Tips For Childproofing Your Home

If you have a baby on the way or crawling around, or you’re a grandparent with one that comes by to visit, you’ve got to start thinking about childproofing. Walk through the most important spaces to baby proof in your

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The Art of the Window: 11 Shades That Add Style to a Room

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 9.53.51 AMExpand your view of the popular window treatment with these ideas for styles, materials and patterns

Not all shades are created equal — there are sheers, woven woods, deco folds and graphic rollers, to name a few. Here we celebrate a window dressing that is often single-handedly responsible for that flutter you feel in your heart when you stumble upon a space so coordinated and customized you want to drop everything and run to the fabric store.

10 Ways to Add Wow to Your Home

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 11.16.17 AMTry one of these ideas to punch up a space without breaking the bank

Adding new life to a space doesn’t necessary require a floor-to-ceiling remodel. Sometimes it’s just a coat of paint or sense of playfulness in decor that can transform a room from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Here are 10 ways to add a bit of boldness to your space and take it from mundane to wow!

How to Choose a Fence That Feels Right and Works Hard

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 11.13.58 AMMaking a thoughtful fencing choice now can create happiness for years to come

When I was growing up, rusty chain link or split rail lined with galvanized wire ruled the neighborhood, and choosing a fence was all about keeping the dog in or keeping other dogs out. The big house on the hill had a fortress feel, surrounded by a brick wall. Functionality aside, I never wanted to surround my garden with something like that.

Today’s fences can be kinder, gentler and much more aesthetically appropriate. You really can choose a fence that meets your functional needs, expresses your personality and makes your house feel at home in your landscape.

3 Ways to Bring the Heat to Outdoor Living Spaces

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 11.12.19 AMHere’s what to know about surviving winter’s bite with an outdoor fireplace, fire pit or heat lamp

Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and heat lamps can extend the seasonal enjoyment of your deck, porch or patio by providing warmth and an inviting ambience that pulls guests and family members outside well after the mercury drops. But it’s important to understand the benefits and costs. Here’s what to know as winter begins to encroach on your outdoor living space.

10 Fresh Ideas for Your Fireplace Alcoves

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 10.46.33 AMNot sure how to make use of the space on either side of your chimney? Check out these alternatives to the standard built-in bookcase

The alcoves on either side of the fireplace are ripe for a rethink. The typical combination of a cabinet with shelves above is a sensible staple for good reason — storage plus a spot for the TV — but before you opt for the tried and tested, why not consider a few alternatives, as these homeowners did?

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 10.43.56 AMPrevent winter damage and boost energy efficiency by ticking off these to-dos before cold weather hits

Fall is a good time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days (and in many areas, ice and snow) make outdoor work too difficult. And if you do live in an area with cold winters, take some time this fall to boost energy efficiency throughout your home, and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care (we spoke with an expert to find out what you need to do). Tick these 15 items off your list this season, and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter.

10 Furniture Essentials for Small Spaces

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 6.12.39 PMHere are items to opt for when a full-size sofa would be the elephant in the room

In a compact space, choosing just-right furnishings can make all the difference between your home feeling cramped or comfortable. From practically invisible acrylic chairs to shelving that flexes with the needs of your space, these 10 furniture pieces should be on any small-space-dweller’s must-have list.