Inspiration

Creative Ways to Stow Books

Before you part with a collection of favorite books, consider these creative ways to stow them offered by writer Megan Fulweiler. She and her husband began what she calls “a new chapter” in their life-long love affair with books: We’ve come to the conclusion our books are a lot like our relatives. There are those weRead more

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A Bathroom in a Box Becomes a Reality

Looking for an easy way to renovate your bathroom affordably? Richmond-based designer/reporter William Weathersby tells you how. If you have ever survived your own bathroom remodeling project, you’ll likely recall the many hours spent searching through the dizzying number of choices to select each necessary component—from your favorite faucet and tub to just the rightRead more

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Anna French’s New Aria Collection of Fabrics for Thibaut

Looking for an easy way to freshen your rooms for spring? Then consider making some cushions or easy-to-sew curtains from fabrics from Anna French’s new Aria Collection by Thibaut. The fabrics’ poetic patterns and beautiful colors have been woven into luxurious cut velvets, gauzy madras, and embroideries, and printed on luscious linens. The lovely fabricsRead more

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The Happy Home Project

A year ago yesterday, author Jean Nayar assigned herself an ambitious project that served as the starting point for this blog. She developed a Wish List of home improvements that she’d hoped to undertake over the course of a year. And, after applying the wisdom of experts across many disciplines and taking their ideas for aRead more

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5 Easy Spring Spruce-ups for National Home Improvement Month

Did you know that May is National Home Improvement Month? Consider these five easy ways to give your space a seasonal update without taking on a major overhaul.                         Slipcovers: If you’re tired of your living room and want to give it a summer feel,Read more

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5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Now that Memorial Day is right around the corner, everyone will be spending more time outdoors. To help keep a yard looking its best, Lou Manfredini, host of the Mr. Fix-It Show radio program in Chicago and the official home expert for NBC’s Today Show and Ace Hardware, sent us this post on boosting curb appeal. They say you never getRead more

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Incentive to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Ready to take on a little yard work? Here’s an extra incentive to keep you motivated. Ace Hardware has teamed up with The Weather Channel to launch their “Restore Your Outdoors” contest, which will reward one deserving homeowner with a customized outdoor makeover. “People often underestimate the amount of damage winter weather conditions can haveRead more

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A Tea Towel To Commemorate the Marriage of William & Kate

Two weeks from now, designer Maggie Carey plans to wake up at 4:30 in the morning to watch the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29. “Maybe it’s my British background,” she told us, “but I just can’t miss it.” She woke up early to see the weddingRead more

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Cleaning Silver, The Perfect Chore

Even though it doesn’t quite feel like it yet in New York (a layer of soggy snow is coming down as we write), it’s spring—the season for cleaning. And, if you’ve taken on a renovation project recently, then the lighter housekeeping duties one normally undertakes this time of year seem like a piece of cakeRead more

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Win a Collection of Great Home Cleaning Products

Thymes, a creative fragrance collaborative based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, recently launched a new line of cleaning products called Mandarin Coriander, just in time for the spring cleaning season. And if you’re willing to share your household cleaning secrets and tips on its site, you could take the new products for a test drive. The company isRead more

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