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Self Improvement: Organizing • Published: June 12, 2009
A well-stocked pantry is like heaven to any foodie. It's where you find all the treasures for whipping up a great last-minute meal: olive oil, legumes, rice, a random can of pineapple, dark chocolate (my favorite, of course), you name it. At the same time, an unorganized pantry can be a nightmare for a cook, self-professed foodie or not.
Home Improvement: Patio Deck • Published: June 12, 2009
Porches can be problematic especially if they fall into disrepair. Fortunately, fixing up your front porch is easy - and the result boosts your home's curb appeal and offers a brand-new alfresco living area you can enjoy every day.
Home Improvement: Heating and Air Conditioning • Published: March 9, 2009
Here's a little factoid to convince you to green your water heater: Water heating accounts for up to 15.5 percent of the energy used in your home - second only to HVAC systems in regard to residential energy consumption, according to ENERGY STAR (R). Part of the reason is that although you probably use hot water infrequently (for hand-washing, bathing, and dish-washing), your water heater is always hard at work keeping water warm so it's ready for you on demand.
Home Improvement • Published: February 12, 2009
To make your home truly accessible to everyone, you might widen doorways and hallways, lower countertop heights, and tear out all of the carpet in your rooms. But creating a warm, welcoming home that's designed to accommodate anyone who lives there or visits doesn't have to involve gutting your house or starting from scratch.
Home Improvement: Energy Efficiency • Published: January 12, 2009
We've talked about the importance of insulating your home to save energy and money. While you're at it, why not go a step further-for the good of the environment and your health-with environmentally friendly insulation? There are a lot of options available right now. Here are a few.
Home Improvement: Furniture • Published: November 14, 2008
If you want the look of custom bookshelves but your home didn't come with them built in, no worries! You can make your own for a fraction of the price of custom, handmade ones. The secret to creating the custom look quickly and inexpensively is to accentuate a plain, standard bookshelf with molding.
Home Improvement: Interior Design and Decorating • Published: November 14, 2008
Gone are the days when a typical man cave consisted of a dingy couch, a spent TV, a few posters, and maybe even a workstation all crammed into a wire- and box-filled utility room. Today's man caves-also known as a guys' hangout space-have evolved into more accommodating havens for relaxation with poker tables, sports bars, and more.
Home Improvement: Appliances • Published: September 5, 2008
Purchasing a washer and dryer can be intimidating. So, to help you get the most spin cycles for your buck, I present a brief guide to washer and dryer buying.
Home Improvement: Painting • Published: September 2, 2008
Talk about a color commitment! Unlike painting interior walls-an easily changeable decorating move-painting the exterior of your home isn't something you want to do on a whim. With the expense and time involved (not to mention the impact your color choices will have on the curb appeal of your home) you'll want that paint job to last.
Home Improvement: Energy Efficiency • Published: June 18, 2008
Whether you live in an area hard-hit by drought, are looking to save money on your water bills, or just want to conserve water because it's a precious resource (or all three!), perhaps this spring it's time to harvest rain water and use it around your house. I plan to do so within the next couple of weeks. Here's why-and how you can too.
Home Improvement: Interior Design and Decorating • Published: April 17, 2008
Window treatments are fabulous. Why? For one, well-dressed windows add wow to any room in the house. And they're functional too-they can be used to block light, create privacy, soften sounds, draw attention to great views (or conceal less pleasing ones), and more. And they look darn good doing it.
Home Improvement: Painting • Published: April 17, 2008
You know what they say: Once you go no-VOC, you never go back. OK. So I've never actually heard anyone say that before. But it's true-now that I've painted with VOC-free products, I'm never going to use the standard stuff again.
Home Improvement: Furniture • Published: April 3, 2008
Before you haul your dated dresser or beat-up dining room chairs to the curb, consider this: In as little as a couple of hours you can give your sturdy furnishings a facelift. Refinishing furniture is more economical than purchasing new items - besides, why toss out a well-built piece of furniture just because it's in need of an update?
Home Improvement: Interior Design and Decorating • Published: March 26, 2008
Creating walls and ceilings that elicit oohs of appreciation from guests isn't as hard as it seems. Include a bit of trim and other forms of architectural detail in your rooms and you're well on your way to earning major style points.
Home Improvement: Kitchen Improvements • Published: February 13, 2008
The question today isn't so much what's on your countertop as what is your countertop made of? Right now my answer would be laminate, but I'm dreaming of the day when I can say marble. Or maybe even recycled glass! Read on to learn more about both traditional and innovative countertop choices.
Home Improvement: Interior Design and Decorating • Published: February 5, 2008
You don't have to live in a cramped studio apartment to appreciate the value of small-space decorating. Even if you're fortunate enough to have decent-size rooms, it doesn't hurt to incorporate a few space-saving techniques. Here are some of my favorites.
Home Improvement • Published: January 28, 2008
If the threat of global warming doesn't spur you into action, perhaps this fact will: Most of the actions you can take to green your home are easy. And while they save energy and other valuable resources, they also save you a little or even a lot of green (read: money).
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