Home & Garden

Tue
12
May

Smart ways to spruce up a small space

With a little imagination, you can create eye-catching, functional rooms throughout your house. (submitted photo)
With a little imagination, you can create eye-catching, functional rooms throughout your house. (submitted photo)

Giving a design facelift to small spaces may seem challenging. But you can make more of every square inch with creative solutions.

Sun
10
May

Pick it up, pot it, and sit back and enjoy

The flexibility and easy care of containers makes them today’s go-to for adding a touch of color outdoors. (submitted photos)
The flexibility and easy care of containers makes them today’s go-to for adding a touch of color outdoors. (submitted photos)

Why are more and more garden centers stocking specific types and small sizes of “container plants” as compared to in-the-ground varieties?
It’s probably the three Ms.

Wed
29
Apr

Add quality and comfort to every room

With homeowners staying in their homes longer due to the economy, renovations should focus on usability and personal style.

Mon
27
Apr

The new squeeze: water heater size

A new water heater for under 55 gallons — a typical size for single-famly homes — will get bigger without an increase in capacity. That’s due to the extra insulation federal regulations demand. —Information from American Water Heater.
A new water heater for under 55 gallons — a typical size for single-famly homes — will get bigger without an increase in capacity. That’s due to the extra insulation federal regulations demand. —Information from American Water Heater.

It’s a problem many homeowners won’t run into for a while, but when they do, they may find themselves between a basement floor and a hard place.

Mon
27
Apr

Saving energy means saving money

Month after month, one of the best ways to save money is by conserving energy and making your home more energy efficient. 

Thu
16
Apr

Is a low-snow winter a good thing?

Compared to the average winter, the one we just had was a real laugher. Snowfall was way below average, and I am taking credit for it! That’s because, while remembering the snowy winter of 2013-2014, I took the plunge and bought a new snow blower last November. I was going to be ready for any blizzard that might come our way.

Tue
14
Apr

Use color to create space, calm

The office needs to be a place away from distractions—but folks who multi-task may still need a window on their world. This home office meets both needs, with a view of family activity but an uncluttered, unfussy treatment with taupe and white. It’s visually calm, making it that much easier to concentrate on the task at hand. (National Association of Remodelers)
The office needs to be a place away from distractions—but folks who multi-task may still need a window on their world. This home office meets both needs, with a view of family activity but an uncluttered, unfussy treatment with taupe and white. It’s visually calm, making it that much easier to concentrate on the task at hand. (National Association of Remodelers)

It’s no surprise homeowners are turning to soothing grays, beiges and other “retreating colors” for bedrooms.

Fri
24
Oct

Simple tips for easy cleanup


With a few simple tools you’ll be able to keep your kitchen squeaky clean so it can continue to be the favorite hang-out for the entire family. (submitted photo)

From rushed morning breakfasts to hurried dinners, the kitchen is often the busiest room in the home.

Fri
24
Oct

Give yourself a gift—or two—before holiday hosting time


The warm cream and rich mocha tones of this backsplash could be at home in a teens, twenties or mid-century modern home. Go for a darker countertop and minimalist shelving for an uncluttered, yet cozy kitchen. (submitted photo)

Ever envy those beautiful homes that seem to get redecorated with every new season? Thinking that the family and friend get-togethers at your home this year deserve an updated setting?

Fri
10
Oct

Fall cleaning tips to help rid your home of autumn allergens


New vacuums on the market have high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, which capture allergens, irritants and pollutants. (submitted photo)

Many people think of allergies as a spring problem, but most sniffle sufferers know that fall can pose its own issues.

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