Jennifer Noonan

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A confessed DIY junkie, Jennifer Noonan writes about home improvement, gardening, and all things do-it-yourself. The recipient of degrees in International Relations and Library & Information Science from Syracuse University, Ms. Noonan has worked in media and related fields for over 15 years, including her time at MTV Networks, where she served as Manager of Digital Programming at Nickelodeon. Today, Ms. Noonan lives in Delaware with her husband and daughters, where she is ardently teaching the next generation how to use power tools.  

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
Make Any Room a Bedroom with a Murphy Bed

There's a room off our kitchen dedicated as a playroom for our daughters (ages 2 and 4). Originally, the house plan designated this space to be an office or bedroom. Since it’s on the fir...

AUGUST 28, 2012 | TUESDAY
Composting 101: What You Should and Shouldn’t Compost

The best gardeners know that compost is better than fertilizer, when it comes to providing a nutrient-rich growing environment for plants. Composting is easy and inexpensive, and anyone c...

AUGUST 24, 2012 | FRIDAY
Zen and the Art of Weed Whacking

Since moving from the city to the 'burbs, I’ve gotten reacquainted with one of my weekly teenage chores (for which I received a $5 allowance): mowing the lawn. Back then, my Dad did the t...

AUGUST 21, 2012 | TUESDAY
Should You Buy a Used Riding Mower?

When we moved from New York City to a beach town in Southern, DE, we suddenly went from having zero lawn to caring for a full half acre. We were incredibly grateful to have a good lawn mo...

AUGUST 9, 2012 | THURSDAY
The Benefits of a Jack and Jill Bathroom

Do you know what a Jack and Jill bathroom is? If you grew up watching The Brady Bunch in the 70’s, you may already know, because the boys and girls had one. It’s a bathroom shared between...

JULY 31, 2012 | TUESDAY
Adirondack Chairs: 10 New Classics for Today

A New England creation turned countrywide deck favorite, this American standard is as popular as ever.

JULY 31, 2012 | TUESDAY
5 Kid-Friendly DIY Home Projects

Having young children fills our house with a lot of noise, and a lot of laughter. They keep us so busy, it also makes me wonder when we will ever get to concentrate on some of the basic h...

JULY 24, 2012 | TUESDAY
Anatomy of an Adirondack Chair

Warm summer nights make me want to lounge back with a cool beverage and watch the sunset from our back deck after the kids are in bed. I’m currently doing that in a camp chair—we’ve yet t...

JULY 18, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
Shopping for a Swing Set

One thing we miss about living in New York is the awesome city playgrounds. You could walk to a different one every day of the week—and we did. On the upside, now we have enough space to ...

JULY 11, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
So, What Is Your Local Extension Office, Anyway?

I’m a novice gardener. We moved to Southern Delaware after living 20 years in New York City. I struggled there to keep a couple of potted houseplants alive in our small apartment with UV-...