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New Home Construction Slowing

New Home Construction Slowing

According to a recent report from CNN Money – home building is taking a break. They report that housing starts fell 10% last month. Forecasts may have originally been too optimistic. April was the last month in which first-time home buyers could qualify for a federal tax credit of up […]

Sears Blue Crew Goes Star Trek

Sears Blue Crew Goes Star Trek

We just got note that the Sears Blue Crew has launched a new website. It looks like it’s straight out of Starship Enterprise! They are calling it the Sears Blue Crew HQ digital platform where “the Sears experts will come to life in both an entertaining and educational way to […]

Happy 5th Birthday Charles & Hudson

Happy 5th Birthday Charles & Hudson

5 years ago today I published the first post on Charles & Hudson. This blog started out as an exploration into blogging as well as an opportunity to discuss and share home improvement ideas, products and tips. At the time I was working at This Old House which I still […]

New online magazine, Fryd + Design, arrives

New online magazine, Fryd + Design, arrives

If you’re like me, no project begins without that initial burst of inspiration, whether it comes from a blog, book, magazine, television show or a store display. Yet with shelter magazines continuing to struggle amid a rocky economic climate, I have fewer glossy pages from which to pull design and […]

Paint Blog Roundup: Primer, French Doors, Taping and more

Paint Blog Roundup: Primer, French Doors, Taping and more

Glidden Gripper Primer – Remodeling for Geeks Painting the VJs – Fun and VJs Watching paint dry – Casa Decrepit It’s a DIFFERENT Shade, Really! – Foxcroft

Home Improvement – There’s an App For That

Home Improvement – There’s an App For That

It’s no secret that developers are clamoring to build the next great app for the iPhone or iPod Touch. Home Improvement retailers and service providers have also jumped into the game and are not only creating mobile versions of their websites but more user friendly and full-featured smart phone apps. […]

Be Charles & Hudson’s Fan, Friend or Follower

Be Charles & Hudson’s Fan, Friend or Follower

If you can’t visit us daily you can still keep in touch with the latest and greatest Charles & Hudson content by joining us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and reading our newsletter, Nuts & Bolts. We only post our most interesting stories on Facebook and Twitter with hopes […]

Setup Your Art Gallery At Home

Setup Your Art Gallery At Home

I’m always inspired by the fancy shelter magazines and the way they artfully hang and style artwork. I attempted this in my own dining room (and by dining room I mean the wall that attaches the kitchen to the living room) and it came out okay. But trust me, it […]

Green Blog Roundup: Best of Green, Glass to Vase, Tech

Green Blog Roundup: Best of Green, Glass to Vase, Tech

Jetson Green selected as Best Green Tweeter Re-nest transforms a glass into a vase Building Green Myth: Tech won’t save our problems Triple Pundit shares Target’s latest recycling initiative

Solution For A Sagging Sofa

Solution For A Sagging Sofa

What I love most about the blogosphere is how you can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. While perusing one of my favorite fashion reads, Fashion Is Spinach, the delightful Ms. Spinach shared an ingenious solution to her sagging sofa cushions. She had bought a mid-century wood frame […]

Fix A Screen Window Tear

Fix A Screen Window Tear

In all my excitement that a) our President was actually in my part of the country and b) that the weather is finally warm again, I accidentally tore a tiny hole in my screen window by rushing to open it this afternoon. Whoops. I found out exactly how to fix […]

Hello Houseblogs.net: A New Partnership

Hello Houseblogs.net: A New Partnership

We’re longtime fans and friends of Houseblogs.net, a community for folks to share their home improvement stories through their houseblogs. Homes of all shapes, sizes and styles are represented and the diversity of homes is equaled by the variety of home owners. Whether they live in the city, suburbs or […]

Will Work For Clothes

Will Work For Clothes

Caroline Woolard is smart. She’s created this functional-meets-fashion work dress – but it isn’t for sale. If you’d like to own one of her creations, you’ve got to offer her your services in exchange. Some items she’s received in exchange for the dress: a violin concert in her studio, a […]

PaintRemedy iPhone App Helps with Wall Prep

PaintRemedy iPhone App Helps with Wall Prep

After you’ve selected the color you want and assembled your painting supplies, the first step before applying the paint is prepping your wall surface. The most high quality paint will have a tough time adhering properly to a surface that is dirty, moldy or in any way not ready to […]

Introducing Our New Blogs

Introducing Our New Blogs

We’re pleased to announce the launch of 5 more blogs which will focus on Kitchens, Paint, Green Building, Tools and Home Security. The depth of these categories is huge so we felt they needed their own websites. You can reach these other blogs from the navigation bar at the very […]

Flea Market Style, The Magazine

Flea Market Style, The Magazine

Today, the shelter-centered parts of my feedreader exploded with excitement and joy — there was a new shelter magazine released! In the wake of such greats like Domino and Metropolitan Home being discontinued, it seems like a welcome reprieve to welcome a new contender to the ring. So, without further […]

Build-It-Yourself Coffee Table Bench

Build-It-Yourself Coffee Table Bench

Spotted over at IKEA Hacker, I love Melanie’s bench-coffee table contraption. Melanie used an Ikea office bench (in zebra), a Flort remote control pocket and u-shaped tables made from plywood. Here’s how she did it: For the U-shaped red tables, I went to the hardware store with the measurements of […]

25 Projects Under $50

25 Projects Under $50

While perusing my usual rounds of shelter blogs, I came across this post from Apartment Therapy’s sister site Re-Nest, giving ideas for 25 DIY projects under $50 and thought I’d pass it along. It’s not often these days that we have an extra $50 to spend (with our son turning […]