Marisa Villarreal

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marisa Villarreal is a Master's degree candidate in landscape architecture and urbanism at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she co-chairs Women in Design, the program's largest student-run organization. Ms. Villarreal also served as the editor of the 2018 Harvard University Graduate School of Design Student Guide. As a media professional, her career has included roles at BobVila.com, Food52.com, and 20x200. Marisa Villarreal on Instagram | Google +

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MAY 3, 2015 | SUNDAY
How To: Make Concrete Garden Edging

Always affordable and at once both decorative and functional, concrete garden edging effectively defines garden beds, tree surrounds, and driveway curbs, their versatility enabling you to...

APRIL 21, 2015 | TUESDAY
Quick Tip: Rescue Scorched Cookware

Fear not: Cleaning blackened, burned cookware doesn't have to mean an arm-wearying afternoon of intensive scouring. It doesn't have to mean the use of harsh, toxic chemicals, either. You ...

APRIL 6, 2015 | MONDAY
Quick Tip: Removing Coffee Stains from Carpet

It's not what you feared. Spilling coffee on the carpet doesn't have to mean living with an eyesore until you replace the floor covering. Besides the branded cleaners readily available in...

MARCH 8, 2015 | SUNDAY
The 10 Best Plants for Your Bathroom

If replacing your tile or installing a new vanity lie outside your budget, you can afford one truly luxurious upgrade: transforming your bathroom into a tropical paradise. Low light bathr...

JANUARY 29, 2015 | THURSDAY
How To: Clean a Down Comforter

Just about every down comforter has a tag with care instructions that read, "Dry Clean Only. " But if you're on a budget, or reluctant to expose your bedding to the harsh chemic...

JANUARY 22, 2015 | THURSDAY
How To: Clean an Oven

You've put it off for months, hoping the little spills and splatters inside the oven would vanish of their own accord. There comes a time, though—as much as you wish it weren't true—when ...

DECEMBER 23, 2014 | TUESDAY
How To: Season Cast Iron

Cast iron, properly cared for, can last a lifetime at least in the kitchen. Apart from cleaning your pan or skillet after each use, seasoning cast iron ranks as the most important step yo...

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 | TUESDAY
How To: Clean a Mattress

Wash and dry your sheets and pillowcases once a week—that's all it takes to sleep in clean comfort, right? Wrong. You're forgetting the mattress! Plenty of hair, sweat, dead skin, dandruf...

NOVEMBER 12, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
Make Your Own Shower Cleaner

There's no such thing as a truly refreshing bathing experience in a shower that looks—or even feels—dirty. To keep the tub, tile, grout, liner or door impeccably clean, laborious scrubbin...

OCTOBER 23, 2014 | THURSDAY
INFOGRAPHIC: The Terrifying Truth About Termites

What's keeping you up at night? Basement flooding? Bathroom mold? What about termites?It's possible that among the many (real and imagined) stresses of homeownership, termites top the lis...