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Surestep Ladder Stabilizer

Working from a ladder is a dangerous place, so to improve your ladder safety check out the Surestep Stabilizer…

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Energy Efficient Windows Explained

For years I thought windows were windows. When it was too warm we’d draw the shades and if it was too cold we’d make sure the windows were closed tight. But today’s windows are available with glass and coatings…

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John Deere Tractors Factory Tour

Check out photos of our John Deere Tractors Factory tour in Augusta, GA where they build the John Deere 1026R and 1023E tractors…

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Moving Day

After 7 years in Movable Type it was time to migrate to Wordpress…

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New Drywall and Ductwork Blades for Your SAWZALL

Milwaukee Tool just introduced two new job specific blades for the SAWZALL. The Ductwork SAWZALL blade and the Drywall SAWZALL blade. Each blade has been designed and tested to to eliminate specific user frustrations when working with those types…

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Santa Arrives at The Home Depot with Kidde Smoke Alarms

Santa knows all about fire safety so we weren’t surprised when he teamed up with The Home Depot and Kidde to donate smoke alarms to local fire departments across the country. We arrived for the Kid’s Workshop that Home…

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Shopping for Side-by-Side Utility Vehicles

I always like to stop into the Bass Pro Shop when I’m in Las Vegas. It’s a huge outdoor adventure store that not only supports fishing and hunting but also every other outdoor sport you can think of. They…

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Be a Hero, Save a Hero with a Kidde Smoke Alarm

The holidays are a great time to keep home safety top of mind. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2005 and 2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 240 home fires that…

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Become a Top Chef with the Superbread Fusionwood Knife

We do our fair share of cooking and we truly value the experience of using a high quality knife. Using a good knife just makes your life better, right? Enter the Superbread Fusionwood knife from New West Knives out…

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Bob Vila Blogstar

I’ve arrived! That’s me on the homepage of BobVila.com! I’m honored to be selected as a Bob Vila Blogstar this year. They published a nice piece about me and my workshop as well as profiling Charles & Hudson and…

The Hollywood Sign Get’s a Facelift

The iconic Hollywood sign has been in need of a facelift for a few years. It’s been painted and repainted but the taggers always seem to get to it. They have typically just painted over the graffiti and onto…

4 Home/Life Improvement Blogs You’ll Love

There are a bunch of lists out there rating the best home improvement blogs but in my experience these blogs are the ones I always read first. To make my list the blogs must be updated daily, have expert…

Knife + Flashlight = Blade Light from SOG

A knife plus a flashlight in one tool is one of those combinations that everyone should have. LED’s are in almost every power tool and we’ve used our cordless drill as a flashlight many times, but for some reason…

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Mid-Century Modern Furniture Can Work in Any Home

Last week we shared some tips for buying furniture online and our focus was on mid-century modern which has become the darling style of designers everywhere. And for good reason, the clean lines and solid colors work well with…

designjunction in London goes Industrial

Next week designjunction in London opens. This show has become one of the finest showcases of international design brands in the world and this year they are featuring Tramshed which will have a huge impact on the show which…

DeWALT 12V MAX Pivot Recip Saw

DeWALT is known for their contractor grade recip saws that you will find on most jobsites, but sometimes you don’t need all that brute power but rather a tool that can perform tasks that no other tool can. This…

DeWALT 20V MAX Cordless Jigsaw

The jigsaw is one of our most used power tools and we love our cordless Milwaukee M12 jigsaw, but when we are cutting large sheets of plywood we need a bit more power and runtime and the new DeWALT…

Kwikset Double Locked Handleset

We are already fans of the Kwikset SMARTKEY re-keying system which allows you to re-key locks in seconds and saves you the time and expense of replacing locks or calling a locksmith. Kwikset has recently introduced a new entry…

Dremel Trio Giveaway: One Tool to Cut, Sand and Rout

The Dremel Trio is one of the most unique tools available and is our latest Giveaway. It’s a hybrid that can cut, sand and rout and does all three very well thanks to it’s 90-degree pivoting handle. Check out…

Outdoor Living Made Easy with a Lowe’s Backyard Makeover

This summer we traveled to New York to check out the Lowe’s Designer Charity Challenge. We were inspired by what all three designers were able to accomplish using Lowe’s 2012 outdoor collection as well as other items from the…

Before and Afters: Color Makes a World of Difference

This month we’ve had the pleasure of sharing a ton of painting tips from YOLO Colorhouse which produces a premium zero VOC paint. We know the advantages to using zero VOC paint, how to choose a color palette and…

Primer on Amateur Wrestling: From Lincoln to Sanderson

It's hard to imagine the Olympics without wrestling which has been a part of the Olympics since ancient times. This video narrated by Jay Mohr shares reasons why wrestling is different than most other sports and why it's inclusion…

Lennox iComfort Brings WiFi to Your Thermostat

The smart home revolution is taking hold and one area of constant innovation is the thermostat. Having complete control over the heating and cooling is vital to saving energy and money and a new breed of thermostats does more…

Charles & Hudson Call for Interns

We’re looking for a few enthusiastic interns to work out of our West LA office a couple of days a week through the end of the year. Responsibilities vary widely, hours are flexible, but we do want people who…

How To Choose a Color Palette For Your Room

Deciding to paint a room is the easy part, but actually choosing a color can be very difficult. In part II of our summer paint series sponsored by YOLO Colorhouse, we look at what color means and tips for…

Comparing Heating & Cooling Solutions for your New Home

When building a new home, it is always important to explore every option when it comes to heating and cooling solutions. While you want to provide a comfortable environment for your family, you should also consider costs, energy efficiency,…

The John Deere Gator Gets a High Performance Upgrade

John Deere is known for creating workhorse machinery that suits commercial and hobby farmers, but they are spreading their wings into the off-road enthusiast market an have introduced a high-performance version of their recreational utility vehicle – the Gator…

Why You Should White Out Your Room

One of our most popular articles this year was our laundry room makeover. We are fortunate enough to have a separate laundry room area but it was in bad shape and we needed to give it a fresh look…

BBQ Battle – Smoke vs. Grilling

The 4th of July is the most popular day for outdoor cooking and for years we always grilled burgers and dogs but recently we acquired a Brinkmann smoke and grill and wanted to smoke a pork butt for the…

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Coverings 2012: The Ultimate Tile Experience

In April I had the overwhelming pleasure of being included on the VIP Press Tour of the Coverings Tile show, an international trade show for all facets of the tile and stone industry, held in Orlando, Florida. For three…

We Know What You Grilled Last Summer

Peak backyard grilling season is coming up and in honor of the great American tradition of celebrating the 4th of July while cooking outdoors, Char-Broil surveyed 3,000 Americans from across the country to see what they were eating and…

Father’s Day Projects for Non-Dads

Everyone has a father but clearly not everyone is a dad. We’ve rounded up some projects that non-dads will enjoy that are best achieved sans kids. Weed Burning – Break out the torch! Moving Appliances – Heavy and awkward…

Home Depot First for Pros

We’ve got some info that all of our pro readers will appreciate and that includes: contractors, house-flippers and serious DIYers. While only four percent of The Home Depot’s customers are Pros, more than 30 percent of the company’s sales…

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Building a Hospital Helipad

Helipads are firmly entrenched in the luxury sector as we are in awe when we see them on yachts, top of hotels and even in home’s, but more often helipads are used to transport patients and organs quickly from…

Lumeria Maui – You’ll Never Want to Leave

Up from the hippy surf town of Paia on the North Shore of Maui sits the tranquil boutique resort called Lumeria Maui. We’ve had the pleasure of visiting the last two years as the founder, Xorin Balbes, has made…

Are Media Rooms Really Necessary?

We just read a study that said basement media rooms are on the decline. It seems that just a few years ago the media room was all the rage and every new home had to have a “man cave”…

Lowe’s Designer Challenge for Charity

Last week we were invited back to New York to attend a sneak preview of Lowe’s Designer Challenge. Last year’s Lowe’s event with Nate Berkus was such a huge hit we knew they would hit the mark again and…

Our Favorite Finds from ICFF

This was the first time we’ve attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and we found it fascinating. It’s held at the Jacob Javits center in New York which is a huge tradeshow complex on the Westside. The beautiful furniture…

The CSYS LED Desklamp from Jake Dyson

I’m back in New York this week and have had the pleasure to attend a couple of events and visit with some old friends and colleagues. It’s also the first time we’ve traveled with our 8-month old son and…

Justin Timberlake – The Next Interior Design Star?

We were invited to preview a collection called HomeMint curated by Estee Stanely and Justin Timberlake. Ms. Stanley is a well-known interior designer but this is new territory for Mr. Timberlake who is better known as an entertainer/musician. It…

Setup an Outdoor Bar for Summer Parties

After you’ve finished prepping your yard and patio for Spring, consider setting up an outdoor bar area to take full advantage of the warm weather. There’s nothing more enjoyable than hosting happy hour from the comfort of your own…

DeWALT 20V MAX Brushless Motor Impact Driver

Brushless motors are coming on strong and this year DeWALT introduced a brushless version of their popular 20V MAX impact driver. DeWALT claims that the brushless motor has 57% more runtime than a DeWALT brushed motor and because of…

Kohler Underscore VibrAcoustic Bath

Last year Kohler brought us the ultimate toilet with the NUMI and at this years Kitchen and Bath Show they are introducing VibrAcoustic technology on their Underscore bath line. What is “VibrAcoustic”? It is what it sounds like. “Enhanced…

Steel Barrel BBQ Grill

The raddest grill we’ve seen all year is also the most simple. This industrial barrel is painted blue and brass and has two-tiers for cooking and an easy access side tray. The top has a mahogany handle and temperature…

Keurig Vue Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

Our thirst for coffee knows no bounds. We’ve accumulated all types of coffee makers from Bodum vacuum, French Press, Aero Press, Bosch Tassimo, and Keurig Platinum K-Cup. They all offer distinct pros and cons but lately we’ve been using…

STIHL Cordless Chainsaw Review

After testing the impressive STIHL cordless leaf blower we had high hopes for the STIHL MSA 160 cordless chainsaw and it didn’t disappoint. STIHL has been manufacturing chainsaws for more than 80 years so they have the engineering dialed…

How to Be On Top Chef

I’ve been a fan of Top Chef on Bravo since the beginning and season 10 in Seattle is no different. I’m pulling for Sheldon Simeon of Maui who is the top chef at our favorite island restaurant, Star Noodle…

Blogging with Bob Vila

After starting my career at This Old House I’ve come full-circle as I’m now a featured columnist on Bob Vila’s blog. I’ll be covering a variety of topics and I’ve already reviewed Husqvarna’s hovering mower and the latest tools…

Imagine a New Garage Door

We’ve explored the financial advantages for upgrading your garage door as well the abundance of new designs and materials available, so now it’s time to start shopping for a garage door. Your local Home Depot can be an easy…

Discovering Portland…All Over Again

We lived in Seattle 14 years ago and loved it! It was our first year of marriage and we chose Seattle as a fresh start. We knew no one and wanted to live in a place completely different from…

Fasten Anything With the T50elite Arrow Stapler

We use a staple gun more often than we realize and we have a vintage steel stapler that still works to this day. But it’s limited in what size staples it can use and doesn’t quite have the punch…