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...

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 27, 2019 | WEDNESDAY
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...

FEBRUARY 25, 2019 | MONDAY
Buyer's Guide: Tape Measures

The "measure twice, cut once" adage is key to the success of all kinds of craft and construction projects. To follow it, you’ll often need to rely on a tape measure—a flexible c...

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...

JANUARY 19, 2019 | SATURDAY
The Best 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 th...

DECEMBER 11, 2018 | TUESDAY
How To: Clean Wallpaper

Is your wallpaper looking a little tired? Over time, dust and moisture can discolor, leaving papered walls dingier than the day they were covered. Wallpaper in the kitchen can become coat...

NOVEMBER 16, 2018 | FRIDAY
Stylish, Stain-Resistant, or Both: Which Type of Kitchen Sink Is Right for You?

If replacing a kitchen sink, you’ll think about style, size, and—perhaps most importantly—material. Some materials are highly durable and resistant to stains, scuffs, and scratches, while...

NOVEMBER 14, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Clean a Porcelain Sink

Maintaining a spotless porcelain sink will add charm and luster to your bathroom or kitchen—not to mention value to your home. This glass-based ceramic is fired at high temperatures, then...

NOVEMBER 13, 2018 | TUESDAY
Solved! How to Freshen Up a Smelly Fridge

Q: Every time I open the fridge, I get a whiff of sourness that I can’t identify. I’ve already cleaned out all the old leftovers, but this vaguely unpleasant odor remains. What can I do?A...