Manasa Reddigari


Manasa Reddigari is a freelance writer with a passion for the home and garden that she enjoys sharing with others. Her design philosophy is, if you can dream it, you can DIY it!

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JULY 12, 2018 | THURSDAY
35 Lake Towns for a Weekend Adventure

Water is a welcome sight during warm-weather weekends, but the ocean isn't the only place to get your fill of the wet stuff. America is overflowing with low-key lake towns featuring livel...

JULY 12, 2018 | THURSDAY
Dos and Don'ts of Building a Fire Pit

Fire pits are a hot commodity! These attractive additions can dress up a drab yard with mesmerizing flames while serving as a gathering place for afternoon barbecues, evening drinks, and ...

Buyer's Guide: Paint Strippers

Some paint prep is easier than others.  On a piece of furniture with only a few isolated peeling patches, you can simply scrape, sand, and prime before repainting. But if tackling a proje...

JULY 9, 2018 | MONDAY
Solved! Figuring Out the Correct Countertop Height for Your Renovation

Q: I’m putting in a new kitchen. What’s the right height for the countertops?A: Well, depends if you want the short answer or the long one. There is an industry standard countertop height...

JULY 2, 2018 | MONDAY
Solved! What to Do About Ants in the Kitchen

Q: I squashed an ant on my kitchen countertop this morning only to spot more circling the sink. Where did all of these ants in my kitchen come from? More importantly, how do I get rid of ...

Extreme Urban Makeovers: 15 Cities That Have Changed the Most in the Last 30 Years

The old adage that the only constant is change certainly rings true for America's cities, many of which have been dramatically altered over the past 10, 20, or 30 years as a result of pop...

JUNE 25, 2018 | MONDAY
Solved! The Magic Number for Coats of Primer

Q: I’ve given in to my daughter’s request to paint her bedroom pink. Is primer required for a job like this, and if so how many coats of primer should I use?A: Although paint might initia...

JUNE 19, 2018 | TUESDAY
The Best Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner

Longevity and luster make stainless steel a popular choice material for appliances, countertops, and other fixtures. But the metal is notoriously prone to greasy fingerprints, smudges, an...

JUNE 18, 2018 | MONDAY
Solved! The Rules for Painting Over Oil-Based Paint

Q: I’d like to repaint my kitchen cabinets, which had been done with oil-based paint. Must I use oil-based paint for the project, or can I use up some water-based paint I have left over f...

20 Amazing Places You Aren’t Allowed to Visit

Helen Keller once said, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart." That's necessarily the case now for many awe-inspiri...