Andreana Lefton

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andréana Lefton is a writer and educator, focusing on human rights and creating spaces of refuge—in our homes and communities. As a documentary researcher, she has freelanced with The Guardian as well as NPR- and BBC-affiliates. She’s written for On Being, the United Nations, and many non-profit clients in the US, UK, Europe, and Middle East. All that she knows of garden care and interior design she learned from her artistic mother, Jacqueline. She now applies these skills to her life in Chattanooga, TN, where home is an urban art studio with books piled everywhere. Read more at www.aelefton.org and follow her on Twitter.

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APRIL 29, 2019 | MONDAY
Solved! The Best Kitchen Island Size

Q: My husband and I are designing our kitchen remodel ourselves. We definitely want a multi-purpose kitchen island, but our main question is: How big should the island be in proportion to...

MARCH 26, 2019 | TUESDAY
Buyer's Guide: Power Hedge Trimmers

The shape and tidiness of your shrubs is a crucial component of curb appeal. Whether you’ve got a densely landscaped plot with all manner of hedges and trees or a simple series of bushes ...

MARCH 19, 2019 | TUESDAY
Buyer’s Guide: Weed Wackers

If your lawn features a lot of “interruptions”—trees, shrubbery, pavers, and pathways—odds are that you struggle with a bulky lawnmower to maneuver some of the landscaping highlights.  A ...

MARCH 8, 2019 | FRIDAY
Buyer's Guide: Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Yes, we’re going there. The humble toilet bowl must be cleaned and disinfected conscientiously. While there are great products available to tackle the job, the seemingly endless aisle of ...

FEBRUARY 28, 2019 | THURSDAY
Buyer's Guide: Shower Curtains

Shower curtains are the unsung heroes of traditional showers and tubs. In addition to providing privacy, they bring your bathroom softness and style while hiding the clutter of all those ...

FEBRUARY 28, 2019 | THURSDAY
The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl is the most popular form of resilient flooring (a category that also includes linoleum and cork) because it’s low-maintenance, water-resistant, cost-effective, and long-lasting. It ...

FEBRUARY 5, 2019 | TUESDAY
Solved! How Long Caulk Actually Takes to Dry

Q: My bathtub sealant needs a refresh, and I’ve decided to re-caulk the tub myself. How long does caulk take to dry before it’s ready for use?A: There’s nothing like fresh caulk—a waterpr...

FEBRUARY 1, 2019 | FRIDAY
Buyer's Guide: Paint Brushes

Choosing colors for your next paint project can really occupy your time, as you pore over a spectrum of shade swatches. Yet to achieve smooth, complete, precise coverage, you’ll need to p...

JANUARY 24, 2019 | THURSDAY
Buyer's Guide: Natural Cleaning Products

Going “all natural” to protect your family from unhealthy fumes and chemicals is a noble goal—and one that's not as easy as it would seem. Many products claim to be “natural,” “eco-friend...

DECEMBER 27, 2018 | THURSDAY
Buyer's Guide: Rechargeable Batteries

One of the best ways to save money and protect the environment is to buy reusable products—and batteries are one of the easiest places to start. While reusable batteries cost more than di...