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TV House Quiz: Test Your Memory of 12 Famous Shows
Over the course of watching a television series, you get to know the characters pretty well—and you also learn to love (or loathe) the where they live. Test your ...
Paint Your Home the Colors of Downton Abbey
Inspired by Downton Abbey, a new collection from Kelly-Moore Paints will now enable fans to live among the dusty gray...
 After serving up nearly 25 days of great tips, creative ideas, and how-to projects to make your holidays merry ...
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Do you work as an architect, contractor, or interior designer? Or are you a diehard DIYer? For friends and family mem...
Getting to Know HGTV's "Kitchen Cousins"
The kitchen has always been considered the most important room in the house, the warm heart of the home. When you add...
Meryl & Chris: Renovation and Romance
“It’s Chris’s shop that I also use,” says Meryl Phillips describing the 20’ x 20’ garage work space that she and her ...
In Search of Antique Tools
Lee Richmond’s foray into the world of antique tool collecting was simply a young man’s means to an end. As an engine...
A Conversation with Amy Matthews
[Editor's Note:  Bob Vila's interview with Amy Matthews took place the day before she was expecting to deliver her ba...
10 Show-Stoppers from Las Vegas
What could the grandeur of a Roman fountain and an end-of-days bomb shelter possibly have in common? Must be time for...
Books for the Love of Home
Experts on all things home aren't always confined to hammer and nail. Many have picked up another set of tools altoge...
In the Workshop: Blog Stars 2012
As more and more doers and makers broadcast their home improvement adventures online, the world of DIY has never been...
Sarah Fogle: In Love with Fixing It Up
Sarah Fogle doesn’t want any confusion. Despite her zest for DIY, she is no Mrs. Bob Vila! Her work spaces are a litt...
Timothy Dahl: Making It Outside in LA
Timothy Dahl is impressively disciplined. His work week is structured; his workshop is neat. Scheduling keeps Timothy...
Hanging with Kinetic Sculptor Elayna Toby Singer
When artist Elayna Toby Singer contemplates a new mixed media assemblage, she pieces together objects from both natur...
Fresh Pastry Stand: New Business from Old Housewares
Whether making cake stands or candles, Fresh Pastry Stand's Deva Mirel finds inspiration in the vintage kitchen and i...
Lamon Luther: Reclaiming Lumber... and Lives
Compassion, faith, and hope are not intrinsically wired into the furniture business, but Lamon Luther, a fledgling ma...
Nate Berkus on Updating a Dated Bath
Editor's note: Since bathroom remodeling is an expensive undertaking, we reached out to Nate Berkus—TV host, designer...
Habitat Builders Blitz: Newburgh, NY
Two grateful and happy families are living in new homes this week thanks to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity of Gr...
3 Designers Go Head-to-Head for a Good Cause
New York was buzzing last week with Design Week and ICFF taking place, but there were also a few other cool events ha...
Coolest Kids Products at ICFF
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is filled with amazing designs for the modern home, and not to be forgo...
5 Seating Picks from ICFF
Hours before the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) closed its four-day run on Tuesday, the winners of ...
Wandering Through "Wood-Land" at ICFF
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is one of my favorite trade shows.  It is the one show in the co...
Bob Vila's Top 5 TV Shows & Movies
I was amused to see James Marsden geared up in a tool belt on "30 Rock", as his character set about fixing loose floo...
Amy Matthews: 5 Tips for Successful DIY
Host of DIY Networks' "Sweat Equity" and "This New House," Amy Matthews offers some helpful DIY advice.
Building Community: A Scene from Delray Beach
According to the City of Delray Beach, community service has no age requirement. At this weekend’s “Curb Appeal by th...
A Conversation with Bob Tedeschi: "The Pragmatist"
[Editor's Note: Bob Tedeschi has a deep, diverse and celebrated journalistic background, having covered everything fr...
Bob Tedeschi's 5 Tips for DIY Beginners
During a recent interview with The New York Times columnist Bob Tedeschi, a. k. a. "The Pragmatist," I asked if he ha...
Brad, Jeremy, Harrison and Bob? An Oscar Salute!
It may strike you as odd for a home improvement web site to publish an Oscar-related blog post, but while Bob Vila is...
Young House Love: 7 Tips for Romantic DIY
Sherry and John Petersik of "Young House Love" offer tips for keeping the romance alive—even in DIY.
A "Young House Love" Affair
Sherry Petersik is glowing. Her husband John is nearby. Baby Clara, one of the cutest child co-stars of the blogging ...
Builders' Show, Day Three
Today is my third and last day at the Builder's Show in Orlando, and while I have a bit of "building product" overloa...
Builders' Show, Day Two
Day two at the International Builders' Show in Orlando turned up some more great introductions. I started the day tai...
Opening Day at the Builders' Show
What's new at this year's International Builders' Show (IBS) in Orlando, FL? Bob Vila for one. After a five year abse...
Hammer Time: The Art of Roy Mackey
As you know from my prior posts, I am as fascinated with tools for their purpose and usefulness as I am for their sha...
Household Hints: Vintage Trading Cards with a DIY Theme
I am a casual collector of vintage paper goods and assorted ephemera. My stash includes vintage dictionaries and ency...
Talking with Celerie Kemble
[Editors Note: We caught up with designer Celerie Kemble the week of Christmas at her family home in Palm Beach. Bob...
Outtakes: My Interview with Celerie Kemble
The week before the holidays, I had the chance to talk *color* with Celerie Kemble, the New York and Palm Beach inter...
The "Merrypad-Dadand" DIY Duo: In the Workshop
She had a load of lumber to get home from the Home Depot. He had a car big enough to take it. Emily Winters and Pete ...
SanFranVic's John Clarke Mills: In the Workshop
At 25, John Clarke Mills, a software entrepreneur with a background in engineering and woodworking, bought his first ...
DIYdiva Kit Stansley: In the Workshop
Kit Stansley has a zest for building and a talent for blogging about it. The 5’3,” 115 lb. powertool addict, tackles ...
Tool Collecting: Tips from an Antiques Roadshow Expert
A veteran tool collector, dealer and expert, shares tips, knowledge and advice.
Concrete Blocks: Foundations to Art
I know what you're thinking—a concrete block. Big deal. But take a look at it. Solidly built. Produced with hollow ce...
Tim Allen and Bob Vila: Back to the Future
If you haven't checked out Tim Allen's new ABC comedy sitcom, Last Man Standing, you should. He's an awfully funny gu...
An Interview with Mark Diaz—Miami's Hot "Design Star"
I sat down recently with Mark Diaz, the second runner-up in HGTV’s recently concluded "Design Star. " After watching ...
"DIY True Value Stories"
True Value launches a Facebook web series chronicling the progress of its three DIY contest winners.   Thick black pa...
How Green Is Your Town?
The question—How Green is Your Town?—is not a competition but rather a rally call to help build more sustainable comm...
Tool or Art? You Decide
When does a simple hand tool—let's say a saw—become a work of art?  For tool collectors, the answer is an easy one: w...
San Francisco Grabs the "Green" Crown
In a new survey sponsored by Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit, San Francisco outpaced 27 other major metro...
History of the North Bennet Street School
Bob takes a trip into Boston to visit the North Bennet Street School.
The Dominy Workshop at Winterthur Garden
Bob takes the first of many visits to the Winterthur Garden and Museum in Delaware's Brandywine Valley.
Locksmithing at the North Bennet Street School
At Boston's North Bennet Street School, Bob visits the locksmithing classroom.
Furniture Making at the North Bennet Street School
Bob visits with Alex Krutsky at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. Bob and Krutsky discuss the school's admissions process, which requires previous carpent...
Painting your front door a striking color is risky, but it will really grab attention. Picking the right shade (and finish... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
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