Top 5 Posts of the Week: Getting Ready for Winter!

After packing up your holiday decorations and ringing in the New Year, it might be tempting to look at the long stretch of winter ahead and buy a one-way ticket to Florida. But here at, we’ve decided to make the most of our time by installing new wood floors, adding a splash of emerald green, and finding the best snow shovel for the job. If you’re thinking of going into hibernation, we guarantee these top posts from the past week will give you good reason to reconsider.

1. 10 Snow Shovels to Clear the Path and Save Your Back

Snow Shoveling


Keep snow—and backaches—at bay this winter with one of these smart, ergonomically designed snow shovels.

2. 5 Smart Home Improvements? Think Again!

Built-In Aquarium

Photo: Landmark Custom Homes

Before you find yourself saying, “What was I thinking?” see what five home upgrades topped last year’s list of loss leaders for return on investment.

3. Old Wood Flooring: Replace or Refinish?

Replace or Refinish Wood Floors

Photo: Joe Provey

When do you know whether to refinish old wood floors or replace them.  Our contributor, Joe Provey, shares his insights on the good, the bad and the ugly.

4. Trending Now: Emerald Green

Emerald Green


Whether you bathe the room in emerald green or use it as an accent, there are plenty of ways to incorporate 2013’s Color of the Year into your home, even if your decor is not so trendy to start with.

5. Does this Clutter Make my Butt Look Big?

Closet Organization

Photo: Evolution of Style

If you feel like clutter and disorganization is weighing you down, you’ll find good company with one of this week’s guest bloggers.  See how she plans to make this the year of clean living.

For more top content this week, consider:

5 Things to Do with String Lights
Choosing Custom Windows
Hiding Flat-Screen TV Cables