas City, which means many of us are firing up the air conditioners–for a couple of days, anyway. Before your A/C usage peaks during the summer months, there are a few things you can do to keep your air conditioner running efficiently. And […]

Introducing The Mom Cave

Introducing The Mom Cave

We’ve talked before about the “man cave” as the ultimate dude space for guys and their buddies to do man things together. But we’d like to propose the flip side to that coin — specifically, the mom cave. In any incarnation, the “mom cave” is a space for the modern […]

Paint Your Garage Door For Increased Curb Appeal

Paint Your Garage Door For Increased Curb Appeal

The great thing about paint is that it not only adds a fresh look and burst of color to the inside of your home, but it’s ideal for your home’s exterior, too. If you’re interested in changing the look of your home’s exterior but aren’t sure where to start, consider […]

Finding a Job in Interior Design

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 job search started in November and I realized right away that I wanted to focus on design through my […]

What A Borders Bookshelf Taught Me About DIY

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 current loft configuration wouldn’t accommodate the shelving behemoth, we embarked on a plan to completely rearrange and declutter our […]

Top Picks For Kitchen Paint Colors

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 relaxation and meal preparation. If you’re spending more time in the kitchen, we hope it’s the room of your […]