Manasa Reddigari

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Manasa Reddigari has tackled topics ranging from computer software to home remodeling in her more-than-a-decade-long career as a writer and editor. During her stint as a scribe, she's been featured by leading outlets in the real estate, home improvement, and lifestyle niches such as Trulia, Stikwood, and Brit + Co. Her design philosophy is, if you can dream it, you can DIY it! Connect with her on her website, copyhabit.com, or LinkedIn to find out what she's been writing about lately.

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MARCH 5, 2019 | TUESDAY
Buyer's Guide: Handheld Vacuums

You can’t beat a handheld vacuum when you need to quickly clean up common messes like broken glass, pet hair, and cookie crumbs. Though lightweight and compact, today’s devices are powerf...

MARCH 4, 2019 | MONDAY
Solved! The Best Grass to Grow in Your Shaded Lawn

Q: We’d like to refresh our landscape but our yard doesn’t get much direct sunlight. What’s the best grass to plant in the shade?A: Shade is a key consideration whether you’re establishin...

FEBRUARY 25, 2019 | MONDAY
Solved! Here's Exactly When You Should Aerate the Lawn

Q: I recently moved down south from the Northeast and want to keep my new lawn healthy. When is the best time to aerate the lawn?A: Punching holes into the soil with an aerator, a tool th...

FEBRUARY 22, 2019 | FRIDAY
Buyer's Guide: Caulks for Shower or Tub

While DIYers can obsess about caulking technique, the truth is that laying down the perfect bead will do little good if you don’t use right caulk for the job. In bathroom applications, th...

FEBRUARY 20, 2019 | WEDNESDAY
Buyer's Guide: Drain Cleaners

Nothing slows you down like a clogged, slow-draining sink, shower, tub, or toilet. Your first step should always be plunging the drain or snaking it with a drain auger if you have one, to...

FEBRUARY 18, 2019 | MONDAY
Solved! The Best Paint for Front Doors

Q: I want to repaint my front door to cover up some old water stains. What is the best paint for front doors?A: A fresh coat of paint can hide minor imperfections on your front door, defe...

FEBRUARY 13, 2019 | WEDNESDAY
15 Ways Presidents Made the White House Feel Like Home

A house isn’t a home until you’ve filled it with creature comforts, decorated it to suit your taste, and customized it in ways that bring you joy—and the White House is no exception. Clic...

FEBRUARY 12, 2019 | TUESDAY
Solved! How to Coordinate the Best Kitchen Lighting Design

Q: My kitchen doesn’t get much natural light. What kitchen lighting design would you recommend?A: A well-lit kitchen is a must given the room’s many uses as a social space and transit zon...

FEBRUARY 8, 2019 | FRIDAY
Buyer’s Guide: Electric Blankets

As the temperatures drop, we crave warmth and coziness—but before you turn up the heat, consider an electric blanket. About twice as energy-efficient as a space heater, electric blankets ...

FEBRUARY 7, 2019 | THURSDAY
Winter Retreats of Presidents Past and Present

When presidents want to escape the hustle and bustle of our nation's capital, they don't check into a nearby bed-and-breakfast. Instead, they head to secluded estates in warm climates to ...