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Behind the Scenes of 5 Celebs' "New" Old Homes
Stars, they’re just like us! When on the hunt for real estate, celebrities enjoy jaw-droppingly large budgets, sure, ...
This Company Makes Furniture with Salvaged Railroad Materials
As the owner of a railroad contracting and maintenance firm, John Hendrick oversaw a crew responsible for, among othe...
Meet the Kansas City Artist Modernizing a Centuries-Old Craft
Brady Vest, founder of Kansas City-based Hammerpress, has his pulse on a letterpress renaissance. Even if you haven't...
This Company Turns Centuries-Old Barns into Contemporary Homes
As agriculture has morphed into big business and populations have shifted from the countryside to urban centers, timb...
This Company Makes Furniture from Salvaged Fire Hose
Every single month, tons of fire hose reaches the end of its useful life and must be disposed of. That's when Oakland...
From the Hudson Valley, Furniture with a Sense of Place
Jonah Meyer and Tara De Lisio are partners in marriage—and partners in business. In their first venture together, the...
New Kits Make DIY Profitable for Some, Foolproof for All
Like so many other do-it-yourself enthusiasts, Nicole Shariat Farb frequently browsed blogs and social media sites, a...
A Forgotten Forest Lies at the Bottom of a Lake in Maine
In remote Millinocket, ME, there are as many as 1 million cords of wood resting at the bottom of Quakish Lake. Since ...
The Designers Who Move In, Remodel, and Leave Houses Transformed
Meet Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, the brains, braun, and creative force behind a truly unique home remodeling compa...
Big Chill's Cutting-Edge, Retro-Styled Appliances
How did Big Chill end up manufacturing cutting-edge new kitchen appliances that look, in the best way possible, 60 ye...
The First Material in This Man's Furniture Is Passion
Meet Jermain Todd, owner and craftsman of the St. Louis-based Mwanzi Co. From the sounds of it, he's certainly one of...
7 Totally Unique Table Lamps for a Modern Home
Family-run company Worley's Lighting makes modern-minimalist lamps with fine craftsmanship and quality woods. Take a look at just some of their many makes and mod...
Meet the Brightest Woodworkers in the Carolinas
Meet the duo behind one of the trendiest lighting companies around. Shelli Worley and her husband Seth started Worley...
Gather 'Round: 6 Inspiring Dinner Table Stories
When the family gathers to share food and laughter, the dining table stands at the center of it all. Whether handmade, purchased, or inherited and steeped with hi...
Resurrecting Tara, the Starring House in Gone with the Wind
Nearly every Saturday morning, Peter Bonner walks out to the dairy barn behind the Crawford-Talmadge House in Georgia...
Before & After: A Fireplace Redo
Jessica Bruno is a mom, daughter, and granddaughter—and the creative force behind the popular blog Four Generations O...
HGTV Opens the Door to a Beloved 90s Star
Color us impressed: Best known for her role in the long-running series 90210, Jennie Garth has opened her large-scale...
Do-Good Adventures: 9 Exciting Summer Volunteer Opportunities
Vacations can be about more than rest and relaxation. Engage your spirit of adventure and sense of civic duty with a vacation that helps those around you. With vo...
Bob Vila Radio: What Is the Cooperative Extension Service?
I’m sure you’ve read articles that suggested contacting your local Cooperative Extension Office for services like soi...
TV House Quiz: Test Your Memory of 12 Famous Shows
Over the course of watching a television series, you get to know the characters pretty well—and you also learn to love (or loathe) the where they live. Test your ...
Paint Your Home the Colors of Downton Abbey
Inspired by Downton Abbey, a new collection from Kelly-Moore Paints will now enable fans to live among the dusty gray...
 After serving up nearly 25 days of great tips, creative ideas, and how-to projects to make your holidays merry ...
7 Not-to-be-Missed Pumpkin Festivals Around the Country
Celebrate the joys of the season at one of these fun, family-friendly pumpkin festivals—and see how you might find one closer to home.
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Do you work as an architect, contractor, or interior designer? Or are you a diehard DIYer? For friends and family mem...
Send Yourself to Camp This Summer: 12 Top Learning Destinations
If you dream of building your own house, honing a craft, or taking an adventure, these top twelve learning destinations will help fill your summer calendar.
Getting to Know HGTV's "Kitchen Cousins"
The kitchen has always been considered the most important room in the house, the warm heart of the home. When you add...
Meryl & Chris: Renovation and Romance
“It’s Chris’s shop that I also use,” says Meryl Phillips describing the 20’ x 20’ garage work space that she and her ...
In Search of Antique Tools
Lee Richmond’s foray into the world of antique tool collecting was simply a young man’s means to an end. As an engine...
A Conversation with Amy Matthews
[Editor's Note:  Bob Vila's interview with Amy Matthews took place the day before she was expecting to deliver her ba...
10 Show-Stoppers from Las Vegas
What could the grandeur of a Roman fountain and an end-of-days bomb shelter possibly have in common? Must be time for...
Books for the Love of Home
Experts on all things home aren't always confined to hammer and nail. Many have picked up another set of tools altoge...
In the Workshop: Blog Stars 2012
As more and more doers and makers broadcast their home improvement adventures online, the world of DIY has never been...
Sarah Fogle: In Love with Fixing It Up
Sarah Fogle doesn’t want any confusion. Despite her zest for DIY, she is no Mrs. Bob Vila! Her work spaces are a litt...
Timothy Dahl: Making It Outside in LA
Timothy Dahl is impressively disciplined. His work week is structured; his workshop is neat. Scheduling keeps Timothy...
Hanging with Kinetic Sculptor Elayna Toby Singer
When artist Elayna Toby Singer contemplates a new mixed media assemblage, she pieces together objects from both natur...
Fresh Pastry Stand: New Business from Old Housewares
Whether making cake stands or candles, Fresh Pastry Stand's Deva Mirel finds inspiration in the vintage kitchen and i...
Lamon Luther: Reclaiming Lumber... and Lives
Compassion, faith, and hope are not intrinsically wired into the furniture business, but Lamon Luther, a fledgling ma...
7 Great Places to Bunk at America's National Parks
From rustic log lodges to mountaintop cabins, these properties offer a good night's sleep as well as easy access to some of the nation's most beautiful parks.
Nate Berkus on Updating a Dated Bath
Editor's note: Since bathroom remodeling is an expensive undertaking, we reached out to Nate Berkus—TV host, designer...
Habitat Builders Blitz: Newburgh, NY
Two grateful and happy families are living in new homes this week thanks to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity of Gr...
3 Designers Go Head-to-Head for a Good Cause
New York was buzzing last week with Design Week and ICFF taking place, but there were also a few other cool events ha...
Coolest Kids Products at ICFF
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is filled with amazing designs for the modern home, and not to be forgo...
5 Seating Picks from ICFF
Hours before the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) closed its four-day run on Tuesday, the winners of ...
Wandering Through "Wood-Land" at ICFF
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is one of my favorite trade shows.  It is the one show in the co...
Bob Vila's Top 5 TV Shows & Movies
I was amused to see James Marsden geared up in a tool belt on "30 Rock", as his character set about fixing loose floo...
5 Tips for Successful DIY from DIY Network Star Amy Matthews
Host of DIY Networks' "Sweat Equity" and "This New House," Amy Matthews offers some helpful DIY advice.
Building Community: A Scene from Delray Beach
According to the City of Delray Beach, community service has no age requirement. At this weekend’s “Curb Appeal by th...
A Conversation with Bob Tedeschi: "The Pragmatist"
[Editor's Note: Bob Tedeschi has a deep, diverse and celebrated journalistic background, having covered everything fr...
Bob Tedeschi's 5 Tips for DIY Beginners
During a recent interview with The New York Times columnist Bob Tedeschi, a. k. a. "The Pragmatist," I asked if he ha...
Brad, Jeremy, Harrison and Bob? An Oscar Salute!
It may strike you as odd for a home improvement web site to publish an Oscar-related blog post, but while Bob Vila is...
Young House Love: 7 Tips for Romantic DIY
Sherry and John Petersik of "Young House Love" offer tips for keeping the romance alive—even in DIY.
A "Young House Love" Affair
Sherry Petersik is glowing. Her husband John is nearby. Baby Clara, one of the cutest child co-stars of the blogging ...
Builders' Show, Day Three
Today is my third and last day at the Builder's Show in Orlando, and while I have a bit of "building product" overloa...
Builders' Show, Day Two
Day two at the International Builders' Show in Orlando turned up some more great introductions. I started the day tai...
Opening Day at the Builders' Show
What's new at this year's International Builders' Show (IBS) in Orlando, FL? Bob Vila for one. After a five year abse...
Hammer Time: The Art of Roy Mackey
As you know from my prior posts, I am as fascinated with tools for their purpose and usefulness as I am for their sha...
Household Hints: Vintage Trading Cards with a DIY Theme
I am a casual collector of vintage paper goods and assorted ephemera. My stash includes vintage dictionaries and ency...
Talking with Celerie Kemble
[Editors Note: We caught up with designer Celerie Kemble the week of Christmas at her family home in Palm Beach. Bob...
Outtakes: My Interview with Celerie Kemble
The week before the holidays, I had the chance to talk *color* with Celerie Kemble, the New York and Palm Beach inter...
The "Merrypad-Dadand" DIY Duo: In the Workshop
She had a load of lumber to get home from the Home Depot. He had a car big enough to take it. Emily Winters and Pete ...
SanFranVic's John Clarke Mills: In the Workshop
At 25, John Clarke Mills, a software entrepreneur with a background in engineering and woodworking, bought his first ...
DIYdiva Kit Stansley: In the Workshop
Kit Stansley has a zest for building and a talent for blogging about it. The 5’3,” 115 lb. powertool addict, tackles ...
Tool Collecting: Tips from an Antiques Roadshow Expert
A veteran tool collector, dealer and expert, shares tips, knowledge and advice.
Concrete Blocks: Foundations to Art
I know what you're thinking—a concrete block. Big deal. But take a look at it. Solidly built. Produced with hollow ce...
Tim Allen and Bob Vila: Back to the Future
If you haven't checked out Tim Allen's new ABC comedy sitcom, Last Man Standing, you should. He's an awfully funny gu...
An Interview with Mark Diaz—Miami's Hot "Design Star"
I sat down recently with Mark Diaz, the second runner-up in HGTV’s recently concluded "Design Star. " After watching ...
"DIY True Value Stories"
True Value launches a Facebook web series chronicling the progress of its three DIY contest winners.   Thick black pa...
How Green Is Your Town?
The question—How Green is Your Town?—is not a competition but rather a rally call to help build more sustainable comm...
Tool or Art? You Decide
When does a simple hand tool—let's say a saw—become a work of art?  For tool collectors, the answer is an easy one: w...
San Francisco Grabs the "Green" Crown
In a new survey sponsored by Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit, San Francisco outpaced 27 other major metro...
Taking an Architectural Tour of Harvard Square
Bob explores Harvard Square with architectural historian Brian Pfeiffer, who highlights three centuries of architecture in Cambridge, MA.
History of the North Bennet Street School
Bob takes a trip into Boston to visit the North Bennet Street School.
The Dominy Workshop at Winterthur Garden
Bob takes the first of many visits to the Winterthur Garden and Museum in Delaware's Brandywine Valley.
Locksmithing at the North Bennet Street School
At Boston's North Bennet Street School, Bob visits the locksmithing classroom.
Furniture Making at the North Bennet Street School
Bob visits with Alex Krutsky at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. Bob and Krutsky discuss the school's admissions process, which requires previous carpent...
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