Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen

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Many homes come with kitchens that are less than ideal. The lighting can be terrible, the appliances old, the floors grimy … and counter space? Well, that’s a nice idea. Get the most out of the kitchen space you do have with these tips. Make room You can create extra space, even when it seems impossible. Over-the-sink covers, cutting boards and colanders help … Read More

Meet the Clutter Scale: One Pro's Secret to a More Intentional Home

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Although I have always been organized, there were two significant moments in my life that taught me how to manage clutter. The first was when I returned from a backpacking trip around the world. Having visited homes in many developing nations, I no longer wanted to have such excess in my own home. My possessions were organized, but I had … Read More

Furnace, Boiler or Heat Pump? Time for Heating Systems 101

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Heating your home accounts for an inordinate portion of your utility bill, so it pays to choose the most efficient heating system possible. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should upgrade to a different type of system, however. Generally speaking, it’s a bad idea to convert from forced air to central heating, or vice versa, since the benefits rarely justify the … Read More

2019 Design Forecast: What's In, What's Out

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As we flip to the last pages of our 2018 calendar, it’s time to look at interior design trends on the rise – and say goodbye to those on their way out in 2019. Here are our predictions about what’s in and what’s out in the year to come. What’s in Warm modernism It’s official – many regions throughout the … Read More

Your Top 5 Fireplace Questions, Answered

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Fireplaces are one of the most sought-after home features, but using one can be intimidating, and you’ve probably got questions. Here’s a quick guide to get you and your fire started this fall . How do I use a wood-burning fireplace? If a cave man can start a fire, so can you. 1. Prepare the fireplace Clean out any old … Read More

9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness

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As fall continues and the days become shorter, it’s too tempting to just hibernate until spring. But there is, indeed, joy to be found in the quieter months of the year. Perhaps it’s a bit overdone to talk about the art of hygge , that untranslatable Danish word that references the feeling of being ultra-cozy and content. The thing is, … Read More

The Truth About Toxic Mold (and How to Get Rid of It)

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Mold is everywhere. It grows on the sides of houses, it blackens surfaces like brick and concrete, and it thrives in the soil of your yard and garden. Indoors, mold lives in sink drains, shower grout, houseplant potting mix, kitchen sponges and anywhere else that moisture has a chance to settle. Are you hyperventilating yet? A little bit of mold … Read More

10 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Slugs and Snails

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Despite their destructive habits and overall “ick” factor, snails and slugs are anything but formidable. In fact, there are so many creative ways to repel or kill them that you might have a hard time choosing just one. Commercial snail and slug killers work, but they’re dangerous and can harm the “good” creatures in your garden. Save money with one of … Read More

How to Fix Ceiling Water Stains

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A water stain on a ceiling is a foreboding sight. Not only is it ugly, but it also often means that something is actively leaking, and more damage may be hidden. But don’t panic – fixing a water stain is pretty straightforward. If you follow this simple guide, you’ll be ready to deal with any discoloration you find on your … Read More