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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JANUARY 3, 2020 | FRIDAY
Buyer's Guide: Wood Glues

With its unique grain patterns and natural tones, wood earns praise for being a beautiful building material. And also for being relatively easy to build with. Its soft, porous surface mak...

JANUARY 2, 2020 | THURSDAY
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...

DECEMBER 29, 2019 | SUNDAY
Buyer's Guide: Tape Measures

The "measure twice, cut once" adage is key success in all kinds of craft and construction projects. Following this advice often requires the use of a tape measure—a flexible clo...

DECEMBER 18, 2019 | WEDNESDAY
Solved! Can You Paint Over Wood Stain?

Q: My childhood dresser is beautiful but the wood stain looks faded. I’d love to update it with fresh paint and new hardware, but I’ve heard that you can’t get good results painting over ...

DECEMBER 13, 2019 | FRIDAY
The Best Christmas Tree Stands for Every Size of Evergreen

Putting an evergreen strung with delicate ornaments and lights into a shaky, shoddy base is an accident waiting to happen, particularly when excited children and pets are in the picture. ...

AUGUST 23, 2019 | FRIDAY
Nails vs. Screws: When to Use Each Fastener

The unsung heroes of construction and carpentry, nails and screws are used to hold together everything from wooden house frames and flooring to outdoor decking and kitchen cabinetry. But ...

JUNE 5, 2019 | WEDNESDAY
Solved! The Standard Ceiling Height for Homes

Q: I’m in the planning stages of building my own home with the help of a trusted contractor. I want high ceilings, but I’m not sure what dimensions to ask for. Can you help?A: Congratulat...

MAY 8, 2019 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Toilet Bowl Cleaners for the Bathroom

Upholding basic sanitary practices to ensure the health of your home calls for regular toilet bowl cleaning. While there are many great products available to help you tackle the job, the ...

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...

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 ...