Rachel Elmkies

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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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...

MARCH 7, 2016 | MONDAY
Genius! The Easy Cure for Every Dark Hallway

When it comes to lighting, there are probably plenty of places in your home with room for improvement—basements, stairwells, and hallways are just a few of the more serious offenders. Mor...

FEBRUARY 22, 2016 | MONDAY
Genius! Turn Any Belt into a Tool Belt

Since the Bronze Age, belts have added functionality to our everyday uniform—from carrying soldiers' heavy swords to holstering cowboys' most important tool, the revolver. By the 1920s, m...

FEBRUARY 8, 2016 | MONDAY
Genius! The In-a-Pinch Vegetable Peeler

Single-use kitchen gadgets—garlic presses, juicers, and vegetable peelers—all do their jobs exceedingly well, but even a small collection quickly clutters drawers, counters, and cabinets....

JANUARY 28, 2016 | THURSDAY
3 Fixes for Unsightly Cords

After you've spent years getting your living spaces in line, it can be almost maddening to walk into a room that has everything in its place only to have your eyes linger on unsightly wir...

JANUARY 25, 2016 | MONDAY
Genius! A Sunnier Alternative to Window Blinds

In old homes, it’s the details that draw us in. While the intricate trim and sculpted ceiling medallions certainly create character, some of these popular design details—particularly Fren...

JANUARY 11, 2016 | MONDAY
Genius! Turn a Toothbrush into a Power Sander

Power sanders are incredibly useful—and incredibly expensive. The smallest versions, called detail sanders, allow you to maneuver in tight corners like a pro. With a light touch, you can ...

JANUARY 7, 2016 | THURSDAY
3 Fixes for Tangled Christmas Lights

The most wonderful time of the year has drawn to a close, which means it's time to take down the tree and pack up the stockings. While some decorations are simple to put away, others can ...

DECEMBER 28, 2015 | MONDAY
Genius! The $0 Sled You Can Build in 10 Minutes

For kids, nothing beats the thrill of the first snowy day of the season. While they get busy building a snowman, you can whip up a DIY sled fast out of nothing more than the remnants of h...