Rachel Elmkies


A lover of all things related to home design, architecture, and city planning, Ms. Elmkies, a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in Urban Studies, formerly served as the Associate Editor of BobVila.com and now continues her career as an associate with The Center for New York City Neighborhoods. Rachel Elmkies on LinkedIn

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Tight Quarters? 10 Smart Space-Saving Door Solutions

Are you struggling to find a space-saving interior or exterior door for your home? Whether you're building a tiny house or just trying to renovate a small or tricky room, don’t limit your...

Genius! Scrub the Tub with... Your Drill?

When his wife started her new job as an attorney, Mark Evitt took on a different role, too: househusband.  Since he was still studying journalism in graduate school, Mark had flexible hou...

Genius! Build a Bee Hotel for a Healthier Garden

Decades ago, famed physicist Albert Einstein predicted that once the bees were gone, people would disappear, too. He died before anyone could prove him wrong or right, but today we’re clo...

JUNE 25, 2016 | SATURDAY
Genius! Hide a Litter Box (and Its Mess) in Plain Sight

Cat owners love to spoil their pets, and why wouldn’t they? These cuddly companions with big personalities won’t make you feel guilty for streaming eight Netflix episodes in a row or judg...

JUNE 6, 2016 | MONDAY
Genius! Raid Your Recycling Bin for Free Garden Tools

When A Farm of Your Home's blogger Melissa Barrett first moved to Australian city of Perth, her backyard was a tiny dirt plot with a few barren vegetable beds. But as she settled into her...

MAY 23, 2016 | MONDAY
Genius! The Free Kitchen Hack for Every Squeeze Bottle

Alton Brown, the Food Network chef behind Good Eats, is a man who loves his mustard. He's penned more than a dozen recipes that feature the all-American condiment, including his signature...

MAY 9, 2016 | MONDAY
Genius! The Soundproofing Solution That Doubles as Wall Art

The struggles of sharing a home aren't limited to arranging furniture or dividing up a chore chart among the household; they also extend to the clamor and clangor that come along with the...

APRIL 19, 2016 | TUESDAY
Genius! The Backyard Movie Theater You Can Build in a Day

A night at the movies doesn’t come cheap. With the steep price of tickets, not to mention the popcorn and M&Ms, this classic family outing can make a big dent in a tight budget. J...

APRIL 4, 2016 | MONDAY
Genius! The Easy Way to Add Privacy to a Chain-Link Fence

Chain-link fences have bordered American yards for more than a century, and with good reason—they're cheap, easy to install, and durable. But the steel perimeter's signature open weave le...

MARCH 21, 2016 | MONDAY
Genius! The Indoor Clothesline You Didn't Know You Needed

Homeowners know that even energy-efficient washers and dryers drive up electric bills, and renters are even worse off, stuck with hauling heavy bags to the nearest laundromat and emptying...