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NOVEMBER 19, 2015 | THURSDAY
12 Inventive Ideas for a Budget Backsplash

When it comes to kitchen backsplashes, most people assume you have to spend a lot of money to get amazing results. But these low-cost DIY projects are a testament that with a little creat...

DECEMBER 10, 2013 | TUESDAY
8 Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights

If you're planning to string your yard with holiday cheer, bear in mind these few simple guidelines and precautions.

OCTOBER 21, 2013 | MONDAY
Shutter Style: 9 Designs Everyone Should Know

Today’s wide variety of fun and functional shutters may make it difficult to choose just one style!

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Planning Guide: Home Theater

Millions of Americans are plugging into dedicated home theaters as their ticket to relaxation and casual entertaining. Though any space with a TV and a surround sound audio system qualifi...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Counter Intelligence: Choosing the Right Countertop

Countertops pull double duty as a visual design element and a hardworking surface. Cost depends on materials, with prices ranging from $2–$250 per square foot or more. Today’s popular cou...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Planning Guide: Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen makeovers remain popular as homeowners continue to invest to create a warm, stylish, comfortable, and efficient heart of the home. In addition to improved aesthetics and organizat...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Landscaping Made Easy

If you think landscaping design requires heavy machinery and an even heftier checkbook, think again. Enlivening shade gardens, transforming boring lawn, and creating a sense of sanctuary ...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Fail-Safe Colors

Are there really such things as fool-proof paint colors that will work well with your existing furnishings and be easy to live with for years? “We all want to think that there are fail-sa...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Paint Like a Pro

When it comes to painting, homeowners often adopt a weekend warrior mentality, skipping or rushing through prep work in a quest for instant gratification. “A huge difference between a pro...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Holiday Lights 101

Home holiday light displays—including those megawatt extravaganzas that require an extra generator—have their humble origins in the 17-century German tradition of using small candles to l...