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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…

The Art of Hand Pinstriping a Classic Car

Last year after a lengthy search we acquired a 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D turbo diesel. We found the color combination we wanted with low miles and great interior. Even though the car is a bold red, Laura felt it needed…

DeWALT Brushless Motors For Greater RunTime

Today DeWALT tools has introduced an expanded lineup of tools including a revolutionary new technology for power tools, brushless motors. The brushless motor will be introduced with DeWALT’s new cordless impact driver and will ship in April. There are…

Domino Magazine is Back…As Domino Quick Fixes

We were all puzzled when Domino magazine closed three years ago. They kept the online archives available through Brides.com but that was just awkward and we were stuck with the loss of another beloved shelter title. We just got…

The Hectic Gourmet Giveaway: KitchenAid Mixer

We’re starting February with an awesome giveaway from The Hectic Gourmet which is an epicurean cooking supply store that carries your favorite brands such as Le Creuset, Calphalon, Cuisinart, Wusthof and more. This week The Hectic Gourmet is offering…

Upgrade Your Life with the Whirlpool Duet Washer/Dryer

The key component to our laundry room makeover was of course the appliances. Our previous units were at least 10-15 years old and still worked! But they lacked all of the energy and water saving features that modern washers…

Home Security Cameras That You Can View From Anywhere

Smart home security systems are awesome but they usually cost a ton of money for the equipment as well as the labor to install them. VueZone has created a system that you can monitor from your smart phone and…

How To Clean Rugs the Easy Way

With a new baby in the house and a need to have our home thoroughly clean, we started from the ground up. We’ve got hardwood floors and use carpets throughout our home. We’ve rented the Rug-Doctor cleaners which worked…

Start Voting for Your Favorite Rescue Remodel

A couple months ago we shared the news on a new contest sponsored by IKEA called Rescue Remodel. You can nominate your favorite fire house and the winner gets a $25,000 kitchen remodel from IKEA. Well the nominations are…

Warning: Prepare to Convert Your Lightbulbs This Year

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you have heard the news that this is the year that the government has mandated we begin changing over to the new energy efficient lightbulbs such as CFL’s and LED’s. The cost…

Kenmore Grab-N-Go Fridge has a Door within a Door

Here’s an innovation in kitchen appliances we haven’t seen before. The new Kenmore Grab-N-Go fridge has a door within a door feature that lets you open a smaller area of the refrigerator to access items used more often such…

Milwaukee Cordless Jigsaw is a Must Have DIY Tool

For basic woodworking projects around the home a jigsaw is indispensable. It takes up little space and is fairly safe and easy to work with. We’ve been using a Black & Decker model for years and it’s held up…

2012 The Year of…

…anything we want it to be! Seriously. It’s just after midnight and I’ve been reflecting on how incredible 2011 was for me and my family. I really have so much to be grateful for. I want to give thanks…

Make Labels in a Snap…Including Postage

If you are still dreading sending out Christmas cards because you hate doing labels, then check out the LabelWriter 450 Turbo from Dymo. It’s super easy to use and it will even print out postage which will save you…

How Safe is Your Home from Burglary?

You’ve heard the term “casing the joint” which is slang for checking out a building, bank, home before robbing it. Criminals and petty thieves will do this to mitigate their risk, junkies and kids who are up to no…

Need A Weekend Project? Create A Desktop Chalkboard Panel

Creating a perfectly functional workspace can take some time. It all starts with the desk, which provides the surface and space you need to be productive and/or creative. If you’re like me, you might keep a notepad nearby to…

Stihl Battery Powered Chainsaws Have Arrived

Earlier this year we visited Husqvarna and they were working on some top secret battery powered chainsaws. Well it looks like Stihl has beat them to the punch and launched the first real entry into the battery powered chainsaw…

Help Choosing and Installing a Natural Gas Boiler

We recently received this reader question and hope some of our readers can help. Any direction you can send me to make heads or tails of quotes for new natural gas boiler installation? Munchkin or Buderus? 95% efficiency vs.…

Black Friday Deals from Rockwell Tools

Rockwell is offering some Black Friday deals on some of their most popular products and you can shop them from the comfort of your home with these online discounts. Black Friday deals include: Rockwell BladeRunner, $159.00, plus free shipping…

Black Friday Sales at Home Depot

Home Depot hasn’t released all of their Black Friday deals yet but through Nov. 28 they will have deals available on select appliances. We will update this page with all of the Home Depot Black Friday sales once they…

Rad Reasons To Shop at Lowe’s

Lowe’s motto is “never stop improving”, which we think is a great choice of words as it doesn’t necessarily mention the home or remodeling. We’ve found that what Lowe’s really wants to do is help you improve your quality…

Recycle Your Old Holiday Lights

It happens to the best of us — we go to hang our holiday lights only to find that they no longer work. Trying to find the burned-out bulb or shorted fuse is time consuming and frustrating, and often…

Design Blog Panel at KBIS 2011

Last year I spoke on the design blog panel at the Kitchen and Bath Show in Las Vegas. I joined a couple of my good friends including Chris Phillips of Apartment Therapy, Susan Serra and Megan Arquette. KBIS is…

Thanksgiving Kitchen Safety Tips

Turkey Day is almost upon us (hurray!) And with so much activity in the kitchen, now is a great time to review some safety tips to make sure you have an injury- and crisis-free holiday. After all, you have…

Nominate Your Local Firehouse to Win a Kitchen Remodel

We’ve been asked by IKEA and The Family Handyman to help spread the word on a great contest that will benefit the hardworking men and women of your local firehouse. This summer we had the pleasure of visiting our…

The Creepiest Things Discovered In A New Home

So you’ve moved into a new home. It’s pristine, it’s perfect — it’s the home of your dreams, right? Not exactly–at least, not for the six homeowners featured in a “6 Creepiest Things Discovered By New Homeowners” round-up published…

Designers Rejoice: Pantone Paints Are Here!

Your eyes do not deceive you — in fact, they should be wide and sparkly right about now. Pantone, infamous for their color swatches and identification, has come out with their own line of paints matchable to any Pantone…

Milwaukee Fuel M18 Power Tools

There is a new bad-ass line of power tools on the way from Milwaukee Tool. The M18 FUEL line is an extreme-performance cordless power tool line that we had a chance to test this summer at the Milwaukee symposium.…

Artisan Cabinet Hardware Now at The Home Depot

If you’re seeking artisan cabinet hardware you need look no further than The Home Depot where Liberty Hardware will be debuting their special line created by a glass artist from Michigan and a blacksmith from North Carolina. Tomorrow November…

DIY Projects That Require A Permit

You’ve assembled your tools and materials and are ready to get started on your latest DIY project. Here’s the catch — do you need a permit? Having one not only ensures you’ve gone through the proper channels–it also provides…

Cool Kitchen Find: A Cheese Grater Chandelier

Restaurants are great places in which to get bursts of inspiration for your own kitchen. You may not necessarily replicate the inventive idea, but maybe it sparks another project that adds a similar functionality or aesthetic to your own…

First-Time DIY Essentials: IKEA FIXA Tools

When we moved into our first house a month before the holidays, we were overjoyed to later receive gracious amounts of basic (and not-so-basic) tools and accessories from our famliy to help with our renovation plans. And while those…

The CDC Creates A Zombie Pandemic Graphic Novel

Anyone who’s caught the first season of The Walking Dead on AMC knows that the CDC played a vital role in handling the zombie pandemic of which the heroes of the story are trying to survive. The show is…

Treehouse: The Green Home Improvement Center

It’s finally happened. The green building movement now has a retailer to call its own, Treehouse. Treehouse opened last week in Austin, TX and is the country’s first home improvement center that will sell only sustainable and healthy-living products.…

Green Planet Paints’ Remarkable Claim

We’re always on the lookout for new products — and when they’re eco-friendly, we consider that a bonus. So when we stumbled across Green Planet Paints, we were intrigued by the claim on their website. Green Planet Paints are…

Protect Your Hands with Ansell Gloves

Protective gloves are one of the best investments for a do-it-yourselfer. They not only protect you from cuts and scrapes but also from damage due to chemicals as well as simply keep your hands clean so at the end…

How To Store Your Mower For The Season

If you haven’t already stored your lawnmower for the season, you’re likely preparing to say farewell to this weekly chore until warmer temperatures return. Before you stash your mower, there are several things you can do to help keep…

Our Halloween Hall Of Fame: Best Seasonal Projects

As we head into the weekend for Halloween, now’s the time to make sure your house is fully decked out for any spooky festivities. And for those of you on the East Coast, you’ll likely want to find some…

Make These Two Small Changes And Save Big On Energy

Colder months typically bring increased concerns about energy costs, which can vary widely depending on your heating source. The good news? There are two small things you can do to help prevent energy leaks, meaning you’ll rack up noticeable…

Built by Kids Decorated Pumpkin Contest

Built by Kids is running a pumpkin decorating contest and the top prize is a $100 gift card to Lowe’s and a $25 gift card to the runner-up. All you have to do is post your decorated pumpkin to…

Update Your Kitchen In Time For The Holidays

During colder months, and especially throughout the holidays, your kitchen will likely see much more traffic and activity as you prepare meals and host guests. If your kitchen is in need of a little pre-holiday update, don’t worry —…

Kohler Numi: Would You Buy A $6,500 Toilet?

When we say a $6,500 toilet, we’re talking specifically about Kohler’s Numi toilet. And you’re probably shaking your head in disbelief as you read the title of this post, right? But stay with us. We’re not necessarily advocating a…

Use Space Heaters Safely

October is Fire Prevention Month, and organizations like the American Red Cross are distributing information to help people lessen the fire risks within their homes. As the temperatures start to drop, many turn to space heaters to provide additional…

Lowe’s Closing Stores and Cutting Jobs

Say it isn’t so! One of our favorite retailers, Lowe’s, is closing 20 of its U.S. locations and cutting about 2,000 jobs. This is a move to improve profitability and we hope it doesn’t get any worse for them.…

Bring The Workshop To The Table This Holiday Season

Believe it or not, the holidays ARE right around the corner, which means so are many a gathering of friends, family, food, and events that call for gifting. Whether you’re hosting a major fete in the upcoming months or…

Your Pre-Holiday DIY Checklist

You’re probably scowling at me because I mentioned the holidays, but the truth is that they’ll be here before we know it. And if you’re expecting family and friends to drop by, now is the time to tackle DIY…

Make a Wish at the Genie Blogger Summit

Today I’ll be heading out to Berlin, Ohio to The Genie Company headquarters for their Genie Blogger Summit, and there are hashtags and Twitter handles galore for you to follow along on this adventure into Amish country. If you’ve…

Don’t Want To Paint Wood Trim? Try Staining It

If you live in an older home, it’s likely that you have wood trim in at least one (or all) rooms of your house. We’ve talked before about the pros and cons of painting wood. For purists, painting older…

20 Ways to Upcycle an Old Yoga Mat

We here at Charles & Hudson are always looking for ways to be as green as possible in our everyday choices, as well as be as economical as possible too. So when it was time to replace our old…

Searching For Inventive Wall Art? Try Ixxi!

It’s confession time, C&H readers. When I was younger, I used to unabashedly decorate my bedroom walls using posters pulled from magazines and Scotch tape. Lots and lots of tape. I may or may not have drawn a few…

The Business Of Being An Accidental Landlord

Due to the housing market of recent years, many people are finding themselves in a pickle when trying to move — either they can’t sell their house, owe more on it than it’s worth, have out-priced themselves with renovations,…

Our Top Picks From Lowe’s New Kobalt Tools Line

Last week, I had the great fortune of traveling to New York City for the debut of Lowe’s expanded Kobalt Tools line. Although the home improvement giant has offered Kobalt tools for years (Kobalt started in 1998 as a…

10 Things NOT To Do To Keep Your Home Safe

Now that it’s officially autumn and fall projects are finishing up as the cooler weather sits in, it’s time for a reality check. Before you know it, winter and the holiday season will be upon us once again, and…

Introducing Built by Kids – The ABC’s of DIY

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here, but we’re finally ready to pull the cover off our new project, Built by Kids! We launched the site on Labor Day and the next day my wife Laura went…

Create Your Own Giant Ruler Height Chart (For Free!)

I’m sure we all have similar memories growing up of standing with our backs straight against a wall while our parents marked our height with our names and the date, creating a timeline of childhood growth. While these places…

When To Inspect Your Fire Extinguishers

In addition to installing smoke alarms throughout your home, you may opt to keep a couple of fire extinguishers on hand in case of an emergency. Yet fire extinguishers, like most other things in your home, need to be…

Would You Create Your Own Carpet With Pencil? This Guy Did!

File this one under “simply amazing.” Artist Jonathan Brechignac has undertaken an incredibly ambitious project. He’s spent more than a year creating carpet for his home using a Biro pencil. That’s right — a pencil! I learned about the…

Take A Peek Inside The Columbus Idea Foundry

Last month while enjoying the exploits of the Tool Race we also had a chance to tour through the Columbus Idea Foundry, the host of not only the race, but the birthplace of many of the modified tools that…

Say Hej To The New IKEA Family Loyalty Program

One of our favorite Swedish retailers, IKEA, has reccently launched a new program called IKEA Family, a free membership loyalty program with a good deal of benefits for cardholders. During our family’s end-of-summer sojourn to the great big blue…

Why You Should Buy A Weatherproofing Kit

When it comes to winterizing and weatherproofing, some simple materials can make a big difference in your home’s interior temperature — and help you conserve energy, too. Maybe you have drafty windows and can’t afford to replace them. Or,…

Get A Sneak Peek At 2012 Flooring Trends

2011 is slowly winding down (eeeekkk!!), so that means we’ll start to see more trend forecasts emerge for 2012. If you’re considering a flooring purchase within the next several months, we’ve got a sneak peek at next year’s flooring…

Do One Thing And Save On Your Energy Bill

As rising energy costs continue to put strain on homeowner budgets (especially as we head into cooler months), saving energy is not only a great idea for the planet — it will help you save money, too. Luckily, saving…

5 Fun Labor Day Weekend Projects

Here are a few of our favorite projects that would be great to tackle this labor day weekend. Choose an indoor or outdoor project and go for it! 1. Paint Your Own Wall Mural 2. Build a Flower Window…

The Disney UP House Gets a Real World Treatment

One of our favorite animated movies of all-time is “UP”, and central to the movie is the house that the old man decided to move with him as he went exploring. You can now see a real life version…

Top Picks For Fall Paint Colors

With fall quickly approaching, you may have the urge to change something in your home. Personally, I find myself spending more time on decorating, de-cluttering and organizing my abode in the weeks before winter, almost as if I’m preparing…

New Beginnings at the Dahl House: Nesting Series

With the help of some great contributors we’ve covered some elements of nursery design and preparing for a baby as well as recycling a crib and tips for doing-it-yourself while pregnant. We’ve put a lot of these tips into…

Your End Of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Wow, people. Where in the WORLD did the summer go? We can’t believe Labor Day weekend is almost here! And Starbucks will soon sell their pumpkin spice lattes, so, you know, that’s a true sign that the seasons are…

Power Tools On Fire: Welcome to the Tool Race

This past weekend we had the absolute joy of attending the Third Annual Ohio Tool Racing Championships in Columbus, Ohio, and we could not have been more impressed. Run out of the Columbus Idea Foundry, the concept is that…