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Katy Schamberger

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…

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…

Meredith Closes ReadyMade Magazine (And We Sob)

There’s no denying that the turbulent economy has wreaked havoc on publishing, especially for shelter magazines. It’s been hard to see good friends like Domino, Blueprint and Cottage Living close and sadly, we now have another to add to…

Builder Magazine Presents Universal Design Must-Haves

Thanks to a record number of people who are turning 65 in the coming years, Universal Design is becoming the hot topic when it comes to home building and renovating. Simply put, Universal Design means enhancing the accessibility and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Our Favorites From DeWALT’s New Product Launch

Last week, I had the pleasure of traveling to Baltimore for DeWALT’s new product launch. I had a basic familiarity of the brand, but it was fascinating to dive more into the company’s history, methodology and what they’re doing…

Transform Your Kitchen With A Stainless Steel Backsplash

A few days ago, I spent some time touring a model condominium in downtown Kansas City while on assignment. Not only is the building a towering historic landmark (the tallest residential building in the Midwest, outside of Chicago) but…

Tips to Fix Your Air Conditioner

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Why We’ll Be Watching HGTV’d

In a couple of weeks, HGTV will premiere a new series: “HGTV’d.” And we love the premise. HGTV hosts will travel around the country (accompanied by a massive HGTV’d 18-wheeler) to surprise unsuspecting viewers with home makeovers! Home makeover…

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,…

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…

How To Create A Gallery Wall

If you have a lot of artwork or framed photos to display, creating an in-home gallery wall is a striking way to exhibit your prized mementos. It’s a relatively easy project, too, and can be budget-friendly depending on the…

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…

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…

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…

Kitchen Showdown: Gas Ranges vs. Electric Stoves

Have you ever noticed that talking about gas stoves vs. their electric counterparts can get a little, er, heated? (No pun intended!) It seems people have some pretty adamant opinions as to which is best when it comes to…

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…

Form Meets Function With Dolly Bookshelf

C&H readers, you’re probably starting to think I’m obsessed with bookshelves. And you’d be right. After dealing with the odyssey of our salvaged Borders bookcase, I look at all shelving with a newfound appreciation. This latest find? Pure genius.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

ADT Pulse Goes Beyond Remote Security

Being able to remotely control your home’s security system is one of the perks of continually evolving technology. But if you need something more comprehensive, consider ADT Pulse, a whole-home automation system that’s customizable to your needs. ADT Pulse…

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…

Seeking An Inventive Room Divider? Try A Rope Wall!

If you live or work in a large, open space like a loft, one of the biggest obstacles is creating walls and different areas (trust me–I speak from firsthand experience!) And if you’re renting the space, the issue becomes…

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…

Daltile Introduces SlimLite Surfacing Products

At this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, Daltile unveiled several new products, including SlimLite Slate and Quartzite, “a line of innovative, thin and lightweight surfacing products,” according to the company. Available later this spring, SlimLite is designed to…

DuPont Unveils New Zodiaq, Corian Countertop Colors

When you’re creating colors for kitchen surfaces, what better inspiration is there than food? DuPont’s new color collections in Zodiaq quartz surfaces and Corian solid surfaces are inspired by spices and ingredients, respectively. Think of a kitchen infused with…

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,…

Try Granite Overlays For A Cheaper Countertop Alternative

Meal prep, storage, display area–in a kitchen, the counters are where the action happens. And that’s why picking a solid, durable countertop material is so important. Changing the look of your counters can not only alter their performance, but…

Build Your Own Window Boxes

My grandma, an avid gardener, has plant beds all around her home. Yet one of my favorite memories is of her window boxes, which were perched on her home’s front windows and spilled over with brightly colored flowers, usually…

Trend Watch: Wood-Look Tile

For look, finish and durability, hardwoods are hard to beat. But what about using hardwoods in rooms that are more suited to other types of materials, such as the bathroom? Thanks to an increasing availability of wood-look tile, you…

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…

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 to steam clean your carpets, which will help…

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 woods available in a wide range of colors…

Should You Choose Open Shelving or Wall Cabinets?

When it comes to kitchens, storage is one of the most important factors. And because good storage is so important, it’s often one of the primary considerations during a kitchen renovation. In regard to kitchen cabinets and shelving, you…

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 — materials, best practices, energy efficiency — but…

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 a few days later, BAM – green everywhere!…

Kohler Unveils Toobi Bath Faucet Line

Feeling a sudden urge to redecorate your bathroom? With the new Toobi Bath Faucet from Kohler, your faucet can get in the redecorating spirit, too, thanks to interchangeable colored liners that “allow the owner to personalize their space in…

DIY As Couples’ Therapy

Anyone out there watching “Parenthood?” It’s one of our favorites right now, but we especially love that one of the characters, Crosby (played by Dax Shepard) is currently renovating a newly purchased home as a way to win back…

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 you want to minimize them because they release…

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 encounter one of THOSE houses. You know what…

How To Transition Between Flooring Materials

Let’s say you want to use different types of flooring in two rooms, but you have a rather open floor plan and the transition is highly visible. Should you scrap the whole project or stick to one type of…

Clean And Care For Hand Tools

Your tool collection isn’t just a great thing to have when you’re pursuing your latest DIY project–it’s an investment, and that means regular upkeep of your tools will help them last for decades. I speak from experience, as I…

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 yard. If you have pets, adding a fence…

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 as possible! But perhaps your outdoor area is…

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 experienced a heavy bout of severe weather, and…

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 share a tip: home inspections aren’t just for…

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, you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot…

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 your lifestyle throughout the duration of the project.…

Want An Easy Way To Go Green? Try A Boost Box!

There’s no denying it–going green is all the rage these days. But when it comes to making your home an environmentally friendly, energy efficient machine, it can be tough to know where to start. Sure, there’s the little things,…

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 a professional for the installation, you can save…

Shopping For Tool Bargains

In this economy (and don’t even get us started on gas prices!), saving money is becoming increasingly important–and besides, who doesn’t love a bargain? Finding discounted tools can be a great way to expand your collection without breaking the…

Unexpected Ways To Lower Your Energy Costs

You probably know all of the common ways to reduce your energy consumption: regularly check for water leaks, keep lights off when not in use, don’t leave unused appliances plugged in, keep your HVAC filters clean. But what about…

Installing A Heated Towel Rack

Grabbing a warm, toasty towel right after a shower or bath–it’s one of life’s little luxuries, isn’t it? But instead of relocating your dryer to close proximity of your bathroom, try installing a heated towel rack. Aside from making…

Ways To Use A Pressure Washer

Have you guys seen that commercial (for a headache medicine, maybe?) where the husband pressure washes the deck and obliterates all of the outdoor furniture? Too funny! All joking aside, however, pressure washers (also known as power washers) can…

Use A Plastic Wardrobe For Indoor Spray Painting

Spray paint can be a wonderful, convenient thing. But the downside? The fumes and residual splatter make it a material better suited for use outdoors. What if you get the urge to spray paint something when it’s windy, or…

How To Unclog Drains

A clogged drain–it’s gross, inconvenient and unsightly. Of course, when it comes to unclogging a drain, the process can be even more irritating than the drain itself. So we’ve compiled a few methods you might want to try before…

Salvaged Highway Materials Used In Green Home

One of the most effective ways to build green is to use salvaged materials. The great thing about salvage is it can be small (a piece of furniture, perhaps) or, in the case of this house, huge! “An entire…

Best Way To Build Custom Window Screens

C&H universe, I’m in desperate need of your help. My dilemma? The gorgeous windows in our loft are without screens. We can’t open them wide enough to get a decent breeze for fear that our two adorable cats will…

USGBC Announces Top 10 States For LEED Buildings

Who doesn’t love lists? To-do lists, top 10 lists (especially the David Letterman variety) — they’re informative and entertaining. So we’ve added a new list for your reading pleasure. The U.S. Green Building Council recently released their list of…

How To Get Rid Of Ground Moles

Warmer temperatures mean that critters are on the move, both inside your home and outside. Yesterday, one of our Facebook friends posted a plea for mole removal techniques, so after a little research, we have a few options for…

How To Flush Your Water System

Now that spring is officially here, spring cleaning is definitely in order. You’re probably tackling floors, countertops, bedding and other commonly cleaned areas and items, but what about your home’s water system? It’s a good idea to flush out…

Installation Tips For Hanging Pot Racks

Hanging pot racks are a great invention. If you’re short on storage space, racks can free up the shelving or cabinets that are currently home to your pots and pans, which tend to be some of the bulkiest items…

Go Green With Ceramic Tile

Flooring, walls, backsplashes–ceramic tile is a popular, versatile material that can be incorporated into a variety of projects. Many styles of ceramic tile are quite affordable, too, making it an ideal choice for the DIY-er on a budget. But…

Trend Watch: Hiding Kitchen Appliances Within Cabinetry

Stainless steel, bright colors–today’s appliances are certainly as eye-catching as they are functional. And in some cases, certain appliances can serve as a trophy of sorts; a state-of-the-art refrigerator, perhaps, or my personal holy grail: the KitchenAid artisan stand…