(NAPSI)—Warmer weather means more time spent outside for both children and adults. Whether your outdoor activity includes improvement projects around the home or fun and games in the backyard, you need to be aware of some electrical hazards that may occur.
(BPT) - Whether you’re personalizing a new home or revitalizing an old room, the start of spring is when newly imagined spaces become do-it-yourself realities.
(Family Features) Due to their small size and heavy usage, bathrooms can become a messy, cluttered area for many families.
(Family Features) If you're looking to update the look of your home, or just want to redesign key rooms, you can find inspiration right on your home computer. From flooring to crown molding - and everything in between - these online resources have you covered. And with the organizational capabilities these sites offer, you can catalog what you like for later recall. With so many options available online, the only trouble will be narrowing down your options.
(Family Features) Whether you're looking for a gift to give a gardener in your life or you're looking for some ideas, there's no shortage of new gardening books available. Here are a few books that will plant seeds of inspiration for gardeners of all ages and stages.
(StatePoint) The color of your home’s exterior can really make or break its curb appeal. And experts say that many homeowners are gazing upward to their roofs to make a statement.
(Family Features) We all want a clean and tidy home, without having to spend the time and effort to make it clean and tidy. But the truth is - if you don't keep it maintained, it takes much longer to sort and organize. Here are some tips to keep your home organized as you go:
(Family Features) If you're looking to give your home a makeover, nothing can revamp your place quite like a fresh coat of paint. But unless you're a seasoned pro, painting your home interior can be intimidating. Use these tips and resources to get the job done right.
(BPT) - Spring is a season for dusting, washing and polishing the home, cleaning up the yard of any winter debris and even cleaning the storage on the computer or laptop. Spring also should be a time to clean up your health – adding small habits to your lifestyle that can result in big changes to your well-being.
(StatePoint) What's growing on your windows? If you have wood windows, or even dirty window sills, the answer could be mold.
(Family Features) If you're a fan of antiques, you likely already know that true antiques can cost a fortune. But the truth is, some modern pieces can be made to look antique, and when balanced with real antique pieces, you can achieve an overall look that will fall in line with your aesthetic.
(StatePoint) Trimming out a house “from the top down” with colorful but low-maintenance finishes and accessories is a growing trend for busy homeowners looking for easy-care home exteriors. Experts advise starting at the top of your home with gable vents and louvers, and then making your way down with decorative millwork, window and door trim, followed by a balustrade system and porch columns.
(StatePoint) After a busy work week, it can be hard to get motivated to complete chores and tasks around the house. And knowing what tasks to do and when to do them may not come intuitively for everyone. But neglecting home maintenance is a mistake, say experts.
(StatePoint) Homeowners looking to save on energy bills can start right at the front door. Evaluating your main entry door at least once annually for its operational capabilities and energy efficiency features is good practice, say experts.
(NAPSI)—Homeowners can see their way clear to saving on cooling and heating costs, and protecting their skin and home decor from the sun’s damaging UV rays, all thanks to something they can scarcely see at all—window film.
(NAPSI)—It’s Fix a Leak Week—time to join thousands of Americans who are chasing down running toilets and dripping faucets to save water and money. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® program, household water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year across the United States!
(NAPSI)—You may be better able to win the race for (storage) space with your closet, if you heed a few hints.
(StatePoint) Looking to add value to your home and make it more sellable in the future? While little fixes here and there can help a bit -- there is one single upgrade that can make a huge impact -- a new roof.
(BPT) - When people think of home trim, they often picture the beauty it brings to exteriors – but the right trim products can add arrestingly elegant and bold decorative elements throughout home interiors, too.
(StatePoint) Impressions count when visitors arrive at your home’s front door. It’s the first and last space they see, and it has the power to make a positive or negative impression.
(Family Features) When decorating a home, there are endless possibilities to make each room a chic oasis. The laundry room can be upgraded to exude personality and design flair so it becomes a more enjoyable place to spend time in.
(Family Features) The lawn is the backdrop to the home and essential to curb appeal. While keeping a healthy lawn may seem straightforward (mow, water, fertilize, etc.), don't be fooled by some common lawn care myths.
(NewsUSA) - They are called "silent destroyers." Able to chomp away undetected at the flooring, walls and even wallpaper of a home, termites cost U.S. homeowners approximately $5 billion in property damage each year, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). This damage is not usually covered by traditional homeowners' insurance.
(StatePoint) Warmer weather is just around the corner, which means higher temperatures. But does it have to mean higher energy bills too? The answer is no. There are numerous ways to keep your home cool and bills low this summer.
(StatePoint) Looking for a home improvement project that is both a short- and long-term investment? One easy upgrade that can help you save money on your energy bills today, as well as increase your home’s value in the future, is to replace your windows.
(Family Features) Available in a variety of colors, sizes and scents, candles are a favorite decorative item seen in homes everywhere. While some are drawn to the glow an open flame brings to a room, others adore candles for the calming benefits of aromatherapy.
(Family Features) With cold temperatures, dreary skies and bare winter landscapes, it's easy to feel a touch of the winter blues. But there are three ways you can bring some cheer to the inside of your home, no matter what it looks like outside.
(Family Features) Winter months can be difficult on kids of all ages - adults too. All the hours spent indoors can leave us feeling that cabin fever. You can, however, find creative ways to change your surroundings and inspire some quiet reading time for your child as well.
(NAPSI)—While the word “organic” typically demonstrates the commitment to an environmentally sound growing method for farmers, there’s an increased interest in finding ways to live organically beyond just food choices. It’s driven by the growing desire to make wise choices for the planet. Living an organic lifestyle not only offers something to people of all ages, it can be achieved in the kitchen, garden or even during an outdoor activity.
(NewsUSA) - If you were hit by the "polar vortex" that brought subzero temperatures to more than half of the continental U.S., it was a good reminder that the best way to stay warm was to dress in layers.
(Family Features) Windows can bring new life to existing homes by letting in fresh air, flooding rooms with natural light and opening up beautiful views. They also come in all shapes, sizes and materials. Important considerations for selecting the right window are type, material, style, climate and budget.
(Family Features) If yours is like the average American household, you have amassed a collection of unorganized stuff, tucked away in piles or behind closed doors to deal with "later." Establishing good organization habits and creating proper storage areas can transform that chaos now and set the stage for less mess in the future.
(Family Features) When the weather conditions are just right, a relaxing evening spent on the porch or patio is perfect for enjoying good company and the beauty of the outside world. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy these comforts regardless of the season?
(BPT) - Does the change of seasons have you itching to refresh a tired, lackluster room? Or maybe you’re looking for some small ways to make a big impact on your home’s style? Whatever the case, here are some of this season’s most buzzed-about trends and how you can incorporate them into your next project.
(NewsUSA) - The first International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took place in New York City in June of 1967. Since then, thousands of products have been announced at the yearly show, including the VCR in 1970, the CD Player in 1981, HDTV in 1998, 3D HDTV in 2009 and Ultra HDTV, Flexible OLED and driverless car technology in 2013.
(Family Features) - There may not be a lot you can do in your garden during the winter months, especially if you're in a colder part of the country. But there is plenty that you can do right now that will keep you connected to the garden you love while helping you prepare to get your hands dirty in the spring.
(NAPSI)—Cooks can breathe a sigh of relief when they realize how efficient and attractive kitchen ventilation or a range hood can be.
Winter’s falling temperatures typically lead to higher energy costs as we try to keep our home interiors comfortably warm. At the same time, many of us are concerned about the environmental impact of winter’s increased energy use.
(Family Features) What do zebras, cows, crocodiles and leopards all have in common? Fabulous skin. Real or faux, the animal print trend is still going strong. In fact, some now consider it a design "classic."
(BPT) - Snow, blizzards, Arctic winds and damaging ice storms have wreaked havoc across the country this winter. While it may feel as though spring will never come, building experts suggest that now is the time for homeowners to consider spring home improvements that add value and comfort to the home.
(NewsUSA) - With the country deep in the throes of winter weather, and hurricane season fast approaching, experts are reminding homeowners that having a plan in place can be the difference between survival and awaiting help from others.
(Family Features) Putting your own flair into an old piece of furniture or thrift store find is a creative and budget-friendly way to transform unused items into personal treasures.
(Family Features) What comes to mind when considering safety hazards around the home? Do you think of electrical safety, fire prevention and reducing the risk of electrical shock? Often times, our quest for new kitchen cabinets and hardwood floors takes priority, while the projects to increase home safety are put on the back burner. One project, however, that should not be put off is evaluating the electrical safety of your home.
(NAPSI)—People across the country, including you and your family, could be affected by a recent change in fire safety regulations in California.
(StatePoint) With a little easy home maintenance throughout the year, you can prevent emergency repairs down the line. Experts recommend posting a task checklist in a convenient location, such as on the refrigerator or a corkboard.
(Family Features) For many people, a trip down the lighting aisle can be an overwhelming experience, especially when considering the many energy-efficient lighting options available. Whether looking at light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs or compact fluorescent technology (CFL) bulbs, there are some factors you should think about before making a purchase.
(NAPSI)—Keeping your home comfortable doesn’t have to mean costs that go through the roof.
(NewsUSA) - Kitchens have always been a familiar gathering place in the home. However, in addition to attracting family and friends, common household pests often stake out the kitchen as their nesting grounds due to the abundance of food and hiding places.
(Family Features) After returning home from a long day at work, a weekend soccer tournament or an all-day shopping excursion, it's natural to want to drop everything and relax. However, literally dropping everything can cause a tremendous amount of clutter in the home, leading to stress, misplaced items and wasted time. To eliminate the clutter that busy lifestyles create, try establishing designated drop zones throughout your house to regain a sense of order. Don't worry, you can still drop everything and relax when you come home - just drop everything in the right spot.