Category Archive for "Home Improvement"

Cozy Updates Under $500: Affordable Ways to Make Your Home a Winter Haven

What better time to turn your home into a warm and welcoming den than during the chilly winter months? With just a little investment and some ingenuity, you can bring a distinctive, winter-friendly look into your home. Here are three concepts and some tips to get you started. Look 1: The British study The vibe This iconic look is a…

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6 Unusual Tips for Pool Care

If you have a pool, odds are, you know the usual maintenance tips — vacuuming, skimming, maintaining water and pH levels, changing filters — like the back of your hand. And you probably also know that keeping up with routine maintenance can be a real pain when all you want to do is enjoy your pool. Here are six hacks…

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How to Build a Scarecrow for Your Garden

July 5th is Build a Scarecrow Day, so why not scare up a little fun for the occasion? Scarecrows are now mainly seen around Halloween and fall harvest festivals, but it’s also a great summer project for your garden. Get your kids or even a few neighbors involved and make it a project for the whole block, especially if you can…

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Your Ultimate Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

If “summer is the time when it’s too hot to do the job it was too cold to do last winter,” as Mark Twain puts it, that leaves spring and fall for home maintenance and deep cleaning. Along with raking up the first fallen leaves and putting out pumpkins, here are some things to consider shoring up around your house…

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10 Tips to Avoid Getting Burned by a Kitchen Remodel

When it comes to making magic happen during a kitchen remodel, there are oodles of options you can cook up. Which means there is a lot that can go wrong. Before you take the hammer to your old kitchen, read these 10 tips to avoid getting burned on a kitchen remodel. 1. Don’t overspend Consider the market and decide whether…

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These 4 Clever Hacks Give New Life to Household Junk

We all have a junk drawer bursting with items we can’t bear to throw away. But with these simple hacks, you can turn household junk into fun and functional items for your home. Low-key wall hooks We gotta admit: There’s something charming about turning old keys into hooks for your current keys. But the real appeal? Never losing your keys…

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Fill Up on Oceanfront Eye-Candy With This Malibu Castle

There are open floor plans, and then there’s 23800 Malibu Crest Drive – a sprawling mansion built on the former site of Castle Kashan, a faux-Scottish castle destroyed by a fire in 2007. The new 5-bedroom home – measuring 10,331 square feet and listed for $ 85 million – lives up to the grandeur of the previous structure with panoramic ocean views,…

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Brighten Someone’s Day With DIY Cards and Budget Bouquets

Creating special notes and cards is simple with these DIY hacks. Local craft stores are fully stocked with inspiration. Gather mix-and-match washi tape, metallic letter stickers, and alphabet stamps, and get ready to let your creative juices flow. Taking an afternoon to craft is a great way to spend time with the kids or unwind solo. Pencil eraser stamp card Materials: Notecard…

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Lighten Up: Decorating With the New Pastels

Taking cues from Pantone’s Color of the Year 2016 announcement, the design world is starting to implement pastel colors into its palette. While pastels might once have been reserved for nurseries and bridesmaid’s dresses, they’ve grown up over the years and are taking a sophisticated turn, showing up in window coverings, upholstered fabrics, and even paint. With Pantone’s Rose Quartz and…

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Before & After: Ditching Desperately Dated Design

So you’ve fallen for a house that has great bones, but some off-putting 20-year-old design. Not to worry – giving a home a modern update isn’t as hard as it sounds. In fact, it can feel like playing detective, in which your mission is to spot the key culprits. To get you inspired, we tapped Tharon Anderson, a New York-based interior…

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