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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NOVEMBER 19, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! Speed-Sweep with a Remote Control Car

Who says you can't still be a kid if you're paying down a mortgage? Whether you're just starting out on your own, or settled in a two-story house, you can enjoy much of the same stuff you...

NOVEMBER 12, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! The Trash Can Turkey Smoker

Just like us, our ancestors loved a good cookout. As early as 500,000 years ago, the earliest humans whipped up dinner over an open fire. Over time, however, they discovered that smoking ...

NOVEMBER 5, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! The DIY Cure for a Crowded Table

Unplanned guests can throw off even the most seasoned holiday host or hostess. Between checking on the turkey, wiping up spills, and keeping an eye on the kids, you might not even realize...

OCTOBER 29, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! Boost Your WiFi with a Soda Can

If you rely on Google to answer day-to-day questions or count on cat videos to pull you out of the post-lunch slump, slow Internet speeds can feel like the end of the world. Luckily, ther...

OCTOBER 15, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! Spook Trick-or-Treaters with a DIY Fog Machine

There are certain things to expect in October: pumpkin picking, state fairs, an extra trip to the store when your candy arsenal runs low—and some friendly competition between neighbors. I...

OCTOBER 8, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! The Easy-as-Pie Way to Carve a Pumpkin

Celebrating Halloween with the kids seems like a great idea. . . until it gets scary. Pumpkin guts everywhere, kids equipped with carving knives, and arguments bubbling up over how to car...

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! The DIY Fire Pit You Can Bring Indoors

Camping season is nearly over, but the cozy season is only just beginning. Along with the urge to stockpile blankets and keep the oven filled with pumpkin pie, you're probably ready to cu...

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! The Custom Closet Solution That Costs Nearly Nothing

If you actually wear everything you own, you might be part of a growing trend: people paring down their possessions in hopes of simplifying their lives at home. When clutter starts to pil...

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! Bring Gutters Indoors for Simple Storage

As the first leaves begin to litter the lawn, we're reminded that it's once again time to dig out the ladder from the back of the garage.  That's right, homeowners: Gutter-cleaning season...

SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! The Easy (and Affordable) Recipe for a DIY Kitchen Countertop

This story starts at the curb, where people leave out the things that they no longer need. Between neighbors' recycling bins and trash ready for collection, DIYer Naomi Huober of BLDG 25 ...