October Home Improvement Plan

Give your kitchen a stylish focal point by installing a tile backsplash. (Begin the project soon and you’ll easily be done before Thanksgiving.) Here’s how to get started: • Figure out how much of the wall the new backsplash will cover. Take the dimensions with you when shopping for tile….

A September Interior Home Checklist

Prep your home for cooler weather with these tasks to do in an hour, over a weekend and during the month. From the first days, which probably still feel like summer, to the last, when you may notice that first chill in the air, September is a time of transition….

September Home Improvement Plan

Home maintenance is a year-round job. But getting ready for cold weather needs to happen at exactly the right time: after you’ve turned off the air conditioner but before you’re living with freezing temperatures. Here are some items for your to-do list: • Inspect your furnace. Replace dirty filters, and…

August Home Improvement Plan

Take advantage of August’s warm, dry days to paint the outside of your house. The average exterior paint job lasts 10 years, but you have to do it right. The key to a quality exterior paint job is in the prep.   Here are some tips: • Give the exterior…

Chic Mudrooms with Back-To-School Potential

Your kids back to school days are right around the corner, is your mudroom up for the task? Can it handle the backpacks, shoes, coats, school projects and chaos?   Here is some mudroom inspiration to turn your clutter into a crisp clean space. For more inspiration visit my Pinterest…

Fall Maintenance Checklist

“Thirty days has September” begins the ancient mnemonic rhyme for remembering the number of days in the month, and few months fly by more quickly than the last partial summer month. Interior Maintenance Check for drafts. Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to…

July Home Improvement Plan

Whether you need to clear out a corner or revamp the entire garage, it’s time to organize the space your car calls home.   Here’s how to get started. • Set your priorities. Are you creating room to park a second car, store your outdoor gear, or add a workshop?…

Indoor House Plants

Aloe Vera 2. Areca Palm 3. Rubber Plant 4. Bamboo 5. Boston Fern 6. Chinese Evergreen 7. String of Pearls 8. Mass Cane (dracaena massangeana) 9. Pygmy Date Palm 10. Ficus Lyrata 11. Snake Plant 12. Spider Plant 13. Succulent 14. Cactus 15. Money Plant          …

June Home Improvement Plan

Here’s how to update your home, inside and out–one inspirational project a month. Late spring is a great time to paint inside because you can leave windows and doors open for ventilation. If you’re planning to put your house on the market, use neutrals. If not, think about experimenting with…

18 Fixes for the Most Annoying Home Problems

If you had a handyman for a day, what would you have repaired? That’s what Better Homes & Garden asked their Facebook fans, and here are 18 solutions to their most common problems.   Is there any way to make my whole house smell fresh without cleaning it from top…